Greetings friends,

This past week I discovered two quotes that instantly moved me in an exceptional way. I'd like to share them with you today. The first one is from the brilliant mind of Ralph Waldo Emerson and the second one is by the extraordinary novelist, Leo Tolstoy.

Grace and Peace to you,
Madeline Weston

"If you feel pain you're alive, if you feel other people's pain, you are a human being"
 ~ Leo Tolstoy

Outdoor Worship Continues
Join us outdoors in our beautiful Fellowship Garden for 10 am worship every Sunday until the weather does not allow. Bring your own chair or use one of ours. This allows us to worship in the safest way we can now, without masks and singing. The parking lot will be available for any who need close access to the Garden. The service will also be live-streamed. Rain plan: we worship in the sanctuary with masks.

If you're joining us via Livestream, a video link will be included in the Saturday evening email. Peggy will begin prelude music at 9:50 am and we'll get underway after that, so please join us as you're able.
Fundraiser Night for Stock the Shelves
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Noodle and Company
Old Orchard
4999 Old Orchard Center Ste F-26
Skokie, IL 60077
25% of qualifying sales will directly benefit Stock the Shelves. Guests must mention the organization or show the flyer when ordering. If ordering online please enter code GIVING25 at checkout.
Second fundraiser for Stock the Shelves
Thursday, October 14th, 2021
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Portillo's at the
9400 Skokie Blvd. location

Portillo's will donate 20% of the sales that Stock the Shelves earns. Please bring in a flyer (smartphone counts) or mention Stock the Shelves at the checkout. Dine-in, carry out, or go through the drive-thru. Requirement: $200 minimum total sales from our supporters in order to receive a donation.
The Beatitudes Through the Ages – Sundays, 8:30-9:20 am, through November 21st
Join us this fall as we study the Beatitudes together. Our guide will be the excellent book “The Beatitudes Through the Ages,” by Rebekah Eklund. Through a close study of Matthew and Luke, we’ll explore how the Beatitudes have affected readers across differing eras and contexts. What does it mean to be hungry, or meek, or pure in heart? Is poverty a material or spiritual condition? And what does being blessed entail? Drawing on poetry, politics, music, and biblical scholarship, this class will help us appreciate the wisdom of the Beatitudes and apply them to our lives of faith today. The class will meet in a hybrid format for 10 weeks through Nov. 21, 8:30-9:20 am. Join us in person in the downstairs Fellowship Hall or virtually over Zoom: Zoom Link (Meeting ID: 832 3379 4440; Passcode: 389051) each week.
Five years ago, FPCW welcomed two refugee families who arrived in Chicago for resettlement after fleeing their home countries of Afghanistan and Sudan. We worked with World Relief to help them move into and furnish new apartments, enroll their children in school, and begin to adjust to their new life in America. They became our friends and those of us who had the privilege of knowing and working with them were greatly enriched by the chance to participate in their lives.
One of our congregational members who worked closely with the families recently expressed his experience in this way: "Those were some of the more fulfilling times in my life. I felt like we were really making a difference and contributing to the lives of those families. And it opened up doors to help other needy families along the way."
Now, once again, we are expecting a flood of refugees coming to Chicago in the weeks and months that lie ahead. And once again, World Relief is offering ways for us as a church community to get involved whether it is by volunteering as a host church, advocating to protect vulnerable refugees, making a contribution to World Relief or donating household goods or furniture.
Since we participated in a similar effort five years ago, we now know the ropes to a large extent. We know some of the challenges to expect. And we know that we need to have a robust group of members who have time, energy and commitment to devote to this project.
If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ in reaching out to newly arrived refugees in Chicago, please contact

  • Mary Watt or
  • Pete Holtermann
We hope to schedule a meeting sometime in mid-September to discuss the opportunities for us to get involved in meeting this critical need.
Contact Your Church Staff
Jeff Lehn 260-740-4162 
Laura Sherwood 513-904-9886
Peggy Massello 847-226-2614
Lindley Traynor 224-522-2243 
Sue Sklansky 312-608-4909
Scott McElhenie 847-284-0946
Madeline Weston 847-707-3745
Marvin Behm 773-715-5649