September 19 – David Baker event at the Box Factory for the Arts @ 6 pm
September 27 – Inequality Kills – Racism & Health at LMC Hanson Theatre @ 7 pm
September 30 – ArtsBridge Concert & Exhibit at First Presbyterian Church @ 4 pm
This Sunday’s BULLETIN is HERE.
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Worship @ 10:00 a.m.
This is the day our God has made.
Won’t you rejoice and be glad in it?
We will worship God together on Sunday, September 16, starting at 10 a.m.
Join us as we begin a new series of explorations as we work on our needed repairs and addition for our next chapter in our mission to God’s plan in our neighborhood. This series of themes will be go throughout the fall season.
Week 3: Pastor Laurie Hartzell
Faith and Trust
Texts: Nehemiah 4:1-9, Proverbs 3:5-6, selections of Hebrews 11
All are welcome. Really! Join us!
Grounded, Open and Building
First Presbyterian Church, Benton Harbor: Autumn 2018
As we build our addition, our goal and prayer are to deepen our roots by staying grounded in Christ and our mission, and to stay open to God’s Spirit working in and through us. We’ll build the addition and our “spiritual house” at the same time. These themes will be presented as “building blocks” of our individual and corporate “spiritual house.”
Sept. 23: Perseverance (Keeping the Long View in Mind)
Texts: Hebrews 12:1-3 and Romans 12:1-12
Sept. 30: Holding Fast to Our Mission
Texts: Matthew 25:31-45 and 2 Corinthians 5:14-20
Oct. 7: World Communion Sunday – Word and Sacrament
Texts: Psalm 119:105 and John 6:58-69
Oct. 14: Prayer and Praise
Texts: Psalm 100 and Philippians 4:4-8
Oct. 21: Embracing Abundance and Overflowing Generosity
Texts: Proverbs 11:24-25; John 10:10 and Matthew 6:19-21
Oct. 28: Justice and Peace
Texts: Psalm 34:14; Micah 6:6-8 and I Peter 3:11
Nov. 4: Unity amid Diversity – Elder Daniel Van Beek will be preaching
Texts: Revelation 7:9-17, 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 and Nehemiah 3
Nov. 11: Joy – Mr. Gentry Phillips will be preaching
Text: Nehemiah 8:10
Nov. 18: The Mortar is the Love of God and the Holy Spirit
Text: I Corinthians 13
Nov. 25: Christ the King Sunday – Jesus Christ is the Cornerstone
Text: I Peter 2:4-10
Sept. 2: Staying Grounded and Open During our Building Process
Texts: Psalm 127 and Matthew 7:24-28
Sept. 9: Grace and Welcome
Texts: Genesis 28:10-14 and Luke 14:15-24
Sept. 16: Faith and Trust
Texts: Nehemiah 4:1-9; Proverbs 3:5-6; and sections of Hebrews 11
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.
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
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.