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

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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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I love you all and miss our church family! Be home soon!

I’m also grateful to be sharing in this worship service with you Iris Marcum & our church family.

Iris Marcum is watching! Thanks for this service!

Sunday, July 21, 2024

The image is “Summer,” by Claude Monet, in the Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany.

“What a gorgeous summer day to write a sermon. One might be tempted to think that with a day as cool and beautiful as today, writing would be hard. The beauty of the day would be too much of a distraction. Not today. This day is an inspiration, and as Octavia Butler counseled years ago, “First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.” And so today, I have had both inspiration and the blessing of a habit, a discipline. In the Gospel reading from Mark on Sunday, we will hear Jesus invite the disciples away from their mission to rest. Rest itself is a habit, or it should be. We require rest and we need sabbath. And with the news cycle moving as rapidly as it is these days, we need time apart to rest, and reflect, and be renewed. Join us on Sunday as we contemplate the scriptures together in a quiet place apart.”

Pastor David

Join us for Sunday worship – In-person and Streaming in the Sanctuary at 9:30 a.m.

1. Facebook:
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2. Zoom click on: zoom.us/j/8144246357
Meeting ID: 814 424 6357 (if necessary)
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3. Landline or phone that is not a smart phone:
1 (312) 626-6799.
Meeting ID: 814 424 6357 (if necessary)
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The Church Office will be open Monday through Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Tracy works from home on Thursdays).

New Sunday Adult Activity: Our meetings include individual updates, prayer, and sharing our insights on lyrics of a favorite hymn. Upcoming meetings will be on Sundays, July 28, and August 11. We will meet in the Chapel at approximately 10:45 a.m. Please come and join in. If you have any questions, please contact Don Greeley (Donald.greeley@carle.com or 217-369-4304)

Food & More Program Item of the Month: For July the item is Hamburger/ Chicken/Tuna Helper. Please place donations in the Food & More box near the church office.

Thrift Shop Supports C-U At Home “One Summer Day” Fundraiser: For their "One Summer Day" promotion, C-U At Home is asking community members, churches and organizations to raise financial support by donating funds raised from garage sales. This also provides an opportunity to spread the word about their Pathways to Progress program. So, on Saturday, July 27 Twice Is Nice is designating 50% of the thrift shop’s proceeds to CU At Home. We'll have signs about the promotion and CU At Home hopes to have someone on hand with brochures about their services. They will also promote the thrift shop on their website and in social media. A win-win all the way! Spread the word! More about One Summer Day at www.cuathome.us/one-summer-day/
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Great worship service!

Sunday, July 14, 2024

The image is “Peaceful Kingdom,” a seriograph by John August Swanson, 1994.

“This summer in our small place on the prairie is absolutely lush. So much verdant green. So many flowers blooming. Meadowbrook it seems is just overflowing with growth. Without doubt that’s one reason, after 3 to 5 inches of rain, Meadowbrook was able to absorb so much of that water. My bees are happy and that makes me happy. Join us on Sunday as we will hear and contemplate a passage from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the little church in Ephesus. He urges giving praise to God, and yes, nature provides the inspiration for that.”

Pastor David

Join us for Sunday worship – In-person and Streaming in the Sanctuary at 9:30 a.m.

1. Facebook:
www.facebook.com/FirstPresChurchUrbana/
Scroll down to the post from that morning

2. Zoom click on: zoom.us/j/8144246357
Meeting ID: 814 424 6357 (if necessary)
Password 475210

3. Landline or phone that is not a smart phone:
1 (312) 626-6799.
Meeting ID: 814 424 6357 (if necessary)
Password 475210

The Church Office will be open Monday through Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tracy Weddle will be is taking Paid Time Off for another week (July 15, 16, and 18). Melissa Records will continue to work Wednesdays and Fridays. David will cover the office other days.

New Sunday Adult Activity: Our meetings include individual updates, prayer, and sharing our insights on lyrics of a favorite hymn. Upcoming meetings will be on Sundays, July 14, July 28, and August 11. We will meet in the Chapel at approximately 10:45 a.m. For Sunday, July 14 the group will discuss last Sunday’s hymn, “The Summons (Will You Come and Follow Me)”. Please come and join in. If you have any questions, please contact Don Greeley (Donald.greeley@carle.com or 217-369-4304)

Food & More Program Item of the Month: For July the item is Hamburger/ Chicken/Tuna Helper. Please place donations in the Food & More box near the church office.

Thrift Shop Needs: Thank you for your donations of small and large paper bags. We go through these fairly quickly. If you are clearing out some closets this summer, we can always use bath towels, washcloths, and Queen and Double/Full comforters /blankets/quilts. We’re also pretty low on bed pillows, and duffle or carrier bags. Thank you!

Fellowship Outing: Fun F&M Committee invites everyone to a U of I Summer Band Twilight Concert Thursday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m. We will meet on the Illinois Quad. The summer concerts are part of a tradition that spans over a hundred years.
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