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, 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.
After worship — BOOK GROUP meets
6:30 p.m. — Andrews University InterFaith Committee Meeting here.

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.  You need to have reservations.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
7:00 p.m.  ARTSBRIDGE Committee meets at Laurie’s house.

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. — 688 E. High Street, Benton Harbor.

Sunday, June 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship with Pastor Laurie preaching.  New members will be received in worship this Sunday. Josh Heikilla, our PCUSA missionary in Ghana will be in worship.
After worship —  POTLUCK!
12:30 p.m. — 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 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.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
5:45 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. — Trustees and Session meet

Wednesday, June 27 — Saturday, June 30
A work group with Great Lakes Urban from Zeeland, Mich will be staying with us.


THE 2018 CROP WALK TEAM collected $1,322!  This year’s walkers included:  Michelle Stone, Marge Anderson, Danny Jennings, Tammy Johnson, Aaliyah Lewis, Julie Brien and Pastor Laurie.  Ted Hartzell served as a crossing guard. Thanks to all in our church community!

Pastor’s Team:  This morning we will commission the following people as the “Pastor’s Team.”  This team will be available to help support members and friends of the church in times of need.  They include: Nancy Thompson, Marie Lunzy, Gordon Helm, Shirley Klemish, Cheryl Schadler, and Catherine Ravitch.  Nancy, Marie, Gordon, Shirley and Catherine will also help serve communion to shut-ins on communion Sundays.

Laurie will NOT be doing WalkAbouts on Thursday, June 7 or Thursday June 14 as she has Presbytery and General Assembly Commitments these days.  Anyone who likes can still do the walk about and collect prayer requests and invite people to Thursday night supper.  

YOUTH WORKS in the building.  A special welcome to Tamaiya, Vana, Bethany, Perry and Jaqueline, the Benton Harbor YOUTH WORKS staff for 2018.  They will be staying in our building as they look for permanent housing for their large summer work groups. Please keep them in your prayers.  

BIBLE STORIES and CRAFTS!  Interested in helping to lead a time of Bible stories and crafts on Thursday night for children after the Thursday night supper this summer?  See Laurie or Robyn.

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.

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.


TODAY’S SCRIPTURE                        2 CORINTHIANS 4:5-12                 NRSV

For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE                         1 SAMUEL 3:1-10                            NRSV

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.  At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.  Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”