Prayer ServiceIn response to the proposalto build an ICE detention centerElkhart’s First Presbyterian ChurchSaturday, 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 faithcommunity 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.
Many thanks to the Trunk or Treat volunteers and those who donated candy for the event !
by Sue Griffin -
Displayed at the Welcome Table for the month of November.
Building Solomon's Temple during the 10am Children's Sunday School hour
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.