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First Presbyterian Church of Michigan City
Saturday, January 25, 2020
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Events of 2010

CROP Hunger Walk
The CROP Walk occured on September 26th at Kesling Park in La Porte with participation from LaPorte County churches. The CROP Walk contributions for First Presbyterian Church totaled $1,482.00, and $479.00 was collected from the Peacemaking Offering.  
We have received a final report from Anne Thode of LaPorte First Presbyterian about the LaPorte County CROP Walk. She says: Hurrah! We beat the all time high in the 25 years that CROP Hunger Walks have been supported by LaPorte County. In 1991 the CROP walkers brought in $6,183.84. In 2010 we brought in $6,561.96. and 10 bags of groceries. We nearly doubled last year’s donations and the bags of food were greatly appreciated by the five food banks the walk supports.
Thanks to all who participated. We will look forward to repeating the event in 2011 opening it up to even more churches and clubs in our LaPorte County area.
The Michigan City First Presbyterian STARS who brought in $150 or more are : Michele Bartels; Deborah Beckinger; Penny Russell; Kim Huffman; and Dina, Adam and Andrea Gasaway. Michigan City FPC’s grand total for the CROP Walk is $1,537.00. Great job!
All Church Picnic
The Deacons wish to thank everyone who participated in the All Church Picnic on October 3rd. And a special thanks to the Caspers for providing their home for this Deacon fellowship event.
Join us in the great First Presbyterian Church tradition of Hanging of the Greens. After worship on Sunday, November 28th 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. 
"A Night In Bethlehem"
Come and experience the town of Bethlehem the night Jesus Christ was born. Taste the food, smell the spices, and partake in crafts of the local peoples.   Celebrate the beginning of Advent in a unique way you won’t soon forget!
The entire congregation wishes to thank Janice Casper for directing this year’s “A Night in Bethlehem” on Sunday, December 5th.
Building on the previous two years of direction under Amy McDaniel and many volunteers, the transformation of the undercroft for this event was truly “miraculous”. Janice’s organization and commitment enabled us to accommodate many visitors from our own congregation as well as from the Michigan City community.  What a beautiful way to celebrate and anticipate the birth of our Savior! 
The Messiah
I wish to thank the following people for helping to make the presentations of “Messiah” the glorious occasion it was on Sunday, December 19th. To the Session of our church for sponsoring the occasion; to the chairmen of the production committees; to Dave Hack for cooking; Marilyn Cook and the members of the Presbyterian Women for helping prepare and serve the supper between the concerts; Evelyn, Norma Sipress, Diane Hack, Norma Whybrew, Donna Wiseman, Ramona Schultz, Louise Durflinger, Ina Tite, Louise Dabagia and Natalie Hellenga for preparing the concert programs; to Stan Holdcraft for being my “right hand man”; to the men who set up and tear down chairs and risers to prepare the chancel for performance; and to the ushers for their hospitality; …..the list goes on and on. I especially want to thank the participants of the chorus and orchestra for their continuing loyalty and dedication to the rehearsal and presentation of this inspiring sacred oratorio—a huge thank you to all!  Sincerely, Dan McNabb  
Youth Christmas Program
"Love Came Down at Christmas” will be preformed December 19th during worship. It will include several carols and a re-enactment of the Christmas Story. All kids and youth are encouraged to come and participate in the pageant.   During the Sunday School hour on November 28th, December 5th, and December 12th, we will be rehearsing for this program. Katie Croft will be directing this program.
Service of the Longest Night
This service of peace and reconciliation will be held on Tuesday, December 21st at 7:00 PM. Are you having trouble feeling in the spirit this season? The holidays can be difficult for us all:  
               ·   Stresses and strains of offering a celebration
               ·   The loss of a loved one
               ·   The end of a marriage
               ·   The loss of a job
               ·    Feelings related to the war
We welcome all to this service of peace and reconciliation to ask for Gods hope and comfort during this time.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
This special service of reflection on the birth of the Christ Child will take place on Friday, December 24th, at 7:00 PM. Holy Communion will be celebrated at this service.