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.
Recently I read a statement that caught my attention. It read, “Love, indeed, is the acid test of spiritual growth.” Advent is an opportunity to reflect upon what is most important in life. Isaiah offers a key insight into God’s heart. Prophetically looking at the future Messianic King whom Christians identify as Jesus Isaiah proclaims, “He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth..” (Isa. 11:3-4).
Many scholars think that Jesus was born in the summer because that is when "shepherds would be out in the fields keeping watch over their sheep." By December, even hardy shepherds wanted to sleep in their rustic homes, rather than under a blanket of snow. So why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25th?
Thanksgiving is a choice.
I was watching several mini-movies today in research for our upcoming Sunday worship experiences. I watched two in particular back to back and, at the risk of sounding emotional, I had to leave my office after the second one finished because I was a little teary. The videos both focused on giving thanks in the very best of times and the hardest of times. Both mini-movies used the same verse:
I’m one of those sentimental types who gets emotionally attached to “things”! Things like the banjo clock that my grandmother won at a church bazaar, the iron bed that a friend of the family willed to me, the rocker that my husband’s parents gave us when we moved into our first home (which by the way we still live in). One my very favorite things is our dining room table. My grandfather made it as a wedding present for my grandmother and I fondly remember those times that 3 generations of our family shared meals around that table. My dad knew how much I loved it and bought the table for me at my grandparents’ estate sale. This table is now one hundred and thirteen years old and is holding up well as we continue to share family meals and celebrations around it!
The latest incarnation of First Presbyterian's website has been live for about six months. We've been thrilled with the continued positive responses. Yet, the website is a continual work in progress. There's always something that needs to be updated, fixed, or a new feature to implement. Over the past couple of months we've added a couple of features that you might find useful and tweaked a couple of settings to make your visit to our website more useful.
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