News and Events

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      • Summer Worship Schedule Contemporary worship 9am, Traditional worship 10:30am
      • Summer Office Hours 9am-4pm Monday-Thursday, 9-noon on Friday
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Summer Sermon Series

Have you ever experienced an old habit that just won’t go away?  I can remember during a days-long power outage a few years back that I would flip on the light switch almost every time I walked into a dark room.  I knew the power was out.  In fact, I was holding a flashlight in hand at the time.  And yet the pattern of reaching for the light switch was so deeply ingrained in me that it had become second nature; stronger even than the influence of the facts I knew to be true.

Everyone is born with a deeply ingrained instinct that insists we can make our way to God.  If we are just good enough, religious enough, holy enough, moral enough or sorry enough, we believe God can be convinced to love and accept us.  Even after we receive by faith that we have been saved by grace, we still struggle to overcome this spiritual performance mentality.

This summer at First Presbyterian we will study the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Galatians; a group of Christians who were struggling mightily to embrace the Gospel and live in freedom.  We will come face to face with the Good News of Jesus Christ and grow in our understanding of what it means to live in reliance on God’s action for you in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.



On Saturday, August 8th from 11am-5pm, everyone is invited to bring their car and get it washed for a free-will donation. All funds raised will be used to help offset the cost of the new church van. Middle school students are invited to volunteer their time to help wash cars. If your child is interested in serving, please contact Andrew Kriske, Youth Ministry Assistant, at or 507-951-1745.


Wisconsin Camping Trip

Hey high schoolers…sign up to go camping with us this summer!

August 14-16 | Sylvania Wilderness Preserve

This is a higher level camping trip, where we wil canoe into the park, bringing all of our own supplies and spend the weekend, canoeing, hiking, and exploring. For more information, contact Andrew Kriske, Youth Ministry Assistant, at


College Bible Study

This summer in our College Bible Study, we are studying the gospel of John. Anyone who has graduated high school, or is currently in college, is welcome to join us! We meet every Tuesday from
7:00-8:30pm in the Youth Lounge. For more information, contact Andrew Kriske, Youth Ministry Assistant, at



Join us for a Ravinia-style backyard concert on August 22nd, featuring our own Todd Henderson!  This event is designed for all in our community – especially those who are new to First Pres! The lawn opens at 6:30pm. Concert is from 7:30 – 9:30pm. BYO: picnic basket, beverages, roll up table, candles, bug spray, blanket, lawnchairs…whatever you like to bring to Ravinia or any other outdoor summer concert

Concert will be held in fellow parishioners, Erik and Peg Peterson’s backyard in beautiful Glen Ellyn (237 Lorraine St.). RSVP to Marsha Mead at (Adults only)



We all have those projects around the house that we keep putting off. Or maybe you aren’t a procrastinator, but just need an extra pair of hands to help with the laborius tasks around the house. Well, our  high schoolers are eager to help! All you have to do is let us know what your summer yard or household project is, and we will gather students to help you get that project completed.

High School Labor Day – Sunday, August 30th from 12-4pm.

Email Andrew Kriske, Youth Ministry Assistant, at or call 507-951-1745 to make a bid!


Humanities and Huevos

Do you like music, movies, books, history, and art? Do you want to learn how to read art and let it speak to you? Do you want to learn how culture influences art and vice-versa? Do you want a free breakfast? Then we have just the thing for you!

We are excited to bring you a new summer program, Humanities and Huevos!  Over the course of four weeks we will study different periods in history and examine the culture of those times, the progression of art during those periods,
and how art is both affected by, and helps create culture! …oh, and there will be breakfast
every week! Join us at 11am, starting on July 26th, in the Youth Lounge! This program is open
to high schoolers or recent high school graduates.


Four Great Dates – “Table for Four” Edition

Invest in your marriage this fall by participating in the “Four Great Dates” ministry.  Friday nights September 18, September 25, October 2 and October 16, come listen to a short talk in the sanctuary from Chris and Erin Griggs and then take off on a fun and constructive date with new guided topics of conversation. Consider inviting another couple to participate with you and reserve a table for four!

RSVP to Marsha Mead for 1, 2, 3 or all 4 evenings.


First Pres Family Camp 2015

First Pres Family Camp is happening on the shores of Lake Geneva at Covenant Harbor Retreat Center. For more information, contact Janelle Metz or Erin Griggs with questions.

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