Palm Sunday/6th Sunday of Lent
Holy Week
April 14, 2019
Services at 9:00 am and 10:30 am

Scripture: Luke 19:28-42

 Combined Choir; Joyful Noise Children's Choir


This Week at FCCGE
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4/11 - 5:30 Last Joyful Noise Rehearsal
4/11 - 7 pm Church Council
4/11 - 7 pm Celebration Choir Rehearsal 
4/14 - 9 and 10:30 am All-Ages Worship
4/14 - 9 and 10:30 am Palm Sunday (Re-Lenting Sermon Series Continues)
4/14 - 11:30 am Church Work Day
4/14 - 6 pm Sr Hi  End-of-Year Party (off-site)
4/14 - 6:30 pm OASIS
4/14 -7 pm Combined Choir Easter Dress Rehearsal
4/16 - 9 am Parent/Child Playdate
4/16 - 7:15 pm Bells Rehearsal
4/18 - 6:15 All-Church Dinner
4/18 - 7 pm Maundy Thursday Worship
4/18 - 7 pm NO Choir Rehearsals
This Week
Annual Fund 2019 Update
Pastor Seth Talks Cheap Suits, Great Hair and Personal Journeys

FCCGE - Pastor Seth Annual Fund Message
FCCGE - Pastor Seth's
 Annual Fund 2019 Update
All Our Journeys Annual Fund: Fiscal Year 2019-20
Thank you to those who have submitted their promised annual gifts!  If you have not yet pledged for the 2019-20 Fiscal Year (which begins July 1, 2019), please consider doing so to help us reach our goal.  If you need a pledge form, please find forms and envelopes on the table in back of the Sanctuary, or in the church office.
Enrich Your Lenten Experience

Lenten Devotional 2019 

 P ick Up in the Atrium Lent is upon us, and this year we have a beautiful family-friendly Lenten devotional for you. Be sure to pick yours up in the Atrium.
FCCGE Celebrates New Members
Amy Schuett

Sarah, Dan & Finn Kelly

Amber Randolph and her son, Nathaniel (Nate)
Build Community
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Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast 
Sat. April 13th. 
7:30-11:30 am

Come and enjoy an all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast prepared and served by Boy Scout Troop 41 in Pilgrim Hall on Saturday, April 13, 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. Price is $5 for an individual ticket or $15 for the entire family; tickets may be purchased at the door. Hope to see you there!

Climate Church, Climate World
Book Discussion and Lunch
 April 28th

- "...expand the Golden Rule to include unborn generations of people and creatures as our neighbors." 
Jim Antal

Please join us for our second book discussion about Jim Antal's book "Climate Church, Climate World" on Sunday April 28th at 11:45 am in the All-Purpose Room. A light lunch will be served.

Join Your Spring Work Day 
At FCCGE on Sunday, April 14.

SUNDAY is Spring Work Day at FCCGE. Join us after second service in Pilgrim Hall at 11:30. (Run home  and put your work clothes on, if you forgot.) Our church home and grounds need your help to stay in
good shape. We'll start with a quick lunch and move to several hours of small projects, painting,
planting and more. No experience or special skills are required... we will find a project that's right for you. Register with an email to Andy Ginger to tell us you'll help. See pictures from last year. 
Celebrating Women, Transforming Lives 
April 26th

Join us at our annual Spring Luncheon on Friday, April 26, 2019 as we celebrate women's commitment to the DuPage county community. Their incredible gifts of time, talents and treasure will be recognized, as well as their efforts to make our communities a better place for homeless families. Celebrating Women, Transforming Lives honors women with ties to DuPage County, and thanks them for their courage and philanthropy. Get tickets here.

Brown Bag Lunch 
April 17th, Noon 

All are invited to join us for the "Brown Bag" luncheon, where long-time church member, Lynda Hoornbeek will discuss her book, Remembering Adade, Historian of Women.  This event is sponsored by the Prime Timers Ministry.   Bring your own "brown bag" lunch and beverage of choice; coffee, tea and cookies will be provided.  No sign-ups required, and there is no charge for this event.
Bible Study
April 23, 8 am 

The Tuesday morning Bible Study group will begin a new book by Karen Armstrong entitled, The Bible - A Biography.  If you ever wondered how the Bible came to be written, compiled and interpreted through the ages, this is the book and discussion group for you.  Our small group, open to all people of our faith community, will meet at 8:00 am in the Main Lobby on the following dates to discuss this important piece of writing:  April 23.
A Tune to Cheer Up Your Day

FCCGE - "Sit at d'Lambs Table" (spiritual) arr. Marvin Curtis - Sanctuary Singers
Sing with the Men's Chorus for Mother's Day!  

All are welcome.  Only 2 rehearsals - Sun, Apr 28 and Sun, May 5 @ 7pm.  Perform in worship on Sun, May 12.  Contact Michele Hecht
Women's Chorus will sing on Father's Day - watch for info in late May.
Hear FCCGE Music on the Go!

We are in the season of Lent - visit our church Spotify account to see music from our Lenten worship services and music suggested by church staff by searching for "fccge535." 

Village Vocal Chords Coming to FCC!
May 8th, After All-Church Dinner

The Village Vocal Chords, an all-women's award-winning barbershop chorus will sing at FCC on May 8th at 7 pm. Come for this super fun, free concert and bring friends. A free will offering will be taken to benefit the FCCGE music ministry. See you there!  Click here to listen!
Help Others
Annual Rebuilding Together
April 27th

The 22nd Annual Rebuilding Together is on Saturday, April 27. This is an event to repair, paint and clean up a selected house that is in need of a little help. This year we are going to Chicago Heights to assist Maxine Neal. If you would like to join the team, contact Randy Briasco.
What's New for Families, Youth and Children?
Vacation Bible School 2019
*New Dates*

We are very excited by the upcoming renovations to Pilgrim Hall which will be coming this summer.  Due to the timing during VBS, we are joyfully announcing our partnership in VBS with our sister faith communities of Grace Lutheran and Faith Lutheran Churches of Glen Ellyn.  Our VBS program will be a joint program on NEW DATES and located on-site at FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH of GLEN ELLYN from Monday, June 17 - Friday, 21 from 9:00 am to Noon.  It may be a different location but we will have the SAME wonderful activities:  crafts, games, and VBS bread!   Register online as a participant or volunteer here.   Our theme this year is Celebrating God's Creation!  (We are limited to 100 participants so don't delay!)
Come to our Annual Michigan Getaway Weekend!!!
July 12-15

You'll love this affordable weekend of fun at UCC Tower Hill Camp on their BEAUTIFUL PRIVATE SHORELINE of Lake Michigan in Sawyer, MI. Attendees choose either tent camping or lodging in Schrag Hall and can enjoy swimming, playing in the sand, climbing the dunes, star gazing, storytelling, campfires and spending relaxed time with family and friends. A wonderful opportunity to connect with our church family.

This Week

Sunday, April 14 - 6-7:30 pm UPDATE
- Sr Hi Youth Fellowship - Holy Week Meditation - All Purpose Room (NOTE:  the Year-End Party has been moved to Sunday, May 19th)
Sunday, April 28th - Jr Hi Youth Fellowship Year-End Party and Color Fest!
Spring/Summer Dates

Wednesday, May 1st from 6 to 8 pm - 4th grade Bible Family Pizza Party, Rehearsal, & Game Night
Sunday, May 5th 10:30 am worship - Presentation of 4th grade Bibles
Friday, May, 17th from 6 - 10 pm - 8th grade Confirmation Dinner, Rehearsal, & Party
Sunday, May 19th 9:30 am - Confirmation Sunday
Sunday, May 19th6 to 8:00 pm - Sr Hi Year-End Party 
Sunday, June 9th 9:30 am - 1st day Summer Church School Preschool - 5th grades
Vacation Bible School - July 17-21st - 9 am- Noon
More Awesome Summer Stuff for Individuals and Families

Outdoor Ministries offers a variety of summer and fall camps for everyone.  Check out this link for complete details.

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Visual Arts Ministry (VAM)
        Greg Schreck                 Jeremy Botts
Sanctuary and Main Gallery 

 In the Sanctuary and Main Gallery, we welcome the return of a Lenten exhibit first appearing here in 2013, a moving depiction of the 14 stations of the cross, by fine art photographer Greg Schreck and graphic designer Jeremy Botts, both professors of art at Wheaton College. While working at a rehabilitation center for torture survivors in Chicago in 2012, Greg was struck by the profound physical and emotional traumas these individuals had experienced. He thought of Christ, who suffers in solidarity with those who suffer. His exhibit tells the story of the via dolorosa ("way of sorrow") these survivors were traveling, by linking it to the Christian devotional practice of the 14 stations of the cross. In this way, the stations tell not just the story of Jesus' suffering, but the stories of all of those in our midst who are wounded by war, political upheaval, and unspoken violence. Jeremy's work is a collection of archival digital images ("abstract icons") created in response to Greg's work. To learn more about the exhibit, pick up a handout in the gallery.
Artist in Residence

Don't miss Ashley Giampoli's beautiful and inspiring photographs, taken during travels to Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, and Africa. (The gallery is located in the hallway adjacent to, and around the corner from, the Parlor, downstairs from the library, elevator Level G).
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