Alyssa Springer, Summer Intern
Work Camp 2017 Video
August 6, 2017
Summer Schedule 9:30 only

 Scripture:  James 1:19-27

  Ryan Clarin (baritone), Julia Ilhardt (cello), Maya & Zoe Umlauf (violins)

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Upcoming Events

8/3 - 9:30 am Summer Intern Sunday
8/3 - 6:15 pm Wheaton Band Concert with Prime Timers
8/8 - 9:30 am Prime Timers Planning Meeting
What's New at FCCGE?
This Week
So What's FCCGE All About?
Newcomers Information Session 
Sunday, August 6  

For those interested in learning more about joining FCCGE and the United Church of Christ, there will be an informal gathering for newcomers. Details: Sunday, August 6, 10:45 am - 11:45 am in the Parlor. Childcare is available in our nursery during the session. For those who have attended a Newcomers Information Session, the next available joining date will be August 20 (9:30                                                                         am). Read  here  for more info and full schedule of new                                                                                         member session and joining dates.
August 3rd 7 - 9 pm

An assembly of all member institutions has been set for August 3, 2017. The assembly will be held at Benedictine University ( 5700 College Road) in Lisle from 7 PM until 9 PM. The assembly will host both public and private officials who will be key to implementing DuPage United's mental health campaigns especially in the Crisis Diversion Center and Crisis Intervention Training programs. The Illinois Director of Public Safety (who reports directly to the Governor) and the DuPage County Sheriff are both scheduled to be there. Also, there will be guests who will offer testimonials in support of affordable housing in Kane County. Please contact Chuck Lukavsky  if you have any questions. Click here for flyer and info.
Summer Interns Help Chicagoans in Need
Night Ministry

Sunday, July 23rd, our summer youth interns, Emily, Alyssa, Jaime and Hailey, led by Tyler Spellious, worked with Chicago's Night Ministry in Humboldt Park to distribute food (prepared and donated by FCCGE members and friends). The Night Ministry bus helps people in need in various neighborhoods in the city with  donated food, medical care and  providing case workers. 

How Can I Help?
Fall Church-Wide Art Project  
Starting Now

Everyone is invited to be a part of this church-wide art project, the theme of which is "The Good Life."  We hope you will give us a "hand" in creating an art exhibit for the gallery, consisting of hand-prints of the children, youth and adults of our congregation, that are filled with the gifts, joys and pleasures that fill their lives.  Supplies available in the Main Lobby, instructions and a box to deposit your artwork are on a table near the parking lot entrance.  The exhibit goes on display beginning Rally Day, September 10, and continues throughout the fall sermon series, "The Good Life," based on the  Book of Ecclesiastes.   "Whatever your hand finds to do, do with your might"-Ecclesiastes 9:10a.

OUCH! Pain in the Pews! 

So you're sitting in one of our pews and during a reflective prayer or fab sermon you notice a little... something. A button has popped off of our pew cushions and is now digging into your leg! Sharon Wussow is looking for people that can help sew these missing buttons back on-500 of them to be exact (buttons, not people :-) You don't need a sewing background or know-how to help in this project. It's super easy, goes quickly and you'll be trained on how to do it. Sharon will work with your schedule to make it convenient to help - give us 10 minutes or an hour of your time - it's up to you! Please contact Sharon here.
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Summer P.A.D.S.

Please consider volunteering
 to work a shift, purchase supplies or provide food for the following dates this summer: August 27-28, and September 24-25.
New to volunteering at PADS? Don't worry, there are always seasoned veterans on each shift who can show you the ropes! After 9:30 service on Sundays, a table will be set up where you can sign up to volunteer or have questions answered by one of the coordinators.  To sign up for a shift, contact Mandy Pope or go here.   
To volunteer for food or to buy supplies, contact Allie Beyer.

Social Justice Community Group
August 21st  

Want to learn more about the systemic issues of injustice in our world and channel your passion towards progress and change?  The next meeting will be Monday, August 21, where we will plan the calendar for the year; all are welcome!For more information contact Ida Hagman or call 630-660-3363.

The New Fiscal Year has Begun

Remember, the FCCGE pledge year is now July 1, 2017 -June 30, 2018-Be the Church.  First Congregation Church of Glen Ellyn is 100% funded by your gifts, and our goal for 2017-18 is to meet the operating needs of our congregation - for our staff, for our building, for our mission, and for our children.  Informing the church and committing to your giving plan helps the church administrators more accurately plan and execute our programs, schedule much needed maintenance and commit to our many outside missions.   Visit the church website > GIVE to make an online pledge or gift, or increase your gift.  If you've already made a financial commitment to FCCGE-thank you!
How Can I Connect with Others?
Film Discussion Group
Tuesday, September 5th, 7:30 pm

On Tuesday, September 5 at 7:30pm we'll have a rare opportunity to see the classic (1927) silent film Metropolis on the Big Screen with live organ accompaniment at

  The Arcada Theatre (105 E. Main St., St. Charles IL 60174).

Please contact Alan Bayert if you would like to carpool and we can meet in the church lot at 6:30pm. 


Come to Yoga Class
Aug. 20, 4 pm 

Change lives, teach peace, spread love!  Join our community of yoga at FCCGE! Asana, breath, mantra and relaxation are used to promote specific effects in the body that promote self-discovery.  Students will have their own practice in a group setting and are challenged without being overwhelmed.   Our Yoga Kick-Off begins Sunday, August 20 at 4:00 pm.  Weekly classes will begin Monday September 11 at 9:30 am.  A suggested $10 class donation will be accepted to be used toward the Senior High summer Work Camp. Questions?   Contact Cathy Christoff (630-936-9146).
Amen Men's Bible Study
August 8th at 8 am

A community of men who aren't afraid to wake up early; twice a month, they begin the day with this informal exploration of our scriptures, enjoying coffee and thoughtful conversation about the bible, tying its narrative to current events and their own lives.  Time: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays 8:00-9:30 am Contact  John Mulherin
Sign Up for Summer Music

Solo singers and instrumentalists (youth and adults).  Contact  Michele Hecht  about performing in worship this summer.    There are still a few dates left!

Children, Family and Youth
August is All-Ages  Worship Month

August is All-Ages Worship month - Childcare in the nursery will be available for infants - kindergarten during worship.  Children in 1st grade and older are invited to worship with their families in the month of August.  Please see the ushers for Activity Tote Bags, our church library book basket with a variety of children and youth books, and the Spark Story Bibles in the pews.  For ideas about ways to worship as a family, please visit our church website > Worship>Family Worship resources or just go here

Wiggle-Worm in Worship?
Make All-Ages Worship An Enriching Experience

We CELEBRATE and WELCOME families in worship as Jesus welcomed and blessed the children.  It is not just the parents' responsibility to welcome and nurture the children but the entire congregation's PRIVILEGE and JOY.  

Church School Offering

Our church school offering will continue to go to the Glen Ellyn Walk in Ministry for the summer months. The Walk-In Ministry is a coordinated effort of 18 area churches that endeavors to provide a single source of compassionate assistance to individuals and families in need. This ministry operates on funds provided voluntarily by the member churches and is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of a representative from each member church. The ministry is staffed by volunteers from the member churches.

Sunday School News

Special Youth Schtuff

Thursday, August 10
- Sr Hi Youth Fellowship Campfire from 7 - 10 pm
Sunday, August 13
- Jr Hi Youth Fellowship Campfire from 7 - 10 pm
Sunday, August 20 - Blessing of Backpacks and New Beginnings

You Betcha!
Time to register !

Each year Tower Hill and Pilgrim Park UCC camps offer a variety of fun summer and Fall camps led by UCC members and clergy. Friends from outside the congregation and the UCC are cordially and enthusiastically invited! Click  here  for information or  here  for even more from the Outdoor Ministries website!  Register on-line  here .
Church School-Register and Get in on the Fun!

We invite all families, members and guests, to register their children and youth annually. Please use our on-line registration  
here  to share information to help us welcome your family and provide a safe experience.

First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn | | |
535 Forest Avenue
Glen, IL 60137