October 1, 2020
Greetings! 


The October 15 Tidings will be sent through Breeze
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Contact the church office with any questions.
Thanks!
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.
Coffee Hour on Zoom
This is a real happening! Join in the conversation, see familiar faces, and laugh together! You must have a Zoom Invitation which is available by sending an email to Carly with the subject line "Coffee Hour Invite" without the quotes. They system is automated to reply with an invitation that is valid for the calendar month. We're not excluding those without computer access! For a telephone invitation, please call the church office. 
Saturday Meals Program Update
Saturday Meals reopens on October 3rd. Going forward, we will distribute bagged, sandwich based meals from 11:00 to 12:30. This will be expanded to hot meals and soup to go once we get a feel for the folks we’re serving. We will start serving 50 lunches and if we have extras, BEDS will take them, and if we need more, we can make them. We are not prepared to handle donations from Panera or Mariano’s. After we get SMP up and running, we can consider accepting them. Our freezers are empty. All frozen meats, soups etc were given to BEDS to pass on to their housed people.
In keeping with concerns about distancing and Covid safety, we will limit the number of regular volunteers to eight. At this time we are not inviting youth volunteers. We will add volunteers as the program grows. We need everyone; just not at the same time at the moment.
Twenty years ago, Saturday Meals started slowly and through a lot of hard work, built up to what it was and will be again. As safety with COVID changes, so will Saturday Meals Program.
Volunteer Opportunity for the LeaderShop at FCCLG
The LeaderShop is seeking adult volunteers to help support young students with remote learning sessions at FCCLG. Volunteers are needed from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday, beginning September 21st. You may choose to work one or several days per week. Volunteers will work with a LeaderShop staff member to help a group of eight students focus on their school work and assist with social-emotional activities during breaks. Contact Cathy Pierson at cathyp@theleadershop.org or call the LeaderShop office at 708-579-5898 for more information.
Bad Girls of the Bible
Join us on Fridays through November 6th at 2 pm via Zoom to read and learn from Bad Girls of the Bible: Exploring Women of Questionable Virtue. The book by Barbara J. Essex is available in paperback and Kindle at amazon.com. Contact Linda Lauterbach to get your Zoom invite.
Crop Walk
This year, especially with the Covid-19 pandemic, the need is greater than ever before. Everyone is encouraged to donate or collect pledges and walk. The CROP walk will be virtual this year and more flexible than ever before. Walk any day between October 16-23, individually or with a family pod, anywhere you want for as long as you want. Online
donations are preferred. Checks can be made out to CROP/CWS and turned in to Linda Lauterbach at 632 S. 10th Ave, La Grange by October 23. Sign up to walk or donate here.
Join or donate to the FCCLG team today.
Masks, Hand Sanitizer, Safe Work Place
Please note that if you are in the building, you MUST wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth, and are encouraged to use the hand sanitizer inside the door as you enter and leave. There are no exceptions! While it may seem like the building is empty, we have tenants, contracted workers, students, and staff who are in the building, and are required to practice CDC guidelines. We have a responsibility to keep our space safe for all who work, learn, and visit here. Please, use the hand sanitizer, and wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, call the office and we will meet you at the door with a mask.
What does Ministry Mean in the Time of COVID?
The answer to that is for your ministry team to discern. We need to gather each ministry team and brainstorm about how to to the ministry of the church in this difficult time. If you are on a team, be on the lookout for your invitation to a Zoom gathering of your ministry team to begin the process of exploring our way forward.
Food Pantry
The Ministry of Missions continues to collect donations for the Second Baptist Church’s food pantry. In October, we request cleaning products. Any nonperishable items are accepted. Please leave your donations in the bin on Bobbie Nunez’s front porch at 507 S. Spring, La Grange.
White Privilege - Let's Talk
Recent events in our nation have increased awareness that many are treated unfairly by our social, economic, and justice systems. To examine these inequalities through the lens of faith, a five-week study of the UCC curriculum “White Privilege – Let’s Talk” will begin on Sunday, October 11th. Zoom discussion sessions will be held Sundays after church from 11:15 -12:15. Informative, thought-provoking material from UCC faith leaders will be available online. Discussions will be facilitated by Linda Lauterbach and Nancy Heil. Please contact Linda Lauterbach to receive links to the materials and a Zoom invitation.
Green Team
Styrofoam Recycling Update
Western Springs resumes its monthly collection of Styrofoam on October 3 from 9 to 12. Future dates will depend on COVID status, so watch the Village of Western Springs website or contact Laurie Braun close to the first Saturday of the month for updates. While our church is closed, Laurie's porch at 115 6th Ave. in La Grange will continue to be a 24/7 collection point for Styrofoam. Please separate food containers from block-type foam and place in separate bags or boxes. Remember that all Styrofoam should be clean and that foam peanuts and popcorn are not accepted. More info here.
Message from Missions
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.
Green Team Tip
Instead of cutting up your expired credit cards, what else could you do with them? Here are some practical ideas.
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. 

Musical Rehearsals
Chancel Choir meets each Thursday at 7 pm via Zoom. Each meeting will begin with vocal warmups followed by learning music for future online services. There will also be time to break out into groups for socializing and sectional work. The goal for the choir this fall is to enjoy singing as much as possible and share our voices during worship regularly. I look forward to meeting the challenges that distance learning presents, but also embracing the differences in what it means to be a choir right now.
All high school singers and adults are welcome. And since distance is no longer a barrier, invite your friends and family from anywhere to sing! Please contact Ryan for the Zoom invite. 

Carillon Handbell Choir meets on Wednesdays at 7 pm. Location may be online via Zoom, but in-person rehearsal is possible too with proper safety protocols. Please contact Ryan if you would like to ring and be included in schedule and location updates.
 
Children and Youth will focus on bells and other non-vocal instruments in the coming months. Rehearsal can be in-person with proper precautions. Please let Ryan know you are interested and a rehearsal schedule will be created based on number and age of participants. Ryan would love to have a 7th-12th grade ensemble as well!
Week at a Glance: Oct 2 to Oct 11
Friday (October 2)
9 am: Overeaters Anonymous
7 pm: Alanon
Saturday (October 3)
11 am: Saturday Meals to go
Sunday (October 4)
10 am: Worship (www.fcclg.org/videos)
10:45 am: Virtual Coffee Hour (Zoom)
3 pm: Confirmation
7 pm: OA
Tuesday (October 6)
3 pm: Inspired: Bible Study
Wednesday (October 7)
7 pm: Carillon Handbell Choir
Thursday (October 8)
7 pm: Chancel Choir
Friday (October 9)
9 am: Overeaters Anonymous
10 am: Spiritual Directors
7 pm: Alanon
Saturday (October 10)
11 am: Saturday Meals to go
Sunday (October 11)
10 am: Worship (www.fcclg.org/videos)
10:45 am: Virtual Coffee Hour (Zoom)
11:30 am: White Privilege – Let’s Talk
3 pm: Confirmation
7 pm: Overeaters Anonymous
 Prayer is at the heart of our relationship with God. Please lift these friends, family, and members in your prayers.
Jim and Vi Clayton.
The family of Bonnie Day.
The Kasnick family at the loss of Jenny Kasnick’s uncle, who died on September 21st.
Stephanie McCollough.
Margaret Melkonian, at home.
Martha Ririe, recovering 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.
Faith Ullrich, who is recovering from hospitalization and would appreciate your prayers.
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.