First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, a Member Church of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and More Light Presbyterians

Welcome

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 …

RSS PCUSA News

  • ‘Does God care about those of us who’ve had knees on our necks?’
    October 23, 2020 The Rev. Dr. Charles Lattimore Howard was two-thirds of the way through the Presbyterian Historical Society’s webinar on Black theology and mass movements  when he got a question that took him back to graduate school.
  • Recent events ramp up daily struggles in Lebanon
    October 23, 2020 In February, the Rev. Elmarie Parker left her home in Beirut, Lebanon, to attend meetings in the U.S. She was not able to return until August 20. The Lebanon she returned to was very different than the one she left.
  • Sanctuary from detention, large fines and near-certain deportation
    October 23, 2020 Six years ago, Hilda Ramírez arrived in the United States with her seven-year-old son, Ivan, after fleeing Guatemala. She spent a year in a Texas detention center, where she led women on a hunger strike. Four years ago, she and her son were offered Sanctuary at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Austin, […]
  • The spirituality of pledging: Praying our way into 2021
    October 23, 2020 During this stewardship season in the midst of a pandemic and racial unrest, we should pray for God’s guidance in making our pledges for 2021.

Daily Lectionary Readings PCUSA

On-line Giving

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Blessing Bags for Crisis Nursery:

The Deacons are providing Blessing Bags to the Crisis Nursery to be given to the children in their care. The bags contain coloring books, crayons, snacks, gum, hand sanitizers and bubbles. The items were purchased at Dollar Tree making the gift bags reasonably priced at approximately $5 each.

Other contributions are face masks and bookmarks with Jesus Loves Me. If anyone would like to contribute to this cause either by way of purchasing individual gift bags or by contributing money, you can drop off gift bags in the basket in front of the church office, mail contributions in to the church marked Blessing Bags or you can contact Kathy Troy, Susan Silver or Karen Badger.
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Blessing Bags for Crisis Nursery: 

The Deacons are providing Blessing Bags to the Crisis Nursery to be given to the children in their care. The bags contain coloring books, crayons, snacks, gum, hand sanitizers and bubbles. The items were purchased at Dollar Tree making the gift bags reasonably priced at approximately $5 each. 

Other contributions are face masks and bookmarks with Jesus Loves Me. If anyone would like to contribute to this cause either by way of purchasing individual gift bags or by contributing money, you can drop off gift bags in the basket in front of the church office, mail contributions in to the church marked Blessing Bags or you can contact Kathy Troy, Susan Silver or Karen Badger.

Sponsoring Malawi Students: Our friends in Malawi are back in school! Many of the schools in Malawi have recently reopened for in person student learning. Last year, individual members of First Presbyterian in Urbana sponsored 20 high school students, and seven college students so they could afford the tuition fees, books and supplies. This year we continue to have 20 high school students and five college students that need support. If you have sponsored a student in the past and would like to continue to sponsor the same student, please let Lauren Smith. If you haven’t sponsored a student but would like to, let Lauren know. Sponsorship fees will be due in December as part of Alternative Gifts. ... See MoreSee Less

Sponsoring Malawi Students: Our friends in Malawi are back in school! Many of the schools in Malawi have recently reopened for in person student learning. Last year, individual members of First Presbyterian in Urbana sponsored 20 high school students, and seven college students so they could afford the tuition fees, books and supplies. This year we continue to have 20 high school students and five college students that need support. If you have sponsored a student in the past and would like to continue to sponsor the same student, please let Lauren Smith. If you haven’t sponsored a student but would like to, let Lauren know. Sponsorship fees will be due in December as part of Alternative Gifts.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

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

“The Potluck,” by David Fichter, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

We come to the end of another week of unwelcome news, unusual routines, fatigues of various kinds, and worries. We see such a mural as this one and we find ourselves remembering and longing. “I want that!” We want to be with others, freely, sharing good food and welcome, unmasked conversation. But we can’t have that yet, at least not without grave risk. And so we continue to wait, enjoying electronic gatherings as much as we can. The little church in Thessalonica which the Apostle Paul helped to found faced trials and tribulations, too, though of a different kind. Paul faced trials and tribulations, and persecution. How were they able to maintain hope? Join us on Sunday as we hear from his beloved letter to perhaps his most beloved congregation. There are indeed words of encouragement and words of hope.

Pastor David

Join Us for Sunday Worship!

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

Church Announcements

No Adult Seminars on October 25 or November 1.

Book Discussion Group: Flannery O’Connor wrote as a devout Roman Catholic while living in the very Protestant (and very mostly Methodist and Baptist at that) and “Christ haunted” Southern state of Georgia. Her stories reveal the jarring and shocking contradictions of being such a person in such a place. In an essay, she described her approach to writing thus: “to the hard of hearing, you shout, and for the almost blind, you draw large and startling figures.” Some of us suspect that O’Connor can speak a sane word for our jarring and shocking time. If you would like to join with others to read some of her short stories and then meet about every other week to talk about the readings, then find a copy of “The Complete Stories,” published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Plan to join us about every other week on Sunday evening via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Our next meetings will be October 25, November 15 and 29. All are welcome.



Mid-day Prayer: Weekly Mid-day Prayer at 12:15 p.m. on Thursdays will be moving to Zoom. Use the same Zoom login and password (see page 9 for instructions).
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Sunday, October 25, 2020 

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

“The Potluck,” by David Fichter, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

We come to the end of another week of unwelcome news, unusual routines, fatigues of various kinds, and worries. We see such a mural as this one and we find ourselves remembering and longing. “I want that!” We want to be with others, freely, sharing good food and welcome, unmasked conversation. But we can’t have that yet, at least not without grave risk. And so we continue to wait, enjoying electronic gatherings as much as we can. The little church in Thessalonica which the Apostle Paul helped to found faced trials and tribulations, too, though of a different kind. Paul faced trials and tribulations, and persecution. How were they able to maintain hope? Join us on Sunday as we hear from his beloved letter to perhaps his most beloved congregation. There are indeed words of encouragement and words of hope.

Pastor David

Join Us for Sunday Worship!

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 475210

Church Announcements 

No Adult Seminars on October 25 or November 1.

Book Discussion Group: Flannery O’Connor wrote as a devout Roman Catholic while living in the very Protestant (and very mostly Methodist and Baptist at that) and “Christ haunted” Southern state of Georgia. Her stories reveal the jarring and shocking contradictions of being such a person in such a place. In an essay, she described her approach to writing thus: “to the hard of hearing, you shout, and for the almost blind, you draw large and startling figures.” Some of us suspect that O’Connor can speak a sane word for our jarring and shocking time. If you would like to join with others to read some of her short stories and then meet about every other week to talk about the readings, then find a copy of “The Complete Stories,” published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Plan to join us about every other week on Sunday evening via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Our next meetings will be October 25, November 15 and 29. All are welcome.

 

Mid-day Prayer: Weekly Mid-day Prayer at 12:15 p.m. on Thursdays will be moving to Zoom.  Use the same Zoom login and password (see page 9 for instructions).
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