Welcome to the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign's Website. We are disciples of Jesus Christ, who worship our God, share love and friendship with one another, and are passionate about making a difference in our community and beyond. We believe that a church exists for ministry and mission as a fire exists for burning. Our Sunday morning worship times are 8 am and 9 am for Traditonal Worship. The Gathering, our contemporary worship experience, meets at 10:30 am Sunday mornings.
In collaboration with the Champaign Park District, ESC and Children, Youth, and Family Ministry will spread mulch and spruce up Westside Park located in downtown Champaign on June 15, 2013. This event is being planned to help prepare Westside Park for the Taste of Champaign. For more information check out the poster below.
Have you ever wanted to try ringing handbells? Now is the time! Throughout the Summer, ringers of all levels will join together weekly to learn or review the basics and play fun, easy music. Ringing in a handbell choir is a unique musical experience since it is truly one big instrument played by multiple people. The fellowship that flows from this cooperation is perhaps the greatest blessing participants receive. I encourage everyone to come and give it a shot regardless of musical background. Beginners will learn from patient teachers, while more experienced players provide support and/or try out advanced techniques in a low pressure environment. Please join us Wednesdays at 6:00-7:00pm in the bell room behind the sanctuary. Contact Karin Vermillion with questions- firstname.lastname@example.org
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
Greetings Friends in Christ,
Linda Valentine, the Executive Director, General Assembly Mission Council, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) visited our church and spoke during our International Potluck as part of Mission Celebration Week. In her weekly email she highlighted FPCC:
More fruit of our international mission work
At First Presbyterian Church of Champaign (IL), a congregation deeply engaged in mission, I witnessed another fruit of our international mission work. Not only does First Presbyterian have an active mission partnership with sister congregations in the Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba, it has also welcomed immigrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, and Togo into its membership. Church members have started English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for their new neighbors and members as they prayerfully learn to become a multicultural congregation.
A key question that has persisted for centuries—and faces church and society in new and challenging ways—is the lawyer's question of Jesus: "Who is my neighbor?" In answering that question in its own context, First Presbyterian is being transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Just as the service and witness of Presbyterian mission workers helped to grow Christ’s church in Korea, so have the seeds planted generations ago in Africa by Presbyterian mission workers brought forth marvelous fruits here, continually enriching our lives in Christ.
It's been nearly a month since our new website launch. I've mentioned this several times in various conversations, but a tremendous thank you to the website committee for working so diligently to create an updated online presence to communicate the love of God and share more in regards to the life of our church. Technology has, and is, significantly changing how we communicate and receive information. It's a good thing that the leadership of FPCC continues to evaluate our communication pathways for effectiveness, attractiveness, and usability.
We're thrilled to announce that our sermon/message audio is now online! Just click over to firstchurchchampaign.org/sermons for the latest available message. If you're an iTunes fan our podcast feed is also live. Click here to access our iTunes podcast. Don't forgot to check us out on Twitter and Facebook! Both links can be found in the middle of our webpage or by clicking:
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