News of the Church
Cross Trainer FUN-IN
6th-8th graders, you are invited to the Cross Trainer Fun-In on Sunday, March 18, 5:00-8:00 p.m. (Cross Trainers will not be meeting at their regular time in the morning). You will have dinner with the TUXIS teens, do some faith exercises and play games around the church. Please RSVP to Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa at email@example.com. Lucky participants should wear athletic shoes and clothing (hoodies are very helpful for pew racing) and bring a sweet treat to share.
Lou Malnati’s Fundraiser for Youth Ministry
Plan to pick up dinner from Lou Malnati’s in Western Springs (4700 Gilbert Ave., in the Garden Market Shopping Center) on Monday, March 19, between 4:00 and 10:00 p.m., and they will donate 20% to our youth ministry. Please note these important details:
• Actual flyer not needed, but must mention fundraiser at time of ordering.
• Includes both carryout and delivery, but EXCLUDES online ordering (so please phone in your order at 708.246.3400).
• You can check your receipt to be sure the “fundraiser” line item is included.
• Cannot be combined with any other promotional offers.
FPCLG SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE
If you are a member of the church and are either a high school senior with plans for continuing education or a high school graduate currently continuing your education, you are eligible to apply for one of our scholarships. Completed applications are due by Monday, March 19, 2018. Please note: Application does not ensure an award, and scholarship recipients are expected to be in worship on Scholarship Sunday, June 10, 2018, at the 9:30 a.m. service.
LENT COMMUNION SERVICES AND STUDY SERIES
Join us for worship and Communion on Wednesday evenings during Lent, through March 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel (use Ashland Ave. entrance). Following the service each week, Rev. Jonathan Krogh will lead a session of this year’s Lenten study series, “The Art of FPCLG”, 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Parlor. We will look at some of the beautiful pieces of art housed in our church, their history and their significance.
Holy Week Worship Service Schedule
• Palm Sunday, March 25, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Worship, with Family Worship Class at 10:45 a.m.
• Maundy Thursday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. Worship/Communion in the Sanctuary
• Good Friday, March 30, 7:00 p.m. ecumenical service with combined choir at First United Methodist Church of La Grange, 100 W. Cossitt Ave.
• Easter Sunday, April 1—Celebrate our risen Lord at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Worship—Invite a friend or neighbor!
One Great Hour of Sharing Offering
The One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be collected through March 25. This PC(USA) offering provides relief to those affected by natural disasters, supports initiatives that create sustainable food systems and alleviate root causes of poverty and provides resources and education to oppressed and disadvantaged communities. Designated envelopes are in the pew racks, or you may contribute through our online giving page.
MONTHLY NEW MEMBER ORIENTATIONS
Each month, alternating on a Saturday or Sunday, our Membership Committee will host a new member orientation. If you're interested in joining the church or just learning more about First Presbyterian Church of La Grange (FPCLG), please contact the Church Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708.354.0771 for details on upcoming orientation opportunities.
Single Worship Service/Crusader Choir Musical on April 29
Plan to join us on Sunday, April 29, for a special musical message by our children’s Crusader Choir as they present “Happily Forever After” at our single 10:00 a.m. worship service that morning!
Guide Book & Directory Advertising Opportunity
Our annual FPCLG Guide Book & Directory, which is direct-mailed to each family at no cost to our church, is again being subsidized by local businesses that advertise in it. If you own or manage a business and would like to find out about advertising in our book, please contact the Church Office at email@example.com. Recent survey results by Guide Book Publishing show that 92.1% of families would rather patronize a Guide Book & Directory advertiser over a non-advertiser.
Seeking “Sound” Advice
Our Worship, Music and Arts Committee is seeking volunteers to control the sound in the Sanctuary during worship services. Since the sound is run from iPad controls, a strong comfort level with and enjoyment of using an iPad is recommended. Also helpful is a fairly good ear for sound. Volunteers are needed for both services. You can volunteer for one or the other, and assist on a rotational basis with others on the Sound Team. No experience necessary; members from the Sound Team will provide training. Contact the Church Office if interested.
Vacation Bible School/Vacation Cross Trainers 2018
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Vacation Bible School and Vacation Cross Trainers will be June 25-29, 2018. Online registration will be coming soon.
Children and Teen Protection Training
Attention all present and future FPCLG children’s, youth and teen ministry volunteers (including, but limited to, those involved in… Preschool, Crusader Choir, Faith Forest, Cross Trainers, Confirmation, mentoring, Vacation Bible School, Vacation Cross Trainers, TUXIS and the TUXIS mission trip)... join Jonathan, Diane and Lisa for fellowship and a protection training in the newly renovated third floor youth space. Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 22, 12:30-2:30 p.m. (immediately following the second worship service). Lunch is included. If you are currently volunteering or are prayerfully considering volunteering with FPCLG ‘millennials’ or ‘Gen Z’ kids, you must be trained to keep them safe. And regardless of when you last attended a training session, this spring’s gathering will include important reminders, refreshers and recent revisions to our Child Protection Policy for everyone. Please RSVP to Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, April 15, so that we have lunch for all.
St. James Paper Pantry Collection
From now through April 4, Presbyterian Women are collecting donations for the St. James Lutheran Paper Pantry. Items needed are individually wrapped bar soap, paper towels and toilet paper; and 24-oz. or smaller dish soap, shampoo and laundry detergent. Donations may be placed in the collection box in the cloister. You may also donate online at www.stjamesws.org; click the Paper Pantry donation button listed under “Ministries”. The Paper Pantry opened in 2012, serving 108 families in 20 communities, and now serves 447 families in 47 communities. Thank you for your support!
FOOD PANTRY’S “SPECIAL OF THE MONTH”
Donations for the La Grange Area Food Pantry may be placed in the designated box in the east cloister anytime. March’s non-food “item of the month” is toothpaste.
WE’RE ON AMAZONSMILE!
Did you know that every time you shop online at Amazon.com, you can donate a percentage of your purchase to our church? Click here to link your existing account with First Presbyterian Church of La Grange. From then on, the only thing you do differently is begin at smile.amazon.com whenever you shop Amazon.
Amazon is TRIPLING their donation amount when customers make their first eligible AmazonSmile purchase from March 12-31. So if you haven’t yet linked your Amazon account to FPCLG, you can do so now and triple your impact!
Change in ‘Suits for Success’ Program
Breen’s in La Grange has changed hands and is no longer participating in Suits for Success. If you have any men’s or women’s casual, business casual and dress wear (no ties, purses or belts, please) that you would like to donate to this program, please label your items “Suits for Success” and hang them on the coat rack near the basement (parking lot) entrance, outside of Fellowship Hall. Donations will go to men and women being released from prison to wear for job interviews.
Donate Winter Clothing for Rogers Park
The Rogers Park Clothing Pantry in Chicago is in need of gently used clothing, toys, high chairs, books (mainly children’s), coats, boots and shoes. Current special requests are for MEN’S CLOTHING, WINTER CLOTHING and EXERCISE EQUIPMENT, as they are starting classes and a place to work out for the community. Donations are given (not sold) to people and organizations in need and are accepted year-round. If you can donate, contact Linda at 630.728.4674 and leave a message to arrange a drop-off at her home in La Grange Park. She can also pick up from your home if you are able to assist in loading donations into her car.
2018 “PER CAPITA” AMOUNT IS $33.61
Each year, PC(USA) churches pay to support the work of their Presbytery, Regional Synod and National General Assembly based on each church’s total membership. You help us to cover this cost by paying the $33.61 per capita amount for each member of our church in your household. Per capita contributions may be placed in the offering, made through our website or sent in to the Church Office. Contact Lynn Huck at 708.354.0771 or email@example.com with questions.
CLICK TO GIVE
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