Join us for Family Camp 2022!

June 24 – 26 | Camp Stronghold in Oregon, IL
(Begins Friday evening and ends after lunch Sunday.)

Enjoy a fun weekend of connecting with other families, being renewed by the Creator, and relaxing in the outdoors. Activities include but are not limited to: archery, geocaching, swimming pool time, high ropes, crafts, and campfires complete with smore’s! No one is too young or too old to join!

Cost per family is $150. To register contact Pastor Amanda by May 29.

Saturday, June 4
9 a.m.-12 p.m. | James Park
After a 4-year hiatus, FPCE is restarting the Saturday morning trips for the children housed in the New Life shelter for women and children, part of Good News Partners and a five-minute drive from church. For the moment, we will do these once a month, although if we can get more participation, we will increase the frequency. Over the 6 or 7 years that we did these trips previously, they were very much appreciated and anticipated. Our first trip will be to the wonderful James Park at Oakton and Dodge in Evanston; in the event of rain, we’ll take them to Roy Hall, the church gym. Both of these were favorite destinations for the kids in the past. We’ll use the church bus, although volunteers can also drive on their own.
If you’re interested in doing this or future trips, please email to Tom Alrich at
Calling all First Pres bibliophiles! Book club will meet again on June 7 from 1:30-3 p.m., location to be determined.
Our new book is “The Mystery of Mrs. Christie” by Marie Benedict. According to Goodreads, “A master storyteller whose clever mind may never be matched, Agatha Christie’s untold history offers perhaps her greatest mystery of all.”
Contact Parrish Nurse Julie Ruchniewicz at for more info!

Connect with the FPCE community
by participating in a Koinonia meal group this summer!

Groups will meet once over June, July, or August. All you have to do is sign up here. Groups will decide later what time and where they want to meet to share their meal.

If you can’t host, no problem! If you don’t like to cook, no problem! If you need childcare, no problem! These meals are designed to be easy for everyone to participate. Help us reach our goal of having 150 FPCE members and friends say yes to gathering in community!

  • Please fill out all sections of the registration form.
  • The time and location of the meals will be decided by the group.
  • Signing up does not mean you have to host or provide the meal.
  • Children are welcome to participate in meals or we can help provide childcare.

Have Questions?
Contact Sally Ivaska 312-218-2189
Pastor Amanda

A 1-day Life Together class will be held Sunday, June 5, at First Pres. This class, which follows our regular service at 10 a.m. will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a great opportunity to learn all about First Presbyterian Church of Evanston and consider whether or not membership is the next step for you! Register here or contact Janice Dobschuetz at to express interest in the class.

Join us for VBS!

All 4 year olds through 5th graders are invited to join us August 1-5, 9 a.m.- noon as we explore God’s greatness!

Due to a volunteer shortage we have very limited capacity this year. Register early to guarantee a spot for your child.

Register here!

Sunday morning worship services at First Presbyterian Church of Evanston will move to 10 a.m. beginning June 5, 2022, as we begin our summer schedule. Please visit the website for information on all our events, or sign up to receive our emails here.
All are invited to join us for our Pentecost Sunday International Potluck, June 5, at 11:30 a.m. in the Dining Room.  Savor bounteous flavors from around the globe as we celebrate the unity of the spirit we have in Jesus Christ. Bring a dish to share from the country of your heritage or the country of your heart.

Golf for a good cause at the Good News Partners Charity Golf Outing. Proceeds from this event will be used by Good News Partners to provide emergency shelter and affordable housing options to our most vulnerable neighbors in the North of Howard community.

The Event:
Monday, June 20th, 2022
Wilmette Golf Club, 3900 Fairway Drive, Wilmette, IL 60091
Registration: 12:30 pm, Shotgun Start: 1:30 pm, Dinner: 6:00 pm
Max Attendees: 32 groups of foursomes, 128 individuals
Single Players: $225, Foursomes: $850, Dinner Only: $100
· Snacks, drink tickets and dinner included
· Competition with prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin and multiple raffles

For details, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Christina at 773-764-4998 x 116 or email

A new adult education class, taught by Michael Allen, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Together Chicago, will begin Sunday, March 6. This course will focus on the letter of James, with supplemental reading from The James Code: 52 Scripture Principles for Putting Your Faith into Action, by O.S. Hawkins. To prepare for the initial class meeting, Michael suggests reading James 1:1-12 and chapters 1 through 6 of the supplement. The James Code can be ordered from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or from

The James Code is part of “The Code Series” of books by Hawkins, which also includes The Joshua Code and The Jesus Code. According to “…The James Code challenges readers to give feet to their faith. Hawkins gives applicable truth from the book of James emphasizing that an effective Christian life is not about faith and works, but is about faith that works.”  All royalties of The Code Series books go to Mission: Dignity, which supports retired pastors and their wives or widows who have faithfully served God’s people and now find themselves struggling to meet even basic needs.

Early in his professional career, Michael Allen was called into ministry in 1989 under the leadership of Hawkins, at First Baptist Church, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In 1997, Michael served as Assistant Pastor of Urban Outreach and Evangelism at The Moody Church in Chicago, IL . Michael also served as the Associate Pastor at Sagemont Church in Houston, TX (2002) and most recently as the Senior Pastor at Uptown Baptist Church. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the board of the Pacific Garden Mission.

Michael holds a Masters in Divinity from Trinity International University, a Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies from Trinity College – Miami, FL and an Associates in Computer Electronics. Michael is married to Marilza from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and they have 4 children. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica and immigrated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his family in 1977. In 1986 he became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

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