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H.U.G.S. Breakfast
On Sunday, April 27, H.U.G.S. members and guests are invited to a breakfast meeting in Wesley Hall at 9:15 am.  Hearts United Giving Service is our congregation's Lay Ministry Program. We always need volunteers and suggestions for outreach, and are developing our BeFrienders program.  Volunteers tailor involvement to personal schedules for a one-year commitment.  RSVP by April 25 to Chris Squier (squierc@gmail.com).

It’s Time to Get Outside!!
The Trustees have scheduled an All-Church Work Day for Saturday, April 26!  This work day will target outside projects at the church and parsonage such as pulling weeds, trimming bushes, cutting back perennials, and spreading mulch.  Bring any garden tools you have.  All ages are invited! Work begins at 8:00 a.m. — coffee and doughnuts provided.  Come for whatever time you can give.  Contact Bob Lee at rlee55@sbcglobal.net or Tom Hams at tom.hams@aon.com.   
  
NEW! A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story” by Diana Butler Bass, will be a church-wide book study beginning the week of April 28-May 2.  The noted church historian, author, and religious scholar will be the featured speaker at the Northern Illinois Conference Annual Conference June 8-10 in St. Charles. Her June 9 presentation will be open to all. Butler Bass will be familiar to those who participated in our “Embracing Spiritual Awakening” study in January.  The author brings to life movements, personalities, and spiritual disciplines that have informed and ignited Christian worship and social action.  Order copies of the book ($10) at the Education table in Wesley Hall. There will be 3 sessions of the book study: (1) Sundays 9:15-10:10 a.m. April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25 … (2) Tuesdays 9:30-11 a.m., April 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27 … (3) Thursdays 7:00-8:30 p.m. May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Salad Luncheon Fundraiser/4th-5th Food Shopping
Eat lunch at church on Sunday, April 27 and support the missions and ministry of First Church.  After lunch, 4th/5th graders will shop for the Food Pantry using this year’s Church School offering.  Adult $8, kids 3-11 $3.

New Member Sunday
New Members will be welcomed on May 4 at the 10:25 a.m. worship service.   

   
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
 
Meals for a Tired Family
Congratulations to Jason and Kristin Gross, Molly, Max and Aaron, on the birth of Abigail Kathleen Gross on April 5. Member Growth and Care is coordinating meals for the new family.  Please consider signing up to provide them a meal during this busy time. Simply visit www.takethemameal.com, Recipient Gross, Password 6251.  Meals start April 30

NEW! How many onesies can we give?
This year's Annual Conference invites each district to participate in giving by donating items to help those with immediate needs and examine "Who is my neighbor?" Donations support the Midwest Mission Distribution Center’s assembling of layette kits. The Elgin District has been challenged to provide 1,000 onesies (newborn to 3-month size).  Kindly place donations in the box on the Missions table by Sunday, June 1.  Rev. Norma Lee will bring these to Annual Conference.
 
From the Counters 
When giving Capital Campaign donations, please be careful to reference “Capital Campaign” in the memo field.  The counters ask that you NOT combine Capital Campaign donations and other offerings; kindly submit separate checks. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Farewell Receptions
The Staff-Parish Team will honor the ministry of two departing staff members in the coming weeks.  On Sunday, May 11 church administrator Jan Martin will be honored, and a reception will follow the 10:25 a.m. service.  (Jan’s last day in the church office will be May 2.) Rev. Norma Lee’s final day with us will be Sunday, June 15, and a reception for her will be held after worship. Rev. Joseph Johnson will begin his ministry at First Church July 1. 

Liz McDonald has been hired as the church's new administrator and began a two-week job shadow with Jan on April 21.  We welcome Liz to the First Church family!  

Offering Counters - Help Needed!
NEEDED: Counters to count the offering on Monday morning or (new) Sunday after worship.  It’s a simple, easy and important way to contribute to our ministry; give it a try.  Contact Adriana Potter at adrianapotter@earthlink.net

Rummage Sale May 2-3 - Drop Off Begins This Week!
Start saving those households treasures to donate! A church-wide Rummage Sale is planned for May 2-3, 2014.  Community donations welcome!  Drop off donations Sunday, April 27 (12-4 pm), or April 28-30 from 10-7 pm.  Many volunteers are still needed!!  Please sign up in Wesley Hall or contact Susan Boyd at boyd.susan.ml@gmail.com

Save The Date: Northern Illinois Conference Bishop Sally Dyck will be our special guest on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 9:25 a.m.  This will be the first worship of summer hours.  You will not want to miss this dynamic preacher!

No more offering envelopes or checks
This year, resolve to simplify by using the 
church's automatic withdrawal option for your 2014 pledge donations.  It's safe, easy and convenient.  Contact financial secretary Adriana Potter (adrianapotter@earthlink.net) or bookkeeper Jennifer Jordan (Jennifer@jordan-dmm.com).  Enhanced PayPal options are also available right from our web site (see left hand menu bar).
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