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Sunday morning Adult Faith Formation – October 22 – November 19
- Animate Faith: Join Pastors Jeff and Erin as they delve into the basics of our Christian faith. Each week we’ll watch a short video featuring a leading Christian voice who will introduce us to the following topics: God, Religion, Jesus, Salvation, The Cross, Bible and Church. We’ll spend time discussing how these core tenants apply to our everyday lives. This is a perfect class for parents of confirmation students. Meets in the Upper Room.
Join us for a pilot project we’ll roll out this fall. “Pop-Up Church” is a way to bring our church service out of our four walls and into our local and neighboring communities. Plans are in the works for a casual 5 pm service, (in the style of our 8 am beach service) with an optional dinner following. Our first gathering was October 8, at Curt’s Café, in Evanston, and the turn out was great! Our next two Pop-Up Church serveries will be on Sunday Nov. 12 and Dec. 10. Who knows where we’ll pop-up next!
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), formula 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 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.
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:
Fall is a busy season for everyone, and we on the Welcoming International Neighbors (WIN) Team want to share all that is going on with our two refugee families…the Besharas from the Sudan and the Habibs from Afghanistan. Both families were able to join us for fpcw’s First Festival celebration on Sunday, September 10, and we were happy to have them with us. It is hard to believe that the anniversary of their arrival date in the US will be coming up next month. We look forward to celebrating with them and with all who have played such an important role in their resettlement over the past year. Please stay tuned to learn about our plans for observing this important occassion.
First, news from the Besharas…
Bukari continues to work at Brent Anthony Foods, a commercial kitchen in Elk Grove Village where some of the biggest challenges he faces are the long commuting time and expense. He is also taking Level 5 English classes at Truman college twice a week. His wife Mohasin is also studying English at Truman College where she is enrolled in Level 6 classes. Additionally, she is working from home for a company called Bows Arts, making hair accessories. Their three oldest children (Adam, age 10; Mohaned, age 8; and Lulu, age 5) all started school on September 05 at Clinton which is the CPS school in their neighborhood. Their younger daughter Tumbululu (who is 3) is now attending a Headstart program.
And now an update on the Habibs…who are also doing well.
A few weeks ago, Irfan started a new job as a cook at an Indian restaurant that is a five-minute walk from his home. Previously, he had been working at O’Hare, cleaning airplanes, so this is a welcome change in terms of commuting time and convenience. All three of the Habib children started classes at Clinton School two weeks ago, with the twins (Marjan and Muzgan) in kindergarten and Mobine in third grade. Marjan, who has a number of physical challenges associated with her cerebral palsy, has made great advances through her therapy sessions (both physical and speech) at the Shirley Ryan Abilitilab (previously known as RIC). Now that the children are in school full-time, their mom Fatima has enrolled in English classes at Asian Human Services near their home. She is excited about studying English as her native language is Dari, and she currently has only limited proficiency in English. Like Mohasin, Fatima has also been doing some work for Bows Arts.
Relationships between members of our congregation and these two families have deepened and grown over the past few months through afternoons spent on Lake Michigan beaches, trips to the Lincoln Park Zoo, evenings at Wilmette’s Centennial pool, adventures in Chicago’s Botanic Garden, weekly deliveries of groceries from the Wilmette Food Pantry (at Trinity Methodist Church), countless rides to dental, medical and therapy appointments and even a shared viewing of the solar eclipse on August 21! We feel very blessed to have had the opportunity over this past year to “welcome the stranger” among us and now be able to call them our friends.
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.