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Common Life September 20, 2020

 

We gather each Sunday at 10:00 am, in our Fellowship Garden for our outdoor, in-person worship services. We make sure we practice all the recommended protocols to keep everyone safe. If you would like to attend this special service please pre-register your attendance and click here to access the  SignUpGenius link.


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

Family Matters Community House
The Family Matters community house in Rogers Park is looking for tutors. The school year has begun and there is a waiting list of students who need support. With remote learning, it is more important than ever to help students keep up with their studies. A tutor’s commitment is 1 ½ hrs per week, in one-on-one evening tutoring sessions. Interested in making a difference in a young student’s life? Please contact Greg Korak (847-256-7251) and learn more about this opportunity.

C 24/7
Our mission partner and friends at C24/7 have set up a free store to serve those in their neighborhood who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Let’s help stock their store! Here’s what they need: Hand and dish soap, deodorant, toothpaste, paper towels, toilet paper, spaghetti, pasta sauce, cereal, cooking oil, diapers, wipes, laundry detergent. Please put donations in the black
box, labeled C247, outside the parking lot door at fpcw.

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, September 8th, and October 13th 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 eligible to volunteer for the 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

Connections for the Homeless
Continues to need help in providing services for the population they serve. Brown bag lunches are needed every day at both of their two locations (their headquarters on Dewey in Evanston) and the other at Hilda’s Place at the Lake Street Church on Chicago Avenue in Evanston. They are requesting that volunteers provide lunches for 20. Hilda’s Place provides long term overnight shelter for 20 homeless men. The organization is also looking for volunteers to drop off breakfast sandwiches for 20 as well as provide dinner several times a month at the long term residence facility. Details about volunteer opportunities can be found on their website, click here to learn more.

Stock the Shelves
With the pandemic curtailing the usual monthly in-person distribution of household and personal hygiene items to Chicago area refugees and their families, for the past few months Stock the Shelves has provided $25 gift cards to refugee families so they can do their own shopping. While we are hoping to return to direct distribution in the future, for the time being issuing gift cards is the safest and most effective way to continue to meet the needs of this community. However, “cash” dispersal has turned out to be a more expensive model than product supply, and Stock the Shelves coffers are running low. The more dollars we have for purchasing gift cards, the more we will be able to continue meeting the needs of Chicago’s refugee community. Please consider making a donation to Stock the Shelves today by sending a check to the church with Stock the Shelves noted in the memo line or 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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