October 15 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
October 16 | 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago, a free festival offering access to hundreds of architectural sites across Chicago, returns this year. Once again, First Pres will be opening up its beautiful Sanctuary to our Evanston and Chicago community. Everyone who visits can experience the visceral awe of hearing the organ, as well as the fun of interacting with the organ and trying it themselves. Please pray that God will move the hearts of all who visit our Sanctuary that weekend!
This World Communion Sunday, October 2, you’re warmly invited to join in as the celebration “A Place at the Table” continues at our International Potluck!
Celebrate how Christ gathers us from every tribe and nation by bringing a dish to share from your country of origin or the country of your heart.
Sign up here to help our wonderful team best prepare for what will be a joyful and hungry crowd!
Donations of new and gently used Halloween costumes are being solicited for the October Halloween outing for the kids at New Life Shelter. Costumes of any youth size are welcome! Drop off donations at the front desk anytime the building is open until October 23.
A sincere “thank you” for your generous support of the Board of Deacons Backpack Project. Together we raised more than $3,400 to assist at-risk students from Evanston’s District 65. New backpacks, water bottles, Target gift cards and Bluetooth earbuds (to help minimize students’ distractions as they study) were provided to get the school year off to a great start. The overwhelming support allowed the Deacons to supply Family Focus with writing journals and craft supplies for after-school projects.
Deacon volunteers met to fill the back packs and to write a personal message to each student. The back packs were delivered to Family Focus prior to the start of the school year.
The God’s Big Picture Bible overview course begins September 18 and traces the story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation to see how it all fits together, telling of God’s wonderful plan to save the world through Jesus Christ. Using the book God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible by Vaughan Roberts, we will study the Kingdom of God—“God’s people in God’s place under God’s rule and blessing”—as one of the overarching themes/storylines of the Bible. Each of the 9 units consists of a 10-minute video followed by a Bible study discussion. The book also has study questions at the end of each chapter, making it very conducive to a small group Bible study.
This course will be facilitated by Phil and Marlene Sefton, long-time FPCE members and avid students of the Bible and theological texts.
Purchase of the book and reading the weekly chapter before class is highly recommended.
In this study led by John Mauck, Ruth will be approached as a many splendored love story: Ruth’s love for Naomi; Boaz’s love for Ruth, and God’s love for Israel and the Gentiles. John will teach mostly by lecture with the class discussing applications in the last five minutes. This course begins September 18.
John and his wife Rosemary are longtime First Pres. members. He is a lawyer, Bible scholar, and teacher, having learned from Messianic mentors, sponsored and then led a Friday Bible study at his law firm for forty years.
This class is intended for those investigating membership at First Pres, and for those interested in learning more about engaging in the life of the church. Our goal for this class is that all participants feel more included in the church community and feel more clear and empowered in the church’s mission. The classes will meet September 25, October 9, and October 16 during the Sunday School hour, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Saturday, October 1 | 5:45 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. virtual Gala
Please join First Presbyterian Church Evanston for a watch party for Bright Stars of Bethlehem’s* “Recipe for Hope”
2022 Virtual Gala. The evening will begin with fellowship and a Palestinian Dinner, followed by a virtual message from Dr. Mitri Raheb (founder and President of Dar al-Kalima University) and then the virtual fundraising Gala at 7 p.m. There is no costfor the dinner, but you must sign up RSVP by Wednesday, September 28. If you can’t make the watch party, you can watch at home at brightstarsbethlehem.com.
*The mission of Bright Stars of Bethlehem is to raise awareness and support for Dar al-Kalima University, the first and only university of arts and culture in Palestine.
Our next book club meeting will be on Tuesday, October 11 from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Parlor. We will be reading “The Personal Librarian” by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christohper Murray. According to Goodreads it is “the remarkable, little-known story of Belle da Costa Greene, J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian—who became one of the most powerful women in New York despite the dangerous secret she kept in order to make her dreams come true.”
The First Presbyterian Church of Evanston Library is missing a number of books. Some are long overdue while others were borrowed without being properly checked out. Library volunteers are asking everyone to check and see if they might have one or more of these “lost friends” in their possession. No fines, penalties or criticisms will be levied. The library is just asking that the books be returned. All books can be dropped off at the front desk during the week, or at the Library on Sunday mornings. Questions? Contact Courtney Ivaska at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for more information.