News of the Church

commuter concert series - cello and violin concert

All are invited to attend a cello and violin concert in our Sanctuary on Monday, December 17, 6:30-7:15 p.m. Michele Lekas (violinist) is Concertmaster for the Rockford and Northwest Indiana Symphonies and the New Philharmonic Orchestra. Mark Lekas (cellist) performs with the Northwest Indiana Symphony (as principal), the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Lake Forest Symphony, the Woodstock Mozart Festival and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. There is no admission charge. A free-will offering will be received for the musicians.

Give a Christmas Ham

For the fifth year, our Board of Deacons and Mission and Outreach Committee are planning to provide gift baskets for local, low-income grandparents who are raising one or more of their grandchildren. Can you provide a spiral sliced ham in the original packaging on or before Sunday, December 9, for one of the 22 gift baskets? If so, contact Church Office at admin@fpclg.org. Hams may be placed in either the Fellowship Hall or Westminster Hall refrigerator. Please be sure that the expiration date of the ham is after 12/25/2018.

Giving Tree gifts due

Gift cards for grandparents raising their grandchildren are due on Sunday, December 9. Thank you for helping to spread Christmas to those in need!

Purchase a Poinsettia Pair

The deadline for placing poinsettia orders is Sunday, December 9. Each $24 gift will purchase two poinsettias, so your poinsettia gift to FPCLG will celebrate the Christmas season in two ways: One will be a beautiful large plant to be enjoyed in our Sanctuary on Christmas Eve (which you may take home following the Christmas Eve worship service). And a second, smaller plant will be delivered by deacons to homebound, hospitalized or recently bereaved friends and members. Your double poinsettia generosity will bring one for us to enjoy and one for us to share our joy. Please fill out the form in Sunday's bulletin or on our Online Giving page to place your order.

Christmas Tree Sale

Our high school youth group will be working the Christmas Tree Lot in Gordon Park on December 8, 9 and 15. The trees are sold by the Y’s Men, who last year contributed $45,000 to charitable community causes from the sale. If you are buying a tree this season, please consider a purchase from the Y’s Men Lot to help fund our youth mission trip to Milwaukee in July as well as other great causes in the community like BEDS, Pillars, Community Nurse and more. When you visit, let them know you are from FPCLG!

Trolley Caroling and Pizza Party

Bring your family and friends for an afternoon of Christmas caroling on Sunday, December 9, at 2:15 p.m. We will trolley around the community sharing the sounds of Christmas with people of all ages and then enjoy a pizza party at the church immediately following.

Advent Conspiracy Offering

Our Advent Conspiracy offering recipient this year is Women At Risk, International. This organization was established to create circles of protection around those at risk by providing safe places to heal from abuse, trafficking and exploitation. They empower survivors to live and work with dignity and hope by providing medical care, education and vocational training and by funding microenterprises. Their programs and partnerships reach over 40 countries, including the United States. Learn more at https://warinternational.org. During Advent, you can contribute to Women at Risk, International using the special envelope in the pew rack or through our Online Giving page.

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. December’s non-food “item of the month” is disposable diapers.

Volunteer at A Caring Place for Kidz

Share the love of God, conversation, laughter, puzzles, reading, games, snacks, homework and more after school with children in need at A Caring Place for Kidz (ACP4K). After-school volunteers of ALL ages (kids-seniors) are needed on Wednesdays, 2:30-5:30 p.m., and Fridays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. ACP4K is located in the La Grange Community Center on 200 Washington Ave. For more information, please email Diane at dstapleton@fpclg.org.

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 admin@fpclg.org or 708.354.0771 for details on upcoming orientation opportunities. 

Sermons Now Available in Podcast Form

Great news! You can now subscribe to hear FPCLG sermons as podcasts through iTunes or your favorite content distributor. Search “FPCLG Sermons” for downloads. 

Sponsor a New Hymnal

Glory to God is the new Presbyterian hymnal. With a $25 contribution, you can sponsor a hymnal to help us cover our hymnal replacement costs and dedicate it in honor or memory of a loved one; a commemorative plate will be affixed to the inner cover of the hymnal. Click here to read more about Glory to God as well as our plan for the blue hymnals, and click here for the sponsorship order form. You can also sponsor a hymnal through our online giving page.

“You Are Loved” Comfort Care Totes

Many thanks to our generous congregation for supporting the “You Are Loved” Comfort Care Totes project for people going through cancer treatment. If you are aware or become aware of anyone of any age to whom you would like to give one of these totes, please let your deacon know or contact the Church Office.

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.  

‘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, 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.

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 lhuck@fpclg.org with questions.  

CLICK TO GIVE

Online giving on our website allows you to make one-time donations or set up recurring payments by charging your checking account, savings account or credit card through one of the industry leading vendors for secure payment processing. A confirmation e-mail is sent to you for each gift, and a record of your gifts is also visible to you. It is very quick and easy. To make an online gift, click this link. There is no need to set up an account, but taking a few minutes to do so will make it easier to track your giving history as well as make subsequent or recurring gifts.