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Church News

The latest news, announcements, and church publications to keep you up to date.

May Restaurant Walk


Our popular Restaurant Walk fellowship program returns for another session! Meals will take place at Peggy Kinnane’s, 8 N. Vail Ave. in downtown Arlington Heights during May. This is a great way to connect with other members of the congregation and support a local business.


  • Thursday, May 4, 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 7, 12:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 11, 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 18, 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 21, 12:00 pm

Chimes, May 2023


Calling ALL TALENTS of Arlington Heights!! First Pres will be hosting our Annual Talent show on Sunday, March 19th, at 4pm and we invite everyone in the community to come share their talents! If you sing, play an instrument, tell a good story, juggle or even tell a good joke we have a spot for you!

There are four categories of performers with prizes for each category:

  • K-5th grade
  • 6th-12th grade
  • Adults (non-retired)
  • Adults (retired)

For vocalists or instrumentalists, we are happy to provide keyboard accompaniment.

Contact Adam Hendrickson at [email protected], for more information or to sign-up. Deadline for sign ups is March 15th.

Chimes, March 2023

COMING SOON: Career Planning Course

Wednesday Evening, February 1 – March 15 at 7:00 pm

This six-week class covers the most important cornerstones of
your job search or career journey, including self-assessment, budgeting, resume building, marketing, networking, interview preparation, and negotiations. Whether you’re on the hunt for a new job or seeking a change in your career path, you don’t have to face these challenges alone. Sign up now by emailing [email protected]! Register by January 31.

Blanket Drive

On our cold nights in January and February, it is wonderful to have a warm house and a cozy blanket to wrap yourself in. Not everyone is lucky enough to have that warmth and comfort. During the months of January and February, PW will be collecting for the Blanket Drive.

The goal of Church World Services (CWS) is to build a world where there is enough for all. By providing a donation of $10, CWS can provide a blanket as a vital and powerful resource for someone needing a little support, warmth, and encouragement. Please help those facing crisis by donating to the Blanket Drive. Envelopes can be found in the pew rack and checks may be made out to First Presbyterian Church of AH (indicate Blanket Drive in the memo). You may also donate online (select BLANKET DRIVE on the dropdown menu). Please be generous!

Restaurant Walk

February Restaurant Walk sign-up is now open throughout January! Meals will take place throughout February at Carlos & Carlos in downtown Arlington Heights. This is a great way to connect with other members of the congregation. Sign up by calling the office or online at


Thursday, February 2, 6:00 pm
Sunday, February 5, 5:30 pm
Thursday, February 9, 6:00 pm
Thursday, February 16, 6:00 pm
Sunday, February 19, 5:30 pm

Chimes, January 2023

Nursery Help Wanted!

Are you in need of a “baby fix”? We are experiencing a “baby boom” in the nursery. The church nursery is in need of additional volunteers, and we can now accept volunteers who are at least 16 years old as long as they are working with an adult! The immediate need is the third or fourth Sunday of the month, but we will accept help any Sunday! Adults (age 18+) will need to take Safe Sanctuary Training. Please contact Beth Johnson, Nursery Coordinator, at [email protected]

Prep a Christms Breakfast for Our First Pres Church Staff

Help us say Thank You to the hardworking staff at First Pres with a Christmas Breakfast! We are asking for ingredients for the casseroles plus other breakfast items to be donated on or before December 18. Scan the QR code to donate needed breakfast items.

On Sunday, December 18, meet us at 10:30 am in the kitchen in Fellowship Hall where we will prep egg casseroles to serve later in the week. Don’t forget your apron! Questions: contact Chuck Yedor at [email protected]. com, Mark Allen at [email protected], or Kate Ingemunson at [email protected].

Share a part of your Christmas Story

In the season of Advent, our sermon series will focus on objects from the Christmas narrative that have particular significance to us as Christians and inform our understating of Jesus and how we are to live as Christians. To go along with our sermon series, we would like to invite you to share a picture of an object that has meaning to you in the Christmas season. Perhaps an ornament, a nativity scene passed down through generations or a movie. When you submit the picture, please include a short description of why the object is particularly meaningful you. You can submit your photo and description to Katy Allen at katyallen@ or at church through December 18 and enjoy the display in the Narthex through January 8.

From Generation to Generation… An Advent Devotional

This year we are offering a devotional guide for the season of advent titled: From Generation to Generation… An Advent Devotional. You can pick up a hard copy of the guide at church in the literature racks, visit the website to enjoy the guide electronically.


The stories, scriptures and traditions of the Christmas season have been passed down to us throughout the generations. Many of us enter this season with a swell of memories and emotions as vast as the cultural and religious rituals this holiday holds. Like a tapestry woven throughout time, the Christmas story weaves us in—to remember how God has shown up in the past, to continue the work of collective liberation, to behold the presence of God in flesh and bone.

In this daily devotional, we invite you to take a closer look at how the Christmas story unfolds. We encourage you to pay attention to each of the characters in these familiar narratives and ask: What did each person pass on or contribute? How did they either participate in God’s liberation and love—or try to thwart God’s justice? What can we learn from them and what is our role now? What will we pass on to the next generation?

As creatives, they’ve contemplated these questions and themes while revisiting the stories surrounding Christ’s birth. In response, they’ve created visual art, written reflections, poems, hymns and journaling prompts. And, because many of us connect to our ancestors through the food they’ve passed down to us, they’ve shared family recipes for you

to prepare as an act of Sabbath rest. Day by day, we invite you to journey through the reflections and prompts in this devotional with wonder and curiosity for the ways God is speaking to you.

From Generation to Generation… reminds us of the ways our lives,
histories, actions and stories are interconnected and woven together. The work of God is always unfolding—in and through us. This Advent, may you remember that you belong—to a story etched into the wrinkles of time, to generations that have come before and will come after, to a love that won’t let you go.

Church Life, October 2, 2022

Restaurant Walk Signups are Open!

You can sign-up throughout September — Our popular Restaurant Walk is returning! Sign-ups will be open throughout September, with meals taking place in October. We’ll gather in groups of eight to ten and dine at Hey Nonny (10 S. Vail, Arlington Heights). Come meet some new people and support our local businesses.

Dates are:

  • Sunday, October 2 at noon
  • Thursday, October 6 at 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 13 at 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, October 16 at noon
  • Thursday, October 20 at 6:00 pm

What Did You Do Over the Summer?

Children’s Ministries is sponsoring a church-wide photo collage of “What I Did Over the Summer”. We will begin collecting photos of your adventures on Sunday, September 11.

Pictures can be of a place you visited, a family photo, a memory you made – anything you would like to share with your church family! And you’re not limited to just one photo – we’ll display them all!

You can begin submitting photos by email immediately or drop off an actual photo at the display in the lobby starting on September 11 . Photos will be collected until Thursday, September 29 and displayed until Sunday, October 2.

Church Life, May 22, 2022