January 24, 2021
8 am

Scripture: Mark 1:14-20
This Week:

01/24 - 8 am Sunday Morning Worship
01/26 - All Church Eats! Order from 302 Wheaton
01/27 - 7 am Fireside Chat
01/27 - 12 -12:20 pm Noon Prayer
01/28- Noon Thursday EBlast

Quick Links:
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Support Your Community

All Church Eats!

The pandemic has been particularly challenging for restaurants everywhere and we want to help our local businesses. We have created a schedule of days when we want to encourage everyone to patronize the following local eateries with take-out orders to help them out. Jan. 26th is 302 Wheaton (302 Front Street, Wheaton). 302 has been alerted and are ready to take your order!
Book Club

FCCGE Book Club
Wednesday, February 10th, 7:30 pm

Grounded in meticulous research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus’s life that focuses on his humanity, The Book of Longings is an inspiring, unforgettable account of one woman’s bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place and culture devised to silence her. It is a triumph of storytelling both timely and timeless, from a masterful writer at the height of her powers.  

FCCGE Book Club will be on February 10 at 7:30 and we will be reading Sue Monk Kidd's new book "The Book of Longings". Please e-mail Pastor Kendra if interested in being a part- there are often treats that are delivered to book group attendees! ZOOM Link: https://zoom.us/j/93347723950
Let's Grow!
Welcome the Scrima Family

A couple of Sundays ago we celebrated new members Kelly, Peter and Baby Caelan, along with Baby Caelan's baptism, (pictured here with family dog, Diego). We welcome them into our faith community and look forward to meeting them (Diego, we'll see you at the next Blessing of the Animals!)
Want to learn More about
First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn?
ZOOM on Over for More Information!

The Newcomers Ministry Team is back in full swing for 2021. Below are the dates for the newcomers information sessions which will be held via ZOOM. In addition to our new Saturday am sessions, we are introducing a week day evening option to our information session calendar.

 Wednesday evenings from 7pm-7:40pm

 Saturday mornings from 9am-9:40am

New member ceremonies will be held at the church following COVID protocol on the following Saturdays at 11:00 am:

  • Saturday, January 30th  
  • Saturday, April 24th 
  • Saturday September 11th

Contact Clara Hughes via email or via phone or text at 630-699-6970 if you are interested in learning more about the church through a newcomers information session.
If you already have attended a session and want to become a member as the next step of your faith journey, contact Clara to begin the membership process.
Where's the Rest of Your Eblast?
Remember that some email providers (like gmail) cut your enewsletter short so you need to look for the tiny blue text that says "[Message clipped] View entire message" at the very bottom left of your enewsletter and click it!
Respite and Release
Glen Ellyn Youth and Family Counseling Services
Supporting Families Through Uncertain Times

GEYFCS is welcoming parents and caregivers with children who attend Glen Ellyn schools to attend a support group. This support group is provided free of charge.
Monday Evenings
Held virtually via Zoom
Please contact us at 630.469.3040 or at GEYFCS@outlook.com to register.
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.

*Updated* with new info for teens
Dry January

Start your new year with healthy habits-beginning with "Dry January", where you take a break from alcohol and discover all sorts of mental and physical benefits! Read more here.
In Loving Memory
Helen Pierce

Our faith community has suffered another great loss in the passing of long-time member, Helen Pierce. We extend our love and prayers to Helen's family and friends in this difficult time.
Giving and Finances
Treasurer's Report

Did you know that HOW you give can cost the church more than other methods? Here are the various
methods arranged from lowest cost to highest cost:
1. Check sent to the church (make it easy on yourself and set up an automated payment from your
bank via bill pay)
2. Monthly bank draft (ACH) from your bank account – call the church office and Laura can help
you get this setup
As always, you have the option to check the box “cover the fees” when making your donation. If we all
chip in the few extra dollars for the fees, its less cost to the church.
And don’t forget you can easily donate by clicking on “Give” in our new FCCGE app.
Use Funds Wisely
Cover the Fees

Yearly, FCCGE spends somewhere around $10,000 in credit card and stock transfer fees. We're sure you can agree that these thousands of dollars could help people in need rather than going back to the banks. We prayerfully ask that you consider checking the little box that says "Cover fees" when giving online. You know the saying "Many checked boxes make light fees" (or something like that :-). We thank those that have gotten on board - you're making a difference!
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 2/7, 21, 28; 4/25; 5/2, 9. It's super easy-just call or text Jennifer Darnall at 708.712.3712.
Children and Youth
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.

Your household may donate via our online portal by clicking here (under "church school offering") or you may mail a check made out to the church (535 Forest Ave. GE 60137) with "Church School Offering" on the memo line.
Send Your College Kids
Some Love!

FCCGE would like to recognize your college aged youth and treat them to a mid-February care package! Fill out this form to add your youth's name to our list of outgoing packages.
Note: if you filled out this form in the past couple of months there is no need to fill it out again! Questions? Contact Danny.
FCC Heifer Int'l Donation Doubled

With great joy, our congregation raised $2136.78 to be donated to Heifer International in 2020. Thanks to an opportunity by a generous donor, our $2136.78 was matched and doubled so the donation from our congregation was equal to over $4200.00! How does that ring up in terms of animals? It's equivalent to 3 heifers, 3 water buffalo, 2 alpacas, 3 goats, 3 pigs, 3 sheep, 3 flocks of ducks, 3 flocks of chicks, 3 trios of rabbits, 3 honey bee hives, and 3 gifts of trees. Thank you for supporting Heifer's mission to feed people, build communities, and care for the earth!
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!
  • "Zoom Church School" for preschool through 5th grades Sunday mornings from 11:00 am to 11:30 am. Please join us using this link to log-in each Sunday. 
  • In addition, we continue our "Virtual Church School". Each Sunday virtual church school is sent to your email inbox with lessons led by Catherine Curtis, Director of Christian Education, and Cathy Basso, Youth Education Coordinator, as well as stories and activities led by volunteers. 
  • Finally, each child in grades preschool-5th should receive their own Church School Activity Bag before the start of each unit. These activity bag supplies are accompanied by a printed companion that includes a brief Devotion, Scripture Reading, and instructions for the activities in each bag. 
If your family has not received a bag, please contact Catherine Curtis and go to www.fccge.org , or click the button below, to register your family for the 2020-21 Program Year. We look forward to seeing and hearing you!!
[535 Forest Ave.]  [630.469.3096]  [info@fccge.org]  [fccge.org]