2022 Blessing of the Animals

September 18, 2022






































September 2018 - 175th Anniversary Celebration





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


































Anniversary Co-chair Nancy Beck and committee member Pam Baney prepare for the Celebration Dinner.







Church musician, Brandon Mattson, performs during the Celebration Dinner.




























Our Vintage Photo Booth Becomes a Church Picnic Hit!

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












































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.  

We held our church's 175th Congregational Meeting, which included a beautifully presented talk on our church's heritage by Judith Haefner. Following our meeting, we had our Anniversary "kick-off", including a reception and the hanging of our new anniversary "banner" designed by Rick Diemer, co-chair of the 175th Anniversary Committee.  We also had a display of many church historical items.  

Event celebrations throughout the year included the sharing of old photographs & memorabilia, celebrating all of the 90-year-olds in the church (13 in all), vintage clothing from different eras, speakers who taught us about the history of the church each month, and events to conjure up lots of memories and good times for many members and friends of the congregation. 


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!

Thanks everyone!


























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


  • Cornhole contest
  • Volleyball
  • Croquet
  • Bocci Ball
  • Dumpster Hockey
  • 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



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!
Save the date: FEBRUARY 3, 2019.  Super Bowl Sunday is coming up, and it's time for the Deacons’ 

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

Join the members of the Mission Commission 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



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),
Voices of the Future Choral Group  photo courtesy of Jan Wilder
Voices of the Future Choral Group  photo courtesy of Jan Wilder

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.








February 2016
February 2016
























Deacon's Project: 


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.

It is 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

































Mar Tucker says...
"Awesome!" (10/6/18)