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.



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.




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