The Tidings
October 16, 2014
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SERMON SERIES AND BIBLE STUDIES

BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING
Our Stewardship Season is in full swing! This year we've gone above and beyond to provide each family in the congregation with a full picture of the financial life of the congregation so that you can make an informed and faithful decision about how you will share your time, talents, and treasures with FCCLG. This multifaceted and wide scoped approach includes
* a sermon series;
* Bible study offered on Thursdays both in the afternoons and again over supper at Al's Charhouse;
* time and talent surveys for every member of the family.
Join us as we journey together to grow in faithful living.

October 19: "Living in the Key of G" Mark 10:17- 31 
We are called to respond to God's love as a gift of grace. This grace requires us to live each day in gratitude for God's grace and with a spirit that calls us to be generous to God and others with our time, our talent. Our call is to be in a right relationship with God.

October 21 at 3 p.m. in the Drawing Room, and
October 22 at 6 p.m. at Al's Charhouse, 32 S La Grange Rd, La Grange
October 26: "All in All" Mark 12:28-34
There is a certain comfort in having the Great Commandment as a core principle to help put things in right order and perspective. Loving God with all I've got and loving my neighbor as myself is at once simple and complex and it shows forth differently for each of us.

October 28 at 3 p.m. in the Drawing Room, and
October 29 at 6 p.m. at Al's Charhouse, 32 S La Grange Rd, La Grange
November 2 - All Saints Day: "We are So Blessed" Matthew 5:1-3
Blessed are the poor. Blessed are the poor in spirit. Really? How we express our gratitude toward the companions on the way who have nurtured us in the faith journey reflect deeply of how we accept the blessings of God.

November 4 at 3 p.m. in the Drawing Room, and
November 5 at 6 p.m. at Al's Charhouse, 32 S La Grange Rd, La Grange
November 9 - Consecration Sunday: "Be Thou My Vision" Mark 12:38-44
Anger, fear, resentment, envy, guilt, worry. Many of us have these strong feelings about money and frequently don't talk about it at all. Jesus spoke about money all the time, asking us to examine its power so we can give our faith and our lives over to God.

Announcements
BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING
Be looking for a packet in the mail from your Ministry of Stewardship. This year we've gone above and beyond to provide each family in the congregation with a full picture of the financial life of the congregation so that you can make an informed and faithful decision about how you will share your time, talents, and treasures with FCCLG. This will be a multifaceted and wide scoped Stewardship Season that will include a 5 week sermon series; a Bible study offered on Thursdays both in the afternoons and again over supper at a local pub; and time and talent surveys for every member of the family.

LA GRANGE HALLOWEEN WALK

The Ministry of Membership is inviting the community into our Founder's Room to decorate pumpkins during the Halloween Walk from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday October 25th. Bring your children, grandchildren, friends, and neighbors! Warm up with some hot apple cider and watch the kids create art. Free for everyone!


 
FLOWER DONATIONS

Is there a special anniversary or date coming up? We have several Sundays available for altar flower donations. See the calendar in the Founder's Room for open dates.

 

LIFETOUCH PHOTO DIRECTORIES are in! Members who were photographed may pick up their directory in the Founder's Room following worship today. If you did not have your photo taken for the directory and would like to order a copy, please see Bobbi Nunez. 

 

JEWEL STAMPS MISSION

Jewel is giving away stamps for pots and pans. If you are not going to use them, bring them to the church office and Missions will use them to support Refugee One.

 

2015 BACK BAY MISSION TRIP
Interested in being part of a team volunteering at Back Bay Mission? For the fourth year, our church will be taking a group of adults to Biloxi on February 22 - 28. If you have questions or are ready to sign up, please contact Marie Roche: marie.roche@leoburnett.com. We will hold an informational meeting after the first of the year for attendants. 

PARTNERS IN MINISTRY MEETING
On Sunday, October 26th at 11:15, all Sunday School volunteers are invited to join together in the Founder's Room to talk about joys and concerns of our Sunday School ministry. Please feel bring a sack lunch and your kids! This is a time for us to gather and uplift each other in our quest to build partners in our children's programming.

LIFE LINE SCREENING

First Congregational Church of La Grange is pleased to offer a preventive health event.  Life Line Screening will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings on November 21st.  Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount).  All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  To register and receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners. 

Message in Music

CHRISTMAS MUSIC REGISTRATION is open.  We will be performing The Legend of the Christmas King on December 14 at 10am.  All children K-8th are welcome to participate.  K-1st graders are welcome to do the "limited participation" where they come to fewer rehearsals.  Toddlers also have a part to play!  Registration forms and schedules are available from Sylvia or Ryan.  Please return registration forms to Sylvia or Ryan by October 26.  The musical is open to all children - no fee for FCCLG members, $25 for non-members.


CHORAL SERMON REHEARSALS are happening on Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 pm. If singing with the choir every Sunday morning hasn't been possible, this is your time to sing with the fabulous people in blue. The Choral Sermon will be during worship on December 21 and will be several shorter works, mostly in English, but based on German tunes such as Es ist ein Ros' Entsprungen, Vom Himmel Hoch and Gelobet Seist Du. To hear the tunes, search for them on www.Hymnary.org.

TOWER CHORALE
Enjoy singing? The Tower Chorale is beginning preparations for its Christmas concert, Feliz Navidad - a Concert of Holiday Warmth, at the Grand Avenue Community Center, 4211 Grand Avenue, Western Springs, and would love to have you join.
Rehearsals are from 7:15 to 9:25 p.m. each Monday night beginning October 6, 2014. The first two rehearsals are open rehearsals for singers to try us out. The concerts will be held Friday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 7, at 3:00 p.m., at Holy Trinity Church, 111 S, Cass Avenue, Westmont. Please see our website, www.towerchorale.org, or call Janet Potts, 630-769-6162, for more information.
Children and Youth

Y-ZALS

We are excited about the ever growing middle school group! We meet on the first and third Monday of every month at 6:30pm in the Y-Zals room downstairs.  

Ministries and Groups

COOKIE AND COFFEE COLLECTION

The Ministry of Nurture asks that you bring a package of cookies and/or a can of regular coffee (not decaf) to the Founder's Room before or after church on October 26th.  These supplies will be used for Coffee Hours during the winter season.  It's a great way to support our fellowship time.

 

BRIDGE CLUB

The church bridge club begins playing this month and we are looking for new members.  We play for fun, so no particular skill level is required.  If you would like to join us, whether or not you have a partner, contact Doris Bryant at djb2009@sbcglobal.net or 708-352-3034.  We'll try to find a partner for you if you need one.

 

FLOWER DONATIONS

Is there a special anniversary or date coming up? We have several Sundays available for altar flower donations. See the calendar in the Founder's Room for open dates.

 

OUT AND ABOUT

The Ministry of Nurture is planning a new Out and About event before church on Sunday, November 9th.  Meet us for coffee or breakfast any time after 8:00 am at Bakers Square on La Grange Road.  Hope you can join us!

 

BOOK CLUB

Book Club will discuss People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks on Thursday, October 30th  at 7:30 pm. Inspired by the true story of a mysterious codex known as the Sarajevo Haggadah, People of the Book is a sweeping adventure through five centuries of history.

 

SATURDAY MEALS PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS

Every Saturday, the Saturday Meals Program serves a hot breakfast at 8 am, hot lunch at noon, and a take home sack meal.  It takes a whole community to make the Saturday Meals Program a success. If you can volunteer your time serving food, cooking, washing dishes, or talking with the guests, please contact volunteer coordinator Beth Colby by email at beth7827@sbcglobal.net.

 

CROP WALKERS NEEDED
Sunday is the day! Last minute registrations are welcome, just bring a canned good to First United Methodist Church (100 W . Cossitt) at 1:00 pm. Kick-off will be at 1:30.

 
HOOKS AND NEEDLES 

A big thank-you to the 20 people who volunteered to tie fleece blankets for the Ronald McDonald Children's Hospital. Please return them to Linda Lauterbach by October 25, or you can leave them in the church office.

  

ST. BARBARA'S FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION
Our St. Barbara's Food Pantry collection item for October will be canned meats - things like chili (with and without beans), beef stew, and spaghetti. As the weather gets colder, the pantry needs hardy, filling food that can be opened and heated easily. As always, thanks to all in the congregation who support the food pantry. 

The Volunteer Window
Fellowship Hour
- Bring in treats of your choice and serving beverages and snacks after worship. 
Flower Delivery
- Deliver the donated altar flowers to home-bound church members after worship. 
Ushers
- Arrive church at 9:30 am, passing out programs, collecting the offering.
Greeters
-Arrive at church at 9:45 am, wear your name tag, and smile!
Laundry Superheroes
- Pick up the Saturday Meals Program laundry outside the kitchen after worship and return it clean before next Saturday.
Nursery Attendants
-Watch children during worship service. 
AV Technicians
-Run the sound system and cameras and monitor broadcast to Plymouth Place during worship on Sunday. Training available - see John Hoo.

You can sign-up for all of these opportunities by clicking here.  You can also sign-up in fellowship hour or by calling the church office at 708-352-0800.

 

 

10/19

10/26

11/2

4 Ushers:

Mary Cooper (need 3) 

Mary Cooper (need 3)

 (need 4)

2 Greeters:

(need 2 greeters)  

(need 2 greeters)  

(need 2 greeters) 

1 Liturgist

Deborah Gardiner

Ericka Shannon

Doris Bryant

 

 

prayer requests 2013

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR MEMBERS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY:  

 

The family of J. Doug Beigert (Evelyn & John's son) who passed away October 5th.

Joan Burke's granddaughter as she recovers from injury and surgery. 

Our thoughts are with LuAnn Hall's niece Jessica

Lois Hindman, who is house bound with a brain condition.  

The family of Loretta Kotal (mother of Sherry Reis) who passed away. 

The family of Donald Olson, (Hellen) who passed away. 

Mark and Eva Stevens, as Eva regains strength from illness.  

 

 

  

We encourage you to let us know if you or someone you know is hospitalized or receiving

medical treatment.  Due to HIPAA privacy laws, we are not notified by hospitals or doctors. If you know of someone who is hospitalized, please advise the minister or call the church office.

Looking Ahead

10/12-11/9   Stewardship - Blessed to Be a Blessing

10/19             CROP Walk 

10/25             Pumpkin Decorating/Halloween Walk


The next tidings deadline is

October 23rd at 9 a.m.

 

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FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH (United Church of Christ)

An Open and Affirming Congregation

La Grange, Illinois - 708-352-0800 - Fax 708-352-0863

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