First Pres Connects | March 3, 2022

Lenten events, men’s and women’s retreats, adult ed and more!

Sunday, March 6, at 9:00 am  | Join us in-person and online
Frontier Mission in a Post-Pandemic World
led by Rev. Dan McNerney
The world has been through a lot of turmoil in these past two years. Peacemaking and presenting the Gospel to a more divisive, contentious, and bruised world has never been more important. How can the global church begin to take a lead in our world, showing people the higher route and more grace-filled path of Jesus? How can we learn to be a more peaceful witness among people of a different religious, ethnic, or even political background? Rev. Dan McNerney of Frontier Fellowship will return to share his perspective and lessons learned from his 25 years of mission mobilization work.

Sunday, March 13, at 9:00 am  | Join us in-person and online
Next week, on March 13, we begin a three-week series, “Three Reformers:  Martin Luther, John Calvin and John Knox” led by Terry McIntyre.

During this series, we will discuss:
  • the historical, cultural and theological context that brought about the Reformation
  • these uniquely different individuals linked by a common cause
  • the differences in their private and public lives
  • the result of their actions and writings


Wednesdays, March 9- April 6, at 6:00 pm
Plan to join us for a Lenten soup supper from 6:00-6:45 pm in the Social Hall. Following supper, from 6:45 – 7:30 pm, Steven Denny will lead a five-week adult study on the Thomas Merton prayer.

Our first soup supper on Wednesday, March 9, will be hosted by our Deacons. Thank you, Deacons!

Kids in K-8th grade are invited to join us for supper, then at 6:45 pm, move downstairs to learn and rehearse a Palm Sunday play.  See below for more information.

Wednesdays, March 9- April 6
Kids in K-8th grade are invited to join their parents for a Lenten soup supper starting at 6:00 pm. When the adults shift to an adult study at 6:45 pm, kids are invited to move downstairs to learn and rehearse a special Palm Sunday musical play, “Here Comes Jesus.”

For more information, contact Director of Children’s Ministry, Maggie Downs, at

First Pres is Hosting 135 Community Children For A Week of Creativity, Curiosity, and CHRIST!
One full week of Christ-centered summer fun!

VBS, for incoming K-4th graders, is themed MONUMENTAL, and features all the fun you remember from the past, including crazy Hair Day, Amazing Bible Stories, Science Experiments, and Outdoor Fun and Games!

RSG, for incoming 5th-7th graders, returns complete with half-day field trips to the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Cernan Earth & Space Center, Thatcher Woods, and Enchanted Castle!

Only a few spots remain! If your group is full, a waitlist will open up! REGISTER NOW!

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Director of Children’s Ministry, Maggie Downs, at

First Pres Is Collecting NEW Donated Household Items to Welcome A Refugee Family to America

Did you know? Refugees are the most vetted people of anyone entering the United States.
Refugees who apply for resettlement in the U.S. go through biometric tracking, security checks, health
screenings, and a series of personal interviews. This process typically takes from 18 to 24 months.

First Pres is joining with Exodus World Service to collect items for one “Welcome to America! Pack” that turns an empty apartment into a home. Our church will be collecting basic household items to welcome a refugee individual or family to their new Chicagoland home. You will be invited to join us as we personally deliver our Welcome to America! Pack on the day they arrive!

SIGN UP TO DONATE: There are just a few items left! SIGN UP TO DONATE and drop your donations off in the Narthex anytime through Sunday, March 13. All items must be new.

It’s Back! Men’s Retreat 2022 | REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Men’s Retreat is Saturday, March 19, from 9:00 am—12:00 pm, in the Maxwell Room. Join us for a morning of fellowship and reflection. Our retreat features Brian Becker, author of “Tender Lions: Building the Vital Relationship between Father and Son.”

About the book: Tender Lions is for anyone looking to strengthen their father-son relationship. Written by a father and son team, this book rips off the band-aid for a glimpse at what it’s like when love and trust is destroyed—and what it can look like from the other side.

The event fee of $18 covers lunch and your own copy of Brian’s book to take home.

SAVE THE DATE! April 23 for a Women’s Retreat

Just for the ladies! Join us for a special women’s retreat on Saturday, April 23, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at the University of St. Mary of the Lake Conference Center in Mundelein, IL.
Our theme is selected for our pandemic-weary lives, “Presence & Peace.” Join us on this tranquil, 930-acre campus this spring to let go of the distractions of everyday life and enjoy quiet serenity with God and each other.
Registration opens at the end of March. For more information, contact Nancy Nicholas.

Come one, come all! Pickleball in the Social Hall!
Stop by for a pick-up game whenever  you are able! No experience necessary!

Offered Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, unless ministry needs the space (like Wednesdays during Lent; see above!).
Check the church calendar for times and availability before coming!
Monday & Wednesday – 5 pm
Thursday – 9 pm
Friday –7 pm
Saturday – 9 am
For more information, email  Pete Trantow, or by phone at 708-207-0882.