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.
Christmas Music Sunday
On Sunday, December 14, the Chancel Choir will be presenting its annual Christmas Music Sunday. As part of worship that day we will perform a variety of Advent and Christmas anthems ranging from Renaissance to Contemporary styles. Highlighting the day will be the third movement of Daniel Pinkham's Christmas Cantata and Gloria by John Rutter. These pieces will be accompanied by organ, brass ensemble and percussion. Make plans now to take part in these special worship experiences at either the 8:00 or 9:00 services.
December 4th // 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Reverend Laura Aull Johnston, pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Champaign, will be our speaker for the December 4 gathering of the Presbyterian Women. The event will begin with refreshments at Westminster Hall followed by her message and singing of Christmas Songs lead by Sandy Carr. Women from area churches are invited to attend.
For most of us, money is a difficult topic to discuss. All too often there is too much month left when the money runs out. Yet our culture encourages us to buy now and worry later, to believe that “things” will provide happiness, and that a higher net worth will lead to greater happiness.
As we are coming into the holiday season I’m starting to see cute little holiday ideas pop up online. I’m tempted to start searching clever Halloween costumes, pumpkin spice recipes for…everything, and maybe even some early Christmas gift ideas.
There is a magical land that has ideas, life-hacks, and solutions for all of these situations. It’s called Pinterest.
Here are the upcoming episodes for this month's Lifetree Café. Come for conversation and coffee on a Monday evening in November at 7 pm.
November 3 - Second Chances
November 10 - We're Not Alone?
November 17 - Hard to be Healthy
November 24 - The Power of Thankfulness
December 1 - How the Next Generation Will Change the World
God invites us into relationship. What does that relationship look like? First, it involves all aspects of our humanity; mind, body, emotions, heart, and soul. Didn’t Jesus say that we are to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength”? (Mark 12:30).
It’s been just over a month since the launch of the Champaign Lifetree Café. It’s been incredibly cool to see how God is using this unique ministry to share the story of His love. Yet, even though we’ve spoken about Lifetree Café in various avenues, I still get the occasional question of, “What is Lifetree and why do we need it?”
Forward 150 centers around four major events. Please mark your calendars and be a part of each of these momentous experiences.
Vision Weekend, October 11-12
- The Forward 150 projects and the vision behind them will be presented during the worship services. The campaign video will be premiered. Information packets will be distributed after the services.
JOYfest Sunday, November 9
- Creative presentations during a single, Sunday worship service, at 9:00 am. A festive brunch will follow at the Hilton Garden Inn at 10:30 am.
Commitment Weekend, November 15-16
- Members of the congregation are invited to make their pledges to the 3-year capital campaign during the services.
Announcement Weekend, December 6-7
- The total amount raised will be announced during the worship services.