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    • Worship Schedule Contemporary worship 9am, Education for All 10:15am, Traditional worship 11:15am
    • Office hours Mon-Friday 9am-5pm
    • Sermon title, “My Family In the Shadow of the Cross” Luke 9:43-62
    • Listen to last Sunday’s sermon here
    • Please submit announcements, stories, thoughts, photos and video to for New and Events or for Tidings.

lent graphic 15Lenten* Sermon Series: Living in the Shadow of the Cross  The early 3rd Century lawyer-theologian Tertullian wrote of the practices of the early Christian church, “At every forward step and movement, at every going in and out, when we put on our clothes and shoes, when we bathe, when we sit at table, when we light the lamps, on couch, on seat, in all the ordinary actions of daily life, we trace upon the forehead the sign of the cross.” This was no superstitious habit; it was an exercise intended to identify every act and action as belonging to Jesus Christ. The early church desired for the work and witness of the cross to touch every area of their lives. This winter at First Presbyterian Church we will study the implications of Jesus’ work on the cross for our faith life, family life, work life, church life, worship life and future life. Come discover the centrality of the cross to a vibrant spiritual life, formed by Jesus Christ.

*What is a “Lenten” anyway? The word “Lent” refers to the season in the later winter that precedes the observance of Easter. Traditionally, Lent is a time in the life of the Christian when the believer refocuses life on God through prayer, confession of sins, self-examination, and the recognition that life is a precious gift from God. Lent begins with “Ash Wednesday” and lasts for a period of 40 days, not counting Sundays. Lent should not be a time of boasting of one’s sacrifice or trying to earn God’s favor, but rather a season of remembering the importance of turning away from sin and receiving the grace of God.

small group logo squareJoin a Small Group! Join a Small Group! At First Pres we believe that Small Groups are the place where you experience a sense of belonging and where you can grow spiritually. You are invited to experience God more fully by being in a Small Group. First Pres offers a variety of Small Groups to meet your needs:  Men’s, Women’s, Mixed Adults, Couples and Family Groups. The Small Group leadership team would love to help you find  or build a group that is a great fit for you. Come talk with the team in the Gathering Place between worship services to learn more. Email: or Cinda Siligmueller 469-2007 ext 22 or

life on the vine book 14Adult Education Sunday mornings, 10:15-11am, Parlor, Jan 4-March 8.
Life on the Vine – Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit in Christian Community. Peace, joy, patience, faithfulness and self-control are some of the fruit of the Spirit. All of us want to exhibit peace, joy and patience in our everyday lives. Facilitators: Bob Fryling, Publisher, InterVarsity Press; Finney Gilbert, Principal, Accenture Strategy; and Rob Meyer, CEO, Numerical Algorithms Group.

New Adult Education Sunday mornings, 10:15-11am, Parlor, March 15 and 22

Dietrich Bonhoeffer – The Man, The Disciple Class Description: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) has gained lots of contemporary attention for his theological resistance to the Nazi regime, which ultimately cost him his life. During these two weeks, we will examine both his life story, in light of recent new biographies, and his major writings, focusing on what he has to teach us about Christ-centered living today.

Guest Speaker: Dan Treier is Blanchard Professor of Theology at Wheaton College, where he has taught for fourteen years. His wife, Amy Black, is a professor of political science, and their daughter Anna is a 7-year old source of endless questions.

new members class lgog 14New Member Class You are invited! Sundays, March 8 and 15, 5-7:30pm
The class, led by Pastor Griggs, will provide the opportunity to begin relationships and learn more about the mission and ministry of First Pres. A light supper will be served. Childcare is provided. Register here!

Lunch Bunch (sponsored by older Adult Ministries) Wednesday, March 18, 12:15pm in Gathering Place

You’re invited! Come enjoy a delicious hot, catered lunch and invite a friend to join you. Our featured speaker will be Tim Wilsey. Tim will take us on a memorable journey through the history of Chicago’s candy manufacturing companies. Did you know that in the early 1900’s Chicago was called the candy capitol of the world? What were some favorite candies you enjoyed throughout the years? This promises to be a sweet and fun afternoon! RSVP with Nancy Elliott at 630-469-6984 or call church office by Monday, March 16. Donation for catered lunch $8. The program is sponsored by Wyndemere Senior Living Community and they will also be providing a special dessert.

 YMEN Friday Family Fun Night Dates: March 20, Apr 17, May 15 at First Pres, Celebration Hall, 7-9pm. Bring your favorite family board game and a dish to share with YMEN families. Sign up in the Gathering Place  or register here.

sound and media 15You may have noticed a difference lately in our media presentations and our sound system. We’ve got some amazing new technology and media with which to work and would love to get more people involved.

Our audio and media volunteers provide the visuals and sounds that are essential to all of our worship services. If you have an interest in running media presentations or assisting with sound engineering, we invite you to sit in the balcony with us on a Sunday and see what we’re all about. If you decide to help run the slides or the soundboard, you’ll not only get a reserved seat on the days that you serve, but you will be surrounded by music and worship. No experience is necessary – our team will train you. Make arrangements to see what we’re all about by contacting Todd Henderson at

30 Hour Famine for Jr. and Sr. Highers, March 7-8 What is 30 Hour Famine? A fund-raiser for global hunger where students collect pledges for going 30 hours without eating food! For most of that time we gather together at church to learn more about the global food crisis, worship, enjoy each other’s company, play GROG and be schooled in MarioKart by Jos.

What do I need to do?
When you turn in a permission slip (the standard release form found on the church’s website) you’ll get fund-raising info.
- Bring your fund-raising money that night.
- Bring $15 – this covers the cost of the lock-in.
- Bring a heart ready to learn and meet with God.
Contact Jos Smolik at

mmrt 14MYSTERY Mission Road Trip
Spring Break, March 28-April 3
Where are we going? Only Jos knows . . .
What are we doing? She’ll never tell . . .
Where? That’s the mystery part

Contact Jos at

Men's ministry logoAttention All Men! Save these dates!

Spring Breakfast – April 25th Speaker: Chad Hetlet, Varsity Football Coach, Glenbard West

2015 Men’s Retreat – May 15-16 Facilitator: Brian Madvig, MDiv., PhD. A time to get away, recalibrate our priorities and deepen friendships. Stay tuned for more details.

Herb and Debbie 2-2015Prayer for Mission: Please pray this week for Herb and Debbie Lamp with Barnabas International. Debbie trains women in ministry life and skills through Equipping Women International (EWI). Herb is an ordained and trained counselor who works with missionaries throughout the globe. Often, missionary families find themselves in need of prayer, counseling, and practical support as all families do, but with heightened intensity because of living and working in cross-cultural settings.

• PRAY–for the family serving in Russia with whom the Lamps had a special debriefing session this past week. Pray that the counseling they received will heal their hearts and encourage them in their ministry.
• PRAISE–Debbie learned a lot during a recent “Toward a Global Vision for Women” conference. A special focus was on mentoring millennials, next generation women.
• PRAISE–EWI has been invited to go to Brazil in May. Pray for Debbie as she deals with the myriad of details in this new ministry venue

bridge of hopw logo 14Bridge Communities’ Mentor Training
Calling those who would like to serve in a very fulfilling way! We need a few more good people to serve families living in our transitional housing apartments! Mark your calendar for Bridge Communities’ next Mentor Training, which will take place: Saturday, March 14, 8:30am-4:30pm at Naperville Covenant Church, 1150 Hobson Rd. Naperville

You will learn:
• who Bridge Communities is.
• how we serve the mentors and program partners.
• the practical aspects of mentoring.

Mentors are expected to attend the training session before they begin working with Bridge families. Registration is required by Saturday, March 7. Please call or write to first Pres member, Mike Perry, at 630-858-8393 or if you are interested in helping homeless families in our community cross the bridge to self-sufficiency. Thanks for your prayerful consideration!

montana Boys  Legos14Montana Mission Trip Join us this summer as we travel to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Northeast Montana for our annual intergenerational, family-friendly mission trip, July 24-31, 2015.

This mission trip is one that First Pres has been leading for many years. Make an impact in the lives of the families and children on the Reservation by participating in the Vacation Bible School, sports camp, church construction work, fellowship, and more. For more information contact Mary Clauss at

Watch our own Abby Simon interviewed on Different Drummers about her experience on the Montana Mission Trip. Watch it here!

dr pearsons 14Don’t miss the Dominican Republic Mission Trip, June 11-15, 2015!
This June a group from First Pres will travel to the Dominican Republic to serve at-risk children in the Kids Alive orphanage and surrounding area of Constanza. If you have no oversees missions experience, this is the trip for you! Kids Alive and First Pres will provide the training and tools you need to show God’s love and make a life-changing difference in the lives of children and youth. We would love for you to be part of this opportunity. If you are interested and would like to know more, please stop by the Missions table in the Gathering Place after Church or contact David Profitt at

jj logo 15RELIVE THE JOURNEY! Enhance your Lenten experience by viewing the events of Holy Week as portrayed in 2011 by First Pres and I.C.C.H. members during our “Jerusalem Journey” enactments. For those of you new to First Pres, “Jerusalem Journey” was a unique presentation that entailed the transformation of the entire church. Hundreds of First Pres members and friends recreated the Jerusalem market, streets, temple, upper room, prayer wall, garden, the trial before Pilate, crucifixion and resurrection. This powerful video will be presented two nights: Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 at 6:30-8pm in the Parlor. For further details, contact Olivia Albert or Jack Nies at or

lead logoL.E.A.D. 2015 Leadership, Education & Development for the Whole Church (Presbytery-wide training for all church lay-leaders and officers)
Sat., March 7, 8am – 3pm
Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago
Cost: $15 includes breakfast and lunch
Limited scholarships available.
Download your Brochure and register online. Look for LEAD at:
Contact Grayson Van Camp at: 630.471.4643 or The theme for this training event is, “Ancient Gifts for Modern Times: Catching Glimpses of the Divine” Preaching: The Rev. Joy Douglas Strome, Pastor, Lake View Presbyterian Church, Chicago.

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