View the November Newsletter here
Zoom link for tonight's 7:00 p.m. Adult Education
“God’s Built-in Stress Busters”

Author Angela Stephenson facilitates this interactive session from the "Come Alive!" Wellbeing Program. God created us with physical and spiritual calming mechanisms that are available to us at all times. Join us to experience a sampling of them so you can discover your favorite. Zoom Meeting Link

Warm-Up Reading: Helpful pre-class material is found herebut if you can't read in advance, you will still fully enjoy the Educational Hour session! 

Community Concert Series: Music for Our Time
This Sunday, November 22 at 4:00 p.m.
Live-streamed at firstpreswheaton.org/concert

The Music For Our Time concert explores how the year 2020 has shifted conversations about the music we make and how it is performed. The first half will focus on our nation's conversations around race and the systemic racism that exists, even in classical music. Vocalist Jessica Coffey and pianist Paul Burgess will be performing a range of music written by black composers. The second half of the concert will explore the idea of isolation due to COVID.

The grand, packed concert halls with full orchestras or opera productions are not a luxury we can have during a global pandemic. Our music-making has become more intimate and personal. Kedrick Armstrong will be joined by Micah Sanders, cello, and Garrett Bone, piano, to perform Brahms' deeply introspective Clarinet Trio, Op. 114.

Reserve your "Advent Means..." kit today
(includes "What Advent Means to Me" yard sign art project)
Available for pickup starting this Sunday
This year, as a community moved to isolation, how might we find new ways to connect in love, hope, joy, and peace?

One way that we would like to continue to stay connected to our community is through a new church-wide innovative, "Advent Means..." We hope to foster a creative way to engage our community during this season. The initiative offers "Advent Means..." kits, which include:
  • An Advent candle to participate in the weekly Advent Wreath lighting during worship
  • Access to our Advent devotional
  • Supplies for an Advent community art project - Create your own yard sign that will adorn the church grounds with your artistic display of what Advent Means to you

Reserve your "Advent Means..." kit here.

Kits are available for pickup on Sunday, November 22, from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or during office hours starting on Monday, November 23. If you're not able to pick up your kit, select "Delivery Option" and the office will contact you. 


Kids Ministry wants to partner with your family in fun and faith building this season 

Join us in waiting to celebrate the birth of Jesus with an Advent@Home Bag. Bags include a nativity craft and Advent activities to do together as a family.

Advent@Home bags will be distributed to families on Sunday, November 22 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. by driving through the parking lot and having a bag delivered to your car window at the Rotunda doors. Starting on Monday, November 23, bags can be picked up by parking and walking into the Rotunda during office hours.



Download information about Advent programs and Christmas services here.


Sermon Series: Worst Year Ever

2020 has not treated us well. It’s been a terrible year, but what do we have to be thankful for? This series explores what we as Christians can be grateful for, even in hard circumstances, pointing to the hope we have in Christ while acknowledging the real and hard things we have experienced.

November 22 – Rock Solid
God does not change even when our circumstances do

If you missed it, watch Part 3 from last Sunday.
Support Christmas
Sharing with a
drive-thru order at the
Danada McDonald's on Tuesday, November 24 from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
(mention Christmas Sharing when ordering)
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Christmas Sharing 2020 Update

Please Note: The last date to make a financial donation to
Christmas Sharing has been moved up to Monday, November 23. 

This year we set a lofty goal to raise $15,000 for Christmas Sharing gift cards and food. In reality, our church is this generous every year! Over the last 10 years, First Pres has raised this much to purchase food, toys, gift cards and necessities to help our neighbors in need. 

Today, we still need $5,000 to meet our goal, which would allow us to give $100 gift cards to each family. Please help if you are able. You may donate online or mail a check to First Pres Wheaton with Christmas Sharing in the memo. Your generosity is a gift to the families in our community! Email Sharon Carroll with any questions.

-Sharon Carroll & Tanya Downing, Christmas Sharing Coordinators 
Due to the pandemic, we are unable to have our annual Christmas Luncheon for the 150 older adults that we have served in past years. This year we will deliver a holiday boxed meal, a new bed pillow, a handmade pillowcase and a touchless door opener/button pusher device to each person in their apartment on December 18. Thank you for graciously considering supporting the Older Adults served by Outreach Community Center. Your donation will help to provide our clients with a holiday boxed meal and gifts. Checks may be made out to Outreach Community Ministries and dropped off at the church office or mailed to Older Adults Program Outreach Community Center, 345 S President Street, Carol Stream, IL 60188. Contact Alice Lechiara or Kim Van Oss.
Boy Scout Troop 23 Christmas Wreath Sales

Due to Covid-19, this year's wreath sale will look different. Most scouts are opting to sell solely online. Church members are welcome to support the troop by purchasing Christmas greens, something the church troop has been doing since 1966. To place an order, go online. Please enter Fundraising Code TR23IL002. If a specific scout referred you, please also enter the scout's name.

Please contact Doug Kurtz or Julee Lockard with any questions or to express your interest in purchasing greenery. We appreciate your prayers and support of our boys’ activities.
Priority enrollment for Preschool

Priority enrollment for Preschool has been moved from November to January this year due to ongoing restrictions from the virus. Priority enrollment mailings will go out to families in January.
Nativity Drawings

We are asking children to make a nativity drawing to be used in the online bulletin for our family Christmas services. Drawings can be of the entire nativity scene or any character from the scene. Parents, please email a photo of your child's drawing to Chandra Gravit at cgravit@firstpreswheaton.org so it can become part of our bulletin!

Please save these dates for Genesis missions:

  • Wednesday, December 2 - 5:00-6:00 p.m. -- Deliver poinsettias and cheer to our church neighbors.
  • Sunday, December 20 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. or Thursday, December 24 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. -- Serve as mission gift collectors, traffic control and more at Family Christmas Worship. We invite Genesis to help out with this year's outdoor "Drive-INN to Bethlehem: Family Christmas Worship Service."

Feel free to contact Pastor Tassie with questions.


Our next Zoom call is scheduled for Sunday, December 6 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. for fun, faith and friend time. Zoom link and details will be coming in WF emails. 

Save the date for our WF Christmas Photo Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, December 13!

Feel free to contact Pastor Tassie with questions.

Generosity Abounds
Thank you to everyone for your generous pledges during our Thanks-Giving stewardship campaign, especially during this difficult time. Your financial pledges make possible inspiring worship, inclusive programs, and impactful mission for our church and community. Watch for a summary soon. 

Pledges are being accepted here.

In case you missed it, you can watch Pastor Kellen dedicate our 2021 pledges during Sunday's livestream worship, starting at minute 58:30.




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