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 Contemporary worship 9am, Education for All 10:15am, Traditional worship 11:15am
    • Office hours Mon-Friday 9am-5pm
    • Sermon title, “The Witness Of Battling Injustice -It’s All About Jesus” Matthew 25:31-46
    • Listen to last Sunday’s sermon here
    • Please submit announcements, stories, thoughts, photos and video to for New and Events or for Tidings.

Witnesses new sermon series 14.jpg correctJanuary Sermon Series You Will Be My Witnesses: Living a Testament to Jesus Have you ever been given a task that made you shudder? Ever found yourself with an assignment that you weren’t 100% sure you could complete? In chapter one of the New Testament book of Acts, Jesus gives his disciples a colossal commission: “You will be my witnesses.” Jesus gives them no instructions on how they are to go about this work, no infographic or website to consult; just an appointment to the job and an expectation that they will live into their calling. On Sunday mornings this winter at First Presbyterian we will learn together what it means to live our lives as a witness and a testament to Jesus Christ. We will explore the various ways we bear witness to Jesus Christ and point the world toward his love. We will name our fears and identify our opportunities when it comes to the work of witnessing to others what we believe about Jesus Christ. Come discover how to live your life, seven days a week, as a witness to the love of Jesus Christ.

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 about finding a group that is a great fit for you.. 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 (no class Feb 1).
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 members class lgog 14New Member Class 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:

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Outreach-Community-Ministries-194x44cOutreach Community Ministry needs your help. Jubilee Furniture, an OCM resale shop, is expanding its space and has asked the First Pres Men’s Ministry to assist in completing the construction. We need people willing to do drywall installation and painting. If you’re an experienced worker, or all thumbs but willing to learn, we invite you to join our team. The store is located at North Ave. and Schmale Road in Carol Stream.  The hours of work are flexible with work continuing through January. Interested? Contact Bob Duncan at

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YMEN Friday Family Fun Night Friday, Jan 23, 7– 9pm, First Pres Celebration Hall
Come out of the cold! Share a meal and play games with YMEN families from North Lawndale. Our theme for January: Family Feud! Bring a potluck dish to share. Sign up in the Gathering Place on Jan 18 or register here or contact Barb Retelny, 630-913-0268,

fresh start Day Apart 2015 postcard-1Day Apart – Women’s Retreat Feb 7  Come to a special retreat day for women of all ages and stages of faith. The day will include morning and afternoon large group sessions with guest speaker Elisabeth Klein, small group discussion time, personal faith stories from ordinary women, a catered lunch from Glen Ellyn’s Blackberry Market and special dessert created by Marj Passini. Make plans now for a great day! Invite a friend, your sister, bring your entire small group! Tickets: $30, scholarships are available. Register here or or church office 630-469-2007.

Elisabeth Klein, our retreat leader, would tell you “I’m a woman who loves Jesus and who has been through some hard times. The cool thing though is that I am seeing how God loves to bring beauty out of even the darkest places.” Elisabeth lives with her two teenagers, Sara and Jack. She attends Orchard Community Church after nineteen years at her previous church, where she began and led the Women’s Ministry for ten years. She writes a monthly column for moms, and also writes regularly for websites such as and She speaks several times a month to women’s and moms’ groups. Elisabeth is author of, World Split Open; Calm in My Chaos: Encouragement for a Mom’s Weary Soul; and He Is Just that Into You.

one thousandNEW! An Invitation for Women Faith Builders, a community-wide Bible study for women of all ages and stages of faith, invites you to participate in the 5-week DVD study based on the New York Times bestselling book, One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp.

You can join a group meeting on Wednesday evenings, 7-9pm or on Thursday mornings, 9:15-11am. Thursday morning groups have childcare available. Start dates: Wednesday, Feb 11 and Thursday, Feb 12. Register with Cinda – or call the church office 630-469-2007. Study guide ($9) provided at first gathering.

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Attention All Men – Breakfast Is Ready….Come And Get It!
Don’t miss out on our Winter Men’s Breakfast next Saturday, Jan 24, 7:30 – 9am, in the Gathering Place. We’re saving a place at the table for you - sign up today!

Men’s Ministry (moMENtum) kicks off the new year with our Winter Men’s Breakfast. This will be a great time of fellowship and spiritual challenge as we hear from one our ENGAGE partners, Outreach Community Ministries. We are privileged to have Chris Ellerman, Executive Director of OCM, speak to us on the topic of, Why In The World Do We Need A Holistic Ministry Like Outreach In Wealthy DuPage County? Let’s keep the “moMENtum” going in Men’s Ministries in 2015! Your Men’s Ministry Planning Team

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

Kindergarten Readiness Jan 26, 7-9pm, First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn
It is never too early to learn what is expected of your sons and daughters in Kindergarten.

Whether your child is five and anticipating Kindergarten or two and a half and just learning to be independent, you’re invited to this special program. Parents must be equipped with information so they can provide the preparation and support that is needed for this very important transition in their child’s life.

The Panel for the evening program will include teaching professionals from Glen Ellyn and Wheaton public and private schools. Valuable insight from teachers, the expectations for your children, an understanding of a ‘typical day’, school curriculum, and each school’s enrollment process will be discussed.

All Parents in the community are invited to this informative evening – RSVP not necessary! NOTE: Parents Only to attend, please. Sponsored by: Westminster School of First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn 630-469-2090 and First Presbyterian Wheaton Preschool 630-668-5147.

One Worship simple 15Annual Meeting of the Congregation Please plan to be at church on Sunday, Feb 1 at 10am for One Worship Service. Following worship we will share a meal and then meet for the purposes of receiving the annual report, presenting the budget, approving the pastors’ terms of call, electing the 2015 nominating committee and holding the annual meeting of the corporation so as to elect the officers of the corporation.

For lunch in Celebration Hall, Italian sausage, lasagna and salad will be provided. Please bring items to share according to the alphabetical list below.
A – M bring fruit or dessert
If you are gluten-free, consider bringing a gluten-free item to share.
N – Z get to help with clean up! Just kidding, we’ll catch you for food next time.
Donations will be accepted to defray the cost.

timberlee jr high sighn group 14Winter Retreat Senior High Timber-lee winter retreat-Jan 30-Feb 1. Contact Jocelyn at to register.

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Hey all Sr. Highers, it’s time to start thinking about Mystery Mission Road Trip! We will have an informational meeting for PARENTS and STUDENTS on January 25, today, 11am -12 in the Youth Lounge. Please plan to attend if you are interested in joining us this year for the mission trip – it will be AWESOME! If you are unable to attend the meeting but would still like information, please contact Jocelyn at


ESSE LogoSupport Esse Center Start your New Year right with a act of kindness to our seniors. January is our month to support the ESSE Center located at Faith Lutheran Church at 41N Park Blvd. This is a wonderful time to visit the center and play a game, tell or read a story, share a hobby or craft project, play an instrument, sing, help with lunch or just visit and talk. Your time would be greatly appreciated.

They need prizes and gifts (soap, hand lotion, picture frames, small Kleenex, gently used stuff animals, small wrapped candies, lunch size potato chips, lunch size crackers or cookies, makeup, costume jewelry, birthday cards, thank you cards, get well cards, purses or an unwanted Christmas gift). These are just a few suggestions. There will be a box at the West door and the Narthex to drop off items. They would also like homemade cake, cookies, or cupcakes.

ESSE Center is open from 7am to 5pm. Terre Fulmer is the program manager, 630-858-1005. Any questions or suggestions call Nancy Covert 630-682-0857, First Pres ESSE Board rep.

Prayer for Mission: Please pray this week for Juna Amagara Ministries in Uganda, East Africa, where a new class of students is about to begin a five-month training session with the Amagara Bible Institute for Discipleship and Evangelism (ABIDE) program.

ABIDE was developed by Matthew Kehn, a full-time American missionary with Juna Amagara for the express purpose of preparing young people about to enter university or the work force with a rock-solid background in discipleship. Over the past six years, the program has graduated more than 100 young men and women who are now in the work force, bringing a new, Godly perspective to the secular world. Ugandan ABIDE graduates are working throughout Uganda but also in Japan, Europe and East Africa.

Operating in Mbarara, Kabale Town and Mbale, the program is taught by Ugandan staff with guest lecturers from the U.S., African Inland Mission and Lisa O’Brien, a full-time American missionary from Sugar Grove, IL. Over five months, students will experience deep Bible Study, Outward Bound style excursions, intensive communications training, preaching in churches and schools, and outreach to villages throughout Uganda. Two pastors in the U.S. have been so impressed with the program, they have begun ABIDE-style programs of their own.

The ministry asks that we pray:
• that God would work through the teachers and lecturers to build powerful, joyful disciples who will spread the Good News for a lifetime.
• that funding continues to flow for teacher salaries and expenses.
• that students persevere though the entire program.
• that God would use ABIDE alumni to help magnify the work of each student and act as a network of influence for employment.

GE Food PantryGlen Ellyn Food Pantry Drivers Urgently Needed… Drivers (preferably with vans are needed) to pick up food at local grocery stores. The “Direct Connect” food recovery program makes it possible for the Food Pantry to serve more clients each day. Many of the volunteer drivers are “snow birds” and have left (if they are lucky) or will soon be leaving for warmer climates. The Food Pantry needs drivers to fill this void. Food is picked up Monday through Fridays, usually starting between 8-9 am. If you can help with this or other volunteer opportunities at the Food Pantry, please call Terri at 630-469-6988. Thank you. Marti Thompson, First Pres Pantry Board Rep

Trivia Night and Silent Auction Fundraiser for Make a Change International
Saturday, Feb 7, 7:30pm at the Co-Prosperity Sphere Art Gallery, 3219-21 South Morgan Street, Chicago. BRING YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY! $35 per person; $30 student discount. Teams of 4 – 8 recommended.

All proceeds will go to support Rush medical student global health trips in the upcoming months. Aaron Tabor was the Interim Worship Leader at First Pres before Todd Henderson came on board. He recently founded Make a Change International which takes teams of doctors and residents on health trips to help the under-served communities in India, the Congo, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the Philippines. Purchase ticket at:

Tablecloths and Chairs We are missing tablecloths and chairs from the Parlor closet. Please check your laundry room or car trunk to make sure they made it back to the church. Thank you!


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