May 10, 2018
Ask the Question, Part 2
We ran out of time for a number of questions asked in worship on April 15. Here is the second installment on responses to those questions.

How did Cain and Abel get their wives in the book of Genesis in the Bible?
I did respond to this on Sunday, but the pre-teen that asked the question was in Sunday School when I did. So, this is for our curious youth. As the story goes, Adam (the human) and Eve (life) are the first humans amidst all of creation. They have two sons, Cain and Abel. Long about the 4th chapter of Genesis, Cain kills Abel. And 9 verses later... (click for more)
This Week:
Friday 5/11: OA at 9 am, Spiritual Directors at 10 am, Alanon at 7:30 pm
Saturday 5/12: Saturday Meals Program at 8 am, Kindermusik at 8 am
Sunday 5/13: Adult Ed. - Journey Through the Psalms at 8:30 am, Worship - Choral Sermon at 10 am, Fellowship Hour at 11:15 am, Ring & Sing / Treble Choir at 11:15 am, Yzals Meeting at 6:30 pm, OA at 7 pm
Monday 5/14: Tiny Toes Music at 4:30 pm, AA for under 30s at 7 pm, AA at 8 pm
Wednesday 5/16: Be Still and Know 12 Step at 4 pm, Carillon Handbell Choir at 7:30 pm
Thursday 5/17: Chancel Choir at 7:30 pm
Friday 5/18: OA at 9 am, Alanon at 7:30 pm
Saturday 5/19: Saturday Meals Program at 8 am, Kindermusik at 8 am
Sunday 5/20: Adult Ed. - Journey Through the Psalms at 8:30 am, Bells at 9 am, Choir at 9:30 am, Worship - Celebration of Pentecost and Reception of New Members at 10 am, All Teams Meeting at 11:15 am, Fellowship Hour at 11:15 am, Ring & Sing / Treble Choir at 11:15 am, OA at 7:00 pm
Amanda and Kyle Wood and big brother Atticus welcome Philomena, who was born on April 29th.
Graduating Seniors
Congratulations to our graduating seniors: Jane Bell, RB; Kara Nedva, RB; Gabby Sanchez, RB; Kyle Storage, LT; and Marley Watts, LT. We look forward to following your next adventures!
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Adult Education - Journey Through The Psalms
May 6th began a 4 week class to Explore the Psalms on May 13th, May 20th, and June 3rd. No class on May 27th! We meet at 8:30am in the Drawing Room. Join us for coffee, conversation, and Psalms!
Choral Sermon
The Choral Sermon on May 13th will celebrate musicians of all ages on Mother’s Day. In 2017 Mark Hayes wrote Faith, Hope, and Love for the 100 th anniversary of St. Paul’s Co-educational College and Primary School in Hong Kong. Our Chancel Choir, Treble Choir, and orchestra of First Conservatory teachers and students and FCCLG members will perform this beautiful trio of pieces during 10am worship.  
Evening Book Club
Evening Book Club will meet on May 17 th at 7:30 pm in the Chapel Conference Room. We will read Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, described as “a novel about class and race, privilege and prejudice…with the power to provoke and entrance.”
BedsPLUS Rent Party
Each client who comes to BEDS faces an immediate housing crisis with multiple, complex causes. Last year, nearly 70% of those clients exited our program into safe, affordable housing. Help us make the community stronger by donating today or joining us at our first annual Rent Party on May 19th . For more details view the flyer here.
Stock the Pantry for Summer Coffee Hour
Help us stock the pantry by bringing in coffee and packaged cookies or crackers to be served by the Ministry of Nurture for Summer Coffee Hour. We will be focusing our collection during Coffee Hour on Sunday, May 20th ; however donations brought in when convenient for you are also greatly appreciated. 
Music for All Ages
Summer Musicians of all ages are invited to play, sing or ring starting in June. The choir is off for the Summer, so we need you! Not a soloist, but want to lend your talents? Ryan will work to find an ensemble for you. Please contact to Ryan Cox to sign-up.

First Conservatory: Music lessons taught by excellent teachers are offered throughout the week at First Congregational Church. Children and adults alike are welcome! Instruments taught include piano, voice, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, violin, viola, cello, and bass. Other instruments could be made available with interest.

Tiny Toes Music: Babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers also have a great opportunity in our building. Tiny Toes Music is the local offering for Music Together, known internationally for educating little ones and their guardians together. .
Messy Church
Messy Church is June 3rd at 4:30 pm . Our theme is The Lord's Prayer . Come have a great time and grow in faith and in your love of others on the journey. If you want more information about Messy Church or how you can assist please contact Amanda Ries .​ Click here for the flyer. We need always need volunteers!
4:30-5:15pm: Crafts and Stories
5:15-5:30pm: Celebration
5:30-6:00: Dinner
Attracting Friends Retaining Members Nurturing Spirits
Developing Leaders   
H ooks and Needles
The next meeting will be on Monday, June 4th in the Family Room off the Chapel. (After that the summer meetings will be in our homes). The knitting and crocheting ministry meets at 7pm on the 4th Monday of the month, June through August. Please call Claudia Byrne at 708-205-1409 or email if you have any questions.
Summer schedule
  • June 25: Barbara Hultman - 4739 South Johnson Avenue Western Springs, IL 60558
  • July 23: Margaret Melkonian - 437 South Brainard Avenue La Grange, IL 60525
  • August 27: Mary Forester - 315 North La Grange Road Apt. 138 La Grange Park, IL 60526
Nurturing Spirits
Missions Book Discussion Group
Our next meeting will be June 4 at 7:30pm in the Drawing Room. We will explore issues of racism in our book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.
Summer Musical Camp!
Rescue in the Night! -- Featuring Lions! Daniel! and God! coming to Music Camp 2018. This awesome opportunity to sing, play, learn, and have fun will be July 23rd-July 27th from 2-6 p.m. Performances will be July 27th at 7pm and July 29th at 10am. See Ryan Cox, or email him at for registration information. Click on the image for the flyer !
UCC Summer Camps 2018
Illinois Conference UCC Outdoor Minitries sponsored events. Beyond Belief! The Universe of God! Contact 815-447-2390 or visit for more information. Click here for the full flyer.
Adult Work Trip - Texas
Our Youth have set the bar high for work trips! It's time for the adults to roll up our sleeves, grab paint brushes, hammers, and saws, and match the work of our youth! Hurricanes Harvey and Irma wreaked havoc in the neighborhoods of the South East Coast of Texas. Our Sister Churches in the region need our assistance to clean up and rebuild from these hurricanes. We'll be working in Jefferson County, TX on October 20 - 27, 2018 . We hope to have 12 adults representing our church's love in Texas. For more information on what we'll be doing, click here . An information meeting will be scheduled for early June. Watch for details.
Volunteer Opportunity
Interfaith Community Partners is a non-profit organization that works with volunteers to provide rides to older adults and individuals with disabilities in the Lyons, Proviso, and Riverside Townships. Over 100 volunteers transport clients to medical appointments, therapies, and errands. We also take clients to their places of employment. There is no cost to clients, and we rely solely on private donations, grants, special events, and church support for funding. We need you! Please consider becoming a Volunteer driver. Contact us at 708-354-9328 for an information packet, or visit us on the web at . Can you spare an hour a week?
Welcome Galaxy Theater Company!
Cat on a Hot Tim Roof, You Can't Take It With You, Dial M for Murder. These are the recent productions of our newest space-sharing partner, the Galaxy Theater Company.
Galaxy Theater Company is a nonprofit theater company that just re-located from the Beverly neighborhood to our facility. Founded by John Wognum in 2016, Galaxy is a relatively new theater company that is committed to equality among everyone. GTC hopes to bring good, quality theater productions to the La Grange Community.
GTC has permanent storage space in the large closet across from the Maintenance Office. They will begin rehearsing their first show, Twelve Angry Jurors, in early 2019. The show will be performed in the Dining Room over a two week-end run.
All productions are open to veterans and inexperienced actors alike. GTC will perform up to three adult productions a year. If you are interested in becoming involved with one of these productions, whether as a performer, stagehand, or volunteer, contact our founder John Wognum and get ready to Find Your Star!
Petal Pushers Volunteers Needed
Interfaith Community Partners is looking for volunteers to meet the first Thursday of each month to arrange donated flowers into small vases for older adult clients. If you can help, call 708-354-9328.
Food Pantry
In May we’re collecting peanut butter, jelly and crackers for the Second Baptist Food Pantry. Please help fill our baskets located at the entrances of the Sanctuary and Chapel! Other non-perishable foods are always welcome as well. Thanks for your generosity!
C an’t Get To Sunday Services?  
You can watch them live Sundays at 10 a.m. on the web.  Click here  to see Sunday worship streamed live and past worship services as well.  Or, check out 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.
Attracting Friends Retaining Members Nurturing Spirits 
Developing Partners
Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, May 13th. Click the logo for our Amazon Smile page and donate to FCCLG.
  Prayer is at the heart of our relationship with God. Please lift these friends, family, and members in your prayers.
Emil and Maria Balz.
Fred Bell, who is recovering from leukemia.
Prayers for Jerry Byrne, as he recovers after knee replacement surgery.
Prayers for the Clayton family.
Prayers for Diana Coberly, as she goes through a tough time.
Ann Fish, as she recovers from surgery.
The family and friends of Barbara Lester, Steve Lester’s aunt, who passed away May 6 th .
Renee Meier, who is dealing with cancer.
Prayers for Margaret Melkonian.
Prayers for Betty Ost’s friend Walt, who’s facing surgery.
Petra Palmer’s granddaughter’s friend Summer who is having chemotherapy for leukemia.
Thoughts and prayers for the family and friends of Billy Payne, who died on April 15 th .
Prayers for Tom Pitman, who is living with cancer.
Prayers for Steve Roper, as he recovers from open heart surgery.
For Vera Weiss to regain her strength and fight cancer.
Those living in fear and without hope, and those who use fear to control others.