First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, a Member Church of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and More Light Presbyterians
  • Advent. Preparing for our Lord.
    Join us Sundays at 9:30
  • Blue Christmas Jazz Service
    December 15th at 4pm
  • Bible Study Sundays
    Meeting Room B at 8:15 am
  • Spiritual Discipline of Daily Prayer
    Thursdays at 12:15 in the Chapel

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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 …

RSS PCUSA News

  • ‘By golly, let your gifts shine’
    December 11, 2019 Visitors and staff at the Presbyterian Center have the Rev. Donna Frischknecht Jackson to thank for the velvet ropes surrounding the Nativity scene in the lobby of denominational headquarters.
  • Creating a plan for Christmas gift-giving
    December 11, 2019 People born between 1977 and 1985 are often referred to as millennials. However, nine years is hardly enough to qualify as a separate generation, and so many who are born in that time frame feel as though they don’t quite belong. They have one foot in Generation X and one in Generation […]
  • LA’s Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance helps workers stand up for their rights
    December 11, 2019 From fighting against wage theft to pushing for more affordable housing, the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance has made its mark by challenging injustice in their southern California enclave since 1992.
  • Minnesota church fights to keep member from being deported
    Cameroon migrant believes her life is on the line December 10, 2019 Gladys Mbonifor (right) participates in worship with her sisters at Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley, Minnesota. —Amanda Craft Rick Jones | Office of the General Assembly Louisville To Gladys Mbonifor, the community of Apple Valley, Minnesota, is home and the Spirit […]

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First Presbyterian Church of Urbana

“It's time for all people of faith to do what we can to lessen and solve the climate crises,” shared our staffer, Dan Huntsha, from @COP25 Madrid this morning.
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With your help, we are empowering faith communities across Illinois to justly address the climate crisis. To support our fight for environmental justice and a healthy future, we invite you to join our Annual Celebration and Fundraiser breakfast tomorrow in Chicago. The event is free to join and you are welcome at the door starting at 7:30 AM. The program will run from 8-9 AM and will be held at UBS Tower (1 N Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606).

We will enjoy indigenous flute music, a land acknowledgement, words from Brian Sauder, and stories from our Green Team Partners.
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If you can’t attend but can still give, Patagonia will double your donation, dollar-for-dollar, here: bit.ly/fipdouble. Thank you for courageously standing with us as we face this crisis together 💪.
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First Presbyterian Church of Urbana

Today, on Human Rights Day, the President, Rev Najla Kassab and the General Secretary, Rev Chris Ferguson, of WCRC, publish their official statement on gender-based violence!

"Calling all member churches to increase awareness, galvanize advocacy efforts and share knowledge and innovations in support of the #16Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence."

Please read the full statement through the link below:
wcrc.ch/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/2019-StatementOn16DaysOfActivism.pdf
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Second Sunday of Advent - Sunday, December 8, 2019

Bible Study – 8:15 a.m.
Worship – 9:30 a.m.
Childcare is available for infants through preschool age, downstairs in Rooms 4 and 5
Children & Youth Sunday School – after worship
Mission Giving Seminar– 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel
Christian Mysticism Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m. in the Library

Poster for the film “A Hidden Life”

In the pantheon of great film makers, Terrence Malick stands alone. Like Van Morrison, he really could not care less about popularity. He does care about themes such as transcendence, the beauty of right relationships, natural wonder and the struggle to do what is right. Three of his recent films that I have loved include “The New World,” “Tree of Life,” and “To the Wonder.” This weekend, his latest film will see a limited release in US theaters (yes, I am really missing The Art Theater), and it is entitled “A Hidden Life.” Based on historical events, the film presents the courage and the struggle of Franz Jaegerstaetter, an Austrian conscientious objector who served as a soldier in the First World War, but who refused to serve in Hitler’s Wehrmacht. He paid for his resistance with his life, being executed in 1943. I doubt the timing of the release was intended to coincide with the Second Sunday of Advent (though with Malick, it is entirely possible), but it does coincide well. For on this Sunday, we hear the call of John the Baptist to repent so that we will be prepared for the Advent of God’s Deliverer. Repent means to turn, to change direction. We hear John’s proclamation each year because doing this repenting is so hard. Turn, when that means possibly going against political party? Against family? Against what is popular? Against one’s own nation? We celebrate people like Jaegerstaetter, Sophie and Hans Scholl, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oscar Romero, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Wendell Berry because so few of us actually take the risk of true repentance. It remains so much easier, safer, and convenient to remain in the middle of the stream, drifting along with everyone else. Join us on Sunday as we are confronted once again with John the Baptist’s call to turn, to repent, to prepare the way for the coming of the Prince of Peace

Pastor David
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Second Sunday of Advent - Sunday, December 8, 2019

Bible Study – 8:15 a.m.
Worship – 9:30 a.m.
Childcare is available for infants through preschool age, downstairs in Rooms 4 and 5
Children & Youth Sunday School – after worship
Mission Giving Seminar– 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel
Christian Mysticism Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m. in the Library

Poster for the film “A Hidden Life”

In the pantheon of great film makers, Terrence Malick stands alone. Like Van Morrison, he really could not care less about popularity. He does care about themes such as transcendence, the beauty of right relationships, natural wonder and the struggle to do what is right. Three of his recent films that I have loved include “The New World,” “Tree of Life,” and “To the Wonder.” This weekend, his latest film will see a limited release in US theaters (yes, I am really missing The Art Theater), and it is entitled “A Hidden Life.” Based on historical events, the film presents the courage and the struggle of Franz Jaegerstaetter, an Austrian conscientious objector who served as a soldier in the First World War, but who refused to serve in Hitler’s Wehrmacht. He paid for his resistance with his life, being executed in 1943. I doubt the timing of the release was intended to coincide with the Second Sunday of Advent (though with Malick, it is entirely possible), but it does coincide well. For on this Sunday, we hear the call of John the Baptist to repent so that we will be prepared for the Advent of God’s Deliverer. Repent means to turn, to change direction. We hear John’s proclamation each year because doing this repenting is so hard. Turn, when that means possibly going against political party? Against family? Against what is popular? Against one’s own nation? We celebrate people like Jaegerstaetter, Sophie and Hans Scholl, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oscar Romero, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Wendell Berry because so few of us actually take the risk of true repentance. It remains so much easier, safer, and convenient to remain in the middle of the stream, drifting along with everyone else. Join us on Sunday as we are confronted once again with John the Baptist’s call to turn, to repent, to prepare the way for the coming of the Prince of Peace

Pastor David

Crossing Boundaries: The Budget & Finance Committee asks that you prayerfully consider your contributions for the coming year. If you haven’t done so already, please return your 2020 Estimate of Giving card this Sunday via the offering plate, the church office. Please also return your “Opportunities to Serve” form. Cards and forms will be available on Sunday if you did not receive them. Thank you for your continued support of God’s mission through the church. ... See MoreSee Less

Crossing Boundaries: The Budget & Finance Committee asks that you prayerfully consider your contributions for the coming year. If you haven’t done so already, please return your 2020 Estimate of Giving card this Sunday via the offering plate, the church office. Please also return your “Opportunities to Serve” form. Cards and forms will be available on Sunday if you did not receive them. Thank you for your continued support of God’s mission through the church.
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