First Presbyterian Church is an active fellowship with multiple programs designed to involve and nurture the life of the congregation in the community at large.

Fellowship, Congregational care and mission work in the Elkhart community and the world at large offer nurture and growth to people of all ages.

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Women Build for Habitat - 2017 - Breaking Ground!

Posted by Andy McCaskey on OP4er @ 4:14 PM

JJesus was a carpenter … as his hands and feet in the world today -

Ladies, pick up your hammers and pound! Signup for this year’s Women Build is off and running! It will be from May 2 through June 3 at 1923 Belmont Ave. in Elkhart.

Work day is from 8 AM to 2:30 PM. Our Mary Rasp - a passionate Habitat supporter - has offered to be a “Nail Captain” again this Spring. She’ll be helping coordinate FPC’s presence and participation.

A signup sheet will be in (or near) the Gathering Place, and builders among us are invited to sign up ASAP. We have a tentative scheduled work date of Saturday May 13 - all day - from 8 to 2:30.

Volunteers are encouraged to share the age-based offering (your age times $1.00) to be a builder. But please note - if that offering is not feasible for any reason - you can still participate - as a builder, or as a “Lunch Mom.” [Sorry - no soccer that day!] As such, you’d 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!

Uniforms for Beardsley School

Posted by Andy McCaskey on OP5er @ 5:09 PM

Beardsley School Tutoring opportunity

Posted by Andy McCaskey on OP4er @ 4:46 PM

It’s not too late to sign up for 30-30-30 , the weekday  tutoring program partnership between Beardsley school and First Presbyterians Church of Elkhart.

 Please make an appointment with Jan Beutter at Beardsley School if you are interested, 574-262-5575.

Habitat for Humanity Build

Posted by Andy McCaskey on OP4er @ 4:08 PM

Harkin Family Home Finish


“Home for the Holidays” conjures up images of warm family gatherings, enjoying good food and fellowship in a safe and inviting home.  But that image is only a dream for the families who come to Habitat in search of a place to call home.   

Last year the Harkins family was accepted into our program.  The family has already completed over 300 hours of sweat equity by building homes with other families and by successfully completing our many homeownership training classes.  The family has spent far too many years in a very old, substandard mobile home and now it’s their turn to build a quality, affordable home of their own.  Their new Habitat home will be their forever home.   

Our goal is to start construction in October and finish the house in December, just in time for the Harkins to be in their new home for the holidays!  Your contribution will help the Harkins family break the cycle of poverty housing.

Beardsley School 30 30 30 Update

Posted by Susie Lehman on OA10er @ 10:59 AM

Reminder to Volunteers

Please make an appointment with Jan Beutter at Beardsley School.

Paperwork needs to be done before you meet and work with your students.

We're close to meeting our goal of 30 students!   Sign in today!

Beardsley School

Posted by Andy McCaskey on OP1er @ 1:15 PM

30-30-30 at Beardsley School30-30-30 Tutoring Program

A recent article in the Elkhart Truth featured details on the First Presbyterian Church tutoring program for at risk kids in our neighborhood school. For more information on other programs at our neighborhood school and throughout the community, please contact us at 574-264-3109 


Photo Courtesy of Elkhart Truth



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