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

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. However

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.”

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 Past Events of Previous Seasons:

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.

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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!

 

 

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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 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.  

UPCOMING EVENTS

Laurie will be on vacation from Monday, October 29 – Monday, November 12.  If pastoral needs arise, please contact Nancy Thompson or Shirley Hagelberg-Klemish who will pass on concerns to the Pastor’s team.  

Sunday, October 28, 2018

10:00 a.m.  — Worship — BUILDING BRICK:  Justice and Peace with Pastor Laurie preaching.
After worship — ArtsBridge meeting after worship.
After worship — ICE YOUTH GROUP goes to Corn Maze (weather permitting).

Monday, October 29, 2018
11:00 a.m. — Doris Jones Funeral Visitation at St. Mark’s Baptist Church
12:00 p.m. Noon —  Doris Jones Funeral at St. Marks’ Baptist Church, 802 Pavonne Street

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

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 — ELECTION DAY!  VOTE! PRAY!

Saturday, November 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Special Called Presbytery Meeting at Westminster — Portage

Sunday, November 11, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship — BUILDING BRICK:  JOY!  with Gentry Phillips preaching. The choir will sing.  andAfter worship — ICE YOUTH GROUP meeting.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
7:15 p.m.  — Wes Moore speaks at the Economics Club.  

Saturday, November 17, 2018
3:00 p.m.  — Ordination of David Schell and his installation as pastor at Fairplain Presbyterian Church.

Sunday, November 18, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship — BUILDING BRICK: LOVE is the Mortar with Pastor Laurie preaching.  Celebration of the Lord’s Supper.  Special music by the JOY RINGERS, from Berrien Springs United Methodist Church.  Our own LIZ ADAMS is one of them!
4:00 p.m.  — ARTSBRIDGE featuring All God’s Children Community Choir, Organist Brett Offenback and a First Pres artists’ display.  

Thursday, November 22 — Thanksgiving Day
Food Pantry closed.
No Thursday Night Supper.

Sunday, November 25, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship — Christ the King Sunday.  BUILDING BRICK: Jesus Christ is the Cornerstone with Pastor Laurie preaching and reception of New Members.

DETAILED ANNOUNCEMENTS

EQUAL EXCHANGE!  Our youth are selling Equal Exchange products — Fair Trade coffee, chocolate, tea, and more — as they begin earning their way to Camp Henry next summer.  These products make great gifts. You can order things through mid-November. See any youth to place your order soon.

Did you know that Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is currently helping in recovery efforts from Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael.  You can support recovery by donation to PDA. For more information, check out PDA.PCUSA.ORG online or talk to Pastor Laurie.

STEWARDSHIP POTLUCK and PLEDGE CARDS.  Next Sunday, November 4, we will have our annual Stewardship Potluck.  Plan on staying and hearing about the proposed budget for 2019. If you didn’t receive your stewardship letter, your copy is in the office.  Please prayerfully consider your pledge for the support of our church and its vital ministry in 2019. The Session needs your pledge cards by November 25.  

CORN MAZE  All children and youth are invited to go to Barbott’s Corn Maze TODAY.  Children elementary age or younger need to have an adult accompany them.  Cost is $8 per person and lunch will be provided at the church before departing for the maze.   

THANK YOU FOR FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS!  We are so grateful for all the donations in response to our food pantry requests!  If you are able to contribute additional items we need canned beef stew, boxed cereal and boxed mac and cheese.  Thank you for your generosity!

MATCHING GRANT CHALLENGE FROM UPTON FOUNDATION! ACHIEVED!!!  THANK YOU EVERYONE!!

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE      MICAH 6:6-8              NRSV

With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high?  Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil?  Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE      I PETER 3:8-12                     NRSV

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing. For

“Those who desire life and desire to see good days, let them keep their tongues from evil and their lips from speaking deceit; let them turn away from evil and do good; let them seek peace and pursue it.  For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Important Area Event!

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LMC Hanson Theatre – September 27 @ 3:30-5:00 pm

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David Baker @ Box Factory

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Special Night at the Box Factory for the Arts as artist David Baker guides us through his exhibit followed by reflections at Kiwanis Park.

SEPTEMBER 19 @ 6:30 pmbaker

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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