We are linked to each other by stories. Our own sacred narratives, together with the great Biblical stories, are woven into the fabric of our faith. At First Presbyterian Church of Springfield, we believe in the big umbrella of grace and we welcome all who wish to join us.
— Rev. Dr. Clifford J. Hayes
- in the Sanctuary -
begins for the season on September 10, 2014
- in the Chapel -
ends for the season on August 31, 2014
- in the Chapel -
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(ring bell at portico-covered door)
Monday — Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(ring bell at so. west ramped door)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
9:00 a.m. to noon
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News and Events
. . . waiting for God’s redemption from war, disease, and deprivation.
Help us be Christ’s body of compassion bringing relief and hope to those who suffer and pray for redemption. Click on Presbyterian Disaster Assistance logo at right to act . . .
Note: The church office and the Samaritan Ministries Food Pantry will be closed on Monday, September 1, in honor of Labor Day.
Now is time to register
for the Covenant Network Regional Conference being held in First Presbyterian Church:
Reconciliation and the Healing of the Church
Saturday, October 11 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Keynote speaker: Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian.
More information and the link to register is here. . .
New Weeknight Book Study:
Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel
Thursdays, September 4, through October 23
- first meeting in Cook-Diller Lounge
“[A] visionary book, part coming-of-age memoir and part call-to-action . . . A shining vision of the possibilities of interfaith cooperation and pluralistic discourse.”
—Adam Mansbach, The Boston Globe
Contact Jennifer at 217.528.4311, ext. 209, or stop by her office in the Education Wing for more details and to receive a copy of the book . . . Listen to an interview with Eboo Patel, which is hosted by NPR here. . .
Rally (round the church) Day
Sunday, September 7 | 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
–in the Sanctuary ... then in the Commons and Education Wing
Join us in worship as we thank our Sunday school leaders and celebrate a Thanksgiving and Commitment liturgy during worship. After worship we will "kick-off" the season with fun and games, information tables, and event sign-ups - all during and after Coffee Hour.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend these Rally Day opportunities. There will be something fun for everyone!
Upcoming Children's Sunday school themes:
September: "Love Is. . ." (1 Corinthians 13)
October: "The Lord's Prayer" (Matthew 6:5 - 15)
November: "The Widow's Offering" (Mark 12:38 - 44)
Adult Christian Education (ACEs) is back! beginning Sunday, September 7 | 9:00 a.m.
—in the Chapel
We begin a year-long look at the history of the Christian church from Bethlehem to today, emphasizing ideas, disputes, and the evolution of belief and doctrines. This is a marvelous opportunity to gain a broad overview of the path trodden from early days to now.
I. Early Shaping of the Church
II. The Pillars of Belief – Doctrines of our Church
III. Church Breaks in Two, East and West
IV. Reformation – Rise of Protestantism
V. The Modern Church
Wednesday Vespers is back!
Wednesday, September 10 | 5:30 p.m. | in the Chapel
Fletcher Farrar, editor/publisher of the Illinois Times, will lead the first Vespers of the season.
Please also join in the potluck supper after: Please bring a covered dish to share.
Mission co-worker in Ethiopia:
Rev. Carolyn Weber
Sunday, September 14 | 9:00 a.m.
-in Cook-Diller Lounge
Rev. Weber will present a program for the combined adult Sunday school classes at 9:00 a.m. in Cook-Diller Lounge. She will lead worship and be available for questions afterwards.
"CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by religious groups, businesses, schools and others to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world."
- from the CWS Global website, read more . . .
CROP Walk Informational Meeting
Sunday, September 14 | Commons during Coffee Hour
Meet with Jenny during Coffee Hour
to learn about CROP Walk and how you can get involved!
CROP Hunger Walk
Sunday, October 5 | 1:00 p.m.
– Meet at Third Presbyterian Church (1030 N. 7th Street)
Registration/check-in begins at 1:00 p.m. Walk begins at 1:30 p.m.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds
Church Outing to Busch Stadium:
Friday, September 19 | 7:15 p.m.
— Meet in the church parking lot: Caravan leaves at 4:30 p.m.
A group of (mostly) Cards fans are traveling to this September game. (It is OK if you are a fan of another team :-) We are purchasing tickets so that we can be together for the game! Tickets are $15 each. Contact Jennifer at 217.528.4311, ext. 209, to reserve your ticket.