News and Events

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    •  Worship Schedule 9:00am Contemporary Worship, 11:15am Traditional Worship
    • Office hours Mon-Friday 9am-5pm
    • This week’s Sermon title, “Unlearning Everything” Matthew 5:1-12
    • Listen to last Sunday’s sermon here
    • Sanctuary flowers were given by Sue Clary to celebrate the new Westminster School year.
    • Please submit announcements, stories, thoughts, photos and video to for New and Events or for Tidings.

Fall Sermon Series The Hard Road that Leads to Life: Jesus’ Sermon on the Mounthard road done! When Jesus commissions his disciples in Matthew 28, he tells them, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” Jesus teaches his followers that being his disciple means obeying his teachings. Jesus is more than God’s sacrifice for our sin; Jesus is our tutor, instructor, coach and mentor. Jesus teaches his disciples that part of their work is teaching others these same things that Jesus has himself taught them. This fall at First Presbyterian we will study the heart of Jesus’ message in the Sermon on the Mount and find his invitation and summons to a radically different way of living. It is a way of living that Jesus calls both “hard” and “life-giving.” Come experience the instruction of Jesus for life and discipleship in the Kingdom of God.

small group logo squareNew Small Groups Forming 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 Presbyterian offers a variety of Small Groups to meet your needs: Men’s, Women’s, Mixed Adults, Couples and Family Groups. Sign up in Gathering Place today or the 21st or at Below is information about special six-week groups…a great way to try out the small group experience.

New Groups Forming:
Mike and Barb Perry (858-8393): a six-week study begins Sept 19 at 7:30pm. Future dates to be decided at first meeting. They will discuss the book On Purpose, Lessons in Life and Health, by Victor J. Stretcher, PhD.

Bob and Kathy Miller (516-3626): a six-week study focusing on the fall sermon series, The Hard Road that Leads to Life – Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Day/Time to be determined.

children of the dayFaith Builders 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. 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 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.

soul keepingNew! 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

david aloneLunch Bunch Wednesday, Sept 17, 12:15pm, Gathering Place You are invited to special afternoon! Enjoy a delicious catered lunch and this fascinating program. RSVP to church office 469-2007. Donation $8 Invite a friend to join you!

Guest Speaker: David Profitt, Children’s Ministry Director, ‘Spiritual Legacy of Grandparents’
David will share his compelling story of the impact his grandparents had on his faith life. David grew up in South Africa, which is where all of his family still lives. He will share many memories of his relationship with his grandparents and how they influenced him.

JohnMarkMcMillan_Tour_11x17.inddJohn 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!

college studentWanted: 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.

Connect @ First Web 2 (2)Looking for ways to Connect @ First? Worship Ministries needs volunteers to assist with media presentations as well as running sound. The media opportunity would involve running multimedia presentations, which have been prepared in advance, from the ProPresenter program. If needed, training is available. We also need volunteers to assist in running sound from a user-friendly digital soundboard. Some prior experience is preferable. The time commitment for media or sound would be once a month, at either the 9:00 or 11:15 service. Please contact Todd Henderson, Director of Worship Ministries, at for more information and to sign up.

Men's ministry logomens golf and tennis final 14Time Is Short – Don’t Miss Out On Our Annual Men’s Golf and Tennis Outing!
Join us on Sunday, Sept 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 racquets! Register after worship in the Gathering Place, the church office 630-469-2007, Register here! or contact Dave Buckley 630-292-2152,

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!

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engage in Two YMEN Events
ONE-First Presbyterian Church Missions Council invites YOU to the Fall Kick-Off of The Young Men’s Educational Network (YMEN)
Friday Family Fun Night at First Pres Friday, Sept 19, 7-9pm. Bring your favorite family board game and a potluck dish to share! Sign up here.

TWO- Open House and BBQ
The congregation is cordially invited to a cookout and tour of YMEN facilities in Lawndale on Saturday, September 13 at noon. Don’t miss this special opportunity to meet YMEN staff and students, see their housing, park, and urban garden at 2230 S. Avers, and take the YMEN shuttle to the activity center on Pulaski and Roosevelt. We will meet at the church northeast parking lot on Saturday at 10:30am to car pool.  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.

outreachPrayer for Mission: Please pray this week for Outreach Community Ministries. OCM provides a full range of charitable, educational, religious, and community development activities in DuPage County. These activities help people and the communities they live in to realize their God-given potential as uniquely gifted individuals.
Please pray:
• that all open positions are filled with the start of fall programming.
• for the six new college freshmen in the College Opportunity Program.
• that the Lord provides tutors at Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream. OMC needs 50 tutors this school year. Having a tutor makes a huge difference in the success of students.
• that God provides job opportunities for two women at Jubilee Village.
• for therapists and new interns at the counseling center, that they would be given grace, wisdom, and insight.

anti traffic logo 14CALL + RESPONSE
The WEST CHICAGOLAND ANTI-TRAFFICKING COALITION invites you to a screening of the documentary film CALL + RESPONSE which reveals the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history. The film goes deep undercover where slavery is thriving. It offers first-hand accounts of this 21st century slave trade and inspiration for stopping it.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 3pm at Compass Church, 1551 E. Hobson Rd., Naperville, IL

WEST CHICAGOLAND ANTI-TRAFFICKING COALITION is a Christian organization that helps individuals, churches and anti-trafficking non-profit organizations communicate and work effectively together to fight slavery. If you would like to carpool to the film screening, contact Cathy Colten at 630-653-6926.

Glen Ellyn Food Pantry First Pres food drive runs October 1 through 31. The Pantry relies on churches and schools to stock their shelves. We will distribute grocery bags on Sunday, Sept. 28. The filled bags should be returned to either the West or North entrance. The supplies of canned goods, pasta, and personal hygiene products are very low. Please be very generous during our annual food drive.

Did you know…the Pantry served 1,578 people this past July? 4,527 bags of food were distributed at a value of $42.50 per bag. That’s $192,398.00 of donated food in just one month. If you can help deliver the food on Monday or Thursday mornings in October please contact Marti Thompson at (630)752-9181 or

???????????????????????????????Partners in Mission Vision Trip to Uganda in October 2014 Travel with me to Uganda the last two weeks of October. We will  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. Contact Barb Retelny at 630-913-0268 or


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