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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!
Our all-FPCE Potluck—Christmas Around the World—returns on Sunday, December 8, at 12:30 pm, following the Contemporary Service. Bring a Christmas dish to share from your country of origin or a country of your heart. We celebrate the season, honoring the birth of our Lord, Jesus, by embracing the diversity of our family in Christ and savoring bounteous Christmas flavors from around the globe. Visit firstpresevanston.org/christmaspotluck/ to sign up to bring a dish, and/or to help set-up or clean-up. For more information, contact Gina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A special congregational meeting will be held Sunday, December 8, following the 9 am worship service to elect officers for Elder and Trustee. The candidates are:
New Elder nominee –
New Trustee nominees –
Elders returning for an additional 1-year term –
Donations of candy for decorating gingerbread houses are being sought. They are being collected at the front desk or by Pastor Amanda.
The Deacons wish to thank all who are participating in Angel Tree this year. Please remember that these gifts are due back in the church office by Sunday, December 8.
FPCE will host a Gingerbread House Decorating Party, Sunday, December 15, from 2-4 pm. This fun family event is a perfect way to gather all generations to take part in this creative, relaxed, and sometimes messy craft activity. Registration is required. Each gingerbread house kit is $10. Sign-up at the Front Desk, online at https://firstpresevanston.org/gingerbread/ or with Pastor Amanda by Dec. 9 to save a spot and order your gingerbread house kit.
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 @ email@example.com or 708-987-7278.
The Deacons’ Closet now has a great need for men’s and women’s winter season clothing, especially sweaters, sweatshirts, hoodies, turtlenecks and warm flannel shirts. As is always the case in winter, there is a crying need for overcoats and warm jackets, Please search both your heart and closet for these items, along with shoes, boots, scarves, and larger-sized jeans, khakis, and corduroy trousers. Also bedsheets, towels & toiletries, backpacks and rolling suitcases. Your cleaner closet could be a life-or-death proposition for someone living out in the killing cold.
Advent at FPCE
Learn about about our worship schedule and special events for the Christmas season.
9 a.m. Blended Worship (a mix of traditional and contemporary worship styles)
11:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Wednesday Prayer Gathering
The next Wednesday Prayer Gathering will take place December 11 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help say thank you to our Sunday school teachers by donating cookies. Donations of Christmas cookies are being sought to be shared with Sunday school teachers as a holiday thank you. Please drop off donations (homemade or store bought) to Pastor Amanda by Tuesday. December 17.
Start or finish your Christmas shopping at Ten Thousand Villages Evanston, 915 Chicago Avenue, on Thursday, December 12, 5-8 pm. A percentage of every item purchased at that time will go to support scholarships for Dar al Kalima University of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem, our partner with Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb. The store is located at 915 Chicago Avenue. See www.tenthousandvillages.com/evanston for shopping ideas!
Welcome all singles! Please join us in the church Parlor Room (2nd Floor) on Friday, December 6 at 7 pm to watch “The Case for Christ” (2017) – a movie based on the true story of Lee Strobel, a former Chicago Tribune investigative journalist, and his incredible faith journey as an atheist converting to Christianity. Contact Karen Shaw at email@example.com if you are interested in attending.
A support group for those grieving the loss of a spouse will meet at FPCE on December 10, from 1-2 pm. For more information, contact Parish Nurse Julie Ruchniewicz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take part in these “hands-on” ways to help our church! The Deacons are welcoming volunteers to assist us in ministries of hospitality and serving the truly needy. We would love assistance on Sunday mornings preparing and serving food and drinks during Fellowship Hour, and on occasional Saturday mornings helping to distribute clothing, bed linens & toiletries to guests at our bi-weekly Deacons’ Closet. No long-term commitment needed — any assistance you can offer would be greatly appreciated. (This is a great way for high-schoolers to earn community service hours.) We are also asking church members ordained as former Deacons or Elders to consider joining us to serve home communion to members who are not able to join us in worship at church. If you can see this kind of God’s work fitting into your schedule from time to time, please contact Deacon Moderators Cynthia Bridges, email@example.com, or Kim Langlois, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Parish Nurse Book Club will meet again on Tuesday, January 14, from 1:30-3 pm. The book to be discussed is The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. According to Goodreads, the book is”Set in Depression-era America, (is) a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond.” All are invited to take part!
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.
The Overnight Shelter will be hosted at FPCE December 29 through January 19. If you never volunteered before and are interested, contact Charlene Parris at email@example.com and we’ll work with you to get you trained. We’ll need volunteers for set up each night and clean up each morning. It’s a great small group opportunity, too! Visit firstpresevanston.org/overnight/ to sign up for volunteer opportunities.
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 and topics:
Dec. 7 – Terry Halliday – “Christians, Lawyers and Struggles in Hong Kong.”
Dec. 14 – TBD
Dec. 21 – Robert McConnell conductor, composer, and organist. He recently conducted performances of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker (Dec 2019) and Philip Feeney’s Jane Eyre (Oct. 2019) with the Joffrey Ballet. He will speak about Christmas music and will lead us in singing.