For the week of   
December 3, 2017  
3 - Advent Begins
7 - Women's Ministry Christmas Social
8/9 - Christmas Sharing
10 - WF Progressive Dinner
15 - Outreach Senior Luncheon
16 - People's Resource Center Food Pantry
17 - Sing-Along Messiah
17 - Potluck with Our Zomi Friends
17 - WF Christmas Movie Night
24 - Christmas Eve Worship
25-26 - DuPage County PADS
29 - Middle School Illumination Extravaganza
2 - Mission USA - The Bridge
8 - Stephen Minister Class Begins
19-21 Timber-Lee Winter Xtreme Retreat
4, 11 - New Member Class
16-18 WF Winter Retreat
Online Calendar
Looking for even more details about what's coming up? See our online calendar  here .
Roseland "Good News" Day Care Center
We stop collecting for Roseland for the next few weeks while our church is collecting for Christmas Sharing.  We will begin collecting for the Day Care again in January.  Don't worry that we are forgetting our friends in Roseland as we get to collect things for them after our guests have finished their shopping at Christmas Sharing.  We usually take a carload or two to Roseland at that time!  Thank you in advance for your contributions to Christmas Sharing!
Ongoing Events
Amazon Smile
When shopping online for the holidays don't forget to visit Amazon Smile. Your purchases can help support First Pres.  For every purchase through this program, Amazon will donate to First Presbyterian Church. The direct link HERE.

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.
Pecans are Back
Pecan sales at First Pres are a sure sign of good things to come for the upcoming holidays. Plan on visiting the sales table on Sundays between the services or the Church Office for your pecans. Cost is $10.00 per one pound bag. Sales benefit the Presbytery's Erie House mission. Please make checks out to Presbyterian Women.
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.
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!
Sunday Worship Services

"World Changer"
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
Advent Adult Ed
Mary Gave God a Body
Advent study led by Dr. Paul Bischoff, Ph.D
9:45 a.m., December 3, 10, 17, Stewart Hall 102-103
God's infant arrival on earth required a woman. The Word became flesh through an unlikely unmarried teenage girl named Mary. This class gets into Luke's Gospel to see Mary's suspicious response to an angel's message transformed to obedience, to listen to her song of God's faithfulness throughout the ages and to reflect and ponder with her the paradoxical, even scandalous, aspects of becoming God's mother. 
Going Deeper: Sermon Discussion Class
9:45 a.m. in Sanctuary Hall
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.
Led by Denny Lawson
Christmas Eve Worship
Christmas in Wheaton
Matthew 1:18-25
(No morning Worship Service)
Children-Led Family Service
3:45 p.m. Pre-service music
4:00 p.m. in the Ministry Center
Candlelight Communion

6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Christmas Sharing
Christmas Sharing is Coming December 8 and 9!  
Start cleaning out your closets.  Food boxes are available in the Rotunda and 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. The volunteer sign-up form can be downloaded
Giving Trees  
Check out the different "Giving Trees" in the Rotunda this December for other ways to give this Christmas season. Place your wrapped gifts, with the recipient's gift tag taped to the package under the tree(s).

Zomi Giving Tree
Provide a gift for our Zomi Children. Deadline Dec. 10

The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans
The gifts will be delivered to the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans. Deadline Dec. 17.
Marklund Homes Giving Tree
Give a gift to developmentally disabled infants, children and adults. Deadline Dec. 17.

DuPage Convalescent Center
Give a gift to a resident at the DuPage Convalescent Center. Deadline Dec. 17.
Potluck with our Zomi Friends
Sunday, December 17, Noon
Join us for lunch after the second service as we celebrate Christmas with our Zomi refugee friends. We will gather the two congregations, share a meal, sing some songs, and give gifts. Please bring a dish or dessert.
Peoples' Resource Center Food Pantry
On Saturday, December 16 we have an opportunity to help the clients select groceries and get to their cars.  
The signup sheet will be at the Welcome Desk in the Rotunda or call Gwen Henry at 630-665-4230.   Hours from 8:30 until 12:00.
A Christmas Art Walk-A Gift to Remember
Twelve Artists * Twelve Stores
December 12-24
Twelve artists have been commissioned to create a truly international reflection of the Christmas story in the downtown Wheaton Shops. Visitors are invited to EXPLORE, DISCOVER and WALK through twelve stores throughout downtown Wheaton following a map that will lead them each step of the way. Each piece helps tell the Biblical story of the birth of Jesus Christ and inspires viewers to remember the true Christmas "Gift to Remember."
Visit or .         
Volunteer(s) Needed
Do you enjoy seeing the Luminaria that provides a beautiful presence wrapped around our church campus each Christmas Eve? Each year our middle schoolers prepare the 200+ candles for display. We need someone to place and light the luminaria around the church on Christmas eve this year around 4:00 p.m., and then clean up the bags on Christmas day. Are you looking for a way to serve this Christmas?  Please contact the Church Office if you are willing to take on this mini-mission at First Pres,
Lost and Found Table
Missing a coat or jacket, hat, glove, glasses, dishes or other things? Check out our Lost and Found table downstairs by the Ministry Center. All items not claimed will be donated for Christmas Sharing.
Fearless Generosity
Thank You to All Who Have Submitted a 2018 Giving Card  
We have received 223 giving commitments for $844,610, a great start to fearless generosity. If you have not yet completed a card please consider doing so. Having each member's participation is essential for planning ministry and mission at First Pres in 2018, every gift counts. 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.
Outreach Senior Luncheon
Friday, December 15 in Stewart Hall, 11:30 a.m.
Volunteers provide and serve lunch, and make financial donations to make the day possible. 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. 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). 
CAN (College Age Network)
Want to help our college kids feel loved and cared for by their church family? We still need about $150 worth of $5 gift cards or donations to reach the 70+ students that we have on our list! We've decided to push our mailing back to coincide with final exams, so you have an extra few weeks to get your donations in! Please drop your donations or $5.00 gift cards (to places like Starbucks, Target, Wal-Mart, or fast food), in the office by December 6.
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.
Women's Ministry
Women's Ministry Christmas Social 
Thursday, December 7, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Please come and relax and enjoy the spirit of the 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 November 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. at 9:30 a.m.
Questions? Call Angela Stephenson at 630-200-2533.
Men's Ministry
First Light Collaborative
On Saturday, 12/9, we start a 4 week study - Christmas: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: An Advent Study for Adults by Richard B. Wilke
In this four-week Advent study, the author focuses on people in the story of Christ's birth. There are those we associate with the joy and celebration of Christmas-the wise men, the shepherds, and Joseph. Yet the author reminds us not to forget that the evil King Herod is also part of the Christmas story, and how it is because there is evil in our world that we so desperately needed-and  need -a Savior. Each lesson includes a key scripture, brief reflection, questions to discuss, a suggested Christmas carol, and a prayer.
Breakfast starts at 7:00 a.m. next to the kitchen.
Contact to be sure we have enough bacon for all.
Children & Middle School
LOGOS - A Midweek program for K-8th Grade 
Wednesday nights (Oct.-March) 5:00 - 7:15 p.m. 
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.

Family Nativity Night 
Hosted by Children's Ministry
Friday, December 1 , 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. 
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.

Christmas Eve
Children-Led Family Service at 4:00 p.m. with Pre-Service music at 3:45 p.m.
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy this interactive worship service where the children will share their gifts of art and music and tell the story. All of the children will be learning a song to play using bells and tone chimes in Sunday School. The worship bulletin will be filled with the children's creative art work!
WF High School News
Progressive Dinner - Sunday, December 10 , from 5-8 p.m . 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
The First Pres children learned about the Temple and created their own in Sunday School!

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