Aug. 8, 2019
Week at a Glance: August 9 to August 18
Friday (August 9)
9 am: Overeaters Anonymous
10 am: Spiritual Directors
7:30 pm: Alanon
Saturday (August 10)
8 am: Kindermusik
8 am: Saturday Meals Program
Sunday (August 11)
10 am: Worship
11:15 am: All Teams Meeting
11:15 am: Fellowship Hour
6:30 pm: Junior High Youth Group meeting
7 pm: Overeaters Anonymous
Monday (August 12)
7 pm: Hooks and Needles
7:30 pm: Alcoholics Anonymous
Wednesday (August 14)
4 pm: Be Still and Know 12 Step Meeting
Friday (August 16)
All Day: Camp at Bullfrog Lake
9 am: Overeaters Anonymous
7:30 pm: Alanon
Saturday (August 17)
All Day: Camp at Bullfrog Lake
8 am: Kindermusik
8 am: Saturday Meals Program
Sunday (August 18)
All Day: Camp at Bullfrog Lake
11 am: Worship
11:15 am: Fellowship Hour
7 pm: Overeaters Anonymous

A Message From Pastor Carly: Please Join Me in Welcoming...
Financial Coordinator Francine Montoro. Chosen by the Personnel and Finance committees, Francine will apply the skills she's honed over 20+ years doing fund, nonprofit, and small-business accounting to coordinate our accounts payable, manage payroll, invoice space-sharing, produce reports for teams and committees, and reconcile accounts. She lives in North Riverside and, by day, is business manager and assistant to the director of the Brookfield Public Library. Welcome, Francine!

Student Intern Susan Steinmiller. A second-year Chicago Theological Seminary Master of Divinity student whose internship begins Sept. 7, Susan will handle post-confirmation and adult faith formation and participate in Called to Care and worship activities. She belongs to First Church of Lombard UCC and is a UCC Member in Discernment. Other accomplishments include:
  • Mother of Anthony, 34-year-old restaurant general manager and athlete
  • Award-winning history teacher of 30 years
  • Leading a department of 15+ in a schoolwide college prep program, AVID
  • Coordinator for After School Matters for 300+ students and a staff of 12
  • Local union and field representative for more than 200 Chicago Teachers Union members.
Susan and her partner of 18 years, Dinah, have been to 47 states, Mexico, Canada, and Central America.  Welcome, Susan!
Next Junior High Youth Group Event: Aug. 11
6:30-8 pm at the church.
Next Hooks & Needles Meeting: Aug. 12
Make prayer shawls, baby blankets, and lapghans for church members and organizations like Pillars Community Health.
Time: 7 pm
Where : Family Room off Chapel
Mass Shooting Survivor to Speak: Aug. 15
Rev. Sharon Risher wasn't at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, S.C., when a white supremacist killed nine members in June 2015; but she lost her mother, two cousins, and a childhood friend. Learn how she forgave 21-year-old Dylann Roof when she talks about her recently released memoir, For Such a Time as This: Hope and Forgiveness after the Charleston Massacre .
Where : First United Methodist Church (La Grange)
When: 7 pm
FIRST First Congregational Camp-Out: Aug. 16-18
Come for both nights ($75), one night ($35), or stop by for s'mores by the campfire ($10). Click here to register (you'll need a debit/credit card).
Where : Camp Bullfrog Lake in Willow Springs
Questions : E-mail Nick Redmond
Miscellaneous : To reserve a cabin or RV site or rent camping equipment, contact the camp directly   here .
No Sermon on 'Ask the Question Sunday': Aug. 25
Pastor Carly will answer questions from the congregation. Bring your doubts, wonderings, and queries about faith, the Bible, mission, ministry, or church, and fire away. Image: Sophie Janotta/Pixabay
The Saturday Meals Program Serves More Than Food
Here's just one example of the impact our volunteers have in our community. A regular guest recently came in crying, said she was tired of being an alcoholic, and asked for help. She felt safe with us and knew we'd take her seriously. One volunteer told her he was once in her place and called for an ambulance. Another held and encouraged her, and yet another waited with her until the ambulance arrived. And we all said silent prayers for her to find her way...
Wanted: Water Purification Equipment for Recycling Program
Drop off old Brita and PUR (name brands only) filters, pitchers, bottles, faucet mounts, and other accessories for School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE) in the labeled box in the Styrofoam/cork closet.
There's Plenty of Room for More Mentors (Not Tutors)
Many thanks to Kathy Donaldson for answering the call to oversee our Kids Hope USA partnership with Congress Park School in Brookfield. The program asks members of participating congregations to spend 1 hour each week (during the school day) building a supportive relationship with an at-risk elementary school student. Now we just need volunteer mentors! We won't just throw you in there; you'll receive training (done online and takes 1 hour, plus additional resources and support). 
Questions? E-mail Nancy Heil or call her at 708-482-3409.
White Fragility
Come discuss New York Times bestseller White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo at the La Grange Public Library on Thursday, September 12 at 7 pm. This discussion is part of the Summer Read 2019 program sponsored by churches and cities of the western suburbs. More information here .
Safe Church Training
If you’d like to work with the children and youth and have not participated in Safe Church Training in the last 18 months, please plan to attend on Sunday, September 22 at 11:30 in the Dining Room. Reservations are required.
140 Years!
FCCLG will celebrate 140 years in March 2021. If you'd like to participate in planning celebrations please let yourself be known. A sign up sheet is in the office. We hope to begin planning in October for this memorable anniversary.
  Prayer is at the heart of our relationship with God. Please lift these friends, family, and members in your prayers.
Emil Balz
Jim and Vi Clayton
Debbie Cosgrove
Barbara Hultman
Evelyn Kelly
The Maley family
Stephanie McCollough
Margaret Melkonian
Marth Ririe, who is both recovering from a painful time, and concerned about ther daughter-in-law's father
Christina Thomas, Joy Palomo-Clark's cousin, a young mother dealing with cancer
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.
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.