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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, “The Christian and the Law” Matthew 5:17-26
    • Listen to last Sunday’s sermon here
    • The Sanctuary flowers are given by Merril Tlusty in honor of the branches of the U.S. Military.
    • Please submit announcements, stories, thoughts, photos and video to for New and Events or for Tidings.

Fall Sermon Serieshard road done! 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

amy simpson 14Adult Ed Classes
Choosing Faith in a World of Worry
Sept 28 & Oct 5, 10:15 – 11am, Parlor
We’re surrounded by reasons to worry. Unemployment and economic woes cause people to feel insecure; wars and terrorism plague us; famine and disease continue; people live in spiritual darkness; and we can never say with 100-percent confidence that our children are safe.

But behind all these triggers are three big causes of worry that lie within ourselves, not in our circumstances: We have an inaccurate perspective on God and our relationship to him, we are trying to live in the future (which is God’s domain only), and we are clinging to people and possessions that don’t really belong to us. Come to this class and learn how to overcome worry, not with a list of therapeutic steps, but with a re-orientation around the power of God, who is not threatened by what scares us.

Class Facilitator: Amy Simpson – Award-winning author of: Anxious: Choosing Faith in a World of Worry (IVP) and Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission (IVP). Amy is a personal and professional coach and speaker and serves as editor of Christianity Today’s, Gifted for Leadership, and is Senior Editor of Leadership Journal.

David LauberTheology Questions Everyone Asks
Adult Ed on Sundays, Oct 12 – Nov 16
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

Remembering Jesus’ command to Peter, “FEED MY LAMBS…TAKE CARE OF MY SHEEP,” (John 21:15,17) our congregation has a responsibility to help carry out this command. Today we kick-off our annual October Food Drive for the Pantry. The 2013 statistics vividly show the need in our community:
19,000 individuals served
32,000 bags of food distributed
460,000 pounds of food valued at $1,200,000 distributed.

Already this year these numbers have increased by 30%! First Pres has always come through for the Pantry and they are very grateful. Our donation from 53rd Sunday was $4,480.00. Thank you, thank you.

The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry needs the following:
-Tuna, salmon, and other canned meats
-Rice, spaghetti, pasta
-Dried & canned pinto beans, kidney beans, black beans
-Flour, sugar, sugar substitute & baking items
-Canned corn, green beans, peas
-Macaroni & Cheese
-One-dish meals: spaghetti & meatballs, ravioli, peanut butter & jelly
-Canned fruits
-Hot & cold cereal
-Coffee, tea, hot chocolate
-Ketchup, mustard, pickles, mayonnaise, salad dressings
-Cake mixes, frosting, brownie mixes, muffin mixes
-Instant potatoes, rice mixes, pasta mixes, stuffing
-Pudding, Jell-o
-Crackers, cookies, granola bars
-Baby food & formula
-Shampoo, bath soap, deodorant,
-toothpaste, toothbrushes, laundry soap
-Toilet paper, diapers, sanitary napkins
-Paper plates, towels, and napkins
(We cannot accept opened or expired food!) Return grocery bags to the north or west entrance.
Please be generous-The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry and their clients thank you.

Also needed are drivers to deliver the food to the Pantry every Monday and Thursday morning in October. Please call Marti Thompson at 630-752-9181 or if you can help.

Marti Thompson
First Pres member and Pantry Board Member

Prayer for Mission: Please pray this week for the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry serving over 400 families each month. The Food Pantry operates out of Grace Lutheran Church.
Pray for:
• Praise for support from community, volunteers, staff, and board of directors
• Grant wisdom as they move through the next months with increasing needs during the holiday season
• Strength for clients as they navigate through their individual challenges
• Continued support from the community for food donations, financial donations and for volunteer efforts
• Praise for the blessings bestowed in the Food Pantry

ymen walkJoin YMEN on Saturday, October 4 for a family-friendly 5K walk/run to raise money for education in Uganda. Walk or run alongside YMEN.
All ages are welcome.
Where: Kennedy School, 3945 Wehrman Ave, Schiller Park
Time: 9am
Cost: $12/adults $8/children under 12
Register here
For more information, contact Mike Trout, 773-852-9830 or

mens breakfast logo14Mark Your Calendars! Men’s Breakfast
Breakfast will be prepared for all men in our church on Saturday, November 1, 7:30-9am in the Gathering Place. 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 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.”

Watch for more details in coming weeks – you won’t want to miss this opportunity!

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.

Care Packages for Chicago’s Homeless
My name is Chenelle Somerville and I am part of the YMEN Pearl program. I want to invite you to work with me to help make a difference in the lives of some of the homeless by providing a care package for them. But I cannot do this alone. I need your help. I would like to include the following items in a shoebox care package: chap stick, tissues, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, soap, trail mix, granola bars, crackers, gum, band aids, mouth wash, hand wipes, loose change, Bible or Bible verses. I need extra shoe boxes too. Would you consider donating a complete shoebox or some of the items? If so, please bring them to the First Pres office before October 5. I will pick up the donations after worship services on October 5. If you have any questions, please send email to me at Thank you!

Volunteers Needed
Marge Fessenbecker, member of First Pres, volunteers at DuPage Convalescent Center every Wednesday. Years ago, Marge’s mother lived there, and Marge became well acquainted with everyone on the fourth floor. This is where she volunteers on Wednesdays. She escorts several residents to the church service in the Center’s chapel and then brings them back to their rooms when it concludes. Marge has been volunteering for six months, and she says, “It is fun, rewarding and I love the people.” Additional Wednesday volunteers are needed. Contact Marge at 630-858-0519 to learn more or contact volunteer coordinator Joan Volle at 630-665-0263.

Help Wanted
Do you like to organize things?
Or do you like to sort and toss?
Or do you have a strong back?
The church needs assistance with a major closet cleaning effort. Whatever your talent, we can find a project to match your skills and your schedule. Please call the church office at 630-469-2007 if you can help for a two, three, or four hour shift.


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