First Call: The 1st Presbyterian Blog 

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!

Hospitality Volunteers for Bridge Service

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 8:30 AM

by Mary Seddon

We are looking for volunteers to provide refreshments and snacks on Sunday mornings for the Bridge fellowship area. Please contact Mary Seddon for further details.

Job Openings at First Presbyterian Church

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 8:28 AM
by Phid Wells, Personnel Committee

We are presently interviewing for Nursery Worker and Building Manager. You can contact the Church Office at 574-264-3109 for further information and job description. 

Pentecost Special Offering

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 4:05 PM
by Tom LeFevre

A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children.

40% of FPC’s offering will be retained by us, and given to benefit Geneva Center.

The remaining 60% is used to support ministries of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Mission Agency for: Young Adult Volunteers, Ministries for Youth, and Children-at-Risk.

Please support this worthy cause as the Spirit leads you. Special envelopes will be in our worship spaces for this purpose.

Our offering will be dedicated on Pentecost Sunday, June 4, in our combined service at 10 AM. The red flames in our logo symbolize the Holy Spirit - which touched Jesus’ Disciples on the first Pentecost (Acts 1: 2-3). Christian tradition encourages the wearing of something red that day!

Habitat for Humanity - Women's Build May 13

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Saturday, May 13, 2017 @ 9:11 PM

Photos from the Women's Build from First Presbyterian Church.


May 13, Women Build 2017great day at the build!

16 represented FPC Elkhart. Three future Habitat Home owners are in one of the photos. Way to go, Ladies!! Excellent Team, Excellent Day! Ex


Free Concert Saturday May 20th 7:30 PM

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 1:10 PM

Michigan's premier male vocal ensemble Open Fifths will present a free concert


Enhanced Congregations: Free Workshop - Sat. May 20

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 1:04 PM

“Up We Go"

Engaging to Lead Your Congregation to New Heights

by Tom Lefevre

Pastor Rebecca invites and encourages our attending a special free 2-hour workshop at South Bend’s Sunnyside P.C. Sat. May 20 from 9:30 - 11:30 AM EDT, with focus on enhanced practices for a Healthy Congregation. 

Who may attend?: Any FPC member who loves our church, and wishes to get some practical, creative ideas on how we might enhance and energize our congregational life together. Especially during our time of pastoral transition, the more of us who seek out ways we might revitalize church life - the better!

Session members, Deacons, Vision Team members, and other leaders are especially urged to attend. Who knows what ideas the Lord might lead us to, in a larger body of faithful Presbyterians?

Where is it?: Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, South Bend, IN: 115 S. Frances St. 46617. This event is put on by our Presbytery, and is free of charge. No advance registration is necessary.

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Monday, May 1, 2017 @ 5:18 PM

Kevin Vaughn Organ Recital May 7th at First Presbyterian Church

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 4:21 PM

Sunday, May 7, 2017 4:00 p.m. Kevin Vaughn Organ Recital

Kevin J. Vaughn is director of music and organist at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in South Bend, instructor of organ at Goshen College, and adjunct assistant professor of piano and organ at the University of Notre Dame.

An active recitalist, he has recently performed solo organ recitals in California, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Ohio, and Washington, as well as collaborative programs with baritone Stephen Lancaster in Illinois, Virginia, and Michigan.

Kevin holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano, organ, and sacred music, including the first Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance conferred by the University of Notre Dame.

He currently serves as dean of the St. Joseph Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and holds the Guild’s Colleague certificate.

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