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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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Sunday, June 16, 2024

The image is “Christ and His Disciples,” a sketch by Rembrandt in the Teylers Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands.

“The saying goes back in the mists of the English past. “A fool and his money are soon parted.” What is it about human beings that makes us susceptible to superficial qualities, like a handsome or beautiful appearance, glitz and glamor, or a smooth tongue? Without doubt, part of the susceptibility, at least for those who are decent people, lies in the desire to grant the benefit of a doubt, to trust the sincerity of others. Yet wisdom comes from learning that we must be discerning. Join us on Sunday as we hear and consider the scriptures for the day from 1 Samuel and the Gospel of Mark. Apparently, King Saul was tall and handsome. He proved to be a bad king. When Jesus began to gather his first disciples, did he choose based on looks, or stature, or wealth, or powerful connections? Look at Rembrandt’s sketch.”

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

Summer Choir Rehearsal – 8:55 a.m, Choir Loft. Please Join Us! The FPCU choir would like to announce that we will be singing together this Sunday, June 16 and invites anyone to join them. The rehearsal will start at 8:55 a.m., and we will be performing “Seeds Grow to Plants” by John Rutter. Questions? Contact Seungah Kwon at sakwoun92@gmail.com.

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). Tracy Weddle will be taking Paid Time Off Monday, June 17; Thursday, June 20; and Monday, June 24. Pastor David plans to be in the office on those Mondays.

New Sunday Adult Activity: On Sunday, June 9, we had a drop-in organizing session after the annual meeting. We discussed a potential format for future meetings which will include individual updates, prayer, and sharing our insights on lyrics of a favorite hymn. This summer we will plan to meet for about 45 minutes after church on June 30, July 14, July 28, and August 11. 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 June the item is Deodorant. 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!

The Fun FM Committee invites you to a show by Keith and Kathy Harden at Alto Vineyards. Friday, June 28, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Oh my! A one-time show with Keith and Kathy Harden at Alto!! Keith is a very skilled singer, songwriter and guitarist. Kathy is an amazing vocalist. They have been playing gigs together for decades. They play Beatles, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, BB King and much more. Meet at Alto Vineyards (4210 N Duncan Rd, Champaign). Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. You are welcome to bring a picnic. Contact Cindy O. if you need a ride.

One Summer Day A Community Garage Sale Event to Support C-U at Home

Are you planning a summer garage sale? Make your sale a part of C-U at Home’s summer fundraiser, One Summer Day. It’s easy! Gather items from your home, congregation, your family and friends.
Pick a weekend in June, July, or August that is convenient for you to have your sale.

Go to this link to register p2p.onecause.com/onesummerday. Or scan the QR code below. We will provide a One Summer Day yard sign for your sale.

After your sale, return to your OneCause registration page and donate part or all your proceeds to C-U at Home
Not tech savvy?? Call or email Terri at tlipscomb@covaxis.com or 217-493-3300

Your donation will help fund C-U at Home’s Pathways to Progress residential program supporting men and women in their journey from homelessness to a stable, healthy life.

Thank you for your support! For more information on One Summer Day and C-U at Home visit www.cuathome.us
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Sunday, June 9, 2024

The image is “King Saul,” by Lidia Kozenitsky

“The Lord of the Rings is about power: the ways power distorts our relationships and the ways we struggle with the temptations to take the ring rather than destroy it. One of the ways Tolkien illustrates the nature of a good king (as opposed to power-hungry king) is to portray how Aragorn has the gift of healing. The biblical allusion is clear. A wise and a true and selfless leader brings healing and social wellbeing. Join us on Sunday as we contemplate the contrast between the desire of the Hebrews for a king like the other nations versus the true king presented in the Gospel of Mark, who bring not just healing, but healing that bursts the bounds of expectation.”

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 works from home on Thursdays).

New Adult Group Starting Sunday Mornings: What is this? This is a new adult group, name yet to be decided, which will focus on fellowship and faith-based discussions. Rather than having a set didactic curriculum, we will be learning from each other as we share our wisdom and insights on faith. We are considering an initial format which would discuss in detail the spiritual insights presented to us from the words to familiar hymns. We will also share joys and concerns. Don Greeley will convene the group. When? We will have a short organizing meeting right after the annual meeting of the congregation on Sunday morning, June 9. Tentatively, we will meet once a month on Sunday morning in the summer and then make a decision on further scheduling. Do drop by for the organizing/interest meeting on June 9. This promises to be a fun and rewarding group. For any questions, contact Don Greeley Donald.greeley@carle.com

Please Join Us! The FPCU choir would like to announce that we will be singing together on June 16 and invites anyone to join them. The rehearsal will start at 8:55 a.m., and we will be performing "Seeds Grow to Plants" by John Rutter. Questions? Contact Seungah Kwon at sakwoun92@gmail.com.

Food & More Program Item of the Month: For June the item is Deodorant. 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, which are popular in August, when the students get back. Thank you!

The Fun FM Committee invites you to a show by Keith and Kathy Harden at Alto Vineyards. Friday, June 28, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Oh my! A one-time show with Keith and Kathy Harden at Alto!! Keith is a very skilled singer, songwriter and guitarist. Kathy is an amazing vocalist. They have been playing gigs together for decades. They play Beatles, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, BB King and much more. Meet at Alto Vineyards (4210 N Duncan Rd, Champaign). Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. You are welcome to bring a picnic. Contact Cindy O. if you need a ride.

One Summer Day A Community Garage Sale Event to Support C-U at Home

Are you planning a summer garage sale? Make your sale a part of C-U at Home’s summer fundraiser, One Summer Day. It’s easy!

Gather items from your home, congregation, your family and friends.
Pick a weekend in June, July, or August that is convenient for you to have your sale.
Go to this link to register p2p.onecause.com/onesummerday. Or scan the QR code below. We will provide a One Summer Day yard sign for your sale.
After your sale, return to your OneCause registration page and donate part or all your proceeds to C-U at Home
Not tech savvy?? Call or email Terri at tlipscomb@covaxis.com or 217-493-3300

Your donation will help fund C-U at Home’s Pathways to Progress residential program supporting men and women in their journey from homelessness to a stable, healthy life.

Thank you for your support! For more information on One Summer Day and C-U at Home visit www.cuathome.us
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