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Stock the Shelves Fundraiser
Join us on Thursday, March 22, 5 pm – 8 pm at Portillo’s (9400 Skokie Blvd., Skokie) for a fundraiser to help support Stock the Shelves. Come get a yummy dinner for the whole family and 20% of the proceeds will go to benefit Stock the Shelves. You must bring the flyer with you so that 20% of the proceeds of your purchase will be applied to Stock the Shelves. Click here to access the flyer for this fundraiser.
Easter Flower Order Form
Easter lilies and hydrangeas will beautify the church during the Easter season. You may purchase a plant in memory of a loved one on in appreciation of a special person. A list of those being remembered and appreciated, and the donors, will be published in the Easter Sunday bulletin. Lilies are $15 each and hydrangeas are $20 each. Please complete the order form, by Sunday, March 25th and checks should be made payable to First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette. Click this link to download the order form Easter Flower Order Form.
Coffee Hour Hosting
Please consider hosting a Fellowship Hour and help to continue our wonderful tradition of hospitality. Please click on this link SignUpGenius and choose a Sunday that works for you.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Faith at TED
Through March 25, 8:45 am in the Upper Room
In the span of a few years, TED conferences have become a global phenomenon. A forum for sharing groundbreaking ideas in short talks (15-20 minutes), they challenge listeners to imagine and strive for a better world. In this class, we’re going to watch six TED talks that relate to our faith. Each week, we’ll watch one and discuss it. Join us as we learn from Greg Boyle, Brene Brown, James Forbes, Eric Whitacre, Pope Francis and Alain de Botton.
- February 18 – Fr. Gregory Boyle, “Compassion and Kinship” (TEDx Conejo 2012)
- February 25 – Brene Brown, “Listening to Shame” (TED)
- March 4 – James Forbes, “Compassion at the Dinner Table” (TED)
- March 11 – Eric Whitacre, “A Virtual Choir 2,000 Voices Strong” (TED)
- March 18 – Pope Francis, “Why the Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone” (TED)
- March 25 – Alain de Botton, “Atheism 2.0” (TED)
Book and Dinner Group — This group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:15 pm at the home of Carol Korak, to discuss the literary, and theological aspects of a book chosen by the group. This month’s book is The Last Christians: Stories of Persecution, Flight and Resilience in the Middle East by Andreas Knapp. Please RSVP to Carol Korak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s been just over three months when our four guests from Malawi visited fpcw for 10 days. Their visit was full and included sightseeing of all kinds in Chicago and Wilmette. Most importantly it included time with you! Whether in worship, over a shared meal, at an outing or in a church meeting, we shared our faith with one another and all left inspired, encouraged and grateful. Here’s a small brochure which includes recent pictures from our friends in Malawi and next steps on how we can continue to offer our support to our brothers and sisters in Malawi. Please click this link Malawi to view the brochure.
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.
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.
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), 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 and be a host on distribution days, 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.