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Heart City Brass and Zephyr Woodwind Quintet

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 8:27 PM

Interfaith Prayer Service - Saturday Dec 16 - 6pm

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 1:20 PM

Prayer Service
In response to the proposal
to build an ICE detention center
Elkhart’s First Presbyterian Church
Saturday, December 16, 6 pm

ELKHART, Indiana (December 12, 2017) – Over 50 congregations, Latino and Anglo, and community members will gather at First Presbyterian Church on December 16 at 6 pm for a prayer service in response to the proposal to build an ICE Detention Center in Elkhart community.

Rev. Rebecca Kuiken, pastor of First Presbyterian says, “We in the larger faith
community hope to build bridges beyond language, culture and legal status.”
CoreCivic, one of the nation’s largest private prison owners, is seeking to build and own a $100 million facility of up to 1,400 beds that would be used by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement. This would be the largest of four regional detention facilities the federal government is seeking to open within close proximity to Chicago, Detroit, St. Paul and Salt Lake City.

Trunk or Treat Fun for ALL !

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 @ 3:52 PM

Many thanks to the Trunk or Treat volunteers and those who donated candy for the event !


Peaceful Quilters

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 2:44 PM

by Sue Griffin -


Displayed at the Welcome Table for the month of November.

Sunday School Fun - Solomon's Temple

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 2:42 PM

Building Solomon's Temple during the 10am Children's Sunday School hour


Cody Collier: Dynamic and Inspiring Concert at FPC

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Thursday, October 26, 2017 @ 9:41 AM

Thanks to a grant from the Miller Foundation, FPC was able to host an evening concert by Cody Collier on the Bridge worship stage Sunday Oct 22nd.

Cody is from Goshen, IN and is well known for his musical ministry in addition to his on-air talents on WFRN-FM 93.7. 




Financial Findings: Good News!

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 11:28 AM
by Bruce Carter
Watch your mail for the Stewardship Letter. It has some good news!


We have all heard the metaphor of the “Cloud of Debt”, when an institution or a person carries so much debt that their focus is on financial survival. During this time the important things in life get pushed aside. I believe the “Cloud of Debt” and the pain of actions needed to ensure our survival have distracted us from our real purpose-- to serve God.


You can imagine our delight within the Stewardship Commission and Session in finding that after years of struggle and some very hard decisions by our Session, a close examination of FPC financial data projected through the end of 2017 shows that we have turned the corner and are a financially healthy church with a sustainable future.


At FPC, the important thing in life is to do God’s Will through our ministry and mission work.


Rejoice with us and keep the momentum going with your pledge this Sunday, Oct 29,2017!

FPC Foundation kicks off Salvation Army Campaign

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 9:29 AM
by Tom LeFevre

Every Christmas, Elkhart’s Salvation Army gives a basket of essential personal care items to 800 local families. Our Foundation has generously provided $800 to this cause - which will cover 25% of the cost of the baskets themselves. Other organizations will help provide the contents. Thanks to Foundation on behalf of Serving Commission, for funding FPC’s part in this year’s Salvation Army Christmas Campaign.

Free Concert Sunday October 22nd

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 9:28 AM

WFRN's Cody Collier will play at our church on Sunday, October 22nd at 7 pm. There is no charge to attend. Bring your friends!

Trunk or Treat Volunteers (and candy!) Needed

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 9:26 AM
by Austin Wicks


We are preparing for Trunk or Treat on October 26th, please contact the church office if you would like to prepare a car, or assist just by hanging out. Trunk or Treat is great fun and I know you will enjoy it!

We also need candy to give out! Please bring a candy donation to the church office for us to give out to the neighborhood kids this Halloween. Please have donations in by Tuesday October 24th.

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