News of the Church

LOU malnati’s fundraiser

On Tuesday, February 19, between 4:00 and 10:00 p.m., pick up dinner (or have it delivered) from Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, 4700 Gilbert Ave. in Western Springs, and show our flyer, and they'll donate 20% of sales to FPCLG's youth ministry. Note: excludes online ordering. Fundraiser/flyer must be mentioned at time of order. Cannot be combined with any other offers.

Single Service and Annual Meeting on February 24

Our Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 24, will immediately follow a single worship service at 10:00 a.m. The congregation will hear from committees, receive the budget and elect elders, deacons and the Audit Committee. The Nursery will remain open during the meeting, and Faith Forest and Cross Trainers (Grades K-8) will have a special “Unusual Games Day” in Fellowship Hall. Kids should wear sport clothes and shoes for this high-energy event!

Save the Date for Progressive Dinner

Our FPCLG Progressive Dinner is back this year! Mark your calendar for Friday, March 8, at 6:00 p.m., and watch for sign-up details over the next couple weeks!

NEW MEMBER ORIENTATIONS

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. 

Career Search and Development Boot Camp

The Winter 2019 Career Search and Development Boot Camp will resume on Tuesday, March 5, and will run for four weeks, 7:00-9:00 p.m., ending Tuesday, March 26. Due to the Polar Vortex and ice storm forecasts, the scheduled sessions on January 19 and 26 and February 5 were cancelled. We are just hoping that there are no further weather issues! For information on more Interfaith Career Network programs, visit www.interfaithcareernetwork.org.

Update Your Information for Our 2019 Guidebook & Directory

Have there been any changes to your family's contact information over the past year? Did you drop your landline? Get a new email address? Did one of your children move out of the house? Are you planning to move soon? Please contact the Church Office to update your record so we have accurate information as we begin working on our 2019 FPCLG Guidebook & Directory. Thank you!

Guidebook & Directory Advertising Opportunity

Our annual Guide Book & Directory, delivered directly to your home at no cost to our church, contains lots of helpful information about FPCLG plus a complete directory of our families. Guide Book Publishing would prefer to place advertisements for members of our congregation over your business's competitors. If you own or manage a business and would like to find out about advertising in our book, please contact the Church Office.

Sermons Available in Podcast Form

Great news! You can 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.

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.

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. February’s non-food “item of the month” is Band-Aids.

Presbyterian Women Collecting for Companions, journeying together

Communication with loved ones and other people who can be supportive is very important for people who are imprisoned. It helps keep them grounded and better prepares them for their release. It is also important for families, especially children, to hear from their loved ones. Our Presbyterian Women are collecting items for Companions, Journeying Together, an organization that provides a forum to personally impact the emotional, spiritual and social lives of the incarcerated and their families. A bin will be in the cloister through March 6 for donations of the following items:

• postage stamps

• stationery, Mother’s Day cards, 'thinking of you' cards, blank note cards

• gallon Ziploc bags

• reams of colored paper on which to print insert letter

• donations to help cover delivery costs (please make checks to Companions, Journeying Together, Inc.)

Please note that they CANNOT use:

• white paper, notebook paper, yellowed or very old cards or stationery

• cards, envelopes or stationery that have glitter, stickers or anything glued, pasted or taped to them

• pencils and ballpoint pens

PW is also collecting for a unique program that sends new books to children of prisoners with a recording of their parents reading to them. Jana Minor from Companions, Journeying Together will be presenting more about their programs at the PW luncheon on March 7 at the Presbyterian Church of Western Springs. Because they know the ages of the children and types of books to purchase for "Aunt Mary’s Storybook Project," Companions would prefer to purchase the books; they ask for donations of:

• Amazon gift cards

• Barnes and Nobles gift cads

• Office supply store gift cards

If you plan to attend the program on March 7, please bring your gift cards with you. If you cannot attend and wish to contribute, please leave your donation with a Church Office staff member by Wednesday, March 6.

‘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.

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.  

2019 “PER CAPITA” AMOUNT IS $34.22

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 $34.22 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 lynnhuck@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.