Jingle Bell Run, December 8, 2019

Mark your calendars for the Jingle Bell Run on December 8, 2019! This event includes a 5k and 1.5 mile run/walk and silent auction that will begin at 4:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Refreshments will be served following the race. Register HERE.

All proceeds from this event will support the Riley County 4-H.

Medals will be awarded to the winners in the men’s and women’s divisions and to the two top finishers in age brackets.

If you are interested in volunteering, we could use your help! We are in need of volunteers to assist in numerous capacities. Please register HERE. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt!

Please call the church office at (785) 537-0518 or email Race Director, Sarah Diamond at sarah@firstpresmanhattan.com with any questions.

We hope to see you on December 8!

Upcoming Book Studies

Join Jeff and Carmen Schober for an intensive book study about renovating your heart! This class is for those who would like to read daily, think critically about what it means to be an apprentice of Jesus, participate in a weekly discussion, and work through how to practically put on the character of Christ in our everyday lives. We’ll meet every Wednesday from September 11th to December 18th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, in the Life Room. Childcare provided! Contact Carmen at carmen@vivalajoy.com or 785-477-0721 to sign up. Book Needed: Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ 


Join The Attic for adult Christian fellowship and casual discussion! We meet on Sunday evenings, beginning on September 8th, for a meal at 5:15pm.  After the meal, we’ll watch a short video and discuss a chapter of Renovation of the Heart: The Student Edition. Childcare is available from 4:30pm-6:15pm. Please contact the church office (caroline@firstpresmanhattan.com or 785-537-0518) for more information.


“We don’t believe something by merely saying we believe it, or even when we believe that we believe it. We believe something when we act as if it were true.” 

– Dallas Willard, Renovation of the Heart 

The Wednesday Evening Women’s Bible Study will begin on September 11th at 6:15 in the Chapel.  We will be using Priscilla Shirer’s Study ‘Discerning the Voice of God’.  This is a seven week study.  You can order a book from Amazon.  If you have any questions please contact Joan Mann at 785-317-4648.

First Presbyterian Church Family Picnic!

 When: September 23

•4:30 p.m. gather and games with pony rides!

•5:30 p.m. dinner served

Where: Friendship Park (Presby Place if inclement weather)

Provided: Jim’s Chicken, beverages (water, tea, lemonade)

Bring: Side dish or dessert to serve 12, personal table service (plate, silverware, cup, napkins), folding chairs if possible

Sign up in the narthex for Flag Football Tournament teams!

Sunday School Classes

Adult Sunday School Classes (9:15 a.m.)

The Covenant Class, led by Dean Armbrust in the chapel, will have a 3 week review of the Major Figures of the Protestant Reformation

The Questions Class, led by Steven Graham in the library, will be studying a DVD series titled “First Light: Jesus and the Kingdom of God”

Senior High (9th – 12th grade) – The Loft

Children Sunday School Classes (10:30 a.m.)

Lower Level Christian Education Wing
“Mustard Seeds” (4 mo – 2 yrs)- The nursery
“Seedlings” (3 – 4 yrs) – The Grove Room

Upper Level Christian Education Wing
“Frogs” (K & 1st grade) – The Way Room
“Owls” (2nd & 3rd grade) – The Truth Room
“Trees” (4th & 5th grade) – The Life Room
Junior High (6th – 8th grade) will volunteer with the younger children

Cloverton Concert 2019

First Presbyterian Church of Manhattan, KS announces that the band CLOVERTON will be performing on Saturday, September 14th at 6pm. The performance will be part of a neighborhood block party hosted in the parking lot of the church and will include local food trucks and bounce houses at 5pm. Admission to the event is free and everyone is encourage to bring a lawn chair.

With the quickening success of their sophomore album “Bloom,” the 4 piece pop-rock outfit brings a new collection of original songs to a world that is hungry for music with depth and substance. The Bloom album focuses on the journey. “It’s a calling out…an invitation,” says front man, Lance Stafford. “We’re all in a constant state of motion. We’re either transforming into a more heavenly version of ourselves, or we are deforming into the opposite. The music that inspired the album (Bloom) takes a deeper look into the steps on that journey. From celebration to contemplation, the album and the tour provide a space and time for people at all places on their journey to engage in a worshipful musical experience birthed out of spiritual transformation. Many of the songs were written in the midst of my own spiritual awakening. Our lives don’t stay the same. Culture changes. We get older. We have kids. They get older. And throughout all those changes, we must bloom more and more into the creation that God has intended in each of us. We are seeing people respond to that invitation. They are hungry. They are unfolding. And we really see it having an impact on the kingdom.”

Without the help of a record label, Cloverton propelled onto the Christian music scene in 2011 as the first ever ROCK THE CAMP contest winners hosted by TobyMac and Camp Electric. Soon after, Cloverton scored the #1 most downloaded song in the history of KLOVE radio for their first single “Take Me into the Beautiful”. The band followed up that effort with an unforgettable Christmas rendition of Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah,” reaching millions of viewers (YouTube) in just weeks while climbing to the #1 slot on iTunes and being featured on CNN.

The band would go on to record and release their first full-length studio album “Patterns” in 2013. In 2014 Cloverton would release a Christmas EP titled “We Sing Joy” which climbed to #1 for multiple weeks on iTunes. In September of 2017, the band would release their newest offering, “Bloom.”

From their humble beginnings as a small church worship team, to the recent release of their highly anticipated second full-length album, Cloverton continues to pave a new way for independent Christian music.

“None of us are into compromising or settling for the status quo. It’s a daily choice. To what or who am I surrendering today?” Stafford says. “Our aim is to create music that inspires, awakens, and frees the next movement of leaders, artists, pastors, visionaries, inventors, missionaries, dreamers, and teachers. We are either moving toward or away from the person God has specifically created each of us to be. Our hope is that the music we create can accompany others as they walk out that journey.”

Visit clovertonmusic.com for additional details and to hear more.