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The Menninger Bible Study begins registration at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 5 in Westminster Hall.

Unlimited is the name of our new program for Young Adults! Join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in Westminster Hall for Bible study, praise music, and prayer, with optional small group fellowship and mission outreach.

Join us at 9:30 or 11:30 a.m. Sundays for worship!

Handbell and Chancel choirs add their “voices” to the worship service.

Call now to register for our Wednesday evening youth program – GenOn (formerly LOGOS). Grades 1st-12th with college students and parents welcome; nursery provided.  (816-252-6662 or email our Youth Director).



Thoughts for our Journey (updated monthly)

Rev. Dave Carlson

Geocaching has become a very popular pastime.  The official global geocach hunt site describes it as a “real-world treasure hunt that’s happening right now, all around you,” noting that there are 2,451,840 active geocaches and over 6 million geocachers worldwide.  I met two of them at our last New Life Committee meeting.

Each year in August, Jim and Kathy Shilt (Kathy is the daughter of the late Ted Blank) place a geocache on the grounds of a church in honor of their wedding anniversary, which reaches No. 3 this year.  And they’ve chosen FirstChurch for their third cach.  So somewhere on the grounds outside the church there will be a small container hidden for people to find.  It’s all very techie with websites promoting the caches and giving clues about how to find them.  Aside from some wholesome, outdoor fun, geocaching provides a way for people to see new places and learn new things about the world around them.

The New Life Committee and Trustees have approved a small geocach to be hidden on the grounds of First Presbyterian Church in late Aug.  To join the hunt, you’ll have to Google geocaching in Kansas City and find your own way along, because I’ve never done it and wouldn’t know where to start.  All this is to say, some things are worth looking for just for the fun of it, in order to learn something new about the world we live in.  And this goes for God, as well.

Instead of looking for God in the heavens, why not look for God around us in everyday places?  Or, in the words of Cynthia Heimel, “For God is always to be found at the back of the refrigerator, behind the moldy tuna fish casserole, or sometimes he is found in the way the tailor at your corner lovingly stitches up the hem of your party dress, other times in the way a child sings along with a toothpaste commercial.  Do not look for him in the heavens; he only keeps a small locker there, only goes there to change.”[1]

I don’t know about Ms. Heimel’s view of God, but I do share her fun and joyful abandon when it comes to looking for new and unexpected ways of encountering God.  Can God be found in a geocach.  Sure.  Why not.  And you can start by looking for God at the geocach of First Presbyterian Church.

Happy hunting!
Pastor Dave

 [1] But Enough About You (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1986), 70.