For the week of   
September 9, 2018  
9 -  Homecoming Sunday
Education for All
Taste of First Pres Picnic
12 - Acts 2 Wed. Night Study with Pastor Kellen
16 - Connect Class
16 - Come Alive! Informational Meeting
19 - Acts 2 Wed. Night Study with Pastor Kellen
23 -  Distinguished Pastor Series, Neal Presa
23 - Connect Class
23 - Come Alive!
26 - Acts 2 Wed. Night Study with Pastor Kellen
27-29 - Church Directory Photography Dates
Online Calendar
Looking for even more details about what's coming up? See our online calendar  here .
Ongoing Events
Have you had your 
picture taken?

New Church Directory
Photography Dates are:
Thurs, Sept. 27-Sat, Sept. 29
Mon, Oct. 1-Thurs, Oct. 4
Photography Hours:
Weekdays 2:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Sat 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Lower Level Room 106-107

Sign up at  or call the church office, 
(630) 668-5147, for assistance. We can't wait to see you.  

Volunteers Needed
Ideally one person per 2 hour shift, greeting members and helping with picture check-in, or if you are having tons of fun meeting all your church friends, you can take the whole 4 hour shift. 
To volunteer, contact Sharon Carroll ASAP or call 
(630) 260-6871.
Women's Bible Study
10:00 a.m. in the Living Room
This year's study is  God's Promise: I Am With You .  God's most frequent promise in the Bible is 
'I will be with you'. Join us as we explore scripture to learn the many ways that God is with us - wherever we are and throughout our lives. Taught by Pastor Kyle on the first Tuesday 
of each month. Books are $10, see Pastor Kyle to purchase. 

FPC Book Club
Thursday, Sept. 27th
7:00 p.m. in the Parish House Living Room
A Gentleman in Moscow is the FPC book club read for September. Join us for good discussion and great fellowship.
Jesus Calling at K'Tizo 
4th Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m.
We do a mind and body centering practice, read from a Jesus Calling Devotion, read 2-3 scriptures and then
have open small group discussion. Please join
us and bring a friend!
You don't need to prepare anything. Come when you can. No guilt when you can't.

K'Tizo is located at 1915 Gary Avenue in Wheaton.
Call Angela Stephenson at 630-200-2533 with any questions.
Sunday Worship Services

Pastor Kellen Smith
Mission Mandate

Worship 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Recordings of our past sermons are available on our website   here.

The Five Love Languages
Sundays, September 9 - October 7
9:45 a.m. in Stewart Hall
This Adult Ed class is for everyone - singles, couples, teens, and grandparents.
Learn HOW to love the people in your life in a way that they can fully receive the message. You'll be inspired by real-life stories and find humor as our actors role play examples of the five Love Languages. Find out what your favorite love language is and the favorite love languages of the people close to you. Applying these truths will forever change your relationships. Participants are encouraged to get a copy of the book. The class will meet for 5 weeks.   Led by Maryanne Kyle & Angela Stephenson.
Wednesday Night Study with Pastor Kellen
Sept. 12, 19, 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Stewart Hall 102-103
Acts chapter 2 records the birth of the church. During this season of vision casting, Pastor Kellen will lead a study and explore the rebirth of First Pres through a biblical lens. Learn about how the Spirit came, the first sermon in scripture, and how the early church was organized.  
Interested in Membership or Learning More?
Connect Class
September 16 and 23, 9:45-10:45 a.m.
LIving Room
If you're new to First Pres, coming back to church, just exploring faith, or want to become a member, our Connect Class is the next step. Held over two weeks, the Pastors will guide each interactive session. In part one, you will meet others exploring the church, learn what makes the Presbyterian faith unique, and discover the rich 100-year history of First Pres.

For those who want to join, part two includes learning about membership opportunities and the chance to be welcomed as new members by church elders. To register, call the church office at (630) 668-5147 or email Complimentary childcare is provided. 
Come Alive! 
Sundays, September 23 - November 11
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sanctuary Hall
This Bible study combines Seeking God First, Being Loved by God & Loving Others and Honoring God with Your Body. There will be
eight sessions of mindful spiritual practices, group interaction and five proven anti-inflammation strategies
of self-care for the body. Neighbors and friends are invited. Participant guides are $25 each. Led by Maryanne Kyle &
Angela Stephenson. Contact the church office to register at
(630) 668-5147, or 

Interested? Join us for an informational meeting on Sunday,
September 16th at 12:00 in the Living Room.

Men's First Light Collaborative
The Gospel Centered Life
Saturdays from 7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Stewart Hall 101 
Lots of Christians talk about the gospel, but how many really understand the gospel and know how to apply it to their lives? Featuring nine self-contained lessons with discussion questions, articles, and practical exercises. The Gospel-Centered Life helps participants understand how the gospel shapes every aspect of life. Jump in and join us.
Mission USA: The Bridge
Tuesday, S eptember 18 at 5:30 p.m
Cross over the bridge, step out of your comfort zone and join members of the Men's First Light group  as we provide a meal and fellowship for men and women transitioning from prison and gang life at Bethel Lutheran Church on Chicago's west side. Meet at First Pres at 5:30 and car pool into the city. Please contact Anth Lechiara ( ) or members of 1st Light for more info. 

Roseland Celebration  
Saturday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m.
You are invited to the Roseland 'Good News' Day Care Center Celebration of 25 Years!
We would like many of you to join us
for the big celebration. It will be at the Hilton Hotel,
9333 South Cicero, in Oak Lawn. We will carpool from church. Hope you can join us to celebrate Ms. Pearl and her ministry! Please call Jan Foster to reserve a space and for
more details at (630) 653-2612.

Hands, Feet, and Heart of God
Saturday, October 13 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
We are called to reach out to serve others in our community. We will gather at First Pres to be deployed into the community to show God's love. Be on the lookout for the signup sheets. We will have a variety of activities for all ages. This is a family event. Let's let our neighbors know we care.

Monday-Tuesday, October 22-23
Our next opportunity to help those most in need in our community is at Trinity Church in Wheaton. If you would like to give of your time or help with food,
please reach out. , ( 630) 251-1955.

Roseland 'Good News' Day Care Center
We continue to collect diapers, wipes, baby food and formula, infant and children's clothing - all sizes, toys, adult clothing, and household items. Please bring them to the Rotunda coatroom marked 'Roseland'. Thank you in advance! We ARE making a difference!! Any questions, please call Jan Foster at (630) 653-2612.

Food Pantry
Our food pantries need diapers in sizes 5 & 6; however, whatever sizes you have available will be appreciated. Grocery items needed include peanut butter, jelly (all flavors), cooking oil, condiments, fruit cocktail, apple juice, grape juice, orange juice, and cleaning supplies. Your donations are appreciated.
Sunday School Start Up:
Sunday, September 9
Children ages 2 years - 5th grade will explore families in the Bible, learn how today's faith families care for children as they grow, build loving relationships, and find out what it means to be part of God's family. Look for the registration table downstairs and come join us!

Teachers Needed!
A few more teachers are needed to round off our teaching teams. Please contact Lynn Nuzzo if you would like to help pass on the faith to our younger generation!
LOGOS is Back!
Wednesday nights, October 3 - March 13
5:00 - 7:15 p.m.
Registration begins on Sunday, September 9 and continues throughout the year. LOGOS is a place where church is fun and everyone matters! Children, youth and adults come together to practice the art of Christian relationship. Contact Lynn Nuzzo, Director of Children's Ministry for more information.
Genesis/Middle School
Genesis Fall Retreat jumpstart
October 5-7, 2018 
Cost: $124.00 (Financial assistance available upon request) 
Don't miss a weekend of "getting to know you" with animal farm, archery, boating, chapel, climbing, campfire worship, hay rides, hoedown, bobbing for apples, gourd bowling, bb gun target shooting, pumpkin carving, square dance, harvest carnival, leather shop, lasertag, night hikes, night paddle, star gazing, zipline, trail rides, gaga ball and the Arbor.Vitae worship band. This is a time we will together set goals, make commitments, pray together and focus our year on God.
Registration and information

WF High School
September 9 - High School Ministries are back in full swing!
Sunday AM, 9:45-10:45
We will join the Adult Ed hour, after the 8:30 a.m. worship service, for five weeks to learn about the 5 Love Languages, as described in the book by Gary Chapman. Understanding these ways of showing and receiving love will help us in all of our relationships. Meet us in Stewart Hall! And don't worry - there will still be donuts! :)
WF Youth Group, 6-8:15 p.m.
All High Schoolers and friends are welcome to meet us in the Rotunda for a fun night! We'll play games, have snacks, have a Q&A devo with the adult leaders, and small group time! The beginning of the school year is a great time to make a fresh commitment to strengthening your faith and making new connections with the awesome youth and adults of First Pres. Please join us, and bring a friend!
High School Ministry Housekeeping - Forms and such...
A new year means it's time to update our forms - hooray! (?) Please complete a new covenant and Emergency Medical Form, and bring $20 for snacks for the year. Please contact Nancy Goodwin at  Nancy Goodwin  with any questions. Thank you!

September 15-16 Confirmation Class Retreat
Confirmands, meet the bus at 1:00 p.m. on Sept. 15 with your overnight gear. We have a super fun and BUSY retreat planned  with lots of learning, serving, and writing a first draft of your Statement of Faith. We will return around 5:00 p.m.  on Sunday, and you are welcome to head home then - BUT, we really encourage you to stay for WF Youth  Group from 6-8:15 p.m. to practice those fellowship skills we'll be learning about! We'll order pizza for anyone who would  like to stay, so please let me know if you'll join us!

Save the Dates!
10/14 Confirmation Sunday
10/21 2019 Guatemala Mission Trip Meeting at 5pm
10/26-28 Fall Retreat with special guest speaker, Oliver Hersey! Invite a friend!
First Pres in Action
Choir Retreat - a great time of learning and fellowship!

Another gift of fresh veggies from the First Pres Giving Garden to the local food pantries.
Giving Garden

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