April 18, 2019
Greetings!
This Week:
 Friday 4/19: OA at 9 am, Good Friday Service at 7 pm, Alanon at 7:30 pm
Saturday 4/20: Saturday Meals Program at 8 am, Kindermusik at 8 am
Sunday 4/21: Easter Breakfast at 8:30 am, Adult Education: Acts Part I at 8:30 am, Easter Sunday Worship at 10 am, Ring and Sing/Treble Choir at 11:15 am, OA at 7 pm
Monday 4/22: Hooks and Needles at 7pm, AA at 7:30 pm
Wednesday 4/24: Be Still and Know 12 Step Meeting at 4 pm, Council at 7 pm
Thursday 4/25: ONA Planning Team at 6 pm, Chancel Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 pm
Friday 4/26: OA at 9 am, Alanon at 7:30 pm
Saturday 4/27: Saturday Meals Program at 8 am, Kindermusik at 8 am, Choral Sermon Rehearsal at 10 am, Conservatory recital at 2:30 pm
Sunday 4/28: Confirmation Class at 8:15 am, Adult Education: Acts Part I 8:30 am, Palm Sunday Worship at 10 am, Earth Day Celebration at 11 am, Fellowship Hour at 11:15 am, Ring & Sing/Treble Choir at 11:15 am, Called to Care at 11:30 am, Conservatory Recital at 4:30 pm, Junior High Youth Group Meeting at 6:30 pm, OA at 7 pm
Food Pantry
In April. please bring kitchen supplies like aluminum foil, plastic wrap, sandwich or freezer bags, non-stick spray, salt, pepper, spices, or vanilla extract. Any shelf-stable foods are always welcome.
Hooks and Needles
Hooks & Needles will meet next on April 22 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.
Open and Affirming Celebration
The 20 th Anniversary of Open and Affirming happens in June this year. If you’d like to help plan a celebration, please join us on April 25th at 6 pm in the Pastor's Study.
Junior High Spring Schedule
The Junior High youth group has been having a great time at their monthly gatherings this year and the feedback has been heard: more youth group! We will meet twice a month in April and May. All 6-8th grade youth and their friends are welcome at all events.
·      Sunday, April 28 from 6:30 to 8 pm - Junior High Youth Group
·      Sunday, May 5 from 6:30 to 8 pm - Junior High Youth Group
·      Sunday, May 19 from 6:30 to 8 pm - Junior High Youth Group
Green Team - Tip
A bill currently in Springfield (HB2076) would protect the environment from BPA in receipts. BPA is an endocrine disruptor that impacts the health of all people. Receipts printed on thermal paper (the shiny type) contain BPA and should not be put in recycling. Unfortunately, the alternative is sending them to the landfill. If given a choice, opt for a digital receipt.

Earth Day Celebration
Join the Earth Day Celebration following worship on April 28th in the Founders' Room during Fellowship hour. Learn about local endeavors to protect our planet. Take home a free tree sapling for your yard. Invite a friend!
Evening Book Club
We will meet next on May 2 nd at 7:30 pm to discuss Run by Ann Patchett. The Washington Post says this book is “Engaging, surprising, provocative, and moving...a thoroughly intelligent book, an intimate domestic drama that nonetheless deals with big issues touching us all: religion, race, class, politics and, above all else, family." We always have light treats and beverages!
TEACH Benefit
Join us for the 9th Annual TEACH Benefit Dinner on Saturday, May 4, at the Grand Oaks Pavilion in the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook. The 2019 Cultural Unity Award honorees are Lourdes Duarte and the Celine and Don Woznica Family. A Flamenco dancer will cap off the evening. Click this link to find out more about the event and purchase tickets.
War, Peace, and Justice
The united voices of the Apollo Chorus and the Chicago Community Chorus present a concert that explores the universal challenges of togetherness in " Make Them Hear You: Music of War, Peace and Justice. Venues are the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago on Friday, May 3 at 7:30 pm and St. John Brebeuf, in Niles on Sunday May 5th at 3 pm. Email Linda Lauterbach (or call her at 708-352-5332) for more details.
Spring Cleaning
It is time to spruce up the church after a hard winter. Property Committee is sponsoring a Spring Cleaning celebration on May 11 from 1-4 p.m. One priority will be getting the leaves out of the planting beds and lawn, but there will be a list of other chores also. Perhaps you have seen something around the church and thought to yourself "Someone should fix that!" We'll add it to the list. Bring the whole family and spend as little or as much time as you want.
Feed My Starving Children
On Saturday, May 18 from 2-4 pm, our church is scheduled to pack food at the Aurora facility at 555 Exchange Court. This is a fun outreach activity. Children ages 6 to 12 must be accompanied by a parent or grandparent. Sign up in the Founders' Room or email Linda Lauterbach .
Special Opportunities to Sing
On May 19 the Chancel Choir and friends will sing Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms as the Choral Sermon. Rehearsals will begin after Easter and take place on Thursday evening and Saturday morning. This will be a multi-generational choir and all singers 3 rd grade and up are welcome. It’s a challenging piece and I’m confident we can do it! For our younger singers, participation in the Treble Choir is preferred. We will also perform the piece the afternoon of May 19 at Oak Trace Retirement Community in Downers Grove. Please contact Ryan Cox for the complete schedule and to say yes to singing!
March with FCCLG in the Pet Parade!
What's more fun than watching the Pet Parade? Marching in it with FCCLG! This year's theme is Heroes and Superheroes, so dress up yourself, the kids, and the dog (or not) and join us for this 1.5-mile parade through downtown La Grange on Saturday, June 1. Let the office know if you're interested. Details to follow.
Sabbatical Leave for Ryan
The Church Council has approved a sabbatical leave for Ryan Cox for June 10 through September 2, 2019. A sabbatical is a period of special leave intended for professional development which is not possible during the intense program year. Ryan has been our Director of Music for 15 years and this is an ideal time for him to refresh and renew. Ryan’s goal during this time will be to search for and study choral music with more diverse and eclectic styles as well as to expand the depth of his knowledge of traditional music. Ryan plans to visit other congregations around the country and in Europe to experience a broad variety of church music programs. He will also participate in music classes and/or conferences. Ryan will also spend some time with his family, coming back to us in September refreshed and rejuvenated. There is a plan in place to manage the musical needs of the congregation over the summer. A Sabbatical Committee of church members has been formed to provide guidance and assistance. AnnLaura Tapia, our organist, will serve as Sabbatical Music Director in Ryan’s absence. All expenses incurred in connection with this sabbatical period will be paid from the Hautau Fund, which is a restricted fund of this church designated to be used for sacred music education. 
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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.
The family and friends of Evelyn Biegert.
Joan Burke, at the death of her brother.
Prayers for Jim and Vi Clayton.
The family and friends of Fred Figge.
Barbara Hultman.
Evelyn Kelly.
The Maley family.
Stephanie McCollough.
Prayers for Margaret Melkonian.
Chris Moe, who is healing at home.
The family and friends of Tom Pitman.
The family and friends of Rudy Schade.
Christina Thomas, Joy Palomo-Clark's cousin, a young mother dealing with cancer.
Prayers for Jean Tomkinson's recovery and rehab at home.
Healing for Robin Vesperman.
Fred and Vera Weiss.
Our United Methodist kin.
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.