May 21, 2023

Reverend Susan Phillips, leading

9:00 Sunday - Online in Zoom


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Meeting ID: 856 7771 8426

 10:45 Sunday - Onsite in the Sanctuary

Register Here

Please join us for coffee fellowship

following the sanctuary service in the commons.


5:30 Wednesday Worship in the Garden


We encourage those who might be vulnerable to wear masks

and anyone with symptoms to join worship via Zoom.

Come March with Us at Pridefest May 20!


Let’s fill the street this year with our biggest group of marchers yet! Anyone and everyone (you don’t have to be a church member) can march with us in the Pridefest Parade. It is our most public opportunity to show our church’s love and support for LGBTQIA+ folks in our community.


You don’t have to sign up to march. Just show up at 11:00! Folks are gathering on South 5th Street by Staab Funeral Home. You can park at the Chicago Title building (1043 S. 5th) or at the church and walk down. If you have a First Presbyterian shirt, wear it with pride. To find us, look for our First Presbyterian banners and folks in our T-shirts. Enjoy the experience!

Come Visit our Pridefest Booth


After the parade or anytime from 12:00 – 6:00 come visit our booth. The booth will be located near the corner of Fifth and Capitol. 


We are offering blessings for those who wish to receive them. We have a photo op in front of angel wings. And we have a large assortment of tchotchke’s (stickers, bookmarks, magnets, Ukraine pins, brochures) for you to take home. 


Join us for Worship in the Garden!

Join us in our beautiful garden for Wednesday worship. Service begins at 5:30 pm. Pastor Susan, Chaplain Tim, and Emily Wheeler guide us in worship each week.

Sign Up for the Morning Crew

We are looking for early rising individuals with a heart for our neighbors to be a part of our morning crew. Volunteers will join Michelle Wilson at 7:30 a.m. as she opens up the garden area. As the weather warms we often encounter individuals who have taken shelter in our garden overnight. Morning crew volunteers will positively interact with our neighbors while encouraging them to start their day. Volunteers also assist Michelle in cleaning up the garden area. We are currently looking for volunteers available either Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday mornings. If you are interested or have questions please contact Chaplain Tim Haworth.

Honoring Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day we are updating our list of veterans. If anyone is currently serving or if there is a new member whose family needs to be added to the list please email Michelle@LincolnsChurch.org by May 23rd.

Shelter Meal Volunteers

For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me In.

Matthew 25:35

We are looking for volunteers to join our shelter meal teams. We usually do two meals a month. 2nd Tuesday of the month for Helping Hands.

4th Tuesday for Overflow Shelter (Salvation Army).

If it blesses you to help feed our neighbors, please join us. You can assist with the preparation of the meals, serving, visiting or all of the above. If you are interested or have questions, please see Keith Dhom or Frank Schultz. 

Contributions to the Pentecost Offering

We are there to create opportunities for young people to grow, thrive and take part in building up the body of Christ through our gifts to the Pentecost Offering. Please consider making a generous gift to the Pentecost Offering, which helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children. 40% of the Pentecost offering is retained by our congregation, helping fund our Mission Committee's on going support of students at Matheny-Withrow School. The remaining 60% is used to support children-at-risk, youth, and young adults through ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

You can still contact us!

Even though some of us may not always be in the building you can reach us by phone at home.

Just dial 217-528-4311

and put in the extension of the person you are trying to reach.

Pastor Susan x1020

Chaplain Tim x1030

Bookkeeper (Tara) x1050

Church Office (Michelle) x4

Facilities Manager (Tom) x1040

Please Keep Us Informed

If you are in the hospital please let us know so that we can visit and pray for you.

Springfield Choral Society

Answering God’s call begins with a heartfelt prayer for faith

by Leisa TonieAnn Wagstaff | Special to Presbyterian News Service

I always knew—as simple as this—that God was calling me to full-time ministry. Growing up in a rural and traditional African-American faith setting, however, I could not imagine opportunities for a future in ministry. The people who had answered God’s call were all preachers—and all men. I remember begging God to not make me be a preacher, for I did not want to be the lone female. The only other option I was aware of was to become a nun.


Mission co-worker Leisa Wagstaff discusses clean water at a school in South Sudan. Photo by Sharon Kandel.

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.

Image by gstudioimagen1 on Freepik

Tuesday Bible Study will not meet on May 23 or

May 30.


Richard A.

Blake A.

Sarah W.

All events are via Zoom unless otherwise specified.




PrideFest Parade 11:00 5th & Allen in Springfield


Reverend Susan Phillips to lead Service 9:00 Zoom

Reverend Susan Phillips to lead Service 10:45 Sanctuary


Wednesday Worship 5:30 Garden (weather permitting)


Session Meeting 6:30


Reverend Susan Phillips to lead Service 9:00 Zoom

Reverend Susan Phillips to lead Service 10:45 Sanctuary

NOTE: Links to all events are attached to items on the church calendar .

If you click on the Zoom link in the calendar the invitation will open.

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 #.

Worship Attendance

Last Week

Zoom = 24

Sanct. =

Wed. = 12

Total =

Apr. 2023

Zoom = 187

Sanct. = 377

Wed. = 28

Total = 592

Apr. 2022

Zoom = 181

Sanct. = 318

Wed.= 29

Total = 528

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

Our church numbers reach us even while we are working remotely.

Pastor Susan Phillips


217.528.4311 X 1020

Chaplain Tim Haworth


217.528.4311 X 1030

Bookkeeper, Tara Kaeding


217.528.4311 X 1050

Administrative Assistant, Michelle Hastings


217.528.4311 X 4

321 South Seventh Street • Springfield, IL •  217.528.4311


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