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, April 22, 2018 — Fourth Sunday in Easter
10:00 a.m. — Worship with Gentry Phillips preaching.
After Worship —  Luncheon (AWOL)
After Worship — Spiritual Life Committee meeting
12:30 pm. — ICE Youth meeting!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
6:00 p.m. —  7:45 p.m. –”Improving the Quality of Policing Through Transformational Change.”  Speaker: Director Daniel McGinnis; Benton Harbor Library

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
5:45 p.m. Trustees; 6:30 p.m. Session

Sunday, April 29, 2018
10:00 a.m. –Worship with Pastor Laurie preaching.
After worship — New members’ class

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
6:30 p.m.  — “Pastor’s Team” at Laurie’s house.

Sunday, May 6, 2018
10:00 a.m. —  Worship with Pastor Laurie preaching and the Lord’s Supper
After worship — Book group meets and New Members’ Class meets.
4:00 p.m. — ARTSBRIDGE featuring Gene Butler, the musicians from the Citadel and Aveline artist, Sharon Wilkinson.

Sunday, May 13, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Mother’s Day Worship!  

DETAILED ANNOUNCEMENTS

YOUTH CAMP HENRY FUND!  Thanks to all those who have helped and participated in the youth efforts to go to Camp Henry this summer!  As of April 1, 2018, WE HAVE REACHED OUR GOAL!!!

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST on Veronica Court in St. Joseph has been a generous supporter of our Food Pantry this year.  They are hosting a Swiss Steak Dinner and Bake sale on Monday, April 23 from 5 – 7 p.m. Dinner tickets are $10.  We encourage you to support this fundraiser, if you can.

BOOK STUDY! A group will be studying Mohammed Yunas’s book, “A World of Three Zeros.”  The study will begin on Sunday, May 6 after worship. ALL are invited to this study.  If you would like to order a book, let Laurie or Jeannette Holton know. If you have questions, see Marjie Willmeng.  

AFTER WORSHIP LUNCHEON (aka, AWOL) will be TODAY after worship on Sunday, April 22.  Bring a dish to pass. No theme, just plan for a time of fellowship!

ARTSBRIDGE  The next ArtsBridge will be May 6 at 4 p.m. at the church.  Jazz guitarist Gene Butler and students from the Citadel will present a concert.  The artwork of Aveline artist, Sharon Wilkinson will be on display. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

GROUND BREAKING in May!  We celebrate this in a special worship service on Pentecost Sunday, May 20.  Please mark your calendar. We have been meeting with our architect and Pearson Construction and plan to break ground on the entryway and roof repair project in May!!  Keep us in your prayers. We still have around $85,000 to raise to cover this project. So, please stay faithful to whatever pledge you made and possibly consider an extra gift.  

NEW MEMBERS’ CLASS  Interested in becoming a formal member of First Presbyterian Church?  Pastor Laurie will start a new class on Sunday, April 29 after worship.  

FREE STRETCH AND STRENGTHENING CLASS at Fairplain Presbyterian Church.  The class meets on Saturday, April 28, May 12, and June 2 at 11:00 a.m.

Bring a water bottle, Yoga mat, blanket or towel  and wear comfortable pants and t-shirt. Please contact the church office at 925-0041 if you have any questions.  The church is located at 210 W. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor.           

If you have prayer concerns please write them on the form in the pew or leave them on a sheet of paper on the office desk.
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE PSALM 23                                NRSV

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.  He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

 

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE             JOHN 10:11-18                            NRSV

“I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.  The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows

me and I know the Father.  And I lay down my life for the sheep.  I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.  I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice.  So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.  No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”

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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 – 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.

Past Events of this Season:

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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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.