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42 Chenango Street, Binghamton, NY 13901
Office phone # 607-722-4219

What we hold in common is belief in the good news of reconciliation to God and to one another through Jesus Christ.  We are committed to live and grow in that good news and to apply it to our lives.

If you would like to be a part of a supportive faith community as you deal with the stresses of life today, we hope you'll come and visit us.  We'll be glad to see you and to welcome you into the care and nurture of our life together.

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Welcome to the website of The United Presbyterian Church of Binghamton!  We are a new congregation of God's people born out of a merger between two historic churches in Binghamton - First Presbyterian Church and West Presbyterian Church.  If you are seeking to learn more about Jesus Christ and discover what God can do in your life, we invite you to join us for worship, education, service to the community, mission, and fellowship.

You will find us to be a congregation of all sorts of people: young and old, single and married, adults and children, traditional and nontraditional families. We are teachers, secretaries, engineers, homemakers, line workers, retirees. Some are involved in a church for the first time (or the first time in a long time), others are transfers from other denominations, and some are lifelong Presbyterians.

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Mobile Pantry September 23 2015

UPC’s Session Leaders Concurs!

The Session of the Rutgers Presbyterian Church hereby declares its serious concern about the growing refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East relating to conflicts in the Middle East, and commits to providing immediate assistance to help alleviate suffering and also to consider longer term mechanisms of support including hosting a refugee family, with alone or in collaboration with other faith-based communities, and encouraging the Presbyterian Church USA to take positive actions to help address the current refugee crisis.

Morning Prayer Group Thursdays, 8:00–8:30 a.m.

Starting September 10:

Praying with Christian Mystics, vol. 1 by Tracey Marx with Anne Thayer

Led by Pastor Kimberly Chastain.

Praying with Christian Mystics is a 9-month journey of prayer, meditation and other devotional practices, based on the life and writings of men and women who spent their entire lives reaching for a deeper experience of God's presence and wrestling for the right words, stories, analogies, images, etc. to share what they've found with others. Volume 1 focuses on medieval mystics from the 12th–17th centuries.

· September: Introduction to Mysticism and Preparing for the Journey
· October: Bernard of Clairvaux
· November: Hildegard of Bingen
· December: Meister Eckhart
· January: The Anonymous Author of The Cloud of Unknowing
· February: Julian of Norwich
· March: Teresa of Avila
· April: John of the Cross
· May: George Fox

No prayer experience necessary.

Introductory Bible Study

Mondays at 12:00 noon starting September 21

Making Sense of the Bible:

Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today by Adam Hamilton

In this book, Adam Hamilton invites us into an honest conversation about the Bible. The book begins with foundational questions such as, “How and when was the Bible written?” “Who decided which books made it into the scriptures and why?” “How literally must we read it?” And, “Is the Bible ever wrong?”

  Hamilton then addresses often misunderstood biblical themes in approachable and inviting language, leading readers to a deeper appreciation of the Bible so that we might hear God speak through it and find its words to be life-changing and life-giving.

   No previous knowledge necessary, all are welcome. Bring your own lunch.

Single Mom Support Group - Wed., Oct. 7

Looking for encouragement to get through the challenges of being a single parent? Need to talk about the stressful week you had? Join our group every Wednesday for 6 weeks.  We learn from each other as we grow to become better parents. Come to one or attend all meetings.

Free childcare is available during the meeting to moms with children ages 18 months to 6 years of age. Arrive at 11:45 a.m. to sign your child(ren) into the nursery with our professional fully-background-checked staff.

Light refreshments served. Contact Jenniffer for more information 722-4219 or

Youth Fellowship to the Corn Maize!

Sunday October 11 there is a youth fellowship trip to Stoughton Farm Corn Maize.  We will be joining our friends from Union Presbyterian Church in Endicott.  It will be $9.00 for ages 10 and above, $6.00 for 6-9 yrs., free for under 6.  This is a family friendly event.  Anyone who wants to come that is under 6th grade can join in the fun with a parent or guardian.  We will meet at UPC at 1:00 if you need a ride, or you can meet us there at 2:00.

Getting to Know you Luncheon

Please join the Communications Team on Sunday, Oct 18 following worship service for a special luncheon. We will have subs,cookies, salad, fruit and activities.

Everyone is welcome!

Mobile Food Pantry, November 25

The next Mobile Food Pantry distribution is Wednesday, November 25. We will need lots of help with food set-up and prep. We will starts at food set-up around 11:00 a.m., all hands are welcome. In September we served  225 households. Thank you to all those who helped distribute food and organize our guests.

Monday Evening Book Studies Mondays, 6:15–7:15 p.m.
Fall        September 21, 28; October 5, 19, 26; November 2, 16, 23

Short Stories of Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy-Jill Levine      Led by Elders Marilyn Myers and Lou McKeage.

Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today, and many traditional interpretations of Jesus’ stories ignore this disparity and have often allowed anti-Semitism and misogyny to color their perspectives.

     In Short Stories of Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine analyzes the “problems with parables,” taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. Levine reveals the parables’ connections to first-century economic and agricultural life, social customs and morality, Jewish scriptures and Roman culture, and shows us how read rightly, the parables can still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later.

Familiarity with the gospels useful but not required.

Thursday Evening DVD Study Thursdays, 5:00–6:30 p.m.

Living the Questions

Living the Questions is an exploration of the major themes of Christianity, with an emphasis on questions rather than answers. Each Thursday we will gather to share a meal, then watch a 20 minute video presentation that include conversations with leading voices of faith, sermon and lecture clips, digital stories illustrating aspects of an evolving faith, and concrete spiritual practices.

The material is framed so that it is appropriate for those who are just beginning the journey as well as those who have participated in such conversations all their lives.  It is divided into “seasons” so that participants need not feel they must commit to the whole year to participate.

Everyone is welcome. The first week the meal will be “potluck,” so bring something to share, and we’ll make decisions about the rest of the meals at our first meeting.

Fall        September 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5

Invitation to Journey

This fall, we are invited to walk with Christ as we cover the topics: “Taking the Bible Seriously”,  “Thinking Theologically”, “Stories of Creation”, “Lives of Jesus”, “A Passion for Christ: Paul”, and “Out into the World: Challenges Facing Progressive Christians”.