Month: January 2019

Weekly Announcements

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WEEKLY CHURCH CALENDAR
Linda is in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 27, 2019
10:00 a.m. — Worship with Pastor Laurie preaching.
After worship — After Worship Luncheon!  Then, ICE Youth Group meets.
New members class meets after worship.

Thursday, January 31, 2019
7:00 p.m. — Business Development Task Force with Refreshing Fountain meets at First Presbyterian

Saturday, February 2, 2019
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — Youth Chili Supper Fundraiser.  

Sunday, February 3, 2019
10:00 a.m. — First Sunday in Black History Month, “Staying Woke to the New Movements of God’s Spirit.”  . Laurie will preach and we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. After worship we will have our congregation’s ANNUAL MEETING.
2:30 p.m. — ARTSBRIDGE POETRY READING!

Sunday, February 10, 2019
10 a.m. — 2nd Sunday in Black History Month, “Staying Woke to the Voices of the Past.”  Deacon George Barfield will be preaching!

Sunday, February 17
10 a.m.  3rd Sunday in Black History Month.  “Staying Woke to the Present and to the cry for Justice”  Pastor Laurie will be preaching. New Members’ class will meet after worship.  

Wednesday, February 20
5:45 p.m. — Trustees; 6:30 p.m.  — Session

Saturday, February 23
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. :  Outreach Council Planning and Visioning Group meets at church.

Sunday, February 24
10 am.  4th Sunday in Black HIstory Month.  “Staying Woke in Benton Harbor in 2019”  Pastor Andrew Robinson, Executive Director of MOSAIC will preach.
SOUL FOOD FEAST AFTER WORSHIP!

DETAILED ANNOUNCEMENTS

We will have an AWOL (After Worship Luncheon) TODAY!   All are invited to attend this potluck supper.   

YOUTH CHILI SUPPER CAMP HENRY FUNDRAISER  Please join us for our youth’s annual dinner fundraiser on Saturday, February 2nd, 6:00-7:30 p.m.  The youth will serve chili, cornbread, salad and dessert. A pie in the face competition will also occur. Don’t miss out!  All proceeds will go towards Camp Henry expenses and the youth ministry budget.

2018 GIVING STATEMENTS.  We are sending statements by email this year.  If you’d rather receive a paper statement please let us know by leaving a note in the office for Linda or emailing your request to firstpresbh@gmail.com.

TUTORS ARE NEEDED at the Discovery Learning Center.  If you are available for one hour a week to help in this Benton Harbor Area School which works with Pre-K and K students, talk with Laurie and she will put you in contact with the coordinators.

FOOD PANTRY  If you are able to contribute we need peanut butter, jelly, and boxed or dry milk.  Thank you for the generous donations to our Food Pantry!

BLACK HISTORY MONTH!  This February we will continue our practice of celebrating Black History Month. This year’s theme is “Staying Woke!” Here’s what’s happening on Sundays:

Sunday, February 3:  Pastor Laurie preaching on the theme, “‘Staying Woke’ to the Movement of God’s Spirit.”

Sunday, February 10:  Deacon George Barfield will preach on the theme, “‘Staying Woke’ to the Voices of Courage and Wisdom from the Past.”

Sunday, February 17:  Pastor Laurie will preach on the theme, “‘Staying Woke’ in the Present Moment.”

Sunday, February 24:  Rev. Andrew Robinson, Executive Director of MOSAIC in Benton Harbor, will preach on the theme, “‘Staying Woke’ in Benton Harbor in 2019.”  

UNNATURAL CAUSES… is inequality making us sick?  Unnatural Causes: Not Just a Paycheck   Presented by Lakeland Health “Community Grand Rounds” on Jan 29, Jan 31, and Feb 6.  Register online at: https://www.lakelandhealth.org/community-grand-rounds/community-grand-rounds-unnatural-causes-screenings

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      EXODUS 13:17-22                     NRSV

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was nearer; for God thought, “If the people face war, they may change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led the people by the roundabout way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of the land of Egypt prepared for battle. And Moses took with him the bones of Joseph who had required a solemn oath of the Israelites, saying, “God will surely take notice of you, and then you must carry my bones with you from here.” They set out from Succoth, and camped at Etham, on the edge of the wilderness. The Lord went in front of them in a pillar of cloud by day, to lead them along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night, to give them light, so that they might travel by day and by night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE      LUKE 4:1-13                       MSG

Now Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wild.  For forty wilderness days and nights he was tested by the Devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when the time was up he was hungry.  The Devil, playing on his hunger, gave the first test: “Since you’re God’s Son, command this stone to turn into a loaf of bread.” Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to really live.”  For the second test he led him up and spread out all the kingdoms of the earth on display at once. Then the Devil said, “They’re yours in all their splendor to serve your pleasure. I’m in charge of them all and can turn them over to whomever I wish.  Worship me and they’re yours, the whole works.” Jesus refused, again backing his refusal with Deuteronomy: “Worship the Lord your God and only the Lord your God. Serve him with absolute single-heartedness.” For the third test the Devil took him to Jerusalem and put him on top of the Temple.  He said, “If you are God’s Son, jump. It’s written, isn’t it, that ‘he has placed you in the care of angels to protect you; they will catch you; you won’t so much as stub your toe on a stone’?” “Yes,” said Jesus, “and it’s also written, ‘Don’t you dare tempt the Lord your God.’” That completed the testing.  The Devil retreated temporarily, lying in wait for another opportunity.

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ArtsBridge Brings Music + Art to You!

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All programs start at 4 p.m. (unless noted otherwise) at First Presbyterian Church and are absolutely free.

NEXT EVENT: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 @ 2:30 PM
11th Annual Super Sunday Poetry Reading

ArtsBridge, a celebration of the arts in our neighborhood, will present its 11th annual Super Sunday Poetry Reading at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, February 3, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church, 475 Green Avenue on Morton Hill in Benton Harbor, MI. Poet lovers of all ages are invited to attend and share a favorite poem or a few poems they have written. Possible topics may include nature, feelings, love, personal philosophy, diversity, spirituality, and others.

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Isabel Jackson, who is the event organizer, commented: “This (event) will take place in an intimate and non-intimidating setting. Attendees may read their own work or have someone else read it. Participation is highly encouraged. All present will have the option to simply listen.” Some of the past participants include George Barfield, Pearl Blaylock, Bill Brady, David Brady, Debra Davis, Sue Goens, Darlene Hawkins, Marnie Heyn, Jeanette Holton, Isabel Jackson, Rev. Laurie Hartzell, Julie Kortidis, Linda Lobik, Gary McCormick, Maggie Mendus, and Rev. Emeritus Doug Petersen. Students from St. Joseph High School and Lake Michigan College have attended and read their poems.

Rev. Hartzell, who is the minister at this church, commented about ArtsBridge: “In a communitythat is often known for its racial and socio-economic divisions, ArtsBridge provides a safe space where people can come together through the creative and performing arts. There is incredible talent throughout our community—what a joy to share in it together.”

 

Admission is free, donations accepted. A reception will follow this program.

Rev. Laurie Hartzell, who is the minister at this church, commented about ArtsBridge: “In a community that is often known for its racial and socio-economic divisions, ArtsBridge provides a safe space where people can come together through the creative and performing arts. There is incredible talent throughout our community—what a joy to share in it together.”

 

Past Events of Previous Seasons:

NOVEMBER 18, 2018 – Thanksgiving & Praise Concert – 4:00 PM

The program will feature guest organist Brenton Offenback, All God’s Children
Community Choir and an array of art work on display and for sale by artists primarily from First Presbyterian Church of Benton Harbor. 

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Brenton Offenback graduated from Andrews University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 2009 and with a Master’s degree in Organ Performance and Choral Conducting in 2014, studying under Dr. Kenneth Logan and Stephen Zork respectively.
As a child, Brenton pretended to play the organ on the backs of pew benches, always admiring the sound that came from those mysterious pipes. As a high school freshman, Brenton finally built up the courage to ask the church organist if he could play. With the promise of a free organ method book for playing four times, he obtained the book very quickly. And thus, started his long love and profession of the organ.

Since then, Brenton has played in numerous churches: the Chapel Hill Methodist Church, Sodus, MI; Forest Lake Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Apopka, FL; Knowels Chapel of Rollins College, Winter Park, FL; Zion United Church of Christ, Baroda, MI; Village Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Berrien Springs, MI; and now at the First Congregational Church of St. Joseph, MI.
All God's Children Community Choir MLK Day 2016 at LMCAll God’s Children Community Choir is a spirited group of talented and enthusiastic children and teens, ages 5 to 18, drawn from many different communities in Southwest Michigan. Led by a diverse team of directors, the Choir is now in its 17th year, inspiring audiences with its messages of brotherhood and sisterhood, unity, peace and respect for all people. Since the Choir’s initial performance at the Race Relations Council Awards Program in 2001, All God’s Children has performed on more than 150 occasions. These special events have included performances at Lake Michigan College and Andrews University to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; a special Habitat for Humanity performance for former President Jimmy Carter; concerts in Grand Rapids and Traverse City for state and national teachers’ conferences; joint appearances with the Chicago Children’s Choir in Michigan and Chicago; a Holiday Traditions concert with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera Star Angela Brown; a featured performance at Navy Pier in Chicago on Martin Luther King Day; multiple ArtsBridge concerts; and performances with recording artists Tom Chapin, Josh White, Jr., Gemini, Peter Yarrow, and Pamela Chappell with whom All God’s Children recorded an award-winning CD.


Adams, Jordan Photo 2Jordan Adams,
from Hendersonville, North Carolina, has family ties that connect her to Southwest Michigan. Her father grew up in St. Joseph and she regularly visits her 97-year-old grandmother who still lives in the area. Jordan graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina in 2014 and has spent most of her time since graduating traveling and working as an English teacher in South Korea. Jordan enjoys many art mediums including pottery and fiber arts. She knits and weaves as she travels around the world for work and play. She loves to collect yarn from the different places she visits and then create wearable items and woven wall hangings to adorn your home. You can find out more about Jordan’s work on Etsy vagabondfiberarts.etsy.com and Instagram vagabondfiberarts. Arianne Baker has been an artist all her life. She studied art education at Eastern Michigan University with a concentration in jewelry and
metalsmithing. She and her mother Jackie operate a beaded jewelry business called Dragons Fly Beads. She has always been interested in the tactile aspect of art and has made portraits with fingerprints and even footprints. Currently, she does more art on a smaller scale with needlepointing.

David Baker is a lifelong artist and teacher. Now, mostly retired from academic life, he works full time making art. He often works with oil,
watercolor, or charcoal. Most of his imagery is found in nature; quiet moments, touched with a little poetry.

Jackie Baker started making jewelry in 1996 and hasn’t stopped. It was very relaxing at first for her to just play with the beads. When she accumulated too many, she started selling her creations. Jackie’s jewelry is one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Her daughter, Arianne, also makes most of the jewelry for Dragons Fly Beads.

Johnson, Antwon PhotoAntwon Johnson began glassblowing as a Fired Up! student at Water Street Glassworks two years ago. He enjoys making different glass objects such as spun bowls, vases, cups, and paperweights. Antwon likes being creative and would like to make glassblowing his career. He is gaining a lot of good experience and plans to continue glassblowing for as long as he can.

Judd, Joan PhotoJoan Judd’s
painting journey started with lessons from Marilyn O’Bryant and Lorie Jespersen at the Krasl Art Center. She continues taking classes there. Her paintings have been displayed at both The Krasl and Box Factory for the Arts galleries. She also was part of the Chartreuse, a local artist co-op for six years. Currently, her paintings and cards are for sale at Aveline Gallery in Benton Harbor. Joan is a graduate of Albion College and also taught first and second grades in Michigan and Virginia. For twelve years, she was the director of the First Church of God Nursery School.

Smith, Veronica PhotoVeronica Smith has been an artist all her life. The mediums she uses are varied; including graphite pencil, colored pencil, pastel,
photography, and most recently picking up acrylics and watercolors. She mostly works digitally as a comic book colorist and illustrating;
striving to tell stories with her art.

Pastor Laurie Hartzell says “There is God-given talent and art all around us. Our hope is to provide a space where their art can help bridge our diversity as we fellowship together and revel in each other’s creative gifts.” A reception will follow the program in Goff Hall. For details call (269) 925-7075 or find them online at firstpresbh.org or Facebook.

Admission is free, donations accepted. A reception will follow the program.

All programs start at 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church and are absolutely free.

 

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Sunday – September 30 – Autumn Celebration Concert & Exhibit

ArtsBridge’s 8th season begins a program featuring gospel singer Jolita Burton followed by Ed Bagatini and his 11-piece jazz band The Revival of the Cool! Acrylic paintings by Nikki Gauthier will also be on display and for sale.

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Jolita Burton is a native of the Black Pearl of Berrien County, the city she loves, Benton Harbor, Michigan. She has been a Gospel songstress in her community for many years. Her love for Jesus Christ is her inspiration to live the kind of life that invokes the presence of His glorious spirit, which she shares the gift she has been blessed
with. She has been a longtime member of Refreshing Fountains Church of God in Christ (COGIC) on Euclid Avenue in Benton Harbor. Her husband, Maurice Burton, is a retired State of Michigan trooper and is an elder and minister at Refreshing Fountain COGIC. She is also blessed with two children, Marcellus and Imyn, and three grandchildren.
The Revival of the Cool jazz band is comprised of some of the best jazz players in the area including Bump Enders and Mark Gamble (Trumpet) Dino Jackson (French Horn), Ruth Livengood, Joel Fletty, Brandon Yenchus, Ed Bagatini (Trombone) Rob Funk (Baritone Sax), Stephen Lundquist (Guitar), Jason Spiegel (Bass), and Jim Allen (Drums). Arrangements and original compositions are the work of Ed Bagatini. In rehearsal since
June of 2017, the library hosts 104 arrangements. Some of the music selections performed will include the Theme from Deception by Miles Davis, Stella by Starlight by Victor Young, Fly me to the Moon by Bart Howard plus several original compositions by Ed Bagatini such as Eggs & Ice Cream, Bella Donna and Awe Shucks.
Ed Bagatini PhotoEd Bagatini was born, raised and schooled in Calumet Michigan where the circle of 4th’s was taught along with the three R’s. With maternal encouragement, he graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Music Ed. Degree. He then became a trombonist with 5th Army Headquarters Band. Mr. Bagatini has taught instrumental music in various schools in Southwestern Michigan He laid the foundations for the band programs at Lake
Michigan College and Lake Michigan Catholic Schools. Ed has had extensive experience in arranging music. He has arranged music for: The Navy School of Music, Dan Belloc, Kai Winding, Tommy Shepard, Bill Russo, Bill Porter, Mike Suter, Bobby Davidson, Western Michigan University, The Jazz Assemblage and The Nostalgics. He was the musical director of The Nostalgics Big Band, leads The Dynabones, and The Ed Bagatini Trio. He performs with The Ed Forrest Big Band, Carol And Kaye’s Dixieland Band and various church ensembles. Major influences upon his arranging are Gerry Mulligan and the late great friend Bill Evans. Presently, Ed and his wife, Adrienne, operate Bagatini’s Music Store in downtown St. Joseph.

Nikki Gauthier PhotoNikki Gauthier is the Communications, Programs and Events Coordinator for the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph, Michigan. In her role at the Box Factory, Nikki helps to develop programs, which nurture the arts and creativity. She plans special Box Factory events such as concerts, open mic nights, gallery receptions, film nights and personal tours. Nikki loves being part of the team at the Box Factory and looks forward to continuing to build an organization, which fosters and celebrates artistic expression.
Nikki’s work at the Box Factory is a natural fit, as she has always had a passion for the arts in its many forms. She developed her own artistic talents as a musician early in life, but only recently discovered an affinity for painting when her dad gave her art supplies for Christmas. Since then, Nikki has been creating acrylic paintings featuring mainly floral and beach scenes. You can find Nikki’s works entitled “Introspective Life” on Etsy, Facebook, Instagram (@introspectivelifegirl), and at local artisan markets. Nikki is also the mother of two children, Geoff (17) and Hope (9).

Sunday – May 6 – Spring Concert & Exhibit

Featuring jazz guitarist Gene Butler, music students from The Citadel Dance & Music Center under the direction of Susan Dietrich-Reed, and wearable art from Sharon Wilkinson.

ArtsBridge presents a “Spring Concert and Exhibit” on Sunday, May 6, 2018, 4:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 475 Green Avenue on Morton Hill in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The program will feature music students from The Citadel Dance & Music Center under the direction of Susan Dietrich-Reed and jazz guitarist Gene Butler.
Wearable art by Sharon Wilkinson will also be on display and for sale. Pastor Laurie Hartzell says “There is God-given talent and art all around us. Our hope is to provide a space where their art can help bridge our diversity as we fellowship together and revel in each other’s creative gifts.” A reception will follow the program in Goff Hall. For
details call (269) 925-7075 or find them online at firstpresbh.org or Facebook.

Sunday – March 11 – Choral Concert & Exhibit

Featuring the SMC Select Voices directed by David Carew and colorful artwork by Brian Cooley.

ArtsBridge presents a Choral Concert and Exhibion Sunday, March 11 4:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 475 Green Avenue on Morton Hill in Benton Harbor, Michigan. This program features SMC Select Voices conducted by David Carew, with guest tenor, Andrew Fisher.  Colorful art work by Brian Cooley will also be on display and for sale. Admission is free and donations acceptedFor more details visit www.FirstPresBH.org or find  on Facebook. 

Rev. Laurie Hartzell, who is the minister at this church, commented about ArtsBridge: “In a community that is often known for its racial and socio-economic divisions, ArtsBridge provides a safe space where people can come together through the creative and performing arts. There is incredible talent throughout our community—what a joy to share in it together.”

Admission is free, donations accepted. A reception will follow the program.

All programs start at 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church and are absolutely free.

Sunday – February 4, 2018 – 10th Poetry Reading – AT 2:00 P.M.!

ArtsBridge will present its 10th Poetry Reading at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 4, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church, 475 Green Avenue on Morton Hill in Benton Harbor, MI. Poetry lovers of all ages are invited to attend and read a poem they wrote or simply listen. Possible topics may include nature, feelings ranging from love to loss, diversity, spirituality, and more.

Isabel Jackson, who is the event organizer, commented: “This (event) will take place in an intimate and non-intimidating setting. Attendees may read their own work or have someone else read it. Participation is highly encouraged. All present will have the option to simply listen.”

Sunday – November 19 – Thanksgiving & Praise Concert & Exhibit

ArtsBridge presents Thanksgiving and Praise Concert and Exhibion Sunday, November 19 4:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church475 Green Avenue on Morton Hill in Benton Harbor, Michigan. This program features organist, Perry Heppler, All God’s Children Community Choir and David Smykal’s reclaimed wood art. Admission is free and donations accepted.

 

 

Sunday – October 15 – 9th Annual Poetry Reading
ArtsBridge will present its 9th Poetry Reading at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 15, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church, 475 Green Avenue on Morton Hill in Benton Harbor, MI. Poetry lovers of all ages are invited to attend and read a poem they wrote or simply listen. Possible topics may include nature, feelings ranging from love to loss, diversity, spirituality, and more.

Isabel Jackson Photo

Isabel Jackson, who is the event organizer, commented: “This (event) will take place in an intimate and non-intimidating setting. Attendees may read their own work or have someone else read it. Participation is highly encouraged. All present will have the option to simply listen.”

Sunday – September 24 – Three Pianists Concert & Exhibit
ArtsBridge presents Three Pianists Concert and Exhibion Sunday, September 24 4:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 475 Green Avenue on Morton Hill in Benton Harbor, Michigan. This program features pianists Joshua Goines, Susan Burkholz, and David Brock plus ceramic artist Jerry SirkAdmission is free and donations acceptedFor more details visit FirstPresBH.org/ArtsBridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More great events coming soon!