January 6, 2021
View the January newsletter here.

SERMON SERIES - January 10-February 14
To the Ends of the Earth: The Book of Acts

This six-week series examines the remarkable spread of the church and the kingdom of God from Jerusalem, to Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the world. Jesus has commissioned every one of his followers to be his witness by the power of the Holy Spirit. Despite challenges from outside and within, the kingdom of God continues to advance. Today, we continue to be his witnesses and have a vital role in the continuing story of Jesus’ unstoppable kingdom.

January 10 – Witnesses, Holy Spirit, Empowerment, God’s Mission 
Acts 1:1-26 (selected verses) 
The Holy Spirit empowers God’s people to be witnesses of the good news of Jesus Christ, beginning in Jerusalem, then Judea, then Samaria, and finally to the ends of the earth. We can confidently and courageously be witnesses of Jesus by understanding the power, purpose, and plan of the mission God has entrusted to each of us.

January 17 The Church, Fellowship, Prayer, Generosity  Acts 2:1-47
January 24 Fear, Temptation, Overcoming, Courage Acts 4:1-5:11
January 31 Persecution, Risk, Divine Moments Acts 8:1-40
February 7 Direction, God’s Will, Scriptures Acts 16:1-10
February 14 Witness, Testimony, Influence, Mission Acts 28:1-31
Sunday, January 10, 10:00 a.m. 
Livestream at: firstpreswheaton.org/livestream
Adult Ed: New Year, New Practices

The First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton Adult Education team eagerly announces that FPCW is joining FIDE (Faith Illumination in a Digital Environment), an innovative consortium of five Presbyterian churches participating together in online, faith-formation classes. We'll continue to offer our own Wednesday evening Adult Education as we add back in Sunday morning Adult Ed offerings with the FIDE consortium. FIDE will enable FPCW to join in fascinating, lively, biblical discussions over zoom, led by area Presbyterian pastors and congregations. 
New Year, New Practices
New Sunday Morning Adult Ed Class Option
Sundays, January 10-February 14
8:30-9:55 a.m. on Zoom

We will use Jemar Tisby’s book, The Color of Compromise, to explore the role of the American church as it pertains to black history. Download the Color of Compromise class discussion guide here.

New Year, New Practices and New Reads

Wednesdays, January 13-February 10
7:00-8:00 p.m. on Zoom

These Wednesday-night Zoom chats about Rediscover Jesus by Matthew Kelly are led by Pastor Kellen. Rediscover Jesus is a profound invitation to seek deeply personal answers to our deeply personal questions. 
Interested in Membership or Learning More?
Connect Class for New Members

Sunday, January 10 
11:00 a.m. via Zoom

If you’re new to First Pres, you’ve been attending livestream worship, just exploring faith, or want to become a member, our Connect Class is the next step. Learn more about our congregation and have the chance to be welcomed into membership. To register, email or call the church office at 630-668-5147. 

Snow Day family event on Saturday, January 23 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Kids Ministry is partnering in fun and faith building for an afternoon of friendly family competition to beat the winter blues. 

Zoom Sunday School and Fellowship launching this Sunday! Virtual Sunday School will be offered on Sunday mornings during the livestream on January 10, 17, 24 and 31. Watch for the Zoom link in upcoming family emails. Let's reconnect and build on our spiritual foundation.

Genesis - Middle School Ministry

Hockey-Schmockey: TODAY! Wednesday, January 6, 5:00-6:00 p.m. 
Church parking lot (unless it is raining). Glow-in-the-dark street hockey and the It's Personal series.

Doughnut Day: Sunday, January 10, 10:00-11:00 a.m. 
Munch your own treat at home, play This-or-That, and hang out together on zoom. Sign up to receive a $2 doughnut gift card by Friday, January 8 at tgreen@firstpreswheaton.org.

Feel free to contact Pastor Tassie with questions.

Genesis and WF: Check your email for information about new 5-minute devos!
Sunday, January 10, 1:30-2:30 p.mColdFest outdoor games. Church parking lot. Dress warmly!

Wednesday, January 13, 7:00-8:15 p.m. – Guys/Girls kick-off Zoom book study

Feel free to contact Pastor Tassie with questions.
Come Alive!®
Start off 2021 with a renewed spirit of love, hope and wellbeing
Come Alive!® is an 8-session online program that helps us connect our spirits, bodies, minds and emotional wellbeing. The program is offered to individuals and small groups, with flexible starting dates to meet your needs. 
Experience how a Come Alive! is led over Zoom at one of the two Zoom Introductory Experience meetings: 
• Saturday morning, January 9 – 10:00 a.m. CST
• Tuesday evening January 12 – 7:00 p.m. CST
(Each meeting will have the same content)

Watch for details to come. Contact Angela Stephenson at

If you've been looking for a way to help people in need, here's an opportunity! Blood is needed now more than ever.

Saturday, January 23
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Held at First Pres

Appointments are encouraged; walk-ins are also welcome. A photo ID is required, and masks must be worn. Covid-19 antibody testing will be performed on all blood donations as part of the standard testing.

All presenting donors receive a $4 coupon on a $15 purchase at Noodles and Company.
Church Office Hours:
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton firstpreswheaton.org
Phone 630-668-5147