Street Signs Point
the Way to First Presbyterian Church
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[November 13, 2008]
-- New street signs now
direct travelers to The First Presbyterian Church at Pekin and
Ottawa Streets. Founded in 1857, First Presbyterian Church has
undergone at renaissance under the leadership of the Reverend
Phillip Blackburn who came to Lincoln four years ago.
previous service to churches in Scotland, Texas, Oklahoma and
Indianapolis, Indiana, Phillip Blackburn brought new style of
preaching to First Presbyterian Church. His sermons are delivered
"away from the pulpit" and at the congregation's eye level.
Blackburn's preaching style is relevant, direct and often filled
First Presbyterian Church's worship has been enlivened by the
rebuilding of its historic pipe organ. The rebuilt organ complements
the church's choir, which is led by Ms. Julie Kasa. Both organ and
choir will have a central role in a special Christmas cantata that
will be sung at 10 a.m. on Sunday, December 21.
Not content with its revitalized worship and preaching, First
Presbyterian Church has also reached out the community through
service to flood-battered western Illinois and to Lincoln through
the recent "Together for Lincoln" project. First Presbyterian Church
members helped new students move into Lincoln College and members
are tutoring students at Washington-Monroe School again this year.
The church will host dinners for the Lincoln Lady Railers basketball
team and members are actively involved in the Pink Shutter and the
Lincoln-Logan Food Bank.
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One of the most exciting ventures at First Presbyterian Church is
its "In Joy" and "Celebration" programs. People from through the
community gather at 6 p.m. on Wednesday evenings in the church at
301 Pekin Street to worship in a contemporary service filled with
skits and spirited music. Participants then enjoy a meal prepared by
First Presbyterian members. The Celebration program builds
relationships through interactive discussion of the parables of
Jesus. Everyone is welcome to participate in the Wednesday night
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