now listing these online as well every week – this link will be updated
WEEKLY CHURCH CALENDAR
Linda is in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Choir Practice 9:00 a.m.
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Laurie’s Sabbath; call for emergencies. Other needs can wait or call Elders Catherine Ravitch or Shirley Hagelberg-Klemish
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
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, May 20, 2018 — Pentecost Sunday
10:00 a.m. — Worship! All are invited to wear red! Service will include special verse and new music by the choir.
After Worship — Book Study
1:30 p.m. — CROP WALK
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
5:45 p.m. Trustees meet; 6:30 p.m. Session meets
Sunday, May 27, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship
12:30 p.m. — ICE Youth meeting!
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
6:00 p.m. — Parents’ meeting for Summer Youth Leadership Participants
Thursday, May 31, 2018
5:30 p.m. — End of the Season Choir gathering at Nancy’s house.
Friday June 1, 2018
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. — Book give away at Martin Luther King, Jr. School. Martha Momany can use help as children select books, bag them, etc. Come for an hour or for the day.
Sunday, June 3, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship with Pastor Laurie preaching and The Lord’s Supper. Last choir Sunday.
After worship — Called Session meeting to receive new members.
Monday, June 4, 2018
4:00 p.m. — Boys and Girls Club Teen Center: A reception honoring Virginia Ellen Abbott Maxwell who will receive an award from the Governor on June 5 for her volunteering and lifetime work with Benton Harbor Youth.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
The bus or van going to Lansing for the Governor’s Event will leave at 3 p.m. More details will be forthcoming.
Friday, June 8, 2018
6:00 p.m. — Benton Harbor High School Graduation. Lynn Bland, III is graduating. Lynn’s Open House will be on Saturday, June 9 at 4 p.m.
Sunday, June 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship with Pastor Laurie preaching. New members will be received in worship this Sunday.
12:30 — ICE Youth meeting!
3:00 p.m. — Youth Group Lazer Tag
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
9:00 a.m. — The Presbytery of Lake Michigan will meet at First Presbyterian Church in Edwardsburg. Catherine Ravitch will be our elder commissioner.
11:30 a.m. — The Fairplain Presbyterian Women have invited First Presbyterian Women to a special luncheon with the program entitled, “Benton Harbor and the 1920s.” RSVP by June 8 to 269-925-0041.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
NOON: CELEBRATING JULIE’S FIFTH YEAR ANNIVERSARY at First Presbyterian. Bring a lunch! Cake and JOY will be provided.
Saturday, June 16, 2018 — Saturday, June 23, 2018
The 223rd meeting of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA will take place in St. Louis, MO. Pastor Laurie will be a teaching elder commissioner for the Lake Michigan Presbytery. Elder Daniel Van Beek will be a Theological Student Assistant.
Sunday, June 17, 2018 — Father’s Day
10:00 a.m. Worship — HYMN SING SUNDAY! Come ready to worship by singing your favorite hymns.
Monday, June 18, 2018 — Friday, June 22, 2018 –– A Harbor Habitat Work Group from Washington, Missouri will be staying with us!
Sunday, June 24, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship with Elder Nancy Thompson preaching and report from Pastor Laurie about the 223rd General Assembly.
TODAY we will commission the following CROP WALKERS who will participate in today’s CROP WALK. If you wish to make a donation, see one of them: Michelle Stone, Aaron Stone, Marge Anderson, Nancy Thompson, Julie Brien, Danny Jennings, Antwon Johnson, Tammy Johnson, and Deshonae Williams. Ted Hartzell will work as a crossing guard.
THURSDAY “WALK ABOUTS.” The warmer weather has finally “sprung!” This week, May 24, Laurie will start her weekly walk abouts on Morton Hill on Thursdays around 3:15 p.m. Feel free to come join her as she gathers prayer requests and chats with our neighbors.
BOOK GIVEAWAY AT MLK SCHOOL ON JUNE 1. NEEDED: Plastic bags (there is a box in the narthex) and YOU. If you can help anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on that day, see Martha Momany. Come for an hour or for the day.
Our own VIRGINIA ELLEN ABBOTT MAXWELL has been named as Michigan Governor’s Senior Volunteer of the Year! This is a highly prestigious honor for her work in our community, with youth and with the Boys and Girls’ Clubs. She will receive this award in Lansing at the Capital on Tuesday night, June 5. Pastor Laurie will be attending and would like to take a “car full” from First Presbyterian. It is possible that a church bus or other transportation will be arranged. Let Laurie know soon if you would like to attend.
SUMMER MUSIC The choir will sing their last anthem for the year on Sunday, June 3. There will be a summer music schedule of volunteers. If you wish to sing, play an instrument or read a poem please see Nancy to sign up.
OPEN WIDE UPDATE We have been meeting with our architect and Pearson Construction and our plans to break ground have been delayed due to construction business stuff. Ah, the joys of construction projects! In the meantime, we will still celebrate what the Spirit is doing among us and bless the ground. After raising $570,000, we still have around $80,000 to raise to cover this project. So, please stay faithful to whatever pledge you made and possibly consider an extra gift.
WOMEN’S RETREAT Westminster Presbyterian in Grand Rapids has invited our women to join them in their annual retreat again the first Sunday in October. Are you interested?? Talk to Nancy or Laurie! More details will be forthcoming.
SUMMER YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM. The Summer Program for students entering 8th, 9th or 10th grade will run from June 20 – July 27 this summer. If you know of any youth who might be interested, please be in touch with Julie, Gentry or Laurie.
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE EZEKIEL 37:1-14 NRSV
The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.
Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’ Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act, says the Lord.”
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE ACTS 2:1-11 NRSV
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.”