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Giving Calendar

View dates for: the collection of food and other items for mission projects; sign-ups for outreach activities; and collection of special offerings.




Find out what’s going on at First Presbyterian! Get involved and see for yourself how God is working through the people in this place to reach out to the community, region, and world.

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Christmas Worship
Visit the Worship page for all the details.

Sunday, December 18
Service of Hope and Healing
7:00-8:00 pm (Chapel)

Saturday, December 24
Christmas Eve 
4:00 pm: Christmas Family Worship & Pageant
8:00 pm: Christmas Worship
11:00 pm: Christmas Worship with Holy Communion

Sundays, December 25, 2016, and January 1, 2017
Christmas Day & New Year's Day
Worship at 11:00 am, with special music

Charlie Christmas Caroling

All-Ages Christmas Caroling
Sunday, December 18

Gather in Fellowship Hall at 4:00 pm, go caroling, and then return for pizza at 6:00 pm.
Join this fun activity to help spread cheer to church members throughout our community! Children’s Ministries will also collect donations of McDonald’s gift cards ($5 or $10 denominations) or cash for gift cards, to be given as Christmas gifts to guests of the First Pres PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) ministry. Questions? Contact Michele Holifield.


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The Jesse Tree: An Advent Devotional
As part of your Advent preparations, you can read a devotion each day throughout the season. This year’s theme is the Jesse Tree, the family tree of Jesus, written by First Pres members and friends. 

Download the entire devotional here.

Sign up here to receive a daily e-mailed devotion.

Questions? Contact Kris Mainellis.

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Help Update the Church Photo Directory 
Get your picture taken Sundays mornings
The Congregational and Community Life Committee is updating the First Pres online photo directory. This is an important way to build community and improve church records, and we hope to have as many people as possible participate.

Watch for a Photo Directory table in the Narthex on Sunday mornings to have your new individual and family photo(s) taken. Please also confirm or update your contact information. The photos are for digital use only and will not be Christmas Card quality or specially formatted. We are not taking orders for pictures.

You can submit a digital photo of yourself to Mary Fino. Thank you for participating! Contact: Patti Noble

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New Children’s Choir
Children’s and Music Ministries are excited to introduce a Children’s Choir! Children’s Choir is open to children in kindergarten through fifth grade (exceptions to include older children can be made) and is directed by Nick Pulikowski, First Pres tenor Choral Scholar and professional singer and music educator. The choir meets Sundays, immediately following Sunday School, 10:45-10:55 am, in Fellowship Hall.

Contacts: Nick Pulikowski, Katy AllenAdam Hendrickson

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Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Efforts

Hurricane Matthew has caused death and destruction across the Caribbean and southeastern United States, including more than 800 dead, thousands injured, and the destruction of communities and crops.

Support Relief Efforts of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) here. 

You can also write a check to First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights, specifying "Hurricane Relief" in the memo line. You can drop your check into the offering plate on Sunday or deliver it to the church office, to the attention of Debbie Walter. Your contributions will appear on your next First Pres giving statement. 

Learn more about the work of PDA.



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Come to Family Night!
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 pm, September through May
Come and enjoy a meal together and take part in learning, faith, and fun each week during Family Night. Learn more about Family Night.



One Church One Book
Get Involved in This Churchwide Activity for 2016-2017

One Church One Book is a year-long opportunity to study and grow together as a family of faith. We will read and discuss We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation, by Brian D. McLaren. Learn all the details.

One Church, One Book Reading List




Announcing a New Mission for First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights

In the fall of 2015, the Session of First Presbyterian Church approved a new, unified mission for our faith community. Our new mission began in September 2016! This mission focuses on helping the working poor in the Arlington Heights area. We are currently partnering with Faith Community Homes and exploring additional partnerships. 

Why the local focus?

How does the new mission fit with the church vision?

Learn more about the partnerships.


Sacred Stories, Images of Significance: Voices in a Congregation
A major art exhibition and installation at First Presbyterian Church

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The Sacred Stories exhibition has completed its run at First Pres, but please explore the details about this thought-provoking installation.

Have you ever had a transformational moment?

 Explore the Sacred Stories art exhibition.

The Courtyard Conceptual Art Exhibit: The Climate of Memory

Epiphany Changes to the Sukkoth

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New Church Tagline: 

Choose love. Be the light. Change the world.

The three phrases in this tagline encapsulate our vision—where we are going—and our mission—how we will get there. This tagline is a powerful way to help us understand, own, and spread the word about our identity and purpose as First Presbyterian Church. Learn more.



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