For the week of   
November 12, 2017  
Calendar
NOVEMBER
11 - Women's Ministry Fall Planting Event
12 - First Pres Blood Drive
19 - WF Hot Breakfast
21 - Middle School Northern Illinois Food Bank
22 - Thanksgiving Eve Worship
30 - Jesus Calling at K'Tizo
DECEMBER
1 - Family Nativity Night
8/9 - Christmas Sharing
15 - Senior Luncheon
17 - Sing-Along Messiah
Online Calendar
Looking for even more details about what's coming up? See our online calendar  here .
Ongoing Events
First Presbyterian Church Blood Drive
Sunday, November 12 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Ministry Center. Patients in need depend on blood donors. We are thankful for you. Please choose to give this season! Every donor could save up to 3 lives. To make an appointment to donate, sign up online  or call 800 786-4483. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are always welcome. Photo ID is required.
Chancel Flowers
We are looking for one or two people to facilitate and organize our flower ministry.  The task includes: Once a year: putting out a sign up for donations then giving about 1 hour once each month: verifying the donations, emailing the order to the florist, emailing the donor names and dedications to staff for the bulletin and arranging for someone to put the flowers on the chancel each week.  For more information please contact:  Maryanne Kyle or call 630-213-8590
Food Pantry
Seeking tea, pineapple, bar soap, women's products, baby wipes and diapers sizes 3,4,and 5. The new addition is toilet paper. The only
food products on the list are tea and pineapple. The other requests are much needed non-food necessities. Our food pantries meet many needs in our community.
Halverson Benediction Prints
High quality copies of all the print designs are still available to order. You can order these here
or visit here   to download the order information and pay by check.

Women's Bible Study
Please join Pastor Kyle as we gather together for Bible Study on the first Tuesday each month.  This year we will be studying " Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews " as we delve into the Book of Hebrews.  10:00 a.m. in the Living Room.  Books are available in the church office for $10.
Men's Ministry 
Men's First Light Collaborative
A 10 week study - Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven  (Author).
Breakfast starts at 7am next to the kitchen. Please contact  us to be sure we have enough bacon for all.
Women's Ministry
Women's Ministry Christmas Social 
Thursday, December 7, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Please come and relax and enjoy the spirit of Christmas season in the company and fellowship of the women of First Pres.  
The Christmas Social will be held at the home of Beth Spiegel (919 S. Hale Street, Wheaton).  (Last names A-L bring a bottle of wine, M-Z bring an appetizer.  Dessert will be provided!)                             
Please RSVP to the church office (630-668-5147) or email.
Women's Ministry: Jesus is Calling You to Tea at K'Tizo
We will be meeting on the 5th Thursday in Nov because of the holiday dates.
Join us for a deep breath of peace and calm with a Jesus Calling devotion at K'Tizo Tea & Coffee Shop, 1915 North Gary Ave.
Questions? Call Angela Stephenson at 630-200-2533.
Mission Trip
Mission to Cuba
In May, we plan to join with our sister church, Hope Presbyterian, on a mission trip to Cuba to build friendships with our brothers and sisters in Christ in Havana. The trip will be led by Pastor Kyle and Pastor Jay Moses.  There will be an informational meeting for all interested on November 19 during education hour in the Living Room.  Please contact Pastor Kyle if you are interested.
Join First Pres on Facebook
Have you "liked" us on Facebook yet? We share frequent updates on events and worship services on our Facebook page as well as post photos from recent gatherings of both adults and children. It's easy! Just CLICK HERE.
It's a fun and easy way to share our mission and promote First Pres!

Please Recycle
Please consider placing your bulletins and inserts in the marked recycle baskets at the end of the service.  
Whenever possible we will reuse the bulletins and it is important for us to be good stewards of the cost of printing and our environment.
Sunday Worship Services
"Irresistible Grace" 
Pastor Kellen Smith
Worship Service at 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Recordings of our past sermons are available on our website here.
Adult Education
Martin Luther: The Reluctant Revolutionary
9:45 a.m. in SH 102-103.
2017 marks the 500th anniversary of one of the most important events in Western civilization. A penniless monk named Martin Luther sparked the revolution that would change everything. This movement, the Protestant Reformation, changed Western culture at its core continues to shape the life of every American today. Using a PBS documentary that was filmed across Europe, we'll follow the dramatic story of Luther who reluctantly took on the most powerful institution of his day and won. 
Going Deeper: Sermon Discussion Class
Would you like to go deeper with the pastor's message? Explore the scripture, go further with your faith, and engage in discussion based on the sermon in worship. Sunday mornings, 9:45am in Sanctuary Hall.
Led by Denny Lawson
Financial Peace University
Classes are ongoing and visitors are welcome.
We meet Sundays from 4:00-5:30 p.m. until November 19
th .
What does it look like to handle money God's way?
With Dave Ramsey's class Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money and start planning for your future.
Contact: John Keating (630) 260-3840 for more information www.daveramsey.com

Announcements
Fearless Generosity
Thank You to All Who Have Submitted a 2018 Giving Card  
We have received 181 giving commitments for $684,691, which is a good start. We have not yet heard from about 60% of our membership. Having each member's participation is essential for planning ministry and mission at First Pres in 2018. If you have not yet completed a card please consider doing so. 
If you would like a card sent to you, please contact the church office at (630) 668-5147.   
Giving cards are also at the welcome desk, in the pews and online.
First Pres Preschool Priority Enrollment
First Pres Preschool is accepting priority enrollment for the 2018-19 school year. Priority registration is open to Church members and returning families until November 30. Our preschool classes usually fill during priority registration or soon after so if you are a Church member or attending our Church and thinking about enrolling in our preschool, now is the time to contact the preschool  or call 630-668 5147 x27
"Whisk" Seniors a Happy Holiday
Every year, First Pres partners with Outreach Community Center and Gary Methodist Church to host a Christmas luncheon for the Older Adults Program at Outreach Community Center.  This year's luncheon will be held on Friday, December 15.  First  Pres volunteers provide and serve lunch, as well as make financial donations to make the day possible.  For most of these seniors, this annual event is the highlight of their holiday season. A $12 donation will provide one older adult a place at the annual Christmas Luncheon table. 
 
Donation envelopes are available in the Rotunda.  Checks should be made payable to Outreach Community Ministries and can be dropped in the mail or left in the church office.
 
Thank you for helping to provide our seniors with a happy holiday season.  If you have any questions or would like to volunteer that day, please contact Kim Van Oss (630-609-6956) or Alice Lechiara (630-462-0536). 
Hospitality Summit
Attention all Ushers, AV Team, Pulpit Associates, Connections and Welcome Desk team members!
The goal of this summit is to bring together the people that have a part in our weekly worship and discern ways that we can work together to provide a cohesive welcome to those coming to worship in our church.
  •  Sunday, November 19
  •  12:15 - 2:30pm in Stewart Hall. Lunch will be provided  - pizza, salad and dessert - (please let us know beforehand of any dietary concerns)
  •  R.S.V.P to the church office before November 17
This summit is a great opportunity for all of us to gather, celebrate and grow in our various ministries. If you have any questions, or need more information, do not hesitate to contact Maryanne Kyle, Pastor Kellen or Pastor Kyle .
CAN (College Age Network)
We need your help to show our First Pres college students that we love them and haven't forgotten them! We will be sending letters and gift cards to all of the college students in November. If you would like to donate money or $5.00 gift cards (to places like Starbucks, Target, Wal-Mart, or fast food), please drop your donations in the office by Wednesday, November 15. If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Goodwin
New Stephen Minister Class
Beginning the second Monday in January and lasting through the end of May, First Pres will be offering a new Stephen Ministry training class. Here is a snapshot of what Stephen Ministry entails.

Responsibilities of a Stephen Minister:
-Daily prayer for their care receiver
-Usually meet once a week with their care receiver
-Listening (not fixing)
-Dealing with feelings
-Sharing distinctively Christian caring resources
-Remain process oriented....not results oriented
-Relating assertively
-Maintaining boundaries
-Maintaining confidentiality
-Help identify people in need of Stephen Ministry
-Participate in twice-monthly supervision and continuing education
-Agree to serve two years
-50 hours of training

If this is something that is of interest, please contact Pastor Kyle (630-668-5147), Henrieta Ribeiro
(630-221-1994), Diane Easter (630-835-4223), or Bob Young (630-668-6886). There is an application form to fill out and be returned and then followed up with an interview.
Christmas Sharing
Christmas Sharing is Coming December 8 and 9!  
Mark your calendars and start cleaning out your closets.  Food boxes will be available the last 3 Sundays in November in between the services or in the church office.   Most needed items are children's clothes, toys and all sizes of coats and outerwear. Donated items can be brought to the church December 5 through December 7.
Seeking volunteers! Questions? Contact Tanya Downing or call
630-699-6782.
Christmas Sharing Fundraiser
Christmas Sharing will be having a fundraiser with Chipotle on Butterfield. The date is Thursday, November 9 from 4 - 10 p.m.   50% of profits will go to Christmas Sharing. For more information CLICK HERE.
FPC Book Club
The book club pick for November is 
Lilac Girls , by Martha Hall Kelly.
Join us on Thursday, November 30, 7:00 for great discussion and even better fellowship.

Questions? Please contact Mary Kinsey 630-668-51747 x20
Music Ministry
Sing-Along Messiah
Sunday, December 17
3:00 p.m.
Join our Westminster Choir in singing selected parts of this masterpiece by George Frideric Handel.
If you have a copy of the score, please bring it along. If not, you can rent a score for just $6. There will also be an open choir rehearsal on Thursday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m. for anyone who wants to feel extra prepared before the big event.
An offering will be collected during intermission and all proceeds will go toward the Music Ministry and a special Music & Missions initiative. The Westminster Choir is working to partner with local organizations to create a special arts education fund to benefit immigrant and refugee children in DuPage County.
To RSVP or for more information visit our registration page or call the church office at (630) 668 5147.
Children & Middle School
LOGOS - A Midweek program for K-8th Grade 
Wednesday nights (Oct.-March) 5:00 - 7:15pm
LOGOS is a place where church is fun and everyone matters! Children, youth and adults come together to practice the art of Christian relationships. Questions? Contact Lynn Nuzzo for K - 5th Grade and Mary Kinsey for 6 - 8th Grade.
  Questions? Contact Lynn Nuzzo or Mary Kinsey
 for more information.


Operation Christmas Child
The LOGOS students would like to invite you to join them in packing a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child.
Boxes and instructions are located in the Rotunda.
Filled boxes are due back by November 15
Visit their website for more information.

Join us as we bless children with joy, hope and love all around the world!
 
Family Nativity Night
Hosted by Children's Ministry
Friday, December 1 , 6:30 - 8:00pm
Bring the whole family for a fun night of exploring Advent together!
Create a gingerbread Nativity ~ Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate
Each family will receive an Advent bag to take home!
RSVP Lynn Nuzzo.
Northern Illinois Food Bank
Join your Middle School friends on Tuesday, November 21 on a trip to the Northern Illinois Food Bank to sort food for the many hungry people in DuPage County. Meet in the church parking lot at 12:30 for carpools. We will return at 4:30.  Adult volunteers and chaperones always welcome.  Contact Mary Kinsey for more information.
WF High School News
Hot Breakfast - Sunday November 19 
Join us between services in the kitchen. Thank you, God, for pancakes and bacon. Amen.
 
Alumni Pie Night - Wednesday, November 22  from 8-9pm. All college students are welcome to come back to visit with the current HS students and WF alumni, eat pie, and play a few games with your old buddies. I know you miss playing Four on a Couch! I hope you can make it!
 
Progressive Dinner - Sunday, December 10 , from 5-9pm . Get all dressed up and we'll have a fun night eating appetizers, entrees and desserts at different homes around town. This event is one that the students really look forward to each year! We may even have a visitor from the North Pole!
Recent Events
Four and Five year old preschoolers showing off their art work from Art Enrichment Class!



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