Knitting group meets twice a month

Knit, Eat, Laugh, Pray. That’s what happens the first Friday and third Saturday of the month in Room 206. We gather to make prayer shawls for our parish nurse to distribute to folks who are bereaved, have had surgery, or are going through a really rough patch and also scarves and hats for the homeless. We crochet strips for necklaces and make decorative scarves to sell to support the Congo Schools ministry. We have yarn, needles, and patterns available. You do not have to come to meetings to participate. You can do projects on your own. Talk with Susan Potterton to find out how to connect with us–224-688-8235 or

Hands-On Ministry Opportunities

Get your “hands on” in serving at FPCE! Pitch in and help the Deacons be the “hands and heart” of Christ in serving basic needs of our church family and visitors.

If you enjoy chatting with old and new friends over coffee, helping the Deacons serve our community at Fellowship hour may be just the way to get into the heart of the social mix at First Pres. And, if bringing pure joy to the lives of the indigent visitors who “shop” for their clothes and basic living necessities in our Deacons Closet sounds like a way you might want to spend a Saturday morning sharing Christ with us from time to time, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You don’t have to be a Deacon to care and to serve. Please contact Cynthia Bridges if you would like to learn more about how you can participate in these ministries.

Clothes Closet Donation Guidelines

The Deacons appreciate our church’s great generosity in making donations to the Deacons’ Closet, but do ask that
certain guidelines be observed in the condition of items being considered as donations for the use of our visiting brothers
and sisters in need. When choosing clothes or household items for donation, please ask yourself the following

• Are these items seasonally appropriate? (We have no storage space for off-season clothing.)

• Are these clothes and shoes clean? (We can only accept and distribute clean things.)

• Is this item in good enough condition that you
yourself might wear it? (No tears, rips, holes, or lasting stains are

At present time, we no longer have a need for paper bags to
pack up our visitors’ selections.

We DO have a need for volunteers to help us out on Saturday
mornings when the Closet is in operation. We are open the
first and third Saturdays of each month. We sort donations
from 8-10 am, and we assist our guests with finding clothing
items from 10-noon. Please contact Cynthia Bridges.