November 20, 2022

Reverend Susan Phillips, leading

9:00 Sunday - Online in Zoom


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Meeting ID: 856 7771 8426

 Onsite in the Sanctuary

10:45 Sunday

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6:00 Wednesday Worship

5:30 Social Time

6:00 Worship Service


For the health and well being of everyone,

we recommend masking while in the building.

Exciting Renovation News!

Approval of First Presbyterian Church to borrow up to $6.5 million from the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program passed with 49 yes votes and 6 no votes. The Presbytery of Great Rivers has also approved our loan. Thanks be to God!

The Greater Springfield Interfaith Association's annual Interfaith Thanksgiving service is coming up THIS Sunday evening @ 7 PM. Their theme is 'We Count Our Blessings" and will take place at First Congregational Church (2100 S. Bates) in Springfield as well as on Zoom (click here for zoom link). Come be part of this beautiful celebration and gift of the interfaith relationships in our community. They'll announce this year's Humanitarian of the Year award. Through song, art and inspirational world, we'll embrace gratitude as a way of progressing and journeying together.

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Meeting ID: 830 1735 4599

Passcode: 201685

November is Transgender Awareness Month

November is Transgender Awareness Month, a time to honor, celebrate, and advocate for our transgender and gender diverse community. The month culminates with the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20.

Locally, the Phoenix Center will host a Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial on November 20th at 6:00 PM in front of OUT on Adams (413 E. Adams). 

Hanging of the Greens

Join us this Tuesday November 22 at 5:30 in the sanctuary. If you like decorating we could use your help!

We need volunteers to provide hospitality. Please contact Tim Haworth if you are available to help.

Join us for FREE Lunchtime concerts on Wednesdays during Advent.

Brown bag lunch available for $5.00 or bring your own lunch to enjoy.

Wednesday November 30th features Wild Columbine.

Christmas Ornaments

If you haven't already received your Christmas ornament we have one that has your name on it at church. It is our gift to you.

IL Symphony Orchestra to perform at

First Presbyterian Church Friday December 2 at 7:30

The ISO will perform "Magically Mozart!" featuring Rei Hotoda, conductor, and Brian Goodwin, horn.


Sign Up Now for Daily Advent Devotionals


“Advent is a holy time, a time of pondering and praying, a time to reflect on the Christ Child sent into our world to show God’s love for us. As we consider this gift of God’s love, we are also called to think about how we in turn are to live in our world.”  ~Rev. Dr. Maureen Paterson


For the upcoming holiday season, we are pleased to offer a daily devotional book, Kindling the Flame of Love: A Celtic Advent Devotional. In the Celtic tradition the advent season is 40 days (the same as the season of Lent). Therefore, the first devotion will be on November 15.


There are three ways you can participate. 

  • You can download a pdf copy of book to your computer by clicking here.
  • You can request a hard copy of the book by clicking here.
  • You can sign up here to receive a new devotion each day via email starting November 14.

Prayer Chain Ministry

Is praying one of your spiritual gifts? Prayer can be very powerful and through this ministry people are given hope, peace, comfort, etc. We would like to start the prayer chain ministry again. If you are interested in praying for others please contact Michelle.

Tuesday Bible/Book Study at 6:00

The Tuesday Night Bible Study will not meet next week. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!

Faith, Fiber and Fellowship

Faith Fiber and Fellowship needs extra hands Friday Dec. 2 to fill the bags of goodies for students at Matheny-Withrow. Just come and we will put you to work. 

Need for Men’s Underwear

Helping Hands has put out a call for men’s underwear, new, any size or style. As the weather turns cold, more folks will be seeking shelter and will appreciate the opportunity to have a shower and a pair of clean underwear. There will be a box in the church narthex labeled Helping Hands for you to drop them off. Or call Kathy Johnson at 832.729.0357 who would be happy to come and pick them up.

Volunteer Opportunities at the Illinois Presbyterian Home

There are many ways to feel rewarded in this world! One of them is to volunteer your time at the Illinois Presbyterian Home. Many varied opportunities exist-- including answering phones, greeting at the front desk, driving the van, reading to residents,  participating in Sunday afternoon ice cream parties and MORE! Current volunteers from our church are Nancy Ashbaugh and Candy Thornton. 

Call IPH 217.546.5622 for more information! 

Kids Activity Page

Click on this link for a fun activity page. Check back each week for a new activity page.

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.

Pat S.

Wilma H.

Bill E.

Noah N.

Nadine F.

Kaelynn R.

Karly R.

All events are via Zoom unless otherwise specified.




Hanging of the Greens 5:30 sanctuary


No Wednesday Worship 


Church closed for Thanksgiving


Church closed for Thanksgiving


Chaplain Tim Haworth to lead worship, 1st Sunday in Advent zoom 9:00, sanctuary 10:45

NOTE: Links to all events are attached to items on the church calendar found at https://www.lincolnschurch.org/calendar. If you click on any item in the calendar, the Zoom invitation will open.

Sunday Attendance

Last Week

Zoom = 24

Sanct. = 56

Wed. = 9

Total = 89

Oct. 2022

Zoom = 124

Sanct. = 289

Garden = 37

Total = 450

Oct. 2021

Zoom = 230

Sanct. = 160

Garden = 40

Total = 430

How to Join a Zoom Meeting

From your computer, cell phone or tablet:

Click the link provided.

To join a Zoom meeting via telephone:

Dial number given for the meeting. You will be prompted to enter the meeting ID provided followed by #.

Different Ways to Give

Thank you to everyone that shares in the Joy of Generosity at First Presbyterian! There are several ways to support our ministries and many ministries to support. In order to ensure your gift is credited to the correct fund, please take a moment to include the following information when making a donation:

  1. Writing a check – Add the fund name in the memo section (Capital Campaign, Peacemaking, Samaritan Ministry, etc.)
  2. Online portal – Select “Other Donations” when entering the amount then enter the name of the fund in the Notes section
  3. Text giving – Text “$10 CC” to 217-284-2546, this example is a $10 donation for the Capitol Campaign fund. Other commonly used text codes are: Pledge, SM (Samaritan Ministries), Donate (Non-pledge), Peace, Joy, OGHS, Pentecost and BB (Brown Bag)

Church Contact Information

Pastor Susan Phillips


217.528.4311 ext. 1020

Chaplain Tim Haworth


217.528.4311 ext. 1030

Bookkeeper, Tara Kaeding


217.528.4311 ext. 1050

Administrative Assistant, Michelle Hastings


217.528.4311 ext. 4

321 South Seventh Street • Springfield, IL •  217.528.4311


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