Guest Preacher Sunday, June 16

Our guest preacher this Sunday will be Rev. Bob Hecker. A longtime member at First Pres, Bob identifies himself as a cradle Presbyterian. In 1986 Bob and his wife Gayle came newly married to FPCE. Soon after becoming a member here, Bob gave his life to Christ. In 1989 Bob joined our Stephen Ministry. Over time he felt called to build on his Stephen Ministry experience which led him to enroll at McCormick Seminary in 1999. In 2003 Bob joined our church staff as Director of Pastoral Care serving here for 2½ years. He then moved on to 7 years of ministry as a hospital and hospice chaplain. Now in retirement, Bob continues to serve at First Pres as a small group leader and in prayer ministries. He and Gayle live in Evanston’s Westminster Place where he is active in the spiritual life of their retirement community. Bob also currently serves as our FPCE staff chaplain.

Special Adult Ed Class June 23

A special Adult Education class will be held next Sunday June 23, at 9 am in the Dining Room. Dr. Dorcas Dah—the first woman to get a PhD in Theology in Burkina Faso, and recent speaker at Tumekutana—will join us to tell about her personal story, as well as the ministry she is involved with now involving education for girls and women. Dr. Dah is author of the book “Women Do More Work than Men”, which teaches about the spread of the gospel in West Africa. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. All are welcome!

Annual Backpack Project begins June 23

The Deacons’ annual Back to School Backpack project begins Sunday, June 23. Shopping lists for local schoolchildren in need of school supplies will be available at our table out at Lemonade on the Lawn following next week’s worship service. This year, in partnership with Northminster Presbyterian, First Pres will be supplying 44 children through Evanston’s Family Focus agency, and 17 young students through our own First Family Refugees program. Plan ahead if you might want to make this a joint project for your small group. These kids’ lists are usually snapped up pretty fast. Lists will be available June 23 and 30, and (possibly) July 7. All items must be returned to the church office by July 28.

2019 Ricky Birdsong Race Against Hate

First Pres is participating in the 2019 Ricky Birdsong Race Against Hate, Sunday, June 16. To join the First Pres team, go to, or reach out to Pastor Henry or Lisa Bolsen Fisher for more information. Join with First Pres and the greater Evanston community as we take a stand against the sin of racism. Those who can’t be there for the race can still take part. We’ve set a goal of raising $500 to go towards anti-racism work. Just go to the link and donate!

Worth Noting

Edgar Miller Art & Design Tour at FPCE

Did you know that the First Pres Sanctuary houses the famous Edgar Miller’s handcrafted art and design work?  First Pres is part of the Edgar Miller Legacy Site Tour that takes place on June 26 from 12:30 pm to 5 pm. If you are interested in learning more, please go here or visit the Connect page on our website.

Next Book Club meeting June 25

Our next book club will meet on Tuesday June 25, 1:30-3 pm in Room 102. We will be reading Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan Henry. According to Goodreads: “ A love story between CS Lewis and his wife, Helen Joy Davidman Gresham, was improbable and seemingly impossible. Their Eros-story lead to some of Lewis’s greatest works, yet Joy is more commonly known for how she died. Becoming Mrs. Lewis allows us to see how this brilliant and passionate woman lived and why she stole Jack’s heart.”

FPCE Family Camp Outing, July 5-7

We are in the midst of planning another exciting Family Camp for this summer! You all and your families are invited to join us for a fun weekend of star-gazing, swimming, archery, ropes courses, canoeing, worship, arts and crafts, smores by the campfire and more!

This year Family Camp will be Friday evening, July 5 – Sunday afternoon, July 7 at Camp Stronghold in Oregon, Illinois.

Registration cost covers all camp activities, six meals, and either tent camping or a room in the lodge.


Tent Camping: Adults $70 per person, 1st child $55, additional children $40 each

Lodge: Adults $150 per person, 1st child $100, additional children $75 each

Registration Details

Step 1: Email Rev. Henry Coates at to let him know your family is planning on going!

Step 2: Follow the link here to register your family through Camp Stronghold’s website. Alternatively, reach out to me for a paper registration form.

Step 3: Mark your calendars and get excited for a fun weekend with your church family!

Wednesday Prayer

Our next Wednesday Prayer Gathering will be held at 7 pm, June 26, in the Parlor. We will be continuing a study we have begun on the prayers of the bible. All are invited to join us as we bring our praise, concerns, and hearts before our awesome God!

Flat Jesus Project

 CLICK HERE to learn all about our Summer 2019 Flat Jesus Project!

Other News

Wedding dresses and suitcase needed

Wedding dresses and suitcase needed: Dr. Dorcas Dah, our missionary partner from Burkina Faso, in western Africa, is looking for used or new wedding dresses to take with her back to House of Hope in Burkina Faso. House of Hope is a non-profit founded by Dr. Dah which provides Christian discipleship to women in need. The dresses will be given to House of Hope women planning to get married. Dr. Dah is also in need of a large suitcase to help transport these dresses. If you would like to donate a dress or suitcase to Dr. Dah, please contact her at She is here through July 9.

Stephen Ministry plans fall training

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10

Might you consider becoming a Stephen Minister? This three-year commitment may include shepherding one or several individuals who are going through a rough patch or any of life’s transitions. There is training on listening and responding to people who request a Stephen Minister; a class is scheduled for fall. There is also opportunity to deepen your own personal faith as you walk along side each person who receives your care. Interested? Call RuthAnn Ostrowski at 312-613-0644.

Consider the Lilies: Photographic exhibit!

FPCE member Verna Todd spent a year photographing the strength and beauty that God reveals in a single amaryllis. This exhibit is on display through June 30 at Perspective Gallery, 1310 Chicago Ave., just a block south of the church. Verna will be speaking about the work at the gallery on June 20 at 7 pm.  Regular gallery hours are Noon to 6 pm Thursdays through Saturdays, and Noon to 5 pm Sundays. All proceeds will go to our FPCE sister church in Bethlehem, Palestine.

Pray4Peace Evanston 2019 set for June 15

The annual Pray4Peace Evanston gathering will be held Saturday, June 15, along Dodge Avenue. Held each year since 2016, this event brings folks from different Evanston houses of worship together to glorify God, pray against violence in our community, express our appreciation for our first responders, and show solidarity with those who have lost loved ones to violence in the past. For information, contact Sister Tina Penick from Faith Temple Church of God in Christ at If you are interested in coordinating FPCE’s participation this year, contact Pastor Hylton.

Here is where we CONNECT!

Welcome to the FPCE Connect Page. This is your “landing area” for all of the latest of greatest information about FPCE. This page is updated regularly, so stop by to keep up to date. Thanks!


Registration Links:

Ricky Birdsong Race Against Hate, June 16 – Sign up or donate here.

Vacation Bible School Registration – Register and pay here.

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