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, 10:15am Education for All, 11:15am Traditional Worship
    • Office hours Mon-Friday 9am-5pm
    • Sermon title, “Two Gates and Two Trees” Matthew 7:13-20
    • The sanctuary flowers were given by Anne Schillinger in honor of Maggie Schillinger’s “Gottcha Day” eleven years ago.
    • Listen to last Sunday’s sermon here
    • Please submit announcements, stories, thoughts, photos and video to for New and Events or for Tidings.

small group logo squareJoin a Small Group! At First Presbyterian 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. Small Groups meet in peoples’ homes or on the church campus. Interested in facilitating or participating in Small Groups? Email: or Cinda Siligmueller 469-2007 ext 22 or

Adult Ed Class Dec 14 and 21

“Home for the Holidays”… but whose home ??! …your family, my family, our family? These sessions explore how old family dynamics get played out in the sentiment of the season, with the intention to please everyone, and the potential outcome of pleasing no one. Why is Scripture silent on these issues? Isn’t there a chapter and verse to enlighten us? Some guidelines for navigating our way through the season intended to celebrate peace, joy and love.

Class taught by Reverend Dr. Charles and Sandy Alcorn. Charles is founder of Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center, currently serving as President of Endowment, Sandy served as Dean of Social Work, Aurora University.

ymen games jonathan 14engage First Presbyterian Church Missions Council Invites YOU to YMEN Friday Family Fun Night, in Celebration Hall, Friday, November 21, 7-9pm

Bring your favorite family board game and a dish to share with YMEN families coming from North Lawndale

Additional dates:
Dec 12-YMEN Center, 1241 S. Pulaski Rd, Chgo
Feb 20-First Pres, Celebration Hall
March 20-YMEN Center
Apr 17-YMEN Center
May 15-First Pres, Celebration Hall
Sign up in the Gathering Place Or register here! Or contact: Barb Retelny, 630-913-0268,, church office, 630-469-2007,

Folding Table and Chairs Needed!Do you have a folding table and chairs to donate to the YMEN facility for use in the “Arts Alive” program. Sorely needed and will be much appreciated. Please contact Jean Griffin 630-469-3087 or

stepping forward bright142015 Commitment Cards are still being accepted, welcomed and most appreciated! If you need a card, please find them in the pew racks, the Church Office or next to the Commitment Card box located just under the News and Events Bulletin Board just outside the Sanctuary.

Join us Nov. 23 for the Congregational Meeting during midtime (10am) for the purpose of electing new Deacons and Elders. On behalf of the Nominating Committee, here are the nominees for Elder and Deacon.

Elder Nominees: Sandy Alcorn, Kathy Duncan, Doug Fiene, Barb Meyer, Andrea Scott-McClusky. Jeff Wallace will be nominated to serve an additional one-year term as finance Elder; Susan Buck will be nominated to serve a second three-year term as Clerk.

Deacon Nominees: Mike Burke, Lisa Chay, Tara Hoster, Margaret Dutcher, Heleine Kaha, Heidi McAndrew, Tom Ryerson, Jo Anne Sanders, Tia Simon, Laura Wark, Mercie Woolfolk.

knitting sale 13Needlework Circle will hold its annual sale on Sunday, November 23 in the Gathering Place. This is your opportunity to treat yourself and those on your gift list to a variety of knitted, crocheted and sewn items. Proceeds from this sale support both local and international missions.

Pecans are here! One pound bags of pecans are available now for $10. See Dorothy Fergus in the Gathering Place between services to purchase pecans. Proceeds go to ERIE House after school tutoring program.

thanksgiving service 14Thanksgiving Eve
Join us in the Chapel at 7pm on Wednesday, November 26 as we worship, giving thanks to God for all good gifts. Stay for Pie-in-the-Parlor. Your families and guests are welcome to join us too!

Thanksgiving Eve Offering to Supplement Outreach Community Center Christmas Store
Traditionally at First Pres we take an offering for a local ministry during the Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service. Every year, Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream serves more than 1,000 low-income shoppers as they purchase donated gifts for their families at greatly reduced prices they are able to afford. Shoppers also receive Stocking Stuffer Gift Bags. This year our church will be taking a larger role in providing gifts and volunteer workers for the Christmas Store; we are also the sole provider of Stocking Stuffer Gift Bags. Your offering on Thanksgiving Eve will supplement donations for the Christmas Gift Store.

Outreach-Community-Ministries-194x44cjubilee furn store 14Outreach 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 framing, 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 will be flexible during November and December. Interested? See Bob Duncan or Dan Branda between services in the Gathering Place or call the church office 630-469-2007.

emaus Rick  Larry walking awayemmaus kids on streetPrayer for Mission: Please pray this week for Emmaus Ministries, an inner-city Chicago ministry whose mission is to make Jesus known on the streets among men involved in sexual exploitation by developing ministries of evangelization, transformation, and education. Emmaus recently moved into new facilities on the Northwest side of Chicago which will better serve their target population.
Pray for:
• their clients on the streets as the weather grows colder
• Demarius as he struggles to get back on the road to recovery
• men estranged from their families, as the holidays are often a difficult time for them
• very successful year-end fundraising for Emmaus
• preparations over the next few months as they settle into the new building
Praise for:
• the successful completion of the Stretch Fund to purchase the new facility
• Jim as he has moved out of Chicago (away from temptations of drugs/alcohol here) and is living with his family in Kentucky

outreach christmas store 14Outreach Christmas Store Stocking Stuffer Gift Bags & Ornament Gifts
Each year hundreds of low income families celebrate the joy of Christmas thanks to the Outreach Christmas Store. Needy families are invited to come and shop for new gifts donated by area churches. The donated gifts are new and “for sale” at a large discount so that parents can afford to purchase a gift for their child at Christmas.

Outreach Community Center has asked First Pres to be part of this tradition again through providing stocking stuffer gift bags and gifts for the Christmas Store. The Stocking Stuffer gift bags will be provided solely by the First Pres community and the Westminster Preschool.

Here is what you need to do:
1. Find a Christmas tree at one of the church entrances
2. Take an ornament with instructions on purchasing a gift
3. Take a gift bag with a shopping list attached to fill with stocking stuffers for a family in need
4. Return filled gift bag to designated bins under the Christmas trees throughout the month of November

Advent Decorating The Worship Council would love to have your help decorating the church and chapel for Advent. Decorating will take place on Saturday, November 29, from 10am-noon. If you’re interested, please plan on meeting in the Gathering Place at 10am. For further information, please contact Elders Kathryn Jordan or Dan Swartz

brass group 11Calling all Brass Players – Once again we’re having a brass group help lead worship on the Sunday before Christmas.  In the past this multi-generational group has played Christmas carols and hymns that have been arranged to allow brass players with a variety of skill levels (from decades of experience to beginner) to participate.  If you or someone in your family play a brass instrument (trumpet, cornet, French Horn, trombone, baritone, tuba), we would love to have you join us. We’ll play in worship on Sunday, Dec 21 with a rehearsal to be arranged.  Please contact Rob Colten at 630-653-6926 or to sign up or if you have any questions.

living creche 14The Living Crèche Fri, Nov 28, 6:15-7:30pm
Bring your family and friends to witness the Living Crèche (nativity) at the entry to the chapel at First Presbyterian Church. Stop by after the Downtown Holiday Walk. Refreshments will be served. For more information visit or call 630-469-2007.

Volunteers are needed for costuming, refreshments, and set up. If you would like to help, please contact Marsha Mead at

slugs and bugs xmas 14Enjoy a fantastic Christmas Concert for the whole family

Saturday, Dec 6, 4:30pm-5:30pm, First Pres Sanctuary, Tickets $5 or $20 per family

Get your tickets at Westminster Preschool and First Presbyterian Church or online at search slugs and bugs

Slugs & Bugs Live! is a joy-filled musical experience featuring animated videos, energetic vocals, and exuberant piano, guitar and mandolin instrumentals, and it is coming to Glen Ellyn! Randall Goodgame (former “Silly Song” writer for VEGGIETALES) is a former worship pastor and the driving force behind Slugs & Bugs. His show is specifically geared toward preschool and grade school kids and their parents (the concert is for parents and kids to have fun together). Slugs & Bugs music rollicks from bluegrass to Dixieland to folk-pop to arena rock with songs you’ll be glad you remember long after the concert is over.

“Randall Goodgame is a funny, funny guy. Slugs & Bugs is good stuff!”
— Phil Vischer, creator of VeggieTales and What’s In the Bible?

Beacon Circle will meet Dec 3 at 9:30am in the Parlor for a presentation by Wheaton author, Margaret Ann Philbrick, and illustrator, Sarah Ellen McGreevy.  The book they will discuss is, Back To The Manager a children’s book about a treasure hunt for the nativity that takes them back to Geneva’s Little Traveler gift shop that so many of us know well.  It is an enlightening story.  Margaret will also introduce us to her latest book, A Minor, a novel of love, music and memory.  We welcome guests and new members and hope you can join us for Beacon Circle’s Christmas meeting.

advent 14Advent Praise & Worship Sunday, Dec 14 at 6:30 in the Chapel. Come retreat from the rush of the holidays for an evening of quiet.

Christmas Eve Offering for Emmaus Ministries
For nearly 20 years, First Pres has partnered with Emmaus Ministries, located in Chicago. This ministry seeks to transform the lives of men engaged in survival prostitution. The Missions Council is dedicating the full amount of our Christmas Eve offering to Emmaus for a new project.

Emmaus is seeking help to fund a start-up resale store run by Emmaus. Resale store sales are on the rise, and Emmaus believes a store would provide work opportunities for clients while supporting some programs of the ministry.

Imagine a place where donors, volunteers, shoppers, and employees get to interact on a regular basis and see each other build God’s kingdom together. Emmaus hopes to open the store in 2015 with three employees and fifteen volunteers. We invite you to join the Missions Council in helping to bring this vision to life. The projected cost of start-up is $150,000. Our hope is that the Christmas Eve Offering will provide 10% of the needed funds. To learn more about Emmaus Ministries, visit or ask a member of the Missions Council.

westminster kitchen kids 14Westminster Preschool Parent Information Night
Tuesday, Dec 2 or Jan 13, 7-8pm
Come visit and learn about Westminster Preschool. Tour the classrooms, hear the history, understand the curriculum, and meet staff and volunteers. This is a parent-only event, please. RSVP requested, not required. For more info visit:

Lunch Bunch Volunteers Needed!
Looking to get more involved at First Pres? Volunteers are needed for Lunch Bunch – the older adult ministry that meets the third Wednesday of each month (September – May). Both regular volunteers and occasional substitutes are needed. We meet from 11am – 1:30pm to help set/clear tables and serve our guests a catered lunch. Please contact Lisa Jones (; 630-858-7220) or Kathy Hartge (; 630-469-8673) if interested or would like additional information.

Donate Your Car
We currently have a waiting list of seven Bridge families that need cars, and we have none to provide them at the moment. Will you donate your used car to a Bridge Communities family? You’ll be helping in a major way by giving safe, reliable cars that will allow clients to get to work, take children to school, and more. Please contact Paul Matthew at (630)-545-0610 ext. 33 or


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