Newsletter, May 2021

Click here to read the May Newsletter from the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign. This month’s features include…

  • Your Session is in the midst of a six-month visioning process.  Read Matt’s thoughts on the process.
  • Children, Youth and Family will recognize graduates this Spring along with celebrating Pentecost and holding a 3rd and 4th grade Bible Class.  
  • Children’s Ministries is creating a special space for DREAAM students this summer…read how you can help.
  • Check out the pictures from the recent Earth Day celebration with our youth and families.
  • A message from Pastor Daniel Izquierdo in Cuba.
  • Join us in May to view a cooking benefit for PEB.
  • ESL Program updates including the need for summer tutors.
  • Mission News.

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Newsletter, April 2021

Click here to read the April Newsletter from the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  We highlight…

In April we celebrate the gift of God’s great earth.  Here are some of the events happening throughout the month

  • April 17 cleanup of State Street
  • April 21 mid-week gathering focuses on Earth Day, April 22
  • April 24 Styrofoam collection
  • April 25 worship service celebrating Earth Day

Children, Youth and Family Ministries invite you to consider how you might be a part of their ministry.  The Sunday School program hopes to actively participate with special events commemorating Earth Day on Sunday, April 25.

At the beginning of May is the celebration of our relationship with our sister church in Cuba.  Set aside May 1 and 2 for our Annual Cuba Celebration.  Check out how you can participate in this issue.

Our ESL program continues to thrive through weekly Zoom classes and monthly Zoom Cafe times.


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Newsletter, March 2021

Click here to read the March Newsletter for First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  In it you will find…

    • We are now offering limited capacity in-person worship including services during Holy Week and Easter.  You must pre-register to come to an in-person worship.  Read the full details along with times in the newsletter.
    • Plan to visit the Spirituality Center in the church chapel during Lent hosted by CYF.  (Check out Matt’s experience in his article.)
    • Don’t forget to “spring” ahead one hour this Sunday, March 14.
    • Mission updates include a plea from Cuba as well as plans for the 8th Annual Cuba Weekend.
    • Environmental has a busy April with several events open to the public for recycling.

Read the entire issue for more information on what is happening at church!


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Newsletter, February 2021

Click hear to read the February Newsletter for First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  In it you will find…

  • Lent begins Wednesday, February 17.  Distribution of ashes will be offered via a drive-thru from noon to 1 pm.  Virtual service that evening at 7 pm.
  • In-person worship with limited number and restrictions will begin the first Sunday in Lent, February 21, at 10:15 am.
  • Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held via zoom on Sunday, February 14, at 10 am.
  • Winter book study to be offered February 18 and 25 and March 4 and 11.
  • Staff Appreciation Month in February.
  • Updates from Children, Youth and Family and Youth Sunday School.
  • Mission news including the next ESL Zoom Cafe time on Thursday, February 11, at 10 am.

Read the entire issue for more information on what is happening at church!


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Newsletter, January 2021

Click here to rad the January Newsletter for the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  This month’s news includes…

  • A moving story about a memorable Christmas Eve;
  • Welcome to Sunday School Coordinator Samantha Nichols;
  • ESL News including times you can join the group via zoom;
  • Environmental Stewardship lets us know how and when to dispose of Christmas trees.

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Newsletter, December 2020

Click to find the December Newsletter from the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign or click the link for an Advent booklet which is a candle lighting liturgy called Home for the Holidays.  This month, you might consider doing your own Advent candle lighting practice at home.  No wreath required; just five candles (one for each of the Sundays and one to act as the Christ candle.) 

Catch up with the news and what will happen on Christmas Eve with Illinois remaining on restrictions due to Covid.

In this issue…

  • Times to Celebrate the Season including a candlelight service in West Side Park at 7 pm on Christmas Eve;
  • The next Virtual Dessert with ugly Christmas sweaters on Tuesday, December 22;
  • Christmas Pageant at firstpres.live on December 20 at 9 am;
  • Info on email scams this time of year; 
  • ESL News;
  • How to give during this Christmas Season…Angel Tree; Advent Offering and/or Christmas Joy Offering;
  • Updates from Presbyterian Women.

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Newsletter, November 2020

Attached is the November Newsletter from the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  This issue includes…

  • Join us for a Sunday in the Park this Sunday, November 8, at 11 am at Hessel Park.  Wear a mask!
  • Virtual Dessert Tuesday, November 10, at 7 pm.  Contact church office for zoom link.
  • Speaking of zoom, email zoom@firstpres.church if you need a meeting set up.
  • Updates from Children, Youth and Family including plans for a virtual Christmas pageant;
  • Stewardship 2021;
  • DREAAM Learning Center providing in-person remote learning at the church;
  • Mission updates including ESL, Cuba Partnership and Environmental.

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Newsletter, October 2020

Attached is the October Newsletter for the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign. There are a lot of opportunities in this issue to connect with the church and each other.  This issue includes…

    • Update from the Covid Team on returning to in-person worship;
    • Join us this Sunday, October 11, for a beautiful fall Sunday in the Park at 11 am at Hessel Park;
    • Check out other opportunities that Nurture has planned;
    • Children, Youth and Family updates on virtual Sunday School, Trunk or Treat alternative, and collaboration with the DREAAM project;
    • Stewardship and finance report;
    • Mission News includes ESL updates, Cuba Partnership and upcoming Styrofoam Collection event on October 31 planned by the Green Team (Environmental Stewardship Team)

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Newsletter, September 2020

Attached is the September Newsletter from First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  There are a lot of opportunities in this issue to connect with the church and each other.  Be sure to read about…

  • Book study on White Fragility:  Why Is Is So Hard for White People to Talk About Race? begins via Zoom either Monday, September 14, at 7 pm or on Thursday, September 17, at 11 am.  Contact the church office 217.356.7238 or patty@firstpres.church if you would like to sign up.
  • Sunday in the Park…this Sunday, September 13, at 11 am at Hessel Park.  Social distancing and all Covid guidelines will be followed…wear a mask!
  • Welcome to our new organist, Brendan Barker!
  • Sunday School Coordinator needed.  Job description included in newsletter.
  • Update on kitchen remodel.
  • Ways to stay in touch from the Nurture Committee.
  • Report on fall Sunday School gatherings via Zoom.
  • Mission updates including ESL Fall online gatherings.

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Newsletter, August 2020

Attached is the August News from First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  Be sure to read about…

  • An essay from a Quaker pastor in Indiana…Allow yourself to laugh while reading!
  • How some of our members are coping during COVID;
  • Request from Presbytery;
  • Worship Updates and preparing for in-person worship;
  • Confirmation Sunday August 16 as well as thoughts for fall Sunday School;
  • Did you know Presbyterian Women has a committee that helps with meals or errands for a period of time?
  • Mission Updates including news from ESL and our Cuba Partnership.

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