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.
We do not have any idea of the date of Christ’s birth. Many scholars, since the shepherds are watching their sheep in the Bethlehem hills, assume that Jesus’ birth takes place in the summer. However, December 25th is chosen as the birthdate of Jesus to overshadow a drunken debauch on that date called Saturnalia, a pagan solstice festival, characterized by wild and frenzied parties. Think Spring Break in Cancun! The ancient church’s hope is to replace Saturnalia with the worship of Christ.
(A slight confession here… this blog post isn’t exactly recent. So, if you’ll excuse some holiday leftovers I’d love to share them with you. -Dave)
Sometimes we must look backward in order to look forward. In Advent we remember that Jesus came into our world once and promises to come again.
Here are the upcoming episodes for this month's Lifetree Café. Come for conversation and coffee on a Monday evening in December at 7 pm.
December 8 - Finding Peace When Life is Difficult
December 15 - What Would You Do For Love?
December 22 - Angels. Are they reaching out to you?
December 29 - Family Do-Over
On Sunday December 14th from 8:00-11:45am the youth group will be selling Christmas Cookies they baked to help support our upcoming trips, mission projects and social gatherings. The cookie sale will be held in Westminster Hall. Cookie sales will be priced per pound of cookies you select. Please support our students in their fellowship and culinary endeavors.
I’m a list maker. I really love making lists…grocery lists, daily lists of things to do, lists of cards and letters I want to send out, weekly lists of things I plan to get done, short and long range home improvement list, meal planning lists, random good idea lists. Okay I think you get the idea. I have even been known make a list of things that I have done that weren’t on a list just so I can officially check those completed task off! I also love checking things off.
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