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Slowing Time Women’s Group
Using the New York Times bestseller, One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, and video series, we will explore ways to open our eyes to the details in life, slowing down, and finding ways to experience joy in the everyday. This will not be all sunshine and rainbows. Voskamp has an authentic way of taking our pain and our hard places and helping us find joy in the cracks of our lives. If someone challenged you to write down 1000 things that are in your life that you are grateful for, could you do it? Join us and find out how gratitude and joy are the foundations of our relationship with God and each other. “Let Ann’s beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace.”

This new group will meet 5 times this spring in the Lounge on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm, April 10, 24, May 8, 22 and June 5. If you are interested in attending any of these sessions, let Sue Sklansky know, her email is ssklansky@fpcw.org. All women are welcome–any ages and stages!

No Needy Among You: Loving the Poor in Jesus’ Name – Fulfilling the third part of our vision statement, “Transform Lives,” solidarity with and advocacy for those living in poverty. Listed below are many opportunities to become involved and contribute in hands-on ways to help transform lives during Lent.

Wednesdays, through Friday, April 12 – Cradles to Crayons Clothing Drive for children, sizes 0-20. The organization provides children (0-12 years old) who live in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive–at school, at home, and at play. Then on Saturday, April 13, members will have the opportunity to deliver the donated clothing and help sort and package the items for distribution. Parents and children ages 5 and older are invited to volunteer; children younger than 5 can tag along. Questions? Contact Lindley Traynor at ltraynor@fpcw.org.

Wednesday, March 27 – Stock the Shelves at Indo-American Center in Rogers Park at 7 am. A collaborative effort by Northshore faith communities, volunteers deliver essential household products and personal care items to under-resourced refugee families on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Questions? Contact Erin Raska at revraska@fpcw.org

Sunday, March 31-Saturday, April 6 – Family Promise Hosting at fpcw.  The Family Promise mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence. During this week, volunteer opportunities exist every evening to cook dinner and eat with our guests or stay overnight Questions? Contact: Rick Drake at richarddrake@comcast.net or
Nancy Freeman at njwfreeman@gmail.com

Hunger for Change — Join us for this Lenten study on Thursday nights (6:30-8 pm in the WMFC), through April 11. Using curriculum from JustFaith Ministries, this learning opportunity will explore the realities of food insecurity in the United States and around the world, through the lens of our Christian call to “feed the hungry” (Mt. 25). This study also directly ties into our Lenten theme at fpcw, “No Needy Among You: Loving the Poor in Jesus’ Name.” Partnering with our friends across the street at St. Francis Xavier, we will learn more about local and global hunger, and then be inspired to take concrete actions to end hunger. If you would like more information or would like to register to join this class, please contact Rev. Jeff Lehn (jlehn@fpcw.org). Finally, feel free to join us for church family dinner beforehand at 6 pm (suggested donation of $7) as well by RSVP to Amy Miller (acm2443@gmail.com).

What’s New on the APP?
With the fpcw app you can stay informed in the palm of your hand! That’s right, the app can keep you up to date on all things fpcw, from the calendar to upcoming fpcw events, gatherings for children/youth and you can also make payments towards your pledge through the app. These are just a few of the many options available on the app. For more information, check in with Sue Sklansky, she would love to explain all the many features the fpcw app offers. You will be amazed!

Fellowship Hour Hosting
Fellowship hour is a great tradition we offer each Sunday after worship. It’s a great opportunity for members to connect with friends and welcome visitors. Please consider hosting one Sunday as a family, or committee or as an individual. It’s easy to do, very rewarding, and always appreciated. Click here to access the SignUpGenius link and choose a Sunday that works for you.

Shop on Amazon, Support fpcw
fpcw is now a registered charity through the Amazon Smile program! So, next time you’re shopping on Amazon, select “First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette” as your charity of choice and we will receive 0.5% of the total order as a gift. Here’s how it works. Visit our unique link and it will automatically select our church (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-2284275), or visit smile.amazon.com and search for fpcw. Either way, thank you for your support of the life and mission of our church. We are grateful.

Family Matters
Volunteers are needed to tutor students in grades K-12. Tutor/mentors receive an orientation and on-going training and support and meet with students once a week during the academic year. Please contact Greg Korak if you have questions or wish to become a volunteer.

Stock the Shelves Mobile Truck
Is a partnership between fpcw, Sukkat Shalom and First Congregational Church Wilmette who, as people of faith, are responding with God’s love and welcome as refugee families make new lives in the Chicago land area. This collaborative effort by North Shore faith communities is the missing link that unites an abundance of North Shore resources with under-resourced, refugee families. The Stock the Shelves Truck delivers these necessary, everyday items on the fourth (4th) Wednesday of every month to the Indo-American Center, where over 125 refugee families select the items they need to continue to build thriving and sustainable lives.

Can you imagine if you had to choose between diapers for your baby or food for your family? 
This is the reality for thousands of refugee families in the Chicago area who were forced to leave their homes due to political and religious oppression, warfare and violence, Refugees arrive with minimal possessions of their own, but bring a passionate commitment to build new, thriving lives.

How Can You Help?

  • Donate Items From Our List: Drop off a single item OR collect hundreds of items by hosting a drive with your classmates, teammates, co-workers or friends! For drive support materials and boxes email Rev. Erin Raska, revraska@fpcw.org.
  • Purchase items on the Stock the Shelves Registry at Target: tgt.gifts/stocktheshelves.
  • Donate Money: Each month the costs is approximately $3,000 to serve the 125 families, but every dollar makes a difference! Please make checks payable to FPCW with Stock the Shelves in the memo line and mail to FPCW, 600 9th St, Wilmette, IL 60091, or hold a fundraiser at your school, office or club. All gifts are tax deductible.
  • Volunteer: Join us to sort items, load the truck and help distribute to the families. To volunteer please click here to access the SignUpGenius link.

Items Needed to Stock the Shelves:
Toilet paper, feminine pads (No tampons), diapers size 1-5, laundry detergent, basic cleaner (e.g. 409), body soap, hand soap, dish soap, deodorant, shampoo, body/hand lotion, Toothpaste and toothbrushes, razors and shaving cream. Please click this link Stock the Shelves to access the Stock the Shelves brochure.

In addition to donations, we need volunteers to help sort the donations and help load the truck and be a host on distribution days, at the Indo-American Center. Please consider helping with this important mission. Check out the Stock the Shelves website for ways to donate and volunteer.

GA 2018