Weekday Email to Members and Friends – 2020-05-21

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Thursday May 21st 2020
A Weekday Emailer from
Matt Matthews
To Members and Friends of 
First Presbyterian Church
Champaign, Illinois
Dear Friends,
Last night’s concert was great. The Gathering Band rocked it. Such beautiful songs. So uplifting. Such fun. If you missed it, go to our Facebook page and watch at your convenience. Whew, that was fun. 
Remember, every Wednesday evening at 7:00 we are attempting to gather the flock for prayer, study, conversation, music . . . something. Call it our weekly, Wednesday Potluck. Our Spiritual Formation (Ken Chapman), Worship (Judi Geistlinger), and Mission (Rachel Matthews) teams are working together on this offering. Please be in touch if you have ideas. See you next Wednesday with Rachel Matthews leading a Bible study and discussion of the book of Joel. (She might even quote Billy Joel.)
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Pray for your Session. They meet tonight. We’ll be praying for you.
Some of you might be ready to connect with other church people for study, fellowship, and mission. Consider this, today:
Compassion, Peace and Justice. This ‘ChristCare Group’ meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 11:15 AM- 12:30 PM. 
This from convener Rittchell Yau: May 21st we begin discussion of He Calls Me Friend by John M. Perkins. You are welcome to join us on the 21st and catch up on reading the book later. Micah 6:8 and Isaiah 6:8 serve as key scripture that guide our focus as we explore a variety of issues and topics related to compassion, peace and justice.      
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CU-Better Together Coming together to fight hunger and give hope to school families in need. Here is the sign up for the Interfaith Alliance. Please share widely. Thank you!
Good Word:
Proverbs 1:7 (King James Version)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Let us pray:
Give me, O my Lord,
that purity of conscience
which alone can receive your inspirations.
My ears are dull,
so that I cannot hear your voice.
My eyes are dim,
so that I cannot see the signs of your presence. You alone can quicken my hearing
and purge my sight,
and cleanse and renew my heart.
Teach me to sit at your feet
and to hear your word. Amen. 
[John Henry Newman (1801–1890)]
Much, much love to you all.
Matt Matthews
Cell: 864.386.9138
Just for fun. We’ll see live music in person again.