Newsletter, November 2022

Click November 2022 for the November newsletter for the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  Be sure to read about…

  • This Sunday, October 30, we will remember church members who have died this past year.
  • Dr. Don Wuebbles, professor emeritus of atmospheric science at the U of I, is our guest speaker this Sunday, October 30, at the 10:15 am Faith in the Real World series;
  • Trunk or Treat this Sunday, October 30, from 5-6 pm in the church parking lot.
  • Welcomed & Affirmed Zoom series to be held in November.  Join us online for a safe Christian space to better understand how to communicate sensitively and to welcome and affirm all people.
  • Join us for our next Second Sunday Brunch on November 14.
  • “Surviving the Holidays” offered throughout the coming holiday season will help those who have lost a loved one.
  • Mission updates include a list of items that our Cuba delegation would like to take to our sister church in Luyano in November; Environmental Team updates; and news from our ELL (English Language Learners) class;
  • The Angel Tree is back this year.  Gifts for Kemmerer Village are needed by December 11, 2022.



Newsletter, October 2022

Click October 2022 to find news from the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  Fall is exciting around the church…

  • Presbyterian Women’s Fall Gathering Saturday, October 1, 11 am.
  • “A Celebration Through Song” honoring Hispanic Heritage Month Saturday, October 1, 5 pm.
  • Sunday School for our youth begins Sunday, October 2, at 10 am.
  • World Communion/Cuba Sunday this Sunday, October 2.  Special refreshments served after 9 am service.
  • Second Sunday Brunch October 9!
  • Quilt Display Sunday, October 23.
  • Trunk or Treat October 30, 5-6 pm.  Volunteers needed to provide trunks, candy and help with games.

Get further details on all these events as well as Mission News and Finance updates in this October issue.



Newsletter, September 2022

Click September 2022 to find the September Newsletter from First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  Highlights in this issue include…

  • Our next Second Sunday Brunch is Sunday, September 11, immediately following the 9 am service;
  • “Rooted Together” Watch Party from the Green Team Summit 2022 featuring Katharine Hayhoe, noted Climate Scientist.  Join us in the chapel on September 11 at 4:45 pm.
  • Fall updates from Choir; Small Groups; Children, Youth and Family; and Presbyterian Women.
  • Mission News includes information on the upcoming Cuba Forum; a winter trip to Cuba; International Taste of First Pres coming September 18 at 4 pm; English Language Learners news; and an upcoming fundraiser for Restoration Urban Ministries.

It’s fall…join us as we fall back into routines and begin new and exciting programs in the life of the church.



Newsletter, August 2022

Click August 2022 to find the August Newsletter from First Presbyterian Church of Champaign. Hard to believe it is August already…the lazy days of summer are behind us! Be sure to read about…

  • 2nd Sunday Brunch August 14 at 10:10 am in Centennial Hall.
  • Fun in the Sun August 14 at Centennial Park and Sholem Pool from 6-10 pm. Open to all with games, food and swimming.
  • Worship services will combine in August at 9 am. Join us for a blended service with Sora Shepherd, our new church musician, and our Gathering Band led by Kelsey Stremplewski.
  • Updates from our Mission Team including your chance to travel to Cuba this February with a group going from the church.
  • ESL News.
  • Children, Youth and Family Updates. Sunday School resumes September 11 and volunteers are needed to help lead our youth.



Newsletter, July 2022

Click here July 2022 to read the July Newsletter from the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  Coming in July…

  • 2nd Sunday Brunch, July 10, immediately following the 9 am service.  No Contemporary Service that morning.  The band will be playing at the Brunch.
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor? also starts Sunday, July 10, and continues July 17 and 24, immediately following the 9 am service.  An intergenerational program for youth and adults.  The program on Sunday, July 10, will be part of our brunch that morning.
  • Help support DREAAM by dining at Hamilton Walker’s on July 12 from 4-8 pm.  (Flyer in newsletter to take with you to give 15% back to DREAAM.)
  • Join us for dinner on Wednesday, July 13, at 5:30 pm at Silver Creek in Urbana.
  • Guest preacher Dr. Rebecca Blair, Lead Presbyter for Transformation and Stated Clerk for our presbytery will be with us Sunday, July 17.
  • Sholem Fest (fun food and swimming) coming August 14.

These exciting events as well as updates from Mission and other articles are all a part of the July newsletter so be sure to read!



Newsletter, June 2022

Click here to find the June News and Updates from First Presbyterian Church in Champaign.  In this issue, you will find…

  • This year’s Pentecost Offering will help support DREAAM.  You can also read updates from DREAAM on their summer plans.
  • 2nd Sunday Brunches, utilizing our new kitchen, begin June 12th after the 9 am service.
  • Snippets from Your Pastor “Love In Action” on how to put love into gear in light of the recent shootings in our country.
  • Food, Fun & Faith Lunch on Wednesday, June 1, at 11:30 in Centennial Hall; and Soul Food dinner on Wednesday, June 8, at 5:30 pm at the home of Sallie Hutton;
  • Presbyterian Women’s Spring Gathering Thursday, June 2, 12 noon;
  • Mission updates from The Refugee Center; Environmental news; Compassion, Peace & Justice forums in June “I Was In Prison…”; English as Second Language and more;
  • CYF news includes Montreat Youth Conference in June; Farewell and good luck to Samantha Nichols, Sunday School Coordinator; honoring our graduates.



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

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.


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.