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Breakfast at the Beach
Join us Sunday, June 25th for Breakfast at the Beach after the 8 am service in Gillson Park. We will provide coffee, pastries, fruit, and other breakfast treats. Gather with us for this unique fellowship opportunity and kick-off a great day at the beach! No need to bring anything but a bathing suit and a smile.

Fit for Faith
Join us for a 10-week inclusive fitness campaign, as we seek to glorify God with our bodies. All ages, abilities and interests and types of exercise are welcome! The campaign will run from June 18 through August 27 and our fpcw goal is to collectively “walk” from Wilmette to Edinburgh and back – which is 7,388 miles. On this 500th anniversary of the Reformation, it seems fitting to honor our Presbyterian roots in this way. A Google Drive spreadsheet has been created, with calculations for all forms of exercise, so that we can all track our “miles” accordingly. Karl Ottolini and Doug Ackerman are leading our effort. Please email one of them to sign up and invite a friend or neighbor to join you ( or We will provide updates as the summer goes on and hope to celebrate together in the early Fall. During these summer months, may we worship God with our bodies, which the apostle Paul called a “temple of the Holy Spirit.” Whether you exercise regularly or have been thinking about being more active this summer, together let us strive to be “fit for faith.”

2017 Summer Catalog
Summer blessings to you! I hope you’re sensing God’s deep love for and empowerment of you in these warmer and longer days. This summer we have numerous ways to stay connected with loads of activities and ways to engage for all ages. From Vacation Bible School to Senior Supper Club the opportunities at fpcw are many. Please check out our Summer Catalog  and we look forward to connecting with you throughout the summer. With gratitude and love in Christ, Rev. Jeff Lehn.

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 Northshore 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: Diapers, formula, toothpaste, toothbrush, body lotion, shampoo, hand and body soap, feminine hygiene pads, dish soap, laundry soap, all-purpose cleaner and Ventra and Uber Cards.
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.

Mission Sunday
Join us on Sunday, June 11 for Mission Sunday. This is an opportunity to actively participate in projects that support our mission partners throughout the community. come to the 10 am worship and then please plan on joining other fpcw members as we gather to work on a variety of mission projects. Some can be completed at church and others will be offsite and give you a chance to reach out into the surrounding community ans share your time and talents. Click this link  Mission Sunday Service Opportunities for full descriptions of the many opportunities available to volunteer on Mission Sunday.

Summer Book Group, Sundays, June 18 – July 30, 9:15 a.m. in the Lounge
Please join us in reading Seven Women: And the Secret to their Greatness by Eric Metaxas.   Each of the world-changing figures who stride across these pages—Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Sister Maria of Paris, Corrie ten Boom, Rosa Parks, and Mother Teresa—is an exemplary model of following God’s call in the world.  Even if you’re unable to join us on Sundays, pick up a copy and add this inspiring book to your summer reading list!
June 18 – Joan of Arc
July 25 – Susanna Wesley
July 2 – Hannah More
July 9 – Saint Maria of Paris
July 16 – Corrie ten Boom
July 23 – Rosa Parks
July 30 – Mother Teresa

Join the fpcw Meals Team
The Meals Team is looking for volunteers to help provide occasional meals to members of our congregation who need support, and encouragement. Please contact Kristen Novelline to be added to the email distribution list.

An Update on the Beshara and Habib Refugee Families:

Irfan Habib is working at O’Hare as a cabin cleaner and unfortunately hurt his left shoulder while working. Pray for a quick recovery! Fatima is quickly learning English and is employing her seamstress skills working for BowArts, a Glenview company that hires refugee women to make hair bows. Marjan is flourishing in her physical therapy, while her twin sister, Musgan, cheers her on. School is exciting and fun for Mobine and continues to be a source of learning and growth.

Bukari Beshara is working at Brent Anthony Foods in Elk Grove Village. While the two hour plus commute is grueling, his English skills are providing an additional opportunity to work as an interpreter. Mohasin also works for BowArts and is excelling in her English classes and working hard towards her GED, while Lulu and Mukarim are thriving in preschool.
Adam and Muhanad continue to love school and are both math wizards!

Both of these refugee families continue to show resilience and hope as they encounter both joy and disappointment as their lives unfold in a new place. Just when one hurdle is crossed, two more seem to pop up! We are grateful for the Habibs and Besharas!

How can you offer support?

  • Pray:  Pray that the Habib and Beshara families, and all refugees, will continue to
    encounter God’s love and grace as they build healthy, sustainable and joy-filled lives in the US.
  • Give:  Drop off these helpful household items at fpcw: powder laundry soap, dish soap, bar soap, feminine pads, diapers size 1-3, baby formula and reusable bags, toothpaste, shampoo, Ventra cards and Uber cards.

Director of Student Ministries
The First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette is currently searching for a Director of Student Ministries. This position develops, implements and oversees age appropriate youth ministry programming and relationship building. To view the job description for this position please click this link FPCW Job Description Director of Student Ministries May 2017.