The Thursday Women’s Bible Study Winter term begins February 9 at First Pres! Meetings run from 5:45 to 7 p.m. in person in Room 213 and on Zoom. Our study will be the second half of John Stott’s guide: ACTS: Seeing the Spirit at Work.

On February 9, we will welcome newcomers. Light refreshments will be served for those who attend in person. The study is open to women of all ages and newcomers are welcome at any time.

Contact Jennifer Randolph at jen.rn@verizon.net or Alyce Claerbaut at a-claerbaut@neiu.edu for any additional information and access to the Zoom Link.

Stephen Ministry Training will take place April 15 – September 25, 2023

You are part of a caring congregation. Is God calling you to take a more active role in Christian caregiving? Then Stephen Ministry may be just what you’re looking for. Training begins on Saturday, April 16,  then meets weekly on Mondays until September 15.

To find out more, contact:

Deb Cross                              Bonnie Kath
910-295-1534                        847-507-4146
dcross1531@gmail.com        bkath@comcast.net

The Our Family Our Children council is in need of loving adults to make VBS possible this summer July 31-August 4, 9 a.m.-noon.

Positions include: leading a mixed age group through the different stations, leading a specific station like games, crafts, or bible discovery. Some behinds the scenes volunteer positions also available.

Sign up by emailing Pastor Amanda at agolbek@firstpresevanston.org.

February 5 | 11 a.m. in the FPCE Parking Lot.

The February Agape Meal is a Chili Cookoff Tailgate–hearty Midwesterners, unite! Gather together, taste, and then cast your vote for your pick to be crowned the 2023 First Pres Chili Champion. If you are one who dares to compete for chili fame and the glorious Spoons of Victory, e-mail Hannah McConnell at hmcconnell@firstpresevanston.org to bring a slow cooker of chili or a hatchback auto.

Because cornbread always goes well with chili, feel free to bring some for guests and judges to have as a side item.

When we arrive for church, we’ll plug in our slow cookers inside and then serve outside after worship.

Sunday, January 29 | 5-7 p.m.

Concerned about gun violence in Chicago? Join First Pres in attending “Chicagoland United in Prayer.” This event will gather churches throughout Chicago and the suburbs to pray for an end to gun violence. The event is free, but you must register online in advance. Click here to register. Those unable to attend in person can access a live stream here.

We will travel as a group to the event in the church bus, meeting in the FPCE parking lot at 3:45 p.m. and departing by 4 p.m. RSVP to reserve your seat by emailing Caryl at cweinberg@firstpresevanston.org or Annette at alogan@firstpresevanston.org.

You are also invited to “join the fast!” First Pres has committed to fasting as a church the week following the event, but you are welcome to begin now.  Let us start 2023 by asking the Lord to heal our city and unite us in that cause.

Long-time First Pres member Tom Alrich regularly uses the First Pres bus to drive families with children from New Life Ministry for monthly outings in the area or up to the church to use the gymnasium (Roy Hall) for some recreation time. On January 21, from 9:15 to noon, Tom and other volunteers will be leading another gathering with the kids. More volunteers are always welcome, and are especially helpful during these times when the shelters are very full with refugee families.
To help, contact Tom at talrich@hotmail.com.

The church building will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

February 14 | 1:30-3 p.m. in the Parlo

For our next Book Club we will be reading “O Caledonia” by Elspeth Barker. According to Good Reads, “Immersed in a world of isolation and loneliness, Barker’s ill-fated young heroine Janet turns to literature, nature, and her Aunt Lila, who offers brief flashes of respite in an otherwise foreboding life. People, birds, and beasts move through the background in a tale that is as rich and atmospheric as it is witty and mordant.”

Interfaith Action ‘Walk for Warmth’
January 16 | 11 a.m.
First United Methodist Church in Evanston (516 Church St., Evanston, IL)

For four years on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday/Day of Service, Interfaith Action of Evanston has hosted the “Walk for Warmth” supporting the overnight shelters, hospitality, and warming centers in Evanston (including First Presbyterian Evanston as a host of the Overnight Shelter). This year, it will be on January 16, beginning–and ending–at First United Methodist Church. The walk takes generally under one hour to complete. CLICK HERE to register for the walk and/or donate.

Deepen your faith in the New Year by joining a Winter 2023 Adult Ed course! Learn more about each course HERE.

The Letter to the Hebrews: Understanding and Reclaiming the Jewishness of our faith in Jesus. Taught by John Mauck, this class will meet in person and on Zoom from January 22 through March 19.

How to Read the Bible? A Basic Toolbox. Taught by Prof. Yeo, this class will meet in person ONLY from January 22 through March 26.

Life Together New Members Class. Taught by Dan Shiau, this class will meet in person and on Zoom from January 22 through February 12 (with no class on February 5).

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