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Welcome to the First Presbyterian Church of Urbana! We believe that everyone who enters these doors is God’s guest. This is a safe place, to search for and find God, to ask questions along with others who know that the life of faith is not about having all the answers, and to open doors to paths that might be familiar and some that might be entirely new. Read more …

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  • ‘Follow Me,’ curriculum for the whole congregation, set for July launch
    May 14, 2021 “Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living,” curriculum that’s meant for the entire congregation and will be rolled out in July, is “a big, bold thing. I’m excited to tell you about it,” Katie Snyder, who’s a certified Christian educator, curriculum specialist and POINT coordinator for the PC(USA) Store, told participants during […]
  • Decolonizing our memory
    Do we want to be healed? May 14, 2021 Pam Wineman | Office of the General Assembly “I’m inviting the Church to finally go into the wilderness, as Jesus did, and decolonize their memories,” said Ruby Nell Sales, during the May broadcast of “Good Medicine,” hosted by the Rev. Gregory Bentley and Ruling Elder Elona Street-Stewart, […]
  • Beltway-area church receives ‘best of’ award
    May 14, 2021 The founding pastor of  Brambleton Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Elizabeth Brookens-Sturman, remembers what it was like to establish a new Christian church presence in the area just beyond the Capital Beltway. That’s why she isn’t taking lightly Brambleton’s honor of being named the “best of” churches in Ashburn, Virginia, announced in a […]
  • PC(USA) advocacy leader hosting antiracism discussion with Austin Seminary author
    May 14, 2021 The Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, Associate Director of Advocacy for the PC(USA)’s Compassion, Peace & Justice ministries, will host a discussion Tuesday evening with Dr. Carolyn B. Helsel of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary about how white people can talk about racism.

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Seventh Sunday of Easter - May 16, 2021

Worship – Streaming at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Fellowship and Seminar -- Streaming after Worship.

“The Good Shepherd,” by Gunnar Torhamn, in the Soderakra Church, Sweden.

We will hear two passages of scripture this coming Sunday. The first is from Chapter 1 of the Book of Acts, and the other is from Chapter 17 of the Gospel of John. We will hear about the nomination and election of a new Apostle after Jesus returned to God, and we will hear the beautiful prayer Jesus offered for the disciples in the Upper Room before his betrayal. The juxtaposition of these two scriptures will raise great questions about the nature of the Church and the life of discipleship and God’s amazing generosity. Not bad fare for the seventh Sunday of Easter. Join us as we contemplate these scriptures and find encouragement for living in these days.

Pastor David

May Seminar Series on Racial Justice: Following worship on May 9 and 16, we’ll have fellowship, then the seminar will begin at 11:00 a.m. The Zoom link is the same as for worship (as listed on page 9).

Session created our Racial Justice Task Force last June following the murder of Breanna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. Marty Lampman, Barbara Mann, Jancie Harris, David Chato, and Pastor David have been working to understand in a deeper way the ways racism and white supremacy has infected our nation as well as ways Presbyterians are responding. We will present two more Adult Seminars that will help bring our congregation to understand what we have learned. Background Readings will be emailed each week before the seminar.

May 16: The Complicity of White Churches with White Supremacy and Ways to End It. In this study, we will review the research findings of Robert P. Jones presented in his book, White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity, and historian, Anthea Butler, presented in her book, White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America. We will complete the seminar with the hopeful recommendations of Jemar Tisby from his latest book, How to Fight Racism, and Professor Brenda Salter McNeil’s book, Becoming Brave: Finding the Courage to Pursue Racial Justice Now, as well as remind us of the invitation of our own denomination to become a Matthew 25 congregation.
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Seventh Sunday of Easter - May 16, 2021

Worship – Streaming at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Fellowship and Seminar -- Streaming after Worship.

“The Good Shepherd,” by Gunnar Torhamn, in the Soderakra Church, Sweden.

We will hear two passages of scripture this coming Sunday. The first is from Chapter 1 of the Book of Acts, and the other is from Chapter 17 of the Gospel of John. We will hear about the nomination and election of a new Apostle after Jesus returned to God, and we will hear the beautiful prayer Jesus offered for the disciples in the Upper Room before his betrayal. The juxtaposition of these two scriptures will raise great questions about the nature of the Church and the life of discipleship and God’s amazing generosity. Not bad fare for the seventh Sunday of Easter. Join us as we contemplate these scriptures and find encouragement for living in these days.

Pastor David

May Seminar Series on Racial Justice: Following worship on May 9 and 16, we’ll have fellowship, then the seminar will begin at 11:00 a.m. The Zoom link is the same as for worship (as listed on page 9).

Session created our Racial Justice Task Force last June following the murder of Breanna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. Marty Lampman, Barbara Mann, Jancie Harris, David Chato, and Pastor David have been working to understand in a deeper way the ways racism and white supremacy has infected our nation as well as ways Presbyterians are responding. We will present two more Adult Seminars that will help bring our congregation to understand what we have learned. Background Readings will be emailed each week before the seminar.

May 16: The Complicity of White Churches with White Supremacy and Ways to End It.  In this study, we will review the research findings of Robert P. Jones presented in his book, White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity, and historian, Anthea Butler, presented in her book, White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America. We will complete the seminar with the hopeful recommendations of Jemar Tisby from his latest book, How to Fight Racism, and Professor Brenda Salter McNeil’s book, Becoming Brave: Finding the Courage to Pursue Racial Justice Now, as well as remind us of the invitation of our own denomination to become a Matthew 25 congregation.

Regular morning worship featuring Director of Music, Sinhaeng Lee, Organist, Ted Turner, the FPCU Choir, Section Leaders, Reagan Stohler & Abby Gast, Harpsichordist, Han Cheol Kang, and a sermon based on Acts 10:44​-48 & John 15:9-17 entitled, "Disciples and Friends."
www.youtube.com/watch?v=USY24kde7dA
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Sixth Sunday of Easter - May 9, 2021

Worship – Streaming at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Fellowship and Seminar -- Streaming after Worship.

“Spirit of the Community,” a sculpture at the Belmont Civic Center, Belmont, New South Wales, Australia.

The popular understanding of spirituality is that anyone can be spiritual all on their own. For some spiritualities, that may be true, though I doubt it. For Christianity, there is no such thing as being spiritual alone. Though there are hermits within our tradition, even they maintain connections with the larger community. Thomas Merton lived in a hermitage for the last years of his life, but the hermitage was on the grounds of the monastery and he maintained regular contact with the brothers and with guests. For the rest of us, community is essential. Join us on Sunday as we hear passages from the Book of Acts and the Gospel of John which make clear that God has given us an amazing gift in the community we know as church.

Pastor David

May Seminar Series on Racial Justice: Following worship on May 9 and 16, we’ll have fellowship, then the seminar will begin at 11:00 a.m. The Zoom link is the same as for worship (as listed on page 11).

Session created our Racial Justice Task Force last June following the murder of Breanna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. Marty Lampman, Barbara Mann, Jancie Harris, David Chato, and Pastor David have been working to understand in a deeper way the ways racism and white supremacy has infected our nation as well as ways Presbyterians are responding. We will present two more Adult Seminars that will help bring our congregation to understand what we have learned. Background Readings will be emailed each week before the seminar.

May 9: White Privilege. The term “white privilege” is used to refer to the un-earned advantages that are enjoyed by those who are white in the United States. Whether we know it or not, whether we feel privileged or feel hard-pressed, white persons benefit as individuals and as a group in the present social order of our society. Many white people would prefer to ignore or deny this reality; this is one of the reasons that racism is often defined in terms of personal prejudice. However, it is an accurate portrayal of our cultural reality: some are advantaged and others are disadvantaged simply because of their race. The sense that whites are somehow without a race is obvious in the way we speak. The default description of race is white; i.e. "A new guy finally moved into the house next door. African American guy. Seems nice." Yet you'd rarely if ever say "A new guy finally moved in next door. White guy. Seems nice." White is the default; black or Asian or Hispanic is "Other." And no matter how fair- minded we as individuals may be, we as a society have a long way to go. In this study we'll define white privilege, unmask the manifestations of white privilege in our everyday life, and discuss the impact this un-earned advantage has on people of color. Activities and discussion questions that enable us to recognize elements of white privilege in our own environment are included.

May 16: The Complicity of White Churches with White Supremacy and Ways to End It. In this study, we will review the research findings of Robert P. Jones presented in his book, White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity, and historian, Anthea Butler, presented in her book, White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America. We will complete the seminar with the hopeful recommendations of Jemar Tisby from his latest book, How to Fight Racism, and Professor Brenda Salter McNeil’s book, Becoming Brave: Finding the Courage to Pursue Racial Justice Now, as well as remind us of the invitation of our own denomination to become a Matthew 25 congregation.

Join Us for Sunday 9:30 a.m. Worship, Fellowship and Seminar!

1. YouTube Channel:

www.youtube.com/channel/UC0Eiz3KggoReHXIW6ns5HWg



2. Facebook link to YouTube at:

www.facebook.com/FirstPresChurchUrbana/

Scroll down to the post from that morning

3. Zoom click on: zoom.us/j/8144246357

Meeting ID: 814 424 6357 (if necessary)

Password 475210

4. Landline or phone that is not a smart phone:

1 (312) 626-6799.

Meeting ID: 814 424 6357 (if necessary)

Password 475210
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Sixth Sunday of Easter - May 9, 2021

Worship – Streaming at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Fellowship and Seminar -- Streaming after Worship.

“Spirit of the Community,” a sculpture at the Belmont Civic Center, Belmont, New South Wales, Australia.

The popular understanding of spirituality is that anyone can be spiritual all on their own. For some spiritualities, that may be true, though I doubt it. For Christianity, there is no such thing as being spiritual alone. Though there are hermits within our tradition, even they maintain connections with the larger community. Thomas Merton lived in a hermitage for the last years of his life, but the hermitage was on the grounds of the monastery and he maintained regular contact with the brothers and with guests. For the rest of us, community is essential. Join us on Sunday as we hear passages from the Book of Acts and the Gospel of John which make clear that God has given us an amazing gift in the community we know as church.

Pastor David

May Seminar Series on Racial Justice: Following worship on May 9 and 16, we’ll have fellowship, then the seminar will begin at 11:00 a.m. The Zoom link is the same as for worship (as listed on page 11).

Session created our Racial Justice Task Force last June following the murder of Breanna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. Marty Lampman, Barbara Mann, Jancie Harris, David Chato, and Pastor David have been working to understand in a deeper way the ways racism and white supremacy has infected our nation as well as ways Presbyterians are responding. We will present two more Adult Seminars that will help bring our congregation to understand what we have learned. Background Readings will be emailed each week before the seminar.

May 9: White Privilege. The term “white privilege” is used to refer to the un-earned advantages that are enjoyed by those who are white in the United States. Whether we know it or not, whether we feel privileged or feel hard-pressed, white persons benefit as individuals and as a group in the present social order of our society. Many white people would prefer to ignore or deny this reality; this is one of the reasons that racism is often defined in terms of personal prejudice. However, it is an accurate portrayal of our cultural reality: some are advantaged and others are disadvantaged simply because of their race. The sense that whites are somehow without a race is obvious in the way we speak. The default description of race is white; i.e. A new guy finally moved into the house next door. African American guy. Seems nice. Yet youd rarely if ever say A new guy finally moved in next door. White guy. Seems nice. White is the default; black or Asian or Hispanic is Other. And no matter how fair- minded we as individuals may be, we as a society have a long way to go. In this study well define white privilege, unmask the manifestations of white privilege in our everyday life, and discuss the impact this un-earned advantage has on people of color. Activities and discussion questions that enable us to recognize elements of white privilege in our own environment are included.

May 16: The Complicity of White Churches with White Supremacy and Ways to End It.  In this study, we will review the research findings of Robert P. Jones presented in his book, White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity, and historian, Anthea Butler, presented in her book, White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America. We will complete the seminar with the hopeful recommendations of Jemar Tisby from his latest book, How to Fight Racism, and Professor Brenda Salter McNeil’s book, Becoming Brave: Finding the Courage to Pursue Racial Justice Now, as well as remind us of the invitation of our own denomination to become a Matthew 25 congregation.

Join Us for Sunday 9:30 a.m. Worship, Fellowship and Seminar!

1.    YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0Eiz3KggoReHXIW6ns5HWg

 

2.   Facebook link to YouTube at:

https://www.facebook.com/FirstPresChurchUrbana/ 

     Scroll down to the post from that morning

3.   Zoom click on:  https://zoom.us/j/8144246357 

Meeting ID: 814 424 6357 (if necessary)

Password 475210

4.  Landline or phone that is not a smart phone: 

1 (312) 626-6799. 

Meeting ID: 814 424 6357 (if necessary)

Password 475210Image attachment

Regular morning worship featuring the Chamber Singers of UIUC, Director of Music, Sinhaeng Lee, Organist, Ted Turner, the FPCU Choir, Section Leaders, Reagan Stohler and Abby Gast, and a sermon based on John 15:1-8 entitled, "Abiding Sometimes Means Pruning."
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