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 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.


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 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.


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)


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 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.


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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