Weekly Announcements

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Linda is in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Every Sunday
Choir Practice 9:00 a.m.
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.

Every Monday
Laurie’s Sabbath; call for emergencies.  Other needs can wait or call Elders Catherine Ravitch or Shirley Hagelberg-Klemish

Every Tuesday
Food Pantry Open 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Bible Study 10:00 a.m.
Pub Theology 7:30 p.m. @ The Livery

Every Thursday
Food Pantry Open 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Prayer 5:15 p.m.
Community Supper 6:00 p.m.
Choir Practice 6:30 p.m.


Sunday, February 18, 2018 — First Sunday in Lent
10:00 a.m.-Worship with Pastor Laurie preaching and special music by Lodie Elliott.
After worship — NEW MEMBERS’ Class
After worship — Spiritual Life Committee meeting
6:00 p.m.–Community Prayer meeting for the School District at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church; 1105 East Main Street in Benton Harbor

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
5:45 p.m. Trustees; 6:30 p.m. Session

Sunday, February 25, 2018 — Second Sunday in Lent
10:00 a.m. — Worship with Pastor Laurie preaching and the choir singing!
Jackie Baker will sing a very special solo with the choir; you won’t want to miss it!
12:30 p.m. — ICE Youth Group meeting.  

Sunday, March 4, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship with Elder Maurice Burton, from Refreshing Fountains Church of God in Christ, preaching.  

Sunday, March 11, 2018
10:00 a.m.  — Worship with Pastor Laurie preaching and the Lord’s Supper.
After worship — ICE Youth Group
After worship — NEW MEMBERS’ Class
4:00 p.m. — ARTSBRIDGE program featuring the Southwestern Michigan College Chamber Group directed by David Carew and mixed media art by Brian Cooley.

Saturday, March 17, 2018
9:00 a.m. — Presbytery of Lake Michigan meets at First Presbyterian Church in Paw Paw. Nancy Thompson will be our elder commissioner; Daniel Van Beek will serve as General Assembly commissioner.
Evening — Youth Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser.  More details will be forthcoming.  

Sunday, March 18, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship with Pastor Laurie preaching


WE ARE BLESSED TO WELCOME MRS. LODIE ELLIOTT as a guest soloist in worship today.  Thank you, Mrs. Elliott for sharing your faith and talent with us!

THE LORD’S SUPPER IN MARCH  Because Laurie will be gone on March 4, we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on March 11 in worship.  We will also celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, March 29 and on Easter Sunday, April 1.  

PRAYER MEETINGS FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT  The Ministerial Alliance is going to be starting a weekly prayer meeting with a focus on our youth, children and the schools.  The first meeting will be Sunday night, February 18 at 6:00 p.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church.  All community members are encouraged to attend and/or be in prayer for our school board, superintendent, children, youth, teachers and administrators.  

LENTEN DEVOTIONALS AVAILABLE! The Presbyterian Church USA has published a Lenten Devotional entitled “Jesus and the Prophets.”  Each family is welcome to take one and is encouraged to use them in daily devotions during Lent.  They are free of charge, but if you would like to help the church pay for them, you can put $2 in the can next to the stack in the narthex.  There are also  some other devotionals in a basket for your use.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH  We celebrate Black History month during worship at First Presbyterian Church.  All church members are invited to wear black, red and/or green during the month.  This year we will weave spirituals into each worship service as we continue our journey through Mark’s Gospel.  George Barfield will preach on Sunday, February 11 and Maurice Burton will preach on Sunday, March 4.  The choir, Sharon Hurse, Lodie Elliott and others will offer special music!  Invite your friends!

SOUL FOOD FEAST!  We will hold our annual Soul Food Feast on Sunday, February 25 after worship.  All members and friends are invited to bring a dish of “soul food” to pass.  There is a sign up sheet in the hallway.  This is a fabulous time.  Bring your friends.  There is always plenty of food!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!  MARCH 17 is the day for the BIG ANNUAL YOUTH SPAGHETTI SUPPER CAMP HENRY FUNDRAISER!  More details will be coming soon.  Rumor has it that some church leaders may be taking pies in the face again this year.  

YOUTH GROUP SNACKS  Chips and salsa, fruit, granola bars, baked goods, crackers and cheese.  Our youth love snacks and we can always use donations.  Talk to Julie!

ONLINE DONATIONS  Did you know you can pay your pledge and/or make donations to the church online with a credit card?  Just go to the church webpage:

firstpresbh.org and click on the “donate” button.  We now can also take PAYPAL donations for “Open Wide” via this email:  Openwidefpcbh@gmail.com.

OPEN WIDE OUR FRONT DOOR  We are going to BUILD this Spring and early Summer!  How, you ask?  We have about $545,000+ in our fund thanks to all our generous donors.  If you have pledged to Open Wide, please keep up with that pledge.  We are working with the architect on downgrading some of the plans (example, using residential windows instead of commercial grade windows, etc.) and need to raise about $105,000 so we can move ahead with this project.  We are always accepting new donations!  It’s exciting!!




TODAY’S SCRIPTURE JEREMIAH 8:18-22                         NRSV

My joy is gone, grief is upon me, my heart is sick.  Hark, the cry of my poor people from far and wide in the land: “Is the Lord not in Zion?  Is her King not in her?” (“Why have they provoked me to anger with their images, with their foreign idols?”) “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”  For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me.  Is there no balm in Gilead?  Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored?  

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE             MARK 2:1-12                       NRSV

When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, “Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and take your mat and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— “I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.” And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”