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
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.
Laurie’s “Walkabout” – 3:15ish p.m.
Community Supper 6:00 p.m.


Sunday, August 5, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship with Minister Kyle Nolan preaching.  Minister Nolan is Pastor of Missions and Formation at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids.  Laurie will be preaching in Grand Rapids. This is a pulpit exchange! Marge Andersen will be offering special music.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Primary Election Day.  Get out and VOTE; pray for this important election.

Saturday, August 11, 2018
The AKAs will be meeting in our building during the day.  

Sunday, August 12, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship at Lion’s Beach.  Potluck following worship. Water baptisms!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
5:45 p.m.:  Trustees; 6:30 p.m.:  Session

Thursday, August 16, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. —  The newly formed Benton Harbor Area Schools Foundation leadership will meet here.

Sunday, August 19, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship with Pastor Laurie preaching, the Lord’s Supper and a special 90th birthday celebration for Francis Baker.  There will also be special music from the choir and from Gloria Winn’s daughter-in-law!

After worship — Birthday party and meeting of those leading Sunday School for the fall.  Also Bob Judd will offer a space to see architectural drawings of the building plans and share exact details about what Pearson Construction will be doing.  

Sunday, August 26, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship with Deacon George Barfield preaching.  Arianne Baker will be offering special music.

After worship — People are invited to go to Fairplain Presbyterian Church for the retirement celebration of Rev. Laverne Davenport.


COLLECTION FOR FIRE VICTIMS’ FAMILY and EXPENSES.  If you would like to contribute to the funeral and other expenses incurred by the family of those that were killed in the fire last weekend, please make a donation to First Presbyterian and put FIRE VICTIMS in the check memo or on the envelope you put your cash in.  We will see that the money gets to the family.

BIRTHDAYS!  Roger Hoge turns 80 on August 12.  You can bring cards to him at the beach service. Francis Baker turns 90 on August 18.  Our worship service on August 19 will have special times to honor Francis, his life and leadership and more.  Please bring him a card and plan to stay after for a time of continued celebration.

OPEN WIDE!  COME SEE THE PLANS!  We have a signed contract with Pearson Construction and building will begin soon.  Would you like to see the drawings and hear more details about the plans? Plan on staying after worship on Sunday, August 19.  Bob Judd will have the drawings and share all the details with anyone interested.

MATCHING GRANT CHALLENGE FROM UPTON FOUNDATION!  Starting on June 4, 2018, every NEW gift (not previously pledged) to OPEN WIDE OUR FRONT DOOR WILL BE MATCHED by the Upton Foundation up to $20,000 total.  A donor has already kicked off this match for us with a $10,000 promise.  This match window will be open until June 4, 2019, but we are hoping to complete the

match this summer.   CURRENT MATCH DONATION PROMISED or RECEIVED as of 7/30:  $13,965. That means we have $6,035 to go!

BOOK STUDY/COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP TO DISCUSS WAYS TO SUPPORT ANTI-POVERTY WORK AND WORK “WITH” OUR COMMUNITY.  Some of us are reading “A World of Three Zeros” together.  See Margie Willmeng for more details.

CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL MEETING.  Those interested and available to help with a rotation of teachers for children’s Sunday School will meet after worship on Sunday, August 19.  

BENTON HARBOR AREA SCHOOL FOUNDATION is beginning to collect school supplies — backpacks, glue sticks, paper, crayons, markers, etc.  We can give these things to the foundation who will be working with other local groups in helping supply the schools and area children.  We now have a big bin in the narthex to collect your donations. Please bring things by August 19.



There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.  But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said, “When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people.” The gifts he gave were that some would

be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE      EXODUS 16:1-16                     NRSV

The whole congregation of the Israelites set out from Elim; and Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt. The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.” So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaining against the Lord. For what are we, that you complain against us?” And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the Lord has heard the complaining that you utter against him—what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the Lord.”

Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’” And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. The Lord spoke to Moses and said, “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”

In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Gather as much of it as each of you needs, an omer to a person according to the number of persons, all providing for those in their own tents.’”