For the week of   
January 13, 2019  
Online Calendar
Looking for even more details about what's coming up? See our online calendar  here .

WF Mission Trip Fundraising for Guatemala 2019 
Buy a Door, Buy a Window...Build a House  
We're getting closer to reaching our goal! Stop by the mini-house in the Rotunda. The materials to build two houses to help families in Gueatemala cost $18,000. We are asking for your joyful generosity to donate those funds by purchasing building materials to help us reach our goal. Donation envelopes are provided in the mailbox by the house and can be dropped off in the church office, or donate online here by selecting WF Mission Trip from the drop down menu.
First Light Men's Group
7:00 a.m.
Stewart Hall 101
We resume our study of
Man of God by Charles Stanley. Dr. Stanley asks and answers questions such as: What does it take to be a "real" man? What can we learn about manhood from Jesus' example? Please
join us.
Jesus is Calling You to K'Tizo! 
Thu rsday , January 24 9:30 a.m.
Join us for a deep breath of peace and calm with a "Jesus Calling" devotion. We will meet in the K'tizo Tea & Coffee Shop, 19
15 N. G ary Av e nu e.
FPC Book Club 
Thursday, January 31
7:00 p.m.
Living Room
Our January book is The Great Alone , by Kristin Hannah.  Please join us for good discussion and great fellowship. Contact 
Women's Bible Study 
First Tuesdays
10:00 a.m. 
Living Room 
We will continue in the study of "God's Promise: I Am With You." God's most frequent promise in the Bible is 'I will be with you.' Please join us as we explore scripture to learn the many ways that God is with us - wherever we are and throughout our lives. Taught by Pastor Kyle. Books are $10.
Visit the First Pres  website for more details.
Sunday Worship Services

Explore God Invite
Explore God Invitation

Pastor Kellen Smith
Explore God - Does Life Have a Purpose?

Worship 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Recordings of our past sermons are available on our website  here.
Explore God            
Adult Education,  Sundays at 9:45 a.m.
Be a part of discussion groups to explore the seven big questions. Whether you're a skeptic or a saint, at some point everyone asks these questions:
*  Does life have purpose?  *  Is there a God? 
*   Why does God allow pain and suffering  *  Is Christianity too narrow?   *   Is Jesus really God?   * Is the Bible reliable?  
*  Can I know God Personally?

Learn more here.

Interested in hosting a discussion group of your own? We can
provide you a discussion guide and video resources to help guide
the conversation. Contact the church office for more information.
Voices of Hope         
Peace Vigil
Sunday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. 
Hope Presbyterian Church, 1771 Weisbrook Rd., Wheaton.
All things need light to see, find hope and grow. Come to an interfaith gathering of singing, sharing and light to remember our community's commitment to a larger ideal: peace. All are welcome.
First Pres Blood Drive        
Sunday, January 20
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Ministry Center
Schedule your appointment online 
or by calling/texting Camille from Heartland at (847) 305-9998. W alk-ins  are also  welcome. Photo ID required.  Blood donors will receive a coupon for Noodles & Company.
Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, January 27
Annual Meeting & Lunch from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Stewart Hall
Plan to join your church family for a special Sunday as we reflect on what God has done through the ministries of First Pres in the past year. Enjoy a fantastic lunch prepared, served and cleaned up by our WF high school youth and adult leaders before the Annual Meeting. Donations will be accepted to help meet the goal of building homes and hope for two families in Guatemala.  Not to be missed, during the gathering we'll unveil the new church logo. We will also look ahead to all that is in store for 2019.
Taize Worship         
Friday, February 1
7:00 p.m. in the Chapel
Join us on the first Friday evening of each month 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.
Valentine Craft       
Sunday, February 3 from 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Stewart Hall 101-103
Join the women of First Pres for some creative fun, fellowship and a light lunch. Laura Barto from Stampin' UP will bring all the supplies and direct us in creating a Valentine "exploding box". Register online  or in the church office. Cost is $10 per person due at time of registration. Deadline for registration is January 25.
Giving Envelopes Are In!
If you requested giving  envelopes for 2019, they are available to pick up on the  table on the ramp. We have  a limited number of blank 
books available as well. Please  contact Alice Lechiara with any questions or if you would still like a set of  envelopes.
Chancel Flowers
Do you enjoy the flower arrangements in the chancel? There are several opportunities for donating chancel flowers in 2019. If you are interested in having flowers in the sanctuary, please email Sher Kirschbaum  or call 630-297-2579. Flowers may be given in memory of a loved one or for any special occasion. The cost is $50. Note:
We still have space available for flowers on J anuary 20, January 27 and February 17.
Community Art Gallery        
Emmanuel, God With Us -  Calligraphy by
Timothy Botts
Through January 31 on the Link
Food Pantry
Our food pantries are in need of canned goods: fruits, veggies and soups, especially low-salt or no sugar added; high proteins: peanut butter, tuna, beans, canned chicken, chili, or stew; whole grains: whole wheat pasta, brown rice, low-sugar cereal; personal items: shaving creams, disposable razors, feminine hygiene products, bar soap, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, laundry and dish detergent; and diapers, especially sizes 4, 5 & 6. PRC and the Interfaith Food Pantry always express their gratitude for the many pantry items we send each month.
Roseland "Good News" Day Care Center
We have begun to collect items for Roseland "Good News" Day Care Center once again. Items include diapers and wipes, infant formula, baby food, new or gently used clothing for infants, toddlers, children, and adults. We also will take small household items and toys. Please bring your donations to the Rotunda coat closet, clearly marked "Roseland" or "Ms Pearl." Any questions, please call Jan Foster at
Wednesday nights through March 13, 5:00 - 7:15 p.m.  K-8th Grade
Second semester begins January 9. Tuition is $65 .
Invite your friend or neighbor and share God's love!

Contact  Lynn Nuzzo  (K - 5 th ) or  Laurie Meissner  (6th - 8 th ) for information.

Pajama Family Movie Night January 25 at 6:30 p.m. Put on your PJ's and gather the family and come join us to watch a movie together. Refreshments will be provided! RSVP Lynn Nuzzo so we have enough popcorn on hand.
Save the Date 
Vacation Bible School (4 yrs - 5th grade) & Service Squad (Grades 6 - 8) 
June 17 - 21

Come experience the Bible through music, science, crafts,
games and story time at Vacation Bible School!

Middle schoolers participating in Service Squad will be
serving God through various projects in the community.
Genesis/Middle School
Middle School families won't want to miss the first ever Middle School Family Night 
Friday, January 11 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.
  Click here to register.
The highlight of the winter is fast approaching....WinterXtreme at Camp Timber-lee 
Friday, February 8 through Sunday February 10
Enjoy worship, winter activities and bonding with your fellow Middle Schoolers! Cost is $155. Register by 1/20 online here. If anyone is interested in providing scholarships for those in need to attend the retreat, please contact Laurie Meissner.

Contact Laurie Meissner.  Find us on Facebook here  and on Instagram here
WF High School
WF Study Break this Sunday, January 13, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Take a break from studying for finals to blow off some steam. We'll play some high-energy games, eat some healthy snacks, and have a bit of worship time to get us refocused on what's important in life. A perfect little break before getting back to the books! Also, we may get to meet Chris Nickell's new puppy, Max!

Sign up by this Wednesday, January 16 for the Winter Retreat
It's the highlight of the winter! Ask a friend or two to join us on our awesome weekend of outdoor fun and fellowship February 1-3. Click here for more info and to register
. Hope you can join us!

Contact   Nancy Goodwin   with any questions. 
First Pres in Action
Pastor Kellen met with our Cub Scout troop on Sunday
to help them attain their duty to God badge. 


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