June 25, 2020
Greetings!
We Miss Being Together! When Can We Go Back to Church?
The Church Council meeting on June 24 (over Zoom) explored this issue with great intentionality and in detail. While the July 9th Tidings will include an indepth article about this subject, for now we want everyone to know that we have not set a date to return to in-person worship. While we are concerned with the need to keep our community connected, we want to be careful to keep all of our members safe, healthy, and free of this virus. We are developing a detailed plan for what changes need to happen -- both at a regional level and within our own practices -- to make this possible. Look for more information in the July 9th Tidings. 
 
If you have questions, concerns, comments, or ideas to suggest to the Council as this plan is developed, please contact any member of the Church Council. We are:
           
Renee Bryant, Moderator
Erik Toman, Vice Moderator
Mike Ries, Past Moderator
Deborah Gardner, Member at Large
Tom Lowry, Member at Large
Sherri Ries, Clerk
John Moelmann, Treasurer
Carly Stucklen Sather, Pastor
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.
School Supply Collection
We are collecting school supplies for the LeaderShop’s annual School Supply drive. Given the economic downturn, the need is likely to be greater than ever. This year we are collecting ONLY notebooks and markers. Our goal is to collect 250 wide-ruled, single subject notebooks and 100 boxes of 8 count, washable, wide tip, classic colors marker sets. Now through the end of July there is a collection box on Susan Schwall’s front porch at 308 South Spring Avenue, La Grange. Thank you for helping students get a good start on a challenging school year!
Food Pantry
The Ministry of Missions is resuming collections for the Second Baptist Church’s food pantry. Suggested items in June include bottled water, juice, soda, and sports drinks. Other nonperishable items are also gratefully accepted. Please leave your donations in the bin on Bobbie Nunez’s front porch at 507 S. Spring, La Grange.
GREEN TEAM
Styrofoam Recycling
Please note that the Styrofoam drop-off in Western Springs is canceled until further notice. The new collection point for Styrofoam for our church will be at Laurie Braun’s house across the street from the church at 115 S. 6th Avenue, LaGrange.
 
Please separate the food containers from the block type foam and place in a bag or box. Laurie, Dawn Mackie, and Claudia Byrne have offered to periodically drive the foam to the Dart Container Corp. collection site in Aurora to avoid the emissions created by unnecessary trips.
 
Remember that all Styrofoam should be clean and that foam peanuts or popcorn are not accepted.

Green Tip:
Alkaline batteries are okay to discard in the trash; lithium-ion batteries are not. Wait for a household hazardous waste collection. F or more information, click here.
Message from Missions
 Thanks to your generosity, this ministry is able to provide monetary help to many agencies, including Pillars and BEDS, both of which are providing needed services during the coronavirus pandemic.
 
Need Help?
The coronavirus pandemic is hard on everyone; for some, it can create an emotional crisis. Pillars Community Health is maintaining a COVID-19 Coping Help Line at 708-995-3898.
Music News
 First Conservatory
First Conservatory teachers continue to teach high quality lessons and new students are always welcome. Both online and in-person lessons in the First Congregational Church building are offered to all ages and ability levels. We offer lessons on piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, bass, trumpet, clarinet, oboe, saxophone and others upon request. Click here   for more info and to set up a first lesson.   

Friends of Music
Our church is fortunate to have a vibrant music program with volunteers as the cornerstone. Augmenting our volunteers with guest players and singers for special services is made possible through the Friends of Music fund. Choral Sermons, Easter and Christmas Eve musicians, as well as regular Sunday morning guests would not be possible without these gifts. The 2020 giving drive has begun and brochures are being mailed. If you do not receive one, or would like to learn more, please ask Ryan Cox .
Week at a Glance: June 25 to July 7
 Sunday (June 28)
10 am: Worship ( www.fcclg.org/videos )
10:45 am: Virtual Coffee Hour (Zoom)
Monday (June 29)
7:30 pm: Alcoholics Anonymous
Friday (July 3)
9 am: Overeaters Anonymous
Sunday (July 5)
10 am: Worship ( www.fcclg.org/videos )
7 pm: Overeaters Anonymous
  Prayer is at the heart of our relationship with God. Please lift these friends, family, and members in your prayers.
The Bain family at the death of Carol Bain.
The family of Emil Balz.
Laura Brown (a friend of Renee Bryant since 5th grade), and her family, lost her brother
Erik, probably due to COVID-19. She also lost her sister Lou Ann to cerebral
hemorrhage two days later.
Jennifer Sabella’s husband, Don Caruso, who has a neurological disease and is entering
hospice care.
Jim and Vi Clayton.
The family of Ron Kloss, Janet Bednar’s and Jim Kloss’ father.
Stephanie McCollough.
The friends and family of Dottie McCormick, who died on June 6 th .
Margaret Melkonian, at home.
Haley Safranek’s grandmother, who is continuing her recovery from COVID-19 at home.
Sister Marlene Schemmel, Congregation of St. Joseph, as she battles kidney cancer.
Bob Taylor, who is fighting stage IV liver cancer that has spread.
The family of Richard Tobin.
Stephanie Turton, Dan Sather's sister, who is fighting COVID-19.
Eric Wodicka, boyfriend of Erin Swan (Chris and Renee Bryant’s daughter) who was
diagnosed and hospitalized with leukemia.
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.
Those in the path of COVID-19. 

If you would like to add your loved one to the touch list with their permission, email your concern to info@fcclg.org, or text it to 708.294.3997