September 15, 2020

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you... for the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.
~Isaiah 30:18

Our Common Life
During this unprecedented time fpcw is continuing to gather, support and care for each other in new an different ways. Please click this link to learn more about the unique opportunities available each week.

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First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette
600 Ninth Street
Wilmette, IL 60091-2779

Dear Friends,

Allow me to be the first to wish you a very happy National Linguine Day! We'll be celebrating at our house tonight with linguine, of course, and homemade marinara, and a prayer of thanks for Italians and their culinary gifts. How about you?
What? You don't celebrate National Linguine Day?!
Neither did we, until today. Nor will we take note of National Guacamole Day (9/16), Hobbit Day (9/22), National Punctuation Day (9/24), or National One-Hit Wonder Day (9/25), but you better believe we're celebrating them this year!
As has been widely noted: 2020 is really something, isn't it? I've been finding it harder and harder not to get overwhelmed by bad news from every direction. But I recently overheard my oldest, Joe, and youngest, Lark, laughing and exclaiming together over a calendar filled with esoteric "special" days, and I realized what they were doing was actually really important. Even-maybe even especially-in the midst of hard times, it's critical for our spiritual health to find moments to rejoice, to celebrate, to draw together, to be silly, to have fun.
In the words of Ecclesiastes: "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven...a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance...a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing...." And even a time for a few extra throws of the tennis ball (National Make a Dog's Day, 10/22).
What can you celebrate today?

Grace and peace,
Lindley Traynor

Outdoor Worship
We're so pleased to have the opportunity to worship together in-person at 10 am  at our outdoor worship services. Just a remind, please pre-register if you would like to attend the service. A SignUpGenius link has been created for you to register your attendance. Please click here to easily access the link. We appreciate everyone's cooperation with this request. See you Sunday!

Current Mission Needs and Opportunities

Family Matters The Family Matters community house in Rogers Park is looking for tutors. The school year has begun and there is a waiting
list of students who need support. With remote learning it is more important than ever to help students keep up with their studies. A tutor's commitment is 1 ½ hrs per week, in one-on-one evening tutoring sessions. Interested in making a difference
in a young student's life? Please contact Greg Korak (847-256-7251) and learn more about this opportunity.

Interfaith Action is looking for volunteers to help with the Greater Chicago Food Depository's Producemobile which takes place every second Tuesday of the month, (9/8,  9/22,  10/13) at the Levy Center Parking Lot at 300 Dodge St, Evanston.

Approximately 30-35 volunteers are needed each month to unload produce from trucks, sort and bag food items, and then serve it to our guests. If you are interested in signing up to hep, please contact Rita BaileyTo be elgible to volunteer for Producemobile you must meet the following guidelines: 
  • Cannot have been exposed to COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to the next Producemobile.
  • Can have no COVID-19 symptoms; no fever, cough, nor shortness of breath
  • Must be age 18 - 59
Connections for the Homeless continues to need help in providing services for the population they serve. Brown bag lunches are needed every day at both of their two locations (their headquarters on Dewey in Evanston) and the other at Hilda's Place at the Lake Street Church on Chicago Avenue in Evanston. They are requesting that volunteers provide lunches for 20. Hilda's Place provides long term overnight shelter for 20 homeless men. The organization is also looking for volunteers to drop off breakfast sandwiches for 20 as well as provide dinner several times a month at the long term residence facility.  Details about volunteer opportunities can be found on their website, click here to learn more.

Our mission partner and friends at C24/7 have set up a free store to serve those in their neighborhood who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Let's help stock their store! Here's what they need:

Hand and dish soap, deodorant, toothpaste, paper towels, toilet paper, spaghetti, pasta sauce, cereal, cooking oil, diapers, wipes, laundry detergent. 

Please put donations in the black box, labeled C247, outside the parking lot door at fpcw.

With the pandemic curtailing the usual monthly in-person distribution of household and personal hygiene items to Chicago area refugees and their families, instead for the past few months Stock the Shelves has provided $25 gift cards to refugee families so they can do their own shopping. While we are hoping to return to direct distribution in the future, for the time being issuing gift cards is the safest and most effective way to continue to meet the needs of this community. However, "cash" dispersal has turned out to be a more expensive model than product supply, and Stock the Shelves coffers are running low. The more dollars we have for purchasing gift cards, the more we will be able to continue meeting the needs of Chicago's refugee community. Please consider making a donation to Stock the Shelves today by sending a check to the church with Stock the Shelves noted in the memo line. Thank you for your continued support.

Singer & Ringers
Will meet from 3:30-4:15 pm on the following WEDNESDAYS (change of day from previous years)
9/16, 9/23, 9/30
Our focus will be singing fun songs and playing games as well as filming parts of our movie Christmas Pageant.
Adult Faith Formation
Held over Zoom
Sundays, 8:30 - 9:30 am
9 Weeks (September 20 - November 15) 
Out of the Depths: The Psalms Speak for Us Today
Few books of the Bible capture the full range of human emotion like the Psalms. From the highest highs to the lowest lows, the Psalter has been the prayer book of God's people for centuries. It models for us how to pray - with lament and praise, by looking back and looking forward, with faith and doubt, etc. These 150 prayer poems have a rich and varied history, and they have much to speak to us today. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic hardship, in the midst of our country's inequalities and polarization, the psalms provide a guiding light and a provocative word. They invite us to bring all that we are to God in prayer, to rest in God, "our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1). Join us for this nine-week class as we study different genres of psalms (lament, thanksgiving, hymn, narrative, etc.) and apply them to our personal and communal lives of faith. The class will meet over Zoom for at 8:30 am for an hour each Sunday (from September 20 through November 15).
Meeting ID: 832 3379 4440
Passcode: 389051
Call In: 312-626-6799 (then enter Meeting ID and then Passcode)

Week of September 13, Zoom meetings  
Thursday, September 17
      Bible Study, 10:00 am
Sunday,  September 20th
      Adult Faith Formation, Sundays, 8:30 am

If you are interested in learning more about these Zoom meetings please contact Madeline Weston.

If you need to reach a staff member please do so.
Staff email addresses and cell phone numbers
Pastor Jeff  260-740-4162 
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