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Read the latest Congregational Conversation Groups Update

Read the latest Daily Bread

Backpack Project
Once again the Mission Ministry  Group will be sponsoring the summer backpack project to provide much-needed backpacks and supplies for 60 students from the neighborhood around our sister church, First Presbyterian Church in Rogers Park. By contributing $25 you’re ensuring a child will have the supplies they need to begin the school year. Members of the Mission Committee will be available today to take your donations and checks can also be mailed to the church office. Thank you for supporting this important mission.


The Session is inviting everyone in the congregation to participate in a Conversation Group during the month of July. This idea grew out of the Session’s retreat in June and expresses the desire to hear from the congregation personally about your thoughts regarding Church during the pandemic and as we emerge from it. The ideas shared will also help the Session identify Church ministry priorities as we look ahead to a new staff search (starting early fall) and discern ways to fulfill our mission to Experience God, Grow Disciples, and Transform Lives. 

A Sign-Up Genius link has been created to make it easy for you to choose a time to attend one of the Conversation Groups. Please click this link to access Sign-Up Genius.
If you have any questions about this process, need help signing up for a Conversation Group, or would like to submit written responses – please contact Interim Associate Pastor, Laura Sherwood, at lsherwood@fpcw.org.

Gillson Park Beach Service
This summer we will gather again for our unique worship service along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. The beach service begins at 8:00 am and we gather in picnic area one. Bring a lawn chair, or a blanket, a cup of coffee, and join us for worship.

Lemonade on the Lawn
Join us Sundays after worship this summer for our much beloved, long-standing tradition of Lemonade on the Lawn. It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to gather in person and this is a wonderful opportunity to check-in, and reconnect with old friends. We’re always looking for a volunteer to host one Sunday. Check out the SignUpGenius link and pick a Sunday that works for you.

Summer Book Study
This summer, we’ll be reading and reflecting on the recent book from Michael Curry, “The Way of Love: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times.” Curry is the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and has been promoting the “way of love” as taught by Jesus since his ministry begun. He is well-known for his powerful homily at the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on the redemptive power of love a couple of years ago. You may buy a copy from the church for $15 or purchase one from your favorite bookstore. We’ll read one chapter each week together for the next twelve weeks (June 8 – August 24). Each Tuesday, you’ll receive a brief video in the Daily Bread email summarizing that week’s chapter, along with questions for reflection. We hope you’ll join us as we strive to live this “way of love” together! Take a listen to the video below as I describe it a bit more.

 


We have a 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 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.

Small-Group Ministry
“Connect” is the keyword these days. There are nearly a dozen ways to connect to a small group ministry right now! Find your group, and grow your faith in new ways. Our small group ministry encourages all members to be a part of this wonderful way to grow in faith. Our small groups include three components:
1. Connect with one another through deep, meaningful, and authentic relationships. Doing life together leads to genuinely caring and supporting each other, and understanding more of who God made us to be.
2. Grow in faith through intentional prayer practices, scripture reading, and honest discussion around how our lives are connected to and shaped by the Gospel.
3. Share the Gospel through actively being the hands and feet of Christ in the world together.
Please click this link Small Groups to access the list of small groups offered here at fpcw