March 20, 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,

A beautiful, sunny and warm day like yesterday, makes today's cold and grey feel pretty lousy, doesn't it? And, yet, I am reminded that we need the rain just as much as we need the sun. This is the Lenten journey: we walk the rainy, grey path on which we examine ourselves, acknowledge our propensity for sin and recognize our complete dependence upon God's love and grace, so that we can fully celebrate the warmth and sun of the resurrection and new life. Richard Rohr talks about Lent as a time spent in the tomb where we let those things die, so that new life can bloom. I don't know about you, but I would rather be outside the tomb, than inside the tomb. And, yet, just as the rain is needed for new life so is the tomb. What might need to die in your life, so that new life can bloom? May we continue the Lenten journey with the full and certain hope of what awaits us; warmth, sun and the resurrection!  

With gratitude and love in Christ,
Pastor Erin
Sunday, March 24, 2019  
Third Sunday in Lent
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 

Longtime, faithful member Bob Savely passed away on Tuesday, March 5th, Please hold his wife Jeanne and daughter Marsha in your prayers. A service will be held at Chestnut Square, this Sat., March 23rd, at 3 pm. Another service is scheduled for Saturday,  June 1st, 11 am. at fpcw.

Faith & Fellowship 

For $50 you can sponsor a Tower student to be a part of God's work on this year's Work Trip. This is another great opportunity to help support our youth as they travel to Memphis, TN. for more information contact Erin Raska

"Poor People's Campaign" 
Adult Study during Lent 
Join Pastor Jeff on Sundays in Lent from 8:45-9:45 am in the Upper Room as we engage in Bible studies inspired by the new "Poor People's Campaign." Dovetailing with our 2019 Lenten theme at fpcw , the "Poor People's Campaign" is a faith-based effort to tackle poverty, and is led by Rev. William Barber II and Rev. Liz Theoharis. We will meet for 3 sessions (24 and April 7 and 14) and focus on various Old Testament and New Testament texts.  

Church Family Dinners, every Thursday at 6 pm Wallace Moore Fellowship Center.  Would you like an evening off from cooking dinner? Come join us for a delicious, homemade meal prepared by our own Chef Amy Miller. RSVP to her by 9:00 am Wednesday at .

Cradles to Crayons 
Is a clothing drive for children, sizes 0-20. This organization provides children (0-12 yrs old) who live in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at school, at home and at play. On Saturday, April 13th members will deliver the donated clothing and help sort and package the items for distribution. Parents and children ages 5 and older are invited to volunteer. Questions? Contact Lindley Traynor

No Needy Among You: 
Loving the Poor in Jesus' Name
Fulfilling the third part of our vision statement, "Transform Lives," solidarity with and advocacy for those living in poverty.  Listed on our News & Publications  page on our Website are many opportunities to become involved and contribute in hands-on ways to help transform lives during Lent. Please consider becoming a helping hand this Lenten season and become familiar with the missions fpcw supports.

Fellowship Hour
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.

Men's Council 
Join Men's Council on Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 am for breakfast and a delightful presentation by Greg Korak, "Scott Joplin - The Life and Music of the King of Ragtime." 

Hunger for Change
Join us for this six-week Lenten study on Thursday nights (6:30 m in the WMFC), through  April 11.  Using curriculum from JustFaith Ministries, this learning opportunity will explore the realities of food insecurity in the United States and around the world, through the lens of our Christian call to "feed the hungry" (Mt. 25). This study also directly ties into our Lenten theme at fpcw , "No Needy Among You: Loving the Poor in Jesus' Name."  Partnering with our friends at St. Francis Xavier, we will learn more about local and global hunger, and then be inspired to take concrete actions to end hunger. If you would like more information or would like to register to join this class, please contact Rev. Jeff Lehn Finally, feel free to join us for church family dinner beforehand at 6 pm (suggested donation of $7) please RSVP to Amy Miller by 9 am on Wednesday.

Mission - Transform Lives
Family Promise

Family Promise Hosting
We will be hosting families beginning March 31st through April 6th. Please volunteer to help us give these families the support and care they need. 
Click here to access the SignUp Genius link.

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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