This Week at First Pres!
June 28 - July 4, 2020
FEATURE ARTICLE
To Gather Together

This week’s eNewsletter feature story
was written by Jim Teague
FPCE Communications Coordinator.


Greetings!

In all of Scripture, one of the most meaningful images for me is where it says in Exodus, “Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.” (Exodus 13:22). I am ever in awe of how God’s presence was so manifest — so real — among the people he loved.

In my mind’s eye, I imagine an old, wizened Hebrew man sitting and watching the fire glowing before them at night as they traveled away from Egypt, away from slavery. I see a young girl waking in the earliest light of dawn, peeking outside her family’s tent and then rousing her father to say, “Abba! God’s cloud is moving again! We need to go, right?” 

As one people, they would quickly gather their belongings and set out to follow their God — our God.
TAKE NOTE
On July 12, the way we take part in online worship will change. Read today's feature story to learn more.
Books for an All-Church read on racial reconciliation are set to be handed out in the church parking lot on Monday, June 29 and Friday, July 3. See below for details.
A new COVID-19 Benevolence Fund has been established to help those in the FPCE family who have been impacted financially by the pandemic. See below for more details.
One Church, One Book
As our nation wrestles with the issues of race, social justice and economic equity, we at FPCE are invited, together as one church, to read the book  Beyond Color Blind: Redeeming our Ethnic Journey  by Sarah Shin. We've purchased your household a book so we can continue to engage together.
 
For those who are ready and able to pick up a book in person, you can do so in the FPCE parking lot on Monday, June 29 from 5-8 p.m. and Friday, July 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The books will be distributed through a socially distanced hand-out process. Drive, bike, or walk up near the table by the church bus. We'll place a book on the table, step back 6 feet, and then you'll pick up your book. Please wear your mask while you are in the parking lot picking up your book. The book will include a letter from the pastors, which will also be available in next week's eNewsletter.
 
If you're not ready or able to pick up your book in person, no worries. Please contact, Janice at  jdobschuetz@firstpresevanston.org  to make other arrangements.
 
We'll gather together on Zoom on Wednesday, July 29, at 7 pm, for a virtual All-Church Townhall on the book's many timely themes.
Prayer Companions available this Sunday!
Visit the FPCE home page at firstpresevanston.org for details immediately following the service.
New COVID-19 Benevolence Fund created
FPCE Session and Board of Trustees have given their approval for the creation of a COVID-19 Benevolence Fund to be used to help FPCE members, staff, and others with an established relationship with the church. If anyone feels so led, the church is accepting contributions to help expand the fund. Please direct any donations to FPCE with a notation stating this is for the Fund.

The intention is for these funds to be used to help with financial needs directly associated with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (such as lost employment or income, unforeseen healthcare costs, or childcare needs). A three-person panel has been created to screen the requests. Requests should be made directly to the pastoral staff (Rev. Hylton, Rev. Coates, Rev. Golbek, Parish Nurse Julie Ruchniewicz and Worship and Music Director Hannah McConnell). All inquiries about the fund will be held in strict confidence.
Upcoming Online Events

10 a.m. Sunday Worship
Our worship service this Sunday will be streamed online at 10 a.m. It can be accessed via our website at https://www.firstpresevanston.org, on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/firstpresevanston/ and on YouTube through links from our home page.
After our Sunday Service
Online fellowship time/adult education will take place on Zoom following our Sunday service. Join us at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/478195199?pwd=eFNvbzgrakZQcTkzQ1FnbDBWUnlYZz09. The Zoom Meeting ID is 478 195 199 and the password is 207174. This information will also be available on our home page immediately after the service. This will lead into our adult education time, when we will continue our look at God's assuring words of "Be Not Afraid". Please note that each class is a "standalone" event and does not require any previous attendance.
New worship interface tour
As mentioned in today's feature story, we will be moving to a new only worship platform on Sunday, July 12.

This Wednesday, July 1, join in a Zoom meeting at 7 p.m. to get a virtual tour of the interface. Visit our home page to get the Zoom link just prior to the event.
Online FPCE New Members' class moved to July 11
An online FPCE membership class is now forming. Those seeking to become new members of First Pres will attend a single session on Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to Noon . Those interested in signing up or seeking further details should contact Janice Dobschuetz at jdobschuetz@firstpresevanston.org.
Making, sharing face masks for health and safety
Can you sew? Donate homemade masks to the church!

The COVID-19 Task Force is accepting donations of face masks to share with congregational members in need as well as Souper Saturday guests we serve each week. There is a particular need for children's sized masks for some of our refugee families. If you sew, or have extra face masks please consider dropping them off at the the church on Saturdays between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at the rear door (ring the bell and then you can open the door, drop the masks in the appropriate box and exit. New unused masks only. For guidance on wearing and making face masks please check out the CDC website here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html 

If you are in need of a face mask please email the COVID-19 task force email at: covid19@firstpresevanston.org and we can help match you with a donation.
Condolences
We offer our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Dee Drain for the passing of her brother, Roosevelt Jones, on June 23.
Mission Prayer
Please take a moment to pray for our mission partner Christudas Retnadas and his work with United Mission to India. Pray for protection in their city Nepal as corona virus is hitting hard in Delhi. Pray for the special needs to purchase land to construct Missionary residence tuition halls (Church). United Mission to India (UMI) is a special organization as they are the only ones doing Missionary work among people resistant to the Gospel, even in the risky areas of India and Nepal.
Parish Nurse Book Club meets online June 30
Our next Parish Nurse Book Club meeting will be meeting through zoom on Tuesday, June 30th from 1:30-3 pm. We will discuss Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland. According to Amazon, "It’s 1893, and at the Chicago World’s Fair, Louis Comfort Tiffany makes his debut with a luminous exhibition of innovative stained-glass windows that he hopes will earn him a place on the international artistic stage. But behind the scenes in his New York studio is the freethinking Clara Driscoll, head of his women’s division, who conceives of and designs nearly all of the iconic leaded-glass lamps for which Tiffany will long be remembered. Never publicly acknowledged, Clara struggles with her desire for artistic recognition and the seemingly insurmountable challenges that she faces as a professional woman." For the Zoom link, please contact Julie Ruchniewicz at jruchniewicz@firstpresevanston.org .
Make your Deacons Offering donations online
Due our current “virtual attendance” situation, the FPCE Deacons have not been receiving their bi-monthly donations. These gifts are their only source of funding each year and go toward a variety of outreaches serving the church body and the community at large. If you would like to make a donation to the Deacons Offering beyond your regular pledge giving, you can do so online here using the appropriate dropdown item to designate your gift (this is the preferred method), or a check can be mailed to the church at First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, Attn. Deacons Fund ,1427 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL 60201, with memo line specifying Deacons Offering. Thank you for your generous hearts.   
Thursday Women's Bible Study
The Thursday Women’s Bible Study meets on Zoom, Thursdays from 5:45 to 7 p.m. It will run through August 13, 2020. Meetings focus on the fruits of the spirit guided by the Hazel Offner study: FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT. It is not necessary to purchase the book in order to participate. Please contact Alyce Claerbaut at  a-claerbaut@neiu.edu  to access the link and for any other information.
Men's Breakfast on Zoom
The Men's Breakfast group continues to meet weekly on Saturday mornings from 8-9 a.m. via Zoom for scripture, prayer and speakers (but BYO Breakfast). Please join us!

Contact Bob Bastian at Bob.Bastian55@gmail.com for the Zoom link.
Nourish women's bible study meetings on Zoom
Nourish, a women's Bible study, meets during the summer on alternate Thursdays, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Our meetings focus on the parables of Jesus and include time for sharing and prayer. Women of all ages are welcome to attend and can contact Sally Ivaska at sallyivaska1@gmail.com for the Zoom link.
Officer Nominations Invited
The Nominating Committee asks you to suggest elder, trustee, or deacon candidates for the 2021 slate. A candidate must be a church member, gifted by the Holy Spirit, and willing to serve. Confidential suggestions may be given to Rosemary Mauck or Richard Bell.
No clothes donations being accepted
We are not accepting donations for the Deacons Clothes Closet at this time. Donations (other than new masks ), will be discarded.
Summary notes from the May Session Meeting are available  here .  
The most recent summary of the Chicago Presbytery Meeting is available  here  
Paper copies are also available in our literature racks.
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