July 25, 2019
Greetings!
Week at a Glance: July 26 to August 4
Friday (July 26)
9 am: Overeaters Anonymous
7:30 pm: Alanon
Saturday (July 27)
8 am: Kindermusik
8 am: Saturday Meals Program
Sunday (July 28)
10 am: Worship
11:15 am: Fellowship Hour
6:30 pm: Junior High Youth Group meeting
7 pm: Overeaters Anonymous
Monday (July 29)
7:30 pm: Alcoholics Anonymous
Wednesday (July 31)
4 pm: Be Still and Know 12 Step Meeting
Thursday (August 1)
7:30 pm: Book Club
Friday (August 2)
9 am: Overeaters Anonymous
7:30 pm: Alanon
Saturday (August 3)
8 am: Kindermusik
8 am: Saturday Meals Program
Sunday (August 4)
11 am: Worship at Gordon Park – All Together Under the Son
11:30 am: Called to Care meeting
4:30 pm: Messy Church
7 pm: Overeaters Anonymous
Calling All Potential Confirmands! Sign Up By Aug. 1...Or Else
Pastor Carly would like to tweak confirmation tradition. If we stick to offering instruction in even-numbered years, we'll have an even bigger class in 2020 than we did last time around. Or...we could offer instruction this fall as well. A program introduction will be held Aug. 11 at 1 pm.  Click here to register or forever hold your peace!
If You Show Up for Church on Aug. 4, No One Will Be Here
But don't take it personally. Join us at an all-faiths service at Gordon Park ( Ogden & Tilden avenues in La Grange) on La Grange Endless Summerfest's last day. Service: 11 am .
We Need 16 More People to Eat Ice Cream for a Good Cause
It's a sacrifice, God knows, but someone's gotta do it: help raise money for CROP Hunger Walk. Oberweis Dairy will donate 20% of whatever we buy IF 50 people register by Aug. 1 . Thirty-four people have registered, so we need 16 more. Click on the "Commit to Eat" button on the fundraiser's website . Then burn off the calories at the hunger walk on Oct. 27!
Date: Aug. 4
Time : 9 am to 10 pm
Where : 929 Burlington Ave., Western Springs
Community Choir Rehearsal for 'My Shepherd Will Supply My Need'
Date: Aug. 1
When : 7 to 7:45 pm
Where : First Presbyterian Church of La Grange sanctuary ( 150 S. Ashland Ave.)
Book Club: Refugee by Alan Gratz
Three kids in three eras dealing with the same challenge: Josef, a Jewish boy in 1930's Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl in 1994; Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015. Travel with them as they seek refuge.
Date: Aug. 1
Time : 7:30 pm
Location : in the Family room off the Chapel
Help Wanted: Seeking Volunteers for Messy Church on Aug. 4
Time : 4:30 pm
Location : Church dining room
Want to help? E-mail Amanda Ries
July Food Pantry: Bottled Water, Sports Drinks, Soda
Drop off these much-needed donations for the Second Baptist Church of La Grange food pantry in baskets at the 6th Avenue entrance and the sanctuary. Other shelf-stable foods always welcome.
Time to Register for the Inaugural First Congregational Camp-out!
If you'd like to join us for both nights ($75), one night ($35), or just by stopping by for s'mores by the campfire ($10), click here to sign up (you'll need a debit/credit card).
When: Aug. 16-18
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 .
They've Got a PhD in Knitting ('Projects Half Done')
Actually, Hooks & Needles members have completed lots of prayer shawls, baby blankets, and lapghans for church members and organizations like Pillars Community Health. They met most recently at Linda Lauterbach's home. Left to right: Debbie Llewellyn, Mary Forester, Dianne Luhmann (seated), Janet Sampson, Linda Lauterbach, Claudia Byrne, and Vivian Wells (seated).
Next meeting: Aug. 12
Time: 7 pm
Where : Janet Sampson's home
31 E. Ogden Ave., Unit 449 
La Grange, IL 60525 
Instant Human...Just Add Coffee
Church attendance takes a hit during summer, but those of us not on vacation still need some after-worship fuel for fellowship. Ministry of Nurture asks for your help in stocking our pantry for coffee hour. Place packaged items in the Rubbermaid bins in the fellowship room.  
Top 10 Most Wanted School Supplies: Donate During July
Our Missions Committee is collecting school supplies for The LeaderShop , a La Grange non-profit that helps children K through 12 become civic-minded community-builders. Help them kick off the 2019 school year right this fall with:
  1. Binders
  2. Washable markers
  3. Wide-ruled spiral notebooks
  4. Loose-leaf paper
  5. Sturdy dual-pocket folders
  6. School glue
  7. Dry erase markers
  8. Pencils
  9. Pens (black, blue, and red)
  10. Scissors.
Place your donations in the collection box at the Sixth Avenue entrance. Thank you for your generosity! 
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.
  Prayer is at the heart of our relationship with God. Please lift these friends, family, and members in your prayers.
Emil Balz
Prayers for Jim and Vi Clayton
The family and friends of Gina Dever
Barbara Hultman
Evelyn Kelly
The Maley family
Stephanie McCollough
Margaret Melkonian
John Moellman, recovering at home after surgery
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
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.
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.