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October 7, 2021

QUICK GLANCE AT THE CALENDAR
Bible Study*Chapel
Thursdays @ 9:30 am
Contact: Pastor Trudy
*No Study October 7

St. Andrew Food PackingWest Chicago
Fridays @ 12-3 pm
Contact: Julie Slifka

Lazarus House Meal—St. Charles
Sunday, October 10
Contact: Mitzi Pearson
Confirmation Class—Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, October 13 @ 5:45 pm
Contact: Julie Slifka

Annual Meeting—Fellowship Hall
Sunday, October 17 after 10:30 worship
Contact: Pastor Trudy

Book Club—Fellowship Hall
Monday, October 18 @ 7 pm
Contact: Karen Bentson
See how much we accomplished this past year!
Read the Annual Report!
GLC by the Numbers
GLC's New Mobile App Is Here!
We're pleased to announce that we have an upgraded mobile app— Vanco Mobile! Our current app GivePlus Mobile will be retired as of January 31, '22. With Vanco Mobile, you can send one-time donations or set up recurring gifts. It's easy! Just follow these download instructions. Please stop by the church office or call Lisa at 630-232-0165 if you have questions or need assistance. 
THANK YOU!
Thank you to all who participated in the blood drive held at GLC last week. We had 24 successful donations. Each donation impacts and saves 3 lives— so our blood drive impacted and saved 72 lives! We also had 14 first time donors that day. #generouslifeinChrist
Weekend Schedule
All services held in the Sanctuary
Saturday Worship @ 5 pm
Sunday Worship @ 9* & 10:30 am
*also livestreamed
What's happening at 10:15 am this Sunday:
  • Sunday School— 3 years to 5th grade
  • High School Youth Group
  • Stuff You Missed in Sunday School—high school and adults Learn more...
Want to Watch Worship Online?
Simply click the button below to access GLC's YouTube channel, the worship folder, and weekly study journal.
Pastor Trudy's Weekend Message
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26

Some would call this reading from Mark 'difficult'. Where last week there were broken relationships with people, this week Jesus talks about a relationship with possessions. But what makes these neutral words on a page so challenging? Nothing...they are just words.  Our question should be, why do these readings hit us so hard? Why do we find them difficult to hear? Maybe we'll discover that they don't align with what we think is true about Jesus and his love. Maybe we are bringing the baggage of past preaching or teaching on these scriptures that made us feel guilt, shame and exclusion. Maybe we are hearing a burden and command where Jesus offers us a key and freedom! 

Holy and Mighty God, You invite us into a life with You. There are so many things that are only possible for You...help us to release our hold on these things! In Jesus' name, Amen.
GLC Kids!
Sunday School @ 10:15
GLORY GATHERING!
As members of the ELCA, we believe that God is calling us into the world—together. And with generous, loving hands, we can make a difference. Each week during Glory Gathering of Sunday School, we do an offering for ELCA Good Gifts. Each student chooses which cause they would like to contribute to and we watch our totals grow! 
Our current offerings —received in the first 3 weeks of Sunday School:

  • Blanket ($10 ea.) -- for people recovering from a disaster or emergency: $35.54
  • Backpack ($10 ea.) -- filled with healthy food for a weekend while a child is not at school: $34.51
  • Soap & Sanitation supplies ($25 ea.) -- for schools, households, & clinics: $29.25
  • Mystery Bucket -- What will our gift be? Give your offering and you will see! Clues are given to the kids each week to see if they can guess what it is!: $16.90
 
Each week, the collection totals are updated and posted on the Sunday School bulletin board at the top of the 2nd floor staircase. 
Worship Bulletins for Kids!
Click on a button to print a kids bulletin to engage your kids as you join in worship online, or just for fun before or after service!
As a reminder, we continue to offer bulletins for kids at in-person worship!
WONDERING...
Real questions from real people to learn more about faith
Why are there so many people doing things in worship? While at GLC we have staff people; pastor, music director, children and family coordinator, and organist guiding in front of the congregation and an audio visual coordinator, congregational ministries coordinator, communications coordinator, and office coordinator behind the scenes; it is all to create space for YOU to live fully into your faith. For many people, serving communion, greeting, or reading is a meaningful way to do this. Every voice matters and different voices help us to hear things differently. Maybe you'd like to serve this way, too. Let Julie know if you'd like to be scheduled or arrive a few minutes early to receive instructions.  

We lift up in prayer
  • John Svach, Father of Faith Sax
  • For the people who continue to share the message of Jesus' love with us
  • For hospitality in welcoming the stirring of God's work in us
  • For each of us as we try to understand what God is calling us to do
  • For GLC staff and volunteers as programs and activities start again
  • For teachers, administrators, students, and parents as they navigate through increasingly difficult schedules
Prayer List
To add a name to the prayer list, please email Amy Steenson or call (630) 232-0165. Names will remain on the list for two weeks.
GLC Prayer Chain
This confidential phone network ministry intercedes on behalf of those in need by lifting up specific requests, concerns, and emergency situations. To request prayer, call Sally Harmon (630) 377-0021.
GLC FACES OF FAITH
Choir members join their voices at in-person rehearsal! #generouslifeinChrist
Jesus Loves Me Rock played by our own Sunday School rock 'n roll band!
Fall planters have arrived! Many thanks to Amy Parise for creating these beautiful arrangements. #generouslifeinChrist
Send pictures of how you are living your #generouslifeinChrist to Margo. Thank you!