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ARTSBRIDGE – NOVEMBER 18 @ 4:00 PM – Thanksgiving & Art Event!


This Sunday’s BULLETIN is HERE.

NEW! Weekly Announcements now on the web site! Check out 11/18/18 Weekly Announcements HERE.

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, November 11, 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.

Pastor Laurie is back as we wrap up our Grounded, Open, and Building season.

Week 13: Rev. Laurie Hartzell
The Mortar is the Love of God and the Holy Spirit
Texts: 1 Corinthians 13

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.”

IT’S HAPPENING!!! Construction has begun…



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

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, Nehemiah 2:18, 20; 3:1-2

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

 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. 

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.