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The Rev. Nelson Lumm visits our pulpit for the celebration and evokes fond memories!

L-R, The Rev. Nelson Lumm, the Rev. Tiffany McCafferty and State Senator Tonya Shuitmaker


Children  part of the celebration church service

One of our own, The Rev. Jacob Bolton, delivers a message for our 175th Anniversary celebration.
































































We couldn't have a celebration without food - thank you Kitchen Crew for EVERYTHING!
We couldn't have a celebration without food - thank you Kitchen Crew for EVERYTHING!
The Rev. Tiffany McCafferty taking us into our future!
The Rev. Tiffany McCafferty taking us into our future!
















































It may be 2018, but these pics could be from 175 years ago!




























First Presbyterian Church of Paw Paw  is having its 175th anniversary!   First established in September of 1843, and the second oldest church in Paw Paw (the Methodist Church is the oldest), we are planning events throughout the spring and summer.

We held our church's 175th Congregational Meeting, which included a beautifully presented talk on our church's heritage by Judith Haefner. Our anniversary celebration "kick-off" included a reception and the hanging of our new anniversary "banner" designed by Rick Diemer, along with a display of some historical items.  

Event celebrations will also include sharing of old photographs & memorabilia, Vintage clothing from different eras (let us know if you have any),  a written Addendum to the "150 Years" booklet from 1993, and events to conjure up lots of memories and good times for many members and friends of the congregation. 


A "grand finale" celebration in the fall, will also include the church's participation in the Wine & Harvest Parade in September.  Watch your bulletins, emails, and read the up-coming newsletters to keep up with all of the plans.





























































Trunk or Treat 2017!


SOOOOOO much fun for the whole neighborhood! We had a great turnout for the TRUNKS, and a lot of families came out for the TREATS!

Thanks everyone!



























Church Potluck September - it was great to see everyone!


























































Old-Fashioned Picnic and Church Reunion Held July 30!

We held our old-fashioned church picnic at Tyler Field and Playground.


We invited everyone who has ever been part of our church, and our family and friends. 

We played games and activities including


  • Cornhole contest
  • Vollyball
  • Croquet
  • Bocci Ball
  • Dumpster Hocky
  • Balloon-toss contest and much more!












Other Past Events

Lenten Fair

Palm Sunday - the gates of Jerusalem (outside of Fellowship Hall),  was held a Lenten Fair with foods, games, activities and areas reminiscent of a marketplace in Jerusalem the day Jesus entered. 














Euchre Party


What a fun night of cards!  We change tables, so you get to play with lots of different people.




 a new winner every time. If you don't know how to play Euchre, join us anyway - we'll coach you. It's an EASY game.





















Save the date: FEBRUARY 5, 2017.  Super Bowl Sunday is coming up, and it's time for the Deacons’ famous Soup-er Luncheon held in the fellowship hall right after church. A selection of soups will be available as well as crackers, beverages, and a variety of desserts. A free will offering will be collected with proceeds again donated to Eleanor’s Pantry.

A little history about this event which our church has been participating in for over 15 years:

The soup-er bowl food/money collection began as a youth-led movement in 1990 to help the hurt and hungry around the world. A seminary intern from South Carolina, who wanted to use the energy surrounding the Super Bowl to care for those who face hunger and poverty and to break the negative impact on those individuals as well as the communities in which they live  offered the following prayer, which later became the vision statement of the group.



Family Potluck Dinner featuring MONTAÑA DE LUZ

Join the members of the Mission Commission at our January 19th church potluck for an information sharing on how we can join many other giving hearts in support of the ministry at Montaña de Luz.













See their web page at Montañadeluz.org

Montaña de Luz was begun as a hospice for children with HIV/AIDS in Honduras whose parents had died or had become too ill to care for them.  Located an hour and half to the East of Tegucigalpa on top of a mountain overlooking a valley of small towns and sugar cane fields the mountain of light is a refuge for children who desperately need the specialized care, nurturing, healing and love provided to them in this refuge from a world where AIDS is stigmatizing. 


Our purpose is to love and care for these vulnerable children, empower them with knowledge and resiliency to grow into productive members of the community, to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS while working to eliminate discrimination and prejudice of people living with HIV, to facilitate bridges of understanding and compassion while helping to form global citizens through our service team and Long Term Volunteer experiences and to facilitate meaningful opportunities for giving of both personal and financial resources.













Paw Paw High School Voices of the Future Perform in our Sanctuary



Paw Paw High School's Voices of the Future Choir, under the direction of Brett Yzquierdo, presented a concert of holiday and other  music on November 30.  The concert was sponsored by Presbyterian Women (who gave 
Voices of the Future Choral Group  photo courtesy of Jan Wilder
Voices of the Future Choral Group  photo courtesy of Jan Wilder

cookies to each singer), and was attended by over 50 people, including many of our regular Lunch with Friends participants.  We are so thankful to Brett and the choir for keeping us on their tour schedule!







Family Potlucks on the Third Thursday!  See the Calendar for this-month's theme.








February 2016
February 2016





























Deacon's Project: 

Valentine's Day Cookies: We send them out every year to those in college and the military.


Here is a selfie post from folks that got them!












































Other Past Fun Events!



Christmas Caroling! 



So nice to have this "tradition" return again!


Twenty six folks gathered to sing Christmas carols to neighborhood friends as well as at Maple Lake Assisted Living.  We haven't done this in a very long time, and we all are now wondering why!  


The camaraderie was great, the supper of chili and cornbread was fabulous (thanks Sally!), and the weather fully cooperated.  


But, the very best thing was the smile on the faces of those for whom we were singing!  They were thrilled to see so many of their church family, and hear a bit of the Christmas season in song.  At one house, the neighbors actually asked us to come sing for them a bit to boost their holiday spirit!  Thanks to all who organized, and all who sang.

It was a wonderfully, fulfilling experience.

Mary Burkett returns from retirement for her cameo as director!


Thanks for the photos, Marge McKee!





































@ Maple Lake Assisted Living
@ Maple Lake Assisted Living








































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