February 11, 2018
9:00 and 10:30 am Services

Scripture:   Micah 6:6-8  (NRSV)

Celebration Choir, Jr. High Singers and guest singer/songwriter Joshua Lutz

Pastor's Blog   *Updated 1/4

Upcoming Events
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2/8 - Joyful Noise Rehearsal  CANCELLED
2/8 -  Junior High Singers Rehearsal  CANCELLED
2/8 -   Celebration Choir Rehearsal  CANCELLED
2/9 - Jr Hi Visit to Islamic Center of Wheaton - CANCELLED
2/9 - Church Office Will Be Closed Due to Weather
2/11 -  7 pm Sanctuary Singers Rehearsal
2/12 -  9:30 am Yoga Class
2/13 - 7:15 pm Handbell Rehearsal
2/14  - 7 pm  Ash Wednesday Service
2/14 -  NO 345 Fellowship
2/14 - NO Jr Hi Youth Fellowship
What's New at FCCGE?
A Campaign for Our Congregation, Our Community, Our Future

Our Capital Campaign, "Called Forward", is in full swing with exciting plans, impactful testimonies and fun events. It is the result of a thorough and deliberate assessment of the state of our building, which identified an estimated $2 million in critical repairs and maintenance needs. The campaign is about much more than bricks and mortar and fixing a leaky roof, though. Read more...
Bobby Jo Valentine Returns to FCC
March 4

Special Guest Singer/Songwriter and Award-winning singer/songwriter,   Bobby Jo Valentine 
is returning to FCCGE on Sunday, March 4 to share his music in worship and in concert at 7 pm in the Sanctuary.  Open to the public; freewill offering for music ministry.  Read more.
Sue Markowski, Business Administrator, 
to Retire in June

On June 30th of this year, our Business Administrator Sue Markowski will be retiring after 20 years of faithful service to our church. We thank her for her dedicated service, and congratulate her and bless the next chapter of her life. 

Order Your Easter Flowers 
Order by March 18th

Adorn our sanctuary and your Easter table! Easter flowers available this year (all in 6" pots):  Lily ($15), Tulip or Daffodil ($9), Mum ($12.50), Azalea ($18.50), Reiger Begonia ($17.50), Hydrangea ($21.50). Order forms may be found on the table in the Atrium or you can order online here. Orders must be received by Sunday, March 18. Make checks payable to FFCGE with "Easter Flowers" noted.  You may pick up your flowers after the 10:30  service, Easter Sunday, April 1.
How Can I Connect with Others?
Church Tours
Feb. 11th and 18th

Calling all curious church members and guests! The Administration & Property Committee cordially invites you to join them for a brief church tour after each of the services on February 11 and 18. 
Prime Timers Brown Bag 
Weds. Feb. 21st, Noon

Our speaker will be Adrienne McCaulay the lead organizer for Du Page United, a new non profit, non partisan organization that has been formed to improve the quality of life for people in Du Page County. FCCGE supports this group so join us to learn more about their activities hopes. Contact  Rocky DeVoy.

AMEN Men's Bible Study Group
Feb. 13th, 8 am

The Mens Amen Bible Study Group will take up the Book "The Last Week" written by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan during the Lenten Season.  If you think that you would like to join us in reading and discussing this important book about one of the most important weeks in the church calendar; please contact Brian Hamilton.
It's Time for Euchre 2018!
 February 24th at 7 pm

Join friends at the home of Tom and Diane Petrich for a night of fun and rugged competition! The winner goes home with a trophy--impress your friends at the office. Sign up in the lobby or online  here  Contact Tom Petrich.

All-Church Dinner & Ash Wednesday Worship
Wednesday, February 14 
All are invited to the monthly all-church dinner on Wednesday, February 14, 6:15 pm, in Pilgrim Hall.  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the holiest season in the Christian year.  We will worship together and take part in a sacred ritual of ashes that symbolizes this season of mediation and penitence.  Register for dinner online  here Dinners are $5 per person (pre-paid online with a credit card), or $6 at the door or for take-out. Childcare provided in Starlight Cinema during worship.
Film Discussion Group
Tues. Feb. 13th, 6-9 pm

On Tuesday, Feb 13 (day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent) from 6:00-9pm we'll view and discuss Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ (1988, 2 hours, 44 minutes) in the Starlight Cinema at church.

This is a controversial view of Jesus through the lenses of Nikos Kazantzakis, Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader.

Contact Alan Bayert.
Pick Up Your Family's Generosity Stories Book Today!

As part of of our Called Forward Capital Campaign, we have created a booklet of reflections and stories from 42 of our own members and friends. Please pick up your copy in the atrium Sunday-Friday-look for your family's name in the alphabetized baskets. Read online.
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Joyful Noise Children's Choir   and Celebration Choir 
Join Forces
January 28

Guest Musician, Joshua Lutz to PerformJoshua
This Sunday, Feb. 11 at 9 and 10:30 am

Joshua Lutz is the son of  members, Mark and Lise Lutz.  Joshua is a multi-Instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and conservatory graduated audio engineer. Joshua's studio credits include Joss Stone, Lil' Wayne, Al Green, Maroon 5 and many more. Joshua's Session work spans live performances and touring to film scoring and everything in between.   Read more.
Children, Family and Youth
Chili Cook-Off 2018
Weds. March 7, 6:15 pm

You know it, you love it! Time for our Work Camp Chili Cook-Off to benefit our Senior Hi 2018 summer work camp. Come eat crazy-good chili and spend time with friends. We'd love for your to bring a pot of your fave recipe for the event, but if you can't that's cool - we still want you there to eat it! So we know how to plan, please sign up here or in the lobby. There will be a free will offering that night so come prepared. Questions? Contact Ally.
 Jr and Sr Hi Youth Visit to Feed My Starving Children
February 17th

Senior Hi Work Camp 2018
June 9-17

Attention 9th-12th graders (& their parents!): it's time to sign up for work camp! From June 9-17, we'll be working with Appalachia Service Project (ASP) to serve a rural community in Tennessee with home repair and construction projects. Please contact Ally Vertigan (Work Camp Coordinator) with any questions at 630.270.7215
Fill the ArkHeifer
Help the Children of FCC Collect for Heifer

Our church school will be collecting funds on behalf of Heifer International's "Fill the Ark" campaign during the month of March. Each family will receive a bank and an activity calendar located for pick-up in the lobby, nursery, preschool room, hallway outside Temple of Light, and outside the Chapel beginning this Sunday, February 11th. Banks will be collected and presented in Worship April 1st and 8th. Read more.

8th Grade Visit to St. Joseph Orthodox of Wheaton
Sunday, February 18 from 8:30 am - 11:30 am 

Vacation Bible School 2018
July 18-21 

We know, we know. Seems nutty to think about summer when you're shoveling snow, but you gotta. Grab your spot for our popular VBS! Registration
 is open now: click here . Don't forget to click here too to donate supplies.

Infant through College

Please take a minute to register. This helps us plan more efficiently and have all the proper information ahead of time. Contact Catherine Curtis   with any questions. 

Youth Happnins

Fri., Feb. 9  - Jr Hi Youth Fellowship visit to Islamic Center of Wheaton - CANCELLED
Sun., Feb. 11 -11:45 am - 1:15 pm - Sr Hi Our Whole Lives Parent Orientation and Luncheon 
Sun., Feb. 11 - Sr Hi Youth Group - Small Groups
Weds., Feb. 14 - All Church Dinner & Ash Wednesday Worship Service
Weds., Feb. 14
 - NO 345 Fellowship
Weds., Feb. 14  - NO Jr Hi Youth Fellowship
Youth Spring and Summer Dates
Get These important Dates on Your Calendar!

April 29 at 10:30 am service
4th Grade Bible Presentation Sunday  
May 20th (single worship service at 9:30 am)Confirmation Sunday 
June 10 - 17 Sr Hi Work Camp 
June 18 - 21Vacation Bible School - Register here
July 5 - July 8 UCC Great Lakes Youth Event
July 13-16Tower Hill Family Camp  
Congregation Etz Chaim Extend Seder Invitation
Thursday, March 8th, 6 pm at Etz Chaim in Lombard

Congregation Etz Chaim has invited us to join them for a Passover learning Seder. At this event, you will have time to learn about the process and ask as many questions as you'd like. The holiday of Passover offers a unique opportunity to learn about Judaism and create relationships which we can use to strengthen our communities. The cost to register is $25 for adults and $18 for children, and come hungry - the best part of the Passover Seder is the food! To register, please email Jim Weiskopf the number that would like to attend and you can pay when you arrive on the day of the event. Cash or check will be accepted.  RSVP by Tuesday, February 27.
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