Newsletter, June 2024

Click June 2024 for the June Newsletter from the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign, IL.  This issues contains information on…

  • Pastor/Head of Staff Matt Matthews has accepted a call along with his wife Rachel Matthews to become co-pastors in Valdese, North Carolina.  The June issue contains more information on his resignation along with the next steps for First Pres in Champaign.
  • Second Sunday Brunch on June 9 will recognize our graduates.
  • A Farewell Celebration will be held Sunday, June 23, honoring Matt and Rachel Matthews.
  • Sunday morning Adult Education has ended for the Summer.  Throughout the summer, Adult Education will be offered Wednesday evenings from 7-8 pm in the Parlor or via zoom.  The first session begins June 19 on “What It Means to be ‘A Matthew 25 Congregation'”.
  • Lunches provided in May for the local Habitat Build were a BIG success.  (We are also doing June and July with all volunteer opportunities filled!)
  • Ngoma African Arts Festival June 23.


Newsletter, May 2024

April showers bring May flowers and the May issue of  news from First Presbyterian Church in Champaign.  Click May 2024 for the May issue.  This issue includes information on…

  • Spring Music Sunday, May 5, 9 am.  Our Chancel and Bell Choirs will be featured.  During worship, we will pray for our sister church in Luyano, Havana Cuba.
  • Take mom out to brunch on Mother’s Day.  We will serve a light brunch immediately following worship on Sunday, May 12.  Special gift for mom that day!
  • Pentecost Offering on May 19 will support DREAAM.
  • Presbyterian Women will host their Spring Gathering on Thursday, May 30, at 12 noon.  ALL are invited.
  • All graduates will be recognized on Sunday, June 9.  Get information to Pat Tarr on a graduate in your family.
  • Volunteers needed to help provide lunch for the Habitat Build participants in June.  Check out page 6 of this issue to see how you can sign up.

Read about these special events and more in the May issue.


Newsletter, April 2024

Click April 2024 for the April newsletter for the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  Coming up in April is…

  • Jean Rene Balekita will be our guest musician on Sunday, April 7, at the 9 am worship.  Immediately following he will share his faith story at the Adult Ed class “Faith in the Real World.”
  • Sunday, April 14, continues our 2nd Sunday Brunch.
  • The Installation Service for Associate Pastor of Discipleship Joe Lundy will be held Sunday afternoon, April 14, at 3 pm.  A reception will follow.
  • Adopt-a-Highway street cleanup is Saturday, April 20, starting around 8:30 am.
  • Earth Day will be celebrated Sunday, April 21.  Cyndy Ash, minister and farmer, will be our guest speaker.

April not only brings Spring showers but lots of opportunities at the church.  Hope you can join us!


Newsletter, March 2024

Click March 2024 to find the March Newsletter from the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign. 

  • Second Sunday brunch this Sunday, March 10!
  • Easter is early this year.  We invite you to join us whether in-person or online for our Holy Week/Easter Sunday services.
  • You can volunteer to help with this year’s Illinois Marathon either through the church or with DREAAM.  Details included in this issue.
  • The One Great Hour of Sharing offering is the single largest way that Presbyterians join together to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need and around the world.  The offering will be received on Palm Sunday and Easter morning.
  • The winning recipes from this year’s Chili and Dessert Cook-off are included in this issue.

​​​​​​​Enjoy this issue and the warmer weather as Spring gets near!


Newsletter, February 2024

Click the February 2024 for the latest news from the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign…

  • The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held Sunday, February 11, immediately following worship.  Brunch will follow the meeting.
  • February means the beginning of Lent.  An Ash Wednesday Service will be held  Wednesday, February 14, at 4 pm in Westminster Hall.
  • A Chili Cook-Off is planned for Sunday, February 25, at 3 pm in Centennial Hall.  Entry forms can be found online.
  • The 2024 Small Group brochure is now available.  Sign up for a small group this Spring!


Newsletter, January 2024

A happy and healthy new year to you all.  Click January 2024 to find news and happenings from First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  In this new year we bring you news on…

  • Second Sunday brunch continues every 2nd Sunday;
  • We are hoping to get your input on our newly formed Children, Youth and Family Committee along with Outreach;
  • Plans are coming together for a weekly Bible Club with DREAAM and we are looking for volunteers;
  • Thank you for your generosity for the Angel Tree/Advent offering!

​​​​​​​Let’s get 2024 off to a great start!


Newsletter, December 2023

Click December 2023 to find the December newsletter from First Presbyterian Church in Champaign, Illinois.  It is an issue filled with Christmas events and memories…a very special time of year.

Dates to Save in December
Sunday, December 3
    3 pm       Group attending Carol Concert at Krannert
Thursday, December 7
    12 noon  Christmas Gathering hosted by Presbyterian Women
Sunday, December 10
    9 am      Christmas Music Sunday with Chancel Choir and Upper Room   
    10 am    Christmas Charcuterie Brunch immediately following worship
    3 pm      Blue Christmas Service
Sunday, December 17  
    3 pm     Caroling to the Community (gather at church at 2:30)
Sunday, December 24
    9 am     Worship
    4 pm     Family Christmas Eve Service
    8 pm     Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

More information on these events in this issue.

Please be reminded of the ongoing Angel Tree/Advent Offering which benefits The Refugee Center. 

The Christmas Joy Offering which supports current and retired church workers and their families n their time of need, and develops our future leaders at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color will be taken December 24 and 31.


Newsletter, November 2023

Click November 2023 to find the November newsletter from the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  We have some upcoming very special events so mark your calendars…

  • Saturday, November 4, Adopt A Highway;
  • Sunday, November 5 All Saints Day…We will recognize those who have died this past year.  Any saints who are not members of the church which should be celebrated can be added to the list by contacting the church office.  Remember November 5 is also the end of Daylight Savings Time…fall back one hour!
  • Monday, November 6  7:30 pm Western Illinois University Choir Concert along with Choir from Uni High directed by Rick Murphy;
  • Sunday, November 12  2nd Sunday Brunch following 9 am service and 3:30 pm Concert by Gary Winder, clarinet;
  • Tuesday, November 14  11:30 am  You are invited to join our English Language Leaners for Thanksgiving Dinner.  Bring a Thanksgiving dish to share.
  • Sunday, December 3  3 pm  Blue Christmas, an Advent service for those experiencing grief.
  • Sunday, December 10  9 am  Christmas Music Sunday with choir and instrumentalists;
  • Sunday, December 17  Christmas Caroling … Watch for further details;
  • Sunday, December 24  9 am Worship, 4 pm Family Christmas Eve Service, 8 pm Candlelight Christmas Eve Service;
  • The Angel Tree/Advent Offering will be combined this year.  Check this November issue for items requested.

It’s a busy time of year.  We have something to offer for everyone so mark your calendars!!!  Contact church office with questions or for more information.


Newsletter, October 2023

Click October 2023 for the October news from First Pres in Champaign. It’s Fall and we have some special events coming up.  In this issue find out more information on…

  • Sunday, October 1 World Communion Sunday;
  • Sunday, October 1 Churchwide Potluck Picnic 4 pm Hessel Park Pavilion;
  • Thursday, October 5 Fall Gathering 12 noon hosted by Presbyterian Women;
  • Sunday, October 8  2nd Sunday Brunch immediately after worship;
  • Sunday, October 29 Trunk or Treat 4 pm
  • Update from Mission including visit by Bob & Kristi Rice on Sunday, October 1;
  • Sunday School for youth resumes THIS Sunday, October 1;
  • Adult Ed this Sunday, October 1, will feature Bob & Kristi Rice.

Mark your calendars to join us this fall for all of our special events!


Newsletter, September 2023

Click September 2023 and you will find the September Newsletter from First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  We are excited about…

  • the arrival of Associate Pastor for Discipleship Joe Lundy;
  • Celebrating Welcoming Week September 8-17 with New Immigrant Sunday followed by an International Brunch on Sunday, September 10; Game Night on Monday, September 11;  Cuba Sunday and Special Coffee Hour Sunday, September 17.
  • Your chance to attend a Cubs game with a group from the church on September 23;
  • Mission co-workers Bob & Kristi Rice will visit October 1 in time for the Church Picnic that afternoon at Hessel Park Pavilion.

Catch up on all the upcoming events in the September issue as we jump into fall.