January 19, 2020
Services  at 9 and  10:30 am

Scripture: Psalm 40:1-11

Music: Lisa Crank, soprano; 

This Week at FCCGE
(Click the blue links to be taken to the article!)

1/16 - 7 pm Choir Rehearsal
1/18 -1:20 pm Jr and Sr Hi Feed My Starving Children Outing
1/19 - 9 and 10:30 am Service 
1/19 - 11:45 am Jr Hi OWL Leaders Meeting
1/19 - NO Soul Sisters-resumes February 2nd
1/19 - 3 pm 3-4-5 Fellowship
1/19 - NO Jr or Sr Hi Fellowship
1/20 - Church Office Closed for MLK Day
1/21 - 9:30 am Child and Parent Play Group
1/21 - 7:15 pm  Handbell Rehearsal
1/22 - 7 pm Yoga
Little One on the Way!
 Exciting News from Pastors Kendra and Dan

I am so excited to share some news with you all; my husband Dan and I are expecting a little one!

Building Community

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.

Euchre 2020
Sat. Feb. 8th, 7-11 pm

Start sharpening your card-playing skills because it's time for our annual euchre tournament! We are gathering at Martha and Dan's for an evening of cards, food and friends. The winner goes home with a trophy!!! Sign up here or in the lobby by February 4th.

Farmers Market
Feb. 22nd, 9 am
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 and a big part of that is their local indoor farmers markets. Beginning Sunday, January 19th at 10 am, they will host one at  First Church of Lombard, J anuary 26th at 9 am at  St. Mark's  and Sat. February 22nd at 9 am at  FCCGE.  Get this fun and worthy shopping experience on your calendar!
Ward Highstone 
October 16, 1938 ~ January 7, 2020 

It is with great sadness that we share the news of long-time and beloved member, Ward Highstone's, passing. Our prayers and condolences are with Ward's wife of 58 years, Virginia, daughters Laura, Ellen and Sarah and all other family and friends. A Celebration of Life Ceremony with family and friends will be arranged at a future date. 

Joining the Church

For those who have attended a "Newcomers Session" and would like to join the church, the following dates are available for joining: January 26, March 29 (10:30 am). For further information, contact Rev. Seth Ethan Carey or 630-469-3096 ext. 12). The next Newcomers Information Session will be held on Sunday, March 15, at 11:45 am - 12:45 am in the Parlor (childcare available in the nursery).

Soul Sisters  
Feb. 2nd, 11:45 am in the Parlor(LL)Soulsisters

Would you like to meet other women at church?  Build some long-lasting relationships?  Or just be able to pick out a friendly face to sit next to on Sunday mornings?  Soul Sisters is a safe space for women to be their authentic selves, share, laugh, be social, support one another and have lunch.   We meet in the Parlor, 11:45 am, on the 1st & 3rd Sundays, through May.  Bring something to drink and a snack to share.  Please note: January 19th Soul Sisters has been cancelled and we will resume Feb. 2nd!
Jan. 22, 7 pm

Join Cathy Christoff every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays here at FCC for yoga class. Leave your worries behind and come to breathe, strengthen and relax.
Helping Others
Lead Supply Coordinator Needed for PADS 
Spring Session October-April

Looking to give back to the community and help your neighbors? Duties of this fulfilling position include checking perishable items every week, checking on PADS supplies and ordering as needed, making deliveries to day PADS locations and the DuPage PADS center, and working closely with a team of volunteer leaders. There is limited, local travel involved in this volunteer role, and a candidate must be able to make purchases for PADS, with follow-up reimbursement. Please contact Elizabeth Thorsell ( 630-310-6624 )for more details.
Write for Rights with the Social Justice GroupSocial
Monday, January 20, 7 to 8:30 pm, All-Purpose Room

The Social Justice Community Group is again participating in Amnesty International's Write for Rights campaign. Write for Rights is the largest annual human rights event in the world.   All materials provided: sample letters, instructions, case information, stationery, postage, and treats to sustain you. This year, in addition to traditional letter writing, it is also possible to send social media messages. If you are interested in sending social media messages, please bring your device. Learn more here and here.  RSVP to Jim Stuhlmacher or Ida Hagman.
Consider Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry, a special ministry of specially trained caring and loving individuals is here to help walk with you through difficult times. This can be loss of a loved one, loss of a job, adjusting to life changes or anything weighing heavily on you. Member Maggie Fredricks is one of our Stephen Ministers and  here she shares why she is part of this devoted group.

Chili Cook-Off 2020
Sun. Feb. 9th, 11:45 am
And Silent Auction
Get Your Tastebuds Ready!

Our annual Chili Cook-Off happens Sunday, February 9th at 11:45 in Pilgrim Hall. This yummy event benefits the Summer 2020 Work Camp so you'll want to get this on your calendar now.  Sign up here  to attend and/or bring a pot of your famous chili.

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!
Jr. High Singers (Grades 6-8) 

Sign up now to sing in worship on Sun, Feb 2!  Only 2 rehearsals on Thursdays, Jan 23 and Jan 30 @ 6:00-6:45pm.  Contact Jeff Haeger.

Christmas Eve Magic
  "Tomorrow Shall Be
My Dancing Day" 
 Treble Choir
"Silent Night" 
Hecht Quartet

"Ukrainian Bell Carol" 
"The Three Kings"
Combined Choir
"Salvation Is Created" 
 Baritone Choir
"O Holy Night" 
Ben Hecht, tenor

Families, Youth and Children
7th and 8th Grade and Sr Hi  Our Whole Lives Human Sexuality Ministry
Register for the 
February 27-29th Retreat Now!

Our Whole Lives is the UCC's Comprehensive curriculum on human sexuality.  Rather than approaching human sexuality from a place of shame- or guilt-  we instead view it as an awesome gift.   Please find general information about this ministry here at our church as well details for this year's 7th & 8th grade Our Whole Lives retreat and ministry here and details and sign up for Sr Hi hereRegistration deadline is February 1st.
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

Now until February 1st - both 7th & 8th Grade as well as Sr Hi Our Whole Lives retreat registrations are LIVE online on the church website
Saturday, January 18 - Jr Hi & Sr Hi Youth Fellowship at Feed My Starving Children - meet at the church at 1:20 pm and return around 4:40 pm
Sunday, January 19 - 3-4:30 pm - 345 Fellowship - Justice & Faith 
Sunday, January 19 - NO Jr Hi Youth Fellowship due to FMSC outing on the 18th
Sunday, January 19 - NO Sr Hi Youth Fellowship due to FMSC outing on the 18th
Sunday, January 26 -  NO 345 Fellowship
Sunday, January 26 - Jr Hi Youth Fellowship - Labyrinth Walk 
Sunday, January 26 - Sr Hi Youth Fellowship - Church Games
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