God loves you and so do we!
First Presbyterian Church of Michigan City
Monday, December 22, 2014
Love Wins!

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
 
 

Why are the Paraments a different color?  A Parament refers to the liturgical hangings on and around the Communion Table, pulpit and lectern.   The liturgical colors aid in establishing a climate in which Law and Gospel may be heard and received.  Blue is the first color with which to observe the new church year.  Advent, which begins on November 30th, is a preparatory time of waiting and watching.  Blue  paraments, the color of the sky, convey the message of hope.  Our faith rests on the hope that Christ, who came in history assuming our flesh, will return on the last day of time from the same blue sky he ascended long ago.

White Paraments were hung on November 23rd for Christ, the King Sunday, and will be used for the festive Sundays of Christmas, Epiphany and the Baptism of Our Lord.  White is the color of purity and completeness and bears the message that “though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow”.  White reinforces that festive message of joy.

 
Night in Bethlehem

 

Bring your family to “A Night in Bethlehem” at First Presbyterian Church, on Sunday, December 7th, 4:30 P.M.-6:00 P.M.  It is the night Jesus is born and the citizens and visitors of Bethlehem are abuzz with the news of the birth of the Christ Child.  After you’ve signed in with the Census takers visit the manger where Mary and Joseph are sharing the joy of the birth of their new baby, Jesus.  Then continue to the shops where you can taste delicious candy, make an old fashioned pretzel, design a Christmas ornament, watch a potter at her wheel, and much more.  Children and grown-ups alike enjoy this wonderful experience.  Please mark your calendars for December 7th and join us for an exciting evening in Bethlehem!

 

Christian Education Updates

Please Click Here for important information regarding Sunday School preparation for the Children's Christmas Program, as well information about exciting, upcoming Adult Christian opportunities.

 

Handel's Messiah
 

Chorus rehearsals for the performance of Handel’s Messiah began on Thursday evening November 13th promptly at 7:30 P.M.  They will be held on subsequent Thursday evenings.  The Messiah concert will be held on Sunday, December 21st at 3:00 P.M. with a preview performance on Saturday morning December 20th at 9:30 A.M.  A free-will offering will be accepted at the close of each presentation. 

 

 

 

-Tickets for the performances are available for pick up at the church office.

 

-Tickets will not be mailed out this year.  They will be in a WILL HOLD BOX to be picked up at least  a half hour before the performance

 

Special Permission Forms

 

Permission slips and release forms for special activities are now available on the website. Please click here or on the heading above.

 

3B Classes-2015 Winter Session
 

 

Please note the fall 3B Class ended as of November 25th and is currently on break during the month of December. 

3B will resume on January 6, 2015.

The winter session will again be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00  A.M. and will conclude on March 26th, before Holy Week.

New people interested in joining should contact Lois Miley or Alice Yacullo.

 



Service Opportunities
 
As we experience Advent, it is a great time to reflect, make new efforts, and demonstrate our gratitude for our blessings through care and service toward others. Under the direction of the Deacons, a CARE team has been created. To learn more about this and other service opportunities, check out the many options we have posted on our Ways to Help page.
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
Our Heritage
 
 
Shirley Ryan, church historian, has been working on a new exhibit in the Heritage Room, on the west side of the narthex. This exhibit highlights the various places we have held worship services during construction, renovation, and fire repair. Also, showcased are the many and various Women’s Association activities over the years. Stop in before or after worship or any other time to enjoy our rich heritage.
 
 
 
Denomination Web Site
 

 

The worship and preaching schedule during the month of  December is as follows:

 

December 7th - 10:00 A.M.

Rev. Dr. Ericka Parkinson Kilbourne, preaching

Communion Sunday

 

December 14th - 10:00 A.M.

Rev. Dr. Ericka Parkinson Kilbourne, preaching

 

December 21st - 10:00 A.M.

Rev. Dr. Ericka Parkinson Kilbourne, preaching

3:00 P.M.  -  Messiah Presentation

 

December 24th - 7:00 P.M.

Rev. Dr. Ericka Parkinson Kilbourne, preaching

Christmas Eve Service

 

December 28th - 10:00 A.M.

Guest Speaker

 

 

The session of FPC encourages each and every one of you to make every effort  to come to the services during the month of December, 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.

 

 
 
December
Food
of the Month:

 
 
Spaghetti Sauce
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 

          Thank you for visiting our site to learn more about the First Presbyterian Church of Michigan City.

    Feel free to browse for information on our ministries, and opportunities.
 

Please Contact us if you have any questions - we love to help!

First Presbyterian Church is a mainline church of the PC(USA) denomination.

We seek to help people connect with the grace, love and mercy of God.