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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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Work Day - June 20 - THANK YOU!

Memorial Service

Please join us on Saturday, September 12 at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate the life of Don Law.  
Calling hours will start at 10:00 a.m.

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

Starting September 10: Chapel

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 14

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.  

Monday Evening Book Studies

Mondays, 6:15–7:15 p.m.

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”

Presbytery Assembly, September 19 at UPC

We will be hosting the Presbytery Assembly meeting on Saturday, September 19th. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., with morning worship starting at 9:00.

Presbytery Assembly—Volunteers needed!

Also for the meeting, we are looking for a few volunteers to assist with registration and welcoming, participate in the worship service, and help with lunch. Belmar Pub is catering the luncheon but we need people to set up, clean up, and help with serving. Please contact the church office if you can help out!

Mobile Food Pantry, September 23

The next Mobile Food Pantry distribution is Wednesday, September 23; food set up prep starts at 11:30 a.m. At our last distribution on July 22, we served 180 households. Thank you Ann Garcia, Angela Garcia Meade, Pastor Kimberly, Eugene, Maggie, Rescue Mission’s Vikki Collazo, Wanda, Roslyn, Cassandra, Timothy, Jenniffer, and the Foodbank of the Southern Tier for a great day of food distribution!

Care & Share Distribution Project, September 9, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHEN: 2nd Wednesday of each month

WHERE: Library Lounge @ UPC

TIME:    9:30 a.m. (place orders)             10:30–12:30 p.m. (distribution)