For the week of   
March 17, 2019  
Online Calendar
Looking for even more details about what's coming up? See our online calendar  here .

CAN Network - Remember Our
College Kids
Justin Ostrem, Alex Bienduga and Liam Carroll, University of Illinois

Israel 2020: A
Journey to the Holy Land      
Last date to register is March 18. 
Pastor Kellen and Sarah Smith will lead an enriching pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine for First Pres members and friends March 20-30, 2020.  Register online 
 and  reference 
T# 5158 at the top of the registration form.  Email the office to sign up for trip updates.
D.E.N. for Men (Dads with Emptying Nests) 
Thursdays through May 23
6:00-7:00 a.m. in the Dining Room

D.E.N. for Men is a First Pres small group for committed working fathers transitioning to life as empty nesters. The group offers a forum for men with similar circumstances to discuss challenges related to this transition, including loneliness, balance, integrity, relationships with spouse and children, money , time  management , temperament  and self identity. For more information, please contact  Chris Carroll .
Lenten Devotional
If you have not yet picked up the Lenten Devotional, Awakening to God's Beauty, please pick one up in the Rotunda or the office.
FPC Book Club  
Thursday, March 28
7:00 p.m.
Living Room
The March selection
Varina by Charles
Frazier. 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

Pastor Kellen Smith
Paying Attention

  Worship at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Recordings of our past sermons are available on our website here.
Abundant Compassion
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. 

- 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? 

Grants are open  to individuals , small groups , or  ministry  teams 
within  the church. In keeping with our value of abundant compassion , the grant may fund a project entirely or be the seed for a much larger endeavor. The project should be concluded or planned by Easter Sunday, April 21. Click here for more details.
The Beginnings
The Apostle Peter and the Gospel of Christ
Led by Gene Green, Professor of New
Testament, Wheaton College
Sundays, March 17 - April 7
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. in Stewart Hall 102-103
One of the great New Testament scholars of the 20th century called Peter The Underestimated Apostle . Another said that the apostle holds "a place of honor at the beginning of all Christian theology." In this four-week Lenten series we will explore Peter's role in the early church and his contribution to our understanding of the person and work of Christ, the character and mission of the church, and the hope of the gospel.   
Interested in Membership or Learning More?
Connect Class
Final Class is Sunday, March 17
9:45-10:45 a.m. in the Living Room
If you're new to First Pres, coming back to church, just exploring faith, or want to become a member, our Connect Class is the next step.  For those who want to join, part two includes learning about membership opportunities and the chance to be welcomed as new members by church elders. To register, email or call or the church office at 630-668-5147 Childcare is provided.
Living Room Worship Night
Sunday, March 17
7:00-8:00 p.m.
in the Living Room
& Chapel
An intimate evening of singing and prayer
All are invited to this contemporary worship led by an intergenerational team of band members.
Community Dinner Groups
During the season of Lent, you're invited to join with other First Pres members and friends for a Community Dinner Group experience. Each group will consist of 8-12 people, share a meal in someone's home, and meet several times over the course of seven weeks. Whether you're new to the church, reconnecting, or have been around for decades, joining a Community Group will allow you to foster fellowship and faith for a short-term commitment. To sign up,   email the church office.
Walk on the Labyrinth
Friday, April 5 in the Ministry Center
Drop in any time from 1:00-8:00 p.m.
Come and take your soul out for a experience necessary! The labyrinth is a mode of "walking prayer" that invites us to go deeper in our walk with God. You are also invited to join us at 7:00 p.m. on April 5 for our
30-minute Taize worship in the Chapel. For more information you can call the church office at 630-668-5147 or email Maryanne Kyle
Community Concert Series
Camerata Chicago Orchestra Concert
Mozart Flute & Harp Concerto & Symphony No. 29
Saturday, April 6 at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Tickets on sale Sunday, March 24 on the Ramp after both services, at the discounted rate below.
Enjoy the musical artistry of Camerata Chicago with this classical program of Mozart - the delightful Concerto for Flute & Harp performed by flutist Susan Saylor and harpist Faye Seeman. The orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Drostan Hall, will also perform Mozart's Symphony No 29. 
Click here for ticketsUse code FPWH for a 30% DISCOUNT
After Discount: Adult $35; Senior: $28; Students: $7
Women's Ministry  Bake Sale
is  Sunday, April 7
Please bake to support our Women's Ministry Missions. Baked goods may be delivered to the church kitchen on Friday, April 5 during office hours OR on Saturday, April 6 between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Baked goods may be wrapped and ready for sale, OR we will wrap for you Please come and join the FUN and help wrap and price between 9:00 a.m. and noon on Saturday, April 6. Email  Carol Molino or call  630-244-2411.
Easter Flowers
Flowers 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 no later than 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 an Easter flower following the last service on Easter at noon.
One Great Hour of Sharing During this season of Lent, our gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing enable us to share God's love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed. If you would like to make a gift to One Great Hour of Sharing, please make your check out to First Presbyterian Church with OGHS in the memo line, or contribute online .

Used Book Collection - The Mission Committee is collecting used books during Lent to help replenish libraries in the south that were destroyed or damaged during the recent hurricanes and tornadoes. Damage to many libraries was extensive, with some gone entirely. Please search your bookshelves for any children's books, adult fiction, biographies, textbooks and audio books that you can donate. Boxes are in the closet behind the information desk in the Rotunda.

Cooking at Ronald McDonald House
Tuesday, April 2 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
If you would like to share loving hands and hearts to help cook a meal, we will be cooking at Ronald McDonald House in Winfield. There is a sign-up sheet on the information desk in the Rotunda. Contact Gwen Henry 630-456-4211.
Food Pantry
Our food pantries are in need of canned goods, whole grains, shaving cream, 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 are always grateful for our donations.
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
Save the Date 
June 17 - 21
Vacation Bible School (4 yrs - 5th grade) & Service Squad (6th - 8th grade) 
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.    

Thank you!
Lynn Nuzzo and Laurie Meissner would like to thank all of the parents, volunteers and congregation for supporting LOGOS this year. We appreciate all of the Bible classes taught, dinners cooked, games played, crafts made, tables cleaned, rides given and prayers said for all of the kids.  LOGOS would not be the same without you... THANK YOU!
Genesis/Middle School
Eighth Grade Confirmation classes  are on Sundays at 9:45 a.m. in Stewart   Hall  104 -1 05
Contact  Nancy Goodwin   if you have any questions.

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WF High School
Sunday AM and WF Youth Group meet this week from  9:45-10:45 a.m. in the Apartment, and 6:00-8:15 p.m. starting in the Rotunda. Grab a friend and join us!

No Sunday AM or WF on March 24
due to spring break, but we'll be back on
March 31 with Hot Breakfast at 9:45 a.m. and WF at 6:00 p.m!
Contact   Nancy Goodwin   with any questions. 
First Pres in Action

The WF youth group had a fun and meaningful day on Saturday, making cards,
decorating cookies, sorting clothes and assembling toiletry kits, burritos and elotes
and taking them to some friendly and grateful folks in East Garfield Park.
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