Spring/Summer Guide 2022

Consider yourself invited to any of the programs described below. We can't wait to meet you!

Worship

Worship Schedule

Sundays June 26-September 4
One Worship  |  Sanctuary 10am


Regular Sunday worship resumes
September 11, Regular Sunday Worship Resumes
8:45am  |  Classic Worship
10:30am  |  Modern Worship

May Sermon Series: Jesus' Movement, Our Moment, Our Turn

As a community of Jesus Christ, we stand in the aftermath of a historical movement of Jesus followers. Against all odds, the church of Jesus Christ was born amidst persecution by an imperial power, in a nowhere region, following an executed leader. But the Jesus Movement did not die when Jesus died, because Jesus did not stay dead.

The kind of church we are today, is due to the faith, the commitment, the sacrifices, and the spiritual growth of the people who preceded us. Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the church has grown and impacted the whole world as salt and light.

The kind of church we will be in the future depends on the decisions you and I make today. So many forces have been at work in the past decades that make it harder for us to be the kind of church we see in the New Testament and the kind of congregation we have been historically. Even more complex forces have been at work the past two+ years that have separated us from committed community, disengaged us from service, broken our habits and patterns of being a Jesus people together.

I get it, life is going to push us around. We have to push back.

In this short series of sermons, we will explore the legacy of the Jesus community and of our particular congregation. We will discover the New Testament vision for each of us as unique participants in a larger, interconnected community. We will hear inspiring stories of what Jesus has done in this place, and we will face the reality of the possibilities and dangers of this present moment for our Jesus community. How we as a church answer the challenges of this moment will have generational impacts.

Are we ready for Our Turn to lead, in Our Moment, in Jesus’ Movement?

Hymn Festival: May 22

Love singing hymns at the top of your lungs? Join us on Sunday, May 22, 3-4pm in the Sanctuary. The First Pres community and neighbors of all ages are invited to sing together the great hymns of the Christian faith. Organ-led, this hour-long worship service will guide us through a selection of hymns and scripture readings, including an open time where participants will have the opportunity to make hymn requests on the spot.

Summer Sermon Series | The Spiritual Struggle and the Armor of God

Sometimes life feels like a struggle. Sometimes life is a struggle. This is not news to God; in fact, in the Old Testament, the Lord God names his people “Israel”- a Hebrew word that means struggles with, or wrestles with God. In Ephesians chapter 6 the Apostle Paul encourages the church to “be strong in the Lord” by putting on ourselves the full armor of God. Paul is calling us to contend with the war that is inside of each of us and the battles and struggles that surround us, by making use of the spiritual resources God has given to us.

In our day-to-day struggles and battles, the Lord is with us. In this series we will explore how we can understand and deploy the armor of God in our lives to content with the temptations and forces that are a part of the spiritual battles of our lives. Spend your summer Sundays learning how to be strengthened and fortified by the tools that God has given us.

Children's Ministry

Kids' Church

Nursery (0-2 years old): The nursery shows our youngest kids God’s love and care that starts from birth. We sing, play, and read Bible stories with toddlers, adapting the program to your child’s developmental stage. Learn more.

Kids’ Church (Age 2.5-K): During the 10:30 service kids love to discover God loves them, made them, and has a plan for them. They hear an exciting story from the Bible, sing high-energy songs with big motions, do fun activities, and circle up for prayer time. And of course Kids’ Church wouldn’t be complete without a little play time squeezed in! Learn more.

Kids’ Church (1st-5th): During the 10:30 service Kids Church of 1st -5th is an upbeat worship experience where kids learn to live out their faith. Children start the morning in a group led by volunteers. They participate in energetic music, intentional teaching, and small groups for fun activities, prayer, and discussion. Learn more.

Questions? Contact Director of Children’s Ministries David Profitt

End of Year School Celebration: May 22

Join us for a fun-filled end of school celebration with inflatables and full-size donuts on May 22 at 9:30-10:30am in the Gym!

Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center Camp: August 2-4

Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center Camp: August 2-4, 9am-12pm at First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn
This is a fun camp that bridgings together grade-schoolers from the church and the community with kids from the Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center. A lot like our Vacation Bible School the camp will engage kids with fun games, activities, art, and teaching. Registration information coming soon.

Family Camp: September 3-5

One of the best ways to meet other young families and share in fellowship with God is Family Camp! Join other families from First Pres, Labor Day weekend (September 3-5) for fun games, fellowship, and time at Covenant Harbor Camp in Lake Geneva! It’s a great weekend to bond with other families and your own. Contact Kristen Symons for details about time, cost, registration and directions.

Student Ministries

Student Ministry Summer Camp: July 18-23

Student Ministry Summer Camp: July 18-23

6-12th graders are invited to come to summer camp with First Pres from July 18-23 at Eagle Sky of the Ozarks in Missouri. We have limited space and will provide transportation. This will be a great week of Mud Pits, GaGa/Foosball, Steal the Bacon, Rock Rec, Dodgeball, Axe throwing, Archery, Island Parties and too many more to list. The camp sits on 5,000 acres and it’s own private land with an island! Cost is $500. The non-refundable down payment is $200. Register today! 

Equipped (formerly Adult Ed)

Equipped

The teaching ministry of the church, “Equipped”, is vital for a dynamic and growing life in Christ. Our classes for adults are designed to help deepen your faith, engage your heart and mind, and encourage you to love and serve God and each other. Click here for class information.

Small Groups

Being a part of a small group provides the environment which allows God to work in our lives through relationships and learning. Click here for more information.

Adult Fellowship

Men's and Women's Night Out

Stay tuned for more information on the Men’s and Women’s Nights out in June.

Women’s Night Out: Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Men’s Night Out: Thursday, June 23, 2022

Church Events

Garden Work Day at First Pres: May 21

Gardeners are invited to assist with weeding, pruning, mulching, edging, and planting. Bring your work gloves and your favorite garden tool. We’ll provide coffee, juice, and snacks. We will only cancel if there is thunder and lightning so come dressed for the weather and fun work. Only one registration per participating family is needed. Register here!

4th @ First

Join us for hot dogs, lemonade and a spectacular view of the Glen Ellyn 4th of July parade which kicks off at noon. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and be part of this celebration which brings neighbors together.

Blessing of the Backpacks: August 14

Join us on Sunday, August 14 at 10am in the Sanctuary. Students of all ages are invited to come forward during worship and have their backpack or bookbag blessed, and to experience the support of the congregation as they begin a new academic year. This blessing is given in recognition of and thanksgiving for God’s presence in our everyday life.

Missions

Montana Mission Trip, July 16-23, 2022

Join us as we travel to the Ft. Peck Reservation in northeast Montana to host a vacation bible school and complete construction projects on the churches. This is a family-friendly mission trip – participants of all ages are welcome! To learn more contact, Mary Clauss at bmclauss@aol.com.

Partners in Mission The Fox and The Hound Bike Ride: August 6, 2022

Join First Pres and mission partner, Partners in Missions, for a 55-mile bicycle ride beginning at First Pres on Saturday, August 6. We will be raising money for the Kamwenge Secondary & Vocational School in Uganda. Learn more here.