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Life Keys: Discover Who You Are – A course designed to help you find meaning and purpose through discovering and affirming (1) What you do best, (2) The places or atmospheres that give you the most energy, and (3) The purposes God has placed in your heart. Don’t miss Dr. Donehoo’s reflections in “Paris Originals” on page 1.
- "Four Voices" in September
- Bible Study each Sunday
- "Controversial Conversa-tions with Carl"
- "Stepping Stones" (formerly “Help! I Need Somebody”)
- Breakfast each Sunday
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
On June 10th these new members were received into our church family:
John Cooper & Joan Schneider Cooper
Sponsors: John & Elly Hopkins
John was born in Selma, Alabama and was raised in Miami, Florida. He received bachelors and masters degrees at Florida State University and a Ph.D. at Syracuse University. He currently serves as Head of School at Elgin Academy. He enjoys playing guitar, camping, and travel. Joan was born and raised in Plant City, Florida and graduated from Florida State University. She works as a therapist at the Ecker Center and as a Social Worker at Provena St. Joseph Hospital. Her hobbies include stamping, singing, gardening, and reading. John and Joan have three children: John (26), Michael (23), and Megan (20).
Chris Mau & Kathleen Kenney
Sponsors: Mark & Mary Hartwig
Chris was born in Evanston but spent most of his childhood in Deerfield. After high school he went to Drake University in Des Moines, IA. He works as a Franchise Consultant for Quizno’s in the Chicago and Rockford/Madison areas, assisting franchise owners in the operations of their stores. He is also the Construction Manager for the company. Chris is currently taking classes at Western Governors University, and in the spare time he has available, he loves to cook, play on the computer, and listen to live music — especially at Ravinia. Kathleen was born in Niles and raised in Oxnard, California. She went to high school in Santa Clara, California and graduated from Lake Forest College in Illinois. Currently she works as Inventory Manager of Children’s Apparel at Sears Corporate Headquarters in Hoffman Estates. She loves to read books before she goes to work in the morning, and watch scary movies any time. Neither Kathleen nor Chris have much free time these days as they are planning for their wedding in December.
- Betty Ells was hospitalized for a relatively minor procedure but developed blood pressure problems and had an extended stay. She is now home and recuperating well.
- Administrative Assistant, Pat Calvin, broke her ankle at home. Her leg is in a cast and she is working sporadic hours in the church office these days as she tries to heal.
- Associate Pastor, Lois Bucher, spent the night at the hospital with a kidney stone. She is home now and doing well.
- Connie Reuter had knee surgery at Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry on June 19th.
Lee Bernhard, husband of Kathi Bernhard
, will be going to the Mayo Clinic for tests on June 25. Kathi also has two new grandchildren: Rose Marie & Roman Patrick Moore were born on June 7th in Woodlands, Texas.
- Mike Farroh passed away on June 11. A funeral service was led by Pastor Paris at FCC on June 19th.
- Violet Lohse passed away on May 22. A funeral service was led by Pastor Lois at Madison Funeral Home on May 26.
- Raymond Van Puyenbroeck, Rae Ellen Gerber’s brother, passed away on June 4.
Congratulations to all our high school graduates: Lisa Boan, Brianne Murphy, Danikka Preradovic, and Rachel Tyrrel.
Also to Angela Sitar
, who graduated from Ahern Massage Therapy School.
children had a party on June 17th to celebrate his “attainment of octogenarian status.”
Tom and Judy Leith’s son, Michael was married to Andrea Pittner at FCC on June 2nd.
Dear F.C.C. Friends,
Our heartfelt thanks for the many acts of kindness during our long ordeal. We are very happy to be part of such a caring church family.
God Bless you all,
Bill & Margarete Schmoldt
Thank you for the beautiful carved music box and gift certificate to help with the end-of-the year choir party. The rosette windows will always remind us of the wonderful choir experience at your church.
Most of all, thank you for the support, encouragement, and love shown to us by all of you. A special thanks to the children and their parents who participated in the choirs.
You will always be in our hearts.
Please mark your calendars now for our Mission Trip Thank You Dinner
. The mission trip group wants to show their gratitude to the congregation at a Thank You Dinner on Sunday, July 15th immediately following the church service. We look forward to sharing the story of our trip during this salad luncheon. Please plan to come and share in our experience.
VBS Lift Off
By the time you receive this issue of Church Life, Vacation Bible School will be over for another year. However, we believe that the stories, lessons, songs and fun-times will live on in the hearts of all those involved for a long time. How exciting it was to welcome children from our church as well as the community to VBS! We had over 30 children and youth participate in this year’s program as well as 14 adults. Our theme for the week was “Lift Off! Soaring to New Heights with God.” Each day we learned a different bible story that helped us learn more about how much God knows and cares for each one of us. A big thank you to all those who made this week possible: VBS Director and games leader: Beth Mitchell; Craft Director: Deb Sell ; Crafts Team: Wendy and Alyssa Hargrave, Christian Education Director: Jan Embree, Music: Mary Stark, Snack Coordinator: Laura McMinn, Preschoolers and Kindergarten and First Grade Class: Evelyn Johnson, Second and Third Grade Class: Liz Sharf and Zoe Shively, Fifth and Sixth Grade Class: Janet Aldred, Science: Walt Kilmanas, Worship: Pastor Lois, Substitute Teacher and Support Staff: Shannon Lile, Helpers: Carol Boelter, Helen McClure, Anna Mitchell, Mary Taylor, Clee McCracken, Jack McCracken, AJ Mitchell, Lindsay Iverson, Phil Brictson, and Sandy Magana.
By the time you receive this issue of Church Life the mission trip group will be on their way to Neon, Kentucky to work at H.O.M.E.S., Inc. Seventeen of us will be traveling by Amtrak to Huntington, West Virginia and then continuing our journey by van to Neon, Kentucky which is on the Virginia border. We will be staying in the volunteer center in this Appalachian Mountain region. Prayer partners have been assigned, but we would welcome mail from anyone who would like to send us a note. Please mail your letter or care package to: H.O.M.E.S. Inc. 65 Bentley Ave. Whitesburg, Kentucky 41858 Please make a special notation that it is for the First Congregational UCC of Elgin group. We need to receive the mail before Friday, June 29th . This year’s participants are: Janet Banwart, George Boan, Lois Bucher, Sandy Dalton, Kathryn Donehoo, Denise Fischer, Alex Halfpenny, Mike Halfpenny, Lindsay Iverson, Cathy Jurgens, Samantha Kottmeier, Anna Mitchell, Grant Powell, Tom Powell, John Schloman, Brian Stark, and Chase Sund.
Thanks for your prayers and your support!
July 1 Emerson Lewis
July 8 Taylor Stark
July 15 Alex Halfpenny
July 22 Brad Rantz
July 29 Samantha Kottmeier