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, January 21, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship with Pastor Laurie preaching and the choir singing!.
AFTER WORSHIP LUNCHEON/POTLUCK —   Breakfast and brunch foods.Brief New Members’ Class meeting after worship, too.

Thursday, January 25, 2018  — No choir rehearsal.

Saturday, January 27, 2018
6:00 p.m. — Youth Group Lock-In

Sunday, January 28, 2018
10:00 a.m.  — Worship with Elder Daniel Van Beek preaching
12:30 p.m. —  2:30 p.m. — ICE Youth Group

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
6:00 p.m. — Community Supper at Fairplain Presbyterian

Saturday, February 3, 2018
Youth Group Trip to FIVE PINES to go sledding (weather permitting).  More details will be forthcoming.

Sunday, February 4, 2018 — Black History Month Celebration Begins
10:00 a.m. —  Worship with the Lord’s Supper, Pastor Laurie preaching, and Sharon Hurse singing!
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION after worship
2:00 p.m. — ARTSBRIDGE POETRY READING!

Saturday, February 10, 2018
4:00 p.m. — The OutCenter, in conjunction with First Presbyterian, presents Telaina Eriksen, author of “Unconditional:  A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child.”  The gathering will meet in Goff Hall.  

Sunday, February 11, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship with Deacon George Barfield preaching and choir singing!
After worship — ICE Youth Group and interested adults gather for a special education event led by George Barfield.  

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 — ASH WEDNESDAY
The church will be open from Noon until 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. for prayer, reflection and the imposition of ashes.  

Sunday, February 18, 2018
10:00 a.m.  — Worship with Pastor Laurie preaching

Sunday, February 25, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship with Pastor Laurie preaching and the choir singing!
After worship — ANNUAL SOUL FOOD FEAST!
12:30 p.m. — ICE Youth Group meeting

DETAILED ANNOUNCEMENTS

PASTOR LAURIE WILL BE ON STUDY LEAVE from Monday, January 22 – Monday, January 29.  On Monday, the 22nd and Tuesday, the 23rd, she will be on retreat at Stillwaters and not returning phone calls.  On Thursday, the 25th – Saturday, the 27th, she and Nancy Thompson will be attending the Calvin Worship Symposium in Grand Rapids. Please keep them in your prayers.  

ARTSBRIDGE POETRY READING!  Our 10th annual poetry reading is happening on Super Bowl Sunday, February 4 at 2:00 p.m.  Come to listen as others read.  Come bring a poem to read!  Isabel Jackson is coordinating this event.  

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION will take place on Sunday, February 4 after worship.  An exciting update about “Open Wide Our Front Door” will be included in this meeting.  

YOUTH MINISTRY!  A youth task force has been formed to find a new youth missioner and help support our youth ministry.  Please see Laurie or Julie if you are interested in being involved.

YOUTH GROUP LOCK-IN!  The youth will have a “lock-in” overnight Saturday, January 27 into Sunday, January 28.  Donations of snacks for this time together will be gladly accepted!  See Julie!

YOUTH SLEDDING TRIP TO FIVE PINES will happen on Saturday, February 3.  People of ALL ages are invited to attend.  See Julie for more details!  

GIVING STATEMENTS  Your giving statements for 2017 are on the table in the narthex.

GOSPEL OF MARK  We will be in Mark’s Gospel during worship for many Sundays between now and Easter.  The congregation is encouraged to take time to prayerfully read through Mark’s Gospel in the coming weeks.  

ONLINE DONATIONS  Did you know you can pay your pledge and/or make donations to the church online with a credit card?  Just go to the church webpage:

firstpresbh.org and click on the “donate” button.  We now can also take PAYPAL donations for “Open Wide” via this email:  Openwidefpcbh@gmail.com.

OPEN WIDE OUR FRONT DOOR  We met with the architect last week and WILL BUILD this Spring and early Summer!  How, you ask?  We have about $520,000 in our fund thanks to all our generous donors.  If you have pledged to Open Wide, please keep up with that pledge.  We are working with the architect on downgrading some of the plans (example, using residential windows instead of commercial grade windows, etc.) and need to raise about $130,000 so we can move ahead with this project.  We are always accepting new donations!  It’s exciting!!

 

 

If you have prayer concerns please write them on the form in the pew or email: firstpresBH@gmail.com.

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE JONAH 3:1-10                          NRSV

The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.  When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. Then he had a proclamation made in Nineveh: “By the decree of the king and his nobles: No human being or animal, no herd or flock, shall taste anything. They shall not feed, nor shall they drink water. Human beings and animals shall be covered with sackcloth, and they shall cry mightily to God. All shall turn from their evil ways and from the violence that is in their hands. Who knows? God may relent and change his mind; he may turn from his fierce anger, so that we do not perish.”  When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE MARK 1:14-20                  NRSV

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”  As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

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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 – 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.02-04-2018 ArtsBridge Poster

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.”

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.

Past Events of this Season:

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.

 

 

 

 

FirstPresBH.org/ArtsBridge.

 

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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Pub Theology – Tuesdays at 7:30

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Come join us at The Livery in Benton Harbor’s historic Arts District.

Questions for each week are on Facebook.

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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.