All-Church Cookout, July 21

Gather with us for an all-church cookout on Sunday, July 21, at 4 pm in Dawes Park alongside the Lake. Fun for all ages, and our First Friends guests will be joining us! Please bring a salad, a dessert, or family-friendly beverage to share. There will be a brief vespers service at 4:30 pm and food will be served at 5 pm. If you have a grill you can share to use, please contact Pastor Henry at

Screening of Palestinian Student Films, August 7

Join us for movie night in the dining room for a screening of Palestinian films made by students of our partner, Dar al Kalima University of the Arts and Culture. The screening will take place August 7, at 7 pm, in the Dining Room. A brief discussion time will follow afterward. Popcorn and lemonade will be served! Note that these films are reflective of the current lives of young Palestinians, so the content might not be appropriate for all ages. Contact Caryl Weinberg at with questions.

VBS registration underway

Registration for FPCE’s Vacation Bible School is now open! This year’s session will be held August 5 through 9, 9-11:45 am. For details and to register, click here.

Worth Noting

Support VBS with supply donations

Support this year’s Vacation Bible School by donating supplies. We are in need of: six-pack soda plastic ring holders (intact), old blankets or sheets in dark colors (these will not be returned). We would also like to borrow any pop-up canopy tents (please label them with your name so we can return them).

Thanks for backpack project support

The FPCE Deacons offer their thanks for the quick and generous response to our annual Back-to-School Backpacks program. All students’ names & lists have been taken! Those who have taken children’s names should remember to get all supplies back to the church office by Sunday, July 28. They should be sealed shut in a bag or box with the child’s name and number written on it. There’s no need to buy backpacks, as Evanston’s Ice House Gallery has once again stepped up and provided them all. We offer a special thanks to them, and, again, to all those who signed up to take part in spreading hope and joy to the backpack recipients.

Wednesday Prayer

Our next Wednesday Prayer Gathering will be held at 7 pm, July 24, in the Parlor.  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

Book Club meets August 6

Book Club will meet on Tuesday, August 6, from 1:30-3 pm in Room 102.  We will be reading The Secrets Between Us by Thrity Umrigar.  Goodreads offers the following thoughts:  Bhima, the unforgettable main character of Thrity Umrigar’s beloved national bestseller The Space Between Us, returns in this triumphant sequel—a poignant and compelling novel in which the former servant struggles against the circumstances of class and misfortune to forge a new path for herself and her granddaughter in modern India. All are welcome to attend!

Bright Stars Gala seats available at reduced price

We have reserved two 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. Tickets are now $100 each (this is a reduced price!). A few scholarships are available. Please contact Caryl Weinberg at to reserve a space.


We offer our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the Winter family, for the passing of Paige’s mother, Di Erickson, who died on July 10.

Hunger Walk set for September 7

You can help support Souper Saturday. Save the date and join us – Saturday morning, September 7th, 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. Please direct question to Kris Economos 847-475-0226 or

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. Stephen Ministry applications are available at the church desk. Applications are due August 1. September 7 is the kickoff for Stephen Ministry training. Training begins Monday evening, September 9. Interested? Call RuthAnn Ostrowski at 312-613-0644.

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