Ally Vertigan, Work Camp Director and Chaplain Resident at 
Rush University Medical Center
June 23 , 2019
Single Summer Service at 9:30 am


 Theresa Holly & Jackie McCarthy (vocal duet), Gabi Winter (piano, vocals), 

Elaine Fetyko Page, (soprano)


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

6/17-21-  9 am-Noon VBS at Faith Lutheran Church
6/21 - Noon-1:30 pm VBS Pack-up at Faith Lutheran
6/23 - 9:30 am Affirmation Sunday with Testimonial
6/25  -  9 am Parent/Child Play Date
This Week
Next Generation Preac her Series
Ends This Sunday, June  23rd NextGen

Tired of hearing Pastor Seth preach? Join us on Sunday morning, June 23rd, as we welcome our final up and coming young preacher to share the word with us. This series featured former FCCGE seminary intern Carolyn Lawrence, Associate Pastor of First United Church of Oak Park, Rev. Lydia Mulkey, and our own Work Camp Coordinator, Ally Vertigan, who is currently training to be an ordained chaplain. As a teaching church, we are honored to sponsor this series that celebrates the next generation of preachers.

This Week:  Ally Vertigan 
Long-Time Member, 
Dick Strine, Passes Away

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Dick Strine's passing. Dick, 87,  was an active member of FCC for decades, always ready to welcome the stranger and spread warmth and love with a smile on his face. We extend our  condolences  to his wife of 59 years, Wilma, and all his family. Please watch for a special email going out later this afternoon with specifics on visitation at Leonard Memorial Funeral Home, his service here at FCCGE, grave-side service and reception.
Tired Pilgrim Hall Getting a Facelift!
Demo begins this week!

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.
All Our Journeys Annual Fund: Fiscal Year 2019-20

Thank you to those who have submitted their promised annual gifts!  If you have not yet pledged for the 2019-20 Fiscal Year (which begins July 1, 2019), please consider doing so to help us reach our goal.  If you need a pledge form, please find forms and envelopes on the table in back of the Sanctuary, or in the church office. Want to give online? Click here.
Come to our Annual Michigan Getaway Weekend!!!
July 12-15

Reservations are filling up and we want to make sure you have your place for our annual beach weekend!!  You'll love this affordable weekend of fun at UCC Tower Hill Camp on their beautiful private shoreline of Lake Michigan in Sawyer, MI. Attendees choose either tent camping or lodging in Schrag Hall and can enjoy swimming, playing in the sand, climbing the dunes, star gazing, storytelling, campfires and spending relaxed time with family and friends. A wonderful opportunity to connect with our church family.  Click here for more information.
Building Community
Photo Credit: Cantigny
Prime Timers Updates 

The Prime Timers will have their regular planning meeting on Tuesday, July 9, 9:30 am, in the Main Lobby. Lots to discuss!

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
Seeking Justice RoundtablesDupageroundtable
Join Us 
June 23rd After Worship

Thank you to those that joined the discussion on Sunday. We need more of you to help us continue the talk! What social justice issues should DuPage United work on next? That's up to you! Join us forthe Seeking Justice roundtable discussion after worship on Sunday, June 23rd. We want to learn what is important to you as a member of our church community and DuPage County. We will gather at 10:45 a.m. in the All-Purpose Room (lower level). Light refreshments will be served. Click here for more details.
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: June 23-24, 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  .
Is Your Refrigerator Running?
Better Catch It! - Then Donate It to FCCGE

OK, now that we have your attention, we are seeking a full-sized, working refrigerator/freezer
as a donation to keep food fresh for our dear PADS guests this summer during our transitional construction
 time here  at FCCGE. Our regularly used space, Pilgrim Hall, will be undergoing a much needed renovation, so we must host PADS in our All-Purpose Room and we need a fridge.  If you have a gently used or new fridge you'd like to donate, please contact Andy Ginger at 630.272.6304.

Women's Chorus
Fabulous Father's Day Gift to the Church!

Our Women's Chorus, along with Eric Rauch on trumpet, delivered some beautiful songs on Sunday, as they always do on Father's Day. The Women's Chorus is volunteer and made up of a different mix of women every year and we are so grateful for them!

Campfire Vespers
July 9, 16 and 23rd, 7 pm

Be sure to join us for our annual Campfire Vespers on our front lawn this summer on Tuesday July 9th, 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 

After chairing the national conference at Elmhurst College in 2015 and serving on the board since that time, our music director, Michele Hecht, will start her leadership role as President during the UCCMA biennial conference in Madison, WI, June 25-28.  Just ahead of the conference, Michele will lead a workshop on 'Creative Vespers - Campfire, Jazz, Taiz√©' at UCC General Synod in Milwaukee. Let's wish her well on her journey!
What's New for Families, Youth and Children?

VBS Pack Up Help Needed
Lunch Included

We need a lot of help transporting supplies back from Faith Lutheran Church to our church.  We are bringing everything but the kitchen sink!  Please contact Catherine Curtis if you are available from Noon to 1:30 pm Friday, June 21st to assist with packing and transporting supplies from Faith to FCCGE - pizza lunch included!

Come to our Annual Michigan Getaway Weekend!!!
July 12-15

You'll love this affordable weekend of fun at UCC Tower Hill Camp on their beautiful private shoreline of Lake Michigan in Sawyer, MI. Attendees choose either tent camping or lodging in Schrag Hall and can enjoy swimming, playing in the sand, climbing the dunes, star gazing, storytelling, campfires and spending relaxed time with family and friends. A wonderful opportunity to connect with our church family.
Hear FCCGE Music on the Go!

Our Vacation Bible School theme is "Celebrating God's Creation" and 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."   
VBS Thanks

Although we didn't physically host the Community VBS (which goes through tomorrow!), we hosted it in hard work and spirit by providing supplies and the experience of our years of providing this annual ministry.  Thank you to our Vacation Bible School volunteers, especially to the Sr Hi Youth who make VBS possible providing the bulk of our Village Chief Corps, our Crafts Leader and Team.  We could not have the fun and faith-building VBS that we do each year without our Sr Hi Youth.  Thank you to our adult volunteers as well, we invite more adults to join us for inter-generational faith-building to get to know children and youth of all ages.  Thank you to our middle school Volunteers-in-Training who stepped into their roles as budding leaders of the church.
Summer Youth Dates

Vacation Bible School -  9 am- Noon  Through tomorrow, June 21st at Faith Lutheran.
Friday (camping only) July 12, Saturday July 13 - Monday July 15 (camping & lodge) - Tower Hill Camping weekend. Register here.
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. 
More Awesome Summer Stuff for Individuals and Families

Outdoor Ministries offers a variety of summer and fall camps for everyone.  Check out this link for complete details.

Visual Arts Ministry
Main Gallery

There is a new exhibit in the Main Gallery, this one by Sophie George from Wheaton College. Sophie's work has been influenced by the six months she spent in rural India last year, a place she experienced as one of "coinciding stimulation and paradox, a lush and vibrant landscape and environmental decay." Her work began with sketches and notes and photos and evolved into beautiful mixed media paintings and textile designs in which she explores coinciding forms, harmony and dissonance, flatness and depth, density and breathing space. This is one exhibit you don't want to miss. Read more about Sophie.
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