"Greatest Hits" Sermon Series
All Ages Worship/Communion
October 6 , 2019
 Services at  and  10:30 am

Scripture:    Deuteronomy 34 (NRSV)

  Choir, guest soloist Cary Lovett, tenor 

This Week at FCCGE
(Click the blue links to be taken to the article!)

10/3 - 7 pm Choir
10/4th thru 6th - Jr Hi Fall Retreat at Tower Hill
10/6 - 9 and 10:30 am Worship/Sermon Series C ontinues
10/6 - 7 pm - 8:30  pm Sr Hi Fellowship (Yoga and Donuts)
10/8 -  NO Prime Timers Planning Meeting
10/8 - 9-11 am Play Group
10/8- 7:15 pm Handbell Rehearsal
10/9 - 7 pm Yoga
Somethin' to Get Excited About
Oom Pah Pah!
Friday, October 18th 
6:30-8 PM, 21 and Over
*Sign Up Deadline Oct. 11th*

Dust off your lederhosen and meet us in the newly refurbished  Pilgrim Hall for  our Fall Oktoberfest!
  • German beer and wine (BYOB to share)
  • Nonalcoholic beverages will be supplied
  • 6 different food stations
  • Coffee/dessert bar
Only $10 per person and we ask that you bring German Beer and/or wine for yourself and enough to share for our libation station. Adults over 21 may attend this fun event.  Sign up here RSVP deadline October 11th (we prayerfully ask that you adhere to the RSVP deadline, as no reservations will be taken after the 11th).
Progressive Dinner
Sat. Nov. 2nd 6-11 pm

Join us for a wonderful evening of fellowship and fun at the annual Progressive Dinner on Saturday, November 2nd from 6-11 pm. We'll start the evening off at the Appetizer home and then will meet in smaller groups at individual homes for a potluck dinner. We'll all gather together again for dessert at the end of the evening. You'll be asked to provide some part of the evening's meal. Sign up today in the atrium or here. Please let us know if you're willing to host the large group for appetizers or desserts, or a smaller group for dinner in your home. *Note: Last day to sign up will be Sunday 10/20. Cost is $5 per person, payable at the appetizer house. Questions, contact Nicole Baedke at 203-246-3885.
Safety and Security
Fire Drill
Sunday, October 20th After Both Worship Services

 A s part of our on-going review of safety procedures, we will be conducting a fire drill/evacuation on Sunday, October 20th after each service; the drills happening at 10:00 am and 11:30 am. You will receive full instructions from the pulpit before the alarm sounds and there is no reason for concern. For those needing a little extra assistance, please know you will not be required to run and additional assistance will be in place for those in wheelchairs.  There will be ushers and helpers directing all of us in an orderly fashion. To thank you for your cooperation, we will be serving coffee and donuts on the front lawn after we evacuate.

At FCCGE we strive to provide a warm, welcoming and safe place for our community. In the unlikely event of a fire, we want to ensure that everyone knows proper procedures and is instructed to a safe location. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Service and Justice
 FCCGE  Co-Hosts, 
Service and Justice Committee/Social Justice Group 
Invite You to a Special Showing
Monday, October  21st at 7 pm 
 Sunday, October  27 at 11:30 am

C o-hosts FCC Service and Justice Committee and our Social Justice Group  invite you  to join us for the moving and significant film Emanuel: The Untold Story of the Victims and Survivors of the Charleston Church Shooting. Come learn about the pain, grace and healing that occurred as result of this tragic event and how we as a Church can learn many Christian lessons.

There will be 2 showings at FCCGE:
  • Monday, October 21st at 7 pm with popcorn 
  • Sunday, October 27th at 11:30 am, light lunch served  
There is no fee for these events. Please  register here.   Contact Ida Hagman or Nancy Bell with any questions.
Helping Others
PADS Help Needed 

The fall season began October 1st and we lost a number of volunteers from last season.  This is a 1 time per month commitment for 7 months:  We need volunteers for each of the 4 shifts on Sunday evenings:  6-10 pm, 10-2 am, 2-5 am and 5-7 am and someone who can come to church on Monday mornings to deliver the linens to CDH and pick up the fresh linens.  Can you help? Contact  Linda Davenport   630-217-0751.
I f you can't volunteer for PADS on Sunday nights at FCCGE, there is also a need on Tuesdays nights at First Congregational Church of Lombard. Food preparation, as well as overnight volunteers, are especially needed. Please contact Heather Mesli.
Save a Life
Give Blood 
Sun., Oct. 27th, 
8 am-12:15 pm

Come to Pilgrim Hall on Sunday, October 27, 8:00 am-12:15 pm, and share the gift of life-saving blood. It's fast and easy and can make a difference between life and death for someone. Sign up in the Main Lobby or you can walk in that day. Questions? 
Contact Marge Kovatch.

Support the Glen Ellyn Walk-In Ministry  

Buy a mum from St. Mark's Episcopal Church's fall Mum Sale, with all net proceeds to benefit the Walk-In-Ministry of Glen Ellyn.  The mums will be available for sale on St. Mark's front yard, near the corner of Main St. and Hillside Ave.  The sale is scheduled to run until Friday, October 4, or until they are all sold.  These colorful plants are selling for $10 each in a variety of colors:  red, pink, yellow, orange, purple, and white.
Building Community
Watercolor by Catherine Curtis
Sherry Hatlestad Recognized for Exemplary Work with GECRC

FCCGE member Sherry Hatlestad has been highlighted this month in the Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center's ENewsletter for her tireless work with the organization and the many ways in which she supports the most vulnerable members of our community.  Read more here. 
Happy Birthday to Our Building
Our first building at this address was completed in 1919, one hundred years ago.  We invite you to help us Celebrate a Century of Extravagant Welcome with a $100 birthday present for our building, and our church, a dollar for every year on this land.  These gifts will be shared between the operating fund and the Endowment Fund - supporting our mission today, and tomorrow.  Place your checks in the offering plate over the next few weeks or mail them to the church office with "Happy Birthday" in the memo line or click  here to pay online. Thank you for your generosity, and for celebrating our building's birthday in a way that ensures that our extravagant welcome continues for many years to come.

Prime Timers Brown Bag Lunch
Presents Speaker
 Joe Mahr, 
Oct. 16th, Noon

 FCCGE's own Joe Mahr will be speaking on his experiences as an investigative  reporter for the Chicago Tribune. Pack a sandwich and head on over.No need to sign up and we'll even supply the dessert and beverages.This brown bag will be in our newly refurbished Pilgrim Hall. Contact Rocki DeVoy.
Advent/Lent Devotional Writers Needed
"Light in the Darkness"

The seasons of Advent and Lent are a time of waiting; of reflection and connection with our God. We would like to share your thoughts and experiences in our yearly Advent or Lent Devotional booklet and are seeking members and friends to contribute for our 2019-20 editions. You will be assigned a passage of scripture and asked to reflect on its meaning in your life and submit a paragraph.  If you're interested, please contact Pastor Kendra or 630.469.3096 X 11. Here'a sample of last year's.
Newcomers Information Session 
Sunday, October 20, 

For those interested in learning more about joining FCCGE and the United Church of Christ, there will be an informal gathering for newcomers Sunday, October 20, 11:45 - 12:45 am in the Parlor (childcare for all ages available in the nursery).  Available joining dates following this session are October 27, January 26, March 29, 2020 (10:30 am).  For further information, contact Rev. Seth Ethan Carey( 630-469-3096 ext. 12). 

A Special Fall WorkdayWorkday
Sunday, October 6th
11:45, Light Lunch 

Our spring work day helped move PADS out of Pilgrim Hall to summer quarters on the other side of the building... see photos of the fun. Now, it's time to move back into Pilgrim Hall.  We also displaced a number of other areas that will need to be re-oriented for the youth and education team.  As always, we have plenty of projects to do.  Join us to help put Pilgrim Hall back in service.  We will gather after second service in Pilgrim Hall for a light lunch and move to several hours of work.  All are welcome, no special skills needed.  Contact Andy Ginger to let us know you're coming.  Thanks in advance for your support and participation! 
Contact Andy Ginger to let us know you're coming.  Thanks in advance for your support and participation!
Soul Sisters Women's Group
Begins Oct. 6th
 11:45 am ParlorSoulsisters

Would you like to meet other women at church? Build some long-lasting relationships? Or just be able to pick out a friendly face to sit next to on Sunday mornings? Soul Sisters is a safe space for women to be their authentic selves, share, laugh, be social, support one another and have lunch.  We meet every 1st and 3rd Sunday. Bring a drink for yourself and a snack to share. Read more here.  Questions? Contact Amy or Becky.
4th Annual 
Glen Ellyn Interfaith Prayer Breakfast InterfaithBreakfast

The 4th annual Glen Ellyn Interfaith Prayer Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 7:00 am at the Abbington, featuring speaker and local physician, Ken Seigel, a member of Congregation Etz Chaim.  The theme this year will be, "Health, Healing and Hope in Glen Ellyn."  The program will include the full spectrum of religious groups living and worshiping in our community. Purchase tickets here.
 Visual Arts Ministry
The beautiful quilted banner hanging in the sanctuary was commissioned by the UCC Musicians Association (UCCMA) and made its public debut in June at their biennial conference in Madison, Wisconsin. It was stitched by members of the Quilt Ministry at First Congregational Church of Madison, where the conference took place. It's  "on loan" to FCCGE for the next two years, during which time Michele Hecht, our Director of Music Ministry, will be serving as UCCMA President.
Angel Choir 2019-20

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 (4 years old through end of 2nd grade) and busy parents. We perform 2 times a year and with only 2, 30 minute rehearsals beforehand. Fun. Short and sweet. Completely adorable. Our Angel Choir, going on for 18 years now, has added so much to our Christmas Season (this year Dec. 22nd at 10:30 am) and one Springtime service (May 3rd) - a rich experience for both the children and congregation and what a great way to dip their little toes in the choir waters!  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!

Jr. High Singers (grades 6-8) 

Sign up now to sing in worship on Sun, Nov 3!  Only 2 rehearsals on Sundays, Oct 20 and Oct 27 @ 11:45am-12:30pm.  
Contact Michele Hecht.

What's New for Families, Youth and Children?
Young Family Luncheon
October 20th at 11:45Youngfamlunch

Got a couple of little ones 3 or under? Mark your calendars for our annual Young Families Lunch on Sunday, October 20th. Relax and share a meal with other young families while your children play and are cared for by loving helpers. Register here by Sunday, October 13th.

Children's Church K-5thChildrenschurch 
Sunday, October 6, 2019, 10:30 am

Join us this Sunday, October 6th at 10:30 am for Children's Church. The kindergarten through 5th graders will begin in worship, then depart during Passing of the Peace with their leaders to go to the Chapel for  a special service geared towards the younger set. The kids will then return to the sanctuary for Communion.
Autumn Youth Dates

Friday, October 4 - Sunday, October 6 - Jr Hi Fall Retreat at Tower Hill Camp. 
Sunday, October 6 - 7:00 - 8:30 pm Sr Hi Youth Fellowship  for Yoga and donuts
Sunday, October 13 - 11:45-2:00 pm 345 Fellowship and Jr Hi  for Pizza & a Movie
Sunday, October 13 - Sr Hi Youth Fellowship - time TBD by each small group for Small Group Night
Sunday, October 20 - Church School participating in all-church fire drill following 10:30 am worship service
Sunday, October 20 - 2-5 pm Jr Hi to PBMR.  Register here by October 16th.
Infant Through College Registration
Now Open!

We prayerfully urge you to register your children for the new program year. Why is this important? It helps us plan for supplies, have volunteers in place to teach and nurture your children and understand your child to make their faith experience meaningful.
  Contact  Catherine Curtis , Director of Christian Education ( 630-469-3096 ext. 23) with questions.
Kids Off to College? Help Us Send Some Love
(and Maybe  Some  Cookies)

It has become a wonderful FCCGE tradition to send our college kids a care package every Fall and we need their addresses at school. Please fill out this quick form so we can send them some goodies!

Church School Offering for Refugee Assistance
September thru November
Jacob and his family...Jesus and his family...they were refugees.

On September 15th, the children in church school created banks to take home to collect funds to donate to refugee assistance. These banks plus an activity calendar were sent home for families to use as an activity and discussion resource while collecting church school offering for this fall. Extra banks are available in the atrium or lobby.. Banks will be collected after Thanksgiving.
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535 Forest Avenue
Glen, IL 60137