News of the Church
Advent Conspiracy was organized with the idea that every Christmas can change the world, as an echo of that first Christmas. Its tenets are:
• Worship Fully – Read and experience the story again.
• Spend Less – Find meaningful gifts for the special people in your life—quality, not quantity.
• Give More – The most valuable gift we hold for ourselves and can give to others is our time. Spend that on the people in your lives.
• Love All – God loves us all. We can bring more of that Kingdom to the world by helping others near and far away.
This year we will sponsor the Evergreen Park Ministry’s Care and Counseling Center. This ministry serves individuals, families and couples by helping to strengthen their relationships in the face of life’s challenges. The counseling center hopes to equip their clients with spiritual guidance and knowledge they can take with them into their future. Since 1991, Jonathan has spent time there as a director, counselor and pastoral associate. Currently, he donates one day of every week to caring for those who come to the center. If you would like to contribute to this ministry, please use the designated Advent Conspiracy envelope in the pew rack through December 17 or donate through our online giving page.
Change in Time for Family Christmas Eve Service
Invite your family and friends to share the true meaning of Christmas on Christmas Eve morning! The ‘No Shadow of a Doubt that God Loves You’ Family Service is at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 24 (Please note that there is NO 4:30 p.m. service this Christmas Eve). All ages will enjoy our in-shadow version of the nativity story. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior, who is Christ the Lord.” -Luke 2.11
Note: The 10:00 a.m. Family Service will be the only morning worship service on Sunday, December 24. We will also have our traditional 10:00 p.m. Candlelight Christmas Eve Service.
new Preschool Sunday School class
Children ages 2-4 years old are invited to join our new Preschool Sunday School during both worship services. They will remain in the Sanctuary for the beginning of the service through the “Time with Children”, and then walk to the Nursery with their teacher for a Bible story, song and simple craft. The kids will then enjoy playtime for the remainder of the service.
Vacation Bible School/Vacation Cross Trainers 2018
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Vacation Bible School and Vacation Cross Trainers will be June 18-22, 2018. Stay tuned for the exciting VBS theme reveal.
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.
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.
Donate Winter Clothing for Rogers Park
As you sort through your winter clothing, please set aside gently used coats, boots, hats and gloves for the Rogers Park Clothing Pantry. They are especially in need of men’s and boys’ coats this year. Call Linda Vebeck at 708.352.2513 to schedule a drop-off or pick-up.
Suits for Success
Cleaning out your closets and wondering where those business suits, dress wear, and casual or business casual articles of clothing you don’t wear anymore could best be used? If you drop them off at Breen’s Cleaners, 309 W. Hillgrove Ave. in La Grange, and mention that you are donating them to SUITS FOR SUCCESS, they will be delivered to men and women being released from prison to use for job interviews and out into the world. Don’t pass up this opportunity to give someone a hand up at no cost to you!
2017 “PER CAPITA” AMOUNT IS $33.38
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 $33.38 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.
Offering Envelope Pick-Up
If you requested offering envelopes for 2018, please pick them up in the west cloister on Sunday or stop by during office hours (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.). You may also request envelopes on the sign-up sheet at the table or by e-mailing Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.