Senior Hi Sunday
 March 11, 2018
9:00 and 10:30 am Services

Scripture:   Isaiah 41:10 NRSV
Music:   Senior High Musicians

Pastor's Blog   *Updated 2/15

Upcoming Events
(Click the blue links to be taken to the article!)

3/8 - 5:30 pm Joyful Noise Rehearsal 
3/8 - 7 pm Celebration Choir Rehearsal 
3/11 - 2 am Spring Forward for Daylight Saving
3/11 - Pajama Day
3/11 -  7   pm Combined Choir  Cantata Dress Rehearsal
3/11 - NO Senior High Fellowship 
3/13 - 7:15 pm Handbell Rehearsal
3/14 - 5 pm 345 Fellowship
3/14 - 6:30-8:30 pm Jr Hi Youth Fellowship - Easter Fun Prep
What's New at FCCGE?

Called Forward Campaign Update  

We asked that pledges be submitted by March 4.  They have been pouring in, but we know there are many more out there.  If you haven't already done so, please get yours in as soon as possible, so that we can close the campaign, throw a party to celebrate what we've done together, and get on with our plans for the future!  Need a pledge form?  Please find some on the table at the back of the Sanctuary-or ask an usher.   You may place your completed pledge card in the envelope, seal it, and drop it in the collection plate, give it to an usher, or leave it in the drop box on the counter top in the church office.
Vivaldi Cantata
Sunday, March 18th, Both Services

Mark your calendars for a morning of orchestra and voices as our combined choir presents this masterwork. We will perform this lovely piece in place of the sermon at both the 9 and 10:30 am service. Click the image above to hear what's in store.

How Can I Connect with Others?
The Many  Coming to FCC
March 21st
Dinner at 6:15, Lenten Worship at 7 pm
The Many  is an uncommon, intentionally diverse collective making music for people to sing together about peace and justice and a world where all are welcomed. Join us for an evening of fellowship,  a comforting soup dinner and unique worship experience. Sign up here for dinner - no charge for dinner, and a free will offering at worship. You'll want to sign up by March 15th so we can plan enough yummy soup for all!
Prime Timers Brown Bag Lunch
Wednesday, March 21st

Join us Wednesday, March 21st at 12 noon for our monthly Brown  Bag Lunch in Pilgrim Hall. Pack yourself a sandwich and we'll provide the beverages and dessert. Lunch is followed this month with a program, which will be Tom  Thiltgen  from Bridge Communities, bringing us up-to-date on our new family and what Bridge is
doing today. No need to sign up!  Contact Rocki DeVoy.
  **Originally advertised as March 14th-please note date  change to March 21st!
Film Discussion Group
March 13, 7-9 pm

Our next film viewing and discussion will be on Tuesday, March 13 from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Starlight Cinema.
The film will be The Passion Of Joan of Arc (1928, 1hr 22 min, b/w silent with subtitles, restored version with soundtrack), considered to be one of the  Top Ten films of all time . 
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.
Amen Men's Bible Study
2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 8 am

We started the provocative and engaging book, " The Last Week" Tuesday and will continue our discussion on March 13th at 8 am. Come to discuss or just listen! We generally have a clergy member present at each gathering, great conversation and even better fellowship. No need to sign up.  Contact Brian Hamilton
Visual Arts Ministry
Main Gallery
The Works of Jeremy Botts
Currently Showing

Artist in Residence Gallery
Featuring Ed Kolar
Begins March 18th

Our Joyful Noise Children's Choir

"Where Shall I Go From Your Spirit?" by  Kenney Potter
9:00 am Service

Our Joyful Noise Children's Choir

"Where Shall I Go From Your Spirit?" by  Kenney Potter
10:30 am Service
FCC Musicians, February 25th

How Can I Make A Difference?
FCCGE and DuPage United Need YOU To Help Make a Difference! 

On Sunday, March 11, at 4:00 pm, DuPage United will be hosting a meeting with the candidates for Illinois Attorney General. As new members of DuPage United, this is FCCGE's first opportunity to demonstrate our power and our resolve. Join us in this exciting exercise in true Democracy. The meeting will be held at Maine East High School, 2601 E Dempster St, Park Ridge. Click here For more information including car pool info.
One Great Hour of Sharing  

One Great Hour of Sharing, as part of Our Church's Wider Mission (OCWM), is one of the four special mission offerings of the United Church of Christ.  Working in more than 138 countries, the offering provides hope to people 365 days each year.  The UCC works with international partners, and together we provide support to health, education, refugee, agricultural, and emergency relief initiatives.   Special offering envelopes are available at the back of the sanctuary.  Make checks payable to First Congregational Church, with "One Great Hour of Sharing" on the memo line.

EMT Urges All to Take Part in the  

"The Time for Turning has Come"
The theme this year is TURNING. The Greek word is metanoia - which is most often translated "repent." Each day will include something to contemplate and a concrete "action" you can take, moving forward with resolute and defiant hope. Sign-up here to receive this daily devotional.

Don't forget to click the tiny little blue " View Entire Message" link at the bottom left of this newsletter to see all articles!
Children, Family and Youth
Holy Week Bell Ringers Needed  

Individuals and families are encouraged to sign up to ring our 150 year old bell before our Holy Week Services: Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday. Sign up in the lobby, or right here. Instructions will be supplied; 2 people per time slot needed. *Anyone under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Here's everything you need to know!
Fill the Ark
Help the Children of FCC Collect for Heifer

Families! Our Heifer International "Fill the Ark" 4-week Lenten church school offering for March is weel underway! If you didn't pick up your calendar and bank at church, you may download them here.  Help us raise our goal of $1000.00!  We will bring our filled banks in on Sundays April 1 and April 8.  Read more.
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
Pajama Sunday
March 11th

No time to dress? No worries! Come to church on Sunday, March 11th and join the rest of us in your jammies! It's an All-Ages Sunday, so we'll see you in the sanctuary. 

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 - deadline for sign up is June 1st! 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

Sun., Mar. 11 - Sr Hi Sunday Worship both services
Sun., Mar. 11 - NO Sr Hi Youth Fellowship
Weds., Mar. 14 - 5 pm 345 Fellowship
Weds., Mar. 14 - 6:30-8:30 pm Jr Hi Youth Fellowship - Easter Fun Prep
Sun., Mar. 18 - Sr Hi Youth Fellowship Small Group
Weds., Mar. 21 - "The Many" Creative Lenten Worship - Sponsors invited) to all church worship service and sign-up online for the free soup dinner
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  
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