GLC - - - Connects!
January 21, 2021
WONDERING...
Real questions from real people to learn more about faith
What makes someone a disciple?  Disciple means learner or student. So, to the degree that someone is open to learning and growing, they can be a disciple. This is easy to accept when we think about the children and youth of the congregation, but we adults may need a little persuading to be convinced that we need to continue to learn and grow. 
SUNDAY WORSHIP
Pastor Trudy's Message
Do you think anything in the world needs to change? I'm guessing most of us would agree that something needs to change, even if we don't agree on what it is. Do you think you need to change anything in your life? Because this is in a church newsletter, your quick answer would probably be 'yes', but if we get below the surface, we may not really believe that there is much for us to change about our lives or we have the same 'to do' list of eating better or learning Spanish or helping at Lazarus house, etc. that somehow always gets bumped by daily life demands. Is there anything Jesus can say that would really get us to 'drop our nets' and follow Him?

God, every time I see the disciples drop their nets to follow Jesus, I wonder if I would have done the same thing. Help me to see that you are still calling me to a deeper discipleship; to learn, to grow, to explore the work you are doing through Jesus who says, 'come and follow me!'. In His name we pray, Amen.
January 24 worship:
Children's Bulletins: Ages 3+ & Ages 7+
SUNDAY SCHOOL on YouTube!
Oh no! Did you try to tune into Sunday School last weekend, but couldn't find the class? We did have a lesson pre-recorded, we just forgot to upload the lesson to YouTube! We apologize for the inconvenience. It's on our YouTube channel now in case you want to tune in.

Come to Miss Christy's pre-recorded Sunday School lesson this weekend on YouTube or watch whenever and wherever works for you and your child!
Donations Needed for St. Andrew Distribution
We're collecting baby diapers (sizes 1-6) and baby wipes for the St. Andrew Distribution on Saturday, January 30. Donations can be dropped off at GLC during the week Monday, January 25 - Friday, January 29, 9 am-3 pm. 

Thank you for your continued generosity! Contact Julie Slifka for more information.
LOOKING AHEAD
Weekly Bible Study on ZOOM
Thursday, January 28 @ 9:30 am
We're discussing the Gospel of Luke. All are welcome! Contact Pastor Trudy or Vicar Amber for more information.
Youth Group - Firepit in the Circle Drive
Wednesday, February 3 @ 6:30 pm
Contact Julie Slifka for more information.

Ash Wednesday Service
February 17 @ 7 pm on ZOOM
(available on YouTube afterward)
2021 Resolution
Growing in Faith
Vicar Amber and Pastor Trudy will dive into some of the central topics of our faith. Scholar or beginner, come for conversation, learning and usually some laughter. All on Zoom. Thursdays at 7 PM.
Thursdays at 7:00 pm

January 21 - TONIGHT!
  • Who is Jesus...really?
January 28
  • What does it mean to have 'sabbath'— and who has time for it?
February 4
  • What have we learned about being a 'virtual' body of Christ?
February 11
  • Fasting for Lent— why does it matter and who has time for it?
Want to listen to past classes? Visit the Epiphany Growing in Faith classes on our YouTube channel.
We Lift up in Prayer*
We surround with our prayers the family of Pastor Harvey Feustel who died on December 7. Pastor Feustel served as interim pastor at GLC. More information can be found in his obituary.

We also surround with our prayers the family of former GLC choir director Joel Critzer, who died on January 9. We are thankful for the contributions he made to music at GLC many years ago! More information can be found in his obituary.
  • Margaret Stredde, Andrew Stredde's mother
  • Suzanne Smith, sister of Betsy Hetzler
  • Duane Beck, father of Duane Beck and father-in-law of Alyson Beck
  • Scott Hauge, son of Alan and Louise Hauge
  • Curt Sriver, Katie Bailey's dad
  • Political unrest in our country
  • For people who are separated from family
  • All those with COVID-19
  • Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals
  • Front line workers
  • Teachers, students, and families
  • Pastors
  • Prayers of gratitude for what we do have
*Please email Amy Steenson or call (630) 232-0165 if you would like to add a name to the prayer list. Submitted names will remain on the prayer list for two weeks.
GLC Prayer Chain
This is a confidential telephone network ministry that intercedes on behalf of those in need by lifting up specific requests, concerns, and emergency situations. To request prayer, please call Sally Harmon (630) 377-0021.
Notes from the GLC community
Thank you and the church group for the shawl. I use it on chilly nites watching TV or putting together one of my picture puzzles which I'm into now that I'm almost done with my picture hanging project. I like to keep busy.
(Jeff Cameron's grandpa from NY)
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On behalf of The Salvation Army Tri-City Corps, we want to thank you for your generous donations to our Angel Tree program this year. As you know, there have been a greater need this year because of Covid-19, and your gifts will help some children have a happier Christmas.
Sincerely,
Scott and Dena Smith, Lieutenant Corps Officers
GLC Life in Pictures
High schoolers Jessica, Vaughn, and Braden use our new sealing machine to secure the many bags of the rice and beans that are assembled!
Produce pals Chris, Don, and Dave sort through LOTS of boxes of fresh fruit donated to the St. Andrew food distribution.
Confirmation and Bridge year students are in the midst of making tied fleece blankets for the residents at Marklund. Shown here are
Joe Swanson and Evie Fay living their #generouslifeinChrist.
GLC snow angel!
Send your pictures of how you are living your #generouslifeinChrist to Margo. Thank you!