February 21, 2019

Grace to you and peace, from Carly, called to be prophet, teacher, preacher, agitator, and comforter amongst the saints of La Grange and beyond.

We live in a wishy-washy society in a wishy-washy world. The Chicago mayoral election ads that keep popping up remind me of how indecisive we are. Just what exactly do the words spoken by candidates mean? Are the really going to carry through with the promises they are making?

Politians are not alone in this. The contractor says they’ll be there on Friday but on Thursday night leaves voicemail saying they can’t make it and requesting I be in touch to reschedule. The package is promised to be delivered by Wednesday and doesn’t arrive until Saturday. We have an appointment to meet a friend for coffee and they don’t show up. Or, my personal pet peeve, someone says they’ll complete a specific task and it never gets done.

But scripture tells us that we are the “Yes” children of God.
Do I make my plans according to ordinary human standards, ready to say "Yes, yes" and "No, no" at the same time? As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been "Yes and No." For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not "Yes and No"; but in him it is always "Yes." -  2 Corinthians 1:17b-19

Paul reminds us that in Christ, our word is always yes. As surely as God (more)
This Week:
 Friday 2/22: OA at 9 am, Alanon at 7 pm
Saturday 2/23: Saturday Meals Program at 8 am, Kindermusik at 8 am
Sunday 2/24: Confirmation Class 8:15 am, Adult Education: Chaos and Kingdom at 8:30 am, Worship 10 am, Fellowship Hour 11:15 am, Ring and Sing/Treble Choir at 11:15 am, Called to Care Training 11:30 am,
OA at 7 pm
Monday 2/25: Indivisible LG/LGP, Hooks and Needles at 7pm, AA at 7:30 pm
Wednesday 2/27: Be Still and Know 12 Step Meeting at 4 pm, Galaxy Theatre 6:30 pm, Council at 7 pm
Friday 3/1: OA at 9 am, Galaxy Theatre 6:30 pm, Alanon at 7:30 pm
Saturday 3/2 Saturday Meals Program at 8 am, Kindermusik at 8 am
Sunday 3/3: Confirmation Class 8:15 am, Adult Education: Chaos and Kingdom at 8:30 am, Messy Worship 10 am, Ring & Sing/Treble Choir at 11:15 am, Called to Care Training 11:30 am, 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.
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 25 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.
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.
The Maley family.
Prayers for Margaret Melkonian.
The family and friends of Tom Pitman, whose memorial celebration will be March 9 at 1 pm.
Prayers for Jean Tomkinson's recovery and rehab at home.
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.