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.
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.” John 3:16 The Message (MSG)
I’m really looking forward to the FPCC Parenting class starting tonight. Run by Patty and Bruce Farthing I find it an invaluable resource that supports me as I try to be the best parent I can be. My husband and I are thousands of miles away from our family and friends, so when we had our son Xavier we really lacked that natural support system that many people benefit from when raising a child.
Come visit Lifetree Café on a Monday this month for an hour of compelling conversations, great coffee, laughs, and thought-provoking dialogue!
September 7 - How to Sniff Out a Scam
September 15 - What Your Atheist Friend Wants You to Know
September 22 - Sign Here
September 29 - My Son is Gay
Mondays at 7 pm in the Café (located on the second floor of the Christian Education Building).
Who: Anyone! Your story matters.
What: Simply put, it's a "conversation café"-a place and time for people to gather weekly to experience stories and talk about thought-provoking topics relating to life and faith. On film and in person, you'll hear stories that will make you think, spice your conversation, help you make sense of the world, and inspire you. And in the fun, casual, safe environment of Lifetree Café, you may share your story, too.
When: Mondays at 7 pm.
Where: Lifetree Café is held in the First Presbyterian Café. It's on the second floor of the Education Facility. You can park for free in the church parking lot and upon arriving at the Café, enjoy some great coffee (also free) and genuine authentic conversation.
Why: Because we're all in this together. Getting together on a weekly basis to be encouraged and respected - regardless of your beliefs - is incredibly important. Lifetree brings people together to explore important and intriguing life issues, serve the community, and experience God through Jesus Christ.
We all experience anxiety. It effects our relationships , families, and communities. Anxiety comes from a Latin word, ‘angere’, which means “to cause pain by squeezing”. It both happens within us as well as connects us with others. Ordinary anxiety accompanies life. That is a given. But it may become acute or chronic, debilitating us.
When that happens, it becomes a part of us. We cannot let it go and a multitude of triggers can set it off.
FPCC’s 2nd Courageous Conversations presents on Tuesday Sept. 2:
Modern Day Solutions to Modern Day Slavery: Identifying and Responding to Victims of Human Trafficking
Facilitated by Darci Jenkins, Midwest regional service coordinator of Chicago-based Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium (NTAC)
3-5 PM: Westminster Hall (1st floor). Roundtable talk and forum, with Q & A time
6:30-8 PM: Centennial Hall (below ground). A talk on Human Trafficking in the U.S and locally; how we can help stop human trafficking and help its victims
In an intimate informal setting the 3 PM session provides information and resources to local community organizations and concerned citizens, with ample Q & A time. The 6:30 presentation is in a lecture format with a brief Q & A time afterward. Darci will discuss:
- What is Human Trafficking?
- Where might you find it in Illinois and even locally?
- Care and advocacy for survivors.
- What can we do to help prevent trafficking?
Brief background. Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal activities worldwide with victims in the U.S. alone reaching into the hundreds of thousands. Human trafficking occurs in multiple contexts that encompass all forms of labor and services. Common settings where forced labor has been found in the United States include domestic servitude and small-scale “mom and pop” operations and extend to large-scale operations such as farms and factories. Undocumented immigrants are especially vulnerable. Sex trafficking includes commercial sexual exploitation of children as well as every instance where an adult is in the sex trade as the result of force, fraud, or coercion.
Come to be informed and possibly become part of the solution!
28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.