For the week of   
January 14, 2018  
Annual Congregational Meeting
January 28

One Worship Service
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Annual Congregational
Meeting/ WF Lunch Fundraiser
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
19 - Abraham's Children Celebration
19-21 Genesis Timber-Lee Winter Xtreme Retreat
21 First Pres Church Blood Drive
28 - Annual Congregational Meeting
4, 11 New Member Class
9 - ESSE Adult Day Services-Diamond Celebration
11 - Women's Ministry Bake Sale
16-18 WF Winter Retreat
Online Calendar
Looking for even more details about what's coming up? See our online calendar  here .
Ongoing Events
Giving Envelopes Are In!
If you requested giving envelopes for 2018, they are available to pick up on the table on the ramp. We have a limited number of blank books available as well. Please contact Alice Lechiara  with any questions or if you would still like a set of envelopes.
2018 Flower Sign Up
Flowers can be given in honor or memory of a loved one and will be placed on the chancel during the church services.  Each week flowers are delivered by the deacons to those who are hospitalized, currently experiencing difficulties or to those who are home-bound. This year we will have one arrangement size available at a cost of $50.00.
2018 Open Dates:
June 10
August 19
December 2
EMAIL the church office if you are interested in securing one of the above dates.
Food Pantry
Well, the cold wind doth blow and it's January in Illinois.  Our food pantries have an influx of clients when it gets so cold. The
needs are the same this month with a special need for size 4 diapers, tea, and women's personal products. The request for sugar, cans of fruit cocktail, peaches,
peas, carrots, condiments, canned pineapple, bar soap, toothpaste, toilet paper and diapers sizes 3, 5 & 6 along with wipes is ongoing. Thank you for helping others have a good start to 2018 through your generosity.   
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

"Who is My Neighbor?"
Pastor Kyle Roggenbuck

Worship Services at  8:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Recordings of our past sermons are available on our website here.
Adult Education
Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love
January 7 - February 11
9:45 a.m. in Stewart Hall 102-103
Join us as we start out the new year with a biblically rich, provocative exploration of the Christian mandate to love the other. In this time of deep divides in our country and in the world, we as followers of Christ are called not only to tolerance, but engagement and love of those who are other than us. Pastor Kyle will be leading this 5 week long series based on theologian and pastor Will Willimon's book "Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love". The books are available at the Welcome Desk and in the office ($10). Stewart Hall Room 102-103.
A January greeting from Pastor Kellen

Pints for Pasta
First Pres Church Blood Drive
Sunday, January 21 in the Ministry Center.
Donate blood and receive a FREE bowl of pasta at Noodles & Company.
Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are always welcome. Photo ID is required. To make an appointment sign up online at or call (800) 786 4483 Every donor will save up to 3 lives!
Wanted: Communications Team Volunteer - Google AdWords
The communications team is seeking someone to assist in the development of effective Google AdWords campaigns that promote the church within the community.  Experience with Google AdWords is desired; however, individuals with interest in search, digital growth strategies, copywriting, testing & analytics, or a keen desire to learn and contribute to telling the First Pres story please contact: .
Abraham's Children Thank You Celebration Dinner
January 19, 6:00 p.m. in Stewart Hall
Well done!  Your hard work paid off. We can't wait to tell you the results of our September event and what has transpired since then. Our Chariot of Mercy i s already providing critical health care to the forgotten people in Area C, the West Bank. Chef Denny will be preparing a delicious entree'.  All you need to bring i s your appetite, a dish to pass and a hopefully a friend! 

To reserve a spot email or 630-668-5147. Bring your appetite, a dish to pass, and most important a friend! Let us know by Tuesday January 16th if you will be able to attend. Open to all!

Special note: In deference to our Muslim guests, please do not bring any dish containing pork products.
Thanks again-our success is because of you!

Church Liaison for Boy Scout Troop 23 Needed
Troop 23 has been a part of First Pres since 1955 and continues to be a very active Troop with 80+ boy scouts. Over the past 4 or so years I've had the privilege of being the liaison for First Pres and Troop 23 fostering a strong and cooperative relationship. I have enjoyed my time as the Chartered Organization Representative (the official name) however the time has come for me to be moving on. Therefore, I am asking for another member of First Pres who is interested in helping Troop 23 keep that strong and cooperative relationship with First Pres. The position truly doesn't require a lot of time but it does need someone who supports Boy Scouts and Troop 23. If you are interested please contact me.
Ron Hands - (630) 670-6710
FPC Book Club
Thursday, January 25, 7:00 p.m. in the Parish House Living Room
All the Winters After by Sere Halverson is the January selection for the FPC book club. 
Twenty years ago Kache's mother, father and brother died in a plane crash, and Kache still feels responsible. He hasn't been back home since the accident but now his aunt Snag insists he comes back. When Kache arrives he finds that a mysterious Russian woman has been living in his house for the last ten years totally isolated from everyone. Set in Alaska, this story is of two souls trying to free themselves, and searching for family and forgiveness.
Questions? Please contact Mary Kinsey or call 630-668-5147x20.
Women's Ministry
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.

Save the Date
19 - Women's Ministry Movie and Discussion
16/17 - Women's Ministry Retreat
Men's Ministry
Men's First Light Collaborative
11 week study - 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. Please contact  to be sure we have enough bacon for all.
Children & Middle School
Second Semester of LOGOS Began January 10!
Come join us! Perhaps you know a family who you want to invite?
Cost is $70.00 for the remainder of the year.
Contact Lynn Nuzzo (K-5th) or Mary Kinsey (6-8th) for more information.

LOGOS in January
1/17 Pajama Night
1/24 Kazoo Night
1/31 Souper Bowl

4th & 5th Grade Game Night
January 27 - 6:30 - 8:30pm
Games, games and more games!
Create yummy ice cream sundaes. Bring a friend and a board game!
RSVP Lynn Nuzzo

Genesis Winter Xtreme
January 19, 20 & 21, 2018
Middle Schoolers, It's winterXtreme time again.
Join us for a weekend filled with broomball, night zipline, XC-skiing, tubing, tobogganing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, karaoke, leather shop, Acorns game room, nature center and worship leader Bill Alison with music led by Arbor.Vitae. The cost is $146.00 which includes bus transportation, 5 meals, 2 snacks, lodging and chaperones. ~scholarships available. We will leave Friday at 4:30 p.m., return Sunday by 2:00. Bring $$ for fast-food dinner Friday night and "stuff." RSVPs and money due Sunday, January 7th. Forms were sent in the mail and can be found online.
For more information go to, or contact Mary Kinsey.
WF High School News
WF Study Break
January 14, 6-7pm
We'll have a shortened WF time on this night, so you can get a quick break from your studies! We'll play some high energy games to get your jitters out, and eat some healthy snacks to get your energy boosted to get you refocused on your studies!

January 20-21
After a long week of finals, come at 8pm on Saturday for a crazy night of fun and games with your WF friends! We'll finish our event by attending the 8:30am worship service, and having Hot Breakfast together with the Sunday AM crew. The event ends at 10:45am on Sunday. District 200 has no school on the Monday after the lock-in, so you can catch up on some sleep and homework then! Permission slips are required - feel free to turn them in early!

Annual Congregational Meeting/WF Lunch Fundraiser
January 28, 11am - 2pm.
We're only having one worship service at 10am, followed by lunch and the Congregational meeting on this day. The lunch will be our first fundraiser for our summer mission trip, and all mission trip participants will be expected to help out! More details to come...

Register today for the WF Winter Retreat!
February 16-17

Join us at Camp Timber-Lee for an amazing time of spiritual growth, making connections within our group, and a super, duper fun time! Register before 1/10 to get a $10 discount! The last day to sign up is January 28. Register ONLINE today!  
Recent Events
What a great night back to LOGOS! Everyone is so happy to be together again.
Check out what the middle school kids made!

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