February 7, 2019

Peace to you and grace, from Carly called to walk beside the saints of La Grange and beyond.
Several of my clergy-type friends are posting daily thankful notes on social media with the hashtag #OneGratefulYear. This practice requires a person to be on the lookout constantly for things about which to be grateful.
One friend posted the following this week. It struck a chord with me and I hope it will with you.

I’m grateful for paperclips—small, easy to lose, total lifesavers when you need one. As a child, I would consistently straighten out paperclips from my mother’s desk and leave them—much to her chagrin—in neat little piles in the depressed nook in the foot of the drawer liner.
It took me a long while to realize that paperclips really were useless if they weren’t curled up and crooked. The glory of paperclip technology is the fact that a tiny piece of steel is able, if it is oriented properly, to hold together objects many times the size of the hardworking clip.
I think about all the weird, curly, not-at-all-straight aspects of me that make my giftedness what it is. I’m able to do the work that I do and live the life that I live precisely because I’m not plain and straightened out. It’s because of my curled up orientation that I can hold some things together, keep the world in a somewhat better order, and help organize reality into a better version of its former self.
With curled up glory like the paperclip, I will walk on in gratitude!
Terry D Williams,
Pastor of Orchard Hill UCC
Chillocothe, OH

The 2019 Annual Meeting left the congregation with a challenge: Increase 2019 pledges to fund a 2.5% staff raise. The congregation MET the Challenge! Our total pledges for 2019 are $283,000 ! This will balance the budget without any funds being taken from ministries or properties to fund the raises. Thank you, one and all! 

This Week:
 Friday 2/8: OA at 9 am, Alanon at 7 pm
Saturday 2/9: Saturday Meals Program at 8 am, Kindermusik at 8 am
Sunday 2/10: Worship 10 am, Fellowship Hour 11:15 am, All Teams Meeting at 11:15 am, Ring and Sing/Treble Choir at 11:15 am, OA at 7 pm
Monday 2/11: Hooks and Needles at 7pm, AA at 7:30 pm
Wednesday 2/13: Be Still and Know 12 Step Meeting at 4 pm, Carillon Handbell Choir at 7:30 pm
Thursday 2/14: Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Friday 2/15: OA at 9 am, Alanon at 7:30 pm
Saturday 2/16 Saturday Meals Program at 8 am, Kindermusik at 8 am
Sunday 2/17: Worship at 10 am, Fellowship Hour at 11:15 am, Green Team Meeting at 11:15 am, Ring & Sing/Treble Choir at 11:15 am, Safe Church Training at 11:30 am, Junior High Youth Group Meeting at 6:30 pm, OA at 7 pm
Altar Flowers
The 2019 altar flower sign up is in the Founder's room. There are many open dates ready to be filled. You may sign up in the Founder's room or by contacting the office . The cost of altar flowers is $40. Please pay by cash or check at least two weeks prior to your flower dedication date. If you have any questions, please contact Janet Bednar.
Youth and Their LGBTQ Stories and Discussion
The Ministry of Missions encourages you to attend the second in the series of films being sponsored by the La Grange CommUnity Diversity Group, "The Year We Thought About Love." This film shows what happens when a group of LGBTQ youth dares to be "out" on stage talking truthfully about their lives. The film will be shown at 7:00 pm Friday, February 8, at the Lyons Township High School (South) Performing Arts Center. Follow-up discussions will be held on the following three Fridays at First Methodist Church of La Grange, with pizza at 6:30 and discussion at 7:00.
Hooks and Needles
Hooks and Needles makes prayer shawls and baby blankets for the church, and blankets and newborn hats for Pillars Community Health in La Grange for new moms. If you would like to make any of these, whether or not you can attend the 2nd and 4th Monday get-togethers at the church, we would be delighted to pick up your crocheted or knitted items!
Hooks & Needles will meet next on February 11 at 7 pm in the Family Room off the Chapel. Contact Claudia Byrne at 708-205-1409 or email her if you have questions or would like a pick-up.
Safe Church Training
Safe Church Training will be held in the Confirmation Room following Fellowship hour on February 17. Training is required for anyone who would like to work with children, youth, or others at risk. Sign up here.
Green Team Meeting
The Green Team has exciting plans for projects and programs in the next few months. If you have an interest in solar energy, recycling, plastic waste, sustainability, or environmental justice, we need you. Please join us at our next meeting, at 11:15 on Sunday, February 17, in the Drawing Room.
Green Team News
The Shedd Aquarium conducts wildlife research and ecological restoration in Cook County forest preserves along Salt Creek. You can help bring back threatened amphibian habitat by removing invasive plant species, seed dispersal, and other activities on February 9 th and/or February 21 st from 10 am – 1 pm at La Grange Park Woods. For more info or to register, click here.
The Shedd is hosting an info session at the La Grange Public Library on February 20 th at 7 pm on Saving the Great Lakes’ Ecosystem and how local volunteers can get involved with various aspects of that work. If interested, call the Library to register.
Green tip of the month: using eggshells to fertilize soil.
2019 Pathways to Justice Conference
Announcing the 2019 Pathways to Justice Conference on March 2, 2019. To learn more about our UCC conference with keynote speaker Jaquie Algee who is President of Women's March Chicago, click here . Nancy Heil, a member of the planning group for the event, invites you to a day of inspiration, fellowship and activism. To register, contact Betsy Martin at 847-657-7595 or by email , or register online by February 22nd.
Social Concerns Book Club
There There by Tommy Orange examines what belonging and memory mean for Native Americans. The Cheyenne and Arapaho author follows a large cast of Native Americans as they journey to a Pow Wow in Oakland, California. Join us for this pilgrimage on March 11 at 7:30 pm in the Family Room off the Chapel. This novel has made many best books of the year lists for 2018, so reserve soon if you want to get a copy from the library.
Evening Book Club
Evening Book Club will discuss The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskins on March 14 th at 7:30 pm in the Family Room off the Chapel. This is a sequel to The Life We Bury by this award-winning author. New members welcome!
2019 Spring Break All Ages Work Trip Opportunity
Disaster Recovery Port Arthur, Texas
March 22- 31 , 2019
Ages 16 - 99 Needed
We will help repair homes for low income renters who were displaced by the floods of Hurricane Harvey. Work may include but will not be limited to light carpentry, drywall, insulation, flooring, trim, and painting. We also need meal and kitchen coordinators! Informational meeting February 23 at 9 a.m. in the Drawing Room. Deadline for registration is February 28. Cost will be that of meals and transportation only.
Food Pantry
For February, we would especially appreciate donations of canned items like soups, stews, fruit, or vegetables. Any nonperishable items are gratefully accepted.
Save the Date
On Saturday, May 18th from 2 - 4 pm, our church will be packing food at the Feed My Starving Children facility in Aurora. This is an all church activity for ages 6 to 96. Please put the date on your calendar. Details and sign up will follow.
C an’t Get To Sunday Services?  
You can watch them live on Sunday at 10 a.m. on the web.  Click here   to see Sunday worship streamed live and to view past worship services as well.  Or follow these instructions on how to watch through your Roku Device. Contact the church office to have the worship bulletin emailed to you on Fridays. This ministry is brought to you by the estate of Ginny Palansky, and maintained by your gifts, offerings, and pledges.
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  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.
Jameson Hogan.
Audrey Johnson, a friend of Saturday Meals Program.
The Maley family.
Prayers for Margaret Melkonian.
Tom Pitman and his family.
Jean Tomkinson - prayers for recovery and rehab at Plymouth Place.
Fred and Vera Weiss.
Brian White, who awaits healing.
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.

If you would like to send your thoughts and prayers to someone listed above, please use one of the Touch Cards in your pew. Place the completed card in the offering plate and the office will address and mail it. Thank you for reaching out to others. We encourage you to let us know if you or someone you know is hospitalized or receiving medical treatment. Due to HIPAA privacy laws, we are not notified by hospitals or doctors. If you know someone who would like a visit from the church, please advise the minister or the office.