September 29, 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.

It is with a sad heart that we inform you of the passing of three of our longtime devoted members.
Donna Jo Porter
Jean Erickson
Jean Anderson
All three members will have private interments. Please contact Madeline Weston if you wish to reach out to family members to share your condolences.
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First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette
600 Ninth Street
Wilmette, IL 60091-2779

September 29th

Dear Friends,

Greetings on this fall day! I am going to do a shameless plug for two things I am passionate about...our church app and our small group ministry. If you don't have the church app, please go to the App store and download My Church App by PushPay (the logo is blue with a cross on a steeple). You will only need to enter the church name once to link to the app content. You can also DONATE securely through the app-another shameless plug!

Since we are very digital in these days of the pandemic, the app will link you quickly to the worship services, sign up for outdoor worship, find out about music or mission opportunities, and make a donation, etc. You can use it on the go!

If you go to the App's Connect page (or on the website, the small groups tab), you will learn about our small group ministry. "Connect" is the key word in these days of isolation. There are nearly a dozen ways to connect to a small group ministry right now! Find your group, and grow your faith in new ways. The app page asks the question, Why Small Groups? In case you were wondering....

Our small group ministry strives to encourage all member to be a part of this wonderful way to grow in faith. Our small groups include three components:
  • Connect with one another through deep, meaningful and authentic relationships. Doing life together leads to genuinely caring and supporting each other, and understanding more of who God made us to be.
  • Grow in faith through intentional prayer practices, scripture reading and honest discussion around how our lives are connected to and shaped by the Gospel.
  • Share the Gospel through actively being the hands and feet of Christ in the world together.
Even in a pandemic, and maybe because of the pandemic, we can be even more intentional to develop new faith practices during this time. Sharing your life of faith with others in a smaller, more intimate setting (like Zoom), brings us closer, helps us to empathize with others and helps shore up our faith when it is being tested.

We hope you will take a look and see what piques your interest. I don't think there are any groups that require your on-going commitment. You should be able to pop in to any of them, see what they are doing and find your group.

Tomorrow I am fortunate to attend an all-day webinar put on by Barna (they do church research). It is entitled: Relationships, Strong Connections and Mental Health in the Church. "Three out of four adults are experiencing relational pressure of some kind." The church can offer support. Stay tuned for what I learn from this webinar.
Warmly and shamelessly,
Sue Sklansky

Please take the time to check out our small group offerings. There is something for everyone and we hope you will learn more and take advantage of the small groups we offer at fpcw.  Click here to view the full list. 

Mission Month
October will be Mission Month at FPCW and will offer opportunities for our congregation to actively participate in something "Together, While Apart" while also respecting CDC guidelines. The Mission Committee has created an easy on-line sign-up for several ways you can engage in an active life of faith and help us accomplish something important together. Please click here to access the Sign Up Genius link.

In-person 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. If you did not get an opportunity to register no worries there is plenty of room for everyone. Please click here to easily access the Sign Up Genius link. 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)
 September 30th
Our focus will be singing fun songs and playing games as well as filming parts of our movie Christmas Pageant.

Chancel Choir
Will meet this Wednesday at 6 pm in the parking lot. Peggy Massello, Dir of Worship & Music has face masks designed for singing and choir member are practicing safe distancing. 
Adult Faith Formation
Held over Zoom
Sundays, 8:30 - 9:30 am
9 Weeks (through 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)

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