2022 Blessing of the Animals
September 18, 2022
September 2018 - 175th Anniversary Celebration
Our Vintage Photo Booth Becomes a Church Picnic Hit!
How Our Church Celebrated its 175th Anniversary in 2018
First Presbyterian Church of Paw Paw had its 175th anniversary in 2018. First established in September of 1843, and the second oldest church in Paw Paw (the Methodist Church is the oldest), our Anniversary Committee planned many events throughout the spring and summer.
A "grand finale" celebration in September also included the church's participation in the Wine & Harvest Parade in September, attendance of former Pastors of the church, and a wonderful dinner prepared by our own chef, Scott Beck, as shown above.
"Trunk or Treat" is a YEARLY event!
SOOOOOO much fun for the whole neighborhood! We have a great turnout for the TRUNKS, and a lot of families come out for the TREATS!
Old-Fashioned Picnic and Church Reunion Held EVERY July!
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
Other Past Events
What a fun night of cards! We change tables, so you get to play with lots of different
There's a new winner every time. If you don't know how to play Euchre, join us anyway - we'll coach you.
It's Soup-er Bowl Time!
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 18 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 a prayer, which later became the vision statement of the group.
Family Potluck Dinner featuring MONTAÑA DE LUZ
See their web page at Montañadeluz.org.
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
Every December, Paw Paw High School's "Voices of the Future" choir ensemble presents their annual concert of holiday and other music The concert is sponsored by Presbyterian Women (who give cookies to each singer),
and is attended by over 50 people, including many of our regular Rotary members, who hold their weekly meeting at the church. We are so thankful to the choir for keeping us on their tour schedule.
Family Potlucks on the Third Thursday! See the Calendar for this-month's theme.
Valentine's Day Cookies: We send them out every year to those in college and a few stateside in the military.
Christmas Caroling in December!
Many church members and friends gather to sing Christmas carols to neighborhood friends, as well as at Maple Lake Assisted Living, Bronson Commons, and White Oaks.
The camaraderie is great, and the supper of chili and cornbread afterwards is always fabulous (thanks to Sally Schallhorn!), and the weather hopefully cooperates.
But, the very best thing is the smile on the faces of those for whom we are singing! They are 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 ask us to come sing for them a bit to boost their holiday spirit! Thanks to all who organize, and all who sing.
Thanks for the photos, Marge McKee!