Month: December 2017

December 4, 2017

Freedom Comes Pre-Installed, Part 1, is the topic of a program for high school seniors on Sunday, December 17, at 6:30 p.m. offsite. Read more and register online by December 10.

Led by by college students and a psychologist from Southeast Psych, the program is part of the ongoing series, Wonderfully and Fearfully Made, offered by Christian Formation and Health Ministries, under the umbrella of Congregational Care. Each session will focus on a different issue faced by our youth and children at different ages, as well as their parents.


Three hours of your time on Saturday, January 13, can help someone transitioning from homelessness into a safe and comfortable home. Eight slots are available on this Ministry Team, which delivers furniture from the Crisis Assistance Furniture Bank at 333 Dalton Avenue. This is a great service and fellowship opportunity for middle school age youth through adult. Sign up online.

Childcare for children who are infants through TK will be provided during the Service of Wholeness and Healing at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 21, and during all Christmas Eve services. There is no charge, but reservations must be received three days in advance.

Childcare will be located in P108 during those services.


December 1, 2017

Our friends with the Urban Ministry Center sent us this update from Room in the Inn:


Thanks to all hosts and volunteers that stepped up to the challenge of frigid weather over a holiday weekend. RITI usually experiences a downturn of beds available over holidays, but not this weekend. Congregations added hosting nights, added beds to their already-pledged totals…even in one case taking more neighbors at the end of the evening so that no one had to be turned away. And there were still others who could not host yet emailed me to let me know their hearts were with us.

And thanks to the evening teams and to the RITI “saints” (our on-call volunteers), who showed up in force and worked cheerfully with the neighbors under difficult circumstances. And thanks to Officer Mike Warren, who arrived at the Center at 7 a.m. over the weekend to let neighbors in out of the cold, and who worked with staff and neighbors to make the RITI check-in process run smoothly.

Here are the bed totals for the holiday weekend nights:

  • 12/29 – 129
  • 12/30 – 123
  • 12/31 – 143
  • 01/01 – 195!

The cold weather continues through the week, and here are our bed counts as of this morning:

  • Tuesday – 122
  • Wednesday – 158
  • Thursday – 173
  • Friday – 225
  • Saturday – 143
  • Sunday – 104

Half a century or more ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared, “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.” Several millennia ago, another man said, “Inasmuch as you have done it to some of the least of these, you have done it to me.” When we offer hospitality to the most vulnerable among us, we are in essence serving the whole of creation…we are honoring the deeper dimension in which we all are united.



Paul Hanneman


First Presbyterian will continue its Room in the Inn hospitality on Monday and Tuesday nights through March, 2018. This includes warm beds, warm food and warm hearts. Sign up today to welcome our neighbors.

Join us on Sunday, December 24, for Christmas Eve worship

9 a.m. Worship This service is open to everyone and is particularly suited for children.

11 a.m. Worship

8 p.m. Candlelight Service

10:15 p.m. Handbell Concert (Wood Fellowship Hall)

11 p.m. Candlelight and Communion Service

*All services are in the sanctuary unless otherwise noted. Childcare for birth-TK will be provided during each service; please register here.