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Save the Date - Open Fifths Concert May 20

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 8:47 AM

  Save the date(s)! The Goshen based Open Fifths have  been practicing hard for a Spring concert, "In Good Company." Open Fifths  will sing accompanied by piano, guitar, oboe, and ukulele, as well as a cappella (of course). Mark you calendar now for Thursday, May 18, College Mennonite Church, Goshen, AND Saturday, May 20, First Presbyterian Church, Elkhart. More details soon!

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Friday, April 14, 2017 @ 10:10 AM

Maundy Thursday

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Friday, April 14, 2017 @ 10:09 AM

Update on Habitat Women's Build

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Friday, April 7, 2017 @ 10:12 AM

Sisters, our confirmed work day is Sat., May 13. We’ll be building a home for Charissa Johnson’s family at 2422 Morehouse Ave. in Elkhart (a block north of E. Hively, between Prairie & Main Streets.)

Thankfully our Foundation has donated $1,000 to make FPC an official Build Sponsor!

What a great way to start! The work time is from 8 AM to 2:30 PM. Mary Rasp - a passionate Habitat supporter - is “Nail Captain” again this Spring.

A signup sheet is in the Gathering Place, and as of Apr. 6, we still invite 3 more builders. Eleven are signed up so far, and we aspire to field a group of 14 helpers.

Our work day plan is to put up insulation & siding, and the roof will have been previously finished. Safety glasses & tools will be provided, and builders should wear closed-toe shoes or hiking boots, and work gloves. Volunteers are encouraged to share the age-based offering (your age times $1.00) to be a builder. But please note - if that is not feasible for any reason - you can still participate - as a builder, or as a “Lunch Mom.” As such, you’d provide a morning snack and lunch (e.g., sandwiches, chips, fruit, string cheese and bottled water) for 14 builders. People can partner in providing lunch.

For folks who wish to strengthen their carpenter’s skills, Habitat sponsors a free clinic at Lowe’s on Reith Blvd. (just off U.S. 33 toward Goshen) on Saturday April 29, from 9:00 AM to Noon.

If you plan to attend, please email Molly@HabitatEC.com. If you’ll be part of this great local outreach ministry, please sign up, and let Mary Rasp know at: msrasp53@gmail.com or call at: 574-293-2472 (Home) or text 574-361-8459 (Cell). Thank you!

Wired Word This Week! Two chances to participate!

Posted by Sarah Sanderson-Doughty on Thursday, April 6, 2017 @ 10:42 AM

Calling all adults and older youth!  Let's consider the Billy Graham rule, invoked by our former governor and current Vice President, in our discussion on Sunday at 8:45 or 11:15 in the Reception Room. 

You can check out the news story via these links:

Twitter Tangles with the Billy Graham Rule. RELEVANT Magazine
How Mike Pence's Marriage Became Fodder for the Culture Wars. The Atlantic
Beyond the Mike Pence Misogyny Debate, the 3 ‘Billy Graham Rules’ You Haven't Read. NPR
Mike Pence, The Billy Graham Rule, and Mixed Gender Friendships. Patheos

Some of the scripture we might discuss includes:

Genesis 39:6-18
2 Samuel 13:1-19
Ruth 3:1-15
John 4:4-29
1 Thessalonians 5:19-26

Wired Word This Week! Two chances to participate!

Posted by Sarah Sanderson-Doughty on Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 9:23 AM

The murder of a leader of Hamas in his garage has heightened tensions between Israel and Palestine once more.  This will be the news story on which we focus this coming Sunday morning at 8:45 or 11:15 a.m. in the Reception Room. All older youth and adults are welcome to participate!

Read about the news story:

Point-Blank Killing of Senior Hamas Operative Deepens Tensions Between Israel, Gaza. The Washington Post
For First Time, Hamas Prepared to Accept Pre-1967 Borders for Palestinian State. Haaretz

Check out some of the scripture we might discuss:

Genesis 4:1-16
Judges 4:1-24

Proverbs 25:21-22
Matthew 5:1-12
Luke 4:16-30
2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Poor Man Lazarus

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 10:06 AM

If you missed last week's Bridge service, you can still enjoy the song composed by Tom LeFevre . One additional song - "Never Too Late" -  is also featured from Tom's album "River of Grace"  on the Bridge Page  .

Women's Build Update

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:28 PM

Signup for this year’s Women Build is robust!

 

The build will run  from May 2 through June 3 on Morehouse Ave. in Elkhart.

The work day is from 8 AM to 2:30 PM.

Our Mary Rasp - a passionate Habitat supporter - has offered to be a “Nail Captain” to coordinate FPC’s presence and participation.

A signup sheet is in the Gathering Place.

We have a tentative scheduled work date of Saturday May 13 - all day - from 8 to 2:30. Signup has thankfully been brisk, but as of Mar. 28, we still welcome 4-6 more helpers to complete a 2nd team.

Volunteers are encouraged to share the age-based offering (your age times $1.00) to be a builder. But please note - if that is not feasible for any reason - you can still participate - as a builder, or as a “Lunch Mom.”

 

Lunch Moms provide a morning snack and lunch (e.g., sandwiches, chips, fruit, string cheese and bottled water) for twenty builders. People can partner in providing lunch. For folks who wish to strengthen their carpenter’s skills,

Habitat sponsors a free clinic at Lowe’s on Reith Blvd. (just off U.S. 33 toward Goshen) on Saturday April 29, from 9:00 AM to Noon. If you’ll be part of this great local outreach ministry, please sign up early, and let Mary Rasp know at: msrasp53@gmail.com or call at: 574-293-2472 (Home) or 574-361-8459 (Cell). Thank you!

Browsing the Web Site

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 8:27 AM

Looking for a particular item on the site ?

Dick Bracken's Handy Guide:

 

The Monthly Calendar Presby.net > News and Events > Event Calendar Church

Newsletters since June, 2015 Presby.net > News and Events > Newsletters

Who is scheduled to do what on Sunday Presby.net > News and Events > Sundays

This Month Anthems, communion music, and other music from the sanctuary Presby.net > News and Events >Media Center > For the Record > Music Archive Sanctuary Services since December, 2015

Individual Sermons: Presby.net > News and Events >Media Center 

 

Complete Services Presby.net > News and Events >Media Center > For the Record > Audio Complete Services

Wired Word This Week! Two chances to participate!

Posted by Sarah Sanderson-Doughty on Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 8:47 AM

On Sunday morning, March 26th, at 8:45 and 11:15 a.m. gather with fellow seekers in the Reception Room to talk about Baptism-- a discussion sparked by this news story:

1 Baptismal Gown, 150 Years, 6 Generations, Baby After Methodist Baby. North Texas Connection

Some of the scripture we might discuss includes:

Deuteronomy 29:10-15
1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 25-27
Galatians 3:26-29
Romans 6:1-14
Psalm 71:15-19

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