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Please come and join us for our worship service on Sunday November 3rd at 10:30 A.M. for commitment Sunday. Bring your pledge card for 2020 to be collected separately. This will be a time to commit ourselves to the ministry both in and out of our church by sharing our time, talents and financial resources. Come celebrate with us. We look forward seeing you and celebrating as a church family. Alleluia! (If you are unable to be at church with us, please mail in your 2020 pledge by November 3rd. Thank you.



  October 6, 2019

Your gifts to the Peace & Global Witness Offering will help to end suffering and violence, both here in our community and around the world. As followers of Christ, our call to work the peace begins in our own neighborhoods and extends to the ends of the earth. It is a demanding call, but it’s one that Presbyterians at all levels of the church are seeking to follow. Let us join with Christ to work for a world of peace and plenty.



New CE Class Begins

Beginning September 15th the Adult Sunday School class will be studying The Lives of Great Christians with Dr. William Cook. Dr. Cook was the highly popular instructor of the previous class on the world’s greatest churches.  In this class, Dr. Cook provides his definition of what makes a great Christian and then discusses 21 such people from six continents over the last 2,000 years. A weekly outline will be provided.  Class begins at 9:15 in the chapel with a 30 minute DVD lesson followed by discussion.  All are welcome. 



Sunday, October 13, 2019 for our Deacon Fundraiser at Hacienda Restaurant on Portage Road, South Bend.  We will receive 20% of your bill on that day when you give them the “Gives Back Fiesta” coupon as you pay. You are not allowed to use gift cards that day.  Remember, you will need a coupon to give to your waiter on October 13, so be sure to pick up one up at the church.



The Deacons are gathering items for Domestic Violence Shelter and Homeless Shelter in Berrien County. Here is what they have requested:

cereals, juice boxes, granola bars, snacks for kids, canned goods (corned beef, hash, spaghetti, tuna, chicken, Vienna sausage) bleach wipes, dryer sheets, Kleenex, laundry soap, liquid dish soap, paper towels, toilet paper, bath towels, face towels and kitchen towels.

Lists are also available in the usual places around Church, so you can take one home. Please return your goodies to the appropriate big box at the church.


                          Deacons sincerely thank you for your help!!



Food Pantry

Due to the cancellation of CROP WALK this year, this means our church’s food pantry will not receive the percentage of funds allocated to our community. Mission and Outreach would like to suggest that those in our congregation, who have supported CROP WALK, give that amount directly to our food pantry.



Wild and Wacky Wednesdays will start back up on September 20th. We meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 4:30-6:00 PM. Children in kindergarten through 5th grade are welcome to come and learn Bible stories, make crafts, play games and more.

Youth Outreach
is a ministry for youth 11-16 years of age. Every other week, games, a meal, worship and a biblical story are shared from 6:30-8:00 PM. This is in collaboration with Calvary Road Community Church.


Keurig Coffee - Grab a Cup Before a Meeting!

EPIC would like to thank the Presbyterian Preschool for their Keurig maker donation!  We thought others might like to make a cup of coffee or tea on their way to a meeting.  We’ll keep this in the Parlor area for a while and see how much use it gets.  Directions are on the counter if you have never used a single serving machine.  Please donate K-cups, foil tea bags and Styrofoam coffee cups with lids!  Simply place them in the counter drawers below.  Thank you! 


Kids Closet

at Ellis House


 Open Houres

Tuesday 10 a.m. - Noon

Saturday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.






Just a reminder

The Deacons are gathering items for the Domestic Violence Shelter and Homeless Shelter in Berrien County. Please find copies of their wish list available in the usual places around Church, so you can take one home. Please return your goodies to the appropriate big box in our church hallway. The Deacons sincerely thank you for your help!!



Do you still receive US Mail?  Your used postage stamps can be turned into necessities for Christian missions world-wide.  A local woman will collect our stamps hanging in a bag on the bulletin board.  If you can contribute any stamps, please leave a 1/2 inch margin around each one (or the whole envelope).

                                                            Thank you from Missions and Outreach




Arm your Shopping TRIP with SCRIP!!!  Special order your SCRIP now.  We have great vendors to order from with great refund percentages: Aeropostale 7%, Applebee’s 8%, Bath and Body Works 13%, Bonefish Grill 8%, Build-a-Bear 8%, Family Video 12%, Golfsmith 8%, Gordman’s 7%, 7%, Great Clips 8%.  Support the EPIC Mission Trip 2015.  Place your order today.  We also have many restaurant and miscellaneous gift cards on hand, including Martin’s, Meijer and Wal-Mart. See Arlene or Tom Richardson outside the parlor or call 684-2858. 


Ushers Wanted

First Presbyterian Church of Niles, Michigan, is looking for volunteers to serve as ushers for the 10:30 am church service.  The job includes greeting worshipers, handing out bulletins, and passing the offering plates.  The rewards are not monetary but are personally gratifying and volunteers receive the satisfaction of helping further the mission of the church.

Anyone interested in this service opportunity is asked to sign up for specific dates on the chart in the parlor hallway.


Bridge Fun Night

Bridge Fun Night every third Saturday from 7 – 10 p.m. in the Parlor and is open to all. Please bring a snack to share.