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Weekly Announcements

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now listing these online as well every week – this link will be updated

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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.

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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.

DETAILED ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.”

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ArtsBridge Brings Music + Art to You!

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

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.

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.

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 this Season:

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.

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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.”

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!

 

 

Online Art Auction for Open Wide

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Everyone, this is super exciting. Thanks to the dedication of members, friends and others wanting us to succeed in our OPEN WIDE OUR FRONT DOOR campaign, we are running an online art auction from September 22 until October 21. It all culminates with an Open Wide Open House that closes the art auction and provides a celebration and gathering of friends of the project and the community at large.

Check out the ART AUCTION – Opens Friday September 22!

Check out the event notices on Facebook too!

 

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Grand Haven First Drops By!

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Look who stopped by on Sunday! What a blessing to have so much support from Grand Haven First Presbyterian this past Sunday. George Barfield, former deacon at Benton Harbor First, preached and brought his wife Sara Shambarger and lots of wonderful friends! (Our own Sylvia Van Beek even photobombed the group photo!)

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service

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First Presbyterian Church is proud to partner with the Southwest Michigan Ministerial Alliance and the Berrien County Association of Churches to present a service of Unity and Hope in celebration of the life of Dr. King.

Join us TONIGHT at 6:30 at Union Memorial AME Church in Benton Harbor.

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Thrivent Choice Donations

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Thrivent members can now dedicate their Thrivent Choice dollars to First Presbyterian Church of Benton Harbor and/or our Open Wide Our Front Door campaign.

Thrivent Choice Dollars® directions can help First Presbyterian Church!

Choice Dollars charitable grant funds can make a world of difference to our ministry as we work together to bring our community together in the racial reconciliation of Christ’s love. By directing Choice Dollars, eligible Thrivent members recommend where they feel Thrivent should distribute a portion of its charitable grant funds. Directing Choice Dollars is easy. Simply go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more and find program terms and conditions. Or call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt.

Thrivent Choice® makes a meaningful impact

Think of the impact you—along with other eligible Thrivent members—can help make by directing Choice Dollars® to First Presbyterian Church. The grant funding we receive from Thrivent Financial through this program can help us expand the space for our youth and welcome the community to partner with us in many ministry programs.

Directing Choice Dollars is easy. Simply go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more and find program terms and conditions. Or call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt. Together, we can do even more to help strengthen communities and change lives.

 

Art in Worship

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Renowned watercolor artist David Baker led us in worship this past Sunday (September 25) and it was at capacity. More than 75 people participated in a unique art expressions for our worship as we explored our motto — ROOTS DOWN, BRANCHES OUT. What a blessing for David to do this and our own artists, Joan Judd, Arianne Baker, and Peter Helm, pitched in and led a rewarding and exquisite cultural and worshipful experience.

We also dedicate David Baker’s piece, “The Autumnal Equinox,” to our church sanctuary. This watercolor is a meaningful and powerful picture of “Roots Down, Branches Out.”  You can see more of his work at dbakerart.com.