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 Traditional Worship. The Gathering, our contemporary worship experience, meets at 10:30 am Sunday mornings.
Come to Lifetree Café on a Monday evening at 7p this March for an hour of coffee and conversation to feed your soul.
As you are probably are aware by now I’m about to leave the church for a while to have my second baby. This is obviously an exciting time for my family. We did not expect to have a second child so we truly feel we are blessed with a miracle.
March 3, 2015
6:30-7:00 Justice Fair (Westminster)
7:00-7:40 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Andre Johnson, Professor of Rhetoric and Religion & African American Studies, Memphis Theological Seminary (Sanctuary)
7:40-8:00 Question and Answer with Dr. Johnson (Sanctuary)
8:00-8:30 Justice Fair (Westminster)
Invited Justice Fair participants: Christian Justice and Mercy Network, Courtwatching, Education Justice Project, Independent Media Center, New Programs-Not Jails, Salt and Light, Citizens with Conviction, North End Breakfast Club, CU Citizens for Peace and Justice
Justice Fair will allow individuals interested in justice to get to know community groups already working toward reconciliation and justice in the CU area so they may see how they can become more involved.
Lent is a 40-day period of preparation for the joy of Easter when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus rising from the dead. The word “Lent” comes from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning “lengthening,” since the days are growing longer. The 40 days recall the 40 days of testing that Jesus undergoes in the wilderness at the hands of Satan. Traditionally observing Lent means fasting, confession, and focusing on prayer, the reading of Scripture, and the making of spiritual resolutions.
World Day of Prayer 2015 will be celebrated Friday, March 6, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Urbana, 602 W. Green St. Urbana. The theme is "Do you understand what I have done for you?" based on John 13:1-17. Just as Jesus, by washing their feet, called his disciples to serve others, our Lord is calling us to personal discipleship and service. This year's worship program was written by Christian women of The Bahamas. All men and women are welcome to attend. Fellowship with a light breakfast will be available during the first hour.
Jeff and Christi Boyd, Mission Co-Workers to the Democratic Republic of Congo, would like to share about their work. On Saturday, at 10:00 in Centennal Hall Christi will show video and give a presentation about her work with Women's and Children's issues. At 11:00 in Centennial Hall, Jeff will give a presentation about Education and offer opportunities to really explore what life in the Congo is like. On Sunday, February 22, join Jeff and Christi at a potluck, 5pm to 7pm in Centennial Hall. They will do another presentation on different issues at the potluck. Please bring your own table service to this event.
This week I had every intention of writing something exceptionally creative and thought provoking for this blog. Perhaps something about what it means to embrace God’s love in the midst of Valentine’s Day and other Hallmark clichés.
Instead I just stared at the cursor blinking on my computer screen…mocking me almost. I usually love creative work with words, so why was I drawing a blank?
God speaks. God spoke and the world was created. God spoke and told those in Jesus’ time that Jesus was God’s own son. God has spoken to the saints who have gone before us, and God continues to speak through our church today.
Asking God to have input into the direction of your life requires certain attitudes as you seek to be open to God’s Spirit. One, you simply need to be open. You must release any preconceived outcome based on your self-will, personal biases, and attachments.
Secondly, if that is not challenging enough, it is important to be willing not to place any conditions on what God might call you to do.