May 20, 2020
Cross in flowers

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 
~Hebrews 11:1

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.


William Campbell
Memorial Service
A celebration of life memorial service will be held for Bill on Saturday, May 30th at 1:00 pm. Due to the unprecedented times we are in, the service will be held via Zoom. We invite all family and friends to join us online as we remember our father.   
You can simply click on this link on your computer, iPad (tablet) or iPhone (smart phone). You will need to enter the password below as well.
Meeting ID: 845 9281 3115
Password: 673554
Call In: 312-626-6799 (then enter Meeting ID and then Password to join)


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First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette
600 Ninth Street
Wilmette, IL 60091-2779
847-256-3010

office@fpcw.org

Dear Friends,

This week on our confirmation Zoom call, we talked about the story of Jesus walking on water. It's a story we've all heard a number of times - Jesus sends the disciples off ahead of him while he remains and prays on the mountain. A storm begins and the disciples are frightened, especially when they see a figure walking towards them. Peter, the brave one, steps out of the boat to walk towards Jesus and at first it is going well. Then he gets scared (wouldn't we all?) and starts to sink into the water. We are told that "immediately" Jesus reached out his hand to Peter and says to him " You of little faith...why did you doubt?"
 
I don't know about you all, but I have found myself having "little faith" more than a few times during the past few months. I have friends losing jobs, worried about bills, weddings being postponed, graduations and vacations being cancelled, and there doesn't seem to be a real "end" in sight. It has been hard for me not to pray with irritation and anger to God.  
 
I find God responding by showing me joy in the midst of this uncertainty. My neighborhood in Chicago is full of sidewalk chalk, handwritten signs and notes and balloons, thanking those who go to work every day to help others. People are meeting their neighbors for the first time and forming connections with others they may have previously walked by. Most recently for me,  a close friend of mine had her second baby. It was a scary time for her - she and her husband had to wear masks throughout the delivery, and they were only able to stay in the hospital for a short time. But when she got home, she sent us a video of her older son meeting his little brother. He reached out his hand, touched the newborn's head and said with a huge smile on his face, "it's my baby." God's love is everywhere, even when it seems hard to find.  
 
These moments where Jesus is reaching out his hand to us shows me that He is still there and will continue to be. He knows we are going to doubt and be scared, we are not perfect. But there is an end to the storm and He will be with us throughout. 

Peace and blessings,
Amy Lyon


Current Mission Needs


We are in need of 1 volunteer to make 8 sandwiches for Connections for the Homeless for May 26th. If you have any questions or wish to volunteer please email   Pastor Erin .

Also, If you'd like to make breakfast sandwiches for Connections for the Homeless please click this link to sign up. 


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.


Please click here to access the Pentecost Special Offering page of the PCUSA website and please give generously.



Small Group Gatherings

Coffee With A Pastor
This is a great opportunity to connect with friends, share your joys and concerns with the added benefit of a devotion. Join Jeff or Erin on Wednesday mornings at 9 am. Here's the Zoom link  and the password is 1225.
 
Adult Faith Formation
Adult Faith Formation will gather on Sunday mornings at 9 am via Zoom. The class will be led by Pastor Jeff or Pastor Erin, and the class will take a walk through the book of Ephesians using Eugene Peterson's book. The Zoom link for this class is available on the Daily Bread.
Here's the Zoom link  and the password is 1225.
 
Week of May 18th, Zoom meetings

Wednesday, May 20th
    Coffee with a Pastor, 9:00 am
    Chancel Choir, 7:30 pm

Thursday May 21st
    Bible Study, 10:00 am
    Kids & Music, 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 24th
    Adult Study, 9:00 am
    Confirmation Class, 1:00 pm
    Tower Youth, 5:00 pm
If you are interested in learning more about these Zoom meetings please contact Madeline Weston.

Pentecost Art Project for All
The Christian holiday of Pentecost, which is celebrated fifty days after Easter Sunday, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ. This year the Day of Pentecost is Sunday, May 31st. 

If you and your children would like to color this Pentecost graphic, from Illustrated Children's Ministry we would like to make it a part of the Pentecost service. Send your colored pictures to  Lindley Traynor and please click this link to access the graphic and color way.



If you need to reach a staff member please do so.
Staff email addresses and cell phone numbers
Pastor Jeff
jlehn@fpcw.org   260-740-4162 
Pastor Erin
revraska@fpcw.org   847-858-0925 
Peggy Massello
pmassello@fpcw.org   847-226-2614
Lindley Traynor
ltraynor@fpcw.org   224-522-2243 
Sue Sklansky
suesklansky@gmail.com  312-608-4909
Scott McElhenie
youth@fpcw.org   847-284-0946
Madeline Weston
office@fpcw.org  847-707-3745
Marvin Behm
finmanager@fpcw.org   773-715-5649