June 13, 2019
Greetings!
On Sunday we celebrate 20 years since becoming an Open and Affirming congregation. Join us for a full day of learning, remembering, praising, and music.

8:30 am: All Ages Conversation with Katie: Being Transgender and Living Life
10:00 am: Worship Celebration with reflections about what ONA has meant and means for FCCLG
2:00 pm: Celebration Concert with the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus and singers from Artemis, Chicago's Lesbian Feminist Chorus
Week at a Glance: June 14 to June 23
Friday (June 14)
9 am: Overeaters Anonymous
10 am: Spiritual Directors
7:30 pm: Alanon
Saturday (June 15)
8 am: Kindermusik
8 am: Saturday Meals Program
Sunday (June 16)
8:00 am: All Ages Conversation with Katie: Being Transgender and Living Life
10 am: Worship and Celebration of ONA 20th Anniversary
11:15 am: Fellowship Hour
2:00 pm: Celebration Concert
7 pm: Overeaters Anonymous
Monday (June 17)
7:30 pm: Alcoholics Anonymous
Tuesday (June 18)
6:30 pm: Personnel Meeting
Wednesday (June 19)
4 pm: Be Still and Know 12 Step Meeting
Friday (June 21)
9 am: Overeaters Anonymous
7:30 pm: Alanon
Saturday (June 22)
8 am: Kindermusik
8 am: Saturday Meals Program
Sunday (June 23)
10 am: Worship
11:15 am: Fellowship Hour
7 pm: Overeaters Anonymous
June Food Pantry Request: Baby Supplies
Drop off food and formula for our First Baptist Church of La Grange partnership in baskets at the 6th Avenue entrance and both sanctuary entrances. If you don't have baby supplies, other shelf-stable foods are always welcome.
Pet Parade Superheroes!
Thanks to all who came out and marched!
It's Official: Music Director Ryan Cox is on Sabbatical Until Sept. 2
After 15 years of service, Ryan is expanding his (and our) musical horizons by visiting congregations around the country and in Europe to find more diverse and eclectic choral styles and participating in classes and/or conferences. Organist AnnLaura Tapia is interim music director while he's gone.
No Music Camp This Summer, But Check Out These Camp Options
Option #1 : Peace Camp (ages 4-14). Learn how to approach problems peacefully and create your own solutions to injustices.
Dates :
  • June 17-21 (in La Grange)
  • July 22-26 (in Brookfield) **children must be at least 6 years old**
  • July 29-Aug 2 (in Oak Park)
Time : 9 am to 3 pm
Option #2: all-ages United Church of Christ camps in Tower Hill and Pilgrim Park, Illinois
Junior High Youth Group Meets at the Church on June 30
Sunday, June 30 : Regular meeting, 6:30-8 pm in Rooms 104/105 (enter at 6th Avenue)

And pencil in these dates:
  • Fri., July 19: Test your puzzle-solving skills at the Just Escape Room in La Grange (time TBD)
  • Sun., Aug. 11: Regular meeting, 6:30-8 pm in Rooms 104/105 (enter at 6th Avenue)

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Email Coordinator Nick Redmond .
Styrofoam Recycling
The Green Team is seeking volunteers for its next recycling event. Sign up in the church office (space is limited). Families welcome (minimum age is 10). Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and dress for the weather. When : July 6 (rain or shine)
Two shifts : 8:45 am - 10:30 am and 10:30 am - 12:00 noon.
Where: Meet at Western Springs Rec Center parking lot (1500 Walker St.)
Questions?  Email Claudia Byrne  
C an’t Get To Church?   Join Us in 'Virtual Worship'
Click here at 10 a.m. on Sunday to watch the service or follow these instructions to watch through your Roku Device. Made possible by the estate of Ginny Palansky and maintained by your gifts, offerings, and pledges, our Livestream viewership is much appreciated by members and families who can't attend in person. Contact the church office to have the bulletin emailed to you on Fridays. 
One Child, One Hour, One Church, One School
Kids Hope USA has found partnering churches for Cossitt Avenue School in La Grange and Forest Road School in La Grange Park and has asked us to work with Congress Park School in Brookfield. Launched in 1993 and accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, this nonprofit has partnered with 1,400 churches in 36 states and 30 denominations to mentor 25,000 at-risk elementary students. This is not tutoring; it's investing 1 hour of your time each week (during the school day) to build a relationship at the stage in a child's life when intervention has the greatest potential long-term impact. And it works: After one year, socio/emotional competency and educational success increase and risky behavior decreases. Here's what the organization needs from us:
  • A program director. "Train" 2 hours a week for four weeks at your convenience via the Internet, then act as liaison between volunteer mentors and school officials.
  • Volunteer mentors from our membership.
Questions? Email Nancy Heil or call her at 708-482-3409.
Help the Homeless For One Week This Summer
BEDS Plus has provided a safe place to sleep, hot homemade meals, professional counseling, and job services since 1988. We're helping by hosting one week this summer, and for that we need volunteers: 4 shifts per night with at least 2 volunteers per shift, laundry once a week, breakfast supplies, and simple evening meals. Sign up for as many shifts as you want or for a meal team, laundry, or supplies.
When : June 17-24
Where : First Congregational Church of La Grange
To volunteer : Sign up here or email Erin Molek or call 708-354-0858, ext. 113
All Packed for the All-Church Campout?
If sleeping on the ground isn't your idea of fun, reserve a cabin or RV spot OR drop by sometime over the weekend (campground's less than 20 minutes from La Grange). Tent site reservations are done as a group, so email Nick Redmond ASAP.
When: Aug. 16-18
Where : Camp Bullfrog Lake in Willow Springs
Questions : Contact Nick or Matt Davis
  Prayer is at the heart of our relationship with God. Please lift these friends, family, and members in your prayers.
Emil Balz
The family and friends of Evelyn Biegert
Prayers for Jim and Vi Clayton
The family and friends of Gina Dever
The family and friends of Fred Figge
Barbara Hultman
Evelyn Kelly
The Maley family
Stephanie McCollough
Margaret Melkonian
Chris Moe, who is healing at home
The family and friends of Rudy Schade
Christina Thomas, Joy Palomo-Clark's cousin, a young mother dealing with cancer
The family and friends of Vera Weiss
Those killed, the injured, and their families in acts of violence
Those at the border
Those living in fear and without hope, and those who use fear to control others

To send your thoughts / prayers to someone listed above, place a completed Touch Card (they're in your pew) in the offering plate and the office will address and mail it. Let us know if you or someone you know is hospitalized or receiving medical treatment because HIPAA privacy laws prohibit doctors and hospitals from contacting us. If you know someone who'd like a visit from the Called to Care Ministry team, contact Called to Care Ministry Leader Jennifer Burney by calling the church office at 708-352-0800.