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Common Life August 2, 2020

Mission Ministry Group will be sponsoring the backpack project to provide needed backpacks and supplies for 60 students from the neighborhood by our sister church, First Presbyterian Church in Rogers Park. By contributing $25 you’re ensuring a child will have the supplies they need to begin the school year. You may send your $25 donation to the church. Questions? Please reach out to Kara Hughes  and Jennie Christensen.

Daily Bread update

We are suspending our weekly E-News for now and will instead send an email on Tuesdays with the title “Daily Bread.” It will provide encouragement, a devotion, a link to follow a way to stay connected, and updates about our common life together in this unprecedented season.

We are pleased to introduce a new twice-monthly communication, “Moving Forward in Faith,” which will share news about how the church is moving forward in this time of Covid-19. It will inform you about new faith opportunities, ways to connect with one another, and most importantly how fpcw will adapt to a “new normal” in the near and long term.

We will continue to provide virtual worship opportunities and we want the services to be a meaningful experience and we encourage you to stay home as much as possible, modeling love for neighbors by “flattening the curve” of COVID-19’s spread. As you hunker down at home, if you are able to continue to fulfill your pledge by mailing in checks or giving electronically via the fpcw website, that would be greatly appreciated.

We love you and the pastors and staff want to connect with you! Have a prayer request? Please be in touch. Have a need for groceries, a book recommendation, a Netflix suggestion? Have an idea of how we can respond to the pandemic and love our neighbors? Let us know. Plans are also underway to reach out to every member of the congregation on a regular basis.

With gratitude and hope in Christ,
Pastor Jeff

Interfaith Action, one of fpcw’s mission partners, is looking for a volunteer to be the Soup Kitchen Coordinator for Monday lunches. For more information contact Pastor Erin at revraska@fpcw.org

Interfaith Action is also looking for volunteers to help with the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Producemobile which takes place every second Tuesday of the month, July 14th and August 11th at the Levy Center Parking Lot at 300 Dodge St, Evanston.
Approximately 30-35 volunteers are needed each month to unload produce from trucks, sort, and bag food items, and then serve it to our guests. To be elgible to volunteer for the June 9th  Producemobile you must meet the following guidelines:
  • Cannot have been exposed to COVID-19 in the 14 days before June 9
  • Can have no COVID-19 symptoms; no fever, cough, nor shortness of breath
  • Must be age 18 – 59

Current Mission Needs
fpcw
 remains committed to caring for each other during this difficult time and we remain committed to caring for our community, particularly the most vulnerable. Below are ways you can help. If you have questions, please email Pastor Erin or call her at 847-858-0925.

Stock the Shelves
Stock the Shelves could use your support this week. We need volunteers to help make 160 delivers to the refugee community we support. We are always in need of size 5 diapers and If you can volunteer to help make deliveries your help will be very much appreciated. Please contact Tiffany Flannagan if you can help.

Going forward, we are unable to purchase enough inventory to continue to make deliveries (online retailers won’t allow us to purchase more than three items). In order to continue to serve refugee families, Stock the Shelves will send each refugee family registered with Stock the Shelves a Dollar Tree gift card for $25 – $30 to allow them to purchase what they need. We are culling through our database to determine the exact number of current refugee families – likely around 200 families. Please visit stocktheshelves.org and make a donation. Your donation today can make a huge difference in the life of a refugee.

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