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SUNDAY – Worship @ 10 a.m. – “Roots Down, Branches Out!” That is our motto at First Presbyterian. In this election year and at a time when it seems that every day we hear the news of another terror attack or another black man killed, now more than ever we long to confess our sins and be grounded and rooted in God’s reconciling love and wisdom. To help us, we’ve been focusing on our motto in worship services this month.

This Sunday, September 25, we will have the special opportunity in worship to create our own versions of “Roots Down, Branches Out” under the leadership of water color artist David Baker. Readings, hymns, art and more will be woven into this service. If you aren’t an “artist”—no worries! This worship service is for all people of all ages.

We will also dedicate David Baker’s piece, “The Autumnal Equinox,” to our church sanctuary. This watercolor is a meaningful and powerful picture of “Roots Down, Branches Out.” The painting below is another one of Mr. Baker’s pieces. You can see more of his work at dbakerart.com.



Our own Lois Peeples was featured with her sisters in the Herald-Palladium this week (click here)!

Proud of all the cool stuff our youth were able to experience last month at CAMP HENRY (click here)



Please join us Sunday mornings at 10 am. Or come to enjoy a community supper Thursday evenings at 6 pm. 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: firstprez2003@yahoo.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
Church Secretary:  Ashley Dorsey
Education Director: Jennifer Van Beek
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 & Thursday: 10:00 – 1:00 p.m.

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 Harobr 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