This Week:

10/25 - Onward House Coat Drive Continues
10/28 - 12 -12:20 pm Noon Prayer
10/28 - 7 pm Vespers Celebration of Eternal Life
10/29 - Noon Thursday EBlast
Music News
Premiere of Pandemic Choral Composition

A prayer of hope for the choirs of the world who have been silenced during the global pandemic

A new 'pandemic' choral composition, "Bring Us Peace", original words and music by Michele Hecht, will premiere on Wednesday, October 28 at 8pm CDT on the FCCGE Youtube channel.

Our Director of Music Ministry, Michele Hecht, was awake in the middle of the night back in March when the pandemic was new, and the unknown was particularly frightening. During those wee hours, she lifted up a prayer for God to bring comfort, peace and hope. That prayer became a choral piece that she taught to our choir through recordings and virtual choir rehearsals with muted voices. Each singer practiced and submitted their individual videos of their solitary voices, unsure and unsteady without the comfort of the choir behind them, unable to hear how everything would come together.

The combination of these solo voices culminated in a virtual choir video. It is a magical thing to finally hear how everything sounds together, how the harmony expands and soars, how the unison becomes hauntingly powerful. It has been a journey of discovery, empowerment and gratitude for the beauty that can be made when we come together. We can make something bigger than ourselves. Music is a gift from God, and we lift this prayer back up to our creator who sustains and delivers us.

We invite you to watch this short video with us when it premieres on Wednesday, October 28 at 8pm CDT on the FCCGE Youtube channel. It will then be used in worship on Sunday, November 1. You can help spread this message of hope by sharing the link with others.
Paul Doerrfeld's Farewell Concert

If you missed Paul Doerrfeld's farewell concert last evening, you can still view it on FCC’s YouTube channel: First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn at any time. We encourage you to reach out to Paul directly with your well wishes at or send a card to him at the church. 535 Forest Ave. Glen Ellyn, Il. 60137. Proceeds of this concert will benefit PADS.
Virtual Choir 

The only way to sing safely these days is to sing on Zoom! But, you can’t stop the music, so we are marching forward into the future by rehearsing online and creating virtual choir videos for worship. The choir meets on Zoom, Thursdays at 7:30 pm. All are welcome - no audition necessary! Nurture your spirit and join our choir family! Contact Michele Hecht, Director of Music Ministry
Autumn Happenings
FCCGE Pumpkin and Scarecrow Parade
Friday, October 30, 4:30-6:30
Saturday, October 31, 10:00-1:00

Be sure to register for our first-ever, super fun, super fab pumpkin and scarecrow parade!
Don’t Forget to
“Fall Back”! 
Nov. 1st

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 am, Sunday November 1—don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour!
Respite and Release
Mid-Week Prayer
Wednesday at Noon

“For what does one get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun” Ecclesiastes 2:22 

If you are feeling the pulling- of the work- of the world- of family- of Covid- of politics- of your own expectations worries and doubts. If you need a place to come and center in the presence of the One who is the Center, please join us for mid-day/mid-week prayer, as we pause from doing to being. This service will be one of shared liturgy on Wednesdays, 12:00-12:20,
beginning October 21
Vespers Celebration of Eternal Life
Oct. 28, 7 pm

Every year we lift up the names of loved ones who have passed- we know that grief knows no timeline whether it's been one year or ten. Please join our faith community online Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 7 pm for a special Vespers Celebration of Eternal Life. A link will be provided in advance.
Learning and Growing
Dear White Christians Book Group
November 1-22

This was a summer of racial uprising where the murders of George Floyd - Breonna Taylor- and too many others have made us realize the ways that racism is still deeply embedded in our lives and our nation. As people of faith how have we participated in systems- and how has the church- created and perpetuated racism and with our increased awareness what are we called to do? Join us for a four week curriculum as we read Professor Jennifer Harvey's book Dear White Christians and ask deep questions of our faith and ourselves. 

If interested in being a part please sign up here - Pastor Kendra will be in touch with more information.
The Museum of Supernatural Science
October 25th @ 10am

The possible existence of ghosts, angels, demons, and UFO's all have vast theological implications; and yet, they are seldom acknowledged or explored within a religious context. And regardless of their reality, their mythology has had a significant cultural impact throughout history. This Halloween season, join self-proclaimed scholar of the occult, Rev. Seth Ethan Carey, for a lively discussion about faith in things unseen. ZOOM link:
How Can I Help?
The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry Presents a Telethon
 Nov. 1 at 6:30 pm

Join the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry for an online variety show benefiting the capital campaign Building Fund. Viewers will enjoy an old-fashioned telethon featuring acts by local entertainers on Sunday, Nov. 1 starting at 6:30 p.m. A link to the event is free, and during the show, the Pantry will share news about our capital campaign which will expand hunger relief efforts in the community. The goal is for viewers to be inspired to donate online or by calling phone lines staffed by volunteers to help reach our campaign goal of $900,000 needed to transform our new, larger home. To register online, click HERE. Read more.
“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”
Amos 5:24 NRSV

On Tuesday, October 27th there will be a brief presentation by select DuPage United leaders to present our platform. Each attendee of the session will then be placed in a zoom room with their District candidate for Q&A. There will be a DuPage United facilitator for each district. Register for the meeting here. If you are not sure what district you are in look it up here.
Pizza Time!
Order from Barones
on Nov. 16th
and Help Out the GEYFCS!

What's better than pizza on a cold Monday night? Pizza AND knowing that you supported Glen Ellyn Youth and Family Services! On Monday, November 16th, order anything from Barones (630.858.0555) and mention GEYFCS and a portion of your purchase will go back to them. Click here for more info and happy eating!
Children and Youth
Outdoor Church School for Preschool - 5th grade
November 1st from 11:00 am to Noon

We miss you! Join us for in-person, outdoor church school! Preschool - 2nd graders will meet on the back lawn outside the All Purpose Room and 3rd - 5th graders will meet on the front lawn at the corner of Forest and Anthony. For health purposes, there is a limit of 10 students per each class, online pre-registration required. All children should bring their own yoga mat or old blanket. Children and leaders will wear face masks at all times and be spaced at least six feet apart. Individual activity bags provided for each student. No shared items. Virtual church school will continue on Sunday mornings in your email inbox at 9:00 am. Contact Catherine Curtis, Director of Christian Education at or 630-49-3096 ext. 23 with questions.  
Our 2020-21 Youth Education Online Registration link is now available.
Helping Others
Giving During the Interim

We have a number of options for you to give during this interim period of At-Home Church:

Flowers 2021

We are starting to schedule altar flower donations for 2021. Please give your calendars a gander and see which Sunday(s) you would like to donate. It's super easy-just call or text Jennifer Darnall at 708.712.3712.
Quick Links
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