What's Happening at 
First Congregational Church
of Glen Ellyn, Il
March 29, 2020
Online Only

Scripture:   Exodus 16:2-4, Mark 6:34-41

Music: Michele Hecht, flute; Paul Doerrfeld, piano; Michele Hecht, soprano

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This Week at FCCGE

All worship services, programming and meetings are suspended until further notice

3/29 - You will receive a link to March 29th's worship service in your computer inbox around 10:30 am.
(The link does not have to be watched at 10:30-
it can be watched at any time in the future!)

Also our service will be online at fccge.org and on the church Facebook page around 10:30 am every Sunday

Uniting Together-Helping Others
New Option for Your Giving

Credit card merchants and banks charge us a surcharge for every online transaction and you, as the giver, now have the option to cover those fees when you give online to FCCGE. For instance, say you pledge $2000/yr, FCC actually only gets $1945 of your pledge. This year we will be paying credit card companies nearly $13,000 in fees, $13,000 that could go to FCC and it's missions. Simply check the box that says " Optional: - Give additional 2.75% to help offset the processing fee" or "Cover Fees" on our online platforms and your full gift will be received by FCCGE. If you have our office enter your giving info, please let us know that we can set it to have you cover those fees by contacting Laura or calling her at 630.469.3096 X 10.
Care for Our PADS Guests-How You Can Help!

DuPage PADS has been making adjustments in how they are caring for our homeless population. You can help easily by donating supplies or funds that they will use to care for these precious souls. Consider making this small effort to make a huge difference in someone's life. Read more here on how you can donate supplies. Donate funds here.
Want to Help? Here's How!

Many of you lovely folks have asked how you can help others in this time of great need. We have relationships with wonderful organizations that could use assistance in many ways. Please contact them through the following links:

Donate Food
Stay Connected
Fireside Chats
Weekly Musing from
Pastor Seth

Every Wednesday, Pastor Seth will share his latest Fireside Chat from, well, eh, his "fireside". These short and entertaining videos will update you on FCCGE happenings and simply be a weekly check-in on all of you. Below are the links to last and this weeks'!

Be the Church Campaign Update

Many thanks to everyone who has participated in our Be the Church annual fund drive. At this time, we have collected 193 pledges and $787,812   towards our $1,000,000 goal. This will help us to support staff and ministries that make a real impact in our community. If you still intend to pledge, you can submit your pledge by by mail or send your pledge via e-mail . Blank forms are available by clicking here and on the church website under GIVE>Be the Church Annual Fund 2020-21 or upon request by e-mail or US mail .You can also give online to your annual fund 2020-21 through our secure portal here . Anyone who is set up for automatic giving (via credit card or checking account) and has not yet turned in their pledge for 2020-21, will automatically renew for the 2020-21 church fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2020. If you wish to make any changes to your automatic payments, please contact the church office (or 630-469-3096 ext. 10).
Thank you for helping us to Be the Church. 
Giving During the Interim

We have a number of options for you to give during this interim period of At-Home Church:
Virtual Coffee Hour
You're Invited!

Missing your FCCGE friends on Sunday mornings? Well, we have a solution! Join us for Virtual Coffee Hour! It's easy, click on the link below and join our faith community for some Sunday morning chit chat. Sorry, we haven't figured out how to send you a virtual cup of coffee, so you're on your own for that :-). You can choose to hear only the voices of others or have your computer camera on. You can also connect via your cell or home phone. Instructions are in the link. Join by clicking here: https://zoom.us/j/656163261
(The first time you go in on your computer, it will ask you to download ZOOM to use this free service).
Pastor Availability
Pastors Kendra and Seth want you to know that even though we cannot gather face-to-face together for awhile, they are available by phone if you need to talk, share news or just check in.

Seth: 630.207.0018
Kendra: 704.798.7083
Like Us on Facebook and Keep in Touch with Others!
Adorn Our Sanctuary and Your Easter Table
Pick Up April 11th

We are continuing to take flower orders to decorate the sanctuary for our online services, Sunday bulletin dedications and your homes. Choices include: lily ($11.95), azalea ($20), daffodil ($8.95), mum ($13), tulip ($8.95), Reiger begonia ($17.50) and hydrangea ($24.50). You can pick up your flowers outside the parking lot doors on Saturday, April 11th from 11 am - 4pm.

To order please contact  Jennifer Darnall  at 708.712.3712. and submit payment to the church office by mailing to 535 Forest Ave. Glen Ellyn, Il. 60137 . Please indicate "Easter Flowers" in the memo line. Orders must be received by Monday, March 30.

Lenten Devotional 2020
During the season of Lent Pastor Kendra will be offering a daily devotional based on the lectionary through her  blog . She hopes this project helps you to center, breathe, find and feel God's Spirit during this Holy season. 
Come Get Your Palms

Our palm branches for Palm Sunday were ordered long ago and since we will not be in the sanctuary together, we would like to offer them to you all anyway. Palms will be available to come and pick up outside our parking lots doors on Saturday April 4th from 11 am- 4pm. Please help yourselves and celebrate in your own homes with these pretty branches!
Stay connected with FCCGE Music

Families, Youth and Children
    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, June 22-26, in partnership with Grace Lutheran and Faith Lutheran for participants age 4 thru rising 5th graders - online registration is now live right here .
“Pajama Church
School "
 Sunday Mornings

Please check your e-mail for information and resources for at-home “Pajama Church School" and Confirmation lessons, online resources, and spiritual practices for families.  If you are not receiving these e-mails or if you have friends who would like to receive them as well, please visit our church website , click on the Youth drop-down menu and select “Youth Registration Form.” You may also contact Catherine Curtis , Director of Christian Education.
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 .
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