October 31, 2019
Greetings!
Week at a Glance: November 1 to November 10
Friday (November 1)
9 am: Overeaters Anonymous
7:30 pm: Alanon
Saturday (November 2)
8 am: Kindermusik
8 am: Saturday Meals Program
10 am: Cantata Recital
Sunday (November 3)
8:30 am: Adult Education - Acts
10 am: Worship
11:15 am: Fellowship Hour
11:15 am: Cantata Rehearsal
4:30 pm: Messy Church
7 pm: Overeaters Anonymous
Monday (November 4)
7:30 pm: Alcoholics Anonymous
Wednesday (November 6 )
4 pm: Be Still and Know 12 Step Meeting
7:30 pm: Carillon Handbell rehearsal
Thursday (November 7)
7:30 pm: Chancel Choir rehearsal
Friday (November 8)
9 am: Overeaters Anonymous
10 am: Spiritual Directors
7:30 pm: Alanon
Saturday (November 9)
8 am: Kindermusik
8 am: Saturday Meals Program
Sunday (November 10)
8:30 am: Adult Education - Acts
10 am: Worship and New Member Welcome
11:15 am: All Teams Meeting
11:15 am: Cantata Rehearsal
11:15 am: Fellowship Hour
6:30 pm: Youth Group Meeting
7 pm: Overeaters Anonymous
You Can Do More in 4 Hours Than You Think
Help end homelessness in our community by staffing shelters, doing laundry, making meals, supporting fundraising events, and/or taking Support Center calls for just half a day each month. Sign up on the BEDS Plus website or contact breitbarth@beds-plus.org, 708-354-0858 (ext 137).
Homeless Persons' Memorial November 1
Please join us for worship as we remember the lives of the homeless members of our community who died this year and those who live without a permanent residence.November 1st at Grace Lutheran Church, 200 North Catherine Avenue, La Grange. There will be a coffee reception at 6:30 pm and Worship at 7 pm.
November Messy Church
Our next Messy Church will be November 3rd at 4:30 pm in the Dining Room. The theme is I Am the Light of the World. We need volunteers to assist with crafts, message, and music. If you are interested, please contact Amanda Ries .
Eco-friendly Pumpkin Disposal
After Halloween you can dispose of your pumpkins responsibly in your raked leaves or garden. If you don’t have a yard, take them to the La Grange Park Department of Public Works for recycling at 937 Barnsdale Road on Saturday, November 4 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Christmas Eve Service survey
The Worship Team, Carly, and Ryan are interested in your feedback about the service times and content on Christmas Eve. To better understand the needs and preferences of our congregation, a survey was sent out via email. If you haven’t had a chance to respond, or didn’t receive it, the survey is available here . Please respond by November 5th.
Trivia Night
Bring your team of up to 10 or join one on the fly to test your music knowledge at Trivia Night on Friday, November 8th in the Founders Room. Doors open at 7pm with questions starting at 7:30p. Participants must be 21 or older, have heard music at some point in the last 50 years, and want to have an opportunity to hoist the Trivia Champions trophy. Please note event is BYOB (some light snacks provided) and is $20 at the door. RSVP or ask questions about the event by contacting Mike Ries .
New Members
We will be receiving new members during the service on November 10th. If you're interested in joining us, there will be an informational meeting after service on November 3rd. Please notify the office ( email or call 708-352-0800) so we can make sure we have materials for all. Hope to see you then!
Harvest Home Dinner
You are cordially invited to our 73rd annual Harvest Home Dinner on Wednesday, November 20th at 6:30 pm in the dining room. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a delicious turkey dinner and the warm fellowship of your church family. Tickets are available during coffee hour or in the church office: Adults $10, Children 4-12 yrs $5, under 4 free. There is also a volunteer sign up sheet for kitchen workers and servers.
Social Concerns Book Group
We are reading The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert. Join us for the discussion on November 21 at 7:30 pm in the Drawing Room. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this book predicts the future of the world and the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes.
Help a Child Live a Better Life
Contact Cathy Pierson at 708-579-5898 or  cathyp@theleadershop.org to volunteer for two LeaderShop programs:
Mentors and mentee meet at mutually agreed-upon times and determine how that time is spent based on common interests, hobbies and favorite activities. We ask that mentors commit to at least 1 year and spend at least 4 hours a month with their match.
After-School volunteers help with homework, practice reading and math skills and help lead group activities and crafts. Times and locations:
  • La Grange Community Center (200 Lincoln, LG)             Tues. & Thurs. 3 – 5 pm
  • LeaderShop (4903 S. Willow Springs Road, LG)           Tues. & Thurs. 3 – 5 pm
  • Hollywood House (3435 Hollywood Ave., Brookfield)      Mon. & Wed.    3 – 5 pm
  • Summit Park District (5700 S. Archer Road)                   Mon. & Wed.    3 – 5 pm

If you have or know a child who’d like to make like-minded friends, tell them about LeaderShop’s fall high school retreats for junior high students and high school students .
Music News
Inter-generational Advent Choral Sermon: On December 15 singers of all ages will combine their talents to present Dave Brubeck's Fiesta de la Posada. Children 1st-8th grade will rehearse on Sundays and a couple of Saturdays. Chancel Choir will rehearse on Thursdays and some Sundays. Teens 9-12th grade can rehearse on the Saturday/Sunday or Thursday/Sunday schedule. Adults for whom Thursday evening doesn't work can also do the Saturday/Sunday schedule. Schedules are available in the church office or from Ryan.
In addition to needing singers, assistance with costumes, set decoration and props is also needed. Please let Ryan know if you can help with any aspect of this celebration.
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.
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.

When you put your home recycling out for collection, remember to put the items unbagged in the bin. Recyclables in plastic bags are pulled off the line and considered contaminated.

Thank you to everyone for the shoes, corks, bread tags, and Styrofoam collected for recycling!
There's Room for More Mentors (Not Tutors)
Many thanks to Kathy Donaldson for answering the call to oversee our Kids Hope USA partnership with Congress Park School in Brookfield. The program asks members of participating congregations to spend 1 hour each week (during the school day) building a supportive relationship with an at-risk elementary school student. Now we just need volunteer mentors! We won't just throw you in there; you'll receive training (done online and takes 1 hour, plus additional resources and support). 
Questions? E-mail Nancy Heil or call her at 708-482-3409.
  Prayer is at the heart of our relationship with God. Please lift these friends, family, and members in your prayers.
Emil Balz
Diane Biegert
Rev. Biegert
Jim and Vi Clayton
The friends and family of Jason Esler, a former Zackley
Ron Kloss
Stephanie McCollough
Martha Ririe, who is both recovering from a painful time, and concerned about ther daughter-in-law's father
Carol Svendsen, Fred Weiss' daughter, who is in the hospital for a heart condition
Christina Thomas, Joy Palomo-Clark's cousin, a young mother dealing with cancer
Peter and Kendra Van Kempen's twins John and Irene, born September 19 and being cared for in the NICU.
The family and friends of Paul Watts
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

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.
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