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, “Good Enough?”  Matthew 5:38-48
    • 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

APNC Update:  The Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC) would like to again ask for your prayers, both for our congregation and for the candidates for the Associate Pastor for Family Ministry position.  We remain confident in God’s perfect timing in bringing the right person to First Pres.  At this time, we have a candidate that we plan to bring in for a site visit in the near future, as well as other candidates at earlier stages of the interview process.  Please contact any member of the APNC with questions.  (Dave Buckley and Jim Blanche, co-chairs, Nathan Chaney, Megan Fahey, Mike Michalczyk, Cathy Novaria and Jane Soderberg.)

International food festInternational Food Festival, Sat, Oct 25 at 6:30pm in Celebration Hall. The congregation of Iglesias Cristiana Comunidad Hispania (ICCH) and their pastor, Hector Barreto, invite us to join in their International Food Festival. Bring a special dish to share from your family’s country of origin.

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 October 29 as space is limited.

Spiritual Direction at First Pres Have you considered the possibility of spending time talking about your life and your walk with God with a compassionate, wise listener? We have ten trained spiritual directors in our congregation who would love to journey with you as you seek to become more aware of God’s presence and direction in your life. For more information contact Cinda Siligmueller at or 630-469-2007 ext 22.

This Sunday, special Thanksgiving envelopes are in your bulletins. A $50.00 donation will feed a family of four. Over 500 local families in need will receive a 12-14 lb. turkey, a box of “trimmings,” and a grocery store gift card to purchase perishable items (milk, yogurt, eggs, etc.) At the same time, our food drive continues through Oct. 31. Please be as generous as possible. 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

ymen games 13YMEN Friday Family Fun Night
Where: YMEN Center in North Lawndale
When: Friday, October 17, 7- 9pm
Transportation: Meet at 6pm in the church parking lot and caravan to the Center

About 50 people from First Pres and YMEN/Pearl had a blast at the first Family Fun Night on Sept 19. We got together in our gym for potluck dinner, games, and laughter. Getting to know each other was easy as we shared a meal and competed around tables. Join us as we do it again on Friday, Oct 17. Bring a game and a dish to share. Sign up in the Gathering Place on Oct 5 or 12. Contact: Barb Retelny 630-858-3171 (until Oct 12) or Jeanie Griffin 630-469-3087

3rd grade Bibles proud parents3rd Grade Bible Presentation Oct 19 9am and 11:15am services
It is a tradition to present Bibles to third grade children who are part of our First Pres Family. This is a special opportunity for parents to communicate the value of their faith and their desire to pass that faith on to their children as they choose a Bible verse for their child to be inscribed in the Bible. Parents will hand their child the Bible during the presentation as another way to symbolize the faith being passed from one generation to the next. If your child is in third grade, please contact David Profitt at with the verse that you would like to have inscribed in your child’s Bible and to RSVP for this event.

Women’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study begins a new study of 1 Thessalonians on October 29. Are you an early-riser, looking for a small group to join? We meet in the church parlor, 6:30-7:30am, and we welcome new participants. For more information, contact Jessie Vicha at 630-346-4218 or Carol Fiene at 630-470-7589.

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.”

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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.

pads logoPrayer for Mission: Please pray this week for PADS ministry to the homeless in DuPage County. First Pres hosts PADS guests in the gym every Thursday evening from September through May. We are responsible for serving meals and staffing the church the fourth Thursday of each month. This year, our church is responsible for both Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Pray for:
• shelter for all those in need, especially during cold winter months.
• continued support from congregations and the community.
• enough volunteers to staff Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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, save the date. 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.

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.

Save the date for the Christmas Store at Outreach Community Center
The Christmas Store is a special one-day event on Saturday, Dec 13, for families living near the Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream. Qualifying families can affordably shop for Christmas gifts for their children – at a savings of 75% off retail price. This is a win-win! Offering affordable gifts honors parents and grandparents, while proceeds from the Store are designated to Outreach Community Center’s case management services, which helps families throughout the year who need financial assistance. We expect 400+ families to shop for more than 1,000 children at this year’s event. Without the Christmas Store, many families would be unable to purchase new gifts for their children. To volunteer, contact LaTanya Gatewood, Director of Volunteer Services, at or 630-682-1910.

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 9am or 11:15am service. Please contact Todd Henderson, Director of Worship Ministries, at for more information and to sign up.


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