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 www.firstpresge.org

    • Worship Schedule 9:00am Contemporary Worship, 10:15am Education for All, 11:15am Traditional Worship
    • christmas eve correct 14Christmas Eve Worship Services 
      3:30-4:15 Christmas with the Kids in Mind
      A service designed to tell the Christmas story to the youngest members of our community.5pm Contemporary Christmas Eve Worship
      A candlelight service led by our Contemporary Worship Team. Nursery open.9pm Classical Christmas Eve Worship
      A traditional candlelight Christmas Eve worship service with music and hymns led by the Sanctuary Choir.11pm Christmas Eve Communion and Candlelight 
      Candles, carols and communion in a Christmas Eve service in the Chapel
    • Office hours Mon-Friday 9am-5pm
    • Sermon title, “Where Is This Child?” Matthew 2:1-12
    • Listen to last Sunday’s sermon here
    • The Sanctuary flowers were given by Judy Kinn in memory of Roger & Dorothy White.
    • Please submit announcements, stories, thoughts, photos and video to bcipriano@firstpresge.org for New and Events or for Tidings.

so this is christmas 14Sermon Series
Has anyone ever suggested to you that Doubt is the enemy of Faith? Have you ever been told that faithful people ought not to ask hard questions about what they believe but should simply have more faith? When we read the Christmas story, we find the exact opposite phenomenon. Present in the story of Jesus’ birth are many hard questions and seriously voiced doubts. There is the question of Mary, “How can this be?” The question of Israel, “How long must we wait in suffering?” The question of Zechariah, “How can I know this is true?” And the question of the world, “Who is this baby, born in a manger to an unwed mother?” When I read the Christmas story, I see lots of skeptical people wrestling seriously with hard questions and doubts. On Sunday mornings this Advent season, we will take a look at some of the struggles, objections, skepticisms and questions for God present in the Christmas story. We will find our own doubts and objections present in the story of Christmas; we will unmask them and discover how doubt can actually fuel faith. Bring your questions and doubts with you as we journey through the Christmas story and find an invitation to faith, strengthened by probing questions.

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: smallgroups@firstpresge.org or Cinda Siligmueller 469-2007 ext 22 or csiligmueller@firstpresge.org

adult ed advent 14Adult Ed Class Dec 14 and 21

“Home for the Holidays”… but whose home ??! …your family, my family, our family? These sessions explore how old family dynamics get played out in the sentiment of the season, with the intention to please everyone, and the potential outcome of pleasing no one. Why is Scripture silent on these issues? Isn’t there a chapter and verse to enlighten us? Some guidelines for navigating our way through the season intended to celebrate peace, joy and love.

Class taught by Reverend Dr. Charles and Sandy Alcorn. Charles is founder of Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center, currently serving as President of Endowment, Sandy served as Dean of Social Work, Aurora University.

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occ kids GitBags_0013 smThank you! Saturday, 400 families in difficult financial positions visited the Outreach Community Center Christmas Store. First Pres played a part in making this event a success and we are thankful for your generosity! In addition to the presents that you gave for these families, our church filled a need for OCC by providing the Stocking Stuffer Gift Bags. More than 1000 pairs of gloves, hats, and toothbrushes, and other fun, colorful essentials were lovingly selected and packed into gift bags. Handwritten cards were added wishing families a joyous Christmas. Thank-you for your generous support of OCC and their clients this Christmas season.

One Worship and Congregational Meeting Join us January 11, 2015 at 10am for One Worship Service, followed by the Congregational Meeting held for the purpose of considering the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee’s candidate for Associate Pastor for Family Ministry. The morning will look like this: one worship service at 10am followed immediately by the meeting. We anticipate a reception will be called for in which case we will gather in Celebration Hall after the meeting.

Outreach-Community-Ministries-194x44cjubilee furn store 14Outreach Community Ministry needs your help. Jubilee Furniture an OCM resale shop is expanding its space and has asked the First Pres Men’s Ministry to assist in completing the construction. We need people willing to do framing, drywall installation and painting. If you’re an experienced worker, or all thumbs but willing to learn, we invite you to join our team. The store is located at North Ave and Schmale Road in Carol Stream. The hours of work will be flexible during November and December. Interested? See Bob Duncan or Dan Branda between services in the Gathering Place or call the church office 630-469-2007.

emmaus kids on streetChristmas Eve Offering for Emmaus Ministries For nearly 20 years, First Pres has partnered with Emmaus Ministries, located in Chicago. This ministry seeks to transform the lives of men engaged in survival prostitution. The Missions Council is dedicating the full amount of our Christmas Eve offering to Emmaus for a new project.

Emmaus is seeking help to fund a start-up resale store run by Emmaus. Resale store sales are on the rise, and Emmaus believes a store would provide work opportunities for clients while supporting some programs of the ministry.

Imagine a place where donors, volunteers, shoppers, and employees get to interact on a regular basis and see each other build God’s kingdom together. Emmaus hopes to open the store in 2015 with three employees and fifteen volunteers. We invite you to join the Missions Council in helping to bring this vision to life. The projected cost of start-up is $150,000. Our hope is that the Christmas Eve Offering will provide 10% of the needed funds. To learn more about Emmaus Ministries, visit www.streets.org or ask a member of the Missions Council.

his girl and boy 14Prayer for Mission: Please pray this week for the ministry of Harvesting in Spanish in El Salvador. Harvesting in Spanish focuses on caring for vulnerable children through several ministries including Shalom Children’s Home, while also distributing Christian publications throughout the country.
Pray for:
• young people of the Shalom Youth Residence, for guidance in their decisions regarding employment and further education.

• wisdom for Brother Julio, Director of the Shalom Home, in dealing with several children with continual conduct issues.

• safety and health of all the children and staff of the ministry.

• strength and peace for the Benner family following the death of founder, Don Benner, in September.

• favor to obtain a permit from the Department of Education in order to open a high school program in 2015.

• favor to quickly obtain the operating permit from the Board of Health for the medical center.

sweet_charity_fudge_logo_Sweet Charity Fudge Erica Mote started Sweet Charity Fudge in 2009 when she was 11 years old. She sells fudge during the holiday season and donates 100% of profits to charity. Sweet Charity Fudge has donated over $8,000 to various charities dedicated to ending hunger. She will be selling fudge for $6.00 a bar in the Gathering Place every Sunday until Christmas.

2015 Commitment Cards are still being accepted, welcomed and most appreciated! If you need a card, please find them in the pew racks, the Church Office or next to the Commitment Card box located just under the News and Events Bulletin Board just outside the Sanctuary.

westminster playground 14 b wWestminster Preschool Parent Information Night Tuesday, Jan 13, 7-8pm
Come visit and learn about Westminster Preschool. Tour the classrooms, hear the history, understand the curriculum, and meet staff and volunteers. This is a parent-only event, please. RSVP requested, not required. For more info visit: www.firstpresge.org or westminster@firstpresge.org

Flower Donations Would you like to donate flowers for the Sanctuary in 2015? The flower chart is hanging in the Gathering Place near the balcony stairs. If you wish, add your name next to an available date. We’ll send a reminder card at which time you will need to submit a check for $35 to the church. Thank you for helping beautify the Sanctuary for worship.

Stamps Thank you, stamp collectors, for your donations in the past. Unfortunately, stamp collecting is no longer profitable, therefore the church will not be collecting stamps for missionaries.

 

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