First Call: The 1st Presbyterian Blog 

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.

Trunk or Treat Volunteers Needed

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 9:25 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!

FAITH BUILDS - IN SPITE OF RAIN!

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 2:38 PM

Oct. 14’s work on the Kulish Habitat home in Middlebury made good progress - not to be hampered by a bit of rain on and off. With the roof on and shingled, we were able to work both inside and out. Team spirits were high, and nobody was visibly worse for wear. Sloppy joes may not sound special, but after a morning’s effort, they never tasted better!  Thanks to all who came out to work, and to our Foundation - that contributed generously to this project.



Kulishes hope to be moved in by Christmas, and we hope to host several of their talented musical family in worship at FPC in January 2018. Parents Ben and Nadya were there working, and are eager to visit our church to express their gratitude for our support. Stay tuned for a special morning of their music during Epiphany!

 

                                                       Mary Rasp and Lynnette Valentijn score flashing for gutter system.

 

PeaceMaker Update

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 6:57 PM

by Tom Lefevre

 

Since 1999, Connie Minzey has faithfully coordinated our Student Peacemaking Recognition grants to four area high school Seniors. The purpose is to encourage and recognize graduating Seniors who actively promote justice and reconciliation, and conflict resolution among their student peers.

Each individual receives a $500 cash grant. In some years, this has been funded solely by member gifts - other times, by our Foundation - sometimes, shared. Because of pressing needs, special hurricane-related offerings, and our imminent Stewardship Campaign, we have chosen to focus on a Spring 2018 Peacemaking offering, to hopefully be matched by our Foundation, to raise the needed resources (~$2,500).

For more information, contact Connie Minzey and the Serving Commission

Back in the HABIT(TAT)

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 6:53 PM

by Tom Lefevre

The long-anticipated county-wide “Faith Build” is getting underway in Middleburg for the Ben and Nadya Kulish family of eleven. They hail from Ukraine, from whence they emigrated to avoid religious persecution. They were (are) Baptists, in an intolerant Eastern Orthodox culture.


FPC Foundation has contributed $3,000 to this build, and our scheduled work day is Saturday, October 14 - rain or shine! We need to field a team of 14 builders, and can also use two lunch makers. Please check your schedules and sign up on the sheet which will soon be found in or near the Gathering Place. Maps and directions will also be posted there. 


Braden McCormick and the Serving Commission

Welcome to Austin Wicks - Our New Seminary Intern

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Friday, August 25, 2017 @ 4:47 PM

We are happy to have Austin Wicks with us for the coming year.

With his aspiration to be an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church, we are eager to give him wide-ranging opportunities in our church. He will lead worship and preach on Sunday, September 17th.

Austin's main responsibilities will be to lead and grow our
Children and Youth Ministry.


Austin recently graduated from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He went to Alma College where he got his Bachelor’s degree, majoring in economics, and met his wife. Austin and Alicia celebrated their 3rd anniversary last June.

Austin comes from a family of pastors (both his mom and dad!), and having lived in Sturgis, MI for most of his youth is no stranger to our area of Michiana.

Austin currently lives in Dowagiac, Michigan where his wife is working as a Residence Hall Manager for Southwestern Michigan College. Austin plays the guitar, likes to play video games, go for walks in the woods, and draw.

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