Newsletter, August 2023

It’s August! Click here for the August Newsletter from First Presbyterian Church of Champaign which includes information on…

  • Adult Education Sunday, August 6, will feature the Rev. Cindy Shepherd speaking on The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 which aims to reduce medication costs and invest in renewable energy.
  • 2nd Sunday Brunch, August 13, immediately following the 9 am Worship.
  • Congregational Meeting Sunday, August 20, following Worship to hear a report from our Associate Pastor Nominating Committee.
  • Consider joining the Chancel Choir this Fall!  Rehearsals held weekly on Thursday evenings.
  • World-Wide Game Night September 11 from 6:30-8 PM.

You will find that and more in this August issue.


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Newsletter, July 2023

Click July 2023 for the July Newsletter from the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  This month’s edition includes…

  • 2nd Sunday Brunch, July 9, 10:10 am;
  • We welcome Bonnie Ward as our new director of English Language Learners;
  • On July 16, we will celebrate with DREAAM their 8 years of change-making and hope-generating work.  Join us at 9 AM worship that morning!
  • Nine from our congregation visited Kemmerer Village on June 7.  They enjoyed a morning of entertainment provided by Jean Rene Balekita.
  • Help DREAAM reach their goal of blessing 500 children with new shoes to kick off the school year.  We are collecting donations at the church through August 5.
  • This year’s Raindrop Offering taken at the end of July will help Salt & Light replace antiquated coolers.  Stop by Westminster Hall July 9-23 to purchase a frozen raindrop; yes…an ice cube!

Enjoy your summer! 

 


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Newsletter, June 2023

Click June 2023 for the June Newsletter from the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign. 

  • On Sunday, June 11, we will be entertained by Jean Rene Balekita and friends during our fellowship/light brunch immediately following the 9 am service.
  • Our Sign Language Classes begin for four weeks on Thursday June 8 from 11-12 noon either in-person or on zoom.  Call church office 217.356.7238 if interested.
  • Rachel and Matt Matthews will lead a Covenant Bible Study for five Wednesday evenings (5:30-7:30) beginning July 19.  Contact the church office to sign up.

​​​​​​​Lots to read about in this June issue.  Happy summer!

 


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Newsletter, May 2023

Click May 2023 to find the May Newsletter from the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign…

  • We will host the Fair Trade Rug Event sponsored by Ten Thousand Villages May 4-7.
  • May 7 at 9 am is Music Sunday featuring our Chancel Choir accompanied by a brass quartet and strings.  The them for the morning is “Joy in the Lord.”
  • On May 14, we will celebrate all mothers at our 2nd Sunday Brunch at 10:10 am.
  • Later this Spring, we will honor graduates.  Please submit your information on a graduate in your family by May 14.
  • Presbyterian Women invite you to their Spring gathering on Thursday, May 25, at 11:30 a.m.  The Executive Director of the Refugee Center will be the featured speaker.
  • In June, our Community Mission Deacons are hosting a Collection Event to help you with your Spring cleaning and to benefit Habitat and Salt & Light.  If you have large items and need help with transporting, we need to know no later than May 14.

That’s just a brief summary of what you can find in our May issue.  Keep informed on what your church is doing…read the May News!

 


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Newsletter, April 2023

Click April 2023 for the April Newsletter from the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  This edition includes information on…

  • services throughout Holy Week including a soup supper on Maundy Thursday at 6 pm and a joint worship with First Methodist Church on Good Friday at 7 pm in our Sanctuary;
  • the upcoming concert by David LaMotte on Sunday, April 16, at 3 pm in our Sanctuary;
  • Know anyone graduating?  We would like to honor our graduates later this Spring;
  • the One Great Hour of Sharing offering which will be taken Palm Sunday and Easter;
  • items being collected to take to Cuba in April;
  • Celebration of Earth Day on Sunday, April 23.  Cindy Shepherd will preach.
  • Music Sunday is May 7!

We are “showered” with events throughout April.  Be sure not to miss what is happening at your church this Spring!

 


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Newsletter, March 2023

Click March 2023 for the March Newsletter from First Presbyterian Church of Champaign.  Coming up includes…

  • Celebration of our relationship with the Presbyterian Church in Luyano, Cuba on Sunday, March 12.  Join us that morning for a special service followed by brunch Cuban style.  More information in this issue.
  • We are in the midst of Lent.  Maundy Thursday, April 6, will be a communion service and soup supper at 6 pm.  On Good Friday we will host our neighbors the Methodist at a service in our Sanctuary at 7 pm.  Easter worship is at 9 am on April 9.
  • During Lent, we will have a discussion series on Adam Hamilton’s “The Walk, Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life” Sunday mornings at 10:15.  (We will skip March 12 and go to brunch that morning.)
  • Donate towards the Spring flowers that will decorate the Sanctuary on Easter.
  • David LaMotte will join us Sunday, April 16, at 3 pm for a free concert followed by a reception.  Mark your calendars now!
  • As you Spring clean, keep in mind our collection June 3 to support Habitat and Salt & Light.  Read more about what we can accept on their behalf in this issue.

 


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Newsletter, February 2023

Click February 2023 to find the February news from First Presbyterian Church in Champaign.

  • This Sunday, January 29, hear from electric car owners Cindy Shepherd and Brandi & Jason Lowe on the pros and cons of owning an EV as part of our Adult Ed class immediately following the 9 am service.
  • Join us for our 2nd Sunday Brunch on February 12.
  • Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 22.  We will have an Ash Wednesday service at 7 pm that evening.  Lenten Devotionals will be available that first Sunday of Lent.
  • The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be Sunday, February 26.
  • Get to know our Sabbatical Pastors Connie Bandy and Jean Oliver-Holder who are filling in while Pastor Matt is on Sabbatical.
  • The Winter/Spring Small Group brochure is now available online or in the kiosks at church.
  • Save the date for David Lamotte in Concert on Sunday, April 16, at 3 pm.

 


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Newsletter, January 2023

Click January 2023 2 to receive News from First Presbyterian Church of Champaign….

  • Pastor Matt gives a brief outline of upcoming events in his article.  Mark your calendars and watch for more information on each.
  • Why not consider sharing your enthusiasm for music and join our choir or bell choir this year?  Joe Grant tells you how.
  • Pastor Matt will be on Sabbatical January 23 to February 20, 2023.  The Revs. Connie Bandy and Jean Oliver-Holder will be filling in while he is gone.
  • C-U at Home’s One Winter Night February 3 along with a celebratory concert on February 4.
  • Mission updates include communications from Cuba, Mission Co-Worker Mark Adams and DREAAM.
  • ELL (English Language Learners ) news.

 


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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.

 


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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.

 


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