For the week of   
April 14 , 2019  
Online Calendar
Looking for even more details about what's coming up? See our online calendar  here .

Easter Flowers
Last date to order is Monday, April 15.
Lilies will adorn our chancel for Easter and be delivered to our homebound parishioners and closest neighbors . T o dedicate Easter flowers in honor or memory of a loved one, please complete the online form by Monday, April 15. Forms are also available in the church office. Your dedication will be printed in the Easter bulletin. You may also pick up a plant following the last service on Easter at noon.

CAN Network - Remember Our
College Kids
Morgan Gagnon and Logan Meyer, University of Iowa

It's almost finals time again
for our 70+ First Pres college students and we'd love to send them a little bit of love and joy amid all the stress that finals can bring! We will be sending them letters and $5 gift cards at the end of the month. If you would like to donate money or $5 gift cards (to places like Starbucks, Target, Wal-Mart, or fast food), please drop your donations in the office by Tuesday, April 16. Please contact Nancy Goodwin with any questions.
Please pray for our confirmands
as they begin this important journey in claiming their faith as their own: 
Jackson Beres
Emma Chojnacki
Ella Keating
Juliana Paulsen
Kyle Spiegel
FPC Book Club  
Thursday, April 25
7:00 p.m.
Living Room
The  April selection 
is Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind   by Ann B. Ross. Join us for good
discussion and great
fellowship. Contact Mary Kinsey at 630-462-1294
Mary Kinsey .
First Light Men's Group
Saturdays at 7:00 a.m.
Stewart Hall 101
Join us for breakfast and Bible study.  All men are welcome.
Women's Bible Study  
First Tuesdays
10:00 a.m. 
Living Room 
Taught by Pastor Kyle 
Special Needs Ministry
First Pres would like to put together a team to envision a special needs ministry. Whether you're a parent, teacher, or caring adult, we'd love to have you involved. If you're interested, email the church office.
Visit the First Pres  website  for more details.
Sunday Worship Services

Easter Invite 2019

An Easter invitation from Pastor Kellen
to watch & share.

Pastor Kellen Smith
Unexpected Arrival

  Worship at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Recordings of our past sermons are available on our website here.
Holy Week

April 18                Maundy Thursday Worship
7:00-8:00 p.m.      

April 19                 Good Friday Worship            
7:00-8:00 p.m.                    

April 21                Easter Sunday        
6:00 a.m.              Sunrise Communion Worship

8:00, 9:30 &         Worship with
11:00 a.m.            Westminster Choir and Orchestra 
Child care provided for all services except Easter Sunrise Service.  
Palms and Pancakes  
Thank You Breakfast
Sunday, April 14
9:45-10:45 a.m. in Stewart Hall

In addition to Palm Sunday worship, enjoy fellowship and a tasty breakfast with  your 
church  family - free of charge . The high school youth would like to say thank you for your support of their mission trips by stuffing you with pancakes and sausages. Children may eat with their families, and then will be called down to Sunday School.
Faithful Finances Forum
Scam Awareness: Avoiding
Evils As We Age
Sunday, April 28
9:45-10:45 a.m. in Stewart Hall 102-103
Led by Luke Widmer and Bob Gagnon
Incidents of fraud are on the rise, and scammers' tactics are becoming more complex. That's why it's important to educate yourself about fraud. And while no one is immune, there are steps you can take to outsmart the scammers. Join us for this presentation and learn important strategies to help protect you and the ones you love.
Abundant Compassion
  • Do you have a passion for a particular cause?
  • Have you always wanted to start a ministry? 
  • Do you sense God calling you to help meet a community need? 
Because of a generous $10,000 gift given to our church, we have created the Abundant Compassion Project. Our goal is to cultivate a harvest of compassion in our community. We will grant $1,000 to ten compelling projects. We continue to receive applications and are welcoming more ideas. Click here for more details.
Women's Ministry
Please note date change
Thursday, May 2, 1:00-9:00 p.m. and
Friday, May 3, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Stewart Hall 106-107
us  for  this  workshop  to  make  dresses that will be sent to girls in need all over the world. All skill levels welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Please call or text Jeanne Kovanda at 630-380-0635 or  email  if you are bringing a sewing machine and/or serger and with any questions.
Abraham's Children Breakfast
and Presentation 
Upending Nativism in the Middle East
Saturday, May 4
8:30 a.m. in Stewart Hall
Don't miss this presentation by Rev. Dr. Gary Burge, who will lead an examination of a key passage in Luke 4, about the turbulent first sermon of Jesus and its implication for us today. Tickets are $15. Call the church office at 630-668-5147 for reservations or register online 
here .
First Look Newsletter 
We are pleased to introduce our new seasonal newsletter, First Look . The newsletter may be accessed online here If you would like to have a copy mailed to you, please contact the church office.
Over 60 Singles Group
First Pres is starting an Over 60 Singles Group for fun and fellowship. We will kick off the group with a wine and cheese gathering at the home of Linda Wischnowski, 2053 Dorset Dr., Wheaton on Sunday, May 19 at 4:00 p.m. Please join us as we plan future outings. Feel free to bring a friend. RSVP to Linda  by May 12. 
Care Kits for the Homeless
When you see a person begging on a street corner in Chicago, or walking the traffic line looking for handouts, are you unsure how to respond? When our high school youth worked with the Chicago Bridge Project in March, we assembled small care kits that contain a cereal bar, beef jerky, bandaids, ointment and wipes all rubber banded together. These handy kits can be kept in your car or in your bag to hand out so that you can positively respond to these requests. The WF youth group and confirmation class have provided a basket in the rotunda with some of these care kits for our congregation. While supplies last, please take a few so you can share a little bit of love with someone in need!
Community Art Gallery
Highlighting the artistic creations of members of
First Presbyterian Church and local artists.
Paintings by Peg Sindelar
Through May 31 on the Link

Peg Sindelar works with watermedia, collage, and printing. She has been painting and studying with nationally acclaimed painters for over 20 years.
Her subject range has resulted from her extensive travels in the U.S. and abroad. Themes include stylized and realistic landscapes, seascapes, animals and people.

New Display on the Link - 
In addition to Peg Sindelar's art, some of our Mission Partners are highlighted for you to learn more about.
Staff Opening
First Pres has a position open for a part-time Administrative Assistant. This position requires a self-starter and team player with excellent collaborative skills who enjoys working with people and can manage the shared responsibility of a multitude of tasks.  Click here for more information and to apply .

Lisa Linebarger will be leaving her position as Administrative 
Assistant at the end of April. Lisa has been an incredible asset to our staff. In addition to providing staff and congregational support, she has facilitated the smooth management of a variety of tasks and responsibilities that are integral to the church office. Though she will be leaving her staff role, Lisa will continue to be involved as a member of First Pres. Let's join together in thanking Lisa for her service at First Pres for these past 5½ years.
All Church Mission Day
Saturday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m. - noon
Answer God's call to compassionate action as we gather as a church family and are sent out to serve. All generations are invited to sign up at the table on the Link for the various mission opportunities in our community: Feed My Starving Children, SCARCE, St. James Farm clean-up, We Grow Dreams, yard work for seniors in our own community*, and more. Compassion in Action is a great way to serve our community and to fill Jesus' commandment to love our neighbor. 
Child care is available upon request.    Call Pastor Kyle with any questions.

*If you know someone who is in need of yard work or clean-up, please contact Pastor Kyle at
630-668-5147, ext. 13.  

For information about other First Pres Mission Opportunities click here.
VBS 2019 at First Pres Wheaton - June 17-21
New this Summer!  Vacation Bible School now has three different age-based programs. Choose the grade your child is entering in the fall. Join us for a week of fun as we learn about God's love for us and how we can show others!

To Mars and Beyond - 4 year olds (by Sept. 1) through 2nd grade
Kids begin at the outpost on Mars each day then blast off on exciting missions
to explore the wonders of God's power at work. They will experience out-of-this world fun through crafts, games, music, science and storytelling.

NEW! Sports Blast with Victory Sports - 3rd through 5th grade       
This is a new program in partnership with Victory Sports. Basketball, soccer, team building and devotion time from the VBS theme will be included each day.

Service Squad - 6th through 8th grade
After a group devotional, the middle schoolers will head out each day to complete a mission project with a local organization. Volunteers are needed to drive and participate!

To learn more and register, click here.  
Contact Lynn Nuzzo or Laurie Meissner with any questions. 
Family Easter Party and Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 13 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Ages: 2 years - 3
rd grade
Join us for crafts, games, Easter story and egg hunt! Bring 1 dozen filled eggs (wrapped candy) to the church office or with you that day! Contact
  Lynn Nuzzo.  

Palm Wavers Needed this Sunday! (Preschool thru 8th grade)
Children will lead the procession with the choir following them into the service waving new large palms!
Please contact Lynn Nuzzo or Laurie Meissner or sign up HERE to let them know which service you will be attending.  Plan to stay or come early for the Pancake Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Children will be dismissed to Sunday School around 10:10 a.m. and can be picked up in their rooms.
Genesis/Middle School
Sunday School
On Sunday, April 14 we will begin education hour at the pancake breakfast in Stewart Hall at the tables reserved for the Genesis kids. We will then head to our classrooms for lessons.

Contact Laurie Meissner with questions.   Find us on Facebook here  and on Instagram here
WF High School
Sunday, April 14 - Parents of HS Seniors - Meet at noon in the Apartment to start working on the Blessing for Youth Sunday. Can't make it to the meeting, but want to help out? Email Nancy.

WF Youth Group - The eighth graders will be joining us this Sunday, April 14, so come on out to give them a warm welcome. We have a fun and meaningful night planned, with pizza for snack. Bring a friend!

  Nancy Goodwin   with any questions. 
First Pres in Action
Spring is here, and to the delight of the preschoolers the sandbox is now open!
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