”Moms_of_Teens”

Meeting periodically at church or in members’ homes, this group connects moms who are experiencing the joys and challenges of raising teens. While thinking more deeply about the connection between their faith and their parenting, group members strive to grow personally while supporting each other along the way.

Please contact Meredith for more information at meredith@wscongo.org or 246-1900 ext. 222.

Recommended Resources

Julie Lythcott-Haimes: How to raise successful kids without over-parenting

Sexting the Night Away: Responding to the Prevalence of Teen Sexting13 Signs Your Kid is Graduating from High School & You’re Totally Losing ItThe Most Important Lessons for TeensParenting as a Gen Xer: We’re the first generation of parents in the age of iEverythingA resource for parents of children with mental illness: https://themighty.com/

”Thursday_Women’s_Book_Group”

This group meets weekly on Thursday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00 and usually alternate between Bible Study and engagement with other books that deepen our theological understanding or help us walk the Christian path with integrity, purpose and passion. Childcare is offered in the Youth Room, while the women meet down the hall in the Seim Room.

All are welcome to join this group for any or all of our studies.  If you would like to know more about this group or its current study, please contact Meredith Onion at meredith@wscongo.org.

Archived Links:

Ted Talk: What do you think when you look at me? 

Ted Talk: Monica Lewinsky & The Price of Shame

I’ve Been Called Isis A Lot Lately

”Thursday_Night_Bible_Study”

One of our newest groups is a weekly Bible study. We gather from 7-8pm in the Kemper Library to read and discuss sacred scripture in community. Rev. Katherine Willis Pershey facilitates the conversation.  After an illuminating year studying the Gospel of John, we have begun making use of the excellent Thoughtful Christian studies.  We will continue focusing on scriptures, as well as discussing relevent spiritual, theological, and cultural issues.

Biblical study is a core intellectual and spiritual practice of the Christian faith. If you are interested in this opportunity to grow in faith and understanding, please email Katherine at katherine@wscongo.org to sign up. All are welcome to participate!

”Moms_in_Faith”

Moms in Faith was founded as a ministry of the church in the fall of 2010. In the years since we began meeting on Friday mornings, the group has shared a lot of laughter and tears as women have gathered to share honestly about our lives, pray for one another, grow as women of faith, and nurture deep and abiding friendships. Moms in Faith is not a clique or a club, but a community centered in Christ and open to all.

Moms in Faith is coordinated by a Steering Team that works closely with Associate Minister Rev. Katherine Willis Pershey.

Once a month the group welcomes a guest speaker. Twice a month participants discuss articles or blog posts of resonance and value; these might be about parenting, spiritual practices, current events, etc. And once a month the group enjoys breakfast, fellowship, and an opportunity to learn about a local mission partner and often engages in meaningful mission projects, such as preparing meals for BedsPlus.

Thanks to the generosity of the members who support First Congregational Church through their tithes and offerings, complimentary childcare is available.

Members of Moms in Faith are encouraged to pay $50 each semester to cover program expenses. This will be collected via PayPal on the registration page, or by check (First Congregational Church of Western Springs; Memo: MIF). Scholarships are available if this is a barrier for participation. Guest speakers are open to the public for a $5 drop-in rate.

To learn more, contact Katherine via email or at ext. 220.

Spring Retreat: Rooted & Grounded in Love 

The 2017 Women’s Retreat will be held at the beautiful Tower Hill Retreat Center in Sawyer, Michigan. The retreat begins as we start arriving 6:30pm on Friday, March 3rd concludes at 5:00pm on March 4th. All are welcome to stay for dinner at Kirsten Young’s nearby house; an additional $10 free will offering will be taken to cover the cost of the Saturday night meal for those who stay.

The $130 registration fee includes lodging, meals, sessions with retreat leader Alison Hodgson, fellowship with friends, and a whole lot that money can’t buy. Participants are encouraged to bring a drink or snack to share. The registration fee can be paid via PayPal or by a check written to First Congregational Church of Western Springs, Memo: MIF Retreat.

Due to retreat expenses and planning, the registration fee is nonrefundable, and there is not a discount for those who wish to attend on Saturday only.

About the retreat leader

Alison Hodgson is the author of The Pug List: A Ridiculous Dog, a Family Who Lost Everything, and How They All Found Their Way Home. She is a Moth StorySLAM Champion and a regular contributor to the design website Houzz.com. Her writing has been featured on Forbes.com, Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics blog, and the Religion News Service, and she has published with Baker Publishing Group and Zondervan. Alison lives in Michigan with her husband, their three children, and two good dogs. She writes, “So many mothers, consciously or not, are walking a tightrope—scared one misstep is going to bring it all down in disaster. Whenever I speak to moms I’m trying to lower the rope and help them to see they’re not high in the air without a net, but walking on the ground and it’s solid.”




”Men’s_Breakfast”

From September through May on the second Saturday of every month, the men of the church are invited to come together for light breakfast, hearty fellowship and an interesting program. The Men’s Faith & Fellowship Breakfasts begin at 7:45am in the Seim Room and usually end by 9am. The group is led by Rich Kirchherr, our Senior Minister (rich@wscongo.org , ext. 213).

”Women_of_Faith”

On Wednesday evening, Nov 30, Katherine Willis Pershey will lead the second of a new evening group entitled Women in Faith.* The group will meet at 7pm once a month to discuss articles, short books, etc. Women of all ages are invited to come as their schedules permit. The group will discuss Nadia Boltz-Weber’s recent book, Accidental Saints. Sign-up is not required. If you have questions, contact Katherine at katheirne@wscongo.org or ext. 220.

*Please check our church calendar and/or our weekly emails to learn of subsequent meeting dates.