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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@kellyscomputer.com

                                 
             



Pastor:                                          
Administrative Assistant:                  Deb Montgomery
Music Director:                                Mike Kaufman
Harkness Handbell Choir Director      Cindy Rozich
Custodian:                                      Steve Slaughter



2018 Session Members:   Dr. Jan Arnold, Judi Emlinger, Lavonna Hoover, Lee Hunsberger, Sue Reglin, Evelyn Ransom, Dr. Keith Sterner, Kathy VanSyckle, Mary Williams
Music Fund:  Elder Bill Robinson
Shaver Children's Fund:  Elder Judi Emlinger
Margaret Gregory, Clerk
Barb Klenk and Norma Kilpatrick, Treasurers
Sue Thompson --Pre-school initiative
Sue Reglin -- Facebook Co-ordinator
Retirees:  Norma Kilpatrick, President
Women's Wellness:  Sue Thompson, Chairperson
Quilters:  Carol Shier, Chairperson
All Faith Needlers:  Cheryl Kidle, Chairperson


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
Dr. Keith Sterner  --Chair Personnel
Linda Hood -- Co-Chair of Building and Grounds
Lavonna Hoover --Chair Memorial & Investments; Chair Budget and Finance
Lee Hunsberger -- Chair Stewardship;  Web Co-ordinator
Barb Klenk --Co-Chair Stewardship
Marilyn McKay -- Chair Mission
Warren Thompson --Co-Chair Building & Grounds
Lavonna Hoover -- Chair Budget & Finance




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 on God. God 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 until Jesus returns..
We affirm the Bible to be God's word.  It teaches us of God's love in the person of Jesus Christ.  The Bible is our source of knowledge about the power and mighty acts of God.
We subscribe to historic creeds, doctrinal statements and confessions.  We celebrate two sacraments: Baptism and Lord's Supper.  We place value in ceremonies such as confirmation, ordination and marriage.  We value 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 begins at 10:00 AM Sunday.  We participate in an Ionia Community 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, Easter 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 teens meet after passing the peace in worship each Sunday from September through May.  Family night provides Christian guidance to anyone who wishes to participate the first Tuesday of each month, September through May.

OUR FELLOWSHIP TOGETHER
We enjoy staying after worship to visit together over refreshments.  The Quilters meet weekly on Wednesday at 9:30 am to quilt and lunch together.  The All Faith Needlers meet on Thursday from 2 to 4 PM 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 believe God calls us to be active in the community.  We have volunteers at the Christian Service Center, the Zion Soup Kitchen and Ionia Head Start. We support the Ionia Area Ministerial Association.  We support the mission programs of the Lake Michigan Presbytery, Synod of the Covenant and the General Assembly. Twice a year we have a special mission collection for Living Waters to help missionaries bring clean drinking water to Nigeria.

AN INVITATION
We welcome visitors to our worship service and to all our activities.  Please come as you are.  We are a 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.