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
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.
Laurie’s “Walkabout” – 3:15ish p.m.
Community Supper 6:00 p.m.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sunday, August 5, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship with Minister Kyle Nolan preaching.  Minister Nolan is Pastor of Missions and Formation at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids.  Laurie will be preaching in Grand Rapids. This is a pulpit exchange! Marge Andersen will be offering special music.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Primary Election Day.  Get out and VOTE; pray for this important election.

Saturday, August 11, 2018
The AKAs will be meeting in our building during the day.  

Sunday, August 12, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship at Lion’s Beach.  Potluck following worship. Water baptisms!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
5:45 p.m.:  Trustees; 6:30 p.m.:  Session

Thursday, August 16, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. —  The newly formed Benton Harbor Area Schools Foundation leadership will meet here.

Sunday, August 19, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship with Pastor Laurie preaching, the Lord’s Supper and a special 90th birthday celebration for Francis Baker.  There will also be special music from the choir and from Gloria Winn’s daughter-in-law!

After worship — Birthday party and meeting of those leading Sunday School for the fall.  Also Bob Judd will offer a space to see architectural drawings of the building plans and share exact details about what Pearson Construction will be doing.  

Sunday, August 26, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Worship with Deacon George Barfield preaching.  Arianne Baker will be offering special music.

After worship — People are invited to go to Fairplain Presbyterian Church for the retirement celebration of Rev. Laverne Davenport.

DETAILED ANNOUNCEMENTS

COLLECTION FOR FIRE VICTIMS’ FAMILY and EXPENSES.  If you would like to contribute to the funeral and other expenses incurred by the family of those that were killed in the fire last weekend, please make a donation to First Presbyterian and put FIRE VICTIMS in the check memo or on the envelope you put your cash in.  We will see that the money gets to the family.

BIRTHDAYS!  Roger Hoge turns 80 on August 12.  You can bring cards to him at the beach service. Francis Baker turns 90 on August 18.  Our worship service on August 19 will have special times to honor Francis, his life and leadership and more.  Please bring him a card and plan to stay after for a time of continued celebration.

OPEN WIDE!  COME SEE THE PLANS!  We have a signed contract with Pearson Construction and building will begin soon.  Would you like to see the drawings and hear more details about the plans? Plan on staying after worship on Sunday, August 19.  Bob Judd will have the drawings and share all the details with anyone interested.

MATCHING GRANT CHALLENGE FROM UPTON FOUNDATION!  Starting on June 4, 2018, every NEW gift (not previously pledged) to OPEN WIDE OUR FRONT DOOR WILL BE MATCHED by the Upton Foundation up to $20,000 total.  A donor has already kicked off this match for us with a $10,000 promise.  This match window will be open until June 4, 2019, but we are hoping to complete the

match this summer.   CURRENT MATCH DONATION PROMISED or RECEIVED as of 7/30:  $13,965. That means we have $6,035 to go!

BOOK STUDY/COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP TO DISCUSS WAYS TO SUPPORT ANTI-POVERTY WORK AND WORK “WITH” OUR COMMUNITY.  Some of us are reading “A World of Three Zeros” together.  See Margie Willmeng for more details.

CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL MEETING.  Those interested and available to help with a rotation of teachers for children’s Sunday School will meet after worship on Sunday, August 19.  

BENTON HARBOR AREA SCHOOL FOUNDATION is beginning to collect school supplies — backpacks, glue sticks, paper, crayons, markers, etc.  We can give these things to the foundation who will be working with other local groups in helping supply the schools and area children.  We now have a big bin in the narthex to collect your donations. Please bring things by August 19.

AUGUST 18–postponed:  HEALING AND RECONCILIATION (OUTREACH) RETREAT

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE      EPHESIANS 4:4-8, 11-13     NRSV

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.  But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said, “When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people.” The gifts he gave were that some would

be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE      EXODUS 16:1-16                     NRSV

The whole congregation of the Israelites set out from Elim; and Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt. The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.” So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaining against the Lord. For what are we, that you complain against us?” And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the Lord has heard the complaining that you utter against him—what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the Lord.”

Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’” And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. The Lord spoke to Moses and said, “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”

In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Gather as much of it as each of you needs, an omer to a person according to the number of persons, all providing for those in their own tents.’”

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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.

FALL 2018 SCHEDULE IS HERE! CHECK IT OUT!

…and a very special event coming up September 19 – see below the schedule for details!

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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.”

 Past Events of Previous Seasons:

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!

 

 

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.