July 14 , 2019
Single Summer Service at 9:30 am

Scripture:   Luke 10:25-37

Music: Eli Berry (piano) and Kyle Spiegel (vocals)

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

7/12-15 - Tower Hill Beach Weekend
7/14 - Single Summer Service at 9:30 am Worship
7/14 - 6:30 pm OASIS

This Week
Meet Our Summer Youth Interns
Eden Basso

Eden Basso is an incoming senior at Glenbard West High School.  She is so excited to be a youth summer intern this year!  Eden has been a part of this church as long as she can remember and she really enjoyed going on work camp for the past three years and participating in Sr. high youth group.  She enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her friends and family.
Madelyn Strasma

Madelyn will be attending Wheaton North High School for her junior year, and is an active participant within the school's theater program. Outside of school, she enjoys drawing and actively participates in other theater opportunities.
Dylan Baedke

Dylan Baedke is going to be a Senior at Glenbard West High School this year.  He does Cross Country and Track, and also play a lot of D&D.  Dylan is excited to explore his faith through this internship and get more involved with the church.

Interim Facilities Manager

Last year, we budgeted for a new Facilities Manager; someone to work with vendors, develop policies, troubleshoot technical problems, and oversee the extensive work that our building requires over the next several years. While we've yet to identify the long-term candidate with the right experience, we have brought on Tom Pulver to serve as our Interim Facilities Manager in the coming year, while some of our largest building projects are underway. Please direct all building-related inquiries to Tom Pulver, or our Property & Grounds Committee, and please give Tom a warm welcome to this new role.
Church Directories
Pick Yours Up Today!

Don't forget to pick up your new groovy new church directory! They are always out in our atrium (the area at the top of the stairs from the lobby/coffee area). If you had your picture taken, yours is labeled with your name in the red box. All others are next to the box for your convenience. 
Text Messages from FCCGE

Occasionally you may receive a text message from FCCGE. We try to limit them so you aren't overwhelmed. If you do not wish to receive them please just reply to the text with the word STOP and the system will take you off. Please do not text "remove me from your list" as the system does not recognize this language.  (Texts come from this number: (630) 280-3080). Thank you so much for your understanding!
Construction News                                                                 

Old Pilgrim Hall Gone!

Thanks to the generosity of many people through our Called Forward Capital Campaign, our lower level gathering place where we host our church dinners, Advent Fests, receptions and care for our PADS guests is getting a renovation. Many talented people have worked long and hard to design a much more beautiful and user-friendly space for all of the above. The renovated hall will be aesthetically more pleasing, easier to keep clean, serve our needs more efficiently with a better sound system and media devices and generally be a much more welcoming and tranquil space. Target finish is mid-September. Click here to see a rendering of what it will look like. If you would like to make a contribution to the Called Forward Capital Campaign, please contact the church office 630.469.3096 ext.10.
Building Community

Newcomers Information Session
Sunday, August 4, 10:45 

F or those interested in learning more about joining FCCGE and the United Church of Christ, there will be an informal gathering for newcomers Sunday, August 4, 10:45 - 11:45 am in the Garden Room(lower level, room LL5, across from Pilgrim Hall; childcare for all ages available in the nursery). Available joining dates following this session are August 18 (9:30 am) and October 20 (10:30 am). For further information, contact Rev. Seth Ethan Carey (630-469-3096 ext. 12).

PrimeTimersPrime Timers Cantigny 2019

Be sure to add the Prime Timers Cantigny Picnic and Concert Event on Saturday, August 3 to your calendar!  We will meet for our picnic at 6:00 pm and  the West Suburban Symphony Concert begins at 7:30 pm. Buy your tickets in advance or buy at the gate. Bring a chair,  your favorite drink, and a dish to share. Fried chicken will be provided. This annual event is always a highlight of the summer! Questions? Contact Rocky DeVoy at 630.469.7395.

Justice and Action
Looking for a Fun Activity this July? 
Help the GE Food Pantry

Volunteer at the Tour of Lake Ellyn  (TOLE), Intelligentsia Cup bike race on July 20th. Volunteer shifts are only  two hours and are scheduled from 9 am to 8 pm. No knowledge of bike  racing is required. See the race up close. To sign up click here Proceeds from the race benefit the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry . Questions, call 630-469-8668.
PADS  Towel Donations Needed!
Couldn't be Easier to Help!

If you have extra wash cloths, hand towels, or bath towels, the PADS ministry is in need of donations. Please bring in any new or good condition towels to the marked container in the lobby.  
Also please consider volunteering to work a shift, purchase supplies or provide food for the following dates this summer:  July 28-29, August 25-26, and/or September 22-23.  To sign up for a shift, or get more info about towels,   click here  or contact  Mandy Pope  or
T om Pulver
To volunteer for food or to buy supplies,  click here   or contact  Allie Beyer  .
(Bring Your Own Cup)

You know that cup that's sitting in your car right now? Grab it on your way into church and leave it here for reuse every Sunday when you hob nob with your friends at coffee hour. Let's cut down on the styrofoam cups (and have MUCH better tasting coffee!)

Campfire VespersCampfire
July 16 and 23rd, 7 pm

Be sure to join us for our annual Campfire Vespers on our front lawn this summer on Tuesday July  16th and 23rd at 7 pm.  Gather with friends and community under the early evening sky for songs, prayers, worship and fellowship beside the campfire. It's a casual respite after a busy day at work or play.  Refreshments served.
Michele Hecht becomes President of the UCC Musicians Association 

Michele Hecht, was installed as President during the UCCMA biennial conference in Madison, WI, June 25-28.  Just prior to the conference, Michele presented a workshop on 'Creative Vespers - Campfire, Jazz, Taiz√©' at UCC General Synod in Milwaukee. FCCGE was well-represented at Synod by several current and former FCCGE members (Paula Rada, Maggie Sim, Abby Fate, Corinne Ellis, Colie Bettivia, Merlyn & Oliver Lawrence) as well as former seminarians (Tyler Spellious and Emily Davis).  The UCCMA conference was also a big success!  View pictures here.
What's New for Families, Youth and Children?
Summer Youth Dates

Friday (camping only) July 12, Saturday July 13 - Monday July 15 (camping & lodge) - Tower Hill Camping weekend. 
Tuesdays July 6,16 and 23rd at 7 pm -
Wednesday, July 31 at 7 pm - Sr Hi Fellowship campfire at 1912 E. Indiana St, Wheaton
Sunday, August 4 - Summer Interns Sunday
Sunday, August 11 - Sr Hi Sunday with Blessing of the Backpacks & Hands
Help Needed for Summer Church School  

Two Volunteers needed per Sunday to teach as a team from pre-written lessons. It's a great opportunity to get a feel for volunteering and to get to know your child's friends and earn service hours!  Contact Catherine Curtis, Director of Christian Education ( 630-469-3096 ext. 23) for details. 
Hear FCCGE Music on the Go!

Our summer church school theme is "Integrity of the Earth."  Check out our VBS music as well as music that celebrates the earth" by logging onto Spotify  by searching for "fccge535."
Somethin' to Get Excited About
Rally Day and FCCGE Block Party
Sunday Sept. 8, 9 and 10:30+

Rally Day is our program year kick-off every September. Traditionally, we resume our 2 service schedule and celebrate our ministries. We are mixing it up a little and having a block party this year, featuring our  affiliations  and instead of displaying the full gamut, we will feature different ministries through-out the year to highlight and educate. Food, fun, fellowship.
Upcoming Sermon Series, "Greatest Hits"  Fall 2019
Sept. 8-Oct. 6

Whatever the genre, each of our lives has a soundtrack; the songs that we return to again and again in good times and in bad. Our faith has familiar lyrics too, those "greatest hits" of our scriptures that we turn to time and again. Join Rev. Seth Ethan Carey and Rev. Kendra Joyner Miller this Fall for a musical exploration of the songs and the stories, the anthems and the rhythms that echo in our ears and in our hearts.
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Glen, IL 60137