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

    • Summer Worship Schedule 9:00am Contemporary Worship, 10:30am Traditional Worship
    • Summer Office hours Mon-Thurs 9am-4pm, Friday 9am-12pm.
    • This week’s Sermon title, “Honoring Father and Mother” Exodus 20:12
    • The Sanctuary flowers are given by Paul Bando in memory of Sally Bando.
    • Listen to last Sunday’s sermon here
    • Please submit announcements, stories, thoughts, photos and video to for New and Events or for Tidings.

Sunscreen and Insect Repellent Donations! After a long winter, everyone seems to want to be outside as much as possible. For some of us, staying safe in the sun can be expensive. One bottle of insect repellent costs as much as four boxes of whole wheat pasta. One bottle of sunscreen costs as much as breakfast for the week. Help us keep families in need safe in the summer months by donating sunscreen and insect repellent to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. A collection box is available in the Gathering Place. For additional information, you can contact Danna Gross at The collection will last through mid-August. Thank you!

Laptop Donations and VBS Mission Deliveries Five suit cases of clothing were donated for refugees in South Africa at VBS this year! The Profitt family will be delivering these on a trip to South Africa in August. The refugee agency (The Adonis Musati Project) is requesting gently used laptops for case workers who travel to serve refugees in South Africa. If you or your business are interested in donating a laptop or funds for one please contact David Profitt at by August 3.

markSmall Group Study:  Join us on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 until 8:30 in the parlor.  We will be using N.T. Wright’s study guide, Mark for Everyone, to steer our discussion.  Whether this is your first time reading through Mark, or whether you have studied it many times before, we want you with us as we explore this gospel and how we can apply it to our lives.  This is a time of conversation, not lecture, designed for everyone, just as the title says!  For more information, call Bob or Cathy Novaria at 630-545-0356 or Hope you can join us!  Childcare provided.

Join a Small Group! At First Pres we believe 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 homes or on the church campus.

Gift & Promise 14Summer Sermon Series: This summer at First Pres we will study ten rules given by God to God’s people, the Israelites, in the Old Testament. We will see how the right rules lead not to oppression but to freedom. We will learn about the life-giving nature of these commandments and the God of love who has offered them to us as a gift born of God’s desire to see us flourish. The Ten Commandments offer to our contemporary lives both incredible challenge and abundant blessing. Come explore the true nature of true love as we study together God’s word to us.

Connect @ First Web 2 (2)Discover. Learn. Get involved. First Pres would love to find out more about your interests and allow you to find out more about us. Connect @ First is an opportunity to explore the ministries of First Presbyterian. Discover how you can connect, serve others, grow in faith, participate in missions and explore real relationships.  Kids will be entertained with a bouncy house and adults will be inspired by opportunity.  Join us; see where you connect on Sunday, August 24, 10:15-11:15am in John Knox Hall and Celebration Hall.

ben t and family 12Prayer for Mission: Please pray this week for the ministry of Juna Amagara in Uganda. First Pres has a long relationship with Juna Amagara’s founder, Rev. Ben Tumuheirwe, beginning in 1998 when he was attending Trinity International University and living in Wheaton. Rev. Ben collaborated with several members of First Pres to form Juna Amagara Ministries (JAM), an outreach to AIDS orphans which began in 2004.

Pray for:
• praise and thanks to God for enabling JAM to faithfully serve him by giving hope to orphan children and their guardians and preaching the Gospel in surrounding communities in Uganda for 10 years.
• praise God and pray for continued blessings upon the Members of First Pres. Church who were among those that wrote the first checks to support the opening of the First Rented Home for the children in Mbarara.
• funds ($25,350) needed to purchase an Ambulance for transporting mothers in labor and children during emergency situations from the town of Bufundi to the city of Kabale
• success with planned fundraising runs and celebration days in Kabale and Kishanje on August 1st and in Mbarara on August 2nd for Ambulance and operational funds.
• safe flights back to Uganda for Ben on July 29th & 30th.

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Family Camp Registration Due July 28
Aug 30-Sept 1, 2014 we invite you and loved ones to attend this intergenerational camp adventure held each year over Labor Day. Cabins, messhall dining, lake and nature activities for all during this 2-3 day camp! Church members and non-members welcome! Camp will be held this year at Covenant Harbor Bible Camp & Retreat Center in Lake Geneva, WI. For pricing and registration information contact therees4@earthlink.netFamily Camp 2014 Registration Form

Bike to the Lake Charity Ride, August 9  Bike from Glen Ellyn to Lake Geneva, WI (80 miles with 40-mile alternative) to help Partners in Mission construct a vocational kitchen and dining hall at Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational School in Uganda. The ride will finish with a celebration meal at The Abbey Resort on Lake Geneva.  Cost:  $235, fully tax-deductable.  To register or for more information, contact Gary Alcock,; 312-806-9915.

blessing of the backpacks 14Blessing of the Backpacks August 24, 9am and 11:15am. Start the school year off right with a special celebration for our children going into preschool and grade school. Children are invited to bring their backpack to church, hear a short, encouraging message, and receive a blessing for the year ahead. Kids will receive a button to pin on their backpack to remind them of God’s presence and blessing on the year ahead.

Needlework Circle Meets second Wednesday each month, 9:30 – 11:30am in Lower Gallery. Anyone interested in sewing, knitting, quilting, crocheting or other needlecrafts is invited to come. Proceeds from our sales support a student at an orphanage in El Salvador; Jubilee Village, Glen Ellyn Food Pantry, Glen Ellyn Walk-In Ministry and other missions. Contact Phyllis Kidd at (630) 469-3976 or

Last Summer TNT! July 30, 6:30 – 7:30pm in the Youth Lounge. Snacks, Bible study, games and discussion! Anyone who just finished their 6th-8th grade year of school is welcome!

john mark mc 14John 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, 2014 from 7- 9:30pm.
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!

nursery rennovation 14Nursery Renovation Project This summer we are embarking on an exciting project to invest in the nursery. We will launch new programing and update the nursery space for our youngest children.

Although the nursery seems tucked away, it is a front door to the church! Preschool families, Faith Builders, Spark and Sunday morning services all use the nursery. For many young families it is their first experience of the church.  We are getting ready to change that and make the nursery a true strength of the Sunday morning experience. Our renovation plan includes new flooring, paint, colorful graphics and furniture.  A big part of the project is launching programing for our two-year olds at the 9am hour. We invite you to share your love, and the love of God with the youngest people of our congregation by volunteering in this area! Work begins Monday in the nursery. We will be temporarily relocating our nursery-aged children on Sunday mornings to the Blue Room in the Preschool wing.

Volunteer Opportunity Imagine a two-year old, eager to learn, excited to hear a Bible story, say a prayer, share a snack and play a simple game to help them learn about God’s love. Would you be the person to create this opportunity for our two-year olds? No experience needed! If you have a heart for kids and a desire to serve each week or every other week for 25-30 minutes during the 9am worship service, we would love to tell you more about the program. We’ll show you the ropes and provide everything you need. Please contact David Profitt at for more information.

Pbridge of hopw logo 14lease mark your calendar for Bridge Communities’ next 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!

Men's ministry logoSave the date all you men golfers and tennis players!

The date has been set for our Second Annual Men’s Golf and Tennis outing. Mark your calendars to join us on Sunday, September 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 rackets!

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