First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
221 North Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008
815-544-6402

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Opportunity for giving

Online Giving Opportunity!

First Presbyterian Church

Here's your opportunity to continue supporting the life and ministry of our family of faith on the corner of Lincoln and Main!

Just click on the link below and let the blessings flow!

You will be glad you did and ministries dedicated to the glory and praise of Jesus will continue!


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Holy Week Schedule

Hi All.

Please see our below schedule of services for Holy Week.

Note that on Maunday Thursday we will be offering a chance for Holy communion. Doors to the church will be open but we ask that the 6 foot distance is respected and we will offer sanitized and individually prepared sacrament and people will walk into the chapel one at a time to receive. Although these are different times, we pray you will not lose sight of Gods continued and biggest blessing- His Son and His love for us all. ❤️⛪️

MAUNDY THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2020
      11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. IN THE CHAPEL
         Communion will be observed (using sanitized & individually wrapped sacrament).
                                 

    COMMUNITY GOOD FRIDAY OBSERVANCE
        April 10th, 2020,  beginning at 12:00 pm.
        "The Seven Last Words of Jesus"
              Featuring Local Pastors
        This will be live-streamed beginning at noon.

    EASTER DAY
        Sunday, April 12, 2020
           The Service will be live streamed at 9:50 a.m.
              If Church is allowed to gather together we will
                 have services at 7:20 and 9:50 a.m.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Live Weekly messages

Hi all! 

We hope you are all well and understand the necessary precautions for social distancing. However, this is a more trying time for many, maybe more than ever. However, there is nothing this world can do to separate us from the love of our Father. So, we want to encourage you and let you know we will stream a live YouTube video of every service weekly on Sundays. There will be a future post as well regarding our Holy season and our plans for such. Please feel free to watch the weekly message in the link below. Whatever you do- do not lose faith. Find ways to spread love to others and ask God to show his love to you. I ask God prayerfully to take these moments and to see the blessings He has-even through desperation. May this be an opportunity for us all to show humanity to one another. May the Lord watch over and protect you with all the saints. In Jesus name. Amen. 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Corona virus precautions

Please view the below note from Pastor in regard to our plans for the current health concerns.

Coronavirus Precautionary Rubrics on the Corner of Lincoln and Main

 A  political ad back in the race between 39 and 40 comes to mind: “Some say there’s a bear in the woods.  Some say there is no bear in the woods.  Isn’t it better to be prepared just in case there’s a bear in the woods?”

 These days seem, uh, rather eschatological; or, at least, bring Jim to mind: “The future’s uncertain and the end is always near!”

 While I am not an expert on this Coronavirus challenge – When I first heard of it, I thought it was a beer shortage in Mexico! – my parents taught me to close doors, turn off the lights, pick up after myself, take out the trash, clean up after myself, wash my hands, avoid mobs, cover my mouth and other personal hygiene habits and common courtesies.

 Pero I am a news junkie and was taught by my best teachers to review a plethora of disparate “experts” from left, right, up and down and all around; and recognize when folks like CNN and Fox agree on anything, there’s truth.  When they disagree so diametrically, there’s just opinion.

 Intersecting reports, analysis and agreement from a plethora of disparate sources have convinced me that the Coronavirus is a serious global ergo national challenge.

 I recognize it is already being politicized with an increasing hyperbolic hysteria fueled by political aspirants along with “real” and “fake” news pseudo-journalists.  Frankly, it is nauseating, pathetic and proves our politicians and kin are more concerned with personal ambition than the public welfare.

 Our responsibility as Christians is to salt, shine and leavenate with grace, mercy and forgiveness wrapped in agape.

 An undershepherd to the Good Shepherd aka sheepdog is called to guide, provide and protect with grace, mercy and forgiveness wrapped in agape.

 The Coronavirus challenge is an opportunity to love Jesus by loving like Jesus with grace, mercy and forgiveness wrapped in agape.

 Redundant?

 Yes.

 “Those who know it best seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.”

 Anyway, with that rambling introduction of our intent to establish some precautionary rubrics on the corner of Lincoln and Main, here’s where we are for the moment; acknowledging this challenge is moving very rapidly and requiring timely responses:

 *Worship remains as regularly scheduled;

 *The church office is closed;

 *Apart from worship and pastoral emergencies, we hope our family will respect the need for “social distancing” and not drop by apart from worship;

 *While worship, weddings and funerals will continue SOP, all other programs, activities and ministries are cancelled/postponed until further notice; including Midweek, Bible studies, Sunday School, Youth Group, Compassion Closet, Circles, AA, church committees, Confirmation Class, potlucks, dinners, bake sales, fundraisers, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and everything else that I forgot to mention;

 *While worship remains as regularly scheduled and will include all elements including a Moment for Children, the sacrament of Holy Communion is suspended until further notice;

 *While worship remains as regularly scheduled, we are not encouraging or dissuading attendance; rather asking everyone, especially the aged and parents of newborns and toddlers, to exercise common sense and pay attention to the intersecting truth through disparate government and news agencies;

 *A slow rebound of worship attendance, programs/activities/ministries and financial support is to be expected.  Noting we have already moved into a financial crisis and there are voices telling folks to be careful about discretionary expenses with the note that worship attendance and financial support for ministries have moved from obligatory to discretionary in America, I anticipate some very, very, very painful days ahead with increased cost-cutting and downsizing measures as one of the lasting ramifications of this challenge;

 *Anticipating a lot of second-guessing, bantering and moaning, transferred anger and pain, defiance and other pejoratives directed at anyone trying to respond responsibly to the challenge, I encourage you to blame me.  I’m used to it and I take full responsibility for these evolving rubrics while thanking our elders and deacons for encouraging my proactive executive decisions;

 *These rubrics will be reviewed constantly and especially on April 1.  I am asking our “Committee” chaired by DB to add Coronavirus challenge consultations avec moi to their docket; and

 *Pastoral care will not be interrupted during this challenge.  Please alert me to hospitalizations and emergencies via drkopp@belvpresbyterian.org, text me at 815-222-9216 or leave a voicemail at 815-544-6402.

 I am sure I have not covered everything.
 We didn’t cover this in any of my worthless degree programs.

 Please remember this is a rapidly developing challenge and opportunity to honor Jesus.

 Our officers have been very helpful in assembling these rubrics and I am sure you will have helpful suggestions as we move through this to victory.

 I know you join me in praying for our world, America, each other and all of God’s children.
 Blessings and Love!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Message from Pastor Bob


"You look frenzied.
 You look frazzled.
Piqued as any Alp.
Flushed and rushed and razzle-dazzled.
Dry you lips.
Damp your scalp.
Now I can see you're in a rut...in disarray.
And I'm not one to but in...but, in fact,
I must say...
If you'd take it easy - trust a while.
You'll pull through in just a while...cause
    you're on the right track."

That's from Stephen Schwartz's Pippin.

Billy's favorite musical!

Even if you're a 44 or 45 idolater or really like the first native American with a real shot at winning on 11/3/20 and accelerating our nation's decline as the satanosly inspired enable increasing distance from our Constitution with its Bill of Rights rooted in Holy Scripture, you may be among the folks that can relate to those lyrics.

God knows we know God knows we're all getting pretty stressed out by what's going down in DC, Springfield, and, gulp, sigh, geez, dang,...even churches and among people who say they love Jesus but can't stop dissing, distancing, divorcing, and seeking to destroy anyone not passing their narcissistic-self-righteous-holier-than-thou-nobody-knows-Jesus-like-I-know-Jesus fidelity litmus tests.

Whoa.

That was a mouthful.

Anyway, as we like to say on the corner of Lincoln and Main, "The answer to every question is Jesus."

Friday, August 2, 2019

New Year!!!!

Get Ready For Midweek!!!


As a new school year begins, so will our Midweek programming. Beginning Wednesday September 11, and every Wednesday thereafter, throughout the school year, we will have a fun night for any and all kiddos aged preschool through 5th grade. Kids will get dinner, games, music and learn about how much God loves us, and how we can spread that same love to others. The programming is from 5-7 pm. Feel free to contact the church office am leave a message for the program director of midweek, for more details. Feel free to watch for updates on our website and Facebook page, as well. (First Presbyterian Church Belvidere)

Blessings and Love! 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Vacation Bible School 2019

VBS is upon us!!!! 

Come register your kiddos for our awesome 5 day program. Kids nursery age through 5th grade can come join us June 9-13 from 6-8:30pm every evening. We will be learning about God’s love for us- even in the toughest times. This is a FREE event. You can register in person or by calling the church office at 815-544-6402.