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The deadline for the December 2014 / January 2015 issue of The Chimes is November 10 at 9:00 am. Submit articles to Kris Mainellis, director of communications, at 2 Session Highlights by Tom Pardo, Clerk of Session  Agreed to defer consideration of the measure permitting same- gender wedding ceremonies to be conducted at First Presbyteri- an Church until after the Pres- bytery of Chicago has taken action on the ratification of the redefinition of marriage consti- tutional amendment approved at the General Assembly in June.  Approved a written response opposing the General Assembly action taken in June to divest from Caterpillar, Hewlett- Packard, and Motorola Solu- tions.  Approved an addition to the General Personnel Guidelines permitting employees to work from home up to 40 percent of their hours if approved by the pastor/head of staff and if their presence is not required in- house to perform all of their duties.  Approved 16 people for mem- bership in First Presbyterian Church. This is the largest new member class since before the transition time.  Learned that the Mission and Outreach Committee has sent out the first issue of Mission Happenings , a quarterly e-mail From the October 13, 2014, meeting: newsletter focusing on mission activities and opportunities. This first issue was sent to an interest group defined by the 2014 stewardship campaign responses.  Learned that the church’s cost for the August flooding in Fel- lowship Hall will be $5,000, the amount of the insurance deductible. The remaining amount will be paid by the in- surance company. For additional Session infor- mation, please see the “Session Meeting Highlights” report in the Narthex literature rack. Adult Education Catch these ongoing classes! It’s not too late to join in. Visit fpcah .org/adult_education to learn about more opportunities for growth. Filmology: The Intersection of Film and Theology Wednesday Evenings in the Chapel If you enjoy watching movies, this class may be right up your alley. Pastor Alex Lang is leading an ex- ploration of movie themes and how they connect to theology. Film: Life in a Day (October 29 – Nov. 19 ) The movie will be pre- sented at 7:00 pm on October 29, followed by three Wednesday evenings of discussion, each beginning at 7:30 pm. Life in a Day is a documentary created entirely by footage upload- ed by YouTube users from all over the world. The film serves as a time capsule of what it was like to be alive on July 24, 2010 (95 min.). POSTPONED: What It’s Like to Be Muslim in America Originally scheduled for October 26 – November 16, this class will be postponed to a later time. Imam Abdur Rahman Khan is recovering from an accident. Please keep him in your prayers. History of the Early Christian Church Sundays, October 26 – December 7 (no class November 30) 9:45-10:45 am, Chapel Dr. Ken Sawyer will lead partici- pants on a sweeping tour of the early Christian church, including its roots in Judaism, the movement’s major proponents, and the fascinat- ing interaction between the growth of the church and its social and political contexts, and how these interactions reach into our contem- porary lives. Planting Seeds of Learning Growing in Faith and Spiritual Understanding Advent Devotional — The 2014 Advent Devotional, a booklet filled with reflections by First Pres members of all ages, will be available the First Sunday of Advent, November 30. The theme is “Let the Light Shine.”

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