January 9, 2020
Greetings!

Notice of Congregational Meeting and Annual Report
* Our Congregational Meeting will be held January 19th following worship.  
* At the Congregational Meeting on January 19th, the Church Council will bring forth a request to amend the Church Constitution. The proposed amendment would allow the Clerk to be a voting member of the Council. In order for the proposed amendment to pass there needs to be a majority approval at the Congregational meeting. The proposed amendment would be to delete the words "who shall serve as a non-voting member" from Section 5(b) of Article IX of the Constitution of the First Congregational Church of La Grange.
* The 2019 Annual Report is available to download or read online here . We also have a few printed copies available in the office.
* If you have not turned in your pledge for 2020, please do so! You can email the office and we will record it for you. If you would like to set up online giving or change your current online giving, click here to do that. The office can also make those changes for you.
Week at a Glance: January 10 to January 19
Friday (January 10)
9 am: Overeaters Anonymous
10 am: Spiritual Directors
7:30 pm: Alanon
Saturday (January 11)
8 am: Saturday Meals Program
Sunday (January 12)
8:30 am: Adult Ed - The Screwtape Letters
10 am: Worship
11:15 am: Fellowship Hour
6:30 pm: Youth Group Meeting
7 pm: Overeaters Anonymous
Monday (January 13)
7 pm: Hooks and Needles
7:30 pm: Alcoholics Anonymous
Wednesday (January 15 )
4 pm: Be Still and Know 12 Step Meeting
7:30 pm: Carillon Handbell rehearsal
Thursday (January 16)
Chancel Choir rehearsal
Friday (January 17)
9 am: Overeaters Anonymous
7:30 pm: Alanon
Saturday (January 18)
8 am: Saturday Meals Program
Sunday (January 19)
8 am: Adult Ed - The Screwtape Letters
10 am: Worship
11 am: Congregational Meeting
11:15 am: Ring & Sing/Treble Choir
7 pm: Overeaters Anonymous
FCCLG Shirts
The office is selling shirts with the FCCLG logo. We have a variety of sizes and colors. Get one for that special someonefor Valentines Day! Shirts are $15 each.
Adult Sunday School
Join us in discussing the C. S. Lewis classic The Screwtape Letters in the Drawing Room on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. This satirical piece addresses temptation and resistance in a vivid, humorous, and powerful way. We'll have lively discussion over coffee and doughnuts. See Susan Steinmiller if you have questions.
Book club - new date
The next book club meeting will be January 9th, not the 16th. We will discuss The Girl with Seven Names: Escape from North Korea by Hyeonseo Lee. In 1997 the author, aged 17, inadvertently escaped North Korea for China. Her mother's first words over the telephone to her daughter were "don't come back". The reprisals for all of them would have been lethal. This eloquent book offers a credible first-hand account of life in North Korea and gives an extraordinary insight into the life under one of the world's most ruthless and secretive dictatorships and the dangerous journey to freedom. Copies are available through the library. Please join us in the Chapel Family Room at 7:30 pm. Light refreshments are served.
Save the Date
February 13 from 1 – 3 pm will be the first meeting of Thriving With Pride, a new group supporting the needs of older LGBTQIA community members. More info coming soon!
Crockpot Sunday
Join us on January 26 in the Dining Room right after church for our annual potluck lunch. Bring your favorite crockpot creation, side dish, or salad to share. The Nurture Team will provide desserts, bread & butter, and beverages. See you there!
Green Team News
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.

Learn how to recycle Amazon packaging at Amazon Second Chance .
 
Now through January 12 th , you can drop off unwanted holiday lights for recycling in receptacles located in the La Grange and La Grange Park Village Halls, La Grange Parking Garage, La Grange and La Grange Park Public Libraries, La Grange Road and Stone Avenue Train Stations.
Youth Group Meetings
The youth group meets twice a month. The youth group is for everyone in 6-12 th grade. We will meet on the 2 nd and 4 th Sundays of every month from 6:30-8 pm, except in April and May when we will meet on the first and third Sundays to avoid holidays. Our next meeting is January 12 th at 6:30 pm.
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.
  Prayer is at the heart of our relationship with God. Please lift these friends, family, and members in your prayers.
Emil Balz at Meadowbrook La Grange.
Diane Biegert.
The family and friends of Rev. Biegert.
The family and friends of Lyle Brumley.
Jim and Vi Clayton.
Ron Kloss at Plymouth Place.
Stephanie McCollough.
Margaret Melkonian at home.
Carol Svendsen, Fred Weiss’ daughter, who is recovering at home.
Bob Taylor, who is fighting stage IV liver cancer that has spread.
Christina Thomas, Joy Palomo-Clark’s cousin, a young mother dealing with cancer.
Dick Tobin, who is at Brookdale, Burr Ridge.
Peter and Kendra Van Kempen’s son John, being cared for at home.
Sarah Carr’s cousins, the Wilson family, with Liam, who was born 13 weeks early.
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.
Victims of wildfires.

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 Thursdays.