September 2, 2018
Single Summer Service at 9:30 am

Music:  Alex Flugel, Guitar, Sherry Flugel, soprano

Upcoming Events
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8/30 - 7 pm Combined Choir Rehearsal
9/2- 9:30 am Single Summer All-Ages Worship
9/2 - NO Choir Rehearsal- Happy Labor Day
9/4 - 7 pm DuPage United Core Team
9/5 - 11:30 am Me's Lunch at 7 Dwarf's
9/5 - 7 pm Visual Arts Ministry
9/6 - 7 pm Combined Choir Rehearsal
9/8 - 12 Noon Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ to Support Bridge (DT Glen Ellyn)
9/9 - 9 and 10:30 am Rally Day - 2 Services Resume
What's Happening Soon at FCCGE?
Fall Sermon Series: 
The Storyteller
Sept. 9-Oct. 14

Since the first storytellers passed down tradition and myth from one generation to the next, humankind has relied on stories to lend meaning to our lives. Biblical legends, folklore, even the silver screen have all found ways to clothe divine realities in human narratives. For six weeks, beginning on September 9, we will be exploring stories of love and fear, creation and devastation, and the heroes that mirror our own journey. And we'll listen for the voice of God, who weaves the greatest story ever told.
LGBTQ Community Members: 
OASIS is our new connection group for the local LGBTQ community on issues of faith. Begins Oct. 7th. 

Hosted by FCCGE, we will meet for four weeks on Sunday evenings at 6:30 pm starting October 7, 2018. Discussions will be facilitated by Pam Trice, PsyD who is a professional counselor and a member of the LGBTQ community. 
WHO: Members of the LGBTQ community WHAT: Foster connection around faith issues WHEN: 6:30-8:00pm on Sunday evenings (Four sessions Oct 7th-Oct. 28th )
WHERE: The Parlor
Watch your EBlast and bulletin for more info! Contact Pam Trice with questions.

Sacred Conversation on Race(ism)
Oct. 7th-Nov. 18th

Sacred Conversation on Race is a church-wide initiative for United Church of Christ congregations, as we seek to confront the sin of racism in our desire to see the Church live and be as one.
Mark your calendars for this meaningful and important series. If you're new to the curriculum, join us for Sacred Conversation Group One: White Privilege in the Parlor at 11:45 on Sun. Oct. 7th. If you have already experienced the first group, then join us for Sacred Conversation: The New Jim Crow also on Oct. 7th at 11:45 in the All-Purpose Room.Watch your EBlast and bulletin for sign up information. Questions? Contact Pastor Kendra. or
Church Picnic 2018
Sun. Sept. 23, 12-2

Time to  sign up for our Fall church picnic! Chill out in beautiful Lake Ellyn Park and Boat House with your current buds and meet new buds! Sandwiches, chips, lemonade and water will be provided.  For those whose last name begins with A to M, please bring a side dish to share and those with last name beginning with N to Z, please bring a dessert. There will be tables and chairs in the Boat House but you may wish to bring blankets and chairs if you wish to sit outside. There will be games for families and kids and maybe even face painting. We would greatly appreciate volunteers to help with set up and clean up.  Please RSVP  HERE by 9/17. Hope to see you all at our Fall Picnic.
Two-Service Worship Schedule Begins on 
Rally Day, September 9  

Beginning Rally Day, Sunday, September 9, our two-service worship schedule resumes:  worship at 9:00 and 10:30 am.  Our annual kick-off to the new program year, always generates lots of excitement. Ministry teams will be showcased following each worship service. Don't miss this tremendous opportunity to see all the ways in which you can become engaged in the life of the church. Rally Day is also an ideal opportunity to extend our extravagant welcome; consider inviting a friend, neighbor or colleague to experience the warmth and welcome of our church first-hand. Childcare provided in the Nursery and unsupervised children's activities (for 1st through 5th grades) in the Conference Room during the ministry fair/fellowship in between services and after the second service til 12:30.
College-Bound Friends
We Need Your Info!

Please take just a couple of minutes to fill in your info at  this link to update us on your whereabouts so we can keep in touch. 

Just. No. Update Your Picture for Our New Directory!
**New Dates Added!**

The response has been so good, that we have added additional photo sessions. In addition to our existing sessions(Sept. 26-29th and Oct. 3-6th), we have added Oct. 9-13th. Lifetouch will be here to take new photos for our cool new directory. Mobile? Hard copy? We're getting it all. Be a part of it. Sign up on paper in the atrium on Sundays or online 
Film Discussion Group
Sept. 11th, 6:30-9 pm

We will be viewing the 2001 movie: A.I. on Tuesday Sept. 11th in the Starlight Cinema. 
"A collaboration between the living Steven Spielberg and the late Stanley Kubrick seems appropriate to a project that reflects profoundly on the differences between life and nonlife." Jonathan Rosenbaum

How Can I Connect with Others?

Support Bridge Communities and Get Sticky Fingers!
Sat.Sept.8th in DT GE
Noon-10 PM  

Since 2009, 100% of the Net Proceeds from the Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ have been donated to Bridge Communities, Inc.The Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ is an all-volunteer organization, originally formed by like-minded people who love barbecue and desired to give back to their community. In only 10 years, the GEBYBBQ has grown from a small block party to a much-anticipated annual event with thousands of attendees! Come join the fun, yum and support Bridge!
Book Group 2018-19
1st Sunday of the Month
6-7:30 pm
Begins Oct. 7th (New Date)

Book Group is starting up  October 7th, this year facilitated by Robert Marseilles. We will meet the 1st Sunday of every month at Robert's house between 6 and 7:30 pm for discussion and light dinner.  Click here to sign up . Closer to the event, you will contacted via email with more info.   Click here  for the proposed reading list for this year.   
Contact  Robert  with questions.
Blessing of the Animals
Sat. Sept. 22nd. 11 am

Wherever your pets are on life's journey, they are welcome to this fun and meaningful service.  This is a great opportunity for children to learn what "blessing" is all about and an easy way to invite friends to church.  Saturday, September 22, 11:00 am, on the front lawn (Chapel, if rain); reception follows .
The Social Justice Community Group 
Mon. Sept. 24, 7 pm

We will begin a focus on the complex issue of immigration on September 24 at 7 pm in the parlor.  We will discuss the first two chapters of Welcoming the Stranger by Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang. The book is available at, Intervarsity Press, and Amazon. It is best to purchase the 2018 version, which has up-to-date information on immigration. All are welcome to attend. Contact Ida Hagman.
AMEN Men's Bible Study  

This Bible study group starts up again on Tuesday, September 11.  It meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 8:00 am in the Main Lobby.  This is an open invitation to the men of our congregation to join a lively discussion.  For further information; contact  Brian Hamilton.

Brown Bag Lunch
Wednesday, September 19, Noon 

All are invited to join us for the "Brown Bag" luncheon, where Dan Anderson, from the Glen Ellyn History Center, will talk about the history of Glen Ellyn, including First Congregational Church's contributions to Glen Ellyn life. This event is sponsored by the Prime Timers Ministry.  Bring your own "brown bag" lunch. Coffee, tea and cookies will be provided. No sign-ups required, and there is no charge for this event. Upcoming Brown Bag Luncheons/Presentations include: ▪ October 17-Terry Johnson, underwater photography ▪ November 28-People's Resource Center.
Employment Opportunity at FCCGE

While FCCGE Nursery Care Coordinator Huong Luu is on her maternity leave beginning in mid-August, we will need a substitute to join Kathleen Page in providing a safe and welcoming space for our youngest members and guests.  If you are 18 years of age or older and love working with children from infant to kindergarten and are available and committed to work on Sunday mornings for possibly eight to ten weeks starting the end of August or beginning of September in this paid role, please complete a job application in the main church office and submit to Director of Christian Education, Catherine Curtis, or call Catherine at 630-469-3096 ext. 23 for additional information.
Choir Has Begun! Bells Start Soon!  

Adult choirs have begun but singers can join at any time during the year. Our next rehearsal is Thurs. Aug. 30th at 7 pm to sing on Rally Day, Sept. 9th.  Handbell choir (6th grade thru adult) begins Tues Sept. 11th at 7 pm. New singers & ringers welcome! No audition necessary.  The choir is singing with First Church of Lombard UCC in October and participating in a festival in San Francisco in March!  Contact Michele Hecht.
C hoir Trip to San Francisco
The adult choir is participating in a festival in San Francisco March 8-12, 2019. We will sing John Rutter's Requiem in a large, massed choir with orchestra at Grace Cathedral. Last date to sign up is November 1. Contact Michele Hecht .

Children's Choirs Begin Later This Fall

Joyful Noise (grades 2-5) begins in October; Jr. High Singers begins in November; Angel Choir (ages 4-7) begins in December.  More details to come. Contact Michele Hecht .

How Can I Help?
Help Support Glen Ellyn Food Pantry First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn 
September is Our Month!

(FCCGE) is one of a group of six churches that helped to establish the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. The GE Food Pantry is housed at Grace Lutheran Church and is overseen by a Board of Directors with representatives from 15 local churches. Due to increasing need, it's service has been expanded to distribute food not only to Glen Ellyn, but Wheaton, Carol Stream, Lombard, Glendale Heights and Lisle. Each church on the Board is assigned a month to collect food and money for the Pantry, and September is the month for FCCGE! There is a white bin in the Main Lobby for food collection (please, do not leave expired or open food). A list of most needed items, donation envelopes, and a brochure with fun facts about the Pantry will be available on Rally Day, September 9. More information may be found on the Pantry website. If you have questions contact Jennifer Darnall.
Lost and Found -We're Cleaning House
Thurs. 8/30-Thurs. 9/6

All items in our lost and found will out be on a table in the atrium for you to claim. Items will be donated to Goodwill on Friday, September 7th so if you're missing that fave umbrella or water bottle, come and get it!
Help for Our Bridge Family  

A generous soul donated a bike to our Bridge Family-we thank you so much! However, we have a new need. If you have a functioning car you can donate it would help our family tremendously!, If you can help, please contact Leslie Dodge at 630-248-4335.

14th Annual Run 4 Home for PADS, 
Saturday, September 15  

Form a Congregation team this year; the largest congregation team wins tickets to our Wake Up Your Spirit Breakfast, November 7th!  This fun, family event raises funds that go towards our mission to end homelessness.  For more information about events, email Carrie.
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Children, Family and Youth
For Adults? Huh?
You Betcha!
Time to register !

Each year Tower Hill and Pilgrim Park UCC camps offer a variety of fun summer and Fall camps led by UCC members and clergy. There are two adult camps coming up the weekend of Sept. 28th: one at Tower Hill for all adults and one at Pilgrim Park for women only. Friends from outside the congregation and the UCC are cordially and enthusiastically invited! Click  here  for information or  here  
for even more from the Outdoor Ministries website!  
Register on-line here.
Children and Youth Enjoy Worship Sunday  Sept. 2nd! 
Nursery open for Infants - PreK

Childcare in the nursery will be available for infants - kindergarten during worship. Children in 1st grade and older are invited to worship with their families on Sept. 2nd. Please see the ushers for Activity  Tote Bags, our church library book basket with a variety of children and youth books, and the Spark Story Bibles in the pews. For ideas about ways to worship as a family, please visit our church website for Family Worship. 
Resources   here.
Program Year Registration 
Infant through College

 Online registration for the 2018 - 2019 program year for all children and youth, infant - 12th grade will be available at the Christian Ed/Youth Fellowship booth on Rally Day.  We invite all families, members and guests, to register their children and youth annually.  This information assists us as we welcome your family and provide a safe experience. 
Contact Catherine Curtis 
with any questions. 

Children and Youth Dates

September 9:   Childcare provided during ministry fair in nursery for infant - kindergarten.                                                  Unsupervised children's activities will be provided in the Conference for 1st - 5th gr. 
September 9:    Sr Hi Youth Fellowship Kick-off - 6:00 - 8:00 pm
September 16: Church School Kick-off for Preschool thru 5th grades, Confirmation Kick-off for 6th                                    8th gr., Sr Hi Sunday Discussion Group Kick-off for 9th - 12th grades - 10:30 am
September 16: 8th grade Confirmation Orientation Luncheon for students, parents, and sponsors -                                   11:45 am - 1:15 pm
September 16: Sr Hi Youth Fellowship Small Group & Scavenger Hunt - 7:00 - 8:30 pm
September 23: Church Picnic 2018 at Lake Ellyn which will include children's activities and games                                    led by our Sr Hi Youth
September 30:    Jr Hi Fun Day Away & Team Building 12:30 - 5:00 pm
September 30:    Sr Hi Fellowship Day Away 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
New Directory News
NewdirectoryNew Church Directory
Coming Fall 2018

Lifetouch will be coming to our church this Fall to take new church directory pictures Sept. 26-29th, Oct. 3-6th and Oct. 9-13th. This will be a great opportunity to update existing pictures and info and add all the beautiful souls that have joined since our last directory. In addition to a traditional paper directory (in a new convenient  size) we will also have a mobile directory  available  to everyone! Welcome to the 2000s ;-) Wanna see what the mobile directory will be like?  Click here ! Sign up in the atrium today! Sign up online here.
Everyone gets a free 8 X 10 regardless of purchase!

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Glen, IL 60137