What's Happening at 
First Congregational Church
of Glen Ellyn, Il
Rev. Seth Ethan Carey
February 21, 2021
8 am

Scripture: Genesis 32: 24-31
This Week:

02/21 - 8 am Sunday Worship: Sermon Series: The Examined Life
02/21 - 6 pm Progressive Dinner
02/21 - 10-11 am Lenten Adult Ed Classes Begin on ZOOM
02/24- 7 am Fireside Chat
02/24 - 12 -12:20 pm Noon Prayer
02/25- Noon Thursday EBlast

Quick Links:
FCC YouTube Channel (Sermons, services, music, etc.)
Scroll to bottom for Social Media Links
Lenten Music Series

During Lent, we will share special music in coordination with our Wednesday Noon Prayer services. Videos will be viewable anytime afterward as well. You will hear Baroque music on the organ, classical flute, jazz piano, acoustic guitar, contemporary vocals and harp from our talented music staff and volunteers. We invite you to take a few moments out of the busyness of the day to listen and reflect on God's goodness through the beauty of music.

Lenten Sermon Series:
The Examined Life
Feb. 21-March 28

It's been said that the unexamined life is not worth living. This Lent, in honor of spiritual practices like prayer and the Ignatian Examen, we'll be exploring the intersection of spiritual practice and divine encounter. Join us, along with notable figures like Jacob, Jesus, and Ruth, as we discover how spiritual practices like guided self reflection, meditation, and even friendship can lead to encounters with God.
Dates to Remember
Holy Week

Palm Sunday: March 28th
Maundy Thursday: April 1st
Good Friday: April 2nd
Easter Sunday: April 4th

Watch for more details!
FCCGE Progressive Dinner 2021
Sunday, February 21st at 6:00 pm
*Tonight is the Last Night to Order from 2 Hound Red!*

The last year has given us many challenges but we're not going to let it stop all of our fun and fabulous FCC traditions. You have been invited to our yearly Progressive Dinner 2021 style! Join your friends online for an evening of food and laughter. Don't want to cook? Neither do we. Just call your pals at 2 Hound Red in Glen Ellyn and order up a tasty meal. While you're checking out their everyday menu of deliciousness, be sure to consider their special Meal Deal (at the top of their menu) which serve 4-6 people.

Here's the scoop:

  • What: The FCCGE Progressive Dinner
  • When: Sunday, February 21st at 6:00 pm
  • Where: Online in the comfort of your own home
  • Sign Up Here: Progressive Dinner Registration
  • Food: Order from 2 Hound Red or cook your own meal
  • When Should I Order?:
Family Meal Deal (serves 4-6): Email 2 Hound Red here before 6 pm Thurs., Feb.18th for the week's Family Meal Deal. Please include your name, phone number, pick up time and any add-ons! Pick up is between 4-5:45 on the 21st so specify your pick up time!
Their family meal deal is not listed on their website due to it's limited availability and 2 Hound trying to avoid confusion with their customers. But lucky for our FCCGE crew it is available! Here are the details:

Full Rack of ribs//(1) lb pulled pork//(6) slider buns//(2) sides of chipotle coleslaw//(2) large sides of mac n cheese//(2) 4 oz bbq sauces (apple cider or spicy bbq) - $40
  • Regular menu items: Call 630-547-2912 on Sunday, February 21st beginning at noon. Order and pick up early enough to be back home by 6!
  • Cook your own meal at home and join us all on ZOOM!
  • What Else?: ZOOM on over at 6:00 pm on Feb. 21st

Can't wait to see all of you!

Questions? Contact Anne Weber
Day Light Saving Comin' Up!
Don’t Forget to Spring Ahead
Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 am, Sunday, March 14

Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour! It's “Pajama Sunday” for the children and they are invited to come to church in their “jammies” ... er...like they have been for the past 11 months!
What Can I Learn?
Book Club
March 10th, 7:30 pm

Our next church book club and will be March 10 at 7:30 we will be reading
the story of Gifty, a fifth year PHD student at Stanford studying neuroscience. Gifty wrestles with the grief of her past and present trying to find answers in both her work as a scientist and in the faith of her childhood. 
In honor of the books Ghanian American characters there will be a Ghanian dessert delivery the day of the book club.
Please contact Pastor Kendra.  
Euchre 2021
March 12th
7-10:00 pm

February brings much more than flowers and candy; it brings FCCGE Euchre season! This year will be played a little differently, via the Trickster app right from your computer in your own home. It's fun and easy and we'll have a video tutorial to help you. Register here for a bracket. No partner? No problem! We'll match you up! Read more here. Questions? Contact Pastor Kendra. Sign up by March 8th!
Lenten Adult Ed Classes
Feb. 21- March 28
10:00-11:00 am

During Lent we will be inviting you to live and examine life, entering into this spiritual season with intentionality and taking this time as an opportunity for reflection. For six weeks we will be joining together to learn about ourselves- one another and God using the tools of the Enneagram as a framework. The class will be led by Pastor Kendra and our Seminary Intern Sarah Swindall and will meet every Sunday from 10:00-11:00 AM. Make sure to register for the class here. Please contact Pastor Kendra with any questions.

Respite and Release
Mental Health Ministry Resource Guide
For Problematic Behaviors

Did you know there are other organizations that deal with
problematic behaviors, using different methods and philosophies than A.A.? And, they also have acronyms. Click here to see what H.A.M.S., S.M.A.R.T and A.A. might have to offer for you.

Announcing New Mental
Health Ministry Team

The Service and Justice Committee, with the approval of Church Council, is proud to announce the
formation of a new FCCGE Mental Health Ministry Team. During a typical year, one in four members of
our church have likely suffered from some form of mental health struggle. Results from our church
listening sessions over the last few years have consistently listed mental health as a primary concern.
This new mental health ministry team is being created to address the mental health needs of our
congregation, as well as the community beyond our walls. Please feel free to contact Chair, Roger
Hughes for more information or to share any issues you would like to
pass on to this new, vibrant team.
Struggling and Need Someone to Talk To?

This past year has been particularly difficult for everyone. If you feel as if you can't seem to get past sadness, loneliness, anger, resentment or anything else that is keeping you from living a fulfilling life, know there is help out there. Click below to start your journey for better emotional health. There is help for you.

How Can I Help?
Flowers 2021

We are starting to schedule altar flower donations for 2021. Please give your calendars a gander and see which Sunday(s) you would like to donate. We will need flowers for 2/21; 4/25; 5/2, 9; 6/13; 7/4, 11, 18, 25; 8/8, 15. It's super easy-just call or text Jennifer Darnall at 708.712.3712.
Children and Youth
Church School 3 Ways!!!
Sundays from 11:00 - 11:30

Kids who are in preschool through 5th grade have three options to join us and their friends for church school! Read More.
Children's Sermons Beginning in Lent
(Non-Communion Sundays)

Beginning Sunday, February 21st families are encouraged to worship together and view a new Children's Sermon each Sunday led by either Director of Christian Education, Catherine Curtis
or Director of Youth Ministry, Danny Harman.
Church School Offering:
January - June
Bricks to "Build" New
Glen Ellyn Food Pantry

Between now and the end of June all of our church school offerings will be donated to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry capital campaign to help renovate the new location for the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. Our goal is to raise $150.00 and the Children of First Congregational Church will have a customized brick to greet thousands of our neighbors who visit the GE Food Pantry at their new home for assistance. Click here to donate.
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