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Update from Emily Hicks
fpcw has an ongoing supportive relationship with Emily through her participation with Presbyterian Mission Association Young Adult Volunteers. YAVs explore what it means to be in a Christian community with one another and their neighbors, and are challenged to practice simple living and explore the diversity of God’s creation. YAVs are encouraged to develop leadership through faith in action and finally, through theological reflection and spiritual practices YAVs participate in vocation discernment. Check out Emily Hicks most recent letter to fpcw.
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.
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, First Congregational Church Wilmette, and Congregation Hakafa 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, firstname.lastname@example.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.