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This Week at FCCGE
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11/21 -  7 pm  Choir Rehearsal 
11/24 - 3 - 4:30 pm Senior High Ice Skating (off-site)
11/26 - NO Parent Child Playdate due to Thanksgiving Holiday
11/26 - NO Handbell Rehearsal
11/ 27 - NO Yoga
11/28-29 - Church Office Closed for Thanksgivng Holiday
This Week
On the Horizon - Christmas!
Advent Fest
 Sunday, December 1, 3-6 pm 
Deadline to Sign Up 
THIS Sunday, Nov. 24th 

Join us for our annual family Advent Festival!  Come share the joy of the season with other church families and friends when we create holiday crafts and talk at the table.  Bring your own sandwich and side dish to share.  There will be a short service in the sanctuary afterwards when we'll sing carols of the season.  Sign up in the Main Lobby or here ($10 per family + convenience fee).  Contact Mindy Post or 630-215-7496) with questions.
Light Advent Candle

Light the Advent Candle during Advent & the Christ Candle on Christmas Eve  If you are interested in lighting the Advent candles during Sunday worship or the Christ candle on Christmas Eve, sign up in the Main Lobby or contact Sherry Flugel The reading will be supplied to you via e-mail.

Onward House Gift Appeal
Begins Sun., Nov. 24thOmwardgift

Onward House, located in Chicago, has given us this year's list of names and wishes of 200 children that need our help. It's SO simple:  beginning Sunday, November 24th, grab a name from the table, in the Atrium pick up or order a toy or clothes from the child's list. Box, wrap, bring to church by Sunday, December 15. Done. Happy child, Merry Christmas. Come hear this week's "Mission Moment" in worship with Mario and Nikki from Onward House at 9 and 10:30.
Contact Marge Kovatch (630) 642-6421) with questions .
It's Tea Time!
Dec. 17th at 3 pm 
Drake Hotel, Chicago

Michigan Avenue is beginning to glitter ...  a perfect combination for our Annual Holiday Tea at Chicago's famous Drake Hotel on Michigan Avenue. Join us for our annual Ladies in the Loop afternoon tea. Read more here. Contact Celia Rodee.    
Order Poinsettias 

 Order your poinsettias to adorn the sanctuary for Christmas.  Poinsettias may be offered in celebration or memory of a loved one or dedicated to someone special.  Order forms may be found in the Main Lobby.  Cost is $16.50 per plant, available in red, pink or white; orders must be received by Monday, December 9.  Contact Jennifer Darnall with questions.

How Can I Help?
FCCGE's Abby Fate Working with 
Global Ministires

Abby Fate, who grew up in and was very involved with FCCGE is currently a Global Ministries Intern in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Read Abby's blog to keep up with the good work she's doing. 
Glen Ellyn Food Pantry Thanksgiving Appeal 

T he Glen Ellyn Food Pantry will once again collect donations so that Thanksgiving meals are available to hungry neighbors. Consider helping the Pantry help our neighbors experiencing food insecurity. Any amount will help. Pantry clients will be able to select items they will enjoy for their holiday meal. Donation envelopes are in the Main Lobby or online donations are accepted hereRead more. 

GEYFS Fundraiser
Fri. Nov. 22nd, 5-8 pm

Did you know that we host Glen Ellyn Youth and Family Services in our building? Their mission is "to promote the mental health and well-being of  youth, families and the larger Glen Ellyn community through the  provision of professional counseling services and community based  support and education", helping so many in our community. Please join community members at this year's Soup and Bread Fundraiser at St. Mark's right here in Glen Ellyn.
Is Someone Listening?
Longest Night Service
  December 18, 7 pm

Do you or someone you know struggle with the approaching holiday? Perhaps a job loss, death of a loved one, illness or simply feeling like Christmas is not happening the way the world tells you it should. Please join us for this time of understanding and reflection in our sanctuary. Childcare provided.
Could You Use a 
Stephen Minister?

Going through a tough time? Need a caring, non-judgmental person to walk this journey with you? It's what Stephen Ministry is all about and FCC has a group of specially-trained, caring individuals to help. Steve Jungling, one of our Stephen Ministers here, shares why he joined this team of loving people.
Second Annual
Choir Homecoming Sunday
December 1, 9 and 10:30 amHomecoming

Anyone who has ever sung with FCCGE choirs is invited to sing one song with us  in worship on this day. Just show up at 7:45 am for rehearsal!
You can even listen to the song in advance!
Sing with the Choir on 
Christmas EveXmaschoir 

The choir are rehearsing music for the 10:30 pm Christmas Eve service; rehearsals on Thursdays at 7:00 pm, with a special rehearsal Sunday, Nov. 24th
 at 7 pm.  Contact Michele Hecht, Director of Music Ministry.
Joyful Noise Children's Choir
Grades 2-5

Joyful Noise Children's Choir (grades 2-5) begins in January.  Rehearsals on Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, beginning January 9, in the Choir Room.  T o sign up, contact Michele Hecht, Director of Music Ministry.
Angel Choir
Choir for 4-7 year Olds

Do you have a compact chorister, a mini minstrel, a diminutive diva in your house? Well we have the choir for you! Our Angel Choir is designed for little ones and busy parents. We perform 2 times a year and with only 2, 30 minute rehearsals beforehand. Fun. Short and sweet. Completely adorable.   Read more here.
Sign up here if you're interested and we will send you rehearsal reminders and songs ahead of time. We'd love to have your wee warbler! Ques? Sherry Flugel
One Voice Choir Concert
Sunday, December 8, 4 pm

Treat yourself to a special musical event when the wonderful singers of One Voice Outreach Choir present their Winter Concert at FCCGE.  One Voice Choir's mission is to bring their gifts of song and friendship to the residents of local retirement centers and nursing homes.  No tickets are necessary; a freewill offering to support this non-profit organization in its outreach mission.  Any questions, contact Vicki Steevensz, Director.
Families, Youth and Children
Senior High 
Christmas Party and Lock-In
Sat, 12/7 6:30 pm - Sun, 12/8 10 am

All senior high youth are invited to the annual Christmas lock in. We will be having a gingerbread house building competition, playing games, doing yoga, watching movies, and having a secret Santa gift exchange! Find the link to register and packing list here.
Christmas Pageant
Sun.,  Dec.  22, 10:30 am

Calling on Christmas Eve Pageant Players! Is your elementary-age child or middle-school youth interested in a non-speaking role for our annual Christmas Eve Pageant during our family service, Sunday, December 22, 10:30 am? See details and sign up here, or contact Director, Caroline Andres or Catherine Curtis, Director of Christian Education with questions.
Autumn Youth Dates

Sunday, November 24  -  NO  345 Fellowship or Jr Hi Youth Fellowship
Sunday, November 24  - 3 to 4:30 pm - Sr Hi Youth Fellowship - Ice Skating
Sunday, December 1 - 9:00 am Christmas Pageant Rehearsal 1 of 4 - Pilgrim Hall 
Sunday, December 1 -3:00 - 6 pm Advent Festival 
Saturday, December 7 to Sunday, December 8 - Sr Hi Youth Lock-in
Big Thanks for Heifer Donations

Heifer Market, held at FCCGE last Sunday, earned over $2200.00 to donate to Heifer International which equals:  1 heifer, 1 water buffalo, 2 pigs, 2 goats, 1 sheep, 2 trios of rabbits, 4 flocks of chicks, 3 hives of bees, 2 alpacas/llamas, 1 water buffalo, and 3 schools of fish. Thank you to all the generous people that donated time and money.   You can still donate here. 
Quick Links
Deadline to Sign Up 
THIS Sunday, Nov. 24th 

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