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Heifer Project Time

Once again it is Heifer Project time.  The Missions and Outreach Team is planning this for Sunday morning November 11 from 10-12 in the parlor. We will set up sales of animal livestock and homemade goods from our congregation.  Our donations go to Heifer Project International where healthy cows, pigs, sheep, ducks, llamas, water buffalos, bees, fish, chickens and rabbits are sent to struggling areas around the world.  You can also purchase irrigation pumps, biogas stoves, clean water, schooling and more to enable our world family. Thank you to all of you who make items to sell.  Anyone is invited to do their craft which will be displayed and usually sold.  Your lovely work has often been perfect for early Christmas shopping. Items can be left under the hall counter (please indicate "Heifer" and your price).  It also can be brought in on Sat the 10th at 2pm or Sunday the 11th by 10 am.


            We thank you for this yearly success--Missions and Outreach Team


Fall Costume Party

Saturday night Oct. 27th starting at 7 p.m.

In the Fellowship Hall

For children and their parents.

We are all kids when we wear a costume!!

There'll be games, and lots of other fun!

See ya there!



Wild and Wacky Wednesdays are back!  

Our next meeting is Wednesday, November 7at 4:30 PM.  Check out pictures of last week’s kick-off fun on our Facebook page and in the WWW group.  It’s not too late to register your children or grandchildren.


New Bible Study

The last meeting of our Coffee and Conversation group was on Oct. 15 and will not be meeting again until sometime next year. In its place, a Bible study on the Psalms will begin in November, using a study guide by Miriam Dunson called A Very Present Help. The study is specifically aimed at older adults, but all ages are welcome. Topics include “The world has changed and so have I,” “Living on life’s roller coaster,” and “Calm assurance in the midst of dark valleys.”

            The class will meet weekly in the parlor on Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. Books will be available for purchase at the first class on Nov. 14. There is a sign-up sheet on the table opposite the parlor to indicate your interest. Sign up deadline is on October 22 so books can be ordered. Hope to see you there!



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.