Thank you for joining us today! We hope you’ll return for Worship on Sunday, January 15, 2023, at the 11:00am English service in the Sanctuary or for the 11:00am Korean service in McMillen Chapel. Both services are also available to attend remotely via live stream on the website at, or on YouTube.


Monthly Food Pantry Collection: The Food Pantry relies on your donated food or money to support its program of feeding families caught in crisis situations. First Pres Hunger Relief will be collecting food at the 11:00 service on Sunday, January 15, 2023. Food items and monetary donations may also be left at the church office during the week.

The First Presbyterian Church food needs are: chicken noodle soup (any size), peanut butter, canned fruit (pears, peaches, fruit cocktail in syrup, etc.), spaghetti noodles or elbow macaroni, boxed or bagged mashed potato mix, spaghetti sauce (cans), corned beef hash.

All three agencies are requesting gently-used plastic grocery bags (no holes) which they use for distribution of the food items. We prayerfully hope that you will find it in your hearts to support these efforts.

Rescue Mission Meal Cookie and Cornbread Collection:

The reservation book is in the front office to sign up for the Rescue Mission cookies and cornbread. Please bring your contributions to the church by the third Sunday, January 15th, 2023.

Children, Youth, and Families

Nursery Available for Infants thru Pre-School: Jesus loves the little children, and we do, too! Should you decide that today would be a good time to explore the nursery, your child is always invited to drop in. Ask the office volunteer for a key fob and directions, and our skilled child care employees will be excited to welcome your child while you worship.

Sunday School For Kindergarten through 5th grade: Today is a super special Sunday, so

we aren’t having Sunday School. However, we’d love for you to join us next week!


Table Talk: Table talk will resume regularly scheduled meetings January 11, 2023. The group will continue to meet via Zoom. We Wil begin a new book Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman (1976). Although published a while ago, it was a favorite of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

You are welcome to check the public library or purchase the book on your own. Amazon shows it at $15. If you are interested in joining in please contact Marcie Weissner at or Marj Sapp at

Memoirs Class: The new 6-week Memoirs Class will begin on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. The class will meet from 2:30 pm-4:30 pm in the Session Room. It’s a great way to become motivated to write some of your life’s stories and to listen to the stories that people are comfortable sharing during our time together. This fellowship will be a time of pure joy as we work together and learn about each other.

The HeBrews: Hey fellas, this one is for you! If you’ve been looking for a laid-back way to connect and break into John Pavlovitz’s book A Bigger Table with over 20, 30, or 40-ish guys in the church community, HeBrews is for you. Join Pastor Max and Rev. An on Sunday mornings for coffee and conversation beginning on January 15th. We’ll gather at 9:45 AM and then head to worship following. Look for more details, like topics, childcare, room choice, etc., coming your way soon.

And moms, don’t be discouraged. We have something up our sleeve for you,

too! (“Momosas,” perhaps? Hmmm) If you’d be interested in helping this take root, please let Pastor Max or Pastor Carrie know.

Ecological Midweek Study: In preparation for our next Tough Talk, we will have a three- week study into Trisha Tull’s book titled Inhabiting Eden: Christians, The Bible, and The Ecological Crisis. This study will be held on January 18th, January 25th, and February 1st from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. culminating in the Tough Talk, which will be held on February 8th all through Zoom. In these discussions, we will explore various topics discussed throughout the book in preparation for Trisha Tull’s Tough Talk. For more information, contact Pastor Max Michaels ( before the study, and he will make arrangements to set you up for the meeting.

The Arts

Biennial Parish Art Exhibition: Calling all First Presbyterian artists—painters and potters, poets and short story writers, sculptors and fiber artists—all you creative people! The First Presbyterian Biennial Parish Art Exhibition will be this coming spring, March 24-May 21.

Start thinking about what you’d like to exhibit. Get out the paints! Fire up the kiln! Stitch or write away these winter days! Of course you may exhibit anything that has not been in a previous parish show.

We will start collecting art work March 1. Watch for future information bulletins. Contact Sarah Savage with any questions:, 260-482-5112.

Purdue Bells Concert: On Sunday, January 15th at 4:00pm, the Handbell Musicians of America in our region will be hosting an Inspiring College Event handbell concert in the Theatre. College students from the region and Purdue Bells will be traveling to Fort Wayne to rehearse and present this concert under the direction of Joe Gaylon. The concert is free and open to the public.

Fellowship – Dinner Groups

Downtown Dinner Group: It’s that time again! Dinner Time! The Downtown Dinner Group will meet on Monday, January 9, 2023 at 5:30pm at Hall’s Guest House (305 E. Superior St.). Please RSVP to Joyce McGiffin at (260) 409-2426 or by email at All are welcome and we hope to see you there!

North Dinner Group: Call me, but don’t call me late for dinner! Be sure to join the North Dinner Group on Monday January 9, 2023 at 5:30pm for dinner at The Factory Restaurant (5811 Coldwater Road). Please RSVP to Sondra Mergenthal at (260)437-9892 or by email at We look forward to seeing you!

South Dinner Group: Do you hear that? It’s the sound of the dinner bell! Please join the South Dinner Group for dinner at Hall’s Tavern at Coventry (5747 Coventry Lane) on Monday, January 9, 2023, at 5:30pm. We look forward to fellowship with you!

Additional Notes

Stephen Ministry: The Stephen Ministry Support Group will meet on January 11 from 7:30 – 9:30 via zoom. This is to accommodate a Stephen Minister Leader who has another meeting at church that night.

Faith, Fibers, and Fellowship: We will continue to meet following the same schedule through 2023. Monday in room 302. Set up from 2:00pm-3:00pm and meeting from 3:00pm- 5:00pm. Look for all meeting times in the calendar online or on the back of the bulletin.

Be sure to look for your favorite ongoing class or activity in the calendar on the back page! Bible studies, faith and fibers, table talks, exercise, will be listed there every week.

Hearing Loop: To use the “Hearing Loop” during the service, please switch your hearing aid or cochlear device to the “T,” T-Coil or telephone position. For questions, please call Bill Patterson at 260-609-9696.

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