January 14, 2018
9:00 and 10:30 am Services

Scripture:   John 4:7-12

Music:  DeAnn Liska, soprano

Pastor's Blog   *Updated 1/4

Upcoming Events
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1/11 - 5:30 pm Joyful Noise Rehearsal
1/11 - 7 pm Celebration Choir Rehearsal
1/14 - NO Sanctuary Singers Rehearsal
1/15 - 9:30 am Yoga Class
1/16 - 7:15 pm Handbell Rehearsal

What's New at FCCGE?
How Can I Connect with Others?
FCCGE Celebrates Open and Affirming Sunday
January 14th

First Congregational  achieved 
official  Open and Affirming  designation in July of 2009 as part of our  commitment  to minister to and support  people  of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. Join us on Sunday, January 14th at 11:45 in the Chapel to gather with a panel of Glenbard LGBTQ students and hear about what we have been doing to support Glenbard Voices of Equity and  the progress they have made within the District 87  community.

Newcomers Information Session
 January 14, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm in the Parlor

For those interested in learning more about joining FCCGE and the United Church of Christ, there will be an informal gathering for newcomers.  The next Newcomers Sessions will be offered on April 8.  Available joining dates following this session are January 28 and April 22 (10:30 am).  C hildcare for all ages available in the nursery. For further information, contact  Rev. Seth Ethan Carey (630-469-3096 ext. 12).
Women's  Retreat
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

 Our annual Women's Retreat at  Eaglewood Resort in Itasca is happening Saturday, February 3rd (with option to stay overnight Feb. 2nd or Feb. 3rd or both!) Mark your calendars as this is special time for the women of all generations at FCCGE (and their friends) to spend meaningful and fun time together. More deets to follow!

Film Discussion Group
Tuesday, January 23rd, 6:30-9

This month our Film Discussion Group will view Alfred Hitchcock's thriller
Vertigo in our Starlight Cinema, on the second floor. This film is considered the greatest film of all time by many and has been kept audiences on the edge of their seats for decades. We'll view from 6:30-8:38, then briefly discuss. Please join us!   
Contact  Alan Bayert.
Social  Justice Group
January 22, 7 pm in the Chapel

Gender Revolution , the  powerful 
documentary first aired in Feb. 2017, follows Katie Couric, as she  travels across the U.S. to talk with scientists, psychologists, activists, authors and families about the complex issue of gender. Please come view this eye-opening film with us. Contact Ida Hagman.
How Can I Make a Difference?
Sacred Conversations about Race
January 15th at 6 pm

As part of FCCGE's ongoing sacred conversation about race, we ask you to come to a screening of 13th ,  Ava DuVernay's documentary about the continuing criminalization of African-Americans and the accompanying boom in U.S. Prisons. The film will be shown at the church on January 15th,  Martin Luther King Day, at 6:00 pm. Discussion to follow. Contact Phil Andres.
Visual Arts Ministry (VAM) News
VAM to Host Arts Reception
Open to Community
Thurs., Jan.  18th, 6-9 pm at FCCGE

Join us as we celebrate the current art showings here at First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn January 18th from 6-9 pm. The reception is open to members of all faith communities. Come for refreshments and browse our 2 galleries featuring Christian, Muslim and Jewish artists along with artists from the FCCGE community. 
Arts in Residence
Through Feb.  24th

There are new works in the Artists in Residence Gallery (in the hallway adjacent to the Parlor; enter via the stairs down from the library, or take the elevator to the lower level). This new exhibit features photography, painting, fabric, and multimedia folk art by members of our own congregation - Deb Helledy, Haruo Kurokawa, Jan Rajeck, Ed Kolar, and Jeff Edwards. Be sure to stop by before February 24 to see this wonderful collection.
Main Gallery
"Beyond Bridges" 
Through Feb. 4th

You may have noticed a new fine arts exhibit in the gallery and the sanctuary called "Beyond Bridges", a collection of work by 21 emerging and professional Christian, Muslim, and Jewish artists from around the world. Read more. 
Don't forget to click the tiny little blue " View Entire Message" link at the bottom left of this newsletter to see all articles!
Thank You for Your Generosity
Onward House

Thank you to everyone that purchased gifts, wrapped, drove, and boxed for our Onward House Gift Appeal this year. We provided a happier  Christmas to 200 people, most of them children. A big shout out to Marge Kovatch, who has been organizing this effort for many years.
Music - Christmas Eve Magic
Cantata Sunday - Vivaldi's Gloria
March 18 

Sing this masterpiece of the Baroque period with the choir and orchestra on March 18.  Rehearsals on Sundays and Thursdays at 7 pm.  Contact Michele Hecht.
Jr. High Singers on February 11 
Feb. 11

Kids in grades 6-8 are welcome to sing with the Jr. High Singers on Feb 11.  Rehearsals on Thursdays, Feb 1 and Feb 8, 6:00-6:45 pm with Jeff Haeger.   Contact Michele Hecht.
"Holy Child, Blessed Child"
"The Wexford Carol"
(featuring Ben Hecht)
"Go Where I Send Thee"
Children, Family and Youth
Ice Skating in the City
January 14th

Senior High Work Camp 2018
Parent Meeting Jan 21, 11:45 am

 Registration is open for our June 7-19 work camp! Our location and organization are chosen and will be revealed at a later date- keep your eye out! Our first parent meeting will be January 21 after the second service in the Chapel. 
Contact work camp coordinator Ally Vertigan with any questions!
Our Whole Lives
March 1-3

Senior Hi Our Whole lives Human Sexuality and
relationship  retreat is
coming  up!  Click Here to Register

Youth Happnins

Sun., Jan. 14 - 10:30 am Church School, Confirmation classes, & Sr Hi Discussion Group 
Sun., Jan. 14 - Sr Hi Youth Fellowship -Ice Skating
Mon., Jan. 15 - 6:00 - 8:30 pm at the churchSPECIAL NIGHT FOR Jr Hi Youth Fellowship - movie screening of "Selma"  
Weds., Jan. 17 - NO 345 Fellowship or Jr Hi Youth Fellowship
Sun., Jan. 21 - Sr Hi Youth Fellowship (Activity TBD)
Jan. 28 - DEADLINE to register for Jr Hi and Sr Hi Our Whole Lives

FCCGE Church School & Confirmation Classes to Support  Hurricane Relief
UCC Will Match Funds

All age groups are collecting Sunday morning offering to assist victims of  Harvey, Irma, Jose  via the UCC Disaster Ministries.  Click here to give, or you may write a check payable to FCCGE, with "Disaster Relief" on the memo line.

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. 

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