For the week of   
April 15, 2018  
19 - Women's Ministry High Tea
20-21 Genesis-Urban Youth Mission
22 - WF 8th Grade Welcome Night
22 - Cuba Mission Informational Meeting
24 - Deacon's Senior Spring Event
26 - FPC Book Club
28 - Mission: People's Resource Center
5 - Stephen Ministry Workshop
6 - Koinonia Coffee-Covering the Holy Land in 12 Days
8 - Mission: Ronald McDonald House
13 - Youth Sunday
17 - Women's Ministry Strawberry Breakfast
20 - Women's Ministry Bake Sale
20 - Sunday School Closing Celebration
26 - Mission: People's Resource Center
Online Calendar
Looking for even more details about what's coming up? See our online calendar  here .
Children & Youth
Education Hour
Paul Escapes
Lower Level

6th Grade
Three Prophets
Lower Level

7th Grade
The Life and Ministry of Jesus Christ
Lower Level

8th Grade
God the Holy Spirit/Sin & Forgivness
Lower Level

High School
Politics: Is it a sin not to vote?

Ongoing Events
FPC Book Club
The Sisterhood by Helen Bryan is our FPC book club book for April. Join us on Thursday, April 26, 7:00 pm in the Parish House living room for good discussion and great fellowship. Questions? Please contact Mary Kinsey 630-668-5147 x20 
Food Pantry 
This month there is a DESPERATE need 
at PRC for diapers in sizes 5 & 6. They would also appreciate cooking oil and tuna as well as toothpaste and women's personal products.  Interfaith needs diapers in siz
es 4 & 5 as well as toothpaste, women's personal products, toilet paper and
VOLUNTEERS. So, if you have an hour or two to spare during the week, know that you are wanted and needed at Interfaith Food Pantry in Carol Stream. 
Father's Day 
Worship Service
Men of First Pres, we will  be leading worship on  Father's Day, June 17 If you are willing to serve in some capacity, let us know as soon as possible.
Needed:  Greeters, 
Ushers,  Scripture 
Speakers,  Musicians,
C offee/Treat Providers.
Please consider being
 a part of the team for this special day.
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.
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.
Sunday Worship Services

Coming in Glory
Pastor Kellen Smith
Worship 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Recordings of our past sermons are available on our website here.
Adult Education
The Great Emergence 
Sundays, through April 29, 9:45-10:45 a.m. in
Stewart Hall 102-103
Led by Nancy Cinatl
Have you ever wondered why churches look different today than ever before? Could this change have a divine purpose? Explore these questions and more during an education series based on Phyllis Tickle's book, The Great Emergence . The class will focus on fascinating spiritual and cultural history and end with hopeful prospects for the Christian faith. Books are available for $10 in the church office. 
First Pres Survey
Please take a moment to complete the brief congregational survey, if you haven't already done so. Your feedback will help the leadership team in their visioning journey and help to set the future direction of First Pres. We hope to have all responses back by April 18. 

You can complete the survey online .
There are also copies available at the Rotunda, Narthex & in the Church Office.
Una Celebracion Cubana
Sunday, April 22, 5:00 p.m. at Hope Presbyterian Church
In 2012, Hope Presbyterian Church formed a sister church relationship with La Fernanda Reformed Presbyterian Church in Havana, Cuba. On May 27, eight members of Hope Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church will be leaving to visit La Fernanda Reformed Presbyterian Church, returning on June 4. The week will be filled spending time with members of La Fernanda through Bible study, worship, mission work, and visiting in member's homes. Other Presbyterian Churches in the Havana Presbytery will be visited to learn about the work they are doing in their neighborhoods to improve people's lives. 

On April 22, you are invited to hear about the trip and how God is working through La Fernanda in the poor Havana neighborhood in which they are located.  The main course and beverages will be provided. We ask those attending to bring a salad or dessert. Please reserve your spot with Pastor Kyle.

A free will offering will be taken with proceeds going to benefit the youth of La Fernanda and to help fund their vacation Bible school.
CAN (College Age Network)
It's finals time again for our First Pres college students and we'd love to send them a little bit of love and joy amid all the stress that finals can bring! We will be sending letters and gift cards to all of the college students at the end of the month. 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 Tuesday, April 24. If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Goodwin.
Spring Senior Luncheon
Join us for the Spring Senior Luncheon on Tuesday, April 24, 11:30 a.m. in Stewart Hall. A light lunch and dessert will be served followed by a speaker.  The program will be "Behind the Scenes at Willowbrook Wildlife Center" offering an exclusive look at what goes on at this dynamic center located in Glen Ellyn. The Wildlife Center is a native wildlife rehabilitation facility that provides care and medical treatment to injured and orphaned wild animals. If you plan on attending contact the church office.
Prescription for Life
Pick up your bottle in the Rotunda and fill it up with loose change (or bills or checks). Your generous support helps to provide services such as Friendly Visiting, Mood and Memory Clinic, social activities, field trips, weekly shopping trips, and the popular monthly Lunch and Learn events.
For questions contact Rachel Abbott.  
Stephen Ministry
On Saturday May 5, our church will be hosting a community-wide Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. While there is a charge for this workshop, it is FREE to members of First Pres.

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the Stephen Ministry Program to anyone that might be interested in becoming a distinctively Christian Care Giver. The presentation will be made by a skilled Stephen Minister team and be a combination of lectures, video, and interactive discussions on Ministering To Those In Grief, Intro To Stephen Ministry, and How To Care In A Distinctively Christian Way. There will be an extensive resource table with materials for purchase. Light refreshments will be served.

If you are interested, just call the church office to register. For any questions, contact Pastor Kyle, Henrieta Ribeiro (630-221-1994), Diane Easter
(630-835-4223), or Bob Young (630-561-3601)
Koinonia Coffee
Covering the Holy Land in 12 Days
Come to the Koinonia Coffee in Stewart Hall on May 6 at 9:45 a.m. when Jon Wylie will update us on his February trip. Get new insight into what's happening now in the land where Jesus lived over 2,000 years ago. Learn about:

-What it's like to live in the valley or at the top of a hill in the West Bank

-If you're hospitalized in Nazareth, how it compares

-Fr. Chacour's secret sweet tooth

-And more...

Please join us on May 6 for this important news report.
Meal Team Ministry
Would you be willing to offer meals to church families in need? We are looking for some additional volunteer cooks to be on our Meal Team list. When our Meal Team hears about someone's illness, surgery, new baby etc. we try to offer some meals. As a volunteer cook, you receive an e-mail with information about dates, dietary needs and addresses. If you are able to furnish a meal for that family, respond to the requesting email to sign up for a particular date.

We were able to offer over 100 meals to church families last year. This meal program relies on volunteer cooks to share a meal!! Email Ann Flansburg  for more information and to volunteer.         
Feed My Starving Children Update
21 of our members gathered at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora. The participated in packing 222 boxes of food which will provide 47,952 meals for 131 kids for an entire year. Hopefully you can join us sometime at a packing event!

Calling for Hands, Feet and Hearts
Ronald McDonald House is offering us three opportunities to provide meals for the families staying there while their children are receiving treatment. The dates are:
Tuesday, May 8 for meals (10 volunteers needed)
Thursday, June 21 for meals (10 volunteers needed)
Thursday, July 19 for dinner (10 volunteers needed)

The People's Resource Center , one of our long time mission partners, would be grateful for volunteers on three Saturdays from 8:30 AM until Noon

The dates are:  April 28 ,   May 26 , and  June 23 .  We will need  12 Volunteers each Saturday . to help the clients do their shopping and load their car.

Signup sheets will be at the information desk, call the church office at 630-668-5147 or email

If you would like to take part in these important missions please register ONLINE.
Women's Ministry
Ladies High Tea
High tea fare, fellowship and fundraising, Thursday April 19th, 
1:00-3:00 pm in Stewart Hall. 
We will be collecting new & nearly new shoes for silent auction and gently used shoes for donation to Twice As Nice Consignment benefiting Outreach Community Ministries. Auction funds will benefit the eight charities supported each year by Women's Ministries.

You are encouraged to bring infant, child, and women's shoes of all sizes. You can shop for yourself, neighbors, friends and family members.
Bring your friends with you to share in a fun event of connecting, shopping, and the delicious fare of "High Tea".  Please RSVP to the church office.
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.

Registration Has Begun!
Vacation Bible School
Ages 4 (by Sept. 1) - entering 5th grade
Join us June 11 - 15 where we will experience the ride of our life with God at Rolling River Rampage!
Come experience the Bible through music, science, crafts, games and story time.
Registration at: or pick up a form in the church office or Rotunda.

Registration forms available on our website or in the church office.

Adults and teens come join us for the week or just a few days of fun. Assist with crafts, games, music, storytelling and more!
 Are you creative? Decoration creators are needed in May. Watch for the dates. T -shirts are available for volunteers to purchase and wear too!
Contact Lynn Nuzzo for more information.

Genesis Middle School
2018 Genesis Urban Youth Mission-Jr. High Weekend
Mark your calendars for an overnight mission trip to Fourth Presbyterian Church in downtown Chicago, Friday, April 20-Saturday, April 21. Cost is $50 per person and covers the cost for food, service sites, public transit, and a T-shirt. 
Sign up deadline is APRIL 9.  

VBS-Service Squad
 A week of daily mission trips and lots of fun! 
Monday June 11-Friday, June 15, 9:00-11:30 am.
Registration forms available on our website or in the church office.
Contact Mary Kinsey for more information.

WF High School News
THANK YOU, First Pres Family!
I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to all of you that attended the pancake breakfast fundraiser on Palm Sunday. Thanks to your generosity at the breakfast, we raised about $2000 toward our summer mission trip. Your love and support for our high school youth is just awesome! Thank you so much!
Nancy Goodwin 

Eighth Grade Welcome Night at WF
April 22, 6-8:15pm
The High School Youth of WF would like to invite all 8th grade students to join us at youth group on April 22! Come see what you have to look forward to when you get to high school! We will have all kinds of fun things planned especially for YOU! It's a great time to meet your confirmation sponsor, too! After this night, 8th graders are welcome to come each Wednesday night for Girls' and Guys' small groups, and WF youth group each Sunday night! Join us!
Chattanooga, TN Summer Mission Trip
June 16-23
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 $300 (or scholarship request) ASAP. The final cost depends on our fundraisers, but will range between $300 and $450. Partial scholarships are available. Parents and students should plan to attend the Mission Trip Information Meeting on May 20 at noon. 
Please let Nancy Goodwin know if you have any questions .
Recent Events
This week the four-year olds celebrated the end of their phonics unit with their families! 

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