May 19, 2019
Confirmation Sunday
Single Summer Service at 9:30 am

  Eli Berry, piano; Ellison Priebe, flute


This Week at FCCGE
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5/19 -  Single Summer Service at 9:30 am Worship: Confirmation Sunday 
5/19 - 6:30  pm OASIS Group 
5/19 - 6 pm Senior High End-of-Year Party (off-site)
5/21 - 7 pm Plenary and Committees
5/21  - 9 am Parent/Child Playdate
This Week
Summer Worship and Church School Schedule 

Our summer worship schedule begins Sunday, May 19 and continues through Labor Day weekend, September 1; we have a single worship service at 9:30 am. Nursery care for infants and toddlers continues during the summer. Summer Church School begins on June 9 for PK through 5th grade, and continues through the end of July. Youth in 6th grade and older attend worship throughout the summer.
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. May 10th's UCC Daily Devotional articulates the blessing of giving - and looking through a lens of abundance.  Read here.
Celebration of Life for Jeff Holden
Friday, May 24th at 11 am

With heavy hearts we share the news of the passing of long-time member Jeff Holden this past week. A celebration of Jeff's life will take place on Friday, May 24th at 11 am here in our sanctuary. We send our love and condolences to the Holden family.
Pastor Kendra's Sabbatical  

Almost five years ago, Pastor Kendra started her call with us here at FCCGE.  Every five years, clergy are given the opportunity for Sabbatical, and Pastor Kendra will be taking hers this summer, June 3- September 3.  Sabbatical is intentional covenantal time away from the ministry of the church. While we will miss Pastor Kendra, we are blessed to have Pastor Seth and an amazing staff to care for us during the summer and Pastor Kendra looks forward to being back with us to kick off the church year this fall!
Meet Robin Lovett Owen, Summer Intern
June 2nd

Robin is a student at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and in the ordination process in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She is originally from Tennessee, where she loved to go for hikes in the Smokey Mountains. She is passionate about ministry with young people, including in campus ministry and in congregations, and has worked in a variety of contexts with them. She is especially excited about working with the youth at FCCGE because of the creative, engaging, and empowering way young people are engaged. In her spare time, she likes to run, cook and bake, go on long walks with her dog and spouse, and work on various art projects. She also loves good coffee, good podcasts, traveling and delicious food.

Member Outreach  

Expect a phone call from one of your fellow congregation members in the next few weeks.  As part of the mission of the Connections Committee, all members of our congregation will be contacted by phone call to give the opportunity to express your feelings about what the Church can do to make your worship and membership experiences better.  What would you like to see more of, or less of?  Is there anything new you'd like to see incorporated in our church life?   Also, would you, or any family member or friend, find comfort in being added to our prayer list, or benefit from Pastoral Care?  Any input you can share will be greatly appreciated in helping to build a stronger church community.
Notice of Annual Meeting 
Jennifer Umlauf, 
FCCGE Clerk 

The Annual Meeting of the Members of First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, will be held in the Sanctuary on Sunday, June 2, 2019. The meeting will be called to order following the 9:30 am worship service, but no earlier than 10:30 am. The agenda for the meeting will include:

▪ The Congregation will discuss and vote on suggested revisions to the Bylaws.
▪ The Congregation will vote on the slate of Church Council and Committee members.
▪ The Congregation will discuss and vote on the proposed Church budget.
Tech Team Needs YOU!

Looking for a way to help out at FCCGE but don't have a lot of time? Consider joining our Tech Team. They are those awesome people you see at the sound board in the back of the sanctuary every week recording worship and special services. You don't have to have sophisticated knowledge of all things techy-it's easy work and you'll be trained. The really boss thing is that it requires attendance at only one service per month. Low key, fun and a great way to contribute. Click here to fill out this quick form and someone will get back to you.
Justice and Action
Social Justice Group
May 20, 7 pm

On May 20 at 7pm the Social Justice Discussion Group will view the film Segregated by Design, which examines the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America during the mid twentieth century. The film is 15 minutes long so we will have time for discussion, which will include ideas on how we can act to remedy the past.

All are welcome, including high school students. We will meet in the all purpose room. Questions? Contact Ida Hagman 630 660 3363.
Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation: 
Mother's March - Disrupting  Violence
May 18th, 10 am

Everyone wants peace in their lives. Come join the Mothers for Peace and other organizations on May 18th at  PBMR ( 5114 S. Elizabeth, Chicago, IL) and do your part for peace.The march starts at 10AM and the program ends around 2PM. A lite lunch will be served. If enough people sign up to go, we can arrange carpools. Everyone who attended last years march said it was a rewarding and fun experience.  For questions or to RSVP to Chuck Lukavsky.

Summer PADS  

Summer PADS  Please consider volunteering to work a shift, purchase supplies or provide food for the following dates this summer:  May 26-27, June 23-24, July 28-29, August 25-26, and/or September 22-23.  To sign up for a shift, click here or contact Mandy Pope.  To volunteer for food or to buy supplies, click here  or contact Allie Beyer .

Build Community

Film Group
Tues. June 11th, 6:30 pm

"One of the shining glories of the American musical "   

On Tuesday, June 11, at 6:30pm we'll view and discuss Singin' In The Rain (1952, 1h 43m),
Please Join Our Muslim Neighbors!
Dear Friends and Neighbors of Our Community,

We extend this invitation to you to join us for an interfaith dinner on May 18th at 7pm. Program agenda to follow. This is an open to public event that we're hosting during the holy month of Ramadan.  Kindly  RSVP Here   and here  so we may plan properly!  We look forward to having you.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study Group
May 21st and June 11th
8 am 

Join us as we read 
by Paul Laughlin.  The group is open and welcomes all newcomers.


U of I Concert Choir Reunion Concert 
Saturday, June 8, 7 pm

FCCGE is privileged to host the U of I Concert Choir Reunion Concert on Saturday, June 8 at 7 pm in the sanctuary. Some of our members are a part of this fabulous choir. Please join us and bring friends. The concert is free and a free will offering will be available to benefit our music ministry.
Mother's Day Made Special with Men's Chorus

Every Mother's Day we here at FCCGE are treated to a song performed by the Men's Chorus. The chorus is not always the same people year to year so we are treated to a different blend of voices. This year they performed  the traditional Scottish piece"Loch Lomand". Our Hecht family was fortunate enough to have 3 generations of Hecht men singing this year.
Summer Musicians Needed 

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

Girls Next Door Concert a Delight

The University of Illinois' accapella women's group, Girls Next Door brought us an evening of upbeat music and awesome harmonies last night.  Our own Charlotte Graham has been a member of GND for 4 years and we shared in her last concert with the group (a girl's gotta graduate!) Best of luck, Charlotte and thank you for bringing more of God's gift of music to our members and friends! See pictures and short videos from the evening!

Sing with the Women's Chorus for Father's Day! 

  All are welcome.  Three rehearsals on Thu, June 6, Sun, June 9, Thu, June 13 @ 7pm. Perform in worship on Sun, June 16.  Contact Michele Hecht

Bowled Over by Barbershoppers

Harmony, Inc. International Champions 20 times over, the  Village Vocal Chords women's barbershop chorus from Glen Ellyn wowed a crowd at FCCGE last week with their exciting program of music through the ages. You may recognize FCCGE member Kathy Snowdell in the group! The chorus rehearses at 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, on Butterfield Rd. in Glen Ellyn, and they welcome anyone and everyone to sit in on a rehearsal and give it a try. We are so fortunate to have these talented musicians right in our own backyard! The freewill offering raised over $400 for the FCCGE music ministry, which can be used for guest musicians, choir trip scholarships or new music and equipment. 
Hecht Quartet Closes Sunday's Service with a Gentle Breeze

Our Mother's Day worship was full of special music. Our own Hecht quartet sent us on our way with Michele Hecht's beautiful arrangement of the Gaelic Blessing. (Due to technical difficulties, we are unable to post last week's video, however here is the quartet performing the song a couple of years ago!)

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.

Artists in Residence Gallery

Last chance to see Ashley Giampoli's photos from her travels to Africa, Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands. This exhibit comes down after services on the 19th, when the Artists in Residence Gallery will close for the summer during construction on Pilgrim Hall. Be sure to stop down there this week to see it!
What's New for Families, Youth and Children?
June is One of Two Food Pantry Months 
Here at FCC

In an on-going celebration of Earth Day, we are collecting shelf-stable food "from the Earth" for the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. During the month of June, please bring flour, sugar, oil, rice, ground coffee, tea, and juice to the white wooden box in the FCC lobby. Please bring only store packaged goods. 
Vacation Bible School 2019
*New Dates*

We are very excited by the upcoming renovations to Pilgrim Hall which will be coming this summer.  Due to the timing during VBS, we are joyfully announcing our partnership in VBS with our sister faith communities of Grace Lutheran and Faith Lutheran Churches of Glen Ellyn.  Our VBS program will be a joint program on NEW DATES and located on-site at FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH of GLEN ELLYN from Monday, June 17 - Friday, 21 from 9:00 am to Noon.  It may be a different location but we will have the SAME wonderful activities:  crafts, games, and VBS bread!   Register online as a participant or volunteer here.   Our theme this year is Celebrating God's Creation!  (We are limited to 100 participants so don't delay!)
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!

As a Just Peace congregation and remind ourselves we are stewards of God's Creation - visit our church Spotify account to listen to music that celebrates the tenets of "Just Peace" by searching for "fccge535."   

Summer Worship and Church School Schedule 

Our summer worship schedule begins Sunday, May 19 and continues through Labor Day weekend, September 1; we have a single worship service at 9:30 am. Nursery care for infants and toddlers continues during the summer. Summer Church School begins on June 9 for PK through 5th grade, and continues through the end of July. Youth in 6th grade and older attend worship throughout the summer.
Spring/Summer Dates

Friday, May, 17th from 6 - 10 pm - 8th grade Confirmation Dinner, Rehearsal, & Party
Sunday, May 19th 9:30 am - Confirmation Sunday
Sunday, May 19th6 to 8:00 pm - Sr Hi Year-End Party 
Sunday, June 2 - Sr Hi Work Camp Commissioning during worship
Monday, June 3 -  7 pm  - Sr Hi Work Camp Meeting
Sunday, June 9th 9:30 am - 1st day Summer Church School Preschool - 5th grades
Vacation Bible School - July 17-21st - 9 am- Noon
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.

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