November 28, 2018
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."

Hebrews 11:1
Come Lord Jesus
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First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette
600 Ninth Street
Wilmette, IL 60091-2779
847-256-3010

office@fpcw.org

Dear Friends,

I don't know about you, but every year, I'm ready for the season of Advent. Perhaps this year more than most. The stirring Scripture texts, weaving hope from despair. The countercultural hymns set in minor keys. The longing. The waiting. The preparing. This year, from hurricanes to mass shootings, from sexual assault to broken politics, from racism to xenophobia, we have almost seen too much. We have shed tears. We have felt unmoored. 

This Sunday, December 2, we'll gather for our annual Lessons and Carols service, replete with sublime choral and handbell music, a handful of stirring Scripture lessons, and of course the jaunty bagpiper leading us in and out of the service, followed by the charming Wassail party. I hope you can join us.

The following Sunday, December 9, we will have a special Advent service of worship to begin the ongoing process of healing our congregation. It will give us space to name the range of our emotions before God and one another, to acknowledge our brokenness and need to lament and ask for God's help. We will have the regular elements of worship: song, Scripture, prayer, sermon, communion. This is only one step and it's possible only because of God's grace. We hope you can join us.

In the season of Advent, we are reminded once again, as if for the first time, that God is indeed with us. As Eugene Peterson's translation of the Bible puts it in John 1:14, "The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood." Jesus doesn't stand far off, but joins us in the messiness and hilarity and joy and agony of our existence, committed to making all things new. Jesus is moving into our neighborhoods here in Wilmette, Evanston, Skokie and beyond. Let's join him on the streets and discover what we can do together again.

With gratitude and Advent hope,
Jeff

P.S. If you're looking for a brief and engaging way to explain Advent to your family or friends, check out this short YouTube video, Advent in 2 Minutes.

 
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Advent Lessons & Carols
8:45 am
Childcare
Confirmation Class
Advent Adult Study
10:00 am
Worship
Advent Lessons & Carols
11:15 am
Wassail Party
3:30 pm
Crew 5 Officers
5:00 pm
Crew 5 Officers
Tower Youth

Stewardship
We are grateful for your continued support and commitment to fpcw.  Thank you for your dedication and your generosity!

Congregational Gathering
Join us this Thursday, November 29, 7 pm in the WMFC, for a conversation hosted by the Session regarding its recent discernment. We look forward to the opportunity to process this difficult season and move forward together. Another gathering is scheduled for Sunday, December 16 at 11:30 am. 
Faith & Fellowship - Experience 




Giving Tree
All of the unwrapped gifts are due this Sunday, December 2. Please make sure to drop off your unwrapped gifts this Sunday.



Help Beautify the Church for Advent 
When: This Saturday, December 1st
Time: 9 am - Noon (anytime time that works for you)
Where: Meet in WMFC
Young or young at heart, families, youth and adult small groups, singles, friends - We need YOU! Come with a festive spirit, and willing hands and feet and you'll be put right to work. Even if you can only devote part of the morning to this event, we could use your help decking the halls. Refreshments will be provided.

Men's Council
Will gather this Saturday, December 1st at 7:30 am for breakfast and a presentation by our very own Jeff Lehn. All are invited. 
 
Mark your calendars for this special Advent musical event. Join us this Sunday, December 2nd at the 10 am worship service. We will have readings from the prophet Isaiah, and selections from Handel's Messiah. Come be amazed by the music offerings from our Singers & Ringers, Chancel Bells, Chancel Choir, string quartet and the every popular bagpiper.

What's New on The App?
Did Lessons and Carols get you in the mood for more hymns of the Advent season? The app has a link on the ADVENT page to Spotify, where you can listen to some of our favorites. If you have a favorite playlist, let us know and we will add it! 

Wassail Party
Sunday, December 2, 11:15 am, in the WMFC. We're looking for volunteers to bring savory snacks or cookies to help make our fpcw Wassail Party a wonderful event. This beloved tradition occurs each year after the Advent, Lessons and Carols service. Please contact Fran Langewisch  and let her know you're available to help with this event.

Advent Adult Study
Join us Sundays at 8:45 am during Advent for a compelling review of scripture. Our Advent theme, this year is "Advent Through the Backdoor." Examining Advent through the lens of it's opposites.  If you cannot join us Sundays pick up a beautiful Advent devotional booklet in the narthex, containing exquisite artwork created by a young man with Down's Syndrome.

Hark, ye Christmas Cookie Bakers
Deacons plan to assemble holiday cookies for delivery as gifts to various church members and friends. If you plan to bake, we would love to have your help. Please fill out the form in the Sunday bulletin or call the church office. We are asking for 1 batch of (3-4 dozen) cookies. Please deliver cookies in a zip-lock bag and drop them off at church during regular office hours beginning Mon., 12/10, Tues., 12/11, Wed., 12/12 and Thurs., 12/13. For more information please contact Ann Boyle.

Christmas Greeting Cards
What better way to get to know new faces at church than by sharing our Holiday Cards with each other. As you are mailing cards to friends and family, don't forget to send one or drop one off at church. They will be displayed in the church Narthex. Church address: 600 Ninth Street Wilmette, IL 60091  

Fellowship Hour 
It seems our request for Fellowship Hour hosts is an ongoing need each month. Fellowship Hour is an important long-time tradition at  fpcw,  and one that we cherish and look forward to each Sunday. Please help us to continue this special tradition and jump on board to be a host. It's easy to do and so appreciated by the congregation.  Click here  to access the SignUpGenius link and pick a Sunday that works for you.

Ring those bells on Christmas Eve ! Come join the Chancel Bells for a short session leading up to ringing at the 9:00 pm service on Sunday, December 24th, Christmas Eve. We'll rehearse Thursdays Dec. 6, 13 and 20 from 8-9 pm in the Music Room on the Lower Level. Please let Peggy Massello, Director of Music and Worship, know of your interest.

Mission - Transform Lives

PCUSA Young Adult Volunteer
Emily Hicks, former fpcw member, is now serving as a PCUSA Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) in Washington D.C. YAVs  accompany local agencies working to address root causes of poverty and reconciliation while exploring the meaning and motivation of their faith in community with peers and mentors. fpcw is pleased to support Emily through the May Fund, an fpcw endowed fund given to support and encourage theological education. Click here to read an update from Emily.  

Katawa, Malawi School Project 
fpcw donated money to our sister church in Katawa, Malawi, for a new school building. For students to be eligible to attend school, each child is required to have various school items. Click here to access the list of items school children need. Please consider donating to this important mission and help support these children with  an opportunity to continue their education.

Family Matters
Volunteers are needed to tutor students in grades K-12. Tutors/mentors receive an orientation and on-going training and support, and meet with students once a week during the academic year. Questions? Please contact 
Greg Korak. 

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 Warren Park 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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