News and Events

The weekly News and Events provides information about ways you can join in the worship, mission, education, and fellowship of the church. For complete information on ministries and programs, and to view the church calendar, visit

    •  Worship Schedule 9:00am Contemporary Worship, 11:15am Traditional Worship
    • Office hours Mon-Friday 9am-5pm
    • This week’s Sermon title, “Pants Ablaze” Exodus 20:16
    • Listen to last Sunday’s sermon here
    • The worship flowers were given by Florence Wright in memory of David Wright.
    • Please submit announcements, stories, thoughts, photos and video to for New and Events or for Tidings.

Connect @ First Web 2 (2)Discover. Learn. Get involved. First Pres would love to find out more about your interests and allow you to find out more about us. Connect @ First is an opportunity to explore the ministries of First Presbyterian. Discover how you can connect, serve others, grow in faith, participate in missions and explore real relationships.  Kids will be entertained with a bouncy house and adults will be inspired by opportunity.  Join us; see where you connect on Sunday, August 24, 10-11:15am in John Knox Hall and Celebration Hall.

blessing of the backpacks 14Blessing of the Backpacks August 24, 9am and 11:15am. Start the school year off right with a special celebration for our children going into preschool and grade school. Children are invited to bring their backpack to church, hear a short, encouraging message, and receive a blessing for the year ahead. Kids will receive a button to pin on their backpack to remind them of God’s presence and blessing on the year ahead.

Summer Sermon Series: This August at First Pres we continue to study ten rules given by God to God’s people, the Israelites, in the Old Testament.  We will see how the right rules lead not to oppression but to freedom.  We will learn about the life-giving nature of these commandments and the God of love who has offered them to us as a gift born of God’s desire to see us flourish.  The Ten Commandments offer to our contemporary lives both incredible challenge and abundant blessing. Come explore the true nature of true love as we study together God’s word to us.

hard road done!New Small Groups Forming for Fall Kick-off! Starting in September, Pastor Chris will begin a sermon series on The Sermon on the Mount. This is a great time to start your own new group. Ask some friends to join you and start your own group. Or, let us know you want to be in a group and we’ll help you find one to fit your needs. These will be “On Ramp” Small Groups – groups will ‘covenant’ to meet six times between September and the end of November. After meeting six times, you decide whether or not you want to continue meeting for another set period.

Join a Small Group! At First Pres we believe 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. Small Groups meet in homes or on the church campus.

children of the dayFaith Builders begins Beth Moore’s newest DVD study on Thursday, Sept 11. Do you know God has a purpose for your life? Maybe you know that, but you can’t figure out what your purpose is? Know that your circumstances are not coincidental. And God’s timing is impeccable. Join Beth Moore as she walks you through 1 and 2 Thessalonians.

Faith Builders is a community-wide study for women of all ages and stages of faith. There is large group for video sessions and small groups for interactive discussion. You are invited to a light brunch on Sept 11, 9:15 – 11:15am in the Gathering Place. Enjoy watching the session one video and learning more about Faith Builders. Invite a friend to join you!

RSVP to Cinda – or contact the church office. Cost: $30 which includes your Children of the Day study book. Childcare provided. Can’t make Thursday mornings? Join the Wednesday evening group meeting in the Conference Room, 7– 9pm. Begins Sept 10.

ruewareAdult Education Class Sept 7 & 14, 10:15 – 11am in the Parlor, R u e-ware? Raising Digitally Safe Kids
Have you noticed how the average toddler can operate a smart phone before he/she is potty-trained? The lives of children today are saturated with technology, and the tools we need to keep our children safe are constantly evolving. This presentation explores appropriate technology use at various stages of a child’s development, and will highlight some trends in technology and apps of which adults should be aware.

If you are interested in how technology is shaping the next generation, plan to attend this fascinating and informative class. Speaker: Madelyn Burbank, MSW, LSW with Alexian Brothers Parish Services. Madelyn and her husband are enjoying being first-time parents.

john mark mc 14John Mark McMillan – “Are We All Animals” Tour
A Night of Worship with John Mark McMillan, Author of the #1 Worship Song “How He Loves.” Sunday, September 21,  from 7- 9:30pm at First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn
General Admission – online $12, remaining tickets sold at the door for $15.
VIP Admission – $35
VIP tickets will include a signed cd, tour poster, early entry, and VIP merchandise.
Order online now!

New! Spiritual Formation Community Soul Keeping – Caring for the Most Important Part of You is the newest offering from bestselling author and pastor John Ortberg. In the opening session, Ortberg asks this question – “If someone were to ask you to explain exactly what the word soul means, what would you say?”

In this series, he will help you rediscover your soul – your most important connection to God. Each weekly session will include a 20 – 25 minute video by John Ortberg, followed by group discussion based on the study guide for the book, including suggestions for practical at-home experiences of meeting with God.

What you need to know:
Dates: Tuesdays, Sept 16, 30, Oct 21, 28 and Nov 11, 18
Time: 7-8:30pm
Location: First Pres, in the Parlor, located on main level. Please use the west parking lot door.
Facilitators: Betty Crane, Alice Fryling, Marti Henning – members of First Presbyterian Spiritual Direction Team.
Registration Fee: includes – Soul Keeping Discussion Guide, copy of Soul Keeping hardback book and a journal. Individual = $25 and Couples = $40 (one copy of book per couple) Register with: Cinda at or 469-2007 ext 22

Wanted: Your College Student’s Campus Address
First Pres College Care nurtures the physical and spiritual well-being of our college students who are away from home. We send small care packages containing school supplies, snacks, toys, and a devotional twice in the fall and the spring to each student’s campus address.

To sign your student up, please send your student’s name, college or university, and campus address to Gail Minkus ( or to her home address (180 Hillcrest, Glen Ellyn). Also, if your student has any friends who attended First Pres but whose parents may not see this, please send us their campus addresses, too. We want all our college students to know we love them and are thinking about them. The first care package goes out in mid-September, so we’d like your student’s information by Sept. 15th.

nursery rennovation paint ladderNursery Renovation Project is complete! Although the nursery seems tucked away, it is a front door to the church! Preschool families, Faith Builders, Spark and Sunday morning services all use the nursery. For many young families it is their first experience of the church.  We are getting ready to change that and make the nursery a true strength of the Sunday morning experience.  A big part of the project is launching programming for our two-year olds at the 9am hour. We invite you to share your love, and the love of God with the youngest people of our congregation by volunteering in this area!

Volunteer Opportunity Imagine a two-year old, eager to learn, excited to hear a Bible story, say a prayer, share a snack and play a simple game to help them learn about God’s love. Would you be the person to create this opportunity for our two-year olds? No experience needed! If you have a heart for kids and a desire to serve each week or every other week for 25-30 minutes during the 9am worship service, we would love to tell you more about the program. We’ll show you the ropes and provide everything you need. Please contact David Profitt at for more information.

Men's ministry logoMen Golfers and Tennis Players - Sign up begins August 17!
The date has been set for our Second Annual Men’s Golf and Tennis outing. Mark your calendars to join us on Sunday, September 14, 1pm, at the Glen Ellyn Links. Those playing tennis will meet at the Glenbard West tennis courts at 3pm. Plan to come whether you are a beginner or a pro. Have a great time on the course/court and then join us at the Links for a sandwich and watch the Bears play the 49ers. Even if you don’t play golf or tennis, you can join us at the Links for dinner and fellowship at 6pm. Dust off your clubs and rackets! Register here!

Pbridge of hopw logo 14lease mark your calendar for Bridge Communities’  Mentor Training, which will take place: Saturday, September 27, 2014 and Saturday, October 11, 2014. Both dates are recommended to complete the training. Each day is from 8:45am to 3pm. Breakfast snacks and lunch is provided. Please call or write 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!

ymen games 13Coming to First Pres! Young Men’s Educational Network (YMEN) and Missions Council of First Presbyterian Church invite YOU to the Fall Kick-Off of Friday Family Fun Night, Friday, Sept19, 6:30-8:30 pm
Bring a potluck dish to share and a board game of your choice. Last year, we went to the YMEN Center in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago monthly to share a meal and play games. We got to know each other and had some great camaraderie. This year, we will alternate between First Pres and the YMEN Center. Remember to bring your favorite family board game! Who could have guessed that ministry could be SO MUCH FUN! Sign up here or contact:Barb Retelny, 630-913-0268,, Jeanie Griffin, 630-469-3087, or the church office, 630-469-2007. Let us know if you’ll bring a main dish, salad, or dessert.

kids alive steve norvidPrayer for Mission: Please pray this week for the ministry of Vic and Leslie Trautwein with Kids Alive (KA) in the Dominican Republic (DR) where they work with at risk children. Vic co-directs the ministry in the country and Leslie directs medical care. Their work at the Constanza Care Center reaches many children from the surrounding community with excellent educational care.
Pray for:
• Many kids and adults have been impacted by the Chikungunya virus. At some Kids Alive sites, approximately 50% of the adults and kids have been infected. Please pray for healing and protection from this virus and that KA workers and families would continue to respond with grace, compassion and patience.
• The growing KA staff, including many former youth from KA programs, that they will experience even more of God’s power as they face the “peaks and valleys” of ministry in the Dominican Republic.
• The public school system in the Dominican Republic which is moving to a full day of school (from half days) this Fall. Pray as they convert several of our current Care Centers, including Constanza, into schools in order to meet the growing demand for stronger education in the DR.
• Kids in KA programs, that they would continue to grow in their faith – that they will reach out to friends and family members in their communities with the Hope of the Gospel.

???????????????????????????????Partners in Mission Vision Trip to Uganda in October 2014 Travel with me to Uganda the last two weeks of October. We will primarily be spending time with Rev. John Mulindabigwi of Partners in Mission at Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational School. You will have an opportunity to spend time with students at the school, as well as meet their families. Since this is a vision trip, the only requirement is that you come with an inquiring mind to learn more about the country and the ministry. If you are so inclined, there are opportunities to share your special skills such as teaching a subject in a classroom or sharing about your job to young adults. You can also do a little construction work, painting, or help in a classroom of young children. If you are interested, contact Barb Retelny at 630-913-0268 or

Needlework Circle Meets second Wednesday each month, 9:30 – 11:30am in Lower Gallery. Anyone interested in sewing, knitting, quilting, crocheting or other needlecrafts is invited to come. Proceeds from our sales support a student at an orphanage in El Salvador; Jubilee Village, Glen Ellyn Food Pantry, Glen Ellyn Walk-In Ministry and other missions. Contact Phyllis Kidd at (630) 469-3976 or

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