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 Rehearsal    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.
Community Supper 6:00 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  


Sunday, October 14, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship — BUILDING BRICK:  Prayer and Praise with Pastor Laurie preaching.
After worship — New members’ class meets
After worship — Called Session meeting followed by a Session budget meeting.
3:30 p.m.– ICE Youth Group
5:00 p.m. — “The Sacred Sounds of Aretha Franklin.”  You won’t want to miss this concert by Charlene Jones, to be held here at First Pres!  It’s free.

Wednesday, October 17 2018
7:00 p.m. — New Officer’s Training at Laurie’s house

Thursday, October 18, 2018
6:40 p.m. — Healing Service in our Sanctuary

Sunday, October 21, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship — BUILDING BRICK:  Embracing Abundance and Overflowing Generosity with Pastor Laurie preaching.
After worship — Called Session meeting to receive new members.
4:00 p.m. — ARTSBRIDGE Poetry Reading

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
5:45 p.m. — Trustees; 6:30 p.m. — Session

Thursday, October 25, 2018
2:00 p.m. —  Great Lakes Urban meeting pulling together those working on housing initiatives in Benton Harbor.
7:30 p.m. — Meeting with Microenterprise group from Refreshing Fountains

Sunday, October 28, 2018
10:00 a.m.  — Worship — BUILDING BRICK:  Justice and Peace with Pastor Laurie preaching.
After worship — New Officer’s Training

Sunday, November 4, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship — BUILDING BRICK:  Unity with Elder and Seminarian Daniel Van Beek preaching.
After worship — STEWARDSHIP POTLUCK.  The Session will present the proposed budget for 2019.  


STEWARDSHIP LETTERS AND DINNER.   Members and regular attenders of First Presbyterian Church can find a “Stewardship Letter and pledge card” from the Trustees/Session in the narthex.  Please prayerfully consider how you can financially support your church in 2019. Come to the Stewardship POTLUCK on Sunday, November 4 and hear more about the budget for 2019.  

HEALING SERVICE THIS THURSDAY NIGHT.  At 6:40 p.m. this Thursday night, October 17, the Spiritual Life committee will be offering a community healing service.  There will be space to pray for spiritual, physical and emotional healing for ourselves, others and the world.

GROUNDED, OPEN and BUILDING.  And as Pearson Construction works on the physical building of our church this fall, it is important that we also tend our “spiritual house” as individuals and as a congregation.  Pick up the worship outline that details the “Building Bricks” we will be focusing upon each week.

DID YOU KNOW WE SERVED MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE in September at the First Pres food pantry?  Please help us with this important mission. We need corn muffin mix and boxed cereal.  Thank you for your generosity!

ARTSBRIDGE POETRY READING is Sunday, October 21 at 4:00 p.m. here!

THE SACRED SOUNDS OF ARETHA FRANKLIN!  Charlene Jones will be giving an Aretha Franklin memorial concert on Sunday, October 14 at 5 p.m., right here at First Presbyterian Church!  The concert is free. Plan on coming and bring some friends.


Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE      PSALM 100                   NRSV

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.