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


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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Sunday, October 1, 2023

Worship – In-person and Streaming in the Sanctuary at 9:30 a.m.

The picture is “Praying Together, Thistle Farms Ministry,” Nashville, Tennessee.

“I marvel once again at how well timed the scripture readings can be for any given Sunday. Here we will be gathering for worship on Sunday as Congress finds itself unable to agree on a budget. We seem on the verge of a shutdown once again. In the Gospel reading we will hear, the religious leaders question the authority of Jesus. Rather than listen to Jesus, the questioned his authority. Community begins to fall apart when the members of the community no longer listen to one another. Next thing you know, aspects of the community begin to shut down. Join us on Sunday as we contemplate the challenges Jesus faced and how he faced them.”

Pastor David

Join Us for Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Worship, in-person in the Sanctuary and streamed online.

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3. Landline or phone that is not a smart phone:
1 (312) 626-6799.
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Celebration of Communion Online: Session has authorized those worshipping with us online to celebrate communion at home.

● We invite you to prepare a special place in your home for communion, where you can participate and watch the service online.

● We invite you to place a Bible there, a candle, a cross, if you have it. Place the bread on a plate ready to share, and grape juice, wine, or another beverage.

● We invite you to print out the bulletin for joining on Facebook or Zoom.

● If you need gluten-free, please let us know in the office. We have gluten-free wafers and will be happy to see that you have them.

The Church Office Hours: Melissa Records will take PTO this Wednesday and Friday, September 20 and 22. This week, Tracy Weddle will work Monday and Tuesday, 9am – 4pm, and Friday 11am – 4pm. She will also check emails and voicemails from home Wednesday and Thursday. The office will still be open Wednesday since Pastor David will be around.

Midday Prayer is on Summer Break

CU Pride Fest 2023: What an amazing lineup of programing, celebrating, and events our partners at Uniting Pride of Champaign County has curated for our community this year! The events began on Saturday, September 23 and continue through Sunday, October 1. The Parade and Fair will be Saturday, September 30, and FPCU will proudly support both. If you want to march in the parade, please let Pastor David or Barb Mann or Karen Mortensen know. The parade is set to step off at 2:30pm. If walking in the parade does not work for you, please plan to join others in front of our church on Green Street to cheer as the parade passes. We will also welcome volunteers for our booth at the Fair. The Fair will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on that Saturday. We need volunteers to help set up, both at the church and at the Fair. Please let Pastor David or our office know if you can help. This year, the Grand Marshalls for the Parade will be LGBTQ+ Elders. The organizers write, “As we face this new wave of anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment, aggression, legislation, and violence, it’s critically important we look to those who have been in this fight for decades.”

“Blessing of the Animals” Service: Our Wellness Committee is delighted to have everyone mark their calendars for Sunday, October 8, at 4:00 p.m., in the church courtyard, for this year’s Blessing of the Animals. Usually celebrated on a day close to the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, the blessing offers a time to give thanks for the pets that enrich our lives, remember pets we have lost to death, and offer a blessing for them for the year ahead. Well-behaved and on-leash/contained pets are welcome. If your pet doesn’t fit this category, you are welcome to bring a picture. If your pet has died, you are invited to bring an item of remembrance. All pets must be accompanied by an owner. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pet and ensuring the safety of those offering the blessing. In case of rain, we will meet in Fellowship Hall. We hope you can join us! If you don’t have a pet, come anyway, and enjoy the fun and furry companionship.

Food & More Program Item of the Month: For October the item is Dawn Dishwashing Detergent. Please place donations in the Food & More box near the church office.

Thank You, Volunteers! Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who prepared for and helped with the seasonal clothing switch at Twice Is Nice thrift shop. Fall/Winter clothing is now on the sales floor and sales were hot yesterday! Switch volunteers included Camille, Susan & Darryl, Alison, Brett & James, Cindy S, and Troop Six scouts and parents: Patrick, James, Anna, Alex, Dan, Melissa, Jill and Kate. We couldn’t do it without you!

Donations Needed at Twice Is Nice: The students are back in town and business has been brisk at the shop. So our stock is low on certain items. Please consider donating gently-used, good condition items that you no longer need. Especially needed are wine glasses, coffee mugs, towels, wash cloths, size small men's jeans and non-flannel sheets. You can drop off donations any time the shop is open: Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
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