Confirmation Sunday
May 21, 2017
Summer Schedule begins: 9:30 only


Scripture:    Psalm 66:8-12

Music:  Maya and Zoe Umlauf (violin duet)

Pastor's Blog 
Last Week's Sermon 
Upcoming Events

5/18 - NO Music Rehearsals
5/18 - 7 pm Church Council
5/19 - 6 pm Confirmation Rehearsal, Dinner and Party
5/22 - 7:30 pm Recorder Ensemble Rehearsal
5/23 - 7 pm Plenary and Committee Meetings
What's New at FCCGE?
Summer Worship Schedule  
*Begins THIS SUNDAY May 21st*

Summer worship schedule
begins May 21 and continues through September 3 (Labor Day weekend); we have a single worship service at 9:30 am. On May 21 (also 8th Grade Confirmation Day), May 28 (Memorial Day weekend) and June 4, children and youth worship with family and friends. Stay tuned for Summer Church School details.
Notice of Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Members of First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, will be held in the Sanctuary on  Sunday, June 4, 2017. The meeting will be called to order following 9:30 am worship, but no earlier than 10:30 am. 

New Art Installation at FCCGE

In great demand around the world, the works of Sadao Watanbe, (1913-96), Japan's foremost  Christian  artist, preserves the traditional Japanese folk art katazome, or stencil dying.  This large body of work can be viewed right here at FCCGE in the gallery, the Sanctuary, and in the hallway downstairs adjacent to the Parlor, and also banners in Sanctuary.  Read more.

Pastor Seth to Go On Sabbatical
June 19- August 21

Last year marked Seth's 10th year at First Congregational.  An important part of that milestone was earning a 3 month sabbatical to help recharge and explore new directions for his ministry. 


Budget 2017-2018 Details

We will be asking the Congregation to approve the budget for fiscal 2017/2018 at the Annual Meeting. The budget details can be found
We will hold an open question and answer session on Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary  for anyone interested in a more in-depth discussion of the financials. You can also send any questions or comment to  Nancy Ellis , Moderator Designate.
New Community Groups
 Film Discussion Group

Are you a movie buff? Armchair Steven Spielberg? We're starting a new monthly group to discuss movies!  What types of movies are you interested in? Academy Award Winners? Classics? Childrens? Religious? We're laying out the red carpet for your ideas.  Contact Alan Bayert.
Bible Study Group for Couples and Singles

Would you like to be part of a new small group that will meet regularly to study the Bible together and to share life's joys and concerns? Such a group is now open for a few more singles or couples.    We've been thinking and praying about this for several months and are delighted to finally be getting together.  Contact either Lise or Mark Lutz  (630.917.4872) if you have any questions or suggestions.
How Can I Get More Involved?
Joining the Church  

For those who have attended a "Newcomers Session" and would like to join the church, the next joining dates will be June 11 and August 20 (9:30).  Read more here and register online.
Summer P.A.D.S. 

Please consider volunteering
 to work a shift, purchase supplies or provide food for the following dates this summer: May 28-29, June 25-26, July 23-24, 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 both services on April 30th and May 7th, 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.

World of Generosity!

Over 130 members and friends toured the world of FCCGE's outside missions Saturday evening, April 22 , through games, food and fellowship. Thank you for all who supported and joined others for the World of Fun Event. Although the event was more for education and fellowship, due to our generous congregation we raised over $8000 for our outside missions. Keep the momentum going - there are still some spots left for various parties, Tea Party, Yoga, Cougars Game, Bowling, Babysitting and more. Sunday, May 28th is the last day to sign up for these fab parties!  See pics from the evening  here .
Children, Family and Youth
Pay online here!
Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on
Tower Hill Family Camp 2017
July 14-17

Come to our Annual Michigan Getaway Weekend!!!

You'll love this affordable weekend of fun at UCC Tower Hill Camp on their BEAUTIFUL PRIVATE SHORELINE of Lake Michigan in Sawyer, MI. Attendees choose either tent camping or lodging in Schrag Hall and can enjoy swimming, playing in the sand, climbing the dunes, star gazing, storytelling, campfires and spending relaxed time with family and friends. Read more.
VBS 2017, June 19-22
"A Community of  Believers"

*Due to insufficient number of Village Chief (small group) volunteer leaders, any VBS participant registrations received after May 7th will be placed on a waiting list. If we receive additional sign-ups of Village Chief volunteers, we will contact families who have registered for VBS on or after May 8th to confirm their spaces in VBS.

Plans for VBS 2017 are well underway so you'll want to reserve your spot!   Our theme this year is 
Showing God's Goodness to Everyone: Acting as Apostles 
We are looking for attendees and volunteers - don't miss the fun!  Register here   by May 31st! Pay online here!  
Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on
Children, Youth, & Family 
Spring and Summer 2017 Special Dates

Fri. May 19th  - 6 pm  Confirmation Dinner & Presentation/Rehearsal/Celebration
Fri. May 19th- Jr Hi Youth Fellowship End-of-Year Bash - 8:30 - 11:00 pm
Sun. May 21st -  9:30 am Confirmation Sunday
Weds. May 31 - Last day to register for VBS (put on waiting list)
Sun. June 4th  9:30 am 
Sr Hi Work Camp Commissioning 
Sun. June 11  - June 18  
 Sr Hi Work Camp
Mon. June 19 - Thurs. June 22 

Well, OK, it's time to start
thinking about summer camp!

Each year Tower Hill and Pilgrim Park UCC camps offer a variety of fun summer 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.

Don't forget to click the tiny little blue " View Entire Message" link at the bottom right of this newsletter!
Music! Music! Music!
Joyful Noise Choir Celebrates the Close of Another Fantastic Program Year

Sign up for Summer Music  

Solo singers and instrumentalists (youth and adults) contact  Michele Hecht  about performing in worship this summer.   Hurry before the dates fill up!  

First Congregational Choir Hits New Orleans

The Big Easy will never be the same! Our choir spent a weekend in The Crescent City with director  Alan
Raines performing with other choirs from across the US in the The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis. We had a beautiful evening  singing Haydn's  Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo  and Chilcott's 
Little Jazz Mass
  for a full house . Both pieces were performed here at FCCGE recently. Click here to see pictures from this amazing trip. Click here to see a video of our choir's solo performance. Thanks to Tim Loversky.
Come and Sing with Us - Women's Chorus 
New singers welcome! 

 Women's Chorus will sing in worship on June 18, Father's Day, 9:30 am service; three rehearsals at 7:00 pm: Thursday, June 8, Sunday, June 11 and Thursday, June 15.

Sign up here. Don't see your name on the list? Contact 
Men's Chorus Performs  May 14, 2017
Mother's Day 2017

How Can I  Connect with Others?
Men's Bible Study Group
May 23rd, 8 am

The  Amen  Men's Bible Study Group  meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays every month, 8:00 am, at the church, in the Main Lobby.   For our next two sessions - May 23 and June 13 - we will read
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan.    We will read Parts 1 and 2 for the May 23 session and Part 3 for June 13. The Wheaton Library has multiple copes of the book, but you may need to put a hold soon to get one in time.  Contact 
Andy Schlickman for more information.
Social Justice Community Group 
May 22, 7 pm 

Want to learn more about the systemic issues of injustice in our world and channel your passion towards progress and change?  The Social Justice Community Group will meet on Monday, May 22nd at 7 pm, in the church Parlor.  All are welcome.  For more information contact Ida Hagman (or call 630-660-
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