"A Sanctuary in the City… Living Faith"

L.O.V.E (Living Our Vows Everywhere)

Organ & Piano Recital by Elizabeth Bruce & Special Guests
No matter what our relationship status, we might feel pressure to “do something” for Valentine’s Day. Elizabeth, First Presbyterian’s organist, would like to help with the “do something” aspect of Valentine’s Day this year.

Whether we’ve been married, never married, fumbled through our vows with tear-filled eyes 50 years ago, or have at least seen the wedding scene in “The Princess Bride,” we are familiar with the traditional wedding vows of our faith. “To have and to hold … to love and to cherish …”
Elizabeth asks that we consider extending the “love and cherish” part of these vows outside of our relationship, outside of our church walls, and into the Kalamazoo community this Valentine’s Day. The YWCA of Kalamazoo supports survivors of domestic violence, and this organization’s work is extremely important.

This recital will be a combined “do something” opportunity and musical event. The theme of the recital is “wedding favorites,” and the program will include everything from Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D to Charles-Marie Widor’s most famous Toccata. Some “off-the-wall” wedding songs will also be included, featuring special guests from the church and beyond.

Both monetary and “item” donations will be collected for the YWCA at this event. If you’re lucky enough to be somewhere warmer than Kalamazoo on February 12, you can still donate by bringing items or mailing a check to the church office.

YWCA Top Ten Needed Items:

  • Diapers/Unscented Baby Wipes (sizes 1 – 5)
  • African-American Hair Care Products (new/unopened)
  • Baby Food (new/unopened, all ages and varieties)
  • Kitchen Items (new or gently used skillets, cups, silverware, etc.)
  • Towels (new or gently used dish, hand, bath)
  • New Women’s Underwear and Bras (all sizes)
  • New Boys and Girls Underwear (ages 2 – 5 years)
  • Feminine Hygiene Products (sanitary napkins/tampons, all varieties)
  • Facial Tissues
  • Adhesive Bandages/Thermometers