What's Happening at 
First Congregational Church
of Glen Ellyn, Il
February 16, 2020
Services at 9 and 10:30 am

Music: Handbells

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This Week at FCCGE

2/13 - 7 pm Choir Rehearsal
2/16 - 9 and 10:30 am Service -   "Be the Church" Sermon Series C ontinues
2/16 - 11:45 Jr Hi OWL Leaders
2/16 - 11:45 Soul Sisters Women's Group
2/16 - 3 pm 345 Fellowship
2/17 - Church Office Closed for President's Day
2/17 - NO Social Justice Group
2/18 - 9:30 am Play Group
2/18 - 7:15 pm Handbell Rehearsal
2/19 - 12 Noon Prime Timers Brown Bag Lunch
2/19 - 7:15 pm Music Maker's Ministry (off-site)
Right Around the Corner

Ash Wednesday

Please Join Us for Our
Lenten Dinner and
Ash Wednesday Service
Weds, Feb. 26th, 2020
Dinner in Pilgrim Hall at 6 PM
Ash Wednesday Service in Sanctuary at 7 pm
Be the Church Gala at Two Hound Red
Sunday, March 1, 2020
7-9 PM
You're invited to  Two Hound Red , one of Glen Ellyn's hottest new eateries for a super fun evening of drinks, heavy appetizers and relaxing conversation with friends. Haven't been there yet? Well, now's your chance to check it out. We'll be showing the new FCCGE commercial, celebrating our church's impact in the community, and enjoying life together. You'll receive your yearly gift materials on February 16th and we ask that you return them the night of this gala. Be our guest-there is no charge for this event.
Be the Church Annual Stewardship

As we begin 2020, our congregation is embarking upon an exciting annual stewardship campaign called Be the Church. Over the coming weeks, you can look forward to:

● A sermon series that explores what it means to Be the Church, with a focus on embracing diversity, caring for the poor, enjoying this life, and loving God with our actions.
Devotionals from church members and conversations with ministry teams about their vision for our church.

We invite you to support our mission, celebrate all that our church is, and to imagine together what it might yet be. 
Be the Church Devotional

This brand new devotional, brimming with reflection, hope, and experience was written by FCCGE members, friends and clergy. Grab a nice cup of something warm and do yourself a favor and read. Click here!
Bobby Jo Valentine Returns to FCCGE!
With Special Guest, Lily Clara
Saturday, February 22nd at 7 pm

Bobby Jo Valentine  is a multi-faceted and sought-after speaker, songwriter and storyteller who grew up on the windy seaside of Northern California. He's been called a hopeful, realist poet and a philosopher for the people. His songs are both earthbound and mystical, and speak to the gentle, everyday awakenings of an openhearted life. Bobby has given a Ted Talk, has been awarded Song of the Year three times from West Coast Songwriter's Association, is an out gay advocate for equal rights for all, and has performed thousands of events around the globe. His compelling, poetic storytelling and songs have built a growing following of listeners and supporters, and his most recent collections, Fox Eyes, Whale Heart, Maybe Stars, and his newest, Temporary Weather, are available everywhere music is offered online.  Listen to one of Bobby Jo's songs.   Buy tickets here!
Justice and Action
Sacred Conversations on Race
The Journey Continues...
Begins March 1st

What do you know about racism? Are you aware that there are systemic and implicit policies that promote and perpetuate racism in this country? Come to the Chapel on the following dates at 11:45 and find out how racism intersects with your life.

  • 3/1 – The intersection of racism and poverty
  • 3/15 – The intersection of racism and education
  • 3/22 – The intersection of racism and criminal justice
  • 3/29 – The intersection of racism and voting rights

Each session is independent of the others, so grab a cup of coffee and drop in for one or come for all. Light refreshments will be served and the session will end promptly at 12:45. Sign up on the church website , here , or in the lobby. Contact Chuck Lukavsky.
Build Community
Newcomers Information Session
March 8, 11:45

For those interested in learning more about joining FCCGE and the United Church of Christ, there will be an informal gathering for newcomers Sunday, March 8, 11:45 am – 12:45 pm in the Parlor (childcare for all ages available in the nursery). Available joining date following this session is March 15 (10:30 am).  For further information, contact Rev. Seth Ethan Carey (or 630-469-3096 ext. 12).

Don’t Forget to Spring Forward
on March 8th 

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 am, Sunday, March 8—don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour! Also, it is “Pajama Sunday” for the children—they are invited to come to church in their “jammies” so they can have a few more minutes of sleep that morning.

Schedule Changes

The upcoming Weds. Feb. 26th Yoga session with Cathy Christoff-Kaminski, is cancelled due to Ash Wednesday. Also, there will be a change in March’s schedule: Yoga will be offered Wednesdays, March 11 and 18 at 7:00 pm, in the All-Purpose Room (no fee).
Celebration of Tables is a Feast for the Eyes
An Event to Benefit the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry
March 7, 10-1

Discover gorgeous-sometimes outrageous-tables personalized by local businesses, friends, Glen Ellyn Newcomers and other organizations at The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry's annual tablewalk.

Tickets include an open house brunch, free valet parking and live music. There will be a cash bar as well as raffle opportunities. Please consider bringing at least one shelf-stable food or personal care item for our collection bin. Click here for more info and tickets.

FCCGE Recognized as Earth Champion
Be Sure to Come to the Farmer's Market 
Feb. 22, 9 am-1 pm

Our congregation has been recognized as an Earth Champion by Faith in Place for 2019. Faith in Place empowers Illinois people of all faiths to be leaders in caring for the Earth, providing resources to educate, connect, and advocate for healthier communities. Since 1999, Faith in Place has worked with over 1,000 houses of worship throughout Illinois to protect our common land, air, and water.
Please join us at the  Faith in Place Farmers Market  in Pilgrim Hall from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 22nd. There are opportunities to volunteer at the market! Please e-mail Jeannine   here .
Prime Timers Brown Bag Lunch  
February 19, noon

Join us for our February Brown Bag Lunch in Pilgrim Hall. Our program will feature church member, Deb Giampoli, speaking about the Visual Arts Ministry. Bring a sandwich and we'll provide the cookies and beverages. No need to sign up-we'll see you there!   Our contact person is  Rocki DeVoy .
DuPagePads 14th Annual Taste of Hope
Thursday, March 5, 2020; 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace

Guests will sample signature dishes from 25 of the area’s leading upscale restaurants, as well as participate in the live and silent auction, wine pull and raffles! Proceeds will support individuals and families who are homeless in obtaining housing, support services and employment.

Click here to reserve your tickets and save – the price increases after February 16th
Families, Youth and Children
January thru April  
Children's Offering

Our current children's offerings will go to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. Families may donate funds or bring nonperishable food to drop off in the box provided outside the Temple of Light and Chapel.

Sr Hi Work Camp
June 14-20, 2020

Want to go on Sr Hi Work Camp this year and help people in need? We will be working with  Reach Beyond Mission   in Texas this year.Welp, time to sign up, then.  Click here for info and to register.   Questions? Contact  Danny Harman .

Winter Youth Dates

Sun., Feb. 16 - 3:00 pm  - 345 Fellowship - Belated Valentine's
Sun., Feb. 16 - Sr Hi Youth Fellowship Small Groups
Sat., Feb. 22 - 7 pm Sr Hi Youth Fellowship - Bobby Jo Valentine Concert & Celebration
Sun., Feb. 23 - NO 345 Fellowship
Sun., Feb. 23 - NO Jr Hi Youth Fellowship 
Sun., Feb. 23 - NO Sr Hi Youth Fellowship  
Wanna Have a Blast 
This Summer? 
Well, Duh!
Community Vacation Bible School, 
 June 22- 26, 2020

This year's VBS will be hosted at First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn from 9:00 am to Noon in partnership with Grace Lutheran and Faith Lutheran for participants age 4 thru rising 5th graders - online registration coming at the end of the month for both participants and volunteers.
If you missed our Chili-Cook-Off last Sunday we feel sorry for you because it was not only a blast, ridculously delicious and inspiring, but you would have witnessed an out-pouring of generosity like no other. We raised $2600 to benefit our Senior High 2020 Work Camp!! A huge thank you Ally and Danny and all who planned, attended and helped.
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