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One Church, One Book (June 17 – August 5) — No matter where you are this summer, join us in reading together “The Road to Character” by David Brooks. Purchase a copy on Amazon ($12), or you can buy a copy from the church.

  • Make sure to check out each week’s E-News for a thoughtful reflection and questions prompting us to think about how Jesus invites us to live our lives.
  • Stay after worship from 11:15 – noon to discuss each chapter and how our Christian faith informs our character.
  • Send Sue Sklansky ( a picture of you and your book, along with your favorite quote.  If you give us permission, we’d like to post these on our Facebook page.

Book Synopsis — In a world where we emphasize the depth of our professional resume and  external accomplishments, where do we find space to value character? How do we account for kindness, bravery, faithfulness, and the relationships we build? Strategies for career success are well documented. But how to do we develop in ourselves and those in our charge? Brooks explores through probing questions and biographical vignettes how inspired leaders built strong inner character through personal struggle and a sense of their own limitations. He purposely picks individuals who made choices that could have adversely affected their professional careers, but ultimately turned them into respected leaders. Brooks looks at a diverse set–white and black, male and female, religious and secular–to make his point including Dorothy Day, Dwight Eisenhower, A. Philip Randolph, George Eliot, Joe Nameth, and Augustine of Hippo.

Vacation Bible School
Join us for “Road Trip: Journey with Jesus!” VBS Camp is happening right here at fpcw this summer. Kids ages 3-entering 5th grade are invited to come “on the road” with Jesus for stories, games, mission projects, and music June 25-28, from 4:15-6:00, with an optional family dinner each night immediately after. Click here to register your child, and click here to sign up to volunteer.

Green Living
Living green means practicing our faith through caring for the creation. Scripture and our Reformed faith tradition call humans to be stewards of the earth and to participate in God’s call to justice. Living into God’s call is a responsibility that requires effort on our part as global disciples. Navigating through the world and living with a keen environmental awareness heeds Christ’s call to live with integrity as we dwell within God’s good creation. Each of us has the power to make choices that reflect our faith commitments, preserve life, and respond to the movement of the Spirit in our modern world. The Presbyterian Mission Agency has developed a guide designed to prompt individual lifestyle changes and offer resources and ideas to assist in greening our lives and sharing God’s love with the world. Click this link to access the Green Living guide.

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.

Malawi Update
We had a wonderful visit with our four guests from Malawi. 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.

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 (, or visit and search for fpcw. Either way, thank you for your support of the life and mission of our church. We are grateful.

Family Matters
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 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 Warren Park, located in Rogers Park, 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,
  • Purchase items on the Stock the Shelves Registry at Target:
  • 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 sign up, go to, click on OUTREACH and select REFUGEES & STOCK THE SHELVES from the drop-down menu.

Items Needed to Stock the Shelves:
Toilet paper, feminine pads (No tampons), diapers sizes 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 Warren Park. Please consider helping with this important mission. The SignUpGenius link will help you pick a time to volunteer. Thank you in advance for your help.