March 3, 2021
View the March newsletter here
Limited In-Person Worship Has Resumed
Sanctuary Reservations

We are accepting limited reservations for in-person worship on Sundays at
10:00 a.m. and for the Good Friday and Easter Sunday services.

  • Email or call the church office at 630-668-5147 to make a reservation for the upcoming service.
  • Face coverings are required to be worn and remain on throughout the service.
  • Social distancing of six feet will be maintained between attendees who are not part of the same family.
  • The sanctuary is cleaned and sanitized before and after each service.
  • If you are vulnerable or displaying any Covid symptoms, please enjoy livestream worship at home.

Lent and Easter Worship

Palm Sunday, March 28 – 10:00 a.m. Livestream and Limited In-Person
Maundy Thursday, April 1 – 7:00 p.m. Virtual Experience
Good Friday, April 2 – 7:00 p.m. Livestream and Limited In-Person

Easter Sunday, April 4
7:00 a.m. – Outdoor Sunrise Worship
9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. – Livestream and Limited In-Person

Grounding: A Lent Series

Lent is a time for us to pause and prepare our hearts for Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Over 40 days, we consider a foundational tenet of the Christian faith: we are all in need of a Savior. Lent is a grounding season. During this series, we are invited to find our grounding by remembering our human frailty, God’s ultimate redemption and the significance of Jesus’ loving sacrifice.

Week 3: A Higher Helper
God is our source of safety in a world that can be filled with fear. On our journey of faith, we can trust that God is able to deliver and protect us from all that may come against us. 

Sunday, March 7 at 10:00 a.m. 

Sunday, March 21 at 1:00 p.m.
Outdoors on the church lawn

Join us for a walk through Holy Week with a Palm Parade, stories from
eye witnesses, songs and celebration. We will have a cross at the service for children to place a note on with a hope for the future or a joy they have. Download this pdf if you would like to create your note ahead of time. Our mission opportunity will be to support Exodus World Service. Diapers size 5 & 6 are welcome for donation at the service.

Lenten Adult Education
Sundays through March 28, 8:30-9:45 a.m.
Wednesdays through March 31, 7:00-8:15 p.m.
One-time registration required

Session 2: "Ransom Jesus Sets You Free"

Join us via Zoom on either Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings as we gather with other area Presbyterian churches in this six-part Lenten series.

In Savior: What the Bible Says About the Cross, Magrey deVega describes the need for reconciliation between humankind and a holy God through Jesus’ death on the cross. By exploring the mystery of salvation through the cross, we can deepen our love for God and others and strengthen our commitment to follow Jesus.

Register using the links below to receive the Zoom codes for each session. 
Lenten Devotional

This year's Lenten Devotional offers commentary, poetry, visual art and coloring pages, and is available in digital and printed form. Request your devotional here.
Lenten Community Art Project
As we journey through the season of Lent, we are offering the opportunity to participate in a community art project. You are invited to add your personal lament to the large center black panel of the art piece located in the Rotunda. Using a provided marker and a piece of burlap fabric, you'll be able to write your own personal lament and nail it to the center panel. The Rotunda will remain open following worship until 12:30 p.m. each Sunday until Easter. If you'd rather submit your lament electronically, you may do so anonymously, using this link.

-Kedrick Armstrong
Director of Music and Worship Experience
Do you or a family member need assistance getting registered for a Covid-19 vaccine? The registration process can be challenging, especially for older adults in our congregation or community. We would be glad to help with researching and booking available appointments. Email or call the church office at 630-668-5147 to request the support of a vaccine shepherd. 

Kids Ministry
Join us for Zoom Sunday School every Sunday morning during the livestream service. Spring Kids Together is starting up indoors on Wednesday, March 10 and outdoors on Wednesday, April 7. RSVP required for supplies and planning.

Genesis – Middle School Ministry
Tonight, March 3 In-person gathering

WF – High School Ministry
Tonight at 7:00 p.m. Guys and girls small group will meet separately by zoom
Sunday WF meets from 5:00-6:15 p.m. with outdoor games and indoor devo, worship and small group discussion
Lunch & Learn – Women's Ministry Event
Wednesday, March 10 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Zoom

Storyteller Jenny Riddle shares stories to inspire you to write the most important story you will ever tell...the story you tell yourself.

Learn to:
 • Let Go of Perfectionism • Grow Bigger With Age, Not Bitter 
• Celebrate You • Never Be Too Old To Follow Your Dreams 

Zoom link will be provided upon registration. 
Donations will be accepted to offset the cost of this program. 
To dedicate Easter lilies in honor or memory of a loved one, please complete the online form and return it to the church office, along with your donation, no later than Monday, March 29. Dedications will be printed in the Easter bulletin. You may pick up your lily following the last service on Easter, or during office hours the following week.
Presbyterians in Partnership
All churches are invited to support the mission of the PCUSA, our larger church family. You can help First Pres fulfill this Per Capita commitment by making a contribution of $36.00 for each church member in your family in addition to your regular giving. You’re welcome to make your check out to First Presbyterian Church or contribute online and note “Per Capita” in the memo line. Thank you for your support of the greater church.
Church Office Hours:
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton
Phone 630-668-5147