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Adult Faith Formation on Sunday Mornings
Explore Your Faith: Join Pastors Jeff and Erin as they delve into the basics of our Christian faith. Each week we’ll watch a short video featuring a leading Christian voice who will introduce us to the following topics: God, Religion, Jesus, Salvation, The Cross, Bible and Church. We’ll spend time discussing how these core tenants apply to our everyday lives. This is a perfect class for parents of confirmation students. Sundays, 8:45 a.m. in the Upper Room, through February 11th.

Chili Cook-off Saturday, January 20th, 5-8 pm.
Join us for this annual, ever popular event at the home of Jenni Holt and Michael Staab. Think you have the best chili recipe? Come find out (we need tasters too!). Come warm up on a chilly evening at this all-church event with hot chili and warm fellowship. Bring a pot of chili or side and a beverage to share. Questions? Contact Fran Langewisch at: franlangewisch@gmail.com.

Women’s Retreat 2018 Weaving Together Our Stories of Faith (January 26-28, 2018)

  • Friday, 7 – 9 pm – Gather at the Wine Cellar in Wilmette for casual fellowship and introduction to our guest speaker, Rebecca Anderson.
  • Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm, Join us in the Wallace Moore Fellowship Center for a light breakfast, a time to connect together through our shared stores and lunch.
  • Saturday evening 7 – 9 pm, We will gather at the home of Pastor Erin for a time of Q & A with Erin and Rebecca. Have a burning question you’ve always wanted to ask? Now’s your opportunity! Click this link for the Retreat brochure or pick one up in the main office. Questions? Contact Rev. Erin Raska.

Winter Film Series
fpcw and Saint Francis Catholic Parish are teaming up to offer a four-session film series that will invite our congregations to reflect and discuss how our faith informs our thinking and acting around issues such as climate change and technology.  Of course, we all won’t agree and that’s ok!  Each gathering will begin at 11:30 with a brief introduction followed by a thirty minute film and thirty minute guided discussion. A light lunch will be served.   

  1. Session One – January 14 Chasing Ice (at fpcw)
    In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer, James Balog, set out
    on a tricky assignment for National Geographic to, through deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic, capture images to help tell the story of
    the earth’s changing climate.
  2. Session Two – February 11  Islamophobia Killed My Brother; Let’s End the Hate (at St. Francis Catholic Parish)
    A TED Talk featuring Suzanne Barakat, who had three family members murdered by their neighbor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, because they were Muslims. Calls on people to speak up when they witness hateful bigotry and express kinship with those who face discrimination.
  3. Session Three – March 18 Screenagers (at fpcw)
    Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. 
  4. Session Four – April 8th  A Boat Carrying 500 Refugees Sunk at Sea  (St. Francis Catholic Parish)
    A TED Talk, featuring Melissa Fleming, telling the story of an overloaded ship carrying more than 500 refugees that sinks and how a young woman becomes an unlikely hero, giving a human face to the sheer numbers of human beings trying to escape to better lives.

Lent 2018
Sermon series entitled “Companions on the Way,” focusing on different characters in the story of Mark’s gospel. We’ll be discussing the “companions” that join us as we seek to follow the way of Jesus at fpcw in 2018. The series begins on Sunday, February 11th and runs through to Sunday, March 25th.

Family Promise Hosting
We will again be hosting families through our mission partnership with Family Promise. Beginning February 18 through March 3 (2 weeks). Questions on how you can become a volunteer, please contact Nancy Freeman njwfreeman@gmail.com.

Men’s Retreat February 23-24
Our Stories, Ourselves: Making Sense of Life’s Journey
Our stories remind us, and tell others, who we are. Our winter Men’s Retreat will offer participants a chance to mine the rich resources of their own stories, hear the stories of others, and explore ways to cherish, and sometimes rewrite, our stories as people of faith.We will explore our own stories through lecture, individual reflection, and group discussion. We will begin and end our time with worship.

  • Friday, February 23 – 7-9 pm dinner at a member’s home, for fellowship, connection and conversations.
  • Saturday, February 24 – 9  am-4-pm at an off-site location to be determined.

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.

New Giving Opportunity
We have engaged a new company, PushPay, to process our giving options. This company is as secure as a bank, and is streamlined for ease of use and processing by our staff. We hope you will consider processing your next gift through this method. Here are the current fpcw giving options:

  • Text to give: on a cell phone, you can text the word “WILMETTE” to the number 77977, and in a few moments, you will receive a texted link to set up an account or make a gift through PushPay. You will set up an account just once, and thereafter,
    it should be a quick and easy process.
  • You can do the same on our website. There is the same link and the same options to give once or recurring. You can either use a credit card or link to your checking account. Please note that the church is charged a small fee for credit card and bank account donations. Know that the smallest fee is for you to give through your checking account. https://pushpay.com/pay/fpcwilmette
  • You can continue to write a personal check or give cash and drop your contribution in the offertory plate.
  • You can make a donation through a stock sale. Email or call the church office for details on how to donate stock.

As we enter into our Stewardship season, we hope you will prayerfully consider how you will support the vital work happening at fpcw and in the world thorough your contributions.

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 Chicagoland area.

The mobile truck is the missing link that unites an abundance of North Shore resources with under resourced refugee families, as they continue to build sustainable and thriving lives. Food stamps don’t buy necessary, everyday items such as soap and laundry detergent. On the fourth Wednesday of each month the truck will deliver these helpful items to Warren Park where families can select needed items.

Please donate: laundry soap, dish soap, hand and body soap, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, toilet paper, feminine hygiene pads (no tampons), toothpaste, toothbrushes (individually wrapped), formula and basic cleaning supplies (i.e. 409), Ventra and Uber Cards. Click here to access the Amazon wish list to order items for Stock the Shelves. this is an easy way to continue to support this important mission.

In addition to donations, we need volunteers to help sort the donations and help load the truck on May 24 at 7 a.m. and be a host on distribution day on May 24 from 8:30 – 12 at Warren Park. Please consider helping with the important mission. The SignUpGenius link will help you pick a time to volunteer. Thank you in advance for your help.