First Presbyterian Church

of Bedford, IN

Welcome to the First Presbyterian Church of Bedford Indiana.

Established 1819

     The First Presbyterian Church of Bedford is a community of believers in Jesus Christ who seek to know God's will through worship, scripture, and prayer, and who feel called to share God's love through community and global ministry.  We are committed to providing a caring, welcoming and inclusive environment to fulfill the mission of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Please join us for worship at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday morning.

Trinity Sunday!

Friday Email, May 24

My Friends in Christ,

I pray you are all doing well on this sunny Friday, at least for right now.  I had to get my grass cut this afternoon, and the sun was shining when I started.  But as I was getting to the last section - yep, it started to rain.  Oddly enough, it rained the hardest when the sun was shining!  At least it didn't last long and the sun dried things out, including me!

I regret to say I will not be able to be with you for the next two Sundays.  This Sunday we are having five of our grandkids at our house for a Saturday night sleepover.  And then next Tuesday we are leaving on a family trip to the Grand Cayman Island and won't be back home until June 7.  If I can work it out with wifi, and can get this mailing list on my iPad, I'll try to send you something from the Cayman Islands.  It ought to be a fun trip.

Pancake Breakfast:  Don't forget!  The Community Free Pancake Breakfast is tomorrow, May 25.  It will be in the Fellowship Hall from 8:00 until 10:00 a.m.

There is quite a bit to cover for the next two weeks, so let's get to it.  This coming Sunday, the Rev. Martha FrizLanger will be our guest minister.  Her scripture is from the 6th chapter of Genesis and tells the story of Noah and the ark.  Her sermon title is Ark Life.  That sounds interesting!

And, of course, Monday is Memorial Day.  May we take the time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.  "Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it.  It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it."  And if you are interested, the Bedford Community Band will be giving a concert at the Otis Park band shell.  Start time is 7:00 p.m.

On June 2, the Rev. John VanderZee will be our guest minister.  His scriptures are from 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12 and from Luke 19:1-10 which is the story of the tax collector Zacchaeus.  John's sermon title is Up a Tree which is certainly where Zacchaeus was when Jesus spotted him.  I don't know about you but I've been "up a tree" or maybe worse more than once!  We will also be having Communion this Sunday.

Our study group will be continuing the next two Wednesdays, as usual, with the showing of the next two episodes of The Chosen.  The women of the church will be meeting on June 8 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  And looking even further down the road, the session will be meeting on June 11 at 5:30 p.m.

Lee Hutchinson:  I overheard Sandy talking to Lee last Sunday and plans are being laid to have a special celebration of Lee's 99th birthday!  Wow!  This is going to happen on June 9 following worship.  Put that on your calendars!

Guest Organist:  As some of you have probably heard, Molly will be spending the summer playing at a church in Falls Church, Virginia.  She has done a wonderful job lining up guest organists to play in her absence.  Please welcome this Sunday and continuing for the next five, Patti Parkes to our organ console.  Patti told me she works at the Kelly School of Business and a quick Google revealed she also sings with the Bloomington Chamber Singers and plays organ occasionally at the First Christian Church in Bloomington.  Be sure to go up and say hi!

Rides for Larry:  Unfortunately, Molly has also graciously been bringing our beloved Larry Black to worship each Sunday.  Thanks to those of you who replied to the email I sent earlier this week, volunteering to help out with getting Larry to church.  I have created a sign up sheet for the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.  This will make it much easier to keep track of who's going to do it when.  Thank you Betsey for volunteering to go get Larry this Sunday.  If you do volunteer please contact Larry on Saturday to set pick up times, etc.  His number is in the church directory or you can email, text or call me.

This has gotten somewhat longer than usual, so I'll let you get on with your day.  I will miss seeing all of you the next two Sundays and I pray the Holy Spirit will be with you as you worship.  You all are in my prayers daily and I ask that you pray to keep me and my family safe during our travels.

Blessings and Hope to you all!


"Have patience.  God isn't finished yet!"

Contact Information      First Presbyterian Church of Bedford,   1504 L Street, Bedford, IN 47421

 Phone: 812-275-5853


 Clerks of Session:  Betsey Makximenko,

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1504 L Street

Bedford, IN 47421