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Redeemed Economics, A Conversation on faith, money and possessions
Sundays, November 4, 11 and 18 at 8:45 am in the Upper Room
How much should I give?  Do I have too much stuff?  What does Jesus say about money?  Join us for this three-part series that will explore how our Christian faith informs and shapes how we think about money and possessions and how we use them for ourselves and for God’s world.

  • Nov. 4: We will look at how wealth (possessions and land) were understood in the Old Testament context.  Of special importance, will be how the practice of Sabbath and Jubilee helped regulate one’s wealth, as well as ensured care for the poor.
  • Nov. 11:  We will explore a few passages from the New Testament that help us understand how to view money and possessions with a theological lens (from Jesus, Paul, James and John and more!). What begins as a good gift from God can often turn into a stumbling block or idol. How can we redeem this tendency and think Christianly about money and possessions?
  • Nov. 18:  Africans view money in a much different way than Westerners.  For them giving, borrowing and loaning money demonstrates solidarity – mutual economic and social support – and celebrates a core value of interdependence.  With this in mind, we will discuss what it might look like for us to live a life of redeemed economics.

Lounge Refresh project
This committee has been meeting regularly for several months and making significant progress. The Lounge refresh will include new carpeting, lighting, paint, furniture and art work. the new lighting was installed this past week and there are two art boards with detailed in formation about the refresh project displayed in the Lounge. Also, the art boards are available for you to review if you click this link  2018-09-26 Presentation Board  and this link 2018-09-26 Presentation Board 2.  Curious, and would like more information? Please reach out to one of the committee members: Dorothy Ballantyne, Irris Boaz, Colleen Jersild, Joyce Knauff, Marilyn McKenzie, Jeff Miller, Sue Sklansky, and Madeline Weston.

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

Katawa, Malawi School Project
fpcw donated money to our sister church in Katawa, Malawi for a new school building. For students to be eligible to attend classes each child is required to have various required school items. Click this link to access the list of items each child needs to attend the school, Katawa School fundraiser Menu.

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 volunteer please click here to access the SignUpGenius link.

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. Check out the Stock the Shelves website for ways to donate and volunteer.

GA 2018