Newsletter, May 2022

Click here for the May Newsletter from the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign. In it you will find information on what is planned for the month of may including…

  • Sunday, May 1, we celebrate Spring Music and Cuba;
  • Saturday, May 7, Choral Concert by Brendan Barker;
  • Coffee with St. Paul during Adult Education May 8 and 15;
  • Graduate Recognition Sunday, May 22 as well as a fun Sunday in West Side Park for Sunday School;
  • Wednesday, May 25, Jazz @Church & State featuring Simply This;
  • Find how to get involved with Habitat for Humanity and other news on the Mission ministries;
  • French language worship resumes Saturday evenings.



Newsletter, April 2022

Click April 2022 for the April Newsletter for the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  This month’s issue includes information on…

  • Special services during Holy Week including worship times on Easter, April 17.
  • Bach Concerts continue March 30, April 6 and 20 at noon in the Sanctuary.
  • Newly renovated kitchen has passed inspection by Board of Health!
  • Chancel Choir plans for Easter and Spring Music Sunday.
  • Mission Updates including donations for Ukraine and the upcoming One Great Hour of Sharing offering.
  • Dinners for One Wednesday, April 6, and Wednesday, April 13.  Times vary and reservations are required.
  • News from the Environmental Team including the Hazardous Waste Collection at State Farm Center on Saturday, April 9.
  • CYF has a fundraiser kicking off April 1 (no fooling)!  Sunday School classes are back in-person and looking for volunteers.

Read about all these exciting happenings and more in the April edition!



Newsletter, March 2022

Click to see the March 2022 from First Presbyterian Church in Champaign, Illinois.  March is in like a lion at the church with an Ash Wednesday Service on March 2.  Included in this newsletter…

  • Ash Wednesday service with imposition of ashes Wednesday, March 2, at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary;
  • Sunday, March 6, we celebrate the Gifts of Women with women leading the worship, and installation and ordination of new officers.  Annual Congregational meeting follows.
  • Bach Concerts continue on Wednesdays, March 9 and 30, at noon in the Sanctuary.
  • Chancel Choir and Bell Choir are back in full swing with rehearsals on Wednesday evenings.
  • Two new small groups begin this week…”Dinners for One” on Wednesday, March 2, at 11:30 am in Centennial Hall or Wednesday, March 9, at 5 pm at Biaggi’s.  RSVP to church office.
  • Youth are back meeting each week for Sunday School!
  • Check out updates from our Heart of Missions…

Read about all these exciting happenings and more in the March edition!



Newsletter, February 2022

Click to see the February 2022 from the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  While February is a short month, it is full of lots of exciting things happening at the church!

  • See how you can help support CU at Home and their annual fundraiser One Winter Night on Friday, February 4.
  • Adult Sunday School resumes on Sunday, February 6, with Dave Bauer leading the discussion on “Paul, Human Nature and Faith.”
  • U of I Choral Department will be presenting Bach concerts in our Sanctuary at noon on February 16 and 23.  Free and open to the public so invite your neighbors!  Masks required.
  • John McCutcheon comes to town on Sunday, February 20, at 2 pm for another free concert in our Sanctuary.  Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required as well as face masks.

In an effort to publish the monthly newsletter earlier each month, the deadline has now changed to the 3rd Monday of the month preceding the issue.  February 2022’s deadline is Monday, January 17.


Newsletter, January 2022

Click January 2022 for the first Newsletter of 2022  from the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  Be sure to catch up from the holidays on what is happening…

  • Congregational Meeting this Sunday, January 16, immediately following the 9 am service.  Watch Friday mailer for zoom link.
  • In-person Sunday School resumes in February.  Resources available through throughout January.
  • Grab your Small Group/Adult Ed brochure beginning this Sunday, January 16.  Join a small group this new year!
  • ESL classes resume with remote learning week of January 17.
  • John McCutcheon in Concert Sunday, February 20, 2 pm.  Concert is FREE.  Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required.  Masks must be worn.

In an effort to publish the monthly newsletter earlier each month, the deadline has now changed to the 3rd Monday of the month preceding the issue.  February 2022’s deadline is Monday, January 17.


Newsletter, December 2021

Click the December newsletter for updates of what is happening at First Presbyterian Church this month.   In this issue…
    • Upcoming special services starting with the Chancel Choir’s Music Sunday this Sunday, December 12, and throughout the remainder of December including Christmas Eve;
    • Annual Youth Cookie Sale Sunday, December 12;
    • Updates from Children, Youth and Family;
    • Christmas Caroling party December 19;
    • Mission updates including the Christmas Joy Offering beginning December 19.


Newsletter, November 2021

Click November 2021 to find the November newsletter for First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  In this issue…
  • “Faith in the Real World” on this Sunday, November 7, finds Pastor Matt having a conversation with our very own Harvey Hodges about his WWII experience. Please bring your questions for Harvey (and your own family stories) during the Sunday School hour for discussion. Harvey brought music–of all things–to the front lines of the European Theater. He crossed the English Channel with an M-1 and the Rhine with a trombone. This conversation will be one way we can think about and thank all of our Veterans. Remember, Veterans Day is Thursday, November 11th.
  • This Sunday too we will remember those who have died.  A special reading of the names from the last two years will be part of Sunday’s service.
  • Advent will be here before we know it.  Read what plans your church has for the coming Advent season.
  • CYF updates…including a Fellowship Event at Hardy’s Reindeer this Sunday, November 7.
  • Mission updates
  • Welcome to our new ESL Director Val Smith. 


Newsletter, October 2021

Below is the October Newsletter from the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  There is lots happening this Fall…

  • It’s back!  Trunk or Treat returns on Sunday, October 24, from 5-6 pm with  safety measures in place due to Covid.
  • Faith in the Real World continues through October.  This Sunday, October 10, at 10:15 enjoy Matthew Storie’s Quartet playing jazz music.
  • We welcome Judi Geistlinger to the staff!
  • CYF updates include more information on Trunk or Treat and how you can get involved.  Youth will have a fellowship outing to Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch on November 7.
  • Your Green Team (Environmental Stewardship) is promoting a discussion with Stephanie Jones, an Attorney in Climate Risk and Financial Regulations for the Environmental Defense fund, on October 14 from 3:30-4:30 pm.
  • Celebrate Fall…DREAAM is hosting a fall festival/fundraiser on Saturday, October 16, from noon to 3 pm at the Phillips Recreation Center.  Your Nurture Committee invites you for special treats on Sunday, October 24, at 10:10 am. – 2021.pdfOctober 2021


Newsletter, September 2021

Below is the September Newsletter for the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  Lots of exciting things this fall…

  • Faith in the Real World series resumes this Sunday, September 12, at 10:15 am in the Sanctuary.  This Sunday Matthew Storie will talk about jazz and faith…you might even hear a little saxophone.
  • Music opportunities include our Chancel Choir which rehearses on Wednesday evenings.  This fall we welcome a new Bell Choir Director Libby Sternhagen.  Bell Choir has also resumed rehearsals on Wednesday evenings.
  • Presbyterian Women’s Circles will meet the 4th Thursday of the month at 10:30 am, 1 pm or 7 pm beginning in September.  Meetings are held either in-person or via zoom.
  • Youth will want to join the group on Friday, September 10, at 5 pm at the Old Orchard Links for the first youth fellowship event of the year.
  • Youth Sunday School starts this Sunday, September 12.
  • We now have a Free Little Pantry on church grounds in front of the CE Building on Church Street.  Check out how you can help us keep the pantry stocked.
  • Mission news includes an update from the Environmental Team, ESL and our letter writing ministry with local prisoners. – 2021.pdfSeptember 2021


Newsletter, August 2021

Click here to read the August news and updates from the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  In this issue you can find information on…
  • In-person Worship on Sundays at 9 and 11:15 am;
  • “Fun in the Sun” Sholem Fest Sunday, August 15 (rain date August 22)…  7 pm Carnival games and fun food at Centennial Park Pavilion;  8 pm FREE swimming at Sholem Aquatic Center;
  • Sunday School resumes September 12…watch for details as we watch reports on COVID;
  • Update on the Raindrop fundraiser for SAFE House;
  • Successful Immigrant Back-to-School Resource Fair with 20 receiving the COVID vaccination;
  • Mark your calendars for February 20, 2022 “John McCutcheon In Concert”