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First Presbyterian Church of Ionia
P.O Box 125
125 E. Main St.
Ionia, MI 48846

Phone (616)527-2320

ioniafpc@sbcglobal.net

                                 
             



Pastor:                                           Rev. Bruce Mulder
Administrative Assistant:                  Deb Montgomery
Organist:                                        Carol Harder
Harkness Handbell Choir Director      Cindy Rozich
Custodian:                                      Steve Slaughter



2015 Session Members:   Dr. Jan Arnold, Judi Emlinger, David Hanson, Lavonna Hoover, Lee Hunsberger, Sue Reglin, Cindy Rozich, Dr. Keith Sterner, Dr. Warren Thompson
Music Fund:  Elder Bill Robinson
Shaver Children's Fund:  Elder Judi Emlinger
Margaret Gregory, Clerk
Barb Klenk and Norma Kilpatrick, Treasurers

Session Committee Chairs:
Jan Arnold -- Co-Chair of Membership and Care
Ami Cox -- Co-Chair Christian Ed  
Judi Emlinger -- Chair Shaver Children's Fund, Co-Chair Christian Education
Margaret Gregory --  Co-Chair of Membership and Care
David Hanson --Chair Personnel
Linda Hood -- Co-Chair of Building and Grounds
Lavonna Hoover -- Co-Chair Memorial & Investments; Chair Budget and Finance
Lee Hunsberger -- Chair Stewardship; Chair Worship; Websit Co-ordinator
Barb Klenk --Co-Chair Stewardship
Marilyn McKay -- Chair Mission
Keith Patterson --Co-Chair Memorials and Investments
Sue Reglin -- Facebook Co-ordinator
Bill Robinson -- Chair Music Fund
Sue Thompson --Pre-school initiative
Warren Thompson --Co-Chair Building & Grounds
Larry Tiejema -- Chair Stewardship; Chair Budget & Finance
Retirees:  Norma Kilpatrick, President
Women's Wellness:  Sue Thompson, Chairperson
Quilters:  Carol Shier, Chairperson
All Faith Needlers:  Cheryl Kidle, Chairperson




Driving Directions

From Grand Rapids

Take I-96 East to M-66 (exit 67)
Turn right onto M-66 (to make a Michigan left) make U-Turn onto M-66 North
Follow M-66 North 7.1 miles to Main Street
Turn right onto Main Street for .4 miles
125 E. Main Street is on the right.


From Lansing

Take I-96 West to M-66 (exit 67)
Turn right onto M-66 and follow north 7.1 miles to Main Street
Turn right onto Main Street for .4 miles
125 E. Main Street is on the right.

OUR HISTORY
On October 30, 1842, The First Congregational Church of Ionia was organized.  By year's end the new church had 17 members.  In 1856 the Rev. R.M. Landis became pastor.  Soon thereafter, a house of worship was built.  The building was dedicated on August 12, 1857.  That summer, the congregation adopted the Presbyterian form of government.

On June 28, 1908 fire destroyed the church building.  As a result of much prayer, faith and hard work, a new building was completed and dedicated on March 13, 1910. A new Sunday school and office addition was built in 1969.  In 1992-93 the sanctuary and Memorial Room were renovated.  An elevator, new bathrooms and heating and air conditioning system were installed.  Our building is now barrier free.

In 1997 First Presbyterian Church passed the 155 year mark as a committed body of believers faithfully witnessing to god's mighty acts and participating in the mission of God.  As the congregation moves into the 21st century, we hope to experience a deeper understanding of our Presbyterian Christian heritage and a strengthening of our faith in God.

OUR BELIEFS
Presbyterian Christians center their faith upon God. God is one being, who relates to us personally in three awe inspiring ways.  God as Father is the creator of all things; Goad as Son is the loving redeemer of all; God as Holy Spirit is the One who strengthens us.
We affirm the Bible to be God's word to us.  It gives an unparalleled witness to God's love for us in the person of Jesus Christ.  The Bible is the prime source of knowledge about the power and mighty acts of God.
We subscribe to a series of historic creeds, doctrinal statements and confessions.  We celebrate two sacraments: Baptism and Lord's Supper.  In addition to these, we place value in ceremonies such as confirmation, ordination and marriage.  We also value activities such as worship, prayer, sturdy, fellowship and service to people outside the congregation.
We are people of different ages, backgrounds, vocations, abilities, interests and needs.  Yet we believe ourselves to be one family, called into being and united to each other by God through Jesus Christ.

On June 28, 1908 fire destroyed the church building.  As a result of much prayer, faith and hard work, a new building was completed and dedicated on March 13, 1910. A new Sunday school and office addition was built in 1969.  In 1992-93 the sanctuary and Memorial Room were renovated.  An elevator, new bathrooms and heating and air conditioning system were installed.  Our building is now barrier free.

In 1997 First Presbyterian Church passed the 155 year mark as a committed body of believers faithfully witnessing to god's mighty acts and participating in the mission of God.  As the congregation moves into the 21st century, we hope to experience a deeper understanding of our Presbyterian Christian heritage and a strengthening of our faith in God.

OUR BELIEFS
Presbyterian Christians center their faith upon God. God is one being, who relates to us personally in three awe inspiring ways.  God as Father is the creator of all things; Goad as Son is the loving redeemer of all; God as Holy Spirit is the One who strengthens us.
We affirm the Bible to be God's word to us.  It gives an unparalleled witness to God's love for us in the person of Jesus Christ.  The Bible is the prime source of knowledge about the power and mighty acts of God.
We subscribe to a series of historic creeds, doctrinal statements and confessions.  We celebrate two sacraments: Baptism and Lord's Supper.  In addition to these, we place value in ceremonies such as confirmation, ordination and marriage.  We also value activities such as worship, prayer, sturdy, fellowship and service to people outside the congregation.
We are people of different ages, backgrounds, vocations, abilities, interests and needs.  Yet we believe ourselves to be one family, called into being and united to each other by God through Jesus Christ.

sanctuary and Memorial Room were renovated.  An elevator, new bathrooms and heating and air conditioning system were installed.  Our building is now barrier free.

In 1997 First Presbyterian Church passed the 155 year mark as a committed body of believers faithfully witnessing to god's mighty acts and participating in the mission of God.  As the congregation moves into the 21st century, we hope to experience a deeper understanding of our Presbyterian Christian heritage and a strengthening of our faith in God.

OUR BELIEFS
Presbyterian Christians center their faith upon God. God is one being, who relates to us personally in three awe inspiring ways.  God as Father is the creator of all things; God as Son is the loving redeemer of all; God as Holy Spirit is the One who strengthens us.
We affirm the Bible to be God's word to us.  It gives an unparalleled witness to God's love for us in the person of Jesus Christ.  The Bible is the prime source of knowledge about the power and mighty acts of God.
We subscribe to a series of historic creeds, doctrinal statements and confessions.  We celebrate two sacraments: Baptism and Lord's Supper.  In addition to these, we place value in ceremonies such as confirmation, ordination and marriage.  We also value activities such as worship, prayer, bible study, fellowship and service to people outside the congregation.
We are people of different ages, backgrounds, vocations, abilities, interests and needs.  Yet we believe ourselves to be one family, called into being and united to each other by God through Jesus Christ.
To be born is to be a child of God.  To Be Baptized is to find my hand in the hand extended to me at birth.  TO DECIDE TO FOLLOW CHRIST is to set my direction for life and healing.

OUR WORSHIP
Worship at First Presbyterian Church of Ionia is a highlight of our corporate life. The Sunday service begins at 10:00 am.  Special services are held on Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve.  We also participate in an Ionia Community Good Friday service and Advent Walk of local churches.

The Sacrament of Lord's Supper is celebrated as part of Sunday morning worship the first Sunday of each month, Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve. The Sacrament of Baptism is administered to anyone desiring to make an affirmation of faith in Jesus Christ and to children of baptized believers.

OUR CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
Classes for preschoolers through 5th grade meet at 11:00 am each Sunday.  Middle school, high school and adult classes meet at 11:00 am. Bible Study, new member classes, and other events provide a wide range of opportunities for Christian growth and nurture.  Child care is provided from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm every Sunday, September through May.

OUR FELLOWSHIP TOGETHER
We enjoy staying after worship to visit together over refreshments and Second Sunday Brunches.  The Quilters meet weekly on Wednesday at 9:30 am to quilt and lunch together.  The All Faith Needlers meet on Wednesday evening at 7:00 P.M. to knit items to distribute in the community. Other fellowship groups are active for adults and provide a wide range of enjoyable activities.


OUR SERVICE AND OUTREACH
We are involved in God's mission in our community.  We actively support the Ionia Area Ministerial Association; provide volunteers for the Christian Service Center and the local Soup Kitchen.  We participate in our denomination's special offerings, and support the mission programs of the Lake Michigan Presbytery, Synod of the Covenant and the General Assembly.

AN INVITATION
We welcome visitors to our worship service and to all our activities.  Please come as you are.  We are a quietly friendly community of people who value friendship and family connections.  We invite you to gather with us as we explore what it means to be children of the Living God, Jesus Christ.