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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!



Info session Sunday for proposed bylaws changes

This Sunday morning, between our two services, the final interactive discussion on the proposed changes to the FPCE Bylaws will be held in the Dining Room. This week’s discussion continues the one started at last week’s meeting. All FPCE members and regular attendees are encouraged to attend. For information on the proposed changes, click here to download and read our informational booklet. Printed information booklets are available in the literature rack.

Know, Grow, Serve Fair January 26

A “Know, Grow, Serve” Fair will be held between services Sunday, January 26, in Roy Hall. Everyone in the FPCE family is invited to this event, which will celebrate the call to serve the Lord with the gift of our time. The event features three ministries of our church focused on knowing and using our spiritual gifts, growing in our faith, and serving and caring for others through prayer and companionship both in our church and community. We encourage everyone at FPCE to attend!

Winter Family Book event

Read a book over winter break and join us for a fun afternoon! All families and congregation members are invited to read (aloud as a family or individually) The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Then come join your fellow Narnians Sunday, January 26, at 2 pm for an afternoon of costumes, Turkish delight, trivia and games.

Worth Noting

Chili Cook-off February 2

The annual FPCE Chili Cook-off will take place February 2 after the 11:30 am service. There will be three categories, Best Meat Chili, Best Vegetarian Chili, Best Overall Chili. Entrants should make enough chili to feed eight hungry teenagers. All are invited to enter and attend!

Senior Varsity returns February 6

Senior Varsity is back for 2020! Please join us in the Parlor on the first Thursday of the month from 11 am to noon, followed by an amazing lunch for only $5. On February 6, Elizabeth DiCanio, the clinical nutrition manager at Westminster Place, will be talking about general nutrition and the foods that are critical to us as we age. Information about future Senior Varsity speakers can be found at Registration will begin at 10:30 am, the presentation at 11, and lunch will be served at noon. Please register by February 4 at the front desk or by calling (847) 864-1472. All are welcome, especially seniors.

Warming Center volunteers sought

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 @ or 708-987-7278.

Building closed Monday

The FPCE building and offices will be closed Monday, January 20, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Wednesday Prayer Gathering

The next Wednesday Prayer Gathering will take place January 22 at 7 pm in the Parlor. All are invited to come join us as we seek God with our hopes and concerns, offering our praise and prayers.

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

Other News

Interfaith Action hosts Walk for Warmth

Evanston Mayor Steve Haggerty, NAACP President Rev. Dr. Michael Nabors, our own Rev. Raymond Hylton, seven aldermen and numerous city officials have signed on as walkers or supporters of Interfaith Action of Evanston’s Walk for Warmth, to be held this Monday, January 20. The event, which kicks off at First United Methodist Church at 11 am on MLK Day of Service, will be raising money through donations and sponsorships to support IAE’s Emergency Overnight Shelter. Walkers will travel a roughly two-mile circuit of churches in downtown Evanston, each of which serves as a host to the shelter in a three-week rotation. FPCE is one of these churches. Learn more at the Interfaith Action for Evanston website.

All-Church retreat March 13-14

Save the Date! March 13-14 is our all-church retreat with Rev. Dr. Andy Root of Luther Seminary. The theme of our retreat is “Anxious Church: Being Disciples in a Secular Age.” More details to come.

Men’s Breakfast schedule

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!

Upcoming speakers:
Jan. 18   David Lukens – Member of Reba Place Fellowship, served in the United States Air Force as a navigator, and taught math and science in Liberia, West Africa, and at Shimer College. His talk is called “Here I am and How I got Here” or “Everyone has a Rich Story of their Life – Here is mine.”
Jan. 25   Dan Gruber – leading Messianic scholar and author will speak on “Copernicus and the Jews: a study of the usual assumptions Christians make about the themes, language and meaning of the Bible.”

Friday in the Loop

“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 All are welcome!

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