CONGREGATIONAL MEETING ON DECEMBER 5, 2021
The Session has called a Congregational Meeting to elect Ruling Elders for the Class of 2024. The Trustees will also answer any questions Church members have about the Church budget. The meeting will be held in the sanctuary on Sunday, December 5, 2021, immediately after the service of worship. Hope to see you there!
The First Presbyterian Church of Benton Harbor is invited to Interfaith Action of SW Michigan’s Celebration of the Harvest and the Harvesters on Sunday, October 10, 2021, from 3-4 PM. This celebration will be held at the Tabor Hill Vineyards Tent. Please enter through the Special Event Entrance at Tabor Hill Vineyards, 185 Mount Tabor Road, Buchanan, MI (near Baroda). This celebration concludes Interfaith’s Harvest for the Harvesters, in which First Pres took part. It will be a powerful interfaith event filled with prayers and music—ranging from an Islamic call to Prayer, a Jewish Cantor, the Watchmen A Cappella Choir, and the San Gabriel Choir. Hope to see you there!
PARTICIPATE IN THE HARVEST FOR THE HARVESTERS!
Two years ago, our Church participated with Interfaith Action of SW Michigan in the Harvest for the Harvesters. Our Church members donated the following needed items for migrant workers:
• Beans (canned or dried)
A large basket with a sign will be in the Open Space from Sunday, September 19 – Sunday, October 3, 2021, in which you can place the above donations. As an alternative, monetary donations also are being accepted. Please write your checks to Interfaith Action of SW Michigan and mail them to Interfaith Action of SW Michigan, 104 Mt. Tabor Road, Buchanan, MI 49107. The check writer should note “Harvest” on the Memo line of the check.
**Monetary donations will be used by Interfaith to buy additional rice and beans if there are not enough OR to donate to the San Gabriel Emergency Migrant Assistance Fund, which funds emergency food or housing assistance to migrant families in need.
**Thank you for your participation in this charity!
Meet Evan Closser
We’d like you to meet Evan Closser, newly hired Minister of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Benton Harbor. Evan comes to us from New York City, where he recorded session work and taught private music lessons in his studio. Having family in Southwest Michigan brought Evan and his partner Amethyst back to this area, where they currently live in Berrien Springs with their dog and three cats.
Evan was classically trained in piano and organ, but he owns over 50 musical instruments and aspires to learn to play them all. Before moving to New York, he played for the St. Joe Youth Orchestra under Steven Reed. He’s currently working on teaching himself the harp, and is proficient in guitar, mandolin, ukulele, clarinet, and saxophone. He enjoys all genres of music, and is currently leaning into non-Eurocentric forms in addition to classical, jazz, and gospel.
Evan continues to give private music lessons, and to find local opportunities for musical performance, both alone and with fellow musicians. About his current projects, Evan says, “I recently finished my first job as a music editor, and have been composing a set of lullabies for the harp starting with one each for my niece and nephew! I’m hoping that my recent editing of a harp method book will give me an “in” to hopefully publish these lullabies some day. I’ve also been getting my feet wet with composing for picture and podcasts and am hoping to find excuses to compose more often.”
At First Presbyterian, Evan is anticipating the time when, post-Covid, we can return to familiar ways of musical expression, including congregational hymn-singing and re-formation of the choir. He’s looking forward to getting to know our many musicians and singers and to leading a variety of musical experiences involving as many people as possible.
For more information about Evan:
Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube
Welcome to First Presbyterian, Evan!
2021 CROP WALK
Well, organizing for Cropwalk is back and I have agreed to be coordinator again for First Presbyterian Church of Benton Harbor MI. The 2021 Cropwalk will be a digital and/or virtual one. We are asking for everyone to walk for our world mission to end hunger and food insufficiency. I will post more information soon, but save the date–May 16th for walking and submitting donations. So–First Presbyterian family, let’s get organizing!
Aaron Stone (269) 944-7024
First Presbyterian Church of Benton Harbor honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Sunday, August 16, our morning service will feature music by Jackie Baker on flute and vocals and Nancy Thompson on piano. Don’t miss these ladies sharing their gifts with the church!
On Sunday, July 26, our outdoor worship service at 1:00 p.m. will feature a message by Shirley Hagelberg Hancock, one of our Ruling Elders. Music will be led by Bob Ziebart. Come and share with us in this safe and refreshing time of fellowship! (Masks and social distancing will be practiced–bring a chair and enjoy the lovely shaded area behind the church.)
PRAYER CHAIN–We would like to form an official prayer chain for the many people who request prayer. Please sign up at the greeters’ table. It would be very helpful if you’d provide a cell phone number and an email address. See Pastor Scott if you have questions.
GIVELIFY! You can now make donations on the Givelify app, easily downloaded on iPhones and Androids.
FOOD PANTRY–Many of our food pantry clients ask for personal and home products like paper towels, bath tissue, and laundry detergent. If you are able to donate, we’d be thrilled to share those items with our clients. Cash donations are always welcome!
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.
Pastor’s Sabbath; call for emergencies.
Other needs can wait, or call Elders Catherine Ravitch or Shirley Hagelberg-Klemish
Bible Study 10:00 a.m.
Food Pantry open 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Pub Theology 7:30 @ The Livery
Veterans Groups Here 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Food Pantry open 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Community Supper 6:00 p.m.
Youth Group meets 5:30-ish
Choir practice 6:30 p.m.