May 1, 2019
"See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. "

~1 John 3:1
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First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette
600 Ninth Street
Wilmette, IL 60091-2779

Dear Friends, 

After the joyous Easter celebration has passed, the Easter lilies and brass have been put away and the Alleluias have faded into the hum drum of everyday life, perhaps you've asked, "Now what?" My guess is the disciples asked a similar question to which Jesus answered, "Take this good news of resurrection and share it with the world!" The answer to, "Now what?" is, "Go and tell!" During this season of Eastertide we are looking at the fifth book of the Bible, The Acts of the Apostles, which tells the story of the "Now what?"  It tells about how the church grew from a fledgling group of Christ believers into a movement that planted churches all across the Mediterranean region. Acts tells of the heroic, faithful, and even flawed efforts of men and women who not only lived the good news of Christ's resurrection, but also shared it with the world. The church as we know it and our very church at the corner of 9th and Greenleaf is fruit of their labors. How might you be a part of the, "Now what?" How might God be inviting you to tell the good news of Christ's resurrection with the world? Go and tell!  

Pastor Erin

Sunday,May 5, 2019  
Communion Sunday
8:45 am
Confirmation Class
Adult Study

10:00 am
10:15 am
Sunday School
Club 56

11:15 am
Fellowship Hour
5:00 pm
Tower Youth

Jim Lusk's memorial service is this Saturday, May 4th, at 3:30 pm in our Sanctuary. A gathering after the service will be at Hackney's on Lake Street. The family has requested that memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Please click here to make a donation.

Ray Western's memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, May 18 at 11 am in our Sanctuary. A  reception will follow in the Wallace Moore Fellowship Center.

Faith & Fellowship 

Adult Faith Formation
Through May 19, 8:45-9:45 am, Upper Room 
Join us for a 4-week study of the Acts of the Apostles using the Bible Project series. Each week, we'll begin with a brief video and launch into discussion about this remarkable book that tells the story of the early church. Acts is actually volume II of Luke-Acts, a two-volume work by the same author. Some scholars have argued it should be called "Acts of the Holy Spirit," not "Acts of the Apostles," as the Holy Spirit is far and away the most important figure, pushing the church into new territory and greater inclusivity. As we'll see, in the first-century the church was often playing catch-up, just as we are today. Be prepared to be surprised and challenged and blessed!

Remembrance in Service of Reformation: 
Acts of the Apostles
In this season of Easter, we will be focusing on the Acts of the Apostles in worship. Over four Sundays, we will wrestle with this rollicking history of the nascent Jesus movement as it begins in Jerusalem and moves out to "the ends of the earth." Peter and Paul are the main actors, but truth be told it's the Holy Spirit at the helm. Women and men, Jews and Gentiles, young and old, the Spirit is empowering all of God's children to embody the love and justice of Jesus Christ. As we strive to be the church in the 21st century, we "remember" the story of the early church in service of reformation by God's grace. God is not done with us yet!

Fellowship Hour Hosting
Our request for Fellowship Hour hosts is an ongoing need each month. Fellowship Hour is an important tradition at  fpcw , and one we cherish. Please help us to continue this special tradition; jump on board to be a host. It's easy to do and so appreciated. Click the SignUpGenius link and pick a Sunday that works for you.

Presbyterian Homes Spoke
This long-standing group meets on the first Thursday of the month, 9:30 am, at Presbyterian Homes for coffee and Bible study, led by one of our pastors. Questions? Please contact Joy Dunn, 847-492-7750.

Stay connected to fpcw
If you're on the fence about downloading our church app and not quite convinced it's for you, then here's a little teaser that just might persuade you to check out the app. There are different pages within the app to help you stay connected and informed, which includes pages for up coming events, for families and a page set-up to make it easy and convenient for you to give. Please consider taking another look at our amazing app.

Mission - Transform Lives

Stock the Shelves Truck
The missing link that unites an abundance of North Shore  resources with under-resourced refugee families. Food stamps don't buy necessary, every day items such as soap, diapers, laundry detergent or toilet paper. The STS truck delivers these items on the 4th Wednesday of the month to the Indo-American Center where over 125 refugee families select the items they need to continue to build sustainable lives.  How can you help? Click here to access the Stock the Shelves website for ways to donate and volunteer.

Wilmette Food Pantry
fpcw contributes food and non-food items to the Wilmette Food Pantry. Donations may be left in the containers located in the fpcw parking lot lobby.

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