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, “Two Treasures, Four Eyes, One Heart” Matthew 6:19-23
    • Listen to last Sunday’s sermon here
    • Sanctuary flowers were given by Diane Curtis in honor of her grandson, Connor.
    • Please submit announcements, stories, thoughts, photos and video to for New and Events or for Tidings.

hard road done!Fall Sermon Series The Hard Road that Leads to Life: Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount 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 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 Theology Questions Everyone Asks Adult Ed on Sundays, Oct 12 – Nov 16

David Lauber This class will explore many essential questions of the Christian faith – questions about God, evil and suffering, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and a life of discipleship. We will seek to offer thoughtful, nuanced and faithful answers. We will do so with an eye towards living out both the questions and answers in our day-to-day lives. Speaker: David Lauber, Theology professor at Wheaton College and co-author of Theology Questions Everyone Asks: Christian Faith in Plain Language

lunch in the loop 10-14 logo smallLunch in the Loop: Sermon on the Mount in The Marketplace Meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov 5 at Willis Tower on the 55th floor from noon until 1pm. You are welcome to bring your own lunch, or let us know if you would like to purchase a boxed lunch from Corner Bakery for $10. Boxed lunches will be delivered to the meeting. Please invite your friends and coworkers. RSVP to by Nov 2 as space is limited.

mens breakfast logo14Men’s Breakfast
Buy your tickets this Sunday in the Gathering Place after worship for our Saturday, Nov 1, Men’s Fall Breakfast. You can also register online here or call the church office 630-469-2007. This is a great time of fellowship and an opportunity to get to know new people and strengthen relationships. We enjoy a delicious breakfast and hear from a great speaker who challenges us in areas of our lives that make us stronger in our faith.

We enjoy a delicious breakfast and hear from a great speaker who challenges us in areas of our lives that make us stronger in our faith. We are privileged to have Gary Burge, PhD., Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College, with us. Gary has spent over 30 years working with churches in Palestine and other parts of the Middle East. He has great insight into what is happening with Christians in the midst of great turmoil and persecution. He will speak on the topic, “What I’ve Learned from the Arabic-Speaking Church: Thoughts from 30 Years Working with People in the Middle East.”

Special event for parents sponsored by
Westminster Preschool at First Pres, Mon, Nov 3 at 7:30pm. Come hear how to keep your young children digitally safe with Madelyn Burbank MSW, LSW of Alexian Brothers Health System. She will share parenting tools for today’s kids and ideas for technology purchases for Christmas gift giving. This is a parents only program please. Invite a friend or neighbor to join you!
RSVP NOT needed.

FRIDAY, NOV 7 at 6pm

Join us for an evening of great food, fun, fellowship, and an awesome opportunity to raise college scholarship and ministry funds for our YMEN students! This is our time to celebrate our incredible partnership with you as we launch into this next ministry year, and we wouldn’t want to do that without you. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Le Jardin, Cantigny Park Visitor’s Center, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187
Silent Auction begins at 6pm
Dinner begins at 6:30pm
Live Auction follows dinner
Space is limited so reserve your table of ten today ($500/table) by contacting Mike Trout at or at (773) 852-9830.

Mark Your Calendars for YMEN Friday Fun Nights
Nov 21-First Pres, Celebration Hall
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

All dates 7-9 pm…all Fridays. When going to YMEN, meet in church parking lot at 6 pm, return by 10 pm. Bring family, favorite game, dish to share.

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

Prayer for Mission: Please pray this week for Glen Ellyn Walk-In Ministry (WIM). The ministry is supported by area churches and serves clients in the area who seek help on an emergency basis for needs such as gas, transportation, or meal money. They also council and direct clients to where they can receive more extensive help and services if desired.
Pray for:
• Volunteers to serve each client with compassion and share Christ’s love with them.
• Volunteers to be able to give effective assistance to each client.
• WIM leaders and volunteers to make wise decisions on how to spend the money that has been given to WIM and that they continue to have a vision for the future.

ESSE LogoESSE 18th Annual Pancake Breakfast Join us for pancakes on Saturday, Nov. 8, 7:30-11am at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 515 S Wheaton Ave in Wheaton. Nancy Covert will have tickets to sell on Sundays in the Gathering Place towards the end of October. All proceeds benefit ESSE, one of our ministry partners.

JOY TO THE WORLD - ADVENT WREATHJoy to the World: Let every heart prepare him room Ladies, join us as we look for opportunities to invite Christ into our homes during the Christmas season. Monday, November 17, 6:30-8pm. Childcare provided.

Advent is a meaningful season of anticipation and of longing. Enjoy an evening of creative ways to invite Christ into your home during the Christmas season. Learn the meaning of the Advent wreath and take one home to purposefully count the days to Christmas. RSVP by Wed, Nov 12 to or call the church office 469-2007

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.

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

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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