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All Church Trip to Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom at the Illinois Holocaust Museum

Join your First Pres friends for an afternoon visiting Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom at the Illinois Holocaust Museum. We will experience a docent led tour of the exhibit. Keep reading for more information on the day and the Mandela exhibit.

Date and Time: Sunday August 29, 2021 12:45pm – 3pm.

Where: Meet at the Illinois Holocaust Museum 9603 Woods Drive Skokie, IL 60077. Transportation to the museum is on your own. Parking is free at the museum.

Tickets: Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for children ages 10-18. Reserve your ticket on Sunday mornings beginning July 18 in the narthex or online. The museum is most appropriate for children and adults ages 10 and up.

Optional lunch: For those attending the 10:30am worship service prior to leaving for the museum and optional box lunch is available for $8. Lunches will be available after the 10:30am service on August 29.
Place your lunch order when you reserve tickets.

Questions: Contact Michele Holifield or Katy Allen

Sponsored by Stone Catchers and the First Pres Mission Committee

More about the exhibit:
Mandela: Struggle for Freedom traces the history of the fight against apartheid in South Africa, with Nelson Mandela as one of its central figures. With immersive environments, Mandela promotes human rights with a clear message: all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Nelson Mandela was one of the most
famous human rights defenders of the 20th-century and the face of a movement against racial injustice. His unbreakable will inspired people around the globe to mobilize for human rights and contributed to a worldwide crusade demanding racial equality. A winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994, Mandela devoted his life to fighting apartheid and creating a more just society.

Produce Market

Children’s Ministries and the Mission Committee join forces this summer to distribute free, fresh
produce to those in need in our community. Using yield from the Loaves & Fishes garden and generous
produce donations from First Pres gardeners, we will open a produce “market” on Wednesday evenings
in our parking lot.

If you have produce from your personal garden that you would like to donate, you may drop it off at
First Pres on Sunday mornings between 9am – 11:30am or on Wednesday evenings between 5:30-6:00
pm. If you have questions about the market or donations contact Michele Holifield.

Christopher House Backpack Collection

This June is the first graduating class from the Christopher House K-8 School. Christopher House has been working hard through a very challenging year to be in contact with all its scholars personally, virtually, and in person. We are asking for your monetary support of the Presbyterian Women CHRISTOPHER HOUSE BACKPACK FUND, during the month of June, to ensure each scholar will have the backpack and supplies needed for the new school year! We are grateful for all your generous and loyal support in the past. The suggested donation is $20, but all donations are welcome! You can donate online by clicking the button below (select C House Back Packs from drop-down menu) or by mail (write CH Backpack on memo line). Your support MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE!

Chimes Newsletter July & August 2021


Kenneth Young Center 5K Run/Walk

Prior to the pandemic, the Session voted to create a partnership with the Kenneth Young Center (KYC). KYC is focused on serving the needs of those who require behavioral health services but are either underinsured or uninsured. KYC is hosting a 5k race at Busse Woods on Saturday, June 26, at 9:00 am to raise money to help support their programs. First Pres is interested in forming a team. If you would like to be part of the team and run or walk in the race, please contact Mary Fino for more details.

Crayon Collection

Do you have unwanted crayons laying around? Sean Beihoffer, a member of Scout Troop 32 and First Pres, is working on his Eagle project. Sean is collecting used crayons and donating them to The Crayon Initiative, a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to keep used crayons out of landfills and reduce environmental waste.

The crayons collected and donated to The Crayon Initiative are melted down and repurposed into new crayons, which are distributed to Children’s Hospitals across the United States, including several in the Chicagoland area.

Sean will be hosting a drive-through collection in the East parking lot on Saturday, June 26, from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Crayons can also be donated at the church during normal business hours or on Sunday mornings through July 15. Collection boxes are located at Door 9 during the week and in the Narthex on Sunday mornings. For questions please contact Sean Beihoffer.

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to in-person worship in the Sanctuary. We still require masks to be worn in the building. We anticipate being able to accommodate all who want to worship and will monitor our attendance each week. Ushers will be available on Sunday mornings to answer any questions you may have. Live streaming will be available at 10:30 am on Sundays.

The Bridge Summer Tour of Patios is BACK!

Throughout the summer, The Bridge (40’s & 50’s plus) will gather on the patio of one of our members for fellowship.

These evenings of fellowship will take place every two weeks starting on Friday, June 11, at 7:00 pm at the home of Kelly Dean.

Plan to bring your own beverage and a small appetizer to share.

In addition, please RSVP to Kelly Dean with how many will be joining us and let us know how many have been vaccinated. While vaccination is not required to attend, it will help some guests determine whether or not they will.

See you on the patio!

Aluminum Can Drive

Scout Troop 32, sponsored by the First Pres Men’s Bible Study, is organizing an aluminum can drive on Saturday, June 5, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the west parking lot. Drop off your crushed cans for recycling. Please do not bring cans to the church office before the collection date. First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights is located at 302 N. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004.

The Mission Committee’s Hygiene Care Drive

The Mission Committee is accepting donations for Hygiene kits that will be distributed at a Community event in North Lawndale sponsored by the YMEN (Young Men’s Educational Network). YMEN’s mission is “To prepare young men and women in North Lawndale for leadership by helping them grow in their faith and character, develop a love for learning, and use their talents to serve the community and strengthen our families.” For more information on YMEN click here.

Donations of the following items will be accepted at the church Beginning Friday May 14 – Monday May 24th – travel size Kleenex, travel size hand sanitizer, toothbrush, travel size toothpaste, travel size mouthwash. A basket for donations will be located at door 9 during the week. Donations can also be dropped off at worship on May 16th and May 23rd. Financial donations are also accepted online (select YMEN) or at Sunday morning worship. For questions about donations contact Michele Holifield (email or phone – 847-243-7195).

Martha and Mary’s Lending Closet

Mary and Martha’s Lending Closet is back in business. Are you planning a small outdoor gathering with friends or family? We can help! We have a large collection of non-breakable glassware, serving pieces, and dishes for you to borrow. We also have chairs, tables, and lights along with many other fun pieces for your next gathering. Just want to enjoy a movie? Reserve our large outdoor movie screen (projector is also available). Get excited to enjoy the outdoors this spring and summer. All proceeds from the Lending Closet go to provide funds to organizations addressing hunger in the greater Chicago area. To reserve your items, ask questions, or to come see what we have to offer, click below.

Summer Suppers Returns on a New Night

As we continue our PADS meal deliveries, we are also getting ready for our drive-through Summer Suppers program. This year, First Pres will provide to-go meals on the third Monday of the month from May through September. Here’s how you can support this ministry:
– Donate food. Click the first button below to sign up.
– Volunteer to work a shift. Click the middle button below to sign up.
– Support us financially. Click the last button below to donate financially. Select PADS from the dropdown menu.

In-Person Worship Begins May 23rd!

We will begin in-person worship in the Sanctuary on Sunday, May 23, at 10:30 a.m. We are limiting capacity to 150 people. You will be asked to sign-up one Sunday at a time. Please sign-up for each individual in your family or group that will be attending. If we are consistently exceeding 150 people, we will begin a second worship service. If you get to the sign-up and there are no spaces left, please call the church office (M-Th 9:00am – 4:00 pm) and let us know so we can keep a waiting list. There will not be any nursery or children’s programming in the building on Sunday mornings. Masks will continue to be mandatory while inside the building. We will continue to follow CDC and IDPH COVID guidelines. Please call or e-mail Judy Hockenberry (847-255-5900) if you have any questions or concerns.

Office Update

Members of the staff are currently in the office Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. If you wish to speak to a staff member in person, please call for an appointment. Pre-scheduled entry to the building is only through Door 9 (the door near the main office on St. James Street). In order to monitor building use, key cards have been disabled. When you arrive, ring the bell on the wall or call the office at 847-255-5900. Masks are required in the building, and you will be required to sign a visitor’s log.

First Pres Golf League

The First Pres Golf League is organizing teams for the 2021 season at Palatine Hills Golf Course. May through August, we will have Tuesday evening tee-times for nine-hole rounds. Whether you are already a great golfer or just learning how to play, you are welcome to join the league. We also need substitutes! For additional information, please contact Arlene Bullerman at (847) 670-0319.

Earth Day (April 22) Environmental Awareness

Many of us took advantage of curbside pickup and carry-out this past year. Along with the ease and convenience came a lot of prepackaged plastic eating utensils that we didn’t use. Many are not recyclable and will end up in landfills or waterways. In conjunction with Earth Day, Stone Catchers will be collecting your unused plastic utensil packets to use in different ways here at church. You may drop your wrapped, unused packets in the bin outside Door 9 (near the main office) any time, or bring them to the welcome table at our outdoor worship. The collection will end April 30.

In Person Worship Update

At the April Session meeting, the Session gave the Worship, Music, and Sacraments Committee the ability to establish when our first in-person, inside worship opportunity will be. We are still taking vaccine rates as well as IDPH guidelines into consideration. We hope for an indoor opening somewhere between May 16 and June 6. In our recent survey, not quite half of our respondents indicated that they were ready for in-person worship.

Plant A Seed

Families of all ages are invited to join us for a family seed planting open house on Sunday, April 18 anytime between 1:00 -3:00 pm.

All decorating and planting supplies will be provided. Please bring your own gardening gloves.

We look forward to seeing you!

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