Here is where we CONNECT!
Welcome to the FPCE Connect Page. This is your “landing area” for all of the latest and greatest information about FPCE. This page is updated regularly, so stop by to keep up to date. Thanks!
All are encouraged to attend the 152nd Annual Meeting of the Congregation which will take place Sunday, February 23, at 12:30 pm in Roy Hall on the 2nd floor. Please plan to attend to hear about the highlights of our church during 2019, as well as the vision for our church in 2020. The 2020 Budget will be among the items presented and the printed 2019 Annual Reports will be distributed. A quorum of our members is needed. A light lunch will be served (and a free will offering taken) and childcare is available.
A Pancake Supper Fundraiser will take place February 26 (Ash Wednesday) at 5:30 pm in the FPCE Dining Room. Support the youth and enjoy yummy pancakes (including a gluten free choice), bacon, and sausage before attending the Ash Wednesday service. Cost: $5 per person, $20 per family. Proceeds go towards the high school summer mission trip.
Our annual Ash Wednesday service will be held February 26 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary.
Our all-church retreat will be held March 13-14 here at FPCE. Rev. Dr. Andy Root of Luther Seminary will be our guest teacher. The theme of our retreat is “Anxious Church: Being Disciples in a Changing World.” The cost is $15 per adult. Registration is available online at http://firstpresevanston.org/2020retreat/. Childcare will be provided by reservation. Scholarships are available. Contact Rev. Henry Coates for more information.
The Parish Nurse Book Club will meet again on Tuesday, February 25, from 1:30-3 pm in the Parlor. We will be reading Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict. At the center of this piece of historical biographical fiction is Lady Clementine Churchill, wife of Great Britain’s storied Prime Minister. Amazon calls it a “ferocious story of the ambitious woman beside Winston Churchill, the story of a partner who did not flinch through the sweeping darkness of war, and who would not surrender either to expectations or to enemies.” All are welcome!
The FPCE Library is no longer accepting book donations but… Donations are being sought for a church wide book sale which will take place March 20-22. Donations can be dropped off in the Choir Room (no CDs, DVDs, VHS, encyclopedias or textbooks, please). Proceeds from the book sale will go towards supporting future book acquisitions for the library and enabling the children and youth to participate in summer camp and trips.
FPCE is seeking volunteers to serve as hosts to our Warming Center guests throughout the cold months ahead. As a member of Interfaith Action of Evanston, FPCE coordinates with other Evanston area churches and synagogues during the winter season to provide a welcoming, warm and safe place for our homeless guests to rest. The Warming Center is open in Room 21 of the church, from 4:30 pm thru 7 pm, every Monday through the end of March. If you’re interested in volunteering and would like additional information; Please contact: Sherin Peters @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-987-7278.
Wednesday Prayer Gathering
The next Prayer Gathering will be Wednesday, March 11, at 7 pm in the Parlor.
Knit, Eat, Laugh, Pray. That’s what happens the first Friday and third Saturday of the month in Room 206. We gather to make prayer shawls for our parish nurse to distribute to folks who are bereaved, have had surgery, or are going through a really rough patch and also scarves and hats for the homeless. We crochet strips for necklaces and make decorative scarves to sell to support the Congo Schools ministry. We have yarn, needles, and patterns available. You do not have to come to meetings to participate. You can do projects on your own. Talk with Susan Potterton to find out how to connect with us–224-688-8235 or email@example.com.
On Saturday, March 7, we invite you to open your home to University of South Dakota students, who offer a free Chamber Choir concert to our church and the Evanston community that evening. We are matching 32 students with hosts for this overnight stay: you’ll pick up your student(s) around 9 pm, after their concert at FPCE, open your home to them for the night, share breakfast with them, and drop them back off at the church the following morning. E-mail Hannah McConnell at firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of students you’d be willing to host, and please note any pets in your home so we may appropriately match students with allergies.
Men’s Breakfast group – Weekly, Saturday morning gatherings from 8-9 am for Scripture, prayer, and speakers, with coffee, tea, donuts and bananas. Please join us!
Feb. 15 – Rev. James Singh, speaking on “Gentiles Jews and Jesus”
Feb. 22 – Mark Toledo, CFA and Partner with Chicago Partners Wealth Advisors
Feb. 29 – Victoria Davila of Northwestern University Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences
Mar. 7 – Rev. Dr. Michael Nabors, Senior Pastor of Second Baptist Church
Join a Small Group at FPCE
Join others and grow spiritually together in a small group. There are many kinds of groups available, meeting at various times throughout the week. To get connected, find a list of the current open small groups in the literature rack near the front desk or contact Pastor Henry Coates at email@example.com.
“Friday in the Loop” is a bible study held each week in downtown Chicago and facilitated by FPCE member John Mauck. The group is currently studying the book of Genesis. The gathering is held at One N. LaSalle, 25th floor. Contact Tracy Robinson at 312-726-1243 to get a weekly notice of the meetings or visit http://mauckbaker.com/bible-study. All are welcome!