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Share or invite someone for the Life Marks series.
Sunday, October 6, Worship
8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Pastor Kyle Roggenbuck
Sharing Gifts

If you don’t know what you are aiming for, you can’t hit the bullseye. Having a spiritual target is essential for knowing whether your life is reflecting God’s vision, or if you’re simply going through the motions. During this series, we’ll create a portrait of what it looks like when we’re growing in our lives with Jesus and ask the question: “When are we successful as Christian disciples?”
Celebrating Pastor Kyle’s Ministry
Reception on Sunday, October 4
12:00 p.m. in Stewart Hall

After 10 years of faithful ministry, this is Pastor Kyle’s last Sunday at First Pres. We give thanks to God for her good care, abundant compassion, and grace-filled presence during several seasons of transition in the church. Following a brief congregational meeting after the 11:00 a.m. service, you’re invited to join Pastor Kyle for a reception to celebrate her ministry, as we send her with our generous blessing. 
Adult Education
Is Evangelicalism Dead?
Sundays, October 6 - 27
9:45-10:45 a.m. in Stewart Hall

This 4-session class led by Dr. Paul Bischoff, offers an overview of Evangelicalism in America. Sessions will reflect broadly on Evangelicalism, exploring into its definition, origin, history, major events, key leaders, the “born-again” experience, its partial gospel, attitudes toward the Bible and its effects on the church. The seminar envisions a healthier household of God based upon a holistic Gospel whose crucified-risen Christ forms a church-community of forgiven sinners sustained by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Childcare is provided.

For a full list of our fall Adult Education opportunities, click here.
During generosity month in October, we’ll be focusing on three weeks of prayer leading up to Generosity Sunday on October 27. Our three weeks of prayer will include:
October 6 – Praying for the vision and forthcoming strategic plan of the church.
October 13 – Praying that God would bless us with the resources we need to fulfill the vision and 2020 strategic plan.
October 20 – Praying for how you might support the vision of our church by making a strategic financial pledge.
Distinguished Preacher Series
Dr. Thomas Long - Sunday, November 3

Following Pastor Kellen’s installation in the fall of 2017, a Distinguished Preacher series was established to welcome leading voices and preachers in the larger church. Our previous Distinguished Preachers have included: Craig Barnes, President of Princeton Seminary, and Neal Presa, former PC(USA) Moderator. On November 3, we’ll be blessed to have Thomas Long, Professor Emeritus of Preaching, Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Tom will share a message entitled “It's About Time,” based on John 11:1-21 at both worship services, 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Between services, Tom will speak about his work for an upcoming book on Jesus’ parables entitled The Parabolic Imagination of Jesus and the Life of the Church, during the education hour at 9:45 a.m.
Community Art Gallery
Nola McCallum / Jennifer Goudreault
Mother Daughter Artists  
September 29 – November 31

Artists Reception: November 10

Nola McCallum / Jennifer Goudreault, Mother Daughter Artists, share their family’s art from parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.
Church Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee is now accepting submissions for consideration for the offices of Deacon, Elder and 2020 Nominating Committee. Do you know someone who exhibits the skills, compassion and drive to serve in one of these positions? 

You can submit names of members and/or your own name by filling out the Nomination Form found in the pews, the Welcome Desk, the church office, and online. Please return forms in the offering or to the office by Sunday, October 6.  
Women's Ministry
Dress-a-Girl Around the World 

Thursday, October 17  1:00-9:00 p.m.
Friday, October 18  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 the church office if you are able to bring a sewing machine, serger or both.
First Pres Community Concert Series
Bach and Coffee
Sunday, November 3 4:00 p.m.
*Location - Living Room/Chapel

Featuring works by Johann Sebastian Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and  Coffee Cantata

First Pres Wheaton Chamber Ensemble
Kedrick Armstrong, conductor

Wheaton College Christmas Concert
Once again arrangements will be made for First Pres members and friends who would like to attend the Wheaton College Christmas Concert together. Please contact the church office by October 20 to request the number of tickets you need. Tickets will be procured for the matinee concert on Saturday, December 7 
at 4:00 p.m. in Edman Chapel. The cost is $20 (including $2 online ticketing fee). Those who are able will gather together after the concert for dinner at Arrowhead restaurant. Please let the church office know if you would like a dinner reservation.
Taize Worship
Friday, October 4
7:00 p.m. in the Chapel

Join us for a 30-minute Taize service with music, silence and prayer, designed to help us step away from our busy lives and spend some quiet time with God.
First Pres Book Club
Thursday, October 31
7:00 p.m. in the Living Room

The October read is Queen Bee , by Dorothea Benton Frank. Join us for good discussion and great fellowship.

Beekeeper Holly McNee Jensen quietly lives in a world of her own on Sullivans Island, tending her hives and working at the local island library. Holly calls her mother the Queen Bee because she’s a demanding hulk of a woman. To escape their mother’s drama, Holly’s sister, Leslie, married and moved away. Holly’s escape is to submerge herself in the lives of the two young boys next door and their widowed father, Archie.
CAN Network
Remember our college age students with a prayer and a care card -
Nicolas Larson and Patrick Reinhart, Hope College and 
Joshua Grais-Slate, Drexel University
October is Fair Trade Month
Celebrate Fair Trade month by purchasing Equal Exchange items.

Fair Exchange coffee and tea will be served and 12-ounce Coffee Bags Available For Sale next Sunday, October 13.
Children's Ministry
K – 8th grade
Wednesdays, October 9 – March 11  5:00-7:00 p.m.
Register here. Please pray for a successful 25th year!

HELP NEEDED - Contact Lynn or Laurie if you can help.
• Cook Team Members (5:00-7:00 p.m.)
• Bible Study Leaders K-5th (5:30-6:00 p.m.)
• Shepherds K-5th (5:00-6:00 p.m.)
• Scholarship Funds
Sunday School 
2 years – 5th Grade    9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Come join us for an all-new Sunday School program. We are off to a great start! Register here.
Small Group leaders needed
Adults of all ages make great mentors for children! Come join a teaching team and serve 1-2 times per month to help pass on the faith to our younger ones. Contact Lynn Nuzzo for more information.
Genesis Middle School
There is no Sunday Experience this week, October 6, since we will be at Camp Timber-lee for our fall retreat! Please pray for us this weekend that we will grow in our faith and in our relationships with each other! Sunday Experience will return on 10/13 at 9:45 a.m. with our new series on Proverbs titled “The Good Life.”
We are still in need of scholarships for our retreats. If you’d like to donate funds,
please email or call Laurie Meissner at 630-363-7470.
WF High School Ministry
This Sunday, October 6 – Join us for fun games, dirt cups and beach cups for snack, and a continued discussion about anxiety and what the Bible has to say about it. This is a GREAT night to bring a friend!

The Fall Retreat at Stronghold is coming! October 25-27. Register online here.The $10 discount for early sign up ends on Sunday, October 6!
People’s Resource Center
Saturday, October 12 from 8:30 a.m. - noon
Lord, when did we see you hungry? We have an opportunity to serve our neighbors at the People’s 
Resource Center. If you would like to participate, please sign up at the information desk. Contact the church office for more information.

Meal Team Ministry 
Would you be willing to offer meals to church families in need? We are looking for volunteer cooks to be on our Meal Team list. When the team hears about someone’s illness, surgery, new baby, etc., we offer them meals. As a volunteer cook, you’ll receive an e-mail with information about dates, dietary needs and addresses. If you are able to furnish a meal for that family, you simply respond to the email and sign up for a particular date. Almost 100 meals have been provided to First Pres families so far this year. Please contact the church office for more information.

To learn about 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
Sunday School is off to a great start!
DuPage Pads volunteer celebration dinner provided by the First Pres Mission Committee. Special thanks to Pads champions Anth Lechiara and Mark Spehr.

First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton
Phone 630-668-5147