First Call: The 1st Presbyterian Blog 

Kulish Family Worship Performance

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Monday, February 5, 2018 @ 10:08 AM

Report on 2018 Stewardship Campaign and Session Resolutions

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Sunday, February 4, 2018 @ 6:07 PM

 by Bruce Carter -. Bruce Carter Chairman, Stewardship and Finance Commission

The results of our 2018 stewardship campaign was positive with a total of $334,008 raised, an increase of $4139 (1.2%) over our 2017 stewardship campaign.

We had a total of 94 pledges received and 41% of those increased their pledge over 2017. We are truly blessed with a generous and committed congregation that cares deeply about the future of the First Presbyterian Church. Thanks to all!

Adoption of Balanced Budget Resolution: In December, Session adopted a balanced budget resolution that, in simple terms, states that Session will consider adopting a budget only if projected expenditures can be paid for with expected income. This is sound fiscal policy that, if followed, will prevent the crisis we have experienced the that last few years where expenditures have expected needed income and the general fund has been running a deficit most of 2016 and 2017.

Adoption of 2018 budget: In January, session adopted the 2018 budget. Session approved a balanced budget after reducing some expenses and approving the use of Foundation funds to supplement the budget. We have included money to fund all of our current programs and added money to fund the Pastor Nominating Committee and add communication director duties to the administrative assistant position.

Clearing the debt. In 2017, we ran a deficit due to Sarah’s salary being paid for 5 months. Foundation agreed to fund that deficit giving us a fresh start in 2018.

FPC is fiscally sound and has a great future.


Come Early at 10:00am for Special Discussion on Immigration

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Monday, January 29, 2018 @ 5:22 PM

Richard Aguirre will speak on immigration Sunday, February 4th at 10:00 a.m.
Heated rhetoric about immigration has dominated debate in Washington, D.C. and across the country. What are thoughtful Christians to do and think? Richard R. Aguirre, a Goshen College administrator, was a key leader in the 3,600-member coalition opposing construction of an immigration detention center in Elkhart County. His coalition's successful campaign helped to persuade the company, CoreCivic, to abandon its plans. He also works with “Dreamers,” young college students brought to the U.S. as children who face deportation. Immigration is a topic with many complexities and many faces. We are very fortunate to have a knowledgeable and faithful person to help guide us in an examination of the issue.

ICE Proposal Prayer Service

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 2:52 PM

ICE Detention Center Service

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 8:34 AM

More coming soon , but meantime here is some TV coverage

WNDU-16  is a link


WSBT video is  below




Heart City Brass and Zephyr Woodwind Quintet

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 8:27 PM

Interfaith Prayer Service - Saturday Dec 16 - 6pm

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 1:20 PM

Prayer Service
In response to the proposal
to build an ICE detention center
Elkhart’s First Presbyterian Church
Saturday, December 16, 6 pm

ELKHART, Indiana (December 12, 2017) – Over 50 congregations, Latino and Anglo, and community members will gather at First Presbyterian Church on December 16 at 6 pm for a prayer service in response to the proposal to build an ICE Detention Center in Elkhart community.

Rev. Rebecca Kuiken, pastor of First Presbyterian says, “We in the larger faith
community hope to build bridges beyond language, culture and legal status.”
CoreCivic, one of the nation’s largest private prison owners, is seeking to build and own a $100 million facility of up to 1,400 beds that would be used by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement. This would be the largest of four regional detention facilities the federal government is seeking to open within close proximity to Chicago, Detroit, St. Paul and Salt Lake City.

Trunk or Treat Fun for ALL !

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 @ 3:52 PM

Many thanks to the Trunk or Treat volunteers and those who donated candy for the event !


Peaceful Quilters

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 2:44 PM

by Sue Griffin -


Displayed at the Welcome Table for the month of November.

Sunday School Fun - Solomon's Temple

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 2:42 PM

Building Solomon's Temple during the 10am Children's Sunday School hour


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