September 10, 2017
Services 9:00 am and 10:30
 Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:27-31 (NRSV)
 Combined Choir

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9/10 - 9 and 10:30 Rally Day - back to 2 service schedule
9/12 - 9:30 am Prime Timers Planning Meeting
9/12 - 7:15 pm Bells Rehearsal
9/ 17  - 10:30 am Church School and Confirmation Begin
What's New at FCCGE?
Coming Up
Sunday, September  10th
Back to 2 Services: 9 and 10:30 am

Set your calendars/phones/tablets/computer/carrier pigeons to remind you that we begin our 
traditional program year schedule
of 2 services this Sunday! 
Infant through College

The new program year is right around the corner so please take a minute to register your children/yourself, infant through college age. This helps us plan more efficiently and have all the proper information ahead of time. Contact Catherine Curtis with any questions. 
Fall Sermon Series: 
"The Good Life"
Wisdom in the Book of Ecclesiastes
September 24 - October 29 

Join us we explore the art of living well in a broken world. Considering aspects such as family, career, the seasons of life, the meaning of pleasure, the busyness of our days, and aging gracefully, we'll try to find the good life together. The Good Life will run Sundays Sept. 24 through October 29th at both services. Come sit and listen with us as we examine this provocative  book of the Bible.
A Message from Our New Seminary Intern, Carolyn
She's Here!

Greetings! My name is Carolyn Lawrence and I am blessed and thankful to join First Congregational as a seminary intern! I am beginning school this fall at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago for my Masters of Divinity, where I am additionally hoping to complete an emphasis on Interfaith Relations or Biblical Studies. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, reading, and baking bread-making the parable of the leaven (Luke 13:21) a lesson I strongly identify with! My call to service began early in life and my relationship with God has grown evermore strongly through loving communities that the Spirit provides for God's people. I look forward to growing in Christ's love with you all. Grace and peace, Carolyn
How Can I Help?
Help Support Glen Ellyn Food Pantry 

 First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn (FCCGE) is one of a group of six churches that helped to establish the  Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. Each church on the Board is assigned a month to collect food and money for the Pantry, and September is the month for FCCGE!  There is a white bin in the Main Lobby for food collection (please, do not leave expired or open food).  A list of most needed items, donation envelopes, and a brochure with fun facts about the Pantry will be available on Rally Day, September 10. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, contact  Jennifer Darnall.

Volunteer for PADS October--April  

We need people who can work a shift from 10 pm to 2 am, one time per month, for 7 months (October-April).  You can share the shift with others, as long as all 7 months are covered.  If interested, contact Linda Davenport.
PADS 13th Annual Run 4 Home - 10K & 5K Run, 5K Walk
Sat. Sept. 16th, 8 am 
  Ending Homelessness One Step at a Time

Bring your family, friends and coworkers to DuPage Pads 13th Annual Run 4 Home. The CARA and USATF certified course will take runners and walkers through scenic streets of Wheaton and back to DuPage Pads for a celebration. Help FCCGE compete for winning largest group at the race.

New this year...Kids Corner featuring games, prizes, face painting and more! Also offered this year is a new 1K Family Walk. Take a step to end homelessness and  register today!   Click here for flyerQuestions? Contact  Ted Harman.
How Can I Make a Difference?

Many of you have asked what you can do and where you can go to access a reliable resource to help.  UCC Disaster Ministries is already gearing up for our long-term recovery work in the region and your contributions for Harvey survivors means providing community support for holistic recovery, repairing house and home for families and children and restoring dignity for the most vulnerable who have lost everything in the wake of this catastrophic event. Click on one of the blue links above or go directly to the UCC Hurricane Harvey Giving Page. 
The Social Justice Community Group 
September 18, 7 pm

The Social Justice Community Group will meet on Monday, September 18 at 7 pm in the Starlight Cinema (Room 219). We will watch and discuss Robert Reich's documentary, Inequality for All. Everyone is welcome. Our October meeting will be on Monday, October 16.   Questions?  Contact Ida Hagman or 630 660 3363.
Children, Family and Youth
Church School and Confirmation Collections to Benefit Victims of Harvey

FCCGE Church School and Confirmation Classes  are collecting Sunday morning offerings to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey via the UCC Disasters Ministries.  Please talk to your children and youth about ways they can earn money to share.  All grade levels will be collecting offerings at the beginning of class-time through January for this mission.
Let Them Know We're Thinking About Them

We have watched our young people grow into the incredible young adults that we have blessed and sent to school, some near and some far.  Our love and care of these youth does not end with graduation. In this new stage of life let us remind these young people no matter where they go or what they face they are loved.  Please share your college students information by clicking here, so that church can send care packages their way.  If you have any questions or want to help with this   ministry please contact Pastor Kendra.

Special Youth Schtuff

Sunday, September 10 - Register your family (nursery - college) online at church on Rally Day following either worship service or
Sunday, September 10th - 6-8 pm Senior Hi Kick-off BBQ. Register here.
Sunday, September 17 - Church School and Confirmation classes begin 10:30 am
Sunday, September 17 - 11:45 am - 1:15 pm 8th grade Confirmation Orientation & Luncheon. Register here .
Sunday, September 17 - 7-8:30 pm Sr Hi Youth Fellowship - Scavenger Hunt 
Sunday, September 24 - Sr Hi Youth Fellowship - Lake Day Away

Church School Offering from January-July 

Our church school offering supported the Glen Ellyn Walk in Ministry this summer, and collected $90. This ministry was initiated in February 1994 by members of the Glen Ellyn Ministerial Association, including FCCGE, as a coordinated effort by Glen Ellyn faith-based organizations to provide a source of compassionate assistance to individuals and families in need of emergency aid. "We try to be His voice and hands."

Sr Hi Youth Fellowship BBQ
September 10, 6-8 pm

Help us kick off the new program year by joining us, September 10th for the Senior High Fellowship BBQ.  
Register here  to attend and to know what to bring. 


Angels Among Us
Choir for 4-7 Year Olds 

If you have any doubts that angels walk (or sing) among us then you haven't seen an Angel Choir performance.  AC is a choir for 4-thru end of first grade children. We perform Chrsitmas Eve and once in the Spring (May 6, '18). We rehearse twice for 30 minutes ahead of time and have lots of fun. A casual, easy way to introduce little ones to choral singing with a low time  commitment. Read more and/or sign up here. Contact Sherry Flugel  with questions.

Choir and Bells!Choir

 Adult choirs have already begun.  Rehearsals on Sundays and Thursdays @ 7pm.  Handbell choir (6th grade thru adult) begins on Tue, Sep 12 @ 7:15pm.  New singers & ringers welcome! Contact Michele Hecht.   

Children's Choirs begin later - Joyful Noise (grades 2-5) begins on Thurs, Oct 5 @ 5:30pm; Jr. High Singers begins in November; Angel Choir (ages 4-7) begins December 10@4 pm. Contact Michele Hecht.
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How Can I Connect with Others?
Brown Bag Lunches are Back!
Weds. Sept. 20th, Noon

Fall is here and so are our BBLs! Make yourself a sammie and bring it on over to Pilgrim Hall at noon to join others for lunch with friends and a presentation by Gary Still, a representative from the Willowbrook Wildlife Sanctuary. Cookies and beverages will be provided. No need to sign up. Questions? Contact Rocki DeVoy (630.469.7395).
Fall Church-Wide Art Project
Continues thru Sept.

We are still accepting hand artwork through September. We currently have 30, nearly all children's work and need so many more! Adults, please consider contributing to this fabulous project that will reflect the vitality and life of our church!S upplies 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.   
We will be adding to this installation through month of September.
Button Business
Need Helpers 9/10 and 9/13!

Sharon's team has been working diligently to replace 500 lost buttons on our pew cushions.We have a team of 15 helpers, 6 of whom have already participated in one or more of the four work sessions we've had. There are two work sessions planned next week on  Sunday, Sept 102:00-3:00
and Weds,  Sept 139:00-10:00 so please contact Sharon if you can help. Any amount of time is appreciated!  Please contact Sharon here  if you'd like to help.

Amen Men's Bible StudyAmen
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 8 am

Amen  Men's Bible Study is about to start again! Please join us in the lobby for discussion and fellowship the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month. Sometimes donuts or some other sweet treat shows up. Just sayin'. Contact Brian Hamilton for more information. The next meeting will be September 26.
Come to Yoga Class
Sept. 11th, 9:30 am

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.  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).
Visual Arts Ministry (VAM) Announces Artists in Residence Gallery

The VAM is proud to announce the expansion of its ministry! The Artists in Residence Gallery will open on Rally Day in the hallway adjacent to the Parlor. Featured in the gallery will be exhibits of art created by members and friends of our own faith community. Starting September 10, and running through the end of the month, a collection of photography by Dr. Jeff Edwards, titled "Where is God" will be on display, followed in October by Matt Wright's calligraphy and drawing show, titled "Borrowing from Japan".
If you have work you would like featured in the Artists in Residence Gallery (or know someone who does), please contact Jeff Edwards
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 below to see what's in store!

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