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 …

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  • Stephen J. Patterson wins 2020 Grawemeyer Religion Award
    December 6, 2019 A religious scholar who explained how one of Christianity’s earliest creeds still applies to contemporary life has earned the 2020 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion.
  • Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations presented in Puerto Rico in Spanish
    December 6, 2019 The Board of Pensions has presented its first Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations seminar in Puerto Rico. Congregational leaders of three churches in the Synod of Boriquén and their pastors attended the seminar, conducted in Spanish at Aguada Presbyterian Church in Aguada.
  • Presbyterian Peace Fellowship honors Chicago congregations for gun violence prevention
    December 6, 2019 As the United States approaches the anniversary of the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, Presbyterian Peace Fellowship announced this week that its 2019 Peaceseeker Award honors Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church and First United Church of Oak Park, both in the Chicago metropolitan area, for exemplary ministries to prevent future […]
  • ‘This is the way we sharpen our axe’
    Driven by a GA mandate, PC(USA) national staff holds a difficult conversation on race December 5, 2019 Mike Ferguson | Presbyterian News Service LOUISVILLE Guided by a pair of seasoned consultants, about 300 of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s national staff engaged in a difficult and draining conversation about race Wednesday. “This is the way we sharpen […]

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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.

First Sunday of Advent - Sunday, December 1, 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
Bible Study Seminar, Session 2 – 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel
Communion at Clark-Lindsey – 1:30 p.m.

“Protection,” by Einar Jonsson, in Reykjavik, Iceland

The sculpture by Einar Jonsson beautifully conveys the promise of the scriptures for the First Sunday of Advent. Isaiah imagined swords turned into plowshares and spears turned into pruning hooks. He hoped for a time when we would not make war anymore. Then Jesus describes the need for his disciples to be ever vigilant, ready for the time of his appearing. By remaining vigilant, he assures us that we will be ready. Readiness. Peace. Protection. We long for these things. The challenge for disciples is this: we must long for these things for everyone, and work for them for everyone. “As you did it for these least of these my sisters and brothers, you have done it for me.” Join us on Sunday as we hear the comfort and the challenge of Advent faith.

Pastor David
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First Sunday of Advent - Sunday, December 1, 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
Bible Study Seminar, Session 2 – 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel
Communion at Clark-Lindsey – 1:30 p.m.

“Protection,” by Einar Jonsson, in Reykjavik, Iceland

The sculpture by Einar Jonsson beautifully conveys the promise of the scriptures for the First Sunday of Advent. Isaiah imagined swords turned into plowshares and spears turned into pruning hooks. He hoped for a time when we would not make war anymore. Then Jesus describes the need for his disciples to be ever vigilant, ready for the time of his appearing. By remaining vigilant, he assures us that we will be ready. Readiness. Peace. Protection. We long for these things. The challenge for disciples is this: we must long for these things for everyone, and work for them for everyone. “As you did it for these least of these my sisters and brothers, you have done it for me.” Join us on Sunday as we hear the comfort and the challenge of Advent faith.

Pastor David

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Mission Giving at First Pres Seminar Series: 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel.
November 24 and December 8. Members of the Mission Committee will share details and insights about the different groups supported by First Pres Urbana mission funds and how we decide on levels of giving.

Tomorrow, Sunday, November 24, we'll paint a big picture of mission giving by discussing our Christmas Offering--supporting benevolence and local mission, Alternative Gifts--supporting our Malawi Partnership, Thrift Shop mission and other outreach mission funds that are part of our church budget.

Sunday, December 8, we will be joined by a representative of empty tomb, inc. to talk about their community work providing assistance to local people in need. First Pres Urbana donated 2019 benevolence funds to empty tomb to support weekly assistance referral calls.
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Mission Giving at First Pres Seminar Series: 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel.
November 24 and December 8. Members of the Mission Committee will share details and insights about the different groups supported by First Pres Urbana mission funds and how we decide on levels of giving. 

Tomorrow, Sunday, November 24, well paint a big picture of mission giving by discussing our Christmas Offering--supporting benevolence and local mission, Alternative Gifts--supporting our Malawi Partnership, Thrift Shop mission and other outreach mission funds that are part of our church budget. 

Sunday, December 8, we will be joined by a representative of empty tomb, inc. to talk about their community work providing assistance to local people in need.  First Pres Urbana donated 2019 benevolence funds to empty tomb to support weekly assistance referral calls.

2019 Advent Devotional and Book:

There are two options to choose from this year. First, for a daily devotional, we will have copies of “Straw for the Manger: Creating a Matthew 25 Advent Season,” published by Presbyterians Today. For those who might be interested in a more in-depth study, we will feature a book by Cynthia M. Campbell, Christmas in the Four Gospel Homes. With beautiful illustrations from architect Kevin Burns, she re-imagines each of the four Gospels as a “house,” which the church visits at Christmas. In each section, Cynthia M. Campbell reflects on the distinctive perspective of the birth of Jesus or the incarnation offered by each Gospel. Copies are available in the Office. Please let the office know if you would like to take part in this reading and discussion, which will be with Pastor David in the December 15 Adult Seminar.
... See MoreSee Less

2019 Advent Devotional and Book: 

There are two options to choose from this year. First, for a daily devotional, we will have copies of “Straw for the Manger: Creating a Matthew 25 Advent Season,” published by Presbyterians Today. For those who might be interested in a more in-depth study, we will feature a book by Cynthia M. Campbell, Christmas in the Four Gospel Homes. With beautiful illustrations from architect Kevin Burns, she re-imagines each of the four Gospels as a “house,” which the church visits at Christmas. In each section, Cynthia M. Campbell reflects on the distinctive perspective of the birth of Jesus or the incarnation offered by each Gospel. Copies are available in the Office. Please let the office know if you would like to take part in this reading and discussion, which will be with Pastor David in the December 15 Adult Seminar.Image attachment
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