This Week at First Pres! September 15 thru 21
FEATURE ARTICLE
Kingdom Seed

This week’s eNewsletter feature story
is written by Rev. Raymond Hylton,
FPCE senior pastor.

Greetings!

I have a poster on one of the doors in my office that says, “Though you can count the number of seeds in an apple, it is impossible to count the number of apples in a seed.” This rich quote was given to me by my sister in Christ, Liz Ribeiro.

According to information provided by the University of Illinois Extension Urban Program, apples have five seed pockets or carpels, and each pocket contains seeds. The number of seeds per carpel is determined by the vigor and health of the plant. Different varieties of apples will have a different number of seeds. Every seed has a universe of unimaginable growth potential in it.

On account of my love of gardening, I have become a seed collector and planter. In early spring, I take my seeds and plant them in the soil knowing that, with healthy soil, ample water, and sunshine, growth will happen. I know full well that if I discard my seeds and never plant anything, there will be no growth.
Condolences
We offer our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the Weinberg family, for the passing of Joan’s brother, James Ehrenstrom, who died September 4. A memorial service will take place on October 12 in Milwaukee.

We offer our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Marilee Mercer, for the passing of her husband, Gordon Wead, who died September 3. A private burial was held this week, and a memorial service originally scheduled for September 21 has been postponed.
All of the above information (and more) can be found
on our CONNECT page on the FPCE website.
Summary notes from the July 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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