November 24, 2021
Advent With First Pres

Family Nativity Night: Friday, December 3, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Register here by Tuesday, November 30.

Lessons and Carols: Sunday, December 12 at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.

Christmas Eve Services: 4:00 (Family Service), 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve services are in person, with livestream at 6:00 and 8:00.

2021 Advent Devotionals

Enter what C.S. Lewis described as “The Grand Miracle” with this collection of reflections designed to draw you into the story of the Incarnation day-by-day through the season of Advent. Based on the writings of Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, George MacDonald, Dorothy Sayers and others, each day’s reading offers a fresh look at the birth of Christ through the eyes of a modern author. Scripture, prayer, and full-page contemplative images complete each entry. 28 days, 64 pages. Booklets are free and available to pick up in the Rotunda on Sundays and in the Church Office during the week.

You can download an e-devotional here.
Sunday Worship

Advent: The Unexpected King

Throughout the Bible, births often herald great hope and expectations, and are the result of great faith in God. Many births are a foreshadowing of the greatest birth of all, the birth of Jesus Christ. 

Sunday, November 28 – 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.
"The Birth of Hope"
God’s promised hope will happen according to his time, just as it did in Isaac’s birth. Genesis 21:1-7

In case you missed last week's worship, watch here.
Adult Education:
The Grand Miracle
Sundays, November 28-December 19
10:30 a.m.
Led by: Dr. David Downing and Dr. Crystal Downing

C.S. Lewis once referred to the Incarnation, God taking on flesh, as the Grand Miracle. In this season when we celebrate the Grand Miracle swaddled in a manger, we will talk about how that miracle affected the lives of C.S. Lewis and one of the most important influences on his spiritual life, Dorothy L. Sayers. 
Special Recognition for Daniel Sommerville
Daniel Sommerville, Director of Music Ministries, was recently honored at Wheaton College as the college unveiled the new “Maestro Daniel Sommerville Green Room,” a beautiful off-stage room to be used by conductors and guest artists as they prepare to perform at the new Armerding Concert Hall. An anonymous donor made it possible, and there was a short program at which both the College Symphony Orchestra Student president and Dean Michael Wilder spoke. President Phil Ryken also spoke and offered a prayer of dedication. 

Congratulations Dan!
2022 Generosity Campaign Update
We are making progress toward having the resources we need to do the ministry our Lord is calling us to do in the coming year. If you have not yet done so, you can make your pledge here. Your generous gifts make possible inspiring worship, inclusive programs, and impactful mission for our church and community. 

Christmas Mission Opportunities

The need to support our Mission partners continues more than ever. Below are several ways for you give to those in our community who are in need this Christmas season. Contact the church office for additional information.
Christmas Sharing

Gift Card Funds Needed This Week: The most pressing need for Christmas Sharing is raising money for the purchase of gift cards. We are still in need of $10,000 in gift card funds. Receiving donations to purchase these cards this week is important due to the timing of card ordering and delivery. Please donate early to help meet this need. Cash donations are accepted online or by check. Please select “Christmas Sharing” fund online or add it in the memo line of your check.

Volunteers Needed: Twenty volunteers are needed on Saturday, December 11 from 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon, come rain, snow, or sun at Holy Cross Church on Geneva Road. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the church office.

Non-Food Boxes: Empty gift boxes, content lists and instructions are available in the Rotunda and church office. When picking up boxes, please sign the Box Signup Form. Gift boxes MUST be returned to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 802 E. Geneva Road, Wheaton between Monday, December 6 and Friday, December 10. The cost of the contents of the non-food boxes is approximately $17.

Serve Holiday Joy to a Senior from Outreach Community Center
Friday, December 17

Outreach Community Center is looking forward to hosting the annual in-person Christmas luncheon for 150 older adults at First Presbyterian Church on December 17. First Pres is one of the biggest supporters of OCC, and through your past generous donations and gracious service, this annual event has graced the lives of many older adults. This year’s luncheon will be serving a traditional holiday meal to the guests. Entertainment will be provided by a student musical group from District 200 and each guest will receive an individual gift.

There are two ways you can help serve holiday joy to a senior: 
  • Your generous donation of any amount can be made online and selecting the "Outreach Senior Luncheon" fund. Donations will help provide this Christmas experience to an Outreach senior. Checks can be made out to Outreach Community Center and given to the church office. 
  • We are also seeking volunteers to help serve at the December 17 luncheon.
Giving Trees

Through Christmas trees, we have shared with sisters and brothers in need for over 35 years. This year we will again have three Giving Trees, which will be located on the ramp starting this Sunday.

  • Midwest Center for Homeless Veterans - We are helping 19 veterans in need of gas cards, and Jewel or Target gift cards. Hanging on the tree will be envelopes with the initials of each veteran and indicating if they have cars (for gas cards).
  • DuPage Care Center (formerly DuPage Convalescent Center) - This tree will have 30 tags listing suggested gifts. Gifts should be left unwrapped and placed in the box under the tree, along with the tag.
  • Marklund Home - We are collecting $25 Target cards for 32 residents. There will be 32 envelopes on the tree.  

The deadline for giving is Monday, December 13. You can support this ministry online by selecting the "Missions" fund or by check, and designating the tree you wish to support in the Memo line of the online form or your check.

Tuesday, December 14, from 4:00-5:30 p.m.
We will be providing meals to 55-65 guests at the Red Roof Inn (1698 W. Diehl Rd, Naperville). If you are available to help distribute meals, please contact the church office
Help feed the hungry at the 
Interfaith Food Pantry in Carol Stream

The Interfaith Food Pantry in Carol Stream provides food, household items and personal items to people in need in Wheaton, Warrenville, Winfield, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, and Carol Stream. More than 125 families, over 400 people, are served each month by our volunteers.

We need your help:
• Each three-hour shift has three volunteers
• You can help once a month or as often as once a week
• Great for retirees or stay-at-home parents
• We’ll train you – it’s easy and inspiring!

The Pantry is open: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. to noon, and 
Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 3:00 p.m.

If you or you and your friends would like to volunteer or would like more information, contact the church office

Kids Ministry
  • Join us for Family Nativity Night on Friday, December 3 from 6:00 -7:30 p.m. Register here by Tuesday, November 30.
  • Join us on Wednesday evenings for SHINE! from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Register here. (There is no SHINE meeting today, November 24)
  • Join us for Sunday School, every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Register here.
Genesis – Middle School Ministry
  • Sunday meetings resume this week, November 28, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Stewart Hall
  • There is no SHINE meeting today, November 24
  • Save the Date! Winter Retreat will be February 11-13 at Timberlee
WF – High School Ministry
  • Will resume meeting this Sunday, November 28, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Save the Date! Winter Retreat will be February 25-27
Food Pantry Sunday Resumes This Sunday
We are resuming Food Pantry Sunday at First Pres Church beginning November 28. The Food Pantry Committee Deacons will be leading the Church in prayer on the last Sunday of the month, however donations can be deposited in the Rotunda on any day in the designated basket and grocery cart. Non-perishable food, personal hygiene, and cleaning items are needed. Donations are distributed on a rotating basis to People’s Resource Center (Wheaton), Milton Township Food Pantry (Wheaton), the Interfaith Food Pantry (Carol Stream), and Wheaton Outreach (Carol Stream). 

Items in highest demand: canned goods (veggies, tuna, soup), personal care items (oral hygiene, bath soap) and household cleaners (dish soap, laundry detergent, disinfectants).
Sunday Ushers Needed

We are in need of additional ushers for Sunday mornings. 

If you are willing to serve, please contact the church office.
Church Office:
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 25 and 26.

First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton
Phone 630-668-5147