Sunday, August 20, 2017 — All-Church Picnic. All-Church Picnic. Join us immediately following worship in Social Hall for this fun annual event! Enjoy delicious picnic food courtesy of our Board of Deacons and hear inspirational stories from our Senior High students about their summer mission trips.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017— Chicago Botanic Garden tour rain date. It has been rescheduled! Our previously cancelled tour of the Garden will once again take place with church member Celeste VanderMey, a horticulturist and Plant Records Supervisor at the Garden, taking us on a private tour followed by lunch in the Garden View Cafe. We will meet at the First Pres Maple Avenue parking lot at 9:15 a.m. to carpool. Contact Julie Snydacker or sign up in the church office. Sponsored by SALT. All women of the church are invited to attend!
Sunday, September 10, 2017 — Rally Day is just around the corner! Plan to join us from 11:00 am–12:30 p.m. Don’t miss out on this special day in the life of our church. How will God renew and transform you in the year ahead?
Sunday, September 24, 2017 — The Interim Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (IAPNC) will be hosting a meeting in the Dougherty Room following worship to share information about the process and progress for calling an Associate Pastor for Christian Education. This pastor will be charged with leading Christian Formation for adults, children and families of First Pres. We will be sharing the position description, describe the search process and offer a progress report. Currently, Elder and retired teacher Betsy Davison and many adult volunteers are working with Rev. Roberta to provide vibrant Sunday School for preschoolers through 3rd graders; you’ll be able to see many photos of the children and hear about the Sunday morning activities they’ve been experiencing.
Saturday, September 30, 2017 — Parents of College Students/Young Adults (PCS/YA) is a group for parents with children 18+, who are either in college or out in the workforce and want to spend time together in fellowship, do mission work, and provide support to their college students and young adults. PCS/YA is a great way to get to know other parents while supporting our young adults (and ourselves)! Our first event for our 2017-2018 year will be a Kickoff Gathering on Saturday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. We’ll enjoy appetizers and desserts with other parents of young adults and get to know each other in a casual setting. For more information, contact Susan Henning.
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 — Women’s Autumn Retreat from 9 a.m. to noon at Elawa Farm. Explore the balance between being and doing. Walk through the gardens, hike the trails, and find your sacred breath through centering prayer, yoga and other meditative exercises. Details & registration.
Friday & Saturday, November 10 & 11, 2017 — The Annual Men’s Fall Retreat will be held at Covenant Harbor and Lee Hinson-Hasty will lead the men on the topic of Vocational Clarity: Discovering God's Purpose for Our Lives. Meals and lodging are included in the registration fee and there will be time for fellowship and relaxation. Come meet other men from our church family. Friends are always welcome! Details & registration.