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First Presbyterian Church of Michigan City
Sunday, December 04, 2016
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Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Michigan City!
 
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Our Mission: We are committed to glorifying God and transforming our congregation, community, and the world with God's love.  
 
Our Vision: To strengthen our own spiritual growth and to spread the word of God in Christ.
 

The Rev. Dr. Ericka Parkinson Kilbourne, Pastor

 

Worship Service:  

Sunday - 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Church Services on the Web

TV Broadcast - Channel 99  

Wednesdays- 12:00 Noon   

Fridays- 2:00 PM

Sundays- 12:00 Noon
 
(New Sermons first air on Wednesdays) 

 

 

Church Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday - 8:00-3:00
Friday - 8:00-12:00

 

 
  
Paraments

Just as the trees have been changing colors, the church paraments are also changing.  Sunday, November 20th is Christ the King Sunday.  The final Sunday of the church year uses white which is a festive color suggesting light, joy and the celebration of our Lord.  The new church year begins on November 27th which is the first Sunday in Advent.  The blue paraments associated with Advent suggest hope.  (This association originated in Scandinavia, probably because purple dye was too expensive for churches to use.)  Advent is a spiritual journey of longing and yearning for a Messiah.  The color blue represents the Hope of all Nations, the birth of Jesus.

 

 

 

 Please Welcome Our Newest Members!
 
On October 16, 2016, we had the privilege of officially welcoming three new members into our congregation. Please learn a bit about them here, and be sure to greet them and let them know how thrilled we are to have them join us!
 
John and Linda Jackson were members of First Presbyterian years ago and both have expressed that they are grateful to “come home.”  They have three grown children and eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, with two more on their way!  Their seven year-old granddaughter, Jade, comes to church with them often and enjoys worship and Sunday school.  Linda works at the Franciscan Medical Group here in Michigan City and John is happily retired.  He will be glad to talk to anyone about his love of boating and fishing.  Both he and Linda will be a wonderful addition to our congregation.
 
Sherry Altherr has been active here at First Presbyterian for many years.  She has provided the snow cones at the Church picnic and at the Saturday soup kitchen.  She also makes and serves breakfast for the Men’s shelter and serves quite frequently at soup kitchen.  Sherry has three young adult children, Lydia, Kaitlyn, and Andrew, and five grandchildren, Brendon, McKenna, Charlotte, Nolan, and Nora.  McKinley and
Charlotte enjoy the Lighthouse Sunday school and Nolan and Nora, who are infants, are known to snore through the sermons!  We are so grateful to their mothers and grandmother for bringing them to church. Sherry works as a nurse at the Indiana State Prison. 

 


Christian Education Updates

Please Click Here for information regarding our Lighthouse and Youth Group programs,  as well information about exciting Adult Christian Education opportunities.

 

 Building Usage Form
 
Interested in using the Undercroft or any part of the Church for a special event? We now have an application that will need to be filled out for each request to be considered. Please CLICK HERE  or on the heading at the top of the page for a copy of the form to complete and return to the Church Office.
 
Pep Talks with Dr. Stephanie
 
Join Dr. Stephanie at 11:00 AM the second Sunday of the month in the classroom on the second floor.
 
 Hanging of the Greens
 
 
Join us in the great First Presbyterian Church tradition of Hanging of the Greens.  After worship on Sunday, November 27th we will decorate the church for Advent and Christmas.  We’ll have a great time hanging wreaths, putting ornaments on the trees, and other trimming fun.  We will work until noon at which time we will share refreshments and a special gift.  Look forward to seeing you after church on the 27th!  Mark your calendar to help take down the decorations on Sunday, January 8th.

 

Night in Bethlehem = December 4th
 
Are you looking for a family activity to kick off the Advent season?  Come to Bethlehem on Sunday, December 4, 2016, 4:30-6:00 P.M.  Kids of all ages are invited to spend a “Night in Bethlehem” where you will visit the shops and make a Christmas ornament or create a clay pot, make your own pretzels at the bakery, and visit the local well to enjoy some refreshing water and delicious baklava.  You will especially want to stop by the manger to see the Baby Jesus before the night is over.  Please mark your calendar for December 4th and join us for an exciting evening in Bethlehem.

 

Current Artist
 
Our current artist is Susan Hughes.  Susan is a retired Elementary School teacher and Michigan City/La Porte native.  She has been involved in art, but became more serious when taking a water color class in Florida five years ago.  She also discovered graphite and colored pencils.  She is a member of M.C. Art League and appreciates the support and learning with this group. 

 

 
 
 
 
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) is beginning their 2016-17 year by adding an evening meeting time to the agenda.  Are you or do you know a mom of preschoolers?  Please join us for spiritual discussion, crafts, support as moms of young children, and friendship.  The first evening get-together is Tuesday, September 13th, 6:00 P.M., and the morning meeting is Wednesday, September 28th, 9:30 A.M.  Babysitting is provided on Wednesdays.  If you have questions or are interested please see Pastor Ericka, Judy Spiece, or Peggy McAnally.

 

 
 3B Fall Schedule
 
Attention 3B participants!  Summer blew by and our autumn 3B Schedule is around the corner.  This session will run from September 13th through December 1st. As usual the classes will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M.  No class, of course on November 24th,  Thanksgiving Day.  If there are any new “bees” interested contact Lois Miley or Alice Yacullo.

 

Ways to Help
 
Show your thankfulness this season by considering one of these many opportunities to help our Church and the greater community. Please click here and click the Missions page to see some of the ways to serve.
 
 
Noisy Offering = November 27th
 
Let's make this the most successful year for the Noisy Offering yet! Be sure to save that spare change and bring it to the Noisy Offering! The next collection will be Sunday, November 27th.
   
 
 
 
Missional Transformation: Discovering God's Dream
 
 
The Church has a divine calling, and its life and purpose are not its own.
The church exists to discern and participate in God’s mission.
 
That is why we have embarked on this journey with other churches in the Presbytery of Wabash Valley. For more information and to learn our timeline for this journey, please click here.

 

 
Heritage Room Pictures
 

The Heritage Room will have a new display in the next few weeks honoring the Prime Timers, a wonderful Presbyterian organization that  was a part of our Church for many years, and we need your help.  Do you have a memory of a particular Prime Timer trip, party, or meeting that you'd like to share?  Something funny, poignant, or just plain interesting that you think we'd enjoy hearing about?  Write a paragraph or two about your memory and give it to Shirley or Peggy.  And be sure to pop in, in a week or two to view the new display....it will be a wonderful trip down Memory Lane.  
 
Also, we are still missing Confirmation pictures from 1969, 1976-79, 1981-87, 1993-94.  If you ever come across these pictures please bring them in for Evelyn to copy.  We'd like to have our files be as complete as possible.
 
 
 
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Worship and Preaching
Schedule   
 
The worship and preaching schedule for the month of November is as follows:

 

      
NOVEMBER 6th
Communion Sunday
10:00 A.M.—Worship Service
Rev. Ericka Parkinson Kilbourne
 
NOVEMBER 13th
10:00 A.M.—Worship Service
 Rev. Ericka Parkinson Kilbourne
 
NOVEMBER 20th
10:00 A.M.—Worship Service
Rev. Ericka Parkinson Kilbourne
 
NOVEMBER 27th
10:00 A.M.—Worship Service
Barbara Vinson
“No Body Knows”
 
 
 
The session of FPC encourages each and every one of you to make every effort  to come to the services during the month of November to join the community of faith as we worship the Lord together.
 
Your presence in worship expresses the commitment, the vitality, and the hope you have in the life and ministry of this congregation.     
 
See you in church.
 

 

 

 

 
November
First Presbyterian
Soup Kitchen
Item
of the Month:
 
 
 
Juicy Juice
or other fruit juices or drink mixes
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 

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