News of the Church

We’re Getting a New Hymnal!

It’s been 25 years since we last dedicated a new hymnal. Glory to God is the new Presbyterian hymnal, published in 2013. It contains 853 hymns, psalms, and songs. About 400 hymns are carried over from the 1990 blue hymnal—including most of the hymns we sing at FPCLG. There are more than 450 new hymns that come from older Presbyterian hymnals, other songbooks, and individual composers and authors. Our Session voted to purchase the new Presbyterian hymnal in 2018. We will begin using Glory to God as soon as they are delivered from the publisher; we will keep you posted on an expected delivery date. With a $25 contribution, you can sponsor a hymnal to help us cover the cost and dedicate it in honor or memory of a loved one with a commemorative label; 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.

Children’s Ministry Music Parent Meeting

Children’s Ministry Music is kicking off the year with a parent meeting on Sunday, September 16, between services in the Faith Forest Room. Join us to find out about this year’s surprising, impactful musical (to be held at Christmas instead of in the spring)* and other opportunities for your young singers and musicians from four years old through eighth grade. E-mail Greg or the Church Office to RSVP for the meeting.  
*Crusader Choir Musical practices will begin between services (10:30 a.m. start) on Sunday, September 23. 

Cross Trainers Resuming on September 16

Incoming middle schoolers (Grades 6-8), invite your friends to come for a fun game, snack and discussion when we make our comeback on Sunday, September 16, during the 11:15 a.m. service. You can sit in the Cross Trainer-marked pew together and go the second floor Cross Trainer Room after the Time for Children. This year is going to be amazing. We promise that the more times you come, the more you’ll get out of it. E-mail Diane at for more information.

Attention 8th Graders—Confirmation Begins in October

Please contact the Church Office if you have or know of an 8th grader (and/or a 9th grader not already confirmed) who would like to be part of the 2019 Confirmation Class. The Confirmation program runs from the second week in October to Confirmation Sunday in mid to late May. We hope you’ll join us on the journey!


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 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. 

Fall Job Search Boot Camp

Interfaith Career Network (ICN) will host its five-week Career Search and Development Boot Camp on Tuesday evenings, September 18-October 16, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Whether you are trying to find a new job, get a promotion or excel in your current job, this training can help you take control of your career. Meetings will be held in Westminster Hall; please enter the church on Catherine Ave. This workshop is open to everyone and there is no cost to attend. 

“You Are Loved” Comfort Care Totes

Many thanks to our most generous congregation for your cash and item donations for the Comfort Care Totes project. With your gifts we will be able to fill our original goal of 10 “You Are Loved” totes for people going through cancer treatment! Also, a special shout-out to our Sewing Circle for making the totes. 

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.


Donations for the La Grange Area Food Pantry may be placed in the designated box in the east cloister anytime. September’s non-food “item of the month” is shampoo.

Thank You for Sharing the Harvest

From Rev. Lynda Wygant, Grace Seeds Ministry and Share the Harvest, to all our gardeners and those who gather and deliver:  
“I want to begin a with a HUGE ‘thank you’!  Thank you for growing gardens that are producing beautiful, healthy, bountiful harvests that are making the lives of our neighbors healthier! Thank you for making the menus at our community meal partners and schools healthier and more delicious! Thank you for filling up food pantries with fragrant herbs, peppy peppers, luscious tomatoes and crunchy cucumbers. We can’t forget the okra and eggplant, fields of greens, and bushel upon bushel of beans! (And so much more!) And we can’t forget the most important key to your growing success: your commitment to love your neighbor and be part of a network ministry that is committed to addressing food justice and poverty in our communities. Thank you, thank you!”


Did you know that every time you shop online at, 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 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 with questions.  


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.