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Scripture:    JOHN 2:1-11 (NRSV)

 Charles Post, Ad Hocs and Choir

This Week at FCCGE
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Somethin' to Get Excited About
Church School Begins Sunday, Sept.15th
Preschool - 5th Grade Churchschool

Welcome to the new program year!
Families with students in kindergarten - 5th grade can find information about our ministries at our website as well as from occasional special emails regarding events such as Heifer Market in November and the Christmas Pageant. 3rd 4th, & 5th graders will also receive a twice monthly email regarding 345 Fellowship. If you have questions, please contact Catherine Curtis, Director of Christian. For more information click here. Feel free to share this with friends!
 FCCGE Block PartyBlockparty 
THIS Sunday!  Sept. 8
Block Party 11:30 - 1:30

A Century of Extravagant Welcome 

Can't wait to see you! If it rains, we'll see you inside!
 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.
Sermon Series, "Greatest Hits"  
Begins *THIS*  Sunday , Sept. 8-Oct. 6Sermonseries

Whatever the genre, each of our lives has a soundtrack; the songs that we return to again and again in good times and in bad. Our faith has familiar lyrics too, those "greatest hits" of our scriptures that we turn to time and again. Join Rev. Seth Ethan Carey and Rev. Kendra Joyner Miller this Fall for a musical exploration of the songs and the stories, the anthems and the rhythms that echo in our ears and in our hearts.

FCCGE Oktoberfest 
Friday, October 11, 2019, 6:30-8:30 pm

Save the date!

Building Community
Visual Arts Ministry

The new exhibit in the Main Gallery features artifacts and photos to tell the story of our 100 year old church building. The Artists in Residence Gallery is closed, likely through the end of this year, pending completion of the construction work in Pilgrim Hall. Watch your bulletin, email blast, and the website for updates.

Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ 2019
"Porkstock" Sept. 7th, 12 - 10 pm Porkstock

Join the community for this Glen Ellyn tradition benefiting Bridge Communities! Held in DT GE, there's fun for the entire family -  music and fantastic barbecue! 60 teams will compete for best BBQ, with team names like "Sauced In Glen Ellyn", "Limp Brizket", "3 Pigs and a Jerk", "Defensive Indifference" and of course the infamous "Blown' Smoke", with our own Bob Rada, as one of the judges. Volunteers are needed.  Click here for more info.
4th Annual 
Glen Ellyn Interfaith Prayer Breakfast 

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.  
Let's Get Ushing!

Ok folks, we all agree that we want to extend an extravagant welcome to visitors and members at Sunday worship and to do that we need friendly people to do just that. It seriously couldn't be easier. A warm smile, a nice "good morning", hand someone a bulletin and you've nailed it. Right now, you're saying "Hey! I can do that!" Yes, you can! You tell us your  availability  and we'll schedule you in - doesn't require every Sunday by any
means . Contact  Tom Pulver (312.816.0863)  and he'll get you rolling! Thanks in advance! Sorry, you don't get a groovy uniform :-(

Yoga is Back!  
Sept. 11th and 25th at 7 pm

Cathy Christoff-Kaminski will be offering Community Yoga twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm, in the All-Purpose Room (no fee).
DuPage PADS Run 4 Home
Sat. Sept. 21st

Our congregation is invited to DuPagePads 15th Annual Run 4 Home on Saturday, September 21st, 2019. The 10K and 5K course appeals to serious runners, casual joggers and walkers. This family friendly event includes a 1K Family Walk and Kids Corner with music, games, face painting, refreshments and prizes.Contact Ted Harman with questions.
All Church Read AllChurchRead

We invite you to join us to discuss our Fall All-Church Read on Rachel Held Evan's book:
A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband 'Master' .
We will gather in the Chapel (lower level) on Sundays September 22nd, 29th and October 6th from 11:45-12:45 pm.
Blessing of the Animals
Sat. Sept. 21st, 11 am

So you suspect Fluffy or Sparkles has a little bit of the devil inside her? We can take care of that! Bring your fur baby, scale baby, feather baby etc. to our yearly Blessing of the Animals! Any pet is welcome, but please leash your bigger animals and bring little ones in a carrying crate. See you for this purr-fectly delightful event!

Film Group
Begins Sunday, Sept. 22nd with Special Showing

Film Group is about to start up again for the new program year. We typically meet at the church the 2nd Tuesday of every month, but we have a couple of special outings planned initially . We begin Sunday, Sept. 22nd at 4 pm at Yorktown Theater for a celebration of the 25th anniversary of The Shawshank Redemption. You can purchase tickets  online here Click here for the fall lineup!  If you have questions, please contact Alan Bayert.
Everyone's Invited to Our
 Brown Bag Lunch 
Wednesday, Sept. 18th at Noon in the All-Purpose Room
  *Note location change

The Prime Timers' "Brown Bag" luncheon meetings begin Wednesday, September 18, 12:00 noon, in our All-Purpose Room (lower level).  Just bring a sandwich; coffee and cookies will be provided.  We are excited to welcome Glen Ellyn resident, Walt Zlotow, as our guest speaker.  Walt has recently returned from a visit to Cuba and will discuss  US-Cuba relations from 1898 to 2018:  What They Didn't Teach Us in School.  
Children's Choirs 

Kids of all ages have a place to sing!  Angel Choir (ages 4 thru 2nd grade) will rehearse in December.  Joyful Noise (grades 2-6) will begin in January.  Jr. High Singers (grades 6-8) will rehearse in October to sing in worship on Nov 3.  Contact Michele Hecht to sign up!
Back to Bass-ics Group Voice Lesson! 
Sat. Sept. 14th, 9-10 am

Thinking about joining the choir, but not sure about your voice?  Come to a group voice lesson with the choir on Saturday, Sep 14, 9:00-10:00am in the All-Purpose Room (as part of the Choir Games). Michele, Jeff and Paul will lead group singing with fun songs and a focus on basic skills, with no obligation to sign up for choir.  Contact Michele by Sept. 12 to sign up!
Choir Has Begun & Bells Start Soon! Choir 

Adult choirs have begun and will continue on Thursdays  at 7:00 pm. Handbell choir (6th grade thru adult) begins Tue, Sep 10 @ 7:15pm.  New singers & ringers welcome! No audition necessary.     Contact 

What's New for Families, Youth and Children?
Tuesday Morning Play Group
Time to Play!  9-11 am

Grab the little ones and join other parents and friends in our nursery every Tuesday morning for playing, crawling, laughing and most weeks, a snack! This group is for those who would like some social time for themselves and their little goobers. Super casual and a great time to connect. No need to sign up-just show up! Contact Pastor Kendra with questions.
Young Family Luncheon
October 20th at 11:30

Got a couple of little ones 3 or under? Mark your calendars for our annual Young Families Lunch on Sunday, October 20th. Watch for further information and registration.
Autumn Youth Dates

Friday, September 6 - 8 - Sr Hi Youth Leadership Retreat
Sunday, September 8th 11:30 am - Join us at the children and youth ministries tables following worship for balloons, face painting, a special treat, and information about the upcoming program year and to register your children online for our program year.
Sunday, September 15th - 
10:30 am   Begin Preschool - 5th grade Church School, 6th - 8th grade Confirmation Classes, & Sr Hi Discussion Group
Sunday, September 15th 11:45 am - 8th grade Confirmation Orientation Lunch for Confirmands, Sponsors, and Parents in the All Purpose Room. Register here.
Sunday, September 15th - Sr Hi Youth Fellowship kick-off BBQ 
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!

Construction News

Pilgrim Hall Renovation Report: Progress continues on our remodel project. We are about 65 percent complete starting Sept. The ancient plumbing is repaired, adding service for our new laundry room to help us serve PADS and the church. A new electrical infrastructure is in place with more new LED lighting going in each day now. Walls have been repaired and new ceiling soffits and grids are expanding each day. Duct work and diffusers for heating and cooling is going into place this week. Flooring is installed in the Annex, hallway and laundry room. The new performance platform is constructed. New parts for radiators, doors, windows and other items are arriving each day. A substantial amount of the work will be complete by our mid-September target with the rest following in the back half of the month.

The PADS team has patiently and thoughtfully maintained a high service level throughout the summer, utilizing the all-purpose room, chapel, parlor and South lobby. Coming weeks will bring more transitions as we add Sunday school classes and meeting back into the mix. Thanks to all for their extra effort and patience. 
First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn | | |
535 Forest Avenue
Glen, IL 60137