... Rev. Beth Wagner








Transitional Pastor, the Reverend M. Elizabeth (Beth) Wagner, brings us many gifts from her extensive experience serving churches in transition, and we are excited to have called her to help us explore our own possibilities for mission and ministry.
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Worship Times

Sunday Worship
10:30 a.m.
- in the Sanctuary -

Wednesday Eve Worship
September - May
5:30 p.m.
- in the Chapel -

Summer Chapel

will not begin in June this year. Future dates to be announced.

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Office Hours

Church Office
(ring bell at portico-covered door)
Monday — Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Samaritan Ministries
(ring bell at so. west ramped door)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
9:00 a.m. to noon

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Staff Listing

We invite you
to visit our
staff listing page

Contact us:
321 S. Seventh Street Springfield, IL 62701
tele: 217.528.4311


News and Events

Session Call for Special Congregational Meeting

The Session has called for a special Congregational Meeting of First Presbyterian Church/Springfield for Sunday, August 30 - immediately following the worship hands & dove | ©2015 iStockphoto.comservice. The purpose of the meeting is to act on a report from the Congregational Nominating Ministry Committee regarding the election of Deacons as servant-leaders for First Presbyterian Church. Visitors are welcome to attend the Congregational Meeting, but only members of the congregation may vote.

note | ©2015 iStockphoto.comMinistry-Committee Budget Requests Due

Every ministry-committee must submit a budget request for the upcoming year – so that the Finance Ministry-Committee and the Session is able to plan the church budget for next year. Report forms are available from the church office.

Rally Day - for all ages
Sunday School Kick-off
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— in the Commons

Children's Sunday School

Informational Meeting for Parents

— in the Youth Classroom
(at the top of the west/parking lot staircase, to the right of the drinking fountain)

This fall, we invite the children of First Presbyterian Church to celebrate God's gracious delight in Creation and to visit the families of Abraham and Sarah. Together, we will see that God repeatedly makes unlikely choices in the midst of stories of human love, betrayal, trust, and reconciliation. Grace confounds expectations and dares us to trust in God's ancient promises. Through a variety of activities and projects, together we will learn about and grow in God's grace.

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Younger Adult Fellowship:
Theology on Tap
- Call for location, as it varies -

Join us as we continue Martin Luther's tradition of talking theology, life, and whatever else is on our minds over food and drink at a local restaurant.

Contact Jennifer Hardin (217.528.4311, ext. 209) for location and other information.

First Presbyterian Church Docents
Annual Summer Sanctuary Tours

— in the sanctuary
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Docents conduct tours of our church sanctuary, sharing about the history of our church, the connection First Presbyterian Church has to Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, the Tiffany and Willet Studios windows, the Brombaugh Opus 35 Pipe Organ, and the programs of our church. Most importantly, visitors learn that First Presbyterian Church is a real, active, working church in an urban environment – not only a historic site.

Are you interested in becoming a docent? If you have a few free hours during the week, enjoy meeting new people and would like to share information about our church with people you've never met, we have a place for you! All you need is a friendly smile. Contact Randy Wiseman to join.

– In Concert on Thursdays –
The Lincoln Troubadours

— in the sanctuary
Stop by to listen to The Lincoln Troubadors, a vocally talented group of young people who sing a cappella 19th Century music.


First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir Practice

begins Wednesday, September 9 | 6:45 - 8:30 p.m. Practice will continue throughout the season on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Meet choir director Becky Kemp in the choir room, lower level of the sanctuary.

Benchmarks Adult Bible Study Class Ends
Dear friends, It is with deep regret that I have decided that I cannot teach the Benchmarks class in the coming year. A couple of health issues are rearing their ugly heads at the Kelson Estate. The better part of wisdom shouts "Slow down! I will deeply miss our Tuesday meetings, our sharing, our prayer time. I'll even miss the preparation.

What started out to be a six-month program has stretched into better than six years! Now the months ahead are so unpredictable that I feel the need for ultimate fleibility -- I think that's the definition for being a blob!

I hope to see all of you at Sunday morning services at First. You each will continue in my prayers, and we covet yours.

Peace and Joy!

Coffee Hour Volunteers
are needed to provide light refreshments after church. Menus to serve 45-50 people for $25 - $30 are available, if you need suggestions. Coffee Hour Fellowship gives us all an opportunity to get to know new members and visitors. It is our time to make everyone feel welcome. Please sign up in the Commons.

Sunday Chapel, Wednesday Evening Worship
and the Wednesday Children's Choir is on hiatus for this summer.

Parking Tokens
for the Sixth & Capital Herndon Parking Garage are available from the deacon secretary and assistant deacon secretary.

First Presbyterian Church of Springfield, Illinois, is an inclusive community of faith.

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