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This Week's Events


Ecumenical Easter Service
7:00 AM
Hosted by the United Methodist Church, 537 Rountree St., Hillsboro, IL
Early Bird Bible Study
8:00 AM to 8:50 AM
Adult Bible Study at 8 a.m.
Coffee and Donuts Fellowship
8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Enjoy fellowship with others over a cup of coffee or hot tea and a donut
Contemporary Music Worship service
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
A more casual worship service with music led by our Worship Team
Kids Alive Childrens Church
9:00 AM
The Kid's Alive Church Service will begin Sunday during the 9 AM Service. Children will begin in the sanctuary for praise and worship. During the meet and greet children up to the 5th grade will be encouraged to join the Kid's Alive in the fellowship ha
Bible Classes for All Ages
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Bible Classes are available for adults, youth, and children.
Traditional Worship Service
11:10 AM to 11:55 AM
A worship service for those who enjoy a more traditional style of worship with music provided by our organist and pianist.
Jr. High Youth Fellowship
5:30 PM
Our Jr. High Youth Fellowship meets each Sunday at the church for a time of games, refreshments, study and prayer. All youth are invited, but if they have a home church with a meeting during this time they are to attend their home church event.


High School Youth Fellowship
6:30 PM
Our high school youth fellowship meets each Sunday at the church for a time of games, refreshmsents, study and prayer. All youth are invited, but if you have a home church with an event during this time you are to attend there.


Men Of God Fellowship
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
A men's fellowship meeting at the church. All men are invited. Nursery available.
Women's Fellowship
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
The Wednesday Women's Study & Fellowship meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in the church parlor. All women are invited. For information contact Cathleen Ferguson.


Sewing and Conversation
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
A time of fellowship (coversation) while doing some sewing on quilts. There is a carry-in meal at 11:30 a.m. on the last Thursday of the month for those attending. Everyone is invited.
Circle III
6:00 PM
At the Red Rooster
Jessie's Posse
6:15 PM
A men's study/fellowship that meets at 6:15 the Red Rooster, for a meal, followed by a study. All men are invited.
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1 Corinthians 15:55-57 - ““Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”


Welcome to our website.  Here you will find information about our church family and the ministries where God has led us to be involved.  As a church family we strive to be a warm and loving community, seeking to live out God's calling as His children.  Our mission statement is "Love God / Follow Jesus / Do Our Part".  (You can find out more about our mission statement under "About Us".) 

We hope you browse through this website and learn about our fellowship.

If you are looking for a church home, we would love to have you be our guest.     

                                                                   God's blessings to you,

                                                                   Matt Ferguson, pastor



Wondering if you would "fit" at church?  Here is a good video that explains the open welcome you would receive here.   

Come dressed for the day, not just the morning.  



     8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Donuts and Coffee Fellowship

     9:00 a.m. Early Worship Service, Contemporary Music 

9:20 a.m. KidsAlive (begins after the opening songs) for children 5th grade and younger

   10:10 a.m. Bible Classes for All Ages (there are many groups for adults)

11:05 a.m. Traditional Worship Service

(Jr. High youth fellowship meets at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday and our High School youth fellowship meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.  For more information you may contact Rem Dyas, youth pastor, at or 620-214-2491, or visit our youth's facebook page at Hillsboro Refuge.)



Sunday Morning Bible Classes are for all ages, including adults.  We have 5 Adult Groups meeting each week at 10:10 AM.  Each group would welcome others seeking fellowship with others as you learn more about God's truth and how to live it out more fully.  The Groups are:

The Men's Group, on the top floor, middle room on the west end.  Brian Patton leads this group.

Purpose Seekers, lower level, southeast corner room.  Donna & Carl Reynolds lead this group.

Esther's Class, main floor, east end room.  Lou Crews leads this group.

Faithful Followers, main floor, library room.  This group shares leadership.

Not Just for Couples Group, lower level, south-central room.  Natalie & Wade Fuller lead this group.


Thursday, April 17th at 7:00 PM

If you would like to sing in the choir for the Maundy Thursday Service we will meet at 6:00 PM to go over the hymn medley

Ecumenical Easter Service

Easter Sunday, April 20th at 7:00 AM

United Methodist Church

Our church family is to provide 6 Breakfast Casserroles.   If you like to cook you can use that gift to serve God by volunteering to provide one (or two) of the casseroles.  You are asked to drop off the casserole, already baked, before the worship service at 7 AM.  They prefer a disposable baking dish is used and that you cut the casserole before dropping it off.  Also put your name and the name of your church on all casseroles.

There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the main hallway of the church.





Men's Wednesday Night Study Group

A group of men meet at the church on Wednesday nights at 6:30 PM

 All men are invited and are encouraged to bring a friend.

They are currently doing a study by Larry Osborn, "Mind Games: 

Godly Attitudes That Can Change Your Life".  

All men are invited to attend.


Women's Wednesday Night Study Group

A group of women meet on Wednesday nights at 6:30 PM at the home of Leigh Ann Turner (502 School St., Hillsboro).  They are currently going through the study "How To Get Through What You Are Going Through" by Rick Warren. This is the sermon series Warren preached after returning to preaching after his son had committed suicide.  Meetings last 90 minutes.  Their goal is to be out the door at 8 p.m.  


 They will then start up again with their meetings at Leigh Ann's house on  April 16th promptly at 6:30 PM.  Everyone should try to be a little bit early.

All women are invited and are encouraged to bring a friend.


Thursday Night Men's Study Group - Jessie's Posse

A group of men meet at the Red Rooster on

Thursday nights at 6:15 PM.  

They are working their way through the New Testament

and are currently in Ephesians Chapter 4

 All men are invited and encouraged to bring a friend.




A group of women meet at the

Red Rooster Inn

6:30 PM 

on the last Thursday of the month


They are starting the study "Unglued" by Lysa TerKeurst

All Women Are Invited and Encouraged to Bring  A Friend!!!!



The Spring Great Banquet Weekends Are Fast Approaching

We have had over 40 members of our church family attend a 3-day spiritual weekend retreat known as The Great Banquet.  Those who have gone invite you to attend one of the weeknds:

Women's Great Banquet Weekend #2  April 24-27

The weekends are held at the Lamstand Presbyterian Church in Decatur and run from Thursday evening to Sunday evening.  We have members of our church family on the leadership teams for the weekends.  There are information brochures on the table in the main hallway of the church.  Any of our members who have attended (see brochure for who they are) would be happy to answer any of your questions.  Those of us who have been on a weekend invite you to attend-----and if you feel God nudging you to go, realize it is His invitation so don't turn Him down (see Luke 14:15-24)



 New Birth


"You must be born again." Jesus said those words in John 3:7 but what does it mean to be "born again"?  Below is a a link to a webpage "New Birth" from Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.  On that webpage you can choose from 1 of 10 short videos and hear how being "born again" came about in a variety of lives in a variety of ways.






We have two prayer chains.  One is a Phone-tree where pray-ers are notified of prayer requests by phone.  The other is an E-tree where pray-ers are notified of prayer requests by e-mail.
 If you have a prayer request, you may start the Phone-tree by contacting Marilyn Sitton at 532-5626.  
To start the E-tree prayer chain you may email Pastor Matt at   If you want to be included in either of the above prayer chains, simply contact either person and let them know of your interest.

Contact Us  
First Presbyterian Church
506 South Main
P. O. Box 306
Hillsboro, Illinois 62049
Telephone: 217 532 2171
Regular Schedule  

We will hold a graduation celebration on Sunday, May 18th at 10:00 AM for anyone graduating from College, High School or Junior High.  Any families with graduates please forward the names to the office or sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board in the main hallway.  



The last Thursday of the month is a Praise, Worship & Prayer Service at 7-9 PM.  Please join us as we lift up our Lord's name together through singing, praying and scripture reading.  If you can't stay for all of it, we would love to have you join us for even a part of it.  



On the 3rd Thursday of each month, when your make a purchase at Little Italy’s and tell them “For the First Presbyterian Youth” they will donate 20% of your order to our youth ministry program. 



OUR LOCAL FOOD PANTRY IS RUNNING LOW on the following items:  Breakfast cereal, oatmeal, jelly, spaghetti noodles & sauce, soup, crackers, any type of canned meat, canned fruit, mac-n-cheese, box potatoes, Jiffy Mix, canned ravioli.  You can bring donations to church and drop them off in the shopping cart in the main hallway or take your donations directly to the food pantry at the Salvation Army.



KIDS ALIVE meets every Sunday at 9:20 a.m. (after the opening songs are finished) and until Sunday School is over (about 10:50 a.m.).  If you have any questions or need more information, contact Jessie Huber.



If you have not gotten an email from the church lately, we don't have your email address.  Please email it to the church office at: and we will send you an email for upcoming events.



PENNY JAR COLLECTION:  We are collecting loose change for our Penny Jar.  The money collected during the year helps to pay for items purchased for the local Angel Tree project.  And if you have any loose change with you when you are at church you can drop it in the 5-gallon bottle by the church library door. 

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Nursery Care is provided for children 5 years of age and younger on the lower level of the church for the Sunday Services.

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The Zone teen center has opened!  The Zone is open each Friday and Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  There have been around 40 youth each evening.  What is needed now are additional adult volunteers.  If you want to volunteer please contact one of The Zone board members:  C J Dyas, Stephanie Dyas, Jonathan Simburger, Melanie Sherer, Shawn Huber, Rem Dyas, or Matt Ferguson.  The Zone hopes to expand the number of days it is open but volunteers are needed to make that goal a reality. 




Let us know your birthday and anniversary if you would like to be listed in the bulletin or calendar.  You can e-mail it to: or write it down on the blue pew card and place it in the offering box or leave it on the secretary's desk.

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