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TCC Open House August 25

The Counseling Center of Evanston (which has its home right here at FPCE), will host an open house, Sunday, August 25, immediately following the worship service. Tour the center and visit with the staff and board members. All are welcome!

Fall hours begin September 8

We will be returning to our regular schedule of 9 am and 11:30 am Sunday services beginning September 8. Our Adult Education classes will begin Sunday, September 15. More details to come!

Worth Noting

FPCE hosts Sandra McCracken Concert

Sandra McCracken (free) tickets are now available! This noted Christian singer/songwriter will perform here in the FPCE Santuary on Saturday, October 5, at 7 pm. We expect these free tickets to go fast once they are announced to the public. This is a great way to introduce unchurched friends to FPCE by hosting them! Visit firstpresevanston.org/concert for details.

Free Organ and Piano Recital

FPCE will host our organist Rebecca S.Y. Chu in a free organ and piano recital on Sunday, September 8, at 6 pm in the Sanctuary. Pianist Soo Young Kim joins Rebecca in favorite works by Strauss, Beethoven, Verdi, Sousa, Chopin, and Liszt in new arrangements for organ four-hands and piano & organ duet. Our Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ (56 ranks & 3265 pipes) and the Steinway & Sons grand piano will be featured. A dessert reception will follow the concert. Childcare is available with an RSVP by Wednesday, September 5 at 5 pm to hmcconnell@firstpresevanston.org.

Bright Stars Gala September 29

We have now reserved five tables of 10 each at the Bright Stars Bethlehem 15th anniversary gala dinner at the Chicago Cultural Center on Sunday, September 29 at 5 pm. Bright Stars is a First Presbyterian partner, and houses many ministries including Dar al Kalima University of Arts and Culture. Featured speakers are Marc Lamont Hill and Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb. The remaining tickets are $200 per person. Please contact Caryl Weinberg at cweinberg@firstpresevanston.org to reserve a space.

Wednesday Prayer

The August 28 Wednesday Prayer Gathering will include a prayer walk along the streets near FPCE. All are welcome to join us as we seek to bless our neighbors and hear from God as we pray his presence around us. We’ll meet in the church lobby at 7 p.m.

Other News

Condolences

We offer our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Alice Rubash and the Rubash family, including daughters Amy, Janet, and Karen, for the passing of Norman Rubash, who died August 13. A viewing will take place Friday, August 16, 2019, from 3 to 7 pm at Scotts Funeral Home, 1100 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette, IL. A memorial service will be held at 2 pm Saturday, August 24, in the FPCE Sanctuary. A reception will follow in the Dining Room.

Nourish group resumes with potluck

Nourish: A Women’s Fellowship will resume their weekly meetings with a potluck brunch on Thursday, September 5, 9:30-11:15 am, in the First Pres dining room. Women of all ages are welcome and childcare is provided. Join us for a chance to get better acquainted and learn about the study of the book of Ruth beginning September 12. Questions?
Contact Martha at martha.ocarroll@comcast.net.

Women’s Study resumes September 12

The Thursday Night Women’s Bible Study will resume on Thursday, September 12, at 5:45 pm in room 206. We will be studying the book of James. All women are welcome! For more information, please contact, Barb Holm at 847-328-0049.

Hunger Walk registration open

You can help support Souper Saturday. Registration is now open (closes August 25th), please join us – Saturday morning, September 7, Jackson Park for the Hunger Walk (sponsored by Greater Chicago Food Depository) We receive contributions for every walker who participates. More details (transportation from First Pres parking lot and times) to follow. To register please respond to Kris Economos 847-475-0226 or kriseconomos@yahoo.com if you’ve not already done so.  The bus is nearly full!

AV Volunteers Sought

Audio-visual volunteers are needed for Sunday morning services and other church events. FCPE is in need of volunteers who would be trained to operate AV equipment in the Sanctuary or Walker Chapel. If you are interested in helping in this vital ministry, please contact Neal Ostrovsky, FPCE A/V Coordinator, at nostrovsky@firstpresevanston.org.

Book Club meets September 17

The next Book Club meeting is Tuesday, September 17, from 1:30-3 pm in Room 102. We will be reading The Personal History of Rachel Dupree by Ann Weisgarber. Goodreads describes it as “an award-winning debut novel with incredible heart about life on the prairie as it’s rarely been seen. Reminiscent of The Color Purple, as well as the frontier novels of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Willa Cather, it opens a window on the little-known history of African American homesteaders and gives voice to an extraordinary heroine who embodies the spirit that built America.” All are welcome to join us as we explore this book together.

Stephen Ministry training September 16

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. Stephen Ministry applications are available at the church desk. September 14 is the kickoff for Stephen Ministry training. Training begins Monday evening, September 16. Interested? Contact RuthAnn Ostrowski (312/613-0644) or Mike Denesha (847/612-9479) for further information.

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