First Pres Community –

Jesus worshipped in his robe, now you can too!  🙂

Session has cancelled onsite Worship for March 22 and March 29…as well as all church activities through April 3…including tonight.

Staff continues their work and the building does continue to be used by outside groups providing essential help to people.

Online Worship continues as well as creative ways for cultivating spiritual growth, creating virtual community, and community service.  “Church” has not been cancelled, because YOU ARE THE CHURCH…wherever you are, WE are the church together…that has not changed.  And we need to – as best we can – BE the church today.

If you need someone to go to the pharmacy or grocery store for you, contact the church office and let us know.  Likewise, if you are willing to provide that service for someone, contact the church office.  Leave a message if you don’t reach someone and we will get back to you.

If you are in need, contact me or one of the Stephen Leaders (Sharon Pyburn and John Fields).

If you are wanting to give to our ongoing food drive, there is now a bin by the church front door where you can place donated items without coming in the building.  If you don’t want to go out but would still like to donate food to Lee’s Summit Social Services, you may leave it by your front door and call the church for someone to pick up your donation.  This comes after an appeal from the local agencies that they are struggling due to increased demand.

Please note that One Good Meal still is operating, so if you are baking cookies for them this week, then bring them by the church or call for someone to come get them.

Elders from Session have begun phone calls to members and attenders to check in on you.  I hope that you will check in with each other.  If you are in a group, a class, a team, or a ministry here…check in with each other.  If you miss someone who you usually sit by in worship on Sundays…give them a call.  As Jesus said “Love one another.”

One thing I would like to know is what is your favorite Bible verse or story…and why it is so.  Young and old, I will welcome all.  I hope to use your responses in a way that blesses all.

The sermon this Sunday will be “Healing, Help, and Hope” and will be from John 9…the story of the man born blind…a person socially distanced through no fault of his own.  So grab your Bible, robe, and coffee – as we join together in the worship of God.  Online streaming at 9 & 11 from our church’s website…as well as on demand from there after Sunday morning.

Lastly, remain steadfast with your prayers (remember Philippians 4:6-7?).  Pray through the list below and if there are corrections or additions to be made, email the church office.  We all need God’s help, peace, and presence.

In the faith, hope, and love of Jesus –

Your pastor and friend  Michael

Ps – Like I posted on FB: Love like Jesus and wash your hands like Pontius Pilate!