Mother's Day/All Ages Worship
May 13th, 2018
9:00 and 10:30 am Services

Music: Men's Chorus

Upcoming Events
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5/10 - No Music Rehearsals
5/13 - 9 and 10:30 am Worship - Mother's Day - Men's Chorus Sings
5/13 - No Music Rehearsals
5/14 - 9:30 am Yoga 
5/17 - 7 pm Church Council
5/18 - 6 pm Confirmation Dinner
5/18 - 7 pm Confirmation Rehearsal
5/18 - 8:15 pm 6th, 7th and 8th Grade End-of-Year Party
5/19 - 11 am Celebration of Life for Jane Ragland
What's new at FCC?
Summer Worship and Church School Schedule
Begins May 20th, 9:30 am

Our summer worship schedule begins May 20 and continues through Labor Day weekend, September 2; we  will have a single worship service at 9:30 am. The summer church school schedule will be available shortly.

¿Hablas otro idioma? 
Parlez-vous une autre langue?
Sprichst du eine andere Sprache?

Next Sunday, on Pentecost, we celebrate the birth of the church as God's Holy Spirit moved among early believes and made their many languages understandable by all-reflecting that, as we celebrate our differences, we also are united by the love of God.  This Pentecost we need YOU to help with a Pentecost-inspired Lord's Prayer, filled with many languages.  If you speak another language and are interested in helping, please reach out to Pastor Kendra  by next Wednesday, May 16.
Memorial  Services
Memorial Service for Jane Ragland
Sat. May 19, 11 am at FCCGE

We received the sad news that member Jane Ragland, Debbie White and Ruth Graunke's mom, passed away this last week. Please join us to remember this remarkable woman with a Celebration of Life on Saturday May 19th at 11 am in our sanctuary and lunch reception to follow. Condolences to Jane's family and friends.
Celebration of Life for Boris Christoff
Tues. May 22, 10:30 am

We extend our condolences to Cathy Christoff and family on the passing of her father, Boris. Boris's Celebration of Life will take place Tuesday, May 22nd at 10:30 in our sanctuary. Please come share your love and comfort to his family at this difficult time.

 Sherry Crumbaugh
June 10, 9:30 Worship

Long time member, Lee Crumbaugh, will be in town to deliver a testimony at FCCGE on Sunday June 10th at our single, summer service at 9:30 with reception to follow to honor the wonderful memory of his wife, Sherry, who recently passed. See you all then to welcome Lee and family.
How Can I Connect with Others?
Sacred Conversations on Race(ism)
Exploring our White Privilege

As we live into an increasingly broken and fractured world we look to understand it all- the pain- the violence- and we hear God's call to "love one another." In the wake of police violence, Charlottesville and so much more we are forced to ask questions- what is our role- where do we hear cries for justice- what can we do?

The Social Justice Community Group
Welcomes Rabbi Steven M. Bob
May 21

The Social Justice Community Group meets on the 3rd Monday of the month in the Parlor at 7 pm.  Special guest, Rabbi Bob will join us on May 21st.  Read more about the Rabbi. All are welcome. Questions? Contact
Ida Hagman (630 660 3363).
New Church Directory
Coming Fall 2018

Lifetouch will be coming to our church this Fall to take new church directory pictures Sept. 26-29th and Oct. 3-6th. This will be a great opportunity to update existing pictures and info and add all the beautiful souls that have joined since our last directory. In addition to a traditional paper directory (in a new convenient  size) we will also have a mobile directory  available  to everyone! Welcome to the 2000s ;-) Wanna see what the mobile directory will be like?  Click here !

Summer PADS

Warmer weather unfortunately doesn't end homelessness and the need for help in our community. Please consider volunteering to work a shift, purchase supplies or provide food for the following dates this summer: May 27-28, June 24-25, July 22-23, August 26-27, and September 23-24.  Click here to read how you can help.

Need a Boost in Your Day?
Angel Choir Spring 2018

Our Angel Choir performed last Sunday at both services to the delight of all in attendance. Click the image to the left to hear the cuteness.

Choir Exchange 
Our choirs joined together with the choir from  Holy Cross Lutheran Church in  Wheaton, where our organist Paul Doerrfeld's sister,  Ellen Coman, is the music director.  Our choir joined them in worship in Wheaton on April 15, and their choir  joined us in worship at FCCGE on April 22, where we  performed one of Ellen's original compositions. Click below to hear the performances.
"Francis' Prayer"

by Ellen M. Coman
Holy Cross and FCCGE Choirs
Ellen Coman, conductor
Paul Doerrfeld, organ
Carol Eisinger, flute
"Song of Peace" 

by Jean Sibelius, arr. Gary Fry 
Holy Cross and FCCGE Choirs
Ellen Coman, conductor
Paul Doerrfeld, piano
Jeff Haeger, percussion
"Walk in Jerusalem"

 arr. by Rollo Dilworth
Holy Cross and FCCGE Choirs
Michele Hecht, conductor
Jeff Haeger, piano

Staff Recital 2018

 Our biennial Staff Recital Wednesday evening was a huge success with record numbers in attendance and beautiful weather. Thank you to our musicians, sound people and helpers. Click here to see a few of the pictures-thanks to Jeff Edwards, our photographer.
Sing with the Women's Chorus on Father's Day 
June 17

New singers welcome - go grab someone from the congregation!  Rehearsals are  Thursday, June 7, 7 pm,  Sunday, June 10, 7 pm,  Thursday, June 14, 7 pm.  Contact Michele Hecht.

Watch our 2017 performance in worship:
  "Non Nobis Domine"
Sign up for Summer Music

Solo singers and instrumentalists (youth and adults) contact Michele Hecht about performing in worship this summer.   Hurry before the dates fill up!

Don't forget to click the tiny little blue " View Entire Message" link at the bottom left of this newsletter to see all articles!
Children, Family and Youth

Vacation Bible School 2018
June 18-21 

Grab your spot for our popular VBS - deadline for sign up is June 1st! Registration  is open now:  click here .  Don't forget to  click here too  to donate supplies. Contact Catherine Curtis with any questions. 

Church School Offering for April - August

Our April offering will go to support the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry, who has been, for 35 years, distributing groceries to our neighbors in need and are passionate about helping those who have fallen on hard times.

Tower Hill Beach Weekend
July 13-16th, 2018

Save the date for this annual fun-in-the-sun weekend with FCC  members  and friends! Families and singles are encouraged to experience the beauty of the Lake Michigan shore, the serenity of the woods and fellowship. Lots of chill time in store!

Sr High Giving Tree 
Now through May 13

 Every year, our senior hi youth travel to an area in need to help the people of that region rebuild their lives. This year, a record number of volunteers, (44 youth and 18 adults!) are heading to Johnson County, TN in June. They need your support.
Visit the Giving Tree in the Atrium! 
On it, you'll find envelopes numbered 1-100. You're invited to take an envelope that matches a donation you'd like to make toward our trip. Won't you consider a donation?
See you at the Giving Tree!

Summer Youth Dates

Fri., May 18 - 8:15-9:45 pm -
Jr Hi End-of-Year Bash & 8th grade Celebration
Sun., May 20 9:30 am -
Confirmation Sunday 
Sun., May 20 - 
Sr Hi End of Year Party
Fri.,June 1 - Deadline to
 register for VBS!
Mon.  June 4 - Sr Hi Work Camp Meeting
June 10 - 17  Sr Hi Work Camp 
June 18 -21  - Vacation Bible School -  Register here
July 5 - July 8  UCC Great Lakes Youth Event at Elmhurst College
July 13-16  - Tower Hill Family Camp - Info and Register here

Infant through College

Please take a minute to register. This helps us plan more efficiently and have all the proper information ahead of time.
Contact  Catherine Curtis 
with any questions. 

Visual Arts Ministry
Main Gallery
The Works of Gregory Deddo

A new exhibit, installed on April 28, features paintings by Gregory Deddo, Studio Associate and Gallery Manager at Wheaton College . His work explores themes of human relationships, family history, and memory. For him, the act of painting is an extension of his understanding of love and relationships, an attempt to see and know another person as truly as possible. See his work and read his complete artist's statement in the gallery.
Artist in Residence Gallery
Featuring Ed Kolar

This is your last chance to see Ed Kolar's delightful paintings, two of which feature members of FCCGE! His show comes down on Tuesday, the 15th. Up next in the gallery will be the beautiful quilt work of Jan Rajeck. (The Artists in Residence Gallery is on the lower level, in the hallway adjacent to the Parlor - get there via the stairs from the library or the elevator to the lower level).

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