First Call: The 1st Presbyterian Blog 

Stewardship Celebration: Starts with a Cake

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 @ 9:00 AM

Missed last Sunday's Celebration ? Cards are still available at the church office - 

Wired Word This Week! 9 a.m. ONLY!

Posted by Sarah Sanderson-Doughty on Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 10:03 AM

Come to discuss how some churches are working to promote healing in the wake of a divisive election season.  Please join us in the reception room at 9 a.m.

You can read a few related news stories via these links:

Feeling Gross This Election? Churches Offering Healing Vigils. Seattle Weekly
Post-Election Church Services Aim to Reconcile Christian Voters. Religion News Service

Here are links to some of the scripture we might discuss:


2 Chronicles 7:12-18
1 Timothy 2:8
Matthew 5:21-26
Luke 6:27-36
Ephesians 4:1-6
John 13:31-35


Congregational Conversation, 11.6, 11:10 A.M., Fellowship Hall

Posted by Sarah Sanderson-Doughty on Thursday, November 3, 2016 @ 9:18 AM

This Sunday, at 11:10 in the Fellowship Hall downstairs,  you are invited to a presentation by the Session’s Growth & Vision Task Force regarding the financial situation of First Presbyterian Church. Following the presentation, there will be time for questions and conversation. We look forward to seeing you there.

Wired Word This Week! 9 a.m. ONLY!

Posted by Sarah Sanderson-Doughty on Thursday, November 3, 2016 @ 9:13 AM

This week marked the 499th anniversary of Luther's posting of his 95 theses, the act that many count as the start of the Protestant Reformation.  We will discuss this week the way in which the Pope is honoring the memory of Luther and the Reformation and advocating for greater unity between Catholics and Protestants.

Join us at 9 a.m. in the reception room for another fabulous discussion!

You can read the news via these links:

The Pope Commemorates The Reformation That Split Western Christianity. NPR
Reformation Day: Pope Francis Marks Luther Anniversary in Sweden. BBC News
Pope Francis, in Sweden, Urges Catholic-Lutheran Reconciliation. The New York Times
ECLA Approves Lutheran-Catholic Ecumenical Document. ECLA
Catholic-Lutheran Document Sums Up Agreements, Maps Steps to Full Unity. Catholic News Service
Declaration on the Way. ELCA

Some of the scripture we might discuss includes:

Psalm 133:1-3
John 17:11, 20-26
Acts 2:1-12
1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 12-13, 20-27
Ephesians 4:1-16


Pieceful Quilters will meet in November

Posted by Terry McCaskey on Sunday, October 30, 2016 @ 9:41 AM

The "Pieceful Quilters" will meet one more time this fall before our Christmas & New Year's break.  Sue Griffen will host the group for a fabric viewing.  We will be discussing out group project and making decisions about the sampler project.  Contact Sue for more information:






Wired Word This Week!

Posted by Sarah Sanderson-Doughty on Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 11:06 AM

Are you a Cubs fan?  Or an Indians fan?  Either way you know something of long-suffering and hoping against hope.  Join Pastor Rebecca in the reception room at either 9 or 11:15 a.m. on Sunday for a discussion of this year's contenders in the World Series in light of our faith. 

Here's some articles about the series:

World Series Preview: For Cubs or Indians, Decades of Waiting Are Nearly Over. New York Times
Cubs, Indians World Series Droughts Raise Stakes. USA Today
Cubs-Indians World Series Things to Know: Start Times, Schedule, Live Stream Info. CBS Sports
The Billy Goat Curse. The Billy Goat Tavern

And here's some of the scripture we might discuss:

Proverbs 13:12
Romans 12:9-21
Luke 19:11-26
Galatians 6:7-10
James 5:7-11
Romans 4:13-25

"Waking Up White" Discussions Start Wednesday 10.12

Posted by Sarah Sanderson-Doughty on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 3:14 PM

After supper in the fellowship hall, we will begin to discuss the book "Waking Up White" at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening-- the first of five sessions for discussion of this book. 

Tomorrow, Wednesday 10.12, we will discuss the introduction and part one-- "Childhood In White".

If you have the book, please read part one before joining us tomorrow.  If you don't have the book yet, come anyhow and pick one up and join the conversation!

Can't come on Wednesday nights?  Wednesday's Table is discussing the book on Wednesdays at 11-- all women are welcome to join those conversations.  And we have a facebook group for on-line discussion as well.  And you're also welcome to form your own discussion groups...

Jennifer Pitcher - Quick visit to Elkhart

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 8:04 AM

Long time congregation leader Jennifer Pitcher joined several FPC members and friends at the Mooring Tree restaurant Monday Oct 10 - they celebrate a new job for husband Vern in St Louis,MO 

P.S. Contact Cinda if you'd like to become a Presby Scribe and be able to share your photos of First Presbyterian Church activities and family. 

Graceful Aging: A Speaker Series for Women, Oct 11, 18 and 25 at 11 am

Posted by Rebecca Kuiken on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 @ 2:38 PM

Three excellent speakers are coming to First Presbyterian to talk about health -- emotional, financial and physical. Please join us!

October 11    “Keeping your Spirits and Emotions Healthy

Dr. Katie Steele, Clinical Director at the Samaritan Health and Living Center, Elkhart, IN. 

October 18    “Preparing For Your Financial Future”

Renee Fleming, Assistant Vice President and Trust Officer at First Source Bank, Elkhart, IN.

October 25    “How to Thrive in Your Physical Health”

Joan Vidic, President of the Indiana State Medical Association. 

Preparing for your Financial Future, Sunday, 11:10 am, Reception Room

Posted by Rebecca Kuiken on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 @ 2:27 PM

 “What do I need to know about managing and protect myself financially as I age?" Ally Powers, Personal Trust Manager for 1st Source Bank will give a presentation and facilitate our discussion. We hope to have a lively conversation!

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