Welcome! Join Us This Sunday!



This Sunday’s BULLETIN is HERE.

NEW! Weekly Announcements now on the web site! Check out 3/25/18 HERE.


Palm Sunday Worship @ 10:00 a.m.

This is the day our God has made.
Won’t you rejoice and be glad in it?


On Palm Sunday, March 25, we worship with our traditional Children’s Palm Parade, and feature our own Lois Peeples’ solo “Were You There?” Pastor Laurie will deliver a message from the Scriptures, specifically the Gospel of Mark, entitled “His Story; Our Stories.” Join us!


 ALL are welcome! No matter who you are, how you identify, or where you’ve been, you are welcome here. For real. We proudly welcome people of all faiths, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all ethnicities, all socioeconomic statuses. 


Maundy Thursday service @ 6:45 pm – March 29, 2018
– includes Communion, the Choir singing, and drama from the First Pres Players
Easter Sunday service @ 10:00 am – April 1, 2018

Upcoming Events? We got those right HERE on the Calendar.


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Our Mission Statement (adopted 1993, reaffirmed 2011):

We of First Presbyterian Church are a small family of believers committed to bridging the gulf of racial and class separation. As part of the Body of Christ in Benton Harbor and acknowledging Christ’s claims on our lives, our congregation is called to proclaim the gospel and witness Christ’s love, both within the community of faith and in our larger community. In doing this, we will share our faith with openness, love, warmth, and respect for the dignity and individuality of all people; we willl welcome and value diversity; we will strive to meet the needs of people in our community for sustenance and nurturing; and we will seek to deepen and broaden our own faith as we journey.

Roots Down, Branches Out


Please join us Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. Or come to enjoy a community supper Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. We are a small but strong group of believers who are committed to spreading the Word and Deed of Christ in our neighborhoods, both near the church building and near our homes. We hold strongly to the commandments of Jesus to Love the Lord with All Our Heart, Mind, Soul and Strength…and to Love Our Neighbor as Ourself. Worship with us, Neighbor.

475 Green Street
P.O. Box 186
Benton Harbor, MI 49023

Phone: (269) 925-7075
Email: firstpresBH@gmail.com

Worship Time: 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mornings
Pastor:  Rev. Laurie Hartzell
Musician: Susan Burkholz
Choir Director: Nancy Thompson
Mission Resident/Youth Leader: Julie Brien
Youth Bible Teacher: Gentry Phillips
Office Administrator: Linda DeSutter
Education Director: OPEN
Clerk of Session: Jeannette Holton
Board of Trustees President: Daniel Van Beek

Church Office Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Monday & Friday – Office closed

Food Pantry Hours of Operation:
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday: 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.