Join with other FPCE volunteers to fix up an Evanston home. We will be doing both indoor and outdoor work with both a morning and afternoon shift. For more info and to sign up, click here! Sandwiches and light snacks will be provided.

Morning shift: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Afternoon shifts: 11:30am – 3:30 pm

Volunteers are welcome to sign up for more than one shift. 

The Book Club will be meeting again on Tuesday, June 20 from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Parlor. We will be reading “The Ride of Her Life: The True Story of a Woman, Her Horse, and Their Last-Chance Journey Across America” by Elizabeth Letts. This book is a national bestseller that tells the triumphant true story of a woman who rode her horse across American in the 1950’s, fulfilling her dying wish to see the Pacific Ocean.

The next Pilgrimage renewal weekend is coming soon: June 22-25 at the DeKoven Center in Racine, Wisconsin!What happens at Pilgrimage? For three days you will be immersed in God’s love, seeking to grow a closer relationship with Christ, and be inspired and equipped to better live abundantly in and share God’s love. For more information visit the website,, or contact Peg Forbes at

To apply to join this weekend, click here.

Family Camp is a wonderful opportunity for families of all ages to come together to connect with each other and our Creator, all in the beauty of God’s creation! We will spend June 23-25 at Camp Stronghold, a camp that is accessible for a variety of needs. We stay in their lodge which has private rooms with individual bathrooms and heating/air conditioning. The cost is $150 per family.

Register HERE by June 7!

Those seeking pastoral care support can reach out to Pastor Amanda ( or Parish Nurse Julie Ruchniewicz ( for support or to be connected with the appropriate ministries.

You are invited to join a summer meal group that will meet at least once to build Christlike relationship with one another, while enjoying the nourishment of good food. Koinonia groups can meet at a home, a park, or the church.

From now until May 31, we are first looking for coordinators. Last year, we organized 20 groups, so we are looking for at least 20 coordinators this year. The job of the coordinator  will be even easier this year, because you get to tell us which 3 potential dates work best for you. We will make groups according to availability for you. So as the coordinator, you just need to get the group on the same page about what food to bring and finalize a location and specific meeting time, if that hasn’t already been predetermined. Sign up here to be a coordinator. Reach out to Sally Ivaska or Kathy Shiau, if you have any questions.

We will open up general participation signup on June 1st!

First Pres’ next Agape Meal is a beloved International Potluck, on Pentecost, May 28, at 11:15 a.m.  Sign up here to bring a dish from the country of your heritage or the country of your heart.

Click here to view the Creation Care Resource Document.

This document provides inspiration and practical suggestions as we take steps together towards caring for God’s Creation and continuing to contemplate how we can walk with Christ as He is making things new. This document is updated periodically – send additions to the Worship Council and Hannah at

Join First Pres member Tom Alrich in hosting monthly outings for the children and mothers of the New Life Shelter. Trips are typically once a month on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon to locations such as First Pres’ Roy Hall, James Park, and most recently, the Lincoln Park Zoo! To volunteer, or for more info, contact Tom at

We are creating a quilt to deliver to the D.R. Congo sewing school inauguration led by Monique Misenga (a partner of First Presbyterian), taking place mid-July. We would love as many people as would like to create a block for our Bible-themed quilt. We will be using templates and patterns from the Bible Sampler Quilt. (See images below.)

Contact Caryl Weinberg  or Carol Smith if you’d like to create a block!

You’ll be able to pick your block and cotton fabrics, but we will provide the details. You can work on your own, or we’ll have times to meet and sew together as well.

Thanks so much for joining with us!

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