Sunday School ClassesCrib Care under age 2 – Nursery2 & 3 Year Olds – Room 1054 Year Olds & Kindergarten – Room 205The following grades start in worship and are dismissed to:Grades 1 & 2 – Room 209Grade 3 – Room 208Grade 4 – Room 202Grade 5 – Room 203Grades 6-7 – Room 207(All ages and grades are as of September 1, 2017)Trained and loving teachers are prepared and excited as we open our doors to God’s Word with our children! If this is your child’s first time attending First Pres. Sunday School, we ask that you accompany your child to his/her classroom and then return to worship.
Midweek Adult Education Offerings
Wednesday Morning Breakfast & Bible Study Group7 a.m. Breakfast • 7:30-8:30 a.m. Bible Study We’re taking a holiday hiatus. Join us on January 3 when our group starts up again!
SUNDAY ADULT FAITH FORMATION OFFERINGS
Coming in 2018 —
Our All-Church Book Read is Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving (Great Christmas present idea!)
Sundays, January 14, 21 & 28– Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race facilitated by Juli Dunsing.
WEDNESDAY EVENING OFFERINGSLearning In Fellowship Together (L.I.F.T.)
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. • Fellowship Hall Light Refreshments will be served.REFORMATION: October 31, 2017 marked the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses on a church door in Germany – an act that sparked the Protestant Reformation. We have completed our programming events on the Protestant Reformation; however, if the Reformation (past and present) has piqued your interest or you’d like to learn more, make a visit to our Church Library where you can find movies, DVDs and at least 20 books about the Reformation. (Walk through Social Hall and you’ll find it on your right.) You can also visit sites online including /RoadtotheReformation on Facebook and @Rd2Reformation on Twitter.
L.I.F.T. (Learning in Fellowship Together) – We are taking a break during the busy holiday season, but encourage you to mark your calendars for the following opportunities:
Wed., Jan. 3, 2018 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.– All-Church Feed My Starving Children
2018 January Book Read – Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving (Great Christmas present idea!)
Wed., Jan. 17 & 24 from 7:00-8:30 pm - Justice, Community Building & Racism (2-part series) with Barbara Wilson, Director of Collaboration & Community Partnership for the Presbytery of Chicago
Sunday, December 10Congregational Meeting — A meeting of the congregation is called following worship in the Sanctuary today for the purpose of electing an Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (to replace the Interim Associate Pastor Nominating Committee). Please make every effort to attend this brief, yet important meeting.
Giving Tree — Today is the deadline for returning your gift donations. We still have a few unclaimed tags, so if you’d like to participate and can still get the gift back before 3 pm today, please take a tag. We’d really appreciate the help! Please note: gifts must be returned to the church today or our recipients won’t be receive their gifts. The Deacons are also looking for volunteers to stay after worship for a bit to help organize the gifts. Many hands make light work, so if you’re able to give a bit of your time to assist our hard working deacons, see Terri Castner in the in the Sanctuary narthex after worship.
Tickets for our annual Trivia Night mission fundraiser are on sale in Social Hall after worship. Space is limited, so don’t delay. Stop by the Trivia table and get your tickets today!
The Alzheimers & Dementia Caregivers Support Group will meet immediately following worship in Room 202 in the Education Wing. Anyone who is caring for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia, or who has concerns about a loved one who may be exhibiting signs of dementia is invited to attend. Please come with questions and concerns. You will be welcomed and your concerns handled with confidentiality and love.
Sign-up TODAY for our Women’s Winter Retreat (Feb. 3 & 4) with the Rev. Melanie Hammond-Clark. Roommate matching and carpooling options are available. Register now.
Senior High Wall-of-Hope Fundraiser! Our annual Wall-of-Hope fundraiser continues today. The Wall-of-Hope couldn’t be easier! Just grab an envelope with a suggested donation amount off the wall, put the money into the envelope, offer a quick prayer for the students who will be traveling, and turn it in to an enthusiastic high school student. This fundraiser benefits the students traveling on our Senior High summer trips to Italy and to Montreat, North Carolina. Thank you for your generous support of our students!
A New Addition — And so many plans to make. A new crib? Maybe I could borrow my sister’s? What about continuing to work? How much will our insurance cover when the baby is born? In this happy yet stressful time, you may need extra caring support. A Stephen Minister can provide a listening ear while your life is changing so greatly. To find out more about Stephen Ministry or to receive a Stephen Ministers care, call Rev Amy Heinrich 847-367-4159.
The Power of Prayer“Pray for One Another” ~James 5:16 Please contact the church office with joys and concerns no matter how great or small. We, your church family, want to share your concerns and celebrate your joys so call us at 847-362-2174 even if you do not want to be added to the prayer chain or put in the prayer box. Thank you.
If you wish to be added as a member of the First Pres Prayer Chains or have questions, please contact: The Rev. Amy Heinrich at 847-362-2174 or Lennie Blair – at 847-362-2174 Contact Lennie or use the Prayer Request Form
Have you taken advantage of the “Sunday Saint” standing on the side of the chancel? That’s a Stephen Minister. You can receive “on-the-spot” care and share your burden. If you feel you need privacy, just ask the Stephen Minister to step out of the sanctuary or chapel area to share your prayer concern or need. Know, too, that whatever you share, whatever you pray about is confidential.
The 2017-18 Adult Faith & Fellowship Catalog is now available! Pick up your copy in the Narthex or during Social Hour after worship. The guide is also available here. You’ll find a wide variety of classes and fellowship opportunities inside. Annual favorites and new offerings — something for all ages and interests!
Church HoursMonday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m-9:30 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m-9:00 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Sunday 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The church office hours of operation are from 9:00 - 5:00 M-F