All Ages Worship
Children's Church 10:30
October 7, 2018
Services at 9 and 10:30 am



 Sanctuary Singers, Jackie McCarthy (vocals) & Alan Bayert (guitar), Taiz√© Ensemble

Upcoming Events
(Click the blue links to be taken to the article!)

10/4 - 7 pm Combined Choir Rehearsal
10/7 - 9 and 10:30 am  Sermon series: The Storyteller Continues
10/7 - 6:30 pm OASIS
10/7 - 7 pm Senior High Fellowship
10/7 - NO Sanctuary Singers
10/7 - Sheriff Candidate Assembly CANCELLED
10/9 - NO Prime Timers Planning Meeting
10/9 - 7:15 pm Handbell Rehearsal
10/10 - 5 pm 345 Fellowship
10/10 - 5 pm 345 Parents Meeting
Stay Informed
Heifer Market, Sun., October 28, after 10:30 Worship

Heifer Market will fill our Atrium and Main Lobby with calls of "Pigs!" and "Bees!" by our little ones, who are raising funds for Heifer International, an organization we have supported for years.  Their mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.  Each year, with our help, we "teach a man to fish"  and empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity.  Attend.  Help.  Love.


Directory Photos: Can't make Any of the Photo Sessions?
Submit Your Own Photo by October 13th

Out of town when Lifetouch will be at the church taking photos? You can submit your own photo! Here are the  guidelines:
  • Submit a high resolution photo to avoid a blurry image in the directory
  • Electronic submission preferred for clarity
  • Vertical orientation (tall rather than wide)
  • Give names in order from left to right
  • Submit by Saturday October 13th
  • Submit to  

Newcomers Information  
Sunday, October 7  

For those interested in learning more about joining FCCGE and the United Church of Christ, there will be an informal gathering for newcomers. Details: Sunday, October 7, 11:45 - 12:45 am in the Chapel (childcare for all ages available in the nursery). Available joining date following this session is October 21 (10:30 am). For further information, contact Rev. Seth Ethan Carey (630-469-3096 ext. 12).

UPDATE: Sheriff Candidate Assembly CANCELLED

The Sheriff Candidate Assembly scheduled for Oct. 7 in Lombard has been cancelled because candidate James Mendrick cannot attend now due to personal reasons.

DuPage United is looking at other dates before the election to reschedule. Please pass the word to anyone you know who was interested in attending that the event is now cancelled. We will share new information as it becomes available. Have a question? Email  Chuck Lukavsky.
Extravagant Welcome
Welcome Our New Business Administrator, Laura Shellady

In June of this year, our long time Business Administrator Sue Markowski began her well earned retirement. Shortly afterward, her successor also transitioned to a new opportunity in her own denomination. As such, we welcome Laura Shellady as FCCGE's new Business Administrator. Laura comes to us with many years of experience in the business world and a rich background in human resources. Please join us in welcoming her to the team.
Welcome T.J.!
FCCGE's New Pastoral Intern

T.J. Williams has accepted the position of Pastoral Intern for our program year. T.J. earned his Master of Divinity at New York Theological Seminary and focuses his time, talents and love on issues of justice. Please introduce yourself to him! 
Learn Something
 Brown Bag Lunch
 Wednesday,October 17, Noon

Join us on October 17th when photographer/diver, Terry Johnson will speak about his exciting and unusual career. Bring a sandwich from home and meet us all in Pilgrim Hall for this riveting talk. As always, no need to sign up and cookies and beverages will be there waiting for you. If you have questions, contact 
Grow Closer to God
AMENAmen Men's Bible Study
Upcoming Dates

We selected a book by Richard Elliot Friedman called "Who Wrote the Bible". It is a close look a the first five books of the Old Testament commonly referred to as The Pentateuch.  Our schedule is as follows:

Tuesday Oct 9 8 am Chapters 1-3
Tuesday Oct 23 8 am Chapters 4-6
Tuesday Nov 13 8 am Chapters 7-9

Contact Brian Hamilton with questions.
Build Community

LGBTQ Community Members: 
OASIS is our new connection group for the local LGBTQ community on issues of faith. Begins Oct. 7th. 

Hosted by FCCGE, we will meet for four weeks on Sunday evenings at 6:30 pm starting October 7, 2018. Discussions will be facilitated by  Pam Trice, PsyD who is a professional counselor and a member of the LGBTQ community. 
WHO: Members of the LGBTQ community 
WHAT: Foster connection around faith issues 
WHEN: 6:30-8:00pm on Sunday evenings (Four sessions Oct 7th-Oct. 28th )
WHERE: The Parlor
Watch your EBlast and bulletin for more info! Contact Pam Trice with questions.
Interfaith Prayer Breakfast    
Weds. Oct. 24th, 7 am

Join together with 20 faith communities as we eat, pray, and aspire to make Glen Ellyn a home for everyone in our community. Featuring our own Alan Bayert and members of the Ad Hoc Band. Wednesday, October 24, 7:15-9:00 am, at Abbington Banquets in Glen Ellyn.  Register & pay online at here ($25 per person/$200/tables of 8).
Soul Sisters Women's Group
Begins Oct. 7th, 11:45
Pilgrim Hall

Soul Sisters is a safe space for women to be their authentic selves and share, laugh, be social, support one another and have lunch. Open to all women of ages. Read more.

The first Soul Sisters gathering will be Sunday, October 7th in Pilgrim Hall. We look forward to seeing you there! Contact Becky
Amy or Melissa with any questions.

Progressive Dinner
Sat. Nov. 10th, 6-11 pm

Join us for a wonderful evening of fellowship and fun at the annual Progressive Dinner on Saturday, November 10th 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 10/28. Cost is $5 per person, payable at the appetizer house. Questions, contact Nicole Baedke at 203-246-3885.
Fall Work Day!  
Join us at 11:30 on Sunday, October 14.  

Just like home....except we'll supply the bulbs, brushes and brooms!  The FCCGE Fall Work Day is Sunday, October 14.  We'll start with a quick pizza and salad lunch in Pilgrim Hall at 11:30 and get right to the list of projects, planting and painting for several hours.  Sponsored by the Property and Grounds Committee, Handyperson Ministry and Garden Ministry.  No experience or special skills required....we'll find a project that right for you...or suggest one you'd like to work on.  
Send an email to  Andy Ginger
to tell us you'll help. Watch for weekly announcements!
Go Ahead, Wear the Costume-Just Make the Appointment!
 Picture Time Is  Here!!!
Free 8 X 10!!

Lifetouch has arrived and we're on our way! It's not too late to get an appointment, so sign up. Help build community by having your picture in our directory so folks will recognize you and vice versa. Sign up on paper in the atrium on Sundays or online 

Film Discussion Group
 Tues., Oct. 9 at 6:30 pm 
in the Starlight Cinema 

The horror movie that transformed the genre by locating the monster inside ourselves. Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 masterpiece blends a brutal manipulation of audience identification and an incredibly dense, allusive visual style to create the most morally unsettling film ever made. 
Contact Alan Bayert.

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
Wednesdays Now Thru Nov. 14th

We invite you to read selected chapters from Book 1:  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (or Philosopher's Stone if you are British) through the eyes of a theme.  We will recap the chapter, look at our insights, and discuss a story from the Bible that also address this theme-thinking about how the messages of faith speak in many ways- and also the wealth and wisdom from our own Sacred Text.  We invite all lovers of Scripture and Harry Potter, whether you are young or young-at-heart, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, or Gryffindor-all are welcome for this six week program! 
Click here for more info. Contact Pastor Kendra for more information.
Capital Campaign Project Update

Window Restoration
TLC for Our Historic Structure

The Window Restoration Project, the first of our new capital building fund efforts, is complete! Craftsmen from Daprato Rigali, a firm with experience back to 1860, performed the work. They carefully repaired, re-cemented, cleaned, patched and painted every stained glass window and almost every other older window in the building. Some large sections were removed completely and rebuilt in the Daprato Studios. We love the light, and we won't miss the leaks.  The windows in the Youth Room were restored on the outside. Inside, they are covered with paint from too many bad paint jobs. Join us for the Fall Workday on October 14 and help us bring them back to life.  See more here!
Next up...the Chapel Roof Replacement...underway now! 

Jr. High Singers (grades 6-8) 
Sing Sun., Nov. 4th

 Sing in worship on Sun, Nov 4; rehearsals on Sun, Oct 21 and 28, 6:00-6:45pm. 

Choir Trip to
San Francisco

The adult choir is participating in a festival in San Francisco March 8-12, 2019. They will sing John Rutter's Requiem in a large, massed choir with orchestra at Grace Cathedral. Last date to sign up is November 1.  Contact 
Joyful Noise Children's Choir (grades 2-5) 
Begins Thurs. Oct. 4 at 5:30 pm

First rehearsal and parent orientation on Thursday,
October 4 at 5:30 pm.
Contact Michele Hecht.

 Help Others
Save a Life-Give Blood
Sunday, November 4, 8 am -12:15 pm  

Come to Pilgrim Hall on Sunday, November 4, 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.

Coats for Onward House
As the weather changes to cooler temps, and you are cleaning out your closets of last years warm coats, hats, gloves, scarves bring gently used warm items to church to donate to Onward House. We'll be collecting items from now until the November 18. Please place your items in the box in the lobby. Any questions, please contact Laura Anderson at  630-205-8283.
Hygiene Items for Pacific Garden Mission
Students for the Homeless is a student ministry of Wheaton College. They have partnered with Pacific Garden Mission in the Near West Side of Chicago. The Student organization has asked us to help them to collect new socks, under garments and hygiene items for distribution by the Mission. If you wish to donate, please drop off your items in the box located in the lobby from now until 12/2. Any monetary donations should go directly to PGM. Any questions please contact Laura Anderson at 630-205-8283.
Indoor Farmer's Market Returns-Save the Date!
Saturday, December 8th, 9 am-1 pm

We will once again host Faith in Place's Winter Indoor  Farmers Market. Each winter, from November through March,  Faith in Place  partners with faith communities to host a series of indoor farmers markets on Saturdays and Sundays. The farmers markets provide an additional source of income for local vendors during the off-season, promote sustainable farming methods and economic justice for regional farm families, encourage healthy, wholesome eating, and support the building of relationships between producers and consumers. Our Environmental Ministry Team (EMT) is hosting this event.
Social Justice Discussion Group News
Mon., Oct. 15, 7 pm

The Social Justice Community Group will continue a discussion of Welcoming the Stranger by Soerens and Yang on Monday, October 15 at 7 pm in the parlor. Please join us if you are interested in learning more about US immigration policy. In October we will discuss Chapters 3, 4, and 5, which cover the history of US immigration, legal immigration, and Biblical perspectives on immigration. Contact Ida Hagman for more information.
Ushers and Greeters Needed  

Can you spare one Sunday a month?  Would you like to be the smiling face welcoming friends and visitors to morning service?  We are in need of additional ushers and greeters at our 9:00 am and 10:30 am services.  This is a great and easy way to get to know more members of the Congregation and to be part of a critical service.  This is not a big time commitment because ushers and greeters both volunteer for just one service a month.  If you can volunteer to be an usher or greeter, contact Tom Pulver (312-816-0863). 
Neighbors in Need

(NIN) is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. This year, special consideration will be given to projects focusing on serving our immigrant neighbors and communities.
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Children, Family and Youth
Children's Church
*NEW* Beginning Oct. 7th!
K-5th Grade

In the spirit of nurturing faith for our children, Children's Church will be offered on the following Communion Sundays:  Oct 7, Nov 4, Feb 3, Mar 3.  On these Sundays, children in grades kindergarten - 5th grades are invited to begin worship with their families and friends for the Invocation, Opening Hymn, and Confession.  Children will then depart during the Passing of the Peace to join Pastor Kendra and other leaders in the Chapel for a children's lesson, spiritual practice, and music, before returning to the sanctuary for Communion with the congregation.
Children and Youth Dates

October 7: 6:30 - 8 pm Sr Hi Youth Fellowship - Small Group Night 
October 7: 10:30 am NEW!! Children's Church for Kindergarten - 5th grade - children will begin in worship, depart for Children's Church during Passing of the Peace and return for Communion with their families
October 10 :  5 - 6:30 pm -345 Fellowship - Communion Workshop & Parent Meeting 
October 13 - 14: Jr Hi Youth Fall Work Retreat
October 14:   6:30 - 8:00 pm - Sr Hi Youth Fellowship - - Whirly Ball - sign-up here
October 17:   5 - 6:30 pm - 345 Fellowship - - Pizza and Fun Night!
Saturday, October 20: - Jr & Sr Hi Youth Fellowship - Feed My Starving Children - sign-up here by October 17 

2018-19 Program Year Registration
*Open NOW!* 
Infant through College

Online registration for the 2018 - 2019 program year for all children and youth, infant - 12th grade is available now and at the Christian Ed/Youth Fellowship booth on Rally Day.  We invite all families, members and guests, to register their children and youth annually.  This information assists us as we welcome your family and provide a safe experience. 
Contact Catherine Curtis 
with any questions. 
Visual Arts Ministry (VAM)

Visual Arts Ministry (VAM) Artists in Residence Gallery Update

Please join us in thanking Susan Thurber Jones for sharing her wonderful art with us these past several weeks. As we say goodbye to Susan's work, we are delighted to welcome a new exhibit, this one by church community member and artist, Haruo Kurokawa. An oil painter since early retirement from an industrial design career in 2003, his favorite subjects to paint are landscapes and scenes from nature. Be sure to introduce yourself to Haruo, if you don't already know him, and stop by the gallery to see his wonderful work.

Also,  in the Sanctuary, you'll see four new banners; photos of prints by Sadao Watanabe, Japan's foremost Christian artist. Each banner beautifully illustrates a different Bible Story.  Click here to read more .
New Directory News
NewdirectoryNew Church Directory
 October 2018

Lifetouch is here this Fall to take new church directory pictures Oct. 4-6th and Oct. 9-13th. 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 ! Sign up in the atrium today! Sign up online here.
Everyone gets a free 8 X 10 regardless of purchase!

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