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Spring Sermon Series There is something within us that tells us life is not supposed to be this way; strung out from too few hours of sleep, jam-packed schedules, and not enough hours in the day to accomplish all that seems to be required of us. For many of us, from the moment we wake up, we run at a frantic pace just to keep even with the to-do list. Our busy lives often reflect a hurried heart that lies within. We know the frenzy of our lives is crowding out enjoying a deep relationship with God and with others, but what can we do about it? Can we strike a balance between chaos and doing nothing at all?
This Spring at First Pres we will take a look at the root causes of our busyness and the toxic spiritual dangers that busyness cultivates. We will get beyond mere “Time Management” tips to discover the biblical tools we need to get to the root of our issues with time. Make time to join us on Sunday mornings beginning April 12 to discover how to find rest in this crazy busy world. Download the free Discussion Guide here.
As a part of the sermon series you are invited to read the book, Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem, with a group of fellow Busy-Bodies from First Pres. Hop in a group and join with others who are fighting the same battles with the calendar that you are. To find a group that is a fit for your life, family, and schedule, email email@example.com to begin the conversation.
C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) was a Christian scholar, novelist, apologist, poet, lay theologian, and author of works that ranged from children’s books to critical studies of medieval literature. Mere Christianity, which was originally a series of BBC radio broadcasts that Lewis delivered during World War II, has widely been considered one of the most influential recent Christian texts. It offers Lewis’s understanding of the essentials of the faith and what it means to be a “mere Christian.” During this four-week course, we will read and discuss Mere Christianity together in order to learn about Lewis, his influence, and most importantly, how his work may help us as we seek to be followers of Jesus Christ. Copies of the book are available for purchase at the class for $10. Class attendees are not required to read book. For those reading the book, weekly schedule is:
April 26: Mere Christianity, Book 3 (pp. 67-150)
May 3: Mere Christianity, Book 4 (pp. 151-227)
The Rev. Dr. David McNutt (Ph.D., Cambridge) is an Associate Editor at IVP Academic and a Guest Assistant Professor in the Biblical & Theological Studies Department at Wheaton College. He is also an ordained Teaching Elder in the PC (USA), and he currently serves as a Parish Associate at First Pres Glen Ellyn.
Join a NEW Small Group – A Crazy Busy Small Group!
Constant busyness is dangerous for our souls. “When we are crazy busy, we put our souls at risk. The challenge is not merely to make a few bad habits go away. The challenge is to not let our spiritual lives slip away.”
In this short, honest, and often humorous book, DeYoung rejects the “busyness as usual” mindset, helping us make time for things that matter. Kevin DeYoung, an award-winning author, blogger and senior pastor at a church in East Lansing MI, wrote, Crazy Busy – A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem, to help himself understand why he felt so stressed out.
If you are a ‘crazy busy’ person, there is a Small Group for you! It only meets twice! At the first gathering you have a potluck or BBQ and get your copy of the book. At the second gathering you discuss the book…it really is ‘mercifully short’ – you can read it in about 90 minutes. Interested in joining or starting a Crazy Busy Small Group? Let the Small Group team assist; email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Small Group table in the Gathering Place on Sunday morning.
Lunch in the Loop April 29 at noon Join with others from the First Pres community who work downtown for fellowship, study and serious discussion about the intersection of work and faith. April 29 we will gather for lunch on the 55th floor of the Willis Tower and discuss Kevin Deyoung’s super short book entitled, Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem. You can pick up a copy of the book in the Gathering Place after worship or order one online. As always, feel free to invite friends and co-workers to join in the study and discussion. You are welcome to bring your own lunch, or let us know if you would like to purchase a box lunch from Corner Bakery for $10. Box lunches will be delivered to the meeting. Please RSVP to email@example.com by April 24 as space is limited.
YMEN COMMUNITY GARDEN Register Here! Plan on joining us for an afternoon of gardening and amazing BBQ!
Sunday, MAY 3, 1pm BBQ 2-5pm Planting
1421 S Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL
The YMEN Community garden is a unique opportunity for First Pres members to engage on a joint project with our Missions partner, YMEN. Aside from planting an urban garden, this event is designed to build relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ in Chicago. At the BBQ, on the sports court and in the dirt, we will build relationships with our friends as we partner together in the YMEN community of Lawndale, Chicago. Please make every effort to participate in this important event in the life of our church!
To carpool, meet at the west parking lot of First Pres at 12:30pm on Sunday, May 3. Look for the big white church bus and follow it to Lawndale. Seats on the bus are available as well. If you want to drive separately, directions are available. Meet at Lawndale at 1pm. The address is 1421 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago.
Coffee for a Cause is Back Please join us during the month of May for a cup of Ugandan Gold coffee as we kick off our efforts to help Partners in Mission build a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Center at the Kamwenge Secondary & Vocational School in Uganda. Last year we told you about the fundraising efforts of Partners in Mission to build a badly needed kitchen and dining hall at the school. With everyone’s help, they were able to raise the full amount needed and the kitchen is to be completed by the end of this year! As the school continues to grow and provide education for the surrounding communities, the need to incorporate science, technology, and math into the curriculum to prepare students for jobs or college is great. Science facilities with laboratories plumbed for running water, and a secure computer lab and library will complete the Center. This will be a three year, $350,000 project with a floor of the building being completed every year as the funds are raised.
Stop by the table for a delicious cup of Ugandan Gold coffee, and find out more about how you can help. We will also be selling bags of Ugandan Gold Regular, Decaf, and last year’s favorite, Cinnamon Sticky Bun Coffee. All proceeds will go toward building the new STEM center at the Kamwenge School.
Tuesday Morning Women’s Bible Study We are extending an invitation to our very welcoming and supportive group! Our leader is Marj Passini and we meet Tuesdays 9:30-10:30am in the Parlor. Discussions are primarily based on the study questions found in Sunday’s bulletin and often evolve into other interesting topics. In addition to our Tuesday discussions, we are involved in various service projects such as PADS and ESSE. Please contact us or just show up! We would love to have you.Debby Hart (HartDebbyL@gmail.com, or 269-861-4771) or Marn Passini (firstname.lastname@example.org, or 630-469-5228.)
BEACON CIRCLE Our next meeting is on Wed, May 6 at 9:30am in the church parlor and our guest will be Julia Havey who will be bringing with her another guest, a service dog. She will show and tell us how she trains the dogs and the many services they provide. This dog is an Edwards Hospital visitor and should be a most interesting guest. Please join us, bring a friend, and share our morning of fellowship and program. Call Florence Wright for any further questions at 630-469-9370. Hope to see you all that day.
Men’s Breakfast April 25 The table is being set and the menu is planned for you to join us for a great time of fellowship and challenge at our Spring Men’s Breakfast on April 25, 7:30-9am in the Gathering Place. Besides great food, we will be privileged to have as our guest speaker, Chad Hetlet, Varsity Football Coach at Glenbard West. Coach Hetlet’s talk for the Men’s Breakfast will be: “Faith, Family and Football.” Dad’s and Grand Dad’s are welcome to bring kids 12 and over to hear Coach Hetlet. This is a great opportunity for outreach to your neighbors and friends. Register online here!
Men’s Retreat “Take a time out—hang with the guys—gain perspective on your life.”
Date: May 15-16
Place: Loretto Conference Center, Wheaton
Time: Friday night 5:30pm dinner and program
Saturday 8am-3pm breakfast, lunch and program
Facilitator: Brian Madvig, PhD., MDiv., Practicing Psychologist
Topic: “Crossing River Jabbok: What we can learn from Jacob’s challenges to help us deal with our own daily challenges”
Cost: Required Deposit $25
Friday, Saturday, Overnight $135
Friday, Saturday, No overnight $80
Friday night only $30
Saturday only $50
Don’t miss this valuable time away from your daily work and activity. The program is filled with fun, fellowship, reflection, and, of course lots of great food! SEE YOU AT THE RIVER!
• God to provide great Dominican workers for important positions that will be opening up over the next several months including teachers, an administrator and house parents.
• Constanza School, as it has transitioned to being a fully accredited school in the Dominican education system. One of the biggest challenges has been finding qualified teachers.
• God to provide an inspiring and well-prepared group of summer interns and work teams.
• fundraising for major summer projects including new classrooms and a cafeteria at Constanza.
• God to provide more child sponsors to help meet needs of expanding schools and orphanages.
• ongoing work with the older children at Constanza as they move towards independence. Many kids in the program are completing high school, taking important steps of further education and growth towards adulthood.
• AWANA staff, who are impacting KA children through this strong discipleship program.
• the Trautwein family to have great unity and special times of connection this spring and summer. Micah is planning to leave for college this summer; Luke is applying to study in Europe for his junior year of high school. Three of their four children may be away from home by next fall.
Montana Mission Trip Join us this summer as we travel to the Fort Peck Reservation in Northeast Montana for our annual intergenerational, family-friendly mission trip, July 24-31, 2015.
This mission trip is one that First Pres has been leading for many years. Make an impact in the lives of the families and children on the Reservation by participating in the Vacation Bible School, sports camp, church construction work, fellowship, and more. For more information contact Mary Clauss at email@example.com.
Don’t miss the Dominican Republic Mission Trip, June 11-15, 2015!
This June a group from First Pres will travel to the Dominican Republic to serve at-risk children in the Kids Alive orphanage and surrounding area of Constanza. If you have no oversees missions experience, this is the trip for you! Kids Alive and First Pres will provide the training and tools you need to show God’s love and make a life-changing difference in the lives of children and youth. We would love for you to be part of this opportunity. If you are interested and would like to know more, please stop by the Missions table in the Gathering Place after Church or contact David Profitt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVE THE DATE First Pres Family Camp 2015
Join us on the shores of Lake Geneva at Covenant Harbor Retreat Center for Labor Day Weekend. Day Rates available for Sunday. Contact Janelle Metz email@example.com or Erin Griggs firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Family Camp Interest & Social BBQ Sunday, May 17 (6-8pm) at First Pres.
Join family camp alums, this year’s participants and those interested in learning more about family camp for dinner, conversation and fun. Bring your kiddos, your spouse, a friend or just yourself and a side dish to share. We’ll provide the rest. RSVP by May 13th to Janelle Metz (email@example.com).
Do you have an extra car? When you donate a car to Bridge Communities, you make a major difference in the lives of a family on the road to self-sufficiency. Plus, your car donation may be eligible for a full tax deduction of the used car value! If you’d like to avoid the hassle of selling your used car, and also help a Bridge family in a major way, please contact Paul Matthews, at (630)-545-0610 ext.33 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second annual Children’s Ministry team end of year celebration! Join us Sunday, April 26 from 4-6pm at Shannons on Main St. in Glen Ellyn. With only a few weeks left in the school year we’re celebrating a fantastic year of ministry at Spark, VBS and Sunday programs. Together we’ve served hundreds of wonderful kids. If you volunteered with Children’s Ministry at all in the last year we’d love for you to join us to celebrate. Spouses and kids are invited and dinner including kids options will be available at a discounted rate. Hope you can make it! RSVP’s recommended but not required to David Profitt at email@example.com.