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First Pres Family,

Tonight we begin an important conversation. Our nation and world continue to grapple with systemic racism. In light of the recent vandalism at Hope Presbyterian Church, this conversation is especially timely. As I’ve said before, racism is anti-Christian. We can be a great church, filled with good Christians, but still be part of a culture tainted by structural racism. Followers of Jesus must be willing to be made uncomfortable by the gospel as we remain committed to the struggle for racial justice and reconciliation. 

One thing we can do is further educate ourselves by looking to our own Christian theology. The life of the mind is not only part of our Presbyterian heritage, but it’s part of how we grow in our discipleship. Tonight we are fortunate to be joined by Dr. Vincent Bacote, Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College. Over the next four weeks on Wednesday nights, Dr. Bacote will help us explore how our central beliefs lead us toward a love of God and neighbor, particularly on the lingering questions of race. 

The class will be held over Zoom to allow for questions and conversation. Parents and students are encouraged to participate as well. Tonight’s class begins at 7:00 p.m. and you can log on to Zoom here

Blessings,
Pastor Kellen

P.S. The Wednesday night Matthew Bible Study will pause for now and resume at a later date. 
September Sermon Series
A New Normal: Finding New Rhythms of Life 
Sundays, September 13-27
8:30 a.m. Outdoor Worship; 10:00 a.m. Livestream Worship

In this three-week series, Pastor Kellen reminds us that God is with us in the disorienting, culture-shifting situations we find ourselves in, whether because of a global pandemic, a new life stage by choice, or a sudden change by chance. Despite the obvious challenges, how do we find new rhythms in our spiritual lives? We will encounter Old Testament prophets and personalities and see how their stories relate to ours. In less familiar books of the Bible, we will recall familiar and life-shaping biblical truths. 
Church on the Lawn Continues

The 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning service will continue on a weekly basis, weather permitting, in addition to the 10:00 a.m. Livestream Worship.

Reminders: 
  • Please wear a mask 
  • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet
  • Bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket
  • Enjoy livestream worship at home if you are sick
  • The service takes place on the lawn beside the Church Office/Parish House
  • If you'd like to experience the service as a "drive-in," you're welcome to stay in your parked car along Jefferson St. or N. Carlton St. 

Feel free to invite a friend or neighbor. We're looking forward to seeing those who are able to gather in person on Sunday!
Kids Ministry Update

Sunday School videos will be available on multiple platforms for preschool and elementary ages starting this Friday, September 11.

"Kids Together," our new midweek program, starts next Wednesday, September 16, and will be held outdoors from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Youth Ministry Surveys (Genesis & WF)

Families of middle and high school students recently received fall activity surveys. We want to hear from our families so that we will be better able to serve you in this next season of student ministry. Thank you for your participation!

If you missed the email surveys, you can access them here:

Please complete the survey by Friday, September 11.
Women's Ministry
"Horizons" Bible Study

First Tuesday of each month - NOTE: YESTERDAY'S START DATE
WAS POSTPONED UNTIL TOMORROW, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Weather Permitting - Meet outside the Parish House, socially distanced
Please bring a lawn chair and a mask

This new women's Bible Study is based on Into the Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament by P. Lynn Miller. The first lesson is on Lamentations. Books will be available for $10 at the Bible Study.

Please call the office if you need a chair for meetings. Feel free to bring a beverage or snack if you'd like.
Women's Ministry Opportunities
Circle Leaders & Meeting Times

If you are looking for a way to enjoy fellowship and share your time, talents or resources – Women’s Ministry has several ways to connect with other women in the church and share God’s love by caring for others. Email Susan Drinan or Erin Schnack to join a circle.

ELIZABETH / REBECCA 
1st Tuesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. 
Leader: Susan Drinan

GRACE 
2nd Thursday of the month at 1:00 p.m. 
Leader: Dianne Lambert

HANNAH 
3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. 
Leader: Erin Schnack

JOY 
2nd Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. 
Leader: Donna Boyd

RUTH 
2nd Tuesday of the month at 9:00 a.m. 
Leaders: Jan Foster and Gerri Wiley

SARAH 
Fall: 1st & 3rd Friday of the month at 9:30 a.m. 
Spring: 2nd & 4th Friday of the month at 9:30 a.m. 
Leaders: Erin Froebe and Laura Kommers 
Men's Programs

D.E.N. For Men

Thursdays, September 10-December 3
7:00-8:00 a.m. - Virtual until further notice

"D.E.N. for MEN" (Dads with Emptying Nests) is a FPW small group for committed working fathers transitioning to life as an empty nester. The group offers a forum for men with similar circumstances to discuss challenges related to this transition, including loneliness, balance, integrity, relationships with spouse and children, money, time management, temperament and self identity. Email Chris Carroll for details.

Finding Fathers

Fridays, September 11-December 4
7:00-8:00 a.m. - Virtual until further notice

Finding Fathers is a small group committed working fathers with school age children (K-12) that live at home. The group offers a forum for men with similar circumstances to discuss challenges related to balance, integrity, relationships, money, time management, temperament and self identity. Email Chris Carroll for details.

First Light Men’s Collaborative
Saturday Morning Virtual Bible Study

Saturdays at 7:00 a.m. via Zoom

Are you looking for an opportunity for fellowship and study with other faithful men? "First Light" is a great opportunity for exploring your personal faith with others. Contact Mike Weatherred for details.


Interested in Membership or Learning More?
Connect Class for New Members

Sunday, September 27
11:00 a.m. via Zoom

If you're new to First Pres, you've been attending livestream worship, just exploring faith, or want to become a member, our Connect Class is the next step. Learn more about our congregation and have the chance to be welcomed into membership. To register, call or email the church office at 630-668-5147.




First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton firstpreswheaton.org
Phone 630-668-5147