First Call: The 1st Presbyterian Blog 

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.

Habitat Build Update

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Friday, August 25, 2017 @ 4:43 PM

by Tom LeFevre

Braden McCormick reports that the often-delayed County-wide Faith Build  will continue through September.

This planned two-story home will be for a Ukrainian emigre family of eleven - several of whose members are musically gifted. It’s not known how and where they have been enduring through the many delays, but they could surely testify volumes on the subject of patience and family cooperation!

We hope to host them in a Sunday worship soon. Note to all builders: this project is gender-inclusive - dust off your tools, and stay tuned for how and when FPC will be invited to participate.

 We happily note that our Foundation has directed a grant to this effort of $3,000.

More information will be forthcoming soon! 

Beardsley School Update

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Friday, August 25, 2017 @ 4:40 PM

by Tom LeFevre

FPC’s focal community outreach remains the students of Beardsley School. Presbyterian Women - with Harriet Sloop’s faithful guidance - have also delivered many special supplies.

The ongoing ministry of 30-30-30 mentoring and tutoring has made a great and lasting difference in the lives of many young students. Improved test scores, language skills, and deep gratitude of school leaders has evidenced this.

We invite our experienced mentors and tutors to consider helping again during 2017-18. Organizing of teams for this year will begin during September and October, and Susan Lehman will organize 30-30-30 and tutoring teams. If you feel the call to help again - or for the first time - please call Susie at home (See directory). She can answer your questions or concerns. Orientation is likely to occur in late September or early October.


Jazz Sunday Recording 2017

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 1:50 PM

Amazing Race 2017

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 @ 8:38 AM

by Mindy Weiricch


New Carpet Installation

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Thursday, June 1, 2017 @ 8:28 AM
by Debby Burton


The week of June 5th,new carpet is being installed in the hallways and offices. CALL BEFORE YOU COME to the church because Cinda may not be in the office.

Amazing Racers - Take Your Mark!

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 9:06 AM
by Tom LeFevre

The Amazing Elkhart Race 2017 is coming Saturday, June 10. First Presbyterian is continuing its tradition of supporting our local Church Community Services by staffing one of the race stations. If you can help between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm, please contact Mindy Weirich at 825-1573 or email Thanks!

Jim Brotherson Honored by Bike Elkhart on June 3

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 9:01 AM
by Tom LeFevre

 Bike Elkhart and the Pay It Forward Foundation are planting a tree and a plaque honoring Jim Brotherson's work on the Pumpkinvine Trail.

A brief ceremony will take place Saturday, June 3, at 10:00 am at the trailhead at Abshire Park in Goshen.

Women's Build Success !

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 9:48 AM
By Mary Rasp
Great thanks to all who donated physically, financially, nutritionally, prayerfully, and emotionally to the Women Build this May 2017!
Our second year in a row we had 19 First Presbyterian Church Elkhart Women involved.  Almost $2000 was donated by our builders and other generous members of our congregation.  In addition, our local church's Foundaton providing $1000, which made our church one of the official sponsors for the local Women Build.  Look for the violet Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County Women Build T shirts and banners with our church logo on them.
The weather was perfect for building, Saturday, May 13. Sunny and not too warm. Three Future Habitat home owners were there to build with us.  One provided our lunch as well.
Be sure to drive past the new home, nearing completion at 2422 Morehouse, on the second block, north of Hively Ave, Elkhart.
Dedication will be later this summer. You are welcome to attend to admire the new home for Charissa and her son Jayveon Johnson.
If you meant to donate and didn't get a chance, Habitat is always taking donations for future builds. Homes are only constructed after the funds are raised. Hopefully we will reach our Elkhart County Habitat goal of building our 200th home by the end of 2017!
Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County
P.o.Box 950
Goshen IN 46527-0950
Many thanks again to our congregation for rallying around for another great year with Habitat for Humanity Women Build!
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