For the week of   
March 11, 2018  
The Interfaith Event for Middle School and High School Youth
The Interfaith event originally scheduled for this Saturday, March 10 is being rescheduled. Stay tuned for details on a new date and time!
Calendar
MARCH
13 - The Bridge
16 - DOOR Chicago Mission
16 - Genesis March Madness
18 - Zomi Celebration
19 - Women's Ministry Card Making and Writing
22 - FPC Book Club
24 - Easter Party and Egg Hunt
25 - Palm Sunday Worship
25 - WF Palm & Pancakes Fundraiser
29 - Maundy Thursday Worship Service
30 - Good Friday Worship Service
APRIL
1 - Easter
Online Calendar
Looking for even more details about what's coming up? See our online calendar  here .
Ongoing Events
FPC Book Club
Your FPC book club is reading Still Life , the first book in Louise Penny's series about Inspector Gamache, the hero, who commands his forces with integrity and quiet courage. 
Join us on Thursday, March 22, 7:00 p.m. in the church Parish House for great fellowship and good discussions.
 
Questions? Please contact Mary Kinsey 630-668-5147 x20
Men's Basketball is Back!
Join us Saturday
afternoons through
March 17 in the Ministry Center. If interested please contact Mike Zorn  or call 312-802-3526.
Food Pantry
New needs this month are canned tuna, cooking oil and toothpaste for Peoples Resource Center.
Interfaith Food Pantry needs women's
personal products, bar soap, tea, diapers and wipes.
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.
Remember our College Kids with a prayer or care card: 
Melanie Uhrich, Hope College and Matt Brcka, Indiana University
Sunday Worship Services
Against All Odds
Pastor Kellen Smith
Worship 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Recordings of our past sermons are available on our website here.
Adult Education
Dietrich Bonhoeffer:  A 20th Century Martyr
Sundays, March 11 & 18, 9:45-10:45 a.m  in Stewart Hall 102-103.
Dr. Paul Bischoff will be our Theologian-in-Residence during Lent to present a four-part class on Dietrich Bonhoeffer. As professor and pastor, Bonhoeffer spoke out early against Hitler and the Nazis.  This seminar gets into three of Bonhoeffer's best-known books:  Discipleship, Life Together and Letters & Papers from Prison in which he challenges us to proclaim the Gospel through our lives.
Childcare Available.
Read the Gospel of Matthew
During Lent, take the opportunity to grow your faith by reading through Matthew's gospel over 40 days. As a complement to our FOCUSED sermon series, you can find a purple reading guide in the pew or you can download it HERE. The reading schedule began on February 18 and concludes on Maundy Thursday, March 29. 
Lenten Suppers
Wednesday Nights Through March 21

Join us Wednesday nights during Lent for a light supper, meaningful worship time, and study. 
6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Food and fellowship in Stewart Hall 
7:15 - 7:45 p.m. Worship 
7:45 - 8:15 p.m. A time of study 
All are welcome! There will be a free will donation to offset supper costs. 
To RSVP, call the church office at (630) 668-5147.
Announcements
A Zomi Farewell
Join us on March 18 following worship at 12:15 p.m. in Stewart Hall as we celebrate with our Zomi friends and wish them well. After six years of being our wonderful neighbors and friends they will be moving to a new building on Ellis and Front Streets and they wish to thank us for our warm hospitality. Please come and bring a dish to share.

You are also invited to help us celebrate with a contribution toward a gift for the Zomi Congregation as they begin a new chapter; a special Timothy Botts Print for their new church building. We will continue to partner with the Zomi Congregation by providing school supplies, the Zomi Christmas Tree gifts, & student scholarships. Funds over and above the cost of the farewell gift will go toward this mission partnership. Checks can be made out to First Pres with Zomi gift in the memo line.
One Great Hour of Sharing
During this season of Lent, our gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing enable us to share God's love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed. If you would like to make a gift to One Great Hour of Sharing, you can make your check out to First Presbyterian Church with OGHS in the memo line, or contribute online.            
Feed My Starving Children
Tuesday, March 27, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Aurora.
We are looking for 25 volunteers, ages five and up to help pack nutritious meals for hungry children around the world. Please contact Nora Lawson  or call 708-267-3309 to sign up.
Amazon Smile
If you shop on Amazon, you can triple your impact for First Pres by using Amazon Smile from March 12-31
and Amazon donates to First Presbyterian Church.
The Bridge
Our next opportunity to serve at "The Bridge" is coming up on March 13. This is our opportunity to share some fellowship and food with those less fortunate. Please join us as we serve up some love as well as a warm meal. We will gather to car pool at 5:45 p.m. by the side kitchen door of First Pres. Please email Denny Lawson i f you plan to participate.
Boy Scout Troop 23 Needs Your Help!
Troop 23 has been an important part of First Pres since 1955 and currently has over 80 active scouts. If you are interested in becoming a liaison, and making a difference in these young lives, please contact Ron Hands at (630) 670-6710. The time commitment is small but the impact is huge.
Easter Flowers
Flowers will adorn our chancel for Easter and be delivered to our homebound parishioners and closest neighbors. To dedicate Easter flowers in honor or memory of a loved one, please complete the form below and return it to the church office, along with your donation, no later than Monday, March 26. Your dedication will be printed in the Easter bulletin. You may also pick up an Easter flower following the last service on Easter at noon.


____ In Honor of ____________________________


____ In Memory of __________________________


Given by:__________________________________
A Prayer for our Local Leaders
Pastor Kellen was invited to the monthly Wheaton City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 6 and offered the following prayer for our local leaders:
Music Director Search Committee
The Music Director Search Committee has been meeting weekly, and sometimes even twice a week, since the start of 2018.  We received 32 applications for the position, and after careful thought, prayer, and discussion have narrowed the selection to eight candidates. In January, we scheduled and conducted phone interviews with seven of the candidates. 
 
Face-to-face interviews are planned with the top candidates in the next few weeks. Many thanks to those in the congregation who have expressed their thoughts regarding the next Music Director.  We do take all your comments very seriously. We would appreciate your continued prayers as we meet and focus on selecting a candidate. If you have any questions or comments please contact any one of the committee members.  

The search committee, who has devoted much time and energy on this search includes: Paul Burgess, Nancy Cinatl, David Geddes, Laurie Harrington, Anth Lechiara, Mike Weatherred, Doug Zimmer, and ex officio member, Pastor Kellen. 
Women's Ministry
Card Making and Writing
On Monday, March 19 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in Stewart Hall 101, we will be making greeting cards to send to women in our church. If you like to create greeting cards, write encouraging words to other women or just want to join us for fellowship we would love to have you join us. Come for an hour or the whole time...your help will be greatly appreciated. 
Call Alice Lechiara (630) 462-0536 or Donna Laidlaw (630) 690-7402 with any questions.
 
Women's Ministry: Jesus is Calling You to Tea at K'Tizo
Join us on the 4th Thursday each month 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
Men's First Light Collaborative
Join us Saturday mornings for this study running through March 17 - Life in the Spirit by J. Robertson McQuilkin
 
In Life in the Spirit, Robertson McQuilkin writes, " The Holy Spirit is the source of our spiritual blessing, the administrator and executive officer of our triune God. " So why do we so often neglect the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in our everyday lives? With fresh insights, this book reveals how the church has too often ignored the Spirit's influence and what we must do to get back to our spiritual roots.
 
Breakfast starts at 7:00 a.m. next to the kitchen in Stewart Hall 101. Please contact firstlight@firstpreswhearton.org  to be sure we have enough bacon for all.
Children
The LOGOS families will be celebrating the end of
this school year together next week.


Easter Party and Egg Hunt
 
Saturday, March 24th, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
2 years thru 3rd Grade (4th & 5th Graders welcome to come assist!) Crafts, Games, the Easter story and an egg hunt will all be a part of the fun!
To register bring 1 dozen filled eggs (wrapped candy only) to the office by March 20 or email  Lynn.


Genesis Middle School
March Madness!
Friday, March 16, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Ministry Center
Welcome 5 th graders!  Join your new Genesis middle school friends for March Madness. We will have basketball, ping pong, bag-o, board games, box ball, an all church scavenger hunt and make your own sundaes. Bring $5.00 and the church permission form found in the church office, at the info desk or online at www.firstpreswheaton.org .
Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 14  to Susie Mitchell  312-933-6481 , Jen Keating 630-212-9690  or Mary Kinsey 630-668-5147x20 .  
Join us, we guarantee you will have a BLAST!

Middle Schoolers let's go AWOL with the Chicago Presbytery
Mark your calendars for an overnight mission trip to downtown Chicago, Friday, April 20-Saturday, April 21. We will start at Fourth Presbyterian Church with dinner Friday night, spend the night and then head out on Saturday to do gardening or park clean-up as it is Earth Day weekend. More information to come.
WF High School News
Palms & Pancakes Fundraiser
Sunday, March 25, 9:30-11am.
This is our second (and hopefully last) fundraiser for the summer mission trip, and all mission trip participants will be expected to help out. Watch for an email with more details!

Chattanooga, TN Summer Mission Trip
June 16-23
It's not too late to join us for our awesome summer mission trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee! We will be doing general home repair, interior/exterior painting and/or deck/ramp building - whatever our resident needs!  This week long trip is such a meaningful way to grow in our faith and our relationships with each other.  It is so exciting to see what God will do in us and through us this week! Register with forms and a payment of $100 (or scholarship request) ASAP. The final cost depends on our two fundraisers, but will range between $300 and $450. Partial scholarships are available.  All participants need to help out with our second fundraiser on March 25, and parents and students should plan to attend the mission trip information meeting on May 20 at noon. Please let Nancy know if you have any questions.
Recent Events
At this week's LOGOS it was Sports Night! The Dad's cook team scored big and Kedrick led the way with some musical teamwork!


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