January 12, 2022
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Sunday Worship

"Airplane Mode: Practicing Spiritual Disciplines"
 
We live in a noisy world. The 24-hour news cycle is relentless. Even when alone, we’re bombarded with texts, emails, and social media messages. The Lord’s invitation to seek solitude and silence isn’t only about finding a quiet place, it’s also about discovering the gift of removing ourselves from the cacophony of messages to find our rest in God. Drawing from the life of Jesus and the Apostle Paul, this series extends that invitation at four critical life junctures: a big decision, a big loss, a big job, and a big change. At each point, a time of silence, solitude, and prayer in God’s presence can heal us of the past and prepare us for our futures. 

Week 2 – January 16: A Big Loss
Matthew 14:1-13
After hearing of his cousin John’s death, Jesus seeks solitude before returning to his ministry. This week we’ll see how solitude makes space for grief – and ultimately for hope. A time apart can help us heal after experiencing a loss. 


In case you missed last week's worship, watch here.
“On Mission Together: An Education
Series on Serving Our Community”
Sundays through January 30
10:30 a.m.

I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.   – Matthew 25:35-36

In the new year, you’re invited to learn about how our faith can be applied to helping those in need around us by hearing directly from several First Pres mission partners. One of the steps in our church’s discipleship path is to “serve in a ministry or with a mission partner.” Discover how serving others deepens your life with Christ and uplifts our community. 

January 16 – Peter Lawson, Ministry Program Director, Mission USA: The Bridge

Annual Meeting
Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, January 30, following 10:30 worship

Additional Deacon Candidates 
At this time, we are still seeking additional candidates to fill the last three open Deacon positions. Deacons represent an essential part of our ministry through congregational care and outreach, providing hospitality and welcome to members and visitors, and supporting critical missions of the church. The positions are for a three-year term and each deacon has a parish unit of families to serve. Like all elected officers, Deacons need to be on the Active Roll of the church and contributing to the life of the church either through a committed pledge or a regular cadence of financial support. This is an ordained leadership position within the Presbyterian Church (USA). If you are willing to be considered as a candidate, please reach out to Emily Herndon and if you have questions about the role of a Deacon, please contact Mary Kinsey or Beth Stremel. Please consider serving as a Deacon if you meet the criteria.

Officer Nominations in Advance of the Annual Meeting 
The Congregation Nominating Committee has been diligently and prayerfully building a slate of recommended candidates for your consideration to elect Elders, Deacons, and At-Large Nominating Committee Representatives. This election will take place as part of the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Congregation to be held on Sunday, January 30 immediately following the 10:30 a.m. worship service. This is an important part of the life of our church. Due to logistical constraints with a hybrid annual meeting, we are asking that any "nominations from the floor" be submitted in advance of the meeting. We will not be accepting nominations from the floor at the meeting, therefore all additional nominations need to be received by Wednesday, January 26 by submitting the online Nomination Form. This will allow the committee time to validate any potential candidates.


The meeting will be conducted immediately following livestream worship.
firstpreswheaton.org/livestream

Voting will be available during the meeting, both in-person and by using an online form.
Memorial Service

The Memorial Service for Tad Mallery will be held
Saturday, January 15
In-person at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Giving Envelopes Available
If you requested giving envelopes for 2022, they are available to pick up at the Welcome Desk through Sunday, January 30. Please contact Beth Spiegel with any questions or if you would still like a set of envelopes.

Kids Ministry
  • Join us every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for Sunday School
  • The Valentine's Day Tea and Party will be held on Friday, February 11 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Register here.
Winter/Spring Session for SHINE! midweek program for grades K–8
  • Join us on Wednesday evenings for SHINE! from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Register here for our winter/spring session which runs from January 26-March 23.
Genesis – Middle School Ministry
  • Genesis meets on Sundays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Stewart Hall 106.
  • Sign up for our Winter Retreat on February 11-13 at Camp Timber-lee. Click here to sign up!
WF – High School Ministry 
  • We will resume meeting this Sunday, January 16 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the church.
  • There will be a Student Leadership Meeting this Sunday, January 16, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the WF room.
  • Sign up for the Winter Retreat, held from February 25 - 27 at Camp Timber-lee. Click here to sign up!
$20 e-gift card available (see below)
Give blood this Saturday, January 15
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

THERE IS AN IMMEDIATE NEED FOR BLOOD
SUPPLIES AT OUR LOCAL HOSPITALS

Add the code SNOW to your appointment notes and get a $20 e-gift card emailed to you within a few days after you donate!

We can process up to 32 donors, and there are still openings!

Make sure to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before donating.
Donate and receive a limited-edition pair of Versiti socks, while supplies last.
First Pres Shoppers - AmazonSmile
If you already shop with Amazon, AmazonSmile is a simple, automatic way for you to support First Pres Wheaton every time you shop, at no cost to you. Simply go to smile.amazon.com and log in, using your existing Amazon credentials, or create an account. Select First Presbyterian Wheaton as your charity, and that’s it! For all your shopping with Amazon, just be sure to sign in to smile.amazon.com.
Mission Support

Church member Sarah Brcka recently traveled to Guatemala for an impactful visit to help a school in need. First Pres was pleased to be able to support Sarah's goals by helping to provide much-needed desks and school supplies. Learn more about Sarah's experiences in Guatemala in the February newsletter.
Church Office Hours:
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The office will be closed on Monday, January 17 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day



First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton firstpreswheaton.org
Phone 630-668-5147