Sunday, May 8, 2022
Rev. Susan Phillips, Preaching
9:00 Sunday - Online in Zoom
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10:45 Sunday - Onsite in the Sanctuary

6:00 Wednesday - Worship in the Garden
5:30 Social Time
6:00 Worship Service
(weather permitting)

We will continue to mask for one another's well-being.
Wednesday Worship in the Garden has Begun!
Join us in our beautiful garden for Wednesday worship. We gather at 5:30 pm to visit and services begins at 6:00 pm. Pastor Susan and Chaplain Tim lead the services while Emily Wheeler provides music. 
Pastoral Visits
If anyone would like a pastoral visit with Pastor Susan or Chaplain Tim please reach out by email or phone.

Pastor Susan
217-528-4311 ext. 1020

Chaplain Tim
217-528-4311 ext. 1030
Totals for Ukraine Benefit Concert Equals $14,302
First Presbyterian with Grace Lutheran Church hosted a concert to raise funds for relief efforts in Ukraine. The break down of funds received from the Ukraine Benefit Concert is as follows:
        Doctors without Borders $4,187.34
        Lutheran Disaster Relief $4,852.33
        Presbyterian Disaster Relief $5,262.33

Thanks to everyone who donated time, talent, and/or money, we appreciate all of you!
Ukraine Pins and Yard Signs
We have Ukraine pins and yard signs for anyone who might want one (while supplies last).
Best Wishes for Angie Pryer on New Endeavors
This spring, our pianist, Angie Pryer, took a job that leads her in new directions. She is also excited to continue music lessons through her studio. So, after twelve years of accompanying our choir and leading worship, she tendered her resignation, effective May 22nd. 
Renovation Tours
If you would like a tour of the building and want to see the section of the church that is going to be renovated join us on June 19 or July 10 after worship.
Renovation Update
We are excited to have engineers in the building in the past two weeks. Our project is picking up steam! Our Renovation Team looks forward to sharing updated floor plans and drawings with the congregation soon.

We will have special opportunities over the summer for members to tour the building as it is and discuss the changes we anticipate.

Our New Season: Building Community Update
On a related note, our congregation's response to our capital campaign has been fabulously faithful! At five months into our 36 month campaign, we have already reached 44% of our goal. Thank you for your generosity! If you would like to pledge or contribute, our Reach Team members would be happy to speak with you. They are Linda Johnson, David & Margie Palmatier, and Steve Wright.
Tell Us About Our Graduates
We are planning to celebrate our students who are graduating. If you know anyone who is going to be graduating from high school, college or any degree or certificate program please let us know by May 20th. Please email
Iglesia Presbiteriana-Reformada en Sancti Spiritus Celebrates 120 Years of Ministry 
“We thank God for accompanying us this far and for the cloud of witnesses that made the Presbyterian work to remain in the city of Santi Spiritus. May our God continue to bless the way forward.”
Share Your Story
The Evangelism and Communication Committee is seeking church members who are willing to share their story about what led them to become a member of First Presbyterian Church and how that membership provides meaning/purpose for their faith journey. The EC Committee believes our church members’ experiences are the best source of information for those seeking a new faith home. We are seeking volunteers to share their story in a 1-2-minute video clip recorded by Chris Young that will be shared on our church website. To schedule your recording, please email Chris Young directly to arrange a time.
Shelter Meals
Our church will continue to serve an evening meal, once a month, at the SOS homeless shelter. Each team member will provide one of the items, then meet at the shelter and serve the meal to shelter clients. If you would like to help with this, please contact Barb Olson or Chaplain Tim Haworth.   
The Liturgical Arts Festival of Springfield
May 6-15, 2022
The Liturgical Arts Festival is an Interfaith Celebration of the Arts. What are "liturgical arts"? Liturgical arts are cultural expressions of creativity, beauty, and community life: music, dance, drama, poetry, architecture, and visual art. LAFS is inspired by the beautiful diversity of faith traditions within our own community.

Friday, May 13th 6:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church
In the Blink of an Eye: Celebrating Life’s Journey. This is a theatrical presentation of spoken word and music presented by Leigh Steiner and Phil Funkenbusch.

Fair Hills Illinois Presbyterian Home Update & Invitation
In May 1954, the first resident was welcomed to the Illinois Presbyterian Home, Fair Hills Residence. Did you know this ministry was founded by First Presbyterian Church with the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Paul Graebel?

The next decades brought additions and updates to the original building as residents came to call us home and to better meet their needs.

In May 2021 we hosted a Ground Blessing to launch our Building on History construction of Fair Hills Tower Apartments and Fair Hills Cottages, both offering independent living for seniors. We are so grateful for the generosity of individuals and churches for their continued and needed support of service to seniors today and throughout the years!

Please join us at IPH Communities, 2101 W. Lawrence, on May 12, 2022 for a noon Ribbon Cutting with the Chamber of Commerce. We are celebrating the progress in our Mission and Vision. We have new residents in all 16 Cottages, and all but two of the new 11 unit apartment building reserved for move-ins later this summer.

We welcome you to contact Amy Rasing, Director of Development, to learn more about the ways you can support our Mission and schedule a tour of either assisted or independent living, call 217-546-5622 x 1004.
Lots of Excitement at the Fairhills IL Presbyterian Home!
Sidewalks going in for strolls through our new Cottage Village! Sod, seeding and beautiful landscaping next step. Welcome HOME!
MORE Marchers Needed for Pridefest May 21
Our church is again celebrating Pridefest and marching in the parade. Thanks to those who have already signed up. We need more marchers! We would love to have lots of people, both Q+ and straight supporters, adults and kids, marching together. Bring your rainbows! The Pride Parade gathers at 5th and Vine (behind Staabs Funeral Home) at 11:00 and kicks off at 11:30. The parade will march to the event main stage on Capitol Street. Let us know if you can march with us! 

Save the Date - Church Flea Market!
June 4th and 5th we will be holding a flea market in the commons of items that are no longer in use or needed in the church. Details to come later.
Looking for Summer Sanctuary Tour Volunteers
  • VOLUNTEER Opportunity: Greetings from the Evangelism and Communication (EC) Committee. As our church begins to transition itself to a “new normal” following the COVID pandemic, the committee would like to resume Sanctuary Tours this summer. In the past these tours took place 2-3 days per week from 11 AM – 2PM during the months of June through August. Two volunteers are needed each day to serve as docents. Might you be interested?
  •  Are you thinking what the heck is a docent? According to the Oxford Dictionary a docent is a person who acts as a guide, typically on a voluntary basis, in a museum, art gallery, or zoo. Or, in this case, a church!
  •  Is your next thought? This sounds fun! But, you are hesitant because you have never been a docent or led tours before. NO worries! We will have your back by providing training sessions along with all the materials you need to ensure you are well prepared while still having fun telling our church’s story. 
  •  Are you thinking? Hey, I was a docent in the past and sure do miss this ministry! NO worries! Welcome back! We need your knowledge, experience, enthusiasm, and joyful spirit as we begin this important ministry.
  •  So, what is next: If this invitation has tapped your interest and you want to find out more about how you can join the docent team, email Michelle Hastings at We will be in touch to answer any questions and discuss training opportunities and possible schedules.
Evangelism and Communication Committee
Looking to Volunteer?
If you are looking for a way to be more involved in the church, join a committee. Here is a description of each committee. If one speaks to you email and she will put you in touch with the committee chair. READ MORE
Reaching our Staff by Phone
We have new phone and internet systems at work.
Please call 217.528.4311 to reach our staff and use these extensions.

Pastor Susan Phillips ext. 1020

Chaplain Tim Haworth ext. 1030

Administrative Assistant, Michelle Hastings ext. 1010

Bookkeeper, Tara Kaeding ext. 1050

Facilities Manager, Tom Melton ext. 1040
Help Us Keep Our Micropantry Stocked
Stocking our micropantry is a way we love our neighbors. 


Drop off food and hygiene items ANYTIME you want. You may place them directly in the micropantry cabinet or the basket in the narthex.

If you have any questions contact Chaplain Tim at

Thank you!

Share your work with us! We would love to see and display your creativity and talent. Send us your colored pictures (scan, email, regular mail) and we will share them on Sunday mornings and maybe also on our Facebook page.
Tuesday Night Bible Study and Fellowship – New Time, New Study
Our study continues to look at some of the smallest books of the New Testament. Even though they are small, they pack a powerful message. Each lesson is self-contained and will cover a different book weekly. 

Please remember that we have moved our Zoom Bible study time to 6:00 PM (from 6:30 PM). Our study will last until 7:15 PM. Then, those who would like to join in a post-study fellowship time will meet at a local eatery at 7:30 PM.

Here is the link. Please make note of the change in start time.

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All events are via Zoom unless otherwise specified.
Building and Grounds Committee Meeting 4:00 Commons

Tuesday Night Bible Study 6:00

Wednesday Worship with Communion 6:00 Commons
Mission Committee Meeting 7:00 Commons

Finance Committee Meeting 6:00
Cuba Partnership Meeting 7:00

Liturgical Arts Festival 6:00 Sanctuary

Choir Practice 9:15 Commons
Rev. Susan Phillips to lead worship in zoom at 9:00, sanctuary 10:45

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Church Contact Information
Pastor Susan Phillips
217.528.431 ext. 1020

Chaplain Tim Haworth
217.528.431 ext. 1030

Bookkeeper, Tara Kaeding
217.528.431 ext. 1050

Office Manager, Michelle Hastings
217.528.431 ext. 1010
321 South Seventh Street, Springfield | 217-528-4311
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