April 12, 2018
Greetings!
The Lyons Township High School Varsity Choir will be performing with the internationally acclaimed Wartburg Choir at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Chicago (1500 Belmont Ave) on April 21 at 7:30 pm. Following the concert, the members of the Wartburg Choir are seeking housing with host families. Host families provide the following:
·      a bed, and access to bathroom and shower facilities Saturday evening
·      breakfast on Sunday morning
·      a sack lunch for the road Sunday
Although we encourage host families to attend the concert, it isn’t required, as we plan to bus the students back to LTHS following the concert. That would also be the drop off point on Sunday morning.
           Members of the Wartburg Choir range in age from 17-22. They are all students working toward their undergraduate degrees in music, biology, engineering, education, business, journalism, communication, and more. In addition to excelling academically and musically, our students are also involved in athletics, honor societies, campus ministries, and service organizations. Our students regularly list their time with host families as one of their favorite parts of their concert tour, and reports from our volunteers show that it is just as rewarding an experience for the host family as it is for the students.
           We need 20-25 host families for Saturday, April 21. Families who are interested can contact Stephanie Klemetson at musictours@wartburg.edu or 319-352-8743.
Invitation to Great Lakes Regional Youth Event
Greetings, beloved in Christ! 
We are so thrilled today to be writing you about an amazing opportunity for every youth in the Illinois Conference-not to mention their parents, pastors, and volunteer leaders.
 
Once every four years, United Church of Christ teens from across the Midwest converge on a single college campus for four days of fun, fellowship, discovery, and play. And this year, it's happening right in our own back yard! Known as the Great Lakes Regional Youth Event, this gathering is an awesome experience full of music, worship, interest-classes for teens and adults, plus-bonus!-an opportunity to meet hundreds of other UCC teens from the Great Lakes region. This is not a work tour or mission trip; instead, this is an event designed for teens to gather, grow, and have a good time.
 
This summer's Great Lakes Regional Youth Event is scheduled to take place from July 5-8 , on the campus of Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL. For a full four days, we will celebrate the ways in which young people shape our denomination and world by allowing them to grow their passions, discover new skills, and lift their voices-all under this year's theme: A Just World for All: Your Voice Matters! We are excited. We are energized. And we are hopeful that this year we will flood the campus with students from across the Illinois Conference.
 
GLRYE is open to all youth who are currently in 6th-12th grade. Early Bird registration is open through May 1 at a cost of $300 per participant for a double occupancy room. Late registration will remain open through June 15 at a cost of $350 per participant. More information can be found by visiting our website .
 
We hope you'll all make an effort to join us and to help spread the word, as we look forward to a four wonderful, Spirit-filled days.
 
See you in July!
 
Rev. Emily Ann Davis
Rev. Kim Whisler-Vasko
Co-Chairs, 2018 Great Lakes Regional Youth Event
This Week:
Friday 4/13: OA at 9 am, Spiritual Directors at 10 am, Alanon at 7:30 pm
Saturday 4/14: Saturday Meals Program at 8 am, Kindermusik at 8 am
Sunday 4/15: The Last Week discussion at 8:30 am, The Positively Green Team Meeting at 8:30 am, Worship at 10 am, Fellowship Hour at 11:15 am, Ring & Sing / Treble Choir at 11:15 am, Positively Green Team making posters at 11:15 am, Yzals Meeting at 6:30 pm, OA at 7 pm
Monday 4/16: Tiny Toes Music at 4:30 pm, AA for under 30s at 7 pm, AA at 8 pm
Wednesday 4/18: Be Still and Know 12 Step at 4 pm, Carillon Handbell Choir at 7:30 pm
Thursday 4/19: Chancel Choir at 7:30 pm
Friday 4/20: OA at 9 am, Alanon at 7:30 pm
Saturday 4/21: Saturday Meals Program at 8 am, Kindermusik at 8 am
Sunday 4/22: Worship at 10 am, Fellowship Hour at 11:15 am, Ring & Sing / Treble Choir at 11:15 am, OA at 7:00 pm
Quarterly Statements
Quarterly Statements were sent out by email or post (if we don’t have your email). Please let the office know if you have any corrections. A budget update will be coming after we close the quarter.
Shopping Event to Benefit BEDS Plus
When: April 13, 2018 From 7-9 p.m.
Where: 48 S. La Grange Road, La Grange ,IL 60525
Click here for flyer!
The Positively Green Team
The PGT meets next on April 15th from 8:30 - 8:45 am in the Drawing Room. You are welcome to attend and share your ideas. The Team is now offering church attendees the opportunity to properly dispose of their Styrofoam waste for recycling. Please look for the recycling box in the Founders Room, and bring your Styrofoam packaging, cups, and food containers before the 1st Saturday of each month. They will be taken to the Western Springs recycling program. To read this whole article click here .

For more Green Tips, see the IL EPA's website

Following church this Sunday, we will have a table set up during coffee hour for the children to make Recycle Posters to be posted around the church. This is in preparation for Earth Day 2018! All supplies will be provided-stickers, markers, crayons- for the project! All we need are children to bring their art creativity to the table! See you there!
Concert at FCCLG
On Sunday, April 22 nd at 3pm in the Founder’s Room, Amanda Murphy (soprano and choir member) and AnnLaura Tapia (harp) will present a short recital of two song cycles: A Birthday Hansel , a setting of Robert Burns poems composed by Benjamin Britten, and Cinq Melodies Populaires Greques , a cycle composed by Maurice Ravel set for harp. A free will offering will be collected to support music at FCCLG.
Earth Day April 22
The Bible is full of beautiful language and theology for celebrating God's creation. Earth Day Sunday is an opportunity to focus as a faith community on God's Creation. Get ready for Sunday, April 22!
Wedding Invitation
Jennifer Geist and Brian Kasnick and their parents request the honor of your presence at their wedding on April 22 nd , 2018. A light brunch will be served at 11:00 am in the Founders’ Room, followed by the ceremony in the Sanctuary at noon.
H ooks and Needles
Our next meeting will be on Monday, April 23rd . We meet every 4th Monday of the month. Feel free to drop in anytime and join us at 7 pm in the family room off the Chapel. Please call Claudia Byrne at 708-205-1409 or email to confirm we are meeting. This is a great time for charity knitting!
Nurturing Spirits
Dinner and Game night
The Ministry of Nurture invites you to a fun filled game night with pizza in the Founders' Room on Sunday April 29th at 4:30 pm. Games for all ages will be supplied, however feel free to bring a favorite to play.
Spring 2018 Congregational Work Day
The Property Committee invites all everyone to join us for a day of good honest work, dirty hands, and fellowship. Tasks that are needed to accomplish are primarily the clearing of leaves from the gardens as well as general sprucing up. But there are other spring cleaning opportunities as well, including for those who are handy with electricity and motors. Please mark your calendars for Saturday May 5th, from 1 to 4pm.
Messy Church
Messy Church is May 6th at 4:30 pm. Our theme for April is The Holy Spirit . Come have a great time and grow in faith and in your love of others on the journey. If you want more information about Messy Church or how you can assist please contact Amanda Ries .​ Click here for the flyer. We need always need volunteers!
4:30-5:15pm: Crafts and Stories
5:15-5:30pm: Celebration
5:30-6:00: Dinner
Attracting Friends Retaining Members Nurturing Spirits
Developing Leaders   
Evening Book Club
Evening Book Club will meet on May 17 th at 7:30 in the Chapel Conference Room. We will read Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, described as “a novel about class and race, privilege and prejudice…with the power to provoke and entrance.”
Missions Book Discussion Group
Our next meeting will be June 4 at 7:30pm in the Drawing Room. We will explore issues of racism in our book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.
Summer Musical Camp
Save the date for "Rescue in the Night," the story of Daniel in the lion's den. Camp will be July 23-27 and is open to all children in 1st-8th grade. Please contact Ryan@fcclg.org for more info.
UCC Summer Camps 2018
Illinois Conference UCC Outdoor Minitries sponsored events. Beyond Belief! The Universe of God! Contact 815-447-2390 or visit www.il-outdoorministries.org for more information. Click here for the full flyer.
Adult Work Trip - Texas
Our Youth have set the bar high for work trips! It's time for the adults to roll up our sleeves, grab paint brushes, hammers, and saws, and match the work of our youth! Hurricanes Harvey and Irma wreaked havoc in the neighborhoods of the South East Coast of Texas. Our Sister Churches in the region need our assistance to clean up and rebuild from these hurricanes. We'll be working in Jefferson County, TX on October 20 - 27, 2018. We hope to have 12 adults representing our church's love in Texas. For more information on what we'll be doing, click here . An information meeting will be scheduled for early June. Watch for details.
Volunteer Opportunity
Interfaith Community Partners is a non-profit organization that works with volunteers to provide rides to older adults and individuals with disabilities in the Lyons, Proviso, and Riverside Townships. Over 100 volunteers transport clients to medical appointments, therapies, and errands. We also take clients to their places of employment. There is no cost to clients, and we rely solely on private donations, grants, special events, and church support for funding. We need you! Please consider becoming a Volunteer driver. Contact us at 708-354-9328 for an information packet, or visit us on the web at www.interfaithcommunitypartners.org . Can you spare an hour a week?
Petal Pushers Volunteers Needed
Interfaith Community Partners is looking for volunteers to meet the first Thursday of each month to arrange donated flowers into small vases for older adult clients. If you can help, call 708-354-9328.
Food Pantry
In April we’re collecting breakfast foods for the Second Baptist Food Pantry. Please bring cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix, syrup, dried fruit, etc. Other non-perishable foods are always welcome as well. Thanks for your generosity!
C an’t Get To Sunday Services?  
You can watch them live Sundays at 10 a.m. on the web.  Click here  to see Sunday worship streamed live and past worship services as well.  Or, check out these instructions on how to watch through your Roku Device. Contact the church office to have the worship bulletin emailed to you on Fridays. This ministry is brought to you by the estate of Ginny Palansky, and maintained by your gifts, offerings, and pledges.
Attracting Friends Retaining Members Nurturing Spirits 
Developing Partners
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  Prayer is at the heart of our relationship with God. Please lift these friends, family, and members in your prayers.
Emil and Maria Balz.
Fred Bell, who is recovering from leukemia.
Prayers for the Clayton family, as James Clayton recovers in his son’s home.
Prayers for Diana Coberly, as she goes through a tough time.
Bonnie Day, as she recovers from Bronchitis.
Ann Fish, as she recovers from surgery.
Renee Meier, who is dealing with cancer.
Prayers for Margaret Melkonian.
Prayers for the family & friends of Hayden Miles, LT student, who passed away March 12 th .
Prayers for Jim Palansky as he recovers from a serious bout of pneumonia.
Petra Palmer’s granddaughter’s friend Summer who is having chemotherapy for leukemia.
Prayers for Tom Pitman, who is living with cancer.
Prayers for Steve Roper, as he recovers from open heart surgery.
For Vera Weiss to regain her strength and fight cancer.
Those living in fear and without hope, and those who use fear to control others.