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- Worship Schedule Contemporary worship 9am, Education for All 10:15am, Traditional worship 11:15am
- Office hours Mon-Friday 9am-5pm
- Sermon title, “My Allegiance In the Shadow of the Cross” Matthew 16:13-23
- Listen to last Sunday’s sermon here.
- Please submit announcements, stories, thoughts, photos and video to firstname.lastname@example.org for New and Events or for Tidings.
Lenten* Sermon Series: Living in the Shadow of the Cross The early 3rd Century lawyer-theologian Tertullian wrote of the practices of the early Christian church, “At every forward step and movement, at every going in and out, when we put on our clothes and shoes, when we bathe, when we sit at table, when we light the lamps, on couch, on seat, in all the ordinary actions of daily life, we trace upon the forehead the sign of the cross.” This was no superstitious habit; it was an exercise intended to identify every act and action as belonging to Jesus Christ. The early church desired for the work and witness of the cross to touch every area of their lives. This winter at First Presbyterian Church we will study the implications of Jesus’ work on the cross for our faith life, family life, work life, church life, worship life and future life. Come discover the centrality of the cross to a vibrant spiritual life, formed by Jesus Christ.
*What is a “Lenten” anyway? The word “Lent” refers to the season in the later winter that precedes the observance of Easter. Traditionally, Lent is a time in the life of the Christian when the believer refocuses life on God through prayer, confession of sins, self-examination, and the recognition that life is a precious gift from God. Lent begins with “Ash Wednesday” and lasts for a period of 40 days, not counting Sundays. Lent should not be a time of boasting of one’s sacrifice or trying to earn God’s favor, but rather a season of remembering the importance of turning away from sin and receiving the grace of God.
Holy Week Devotional The Worship Council at First Pres would like to assist you in your observance of Holy Week whether you are at home or traveling for Spring Break. As we do each year, First Pres will be holding services on each of the four significant days during Holy Week. Additionally, we are offering this devotional book to be used individually or as a family. This booklet has scripture readings, reflections, discussion points and links to songs for each of these key days of Holy Week. These devotions are intended simply as starting points and offerings. Add, subtract and adapt in whatever way meets the needs of your family. Ushers will distribute copies, one per family, after worship or download devotional here.
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 from the church office.
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 Small Group! Join a Small Group! At First Pres 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. The Small Group leadership team would love to help you find or build a group that is a great fit for you. Come talk with the team in the Gathering Place between worship services to learn more. Email: email@example.com or Cinda Siligmueller 469-2007 ext 22 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or stop by the Small Group table in the Gathering Place on Sunday morning. FYI…the book ties into the Spring Sermon Series that begins April 12.
Missions Dinner Thank you for your service this year in support of our mission outreach at First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn! Please be our guest for a celebratory dinner, a time of fellowship, story telling and family activities! April 25, at 5:30-8:30pm at First Pres in the Gathering Place. Childcare will be provided for children in 5th grade and younger. RSVP online here or call the church office at 630-469-2007.
Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. -Proverbs 11:25 ESV
Pancake Breakfast on April 11 Boy Scout troop 46 is once again serving pancakes with yummy toppings at their annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, April 11. The Celebration Hall doors will open at 7am and pancakes will be served until noon. The cost is only $5/person with a maximum of $20/family. Children ages 5 and under eat free. Scouts will be selling tickets in the Gathering Place on Sunday March 22 and 29. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the breakfast. You may also contact Rob Colten at firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets or additional information. Please come and join us for the time of fun, food, and fellowship.
Special Event for Women!
Friday, April 10, 9:15-11am, Gathering Place
Speakers Madelyn Burbank and Kathryn Gudonis will explore how we can restore sanity and organization to our lives! They will base their presentation on the book by New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family.
In today’s world, family life can be frantic. “Motivated by his own experience and observation of his contemporaries, Lencioni concludes today’s parents are stressed out and overwhelmed because they operate by the seat of their pants. The long term costs are real but go unappreciated until the family implodes.” Childcare provided with RSVP to email@example.com. Donation $5.
YMEN Friday Family Fun Night Dates: Apr 17, May 15 at First Pres, Celebration Hall, 7-9pm. Bring your favorite family board game and a dish to share with YMEN families. Sign up in the Gathering Place or register here.
YMEN Community Garden May 3rd
Participate in YMEN’s community garden effort; take a bag from the back of the Sanctuary with a pot, soil and seed. Water and grow your plant and return it to First Pres Sunday, May 3 for a community garden planting and BBQ at YMEN in Chicago. More info to follow!
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. 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. Tickets go on sale today.
Men’s Retreat, May 15-16
Fri 5:30pm, Sat 8am – 3pm,
Loretto Retreat Center, Wheaton.
Facilitator: Brian Madvig, MDiv., PhD.
A time to get away, recalibrate priorities and deepen friendships. Stay tuned for more details
Prayer for Mission: Please pray this week for Young Men’s Educational Network (YMEN) and their Executive Director, Mike Trout. YMEN’S mission is to prepare young men and women (Pearl) in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago for leadership by helping youth grow in their faith and character, develop a love for learning, and use their talents to serve the broader community. Mike Trout will be leading a team to Uganda for a 2-week vision trip with Partners in Mission (PIM) on March 31. During what will be a sabbatical for Mike, the Trout family will stay for a month in Uganda working with students and staff at Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational School, then continue their sabbatical for another 1 1/2 months.
1. Trip to Africa (Mike, Karen, Mikalah, Malachi, Kareem,
Sammie, Jamal, Sharona, Shaeday and Heaven):
- for a powerful time of growth for all
- that the minds of YMEN kids be opened to ways they can serve throughout the world
- that they are an encouragement and sup port to John Mulindabigwi and PIM
- for logistics and safety
2. Everyone at YMEN:
- for safety for kids on the streets
- for students who are struggling with difficult home situations
- for wisdom for the leadership in Mike’s absence – Ted Travis, the staff, the Board
- for testing (ACT, SAT) for YMEN students who are struggling academically
- for students’ hearts – that they fall more and more in love with Jesus
- for staff to get their fill of the VINE, so they have something to give students when they come to YMEN
3. Mike’s sabbatical:
- for rest, rejuvenation, God time, new or clearer YMEN vision, family time, teachable moments with the kids.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch our own Abby Simon interviewed on Different Drummers about her experience on the Montana Mission Trip. Watch it here!
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 email@example.com.