Weekly Announcements

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



Every Sunday
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.

Every Tuesday
Pub Theology 7:30 p.m. @ The Livery

Every Wednesday
Food Pantry Open 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Bible Study and  Prayer 10:00 a.m.

Every Thursday
Food Pantry Open 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Prayer 5:15 p.m.
Community Supper 6:00 p.m.


Sunday, August 13, 2017
10:00 a.m. — Worship ~ Pastor Deborah preaching
After Worship — RELAX with an outdoor, water-spray, painting activity.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
7:00 p.m. — Open Wide Major Gifts Team meeting at church.

Sunday, August 20, 2017
10:00 a.m. — Worship at the Beach / Lion’s Park ~ Pastor Deborah preaching
After Worship —  Potluck Meal

Thursday, August 24, 2017
6:00 p.m. — Choir practice at Isabel Jackson’s home.

Sunday, August 27, 2017
10:00 a.m. — Worship ~ Pastor Deborah preaching, her last Sunday here
Featuring our choir, Rev. Tamber Bustance and Erica Curry Van Ee in dance, and special musical guests.
After Worship —  Explore dance worship with Tamber

This is our focus for the month of August!

August 13 – Relax with an outdoor,  water-spray, painting activity. The finished product will be used to create flags and decorate Goff Hall for the Art Auction.

August 20 – Refresh! We’re at the beach where water renews, water revives & water refreshes. We will circle up for an Agape Feast in which everyone will be blessed prior to our potluck meal.

August 27 – Rejoice! Pastor Deborah’s last Sunday will be a celebratory service with the choir, special musical guests, and Rev. Tamber Bustance and Erica Curry Van Ee in dance. We will praise God for His goodness and offer thanks for such a blessed summer with all of you! Following service, Tamber will offer a ‘dance studio’ in the sanctuary for you to explore dance movement as a form of worship. Children & adults are encouraged to engage in this activity. The cost for all of this is minimal which allows you to schedule a larger spiritual renewal activity with Pastor Laurie in September if you like with the designated Sabbatical funds.


CHOIR IS BEGINNING!  Practice is at Isabel Jackson’s home Thursday, August 24 at 6:00 p.m.  Please bring a dish to pass and your choir folder.  Please see Isabel for directions.  We sing Sunday, August 27.   Our regular practice times are Thursdays at 6:30 and Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.  Please join us.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Benton Harbor Schools Back to School Bash and Community Fair is August 22, 11:00 a.m. — 7:00 p.m.  To volunteer contact Julie Earle at (269) 519-0965 or julie.earle@bhas.org.  To help give away books at the Bash contact Martha Momany at (269) 930-7543. More details on bulletin board.

OPEN WIDE OUR FRONT DOOR  A $10,000 contribution is coming this month from a church family, and a $1,000 contribution from a non-church family who was asked by our Major Gifts Team. Great Lakes Urban ministry gave “Open Wide” $300 after Great Lakes staff member Dave Kool and a work group stayed at the church. The total of pledges and cash in hand now stands at around $433,300, or $11,300 more since our last update. We are about 62 percent of the way to our goal of $700,000. We plan to end fundraising by next spring.

THANK YOU SUMMER MUSICIANS To all the summer musicians who have added so much to our worship, THANK YOU!

SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED We are collecting school supplies for Benton Harbor Schools.  Suggestions: glue sticks, tissues, hand sanitizer, copy paper, pencils, scotch tape, Clorox wipes, sets of colored pencils, boxes of 24 crayons, dry erase markers.

OPEN WIDE ART AUCTION  Consider sponsoring a table at the Art Auction on October 21 to help support our Open Wide fundraising.  Sponsors will be recognized on a placard at the designated table.

MORTON HILL BLUFF CLEAN-UP  We have a tentative plan for a clean-up day for the Morton Hill Bluff on Thursday, Sept 14.  The City of Benton Harbor will supply workers and equipment and Andrews University students, and others, will provide volunteer efforts.  More details forthcoming pending Session approval.

THE LEAF CAMPAIGN  David Baker, George Barfield & Lois Peeples are creating a permanent tree display of donations from 2015. YOU CAN STILL BUY A LEAF with your name on it or in memory or honor of someone. Donations to “OPEN WIDE.” Gold leaves are $100, silver $50, & copper $10. Forms in narthex!

FALL WOMEN’S RETREAT  Women, MARK YOUR CALENDARS! We will have the chance to go on retreat with the women from Westminster in Grand Rapids on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7. The Rev. MaryAnn McKibbon Dana, a leader in our denomination and a really cool woman, will be leading the retreat and is being funded by our own Lilly Grant. The retreat will be at Camp Henry and scholarships will be available. THIS IS GOING TO BE FUN and REFRESHING!


“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.


Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Savior. Just as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to be, in everything, to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word, so as to present the church to himself in splendor, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind—yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish. In the same way, husbands should love their wives as they do their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hates his own body, but he nourishes and tenderly cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, because we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the church. Each of you, however, should love his wife as himself, and a wife should respect her husband.

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 – April 23 – Spring Concert and Exhibit
featuring Southwestern Michigan College Select Voices led by David Carew, The Hampton Men (Corey Sr., Corey Jr. & Cameron), plus photo and oil artwork by Bill Rothwell and Pam Cornair Rothwell

More great events coming this FALL!



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!)


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.

PubTheologyBH 2016

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.


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.