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




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Update on Informational Meetings Held July 17, 2016
For the last few months, the First Pres community has been receiving updates from the Financial Planning Task Force (FPTF) about the long-term financial health of First Presbyterian Church. Sunday, July 17, the congregation came together to hear a presentation by the Personnel Committee and the Administration and Finance Committee to learn details on the Session's July 11 decision to reduce the 2016 budget in the area of staff salaries and benefits. View the July 17 presentation.

View the FPTF presentation from April 24, 2016.

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Mane Event Booth Volunteers Needed
Can you help, Friday, August 5?

First Pres will once again participate in the Mane Event. Held in downtown Arlington Heights, the Mane Event features local businesses, organizations, and restaurants. We need volunteers (in 1-hour shifts) on Friday, August 5, to help set up the booth (4:00 pm), greet visitors (5:00, 6:00, 7:00 pm), and break down the booth (8:00 pm). This year’s booth will feature fun activities for kids and great giveaways. Can you help? SIGN UP HERE. Questions? Contact Patti Noble.


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Back-to-School Shoe Drive for WINGS
July 10 - 31, 2016

The seventh annual back-to-school Shoe Drive for the children served by WINGS runs July 10-31. The goal this year is to supply WINGS with 130 pairs of gym shoes. Learn how you can help kids in need start next school year on the right foot!


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Summer Worship Schedule
Through September 4, 2016

We will offer two worship services June 19 – September 4, 2016, at 9:00 and 10:30 am. Both services will take place in the Sanctuary. The praise band Compass will lead music at 9:00. Choirs, ensembles, and soloists will lead music at 10:30.

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Unified Mission Training
If you signed up for the new unified mission and plan to participate in Family Night this fall, you will need to attend a Faith Community Homes Volunteer Orientation. The next training date is set for August 10 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Chapel

To RSVP, contact Mary Fino (e-mail) or call 847-255-5900. Learn more about this new mission.

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Summer Suppers for the Hungry
Here's How You Can Help

First Presbyterian Church will offer supper on the first Monday of each summer month (6:30-8:00 pm) for local folks in need. Can you help? We need help with set-up, cleanup, serving, and providing food. Or, you can donate "To Go" items often needed by those who are homeless. Learn more.


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Conversations Sermon Series
The Conversations sermon series brings voices and viewpoints from the congregation into the sermon time. Each week we will delve into a new topic found in the Bible and everyday life. Every sermon will begin with a prerecorded video conversation involving two or more members of the congregation. Join the conversation! Learn more.

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Parents' Day Out (PDO) Registration Is Now Open

PDO is for children 6 months to 5 years (pre-K) of age. Visit the PDO page to learn all the details and register for the 2016-2017 year.




Announcing a New Mission for First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights

Last fall, the Session of First Presbyterian Church approved a new, unified mission for our faith community. Our new mission will be to focus on helping the working poor in the Arlington Heights area. We will partner with Faith Community Homes and RefugeeOneThe projected launch for the unified mission is in September 2016!

Why the local focus?

How does the new mission fit with our church vision?

Learn how we will work with these organizations.


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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