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, April 22, 2018 — Fourth Sunday in Easter
10:00 a.m. — Worship with Gentry Phillips preaching.
After Worship —  Luncheon (AWOL)
After Worship — Spiritual Life Committee meeting
12:30 pm. — ICE Youth meeting!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
6:00 p.m. —  7:45 p.m. –”Improving the Quality of Policing Through Transformational Change.”  Speaker: Director Daniel McGinnis; Benton Harbor Library

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
5:45 p.m. Trustees; 6:30 p.m. Session

Sunday, April 29, 2018
10:00 a.m. –Worship with Pastor Laurie preaching.
After worship — New members’ class

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
6:30 p.m.  — “Pastor’s Team” at Laurie’s house.

Sunday, May 6, 2018
10:00 a.m. —  Worship with Pastor Laurie preaching and the Lord’s Supper
After worship — Book group meets and New Members’ Class meets.
4:00 p.m. — ARTSBRIDGE featuring Gene Butler, the musicians from the Citadel and Aveline artist, Sharon Wilkinson.

Sunday, May 13, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Mother’s Day Worship!  


YOUTH CAMP HENRY FUND!  Thanks to all those who have helped and participated in the youth efforts to go to Camp Henry this summer!  As of April 1, 2018, WE HAVE REACHED OUR GOAL!!!

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST on Veronica Court in St. Joseph has been a generous supporter of our Food Pantry this year.  They are hosting a Swiss Steak Dinner and Bake sale on Monday, April 23 from 5 – 7 p.m. Dinner tickets are $10.  We encourage you to support this fundraiser, if you can.

BOOK STUDY! A group will be studying Mohammed Yunas’s book, “A World of Three Zeros.”  The study will begin on Sunday, May 6 after worship. ALL are invited to this study.  If you would like to order a book, let Laurie or Jeannette Holton know. If you have questions, see Marjie Willmeng.  

AFTER WORSHIP LUNCHEON (aka, AWOL) will be TODAY after worship on Sunday, April 22.  Bring a dish to pass. No theme, just plan for a time of fellowship!

ARTSBRIDGE  The next ArtsBridge will be May 6 at 4 p.m. at the church.  Jazz guitarist Gene Butler and students from the Citadel will present a concert.  The artwork of Aveline artist, Sharon Wilkinson will be on display. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

GROUND BREAKING in May!  We celebrate this in a special worship service on Pentecost Sunday, May 20.  Please mark your calendar. We have been meeting with our architect and Pearson Construction and plan to break ground on the entryway and roof repair project in May!!  Keep us in your prayers. We still have around $85,000 to raise to cover this project. So, please stay faithful to whatever pledge you made and possibly consider an extra gift.  

NEW MEMBERS’ CLASS  Interested in becoming a formal member of First Presbyterian Church?  Pastor Laurie will start a new class on Sunday, April 29 after worship.  

FREE STRETCH AND STRENGTHENING CLASS at Fairplain Presbyterian Church.  The class meets on Saturday, April 28, May 12, and June 2 at 11:00 a.m.

Bring a water bottle, Yoga mat, blanket or towel  and wear comfortable pants and t-shirt. Please contact the church office at 925-0041 if you have any questions.  The church is located at 210 W. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor.           

If you have prayer concerns please write them on the form in the pew or leave them on a sheet of paper on the office desk.
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE PSALM 23                                NRSV

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.  He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.


TODAY’S SCRIPTURE             JOHN 10:11-18                            NRSV

“I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.  The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows

me and I know the Father.  And I lay down my life for the sheep.  I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.  I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice.  So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.  No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”