Join us for an afternoon of amazing music, featuring our own Mark DeZwaan and JiHyun Kim. The concert will feature all types of music: classical, jazz, ragtime, boogie-woogie, and four-hand piano. Following the concert there will be time for fellowship, food, and conversation. This is the first in a series of musical events at the church. You won't want to miss this!
Current News of the Congregation
In honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, we will again have our annual blessings of the animals worship service. Invite a friend, bring your pets to this casual service, and receive a special blessing. As usual, the service will focus on the beauty of God's creation and our responsibility to care for it. Elder Bill Boyle will lead this special service.
Since 1934, several Christian denominations have celebrated the first Sunday in October as World Communion Sunday. This special celebration of the Lord's Supper reminds us of the unity of the Church and encourages us toward ecumenical cooperation with other Christian denominations. Following our regular service of worship, we will have our customary soup and bread lunch. Please bring a pot of your favorite soup or bread to share.
During this Sunday's worship service, we will celebrate the baptism of Merrit Elizabeth Kipp Prendergast, daughter of Dan and Ann (Kipp) Prendergast, and granddaughter of BCPF members, John and Mary George Kipp. Following the service, the Kipps will host a catered brunch for everyone in attendance. What a great Sunday this will be!
Join us for worship on this Pentecost Sunday, when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church. You are especially encouraged to wear red for this service; it is the liturgical color of Pentecost! In addition, we will take up the annual Pentecost offering for the Presbyterian Church (USA). This special offering supports work with at-risk youth in our community, nation, and world.
Join us for a potluck lunch following worship to say farewell to Molly DeWitt. She concludes her year-long supervised ministry placement at BCPF as our Associate Pastor Intern. She looks forward to a summer filled with activities at Camp Pyoca, and will return to Christian Theological Seminary next fall to finish the last year of her Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree program. Join us for this celebration of Molly's fine work with us!
Everyone is welcome to join us for our Easter breakfast and worship service. Our potluck breakfast will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by our worship at 10:00 a.m. Bring your friends and family to enjoy good food, special music, and a celebration of the good news of the resurrection.
Please join us for our annual Maundy Thursday service in Fellowship Hall. This year we will return to our traditional tenebrae service, blending a scriptural re-telling of the Passion story with hymn singing. Join us for this deeply meditative experience in preparation for Easter.
Join us for a potluck lunch following worship! Molly DeWitt will be preaching worship that day, and her family will be visiting from Logansport. The church will supply a main dish and drinks; please bring a side dish or dessert to share. This will be a great opportunity for fellowship and sharing as we enter Holy Week.
The annual congregational meeting will be held after worship. Included in that meeting will be the annual report for 2016, the election of church officers, and a review of the 2017 budget. Please join us and be informed about what the past year has been and what the next year will be!
Join us for our candlelight Christmas Eve service. In the stillness of the night, we will welcome the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. This will be a service of lessons and carols, including readings from Scripture and song, and will tell the story of salvation. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Join us for our annual Christmas party following worship! We will have a potluck lunch (with ham and drinks provided), so please bring a salad, side or dessert. And, we will have our customary "Dirty Santa" gift exchange. Please also bring a wrapped gag gift and join in the fun. This is a great time every year!
The annual concert of the Brown County Classical Guitar Society will be held at our church on Saturday, December 10, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Come and hear beautiful music played by Ginni Bullard and her fellow musicians. A reception will follow again this year.
Come and join the celebration for Bob Young's 70th birthday! There will be a catered dinner, lots of music, and fun filling Fellowship Hall. He asks that you not bring gifts for him, but come prepared to donate a little something to the musicians: Mark DeZwaan and Jihyun Kim will wow us on the piano, and Mac Bellner and crew will offer their wonderful folk music. You won't want to miss this celebration!
For the next two weeks the bathroom adjacent to Fellowship Hall will be under renovation to make it accessible to persons with disabilities. While this will be a bit of an inconvenience, it is a much-needed improvement. Thanks to the BCPF Trustees who are supervising this project!
Join us for a potluck lunch after worship today! During the lunch, we will celebrate the Lord's Supper as part of this communal meal, as most historians believe the early church did. The church will provide ham and drinks; please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Even if you can't bring anything, please join us!
The November meeting of the BCPF Session will be held in Fellowship Hall beginning at 7:00 p.m. We will review the current financial reports, hear reports on the various ministries, and consider the slate of nominees for church offices for 2017. All are welcome to attend this meeting.
After church today, we will have a potluck lunch to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Bill and Cheryl Boyle. They are providing the fried chicken and a cake. If you are able, please bring a side dish to share. Several friends of their from various county civic organizations will also join the celebration. Come, and help us celebrate the gift of long marriage!
BCPF will have the privilege of hosting the ordination of Jaeseok Park to the office of Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Originally for Ulsan, Korea, Jaeseok earned his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2013. Living now in Bloomington, he has completed candidacy for ordination and will begin serving a church very soon. In addition to hosting the ordination service, BCPF will provide a dessert reception following. This is a wonderful reminder of the connectional church to which our congregation belongs!
The Associate Pastor Intern at BCPF for 2016-2017, Molly DeWitt, will preach and lead worship on this Sunday. Molly is a second-year student at Christian Theological Seminary in the M.Div. degree program, preparing for a vocation in ministry through the church. A life-long Presbyterian, she is under care for ordination in the Presbytery of Arkansas. Come and support this young woman of faith and leader in the church. She will bring a word of challenge and hope!
"All creatures of our God and King, lift up your voices and with us sing!" Wear your casual clothes, bring your critters, and join us for our service of Blessing of the Animals. This annual celebration honors the feat day of St. Francis of Assisi, and reminds us of the wonder of God's creation and calls us to greater responsibility in caring for it. Each animal also will receive a special blessing during this service. We will have the service on the front porch of the church, so watch the weather and dress accordingly!
Today BCPF will celebrate World Communion Sunday. A tradition begun in 1933 by the Presbyterian Church, this celebration now includes many denominations and churches across the world. It acknowledges the global unity of the church and urges all Christians toward ecumenical cooperation, especially in ministries of peace and global justice. A special offering will be received to support this work through the Presbyterian Church (USA). Come and join us for this special Sunday!
Workers from Reardon Carpet will be at the church all day installing new carpet in Fellowship Hall and several other areas of the church. Many thanks to Cathy Junken who provided the initial vision, and to Pete Bullard and Bill Chapin for carrying the project through to completion.
Pastor Scott will be in Ann Arbor, Michigan, preaching at First Presbyterian Church. The congregation is celebrating its 190th anniversary, having been founded more than ten years before Michigan was a state! He has worked with the pastoral staff to construct a worship service much as it might have been in 1826. His message is based on Matthew 25:14-30, and is entitled "The Fearful Investor." Feel free to visit the church's website at http://firstpresbyterian.org.
Brown County Presbyterian Fellowship will host an Appreciation Dinner are all those who made this year's "On the Road Again" event of God's Grace such a huge success. Thanks to more than 70 volunteers, 486 children each received clothes, shoes, and hygiene products in preparation for the start of school. If you are a member of BCPF and would like to provide a salad, side dish, or dessert, please speak with Mary Kilgore or Pastor Scott. There is a sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall.