October 17, 2019
Greetings!
Week at a Glance: October 18 to October 27
Friday (October 18)
9 am: Overeaters Anonymous
7:30 pm: Alanon
Saturday (October 19)
8 am: Kindermusik
8 am: Saturday Meals Program
Sunday (October 20)
8:30 am: Adult Education - Acts
10 am: Worship
11:15 am: Fellowship Hour
11:15 am: Green Team Meeting
11:15 am: Ring & Sing/Treble+ Choir
7 pm: Overeaters Anonymous
Monday (October 21)
7:30 pm: Alcoholics Anonymous
Wednesday (October 23 )
4 pm: Be Still and Know 12 Step Meeting
7 pm: Council
7:30 pm: Carillon Handbell rehearsal
Thursday (October 24)
7 pm: Book Club
7:30 pm: Chancel Choir rehearsal
Friday (October 25)
9 am: Overeaters Anonymous
7:30 pm: Alanon
Saturday (October 26)
8 am: Kindermusik
8 am: Saturday Meals Program
Sunday (October 27)
8:30 am: Adult Education - Acts
10 am: Worship
11:15 am: Fellowship Hour
6:30 pm: Youth Group Meeting
7 pm: Overeaters Anonymous
Galaxy Theater presents The Odd Couple
The final performances will be October 18 and 19 at 7:30 pm. Enter at the Cossitt Avenue entrance to the Dining Room. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors or students, and $10 for groups of 6 or more. They are available at the door or can be purchased in advance by email or buying them online.
First Congregational Needs a Representative on Oct. 19
Explore organizational challenges and social justice opportunities with delegates from 90 other United Church of Christ churches at the Chicago Metropolitan Association's fall meeting. Click here for details on where and when and e-mail Pastor Carly if interested.
Oct. 19 & 20: Meet a White House 'Champion of Change' & CNN 'Hero of the Year'
Episcopal priest, author, and sexual abuse survivor Becca Stevens founded Thistle Farms in Nashville to empower female survivors of human trafficking, prostitution, and addiction, where they make home and body products sold in stores like  Whole Foods. Hear her preach and have tea with survivors. Click here for details. Photo: Ryan Camp
It'll Be a Jazzy Worship Service on Oct. 20
Wynton Marsalis, Nina Simone, and John Coltrane (among others) had their earliest musical experiences in the church. Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck wrote sacred pieces. In their honor, Music Director Ryan Cox and Brian Shannon will lead us in singing favorite hymns re-imagined with fresh harmony and rhythm.
CROP Walk Information
The CROP Hunger walk takes place on October 27 at 12:30 pm. The three mile walk starts at the First Congregational Church of Western Springs. Sign up to walk or donate here .
You Can Do A LOT More in 4 Hours Than You May Think
Help end homelessness in our community by staffing shelters, doing laundry, making meals, supporting fundraising events, and/or taking Support Center calls for just half a day each month. Sign up on the BEDS Plus website or contact breitbarth@beds-plus.org, 708-354-0858 (ext 137).
Oct. 24: Book Club Delves Into 'Little House on the Prairie' Author
Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser covers three generations of the Ingalls Wilder family, homesteading, the history of broken treaties with Native Americans, and the politics that set the stage for the Dust Bowl.
When : 7:30 pm
Oct. 26 & 27: An 18-Track Playlist You Don't Want to Miss
National Public Radio has been sharing the backstories of songs that unite us, inspire us, or say something about what it means to be an American. First Congregational Music Director Ryan Cox is performing these iconic tunes as a member of the Chicago a Cappella ensemble at two concerts. Click here for "American Anthem" location and ticket info.
$144 Is a Good Start, But We Can Do Even Better
First Congregational members and friends raised that at Church World Service's Aug. 4 CROP Hunger Walk fundraiser event with Oberweis Dairy in Western Springs, but the BIG event is yet to come: Oct. 27 is the walkathon's 50th anniversary. One-quarter of money raised locally is invested locally, including in our Saturday meals program (SMP). We'll kick off the event at 12:30 pm at our church. Click here to register or donate or stop by the registration table during coffee hour. Questions? E-mail Linda Lauterbach .
Green Events
David Wallace-Wells, the author of The Uninhabitable Earth , will be speaking at the Harold Washington Library on Monday, October 28 at 6 pm. Doors will open at 5 pm. A climate scientist, columnist and editor, Wallace-Wells with reveal how different the lives we lead will be due to the global impacts of the climate crisis. Call Laurie Braun for more details.
Homeless Persons' Memorial
Please join us for worship as we remember the lives of the homeless members of our community who died this year and those who live without a permanent residence.November 1st at Grace Lutheran Church, 200 North Catrherine Avenue, La Grange. There will be a coffee reception at 6:30 pm and Worship at 7 pm.
New Members
We will be receiving new members during the service on November 10th. If you're interested in joining us, there will be an informational meeting after service on November 3rd. Please notify the office ( email or call 708-352-0800) so we can make sure we have materials for all. Hope to see you then!
November Messy Church
Our next Messy Church will be November 3rd at 4:30 pm in the Dining Room. The theme is I Am the Light of the World. We need volunteers to assist with crafts, message, and music. If you are interested, please contact Amanda Ries .
Eco-friendly Pumpkin Disposal
After Halloween you can dispose of your pumpkins responsibly in your raked leaves or garden. If you don’t have a yard, take them to the La Grange Park Department of Public Works for recycling at 937 Barnsdale Road on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Trivia Night
Bring your team of up to 10 or join one on the fly to test your music knowledge at Trivia Night on Friday, November 8th in the Founders Room. Doors open at 7pm with questions starting at 7:30p. Participants must be 21 or older, have heard music at some point in the last 50 years, and want to have an opportunity to hoist the Trivia Champions trophy. Please note event is BYOB (some light snacks provided) and is $20 at the door. RSVP or ask questions about the event by contacting Mike Ries .
Harvest Home Dinner
You are cordially invited to our 73rd annual Harvest Home Dinner on Wednesday, November 20th at 6:30 pm in the dining room. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a delicious turkey dinner and the warm fellowship of your church family. Tickets are available during coffee hour or in the church office: Adults $10, Children 4-12 yrs $5, under 4 free. There is also a volunteer sign up sheet for kitchen workers and servers.
Social Concerns Book Group
We are reading The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert. Join us for the discussion on November 21 at 7:30 pm in the Drawing Room. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this book predicts the future of the world and the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes.
Help a Child Live a Better Life
Contact Cathy Pierson at 708-579-5898 or  cathyp@theleadershop.org to volunteer for two LeaderShop programs:
Mentors and mentee meet at mutually agreed-upon times and determine how that time is spent based on common interests, hobbies and favorite activities. We ask that mentors commit to at least 1 year and spend at least 4 hours a month with their match.
After-School volunteers help with homework, practice reading and math skills and help lead group activities and crafts. Times and locations:
  • La Grange Community Center (200 Lincoln, LG)             Tues. & Thurs. 3 – 5 pm
  • LeaderShop (4903 S. Willow Springs Road, LG)           Tues. & Thurs. 3 – 5 pm
  • Hollywood House (3435 Hollywood Ave., Brookfield)      Mon. & Wed.    3 – 5 pm
  • Summit Park District (5700 S. Archer Road)                   Mon. & Wed.    3 – 5 pm

If you have or know a child who’d like to make like-minded friends, tell them about LeaderShop’s fall high school retreats for junior high students and high school students .
Music News
Inter-generational Advent Choral Sermon: On December 15 singers of all ages will combine their talents to present Dave Brubeck's Fiesta de la Posada. Children 1st-8th grade will rehearse on Sundays and a couple of Saturdays. Chancel Choir will rehearse on Thursdays and some Sundays. Teens 9-12th grade can rehearse on the Saturday/Sunday or Thursday/Sunday schedule. Adults for whom Thursday evening doesn't work can also do the Saturday/Sunday schedule. Schedules are available in the church office or from Ryan.
In addition to needing singers, assistance with costumes, set decoration and props is also needed. Please let Ryan know if you can help with any aspect of this celebration.
 
Christmas Eve Service Survey: The Worship Team, Carly, and Ryan are interested in your feedback about the service times and content on Christmas Eve. To better understand the needs and preferences of our congregation, a survey will be sent out via Survey Monkey in the next week. Please take a moment to fill it out so we can evaluate how to best serve our congregation.
FCCLG: 140 Years and Counting!
March 2021 marks our 140th anniversary and we'll start planning the celebration in October . If you'd like to help commemorate this momentous occasion, raise your hand! Better yet: Sign up in the church office.
Wanted: Water Purification Equipment for Recycling Program
Drop off old Brita (name brand 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.
  Prayer is at the heart of our relationship with God. Please lift these friends, family, and members in your prayers.
Emil Balz
Diane Biegert
Rev. Biegert
Jim and Vi Clayton
The friends and family of Jason Esler, a former Zackley
Ron Kloss
Stephanie McCollough
Martha Ririe, who is both recovering from a painful time, and concerned about ther daughter-in-law's father
Carol Svendsen, Fred Weiss' daughter, who is in the hospital for a heart condition
Christina Thomas, Joy Palomo-Clark's cousin, a young mother dealing with cancer
Peter and Kendra Van Kempen's twins John and Irene, born September 19 and being cared for in the NICU.
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.
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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 Thursdays.