Weekly Announcements

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



Every Sunday
Choir practice 9:00 a.m.
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.
Please note NEW DAY 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.
Choir practice 6:30 p.m.


Sunday, June 4, 2017   ~  PENTECOST SUNDAY

10:00 a.m. — Worship ~ Pastor Laurie preaching ~ Commissioning Pastor Deborah  
McCreary for the summer + Sending Pastor Laurie on
Sabbatical + Honoring Ken Rogers & Jewel Jones
After Worship — POTLUCK!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
10:00 a.m. — Bible Study ~ Pastor Deborah will help lead /  Notice the new day!

Sunday, June 11, 2017
10:00 a.m.— Worship ~ Pastor Deborah preaching
12:00 p.m. — Art Auction Committee meeting
6:00 p.m. — ICE Youth Group

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
9:00 a.m. —  Presbytery at First Presbyterian in Buchanan: Catherine Ravitch and
Daniel Van Beek will be Elder Commissioner and GA Commissioner, respectively

11:30 a.m. — Women’s Luncheon at Fairplain ~ Rev. Brian Bennett is speaker
RSVP by June  — 269-925-0041

Sunday, June 18, 2017
10:00 a.m.— Worship ~ Pastor Deborah preaching

Sunday, June 25, 2017
10:00 a.m.— Worship ~ Pastor Deborah preaching
6:00 p.m. — ICE Youth Group

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. — Summer Youth Leadership Program begins! The youth will
meet every Tuesday through Thursday until July 27
7:00 p.m. — Panel Discussion on Women’s Health Issues sponsored by “Women’s
Health Council of Benton Harbor.” It’s Free. Bring your friends.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
5:45 p.m. — Trustees; 6:30 p.m. — Session

Sunday, July 2, 2017
10:00 a.m.— Worship ~ Pastor Deborah preaching

Week of July 3
Summer Youth Leadership Group meets Wed/Thu/Fri rather than Tue/Wed/Thu

Wednesday, July 6 -– Sunday, July 10
Service Learning Group from Manton, Michigan with us in partnership with Great Lakes Urban Ministries


“YOU ARE NOT ALONE:  TENDING YOUR EMOTIONAL HEALTH” On Tuesday night, June 27, we are hosting the Women’s Health Council of Benton Harbor who will be offering a panel for the community on Women’s Mental Health Issues. This is going to be informative, helpful and a time for community women to gather around vital issues! Please plan on joining us from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and invite your friends. If you can come early and help greet and welcome people that would be wonderful! See Charase Dorsey, Shirley Hagelberg Klemish or Bob Ziebart if you can help!

DISHWASHERS NEEDED We can use dishwashers and “cleaner uppers” on Thursday nights. Come on and join the fun!

SUMMER BIBLE STUDY  This summer, our weekly Bible study will meet on WEDNESDAYS instead of TUESDAY mornings at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Deborah is going to lead us in a study of the book of Ephesians!

SUMMER HAPPENINGS Summer is a busy time at First Presbyterian. Please keep our Summer Youth Leadership Team in your prayers as they prepare to work with a fabulous group of youth from June 27–July 27. Also keep, Charase Dorsey and Evan Ziebart in your prayers as they will be the main people working with our Summer Service Learning Groups. The Berrien Health Bus will be here on Thursday nights! Keep your eyes peeled for more details on this!

SUSAN BURKHOLZ, our fabulous pianist, will be in IRELAND, on a kind of “MUSIC MISSION TOUR” in June. She will be traveling with David Carew, Jim Kraus and a mix of talented musicians from our area singing and offering music in many locations in Ireland. She will not be here in worship on June 18 or June 25. Please keep her and the  team in your prayers.

ABBY TROIKE  will be spending the summer in FRANCE on learning excursion through Michigan State University. Please keep her in your prayers.

WOMEN’S SALAD LUNCHEON  You are invited to Fairplain Presbyterian Church for a women’s salad luncheon on Tuesday, June 13, at noon in the Courtyard room.Speaker will be Pastor Brian Bennett from Overflow Church. RSVP by June 5. 269-925-0041

YOUTH CAMP HENRY UPDATE  Thanks to EVERYONE who helped and contributed to our youth in their efforts to attend Camp Henry this summer. Guess what? They have reached their goal and then some! Alleluia!

PASTOR LAURIE’S SABBATICAL and YOUR PRAYER REQUESTS Pastor Laurie has made a schedule of her activities available. Please pick one up and pray for her during the summer. On the bottom of this schedule is a “tear off” sheet for you to write your own prayer requests. Put them in the box in the narthex and Pastor Laurie will be praying for you and about your requests while on prayer retreats. These must be submitted by June 4.

KRASL ART EXHIBIT  The exhibit of art by African-Americans continues at the Krasl Art Center. There is no admission charge. Please visit and enjoy!

OPEN WIDE UPDATE  As of May 31,  we are close to $420,000 in pledges and donations! Since our goal is now $700,000 (We’ve dropped the parking plan), we are more than 60% of the way to our goal!  Keep sharing the word about this project with your friends.

GOODIES FOR AFTER WORSHIP! The “Marthas” in the kitchen have asked that members remember to bring snacks to share after worship!

SABBATICAL GRANT FUNDS are available for you to explore spiritual renewal practices in your life. See Nancy Thompson or Pastor Laurie for more information.

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!

FOOD PANTRY  You can give donations of money to the pantry or you can bring in the food you committed to bring each month! We are in need of cans of soup, canned vegetables, spaghetti, , and tuna fish.

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!



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.