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

Scout Sunday – February 10, 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 for morning and evening services
Fellowship Time – after worship
Sunday Seminar: “Overview of the Bible: How We Got the Text of the Bible” – 11:00 a.m.
Community Event: BACH Concert – 6:00 p.m.
Theology Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.

Image: “Messages of Thanks for Answered Prayers” at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

My last class in seminary was “Religion and the Arts.” We were assigned the customary reading, and were expected to produce a project, or write a paper. What made the course delightful was our professor, Dr. William H. Hendricks, and the week we spent in New York City and the following week spent in Washington DC. We reveled in art galleries, churches and outdoor sculpture gardens. While in Washington, we spent several hours at the National Cathedral. Standing just inside the gorgeous west entrance, you look east down the nave to the crossing and beyond to the high altar. Having visited the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine the previous week, I was struck by how precise and almost polished the interior of the National Cathedral seemed. Sterile is too strong a word, but flawless might work. We were told by our guide that the architect was concerned about the space generating this feeling, and so he incorporated an imperfection in the design. The nave is not entirely straight. The “flaw” reminds us that only God is perfect. The scriptures we will hear on Sunday offer the same reminder. We are imperfect, and we feel most imperfect when we find ourselves in the presence of God. Join us on Sunday as we hear these scriptures and then contemplate the good news that God is not put off by our imperfection, and then consider what God can do with our imperfect natures to help heal the world.

Pastor David

Scouts BSA provides a year-round program for youth in fifth grade through high school (K-5 for Cub Scouts) with learning opportunities that are fun, adventurous, and challenging to help youth become the best version of themselves. FPCU has provided a home for Troop 6 since 1922 and Pack 12 since 2017. At weekly meetings, Scouts learn outdoor skills, teamwork, leadership, first aid, citizenship, and more. They go on hiking and camping trips, participate in service projects, and raise funds to support troop and pack activities. Do you know a youth who is interested in the challenge of Scouting? Contact Jamie Ellis (, Scoutmaster James Quisenberry, or Cubmaster Darren Kent for more information on how to join.