Who is in your Circle of Ten?

Who is in your Circle of Ten?

Other churches might envy the steady visitor traffic we have at First Church.  We do not have trouble attracting visitors.  Our challenge is welcoming and retaining them. Robert Crossman of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership proposes that worshippers pay attention...
Night Prayer Services Return This Winter

Night Prayer Services Return This Winter

On Tuesdays beginning January 2nd, you are invited to a thirty-minute Night Prayer Service to end your day in community and peace. These services from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., available online via Zoom, are patterned after the ancient monastic tradition of Compline...
Keeping Holiday Celebrations Low-Waste

Keeping Holiday Celebrations Low-Waste

A Message from the Earth Care Committee While you are observing your holiday traditions, the Earth Care Committee has some suggestions for reducing the waste they often generate. When hosting parties, use your china, glassware and cutlery instead of plastic or paper...

Join the 5th Annual Interfaith Action Walk for Warmth

The family-friendly Walk for Warmth on January 15, 2024 is hosted in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day of Service. Join us in the fight against homelessness in our community. There is no charge to register for the walk, but advance registration is required....
A Message About Interfaith Action and Support

A Message About Interfaith Action and Support

Melissa Appelt, a longtime member of First Church and current Board President of Interfaith Action of Evanston, made the following remarks near the beginning of worship on October 15, 2023.  Rabbi Rachel Weiss of the Jewish Reconstructionist Synagogue in Evanston...
Meet Sydney Harkrider

Meet Sydney Harkrider

  Sydney Harkrider will be installed during July 9 worship as our new Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.  Between the two worship services on that day, the congregation will have the opportunity to welcome her to Evanston and First Church.   We had a...
An Origin Story of Worship in the Park

An Origin Story of Worship in the Park

Originally written and published in the June/July 2013 issue of Faith at First, First Church’s former print newsletter, this piece outlines how and why Worship in the Park began.  The story is worth revisiting as we begin our 25th year of Worship in the Park....