Month: July 2017

Weekly Announcements

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Every Sunday
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.

Every Tuesday
Pub Theology 7:30 p.m. @ The Livery

Every Wednesday
Food Pantry Open 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Bible Study and  Prayer 10:00 a.m.

Every Thursday
Food Pantry Open 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Prayer 5:15 p.m.
Community Supper 6:00 p.m.


Sunday, July 23, 2017
10:00 a.m. — Worship ~ Rev. Dave Kool preaching

Sunday, July 23 — Friday, July 28, 2017
Service Learning Group from  McBain, MI with us in partnership with Great Lakes Urban Ministries.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
5:45 p.m. — Trustees; 6:30 p.m. — Session

Saturday, July 29, 2017
8:00 a.m. — Soup Kitchen with St. Augustine’s

Sunday, July 30, 2017
10:00 a.m. — Worship ~ Pastor Deborah preaching
After Worship — Goodbye Celebration/Potluck for the Van Beek Family

Sunday, July 30 — Saturday, August 5, 2017
Youth at Camp Henry in Newaygo, MI

Sunday, August 6, 2017
10:00 a.m. — Worship ~ Pastor Deborah preaching


PASTOR DEBORAH would like the congregation to have her cell phone number, as it is the best way to reach her.  It is (616) 334-9083.

PRAYERS FOR PAUL CAMPBELL AND FAMILY Pastor Paul Campbell from Overflow Church lost his father, Rev. Tony Campbell, to a sudden heart attack this week.  Please remember Pastor Paul and his family in your prayers.

BLESSED ARE THE FEET  As church family went forward today, something caught my eye.  Black feet, white feet, tan feet.  Converse, sandals, surgical shoes, limps, steady gaits, flip flops, heels, sneakers, ballet slippers, dress shoes.  And then it occurred to me: “Blessed are the feet of those who bring good news.”         ~ Observation by Cheryl Schadler

CASSANDRA RIMPSON  On Monday, July 10, Cassandra Rimpson gave birth to a little girl — Anjalique Frankie Lamise Rimpson.  Anjalique was 6 pounds, 11 ounces and 19.5 inches long.  Mom, baby, and family are doing well!

VAN BEEK FAMILY GOODBYE CELEBRATION There will be a goodbye celebration for the Van Beek Family on Sunday, July 30 in the Fellowship Hall.  Bring a dish to pass.  There will be a time of sharing after the meal of memories we have of Daniel, Jen, Ezra, Lois and Sylvia.  Or you can email Cheryl Schadler with memories at  She would love to write these up as a keepsake.

FOOD PANTRY  We can use donations of canned fruit and soup, and boxed corn muffin mix.  Monetary contributions are also greatly appreciated!  

SUMMER HAPPENINGS Summer is a busy time at First Presbyterian. Please keep our Summer Youth Leadership Team (Julie and Gentry) in your prayers as they work with a fabulous group of youth from June 27–July 27. Also keep Charase Dorsey and Evan Ziebart in your prayers as they are the main people working with our Summer Service Learning Groups. The Berrien Health Bus will be here on Thursday nights! Keep your eyes peeled for more details on this!

OPEN WIDE UPDATE  As of June 10,  we are close to $422,000 in pledges and donations! Since our goal is now $700,000 (We’ve dropped the parking plan), we are more than 60% of the way to our goal!  Keep sharing the word about this project with your friends.

SABBATICAL GRANT FUNDS are available for you to explore spiritual renewal practices in your life. See Nancy Thompson or Pastor Deborah for more information.

THE LEAF CAMPAIGN  David Baker, George Barfield & Lois Peeples are creating a permanent tree display of donations from 2015. YOU CAN STILL BUY A LEAF with your name on it or in memory or honor of someone. Donations to “OPEN WIDE.” Gold leaves are $100, silver $50, & copper $10. Forms in narthex!

FALL WOMEN’S RETREAT  Women, MARK YOUR CALENDARS! We will have the chance to go on retreat with the women from Westminster in Grand Rapids on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7. The Rev. MaryAnn McKibbon Dana, a leader in our denomination and a really cool woman, will be leading the retreat and is being funded by our own Lilly Grant. The retreat will be at Camp Henry and scholarships will be available. THIS IS GOING TO BE FUN and REFRESHING!


I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.