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The Struggle Is Real
Sermon Series – Through February 23

We all face struggles in this life, but God never intended for our struggle to be our story. In this series, you'll learn how God has designed you to shine, in spite of your struggles. During this four-week series, we’ll explore struggle in weakness, health, finances and relationships. 

Struggle in Finances
Sunday, February 16
8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Pastor Kellen Smith
Adult Education Child care provided
Sunday, February 16
9:45-10:45 a.m. 

“I was persecuted in Sudan  for being a Christian, but America welcomed me.” 

Guest Speaker Durmomo Gary
We have the privilege of welcoming Durmomo Gary, Immigrant Church Engagement Liaison for World Relief Dupage/Aurora. He will join us to share his powerful story of fleeing Sudan because of his faith, running for his life, and finally ending up in suburban Chicago. Hearing Durmomo's testimony will inspire and give a glimpse into his incredible journey. Child care is provided.
Sunday, February 23
9:45-10:45 a.m. 
The Joy of Lament 

Join us for a discussion about the place of lament in our lives as we enter into the season of Lent. Kedrick Armstrong, Director of Music Ministry, will examine music throughout church history that either focuses on lament or was written from a place of lament. 
Ash Wednesday – February 26
7:30-8:30 a.m. in the Chapel
Morning Prayer and Ashes:  An open time for prayer and imposition of ashes 

7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Worship
Child care provided 
Women's Ministry
Dress-a-Girl Around the World 
Thursday, March 5   1:00-9:00 p.m.
Friday, March 6   9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Stewart Hall 105-107

Join us for this workshop to make dresses that will be sent to girls in need all over the world. Contact Jeanne if you are able to bring a sewing machine.
CONNECT Class: Interested in Membership or Learning More?
Sundays, March 8 and 15 
12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Living Room
Lunch is provided

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. 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, email or call the church office at 630-668-5147. Childcare is provided. 
Community Art Gallery
The Story of My Life by Kim Van Oss
Through March 30 on the Link
Artist Reception: Sunday, February 16 between services from 9:45-10:45 a.m.

This is the story of my life. I view my world as I’m looking through a camera’s viewfinder. My family knows what to do when I scream “stop the car” so I can quickly capture what I see. Taking a walk with me may take longer than usual because I stop frequently to snap a picture or two. Some of my favorite things to photograph are my family, sunsets, sunrises, flowers and large bodies of water. I love to share my pictures with others … as a card, as inspiration, support, encouragement or as a fond memory. God has created a beautiful world and I’m blessed to capture some of His beauty with my camera.    ~ Kim Van Oss
Presbyterians in Partnership
All churches are invited to support the mission of the PCUSA, our larger church family. You can help First Pres to fulfill this Per Capita commitment by making a contribution of $36.00 fo r each ch urch member in your family in addition to your regular giving. The total contribution for our church membership in 2020 will be $36,540. You’re welcome to make your check out to First Presbyterian Church and note “Per Capita” in the memo line or you can contribute online and select designated giving. Thank you for your support of the greater church. 
Women's Bible Study
First Tuesday of each month 
1:00-2:00 p.m. in the Living Room 

We continue in the study of Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten  Commandments . Bible study booklets are available in the church office at a cost of $10. Bring a friend to share in the discussion.
First Light Men’s Group
Breakfast and Bible Study
New series starting February 29
Saturdays at 7:00 a.m. in Stewart Hall 101

Have you even wondered ...
What is Heaven going to be like? Will we really have bodies? Will animals be there? What will we do? Will we get bored? Will we recognize our loved ones? Will we go places and do things with them? How can we know for sure we'll go to Heaven?

We all have questions about what Heaven will be like. We will be using the booklet Heaven: Biblical Answers to Common Questions that provides answers to these and other questions over six weeks of study and discussion. The answers in long form are from Randy Alcorn's Heaven. Reading the large book is not a requirement, as the booklet has all we need for great learning and discussion. 
CAN Network
Remember our college age students with a prayer and a care card -
Thomas Linebarger, Texas Christian University ; Parker Larsen and Quinn Meyer, Iowa State University
Children's Ministry
Family Royal Tea Party
Friday, February 14 
6:00 p.m. in Stewart Hall

Children’s Ministry invites you and your family to a royal tea party 
on Valentine’s Day! Girls, wear your princess dresses and boys, your Sunday best. Crowns and tiaras will be given out to complete your outfits. Tea and treats will be served, along with lots of fun activities! RSVP here . Contact Lynn for the details. 
Bake Sale for Elijah
Sunday, March 8 between services on the Link 
The Sunday School children are raising funds for Elijah,a child from Zimbabwe they are sponsoring through Hope4theOrphan. 
LOGOS  K – 8th grade
Wednesdays through March 11 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Upcoming Themes:
February 19 - Relaxation Night
February 26 - Ash Wednesday
March 4 - Mad Science Night
March 11 - 25th Anniversary Celebration

Want to invite a friend or neighbor to LOGOS as your guest for an evening to try it out? Contact Lynn for the details. 
WF High School Ministry
Please be in prayer for those on the winter retreat this weekend.  No Sunday AM or WF Youth Group this week due to the retreat, but we’ll be back next week!

Registration is now open for the Summer Mission Trip 
We’re headed to Imperial, PA from June 20-27 to do repairs and home improvements for families that are in desperate need of some help. Email Nancy for more information.
Book Club
Thursday, February 27
7:00 p.m. in the Living Room

Elena Richardson and her family live in a perfect neighborhood where everyone lives by the rules. Mia Warren and her teenage daughter move to the neighborhood with many secrets that threaten the status quo of the community. Join us to discuss  Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, which is soon to be a movie. 
Seamstress Needed
First Pres Preschool is looking for a professional seamstress to sew our preschool tote bags. This paid job entails sewing about 70 denim bags (20" by 17" with a handle) each summer and purchasing all necessary supplies. If you are interested or know of someone who might be, please contact Cha ndra
Prayers for Chicago Presbytery Churches
2020 will be a year of prayer for churches in the Chicago Presbytery. Each week we will be praying for a few churches by name. This week please pray for:

Faith Community Presbyterian Church (Chicago)
First Presbyterian Church (Chicago)
We have the opportunity to help our PADS community on February 24 and 25, by serving a delicious hot dinner and breakfast to the PADS overnight guests. If you would like to donate or volunteer, please contact the church office. 

Roseland “Good News” Day Care Center   
We are currently collecti ng formula and baby food as well as diapers and wipes for Ms Pearl. Bring your items to the Rotunda coat room marked Ms Pearl. 

Food Pantry 
Our local food pantries are in need of canned goods, whole grains, personal items: shaving creams, disposable razors, feminine hygiene products, bar soap, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, laundry and dish detergent and diapers, especially sizes 4, 5 & 6. PRC and the Interfaith Food Pantry are always grateful for our donations.

To learn about other ways to serve, click here .
Online Calendar
There are many events, programs and educational opportunities offered at First Pres. Click here to view the online calendar.
First Pres in Action
Thank you to Boy Scout Troop 23 for your participation in Sunday's services, and for serving
the DELICIOUS donuts to the congregation. They were enjoyed and appreciated!
Preschoolers having a ball at their Valentine's Day parties!

First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton
Phone 630-668-5147