Help FCCGE Defend Its Title as The Largest Participating Congregation in this Year’s Virtual PADS Run 4 Home

This year’s PADS Run 4 Home will be a “virtual” event. That means that rather than showing up on September 19 at 8:00 a.m. to run a 10k or 5k or walk a 5k or 1k, you can do one of these events any time between September 1 and September 19. You also do not have to run or walk on the challenging PADS Run 4 Home course. Instead, you can run or walk on the course of your choice.

The cost to register is $35 for those over 13 and $15 for 6-13 years old. Registration is open through the link below until September 19, but if you register before August 9 you will receive a Run 4 Home “technical” shirt which will be mailed to you or picked up at PADS (703 W. Liberty) on August 28 (4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) or August 29 (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.).

Those who want to submit their run times can do so and the results will be posted though no overall or age-group awards will be given based on finish time. Unfortunately, this means that Erik Schuchardt will not have a chance to defend his third place overall finish in the 5k. 

The awards which will be given this year include “Largest Participating Congregation” given to congregation with the most participants. FCCGE won this award for the 2019 PADS Run 4 Home and we would like to defend that title. Please indicate your affiliation with FCCGE when completing your registration. FCCGE is not forming a fundraising “Team” though you are free to form your own Team and make donations over and above the entry fee. Instead, once you select the button indicating whether you are paying an “Adult” or “Child” entry fee, the form will change to reveal additional fields for the event you are entering, your shirt size and the name of your congregation. A screen shot of the registration form is attached. You will have to complete a separate form for each member of the family.

So lace up those shoes, register at the link below and support PADS. The race website has FAQs, but feel free to reach out to Ted Harman  if you have any questions.

Register Here

Compassion Camp: Joining Children Everywhere

Naturally, in-person VBS wasn’t possible this year, but that didn’t stop our mighty VBS team, Catherine Curtis, FCCGE Director of Education and leaders from neighbor churches Grace Lutheran and Faith Lutheran. All new territory, these dedicated leaders put together an online, week-long program of music, crafts, cooking, lessons, games and fun.
Did anyone show up? Read on, Dear Viewer:
  • 70 kids participated in 2020 Community VBS: Compassion Camp
  • Almost 25% of participants were from other congregations or friends in the community and 10 different towns were represented
  • 17 families donated groceries to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry
It’s still available to participate in at your own pace and schedule via links in the in the Sunday Morning Church School email
We share in the joy of our little ones living a life of love and compassion and thank our leaders for their dedication and hard work!

Work Camp 2020 Update

Unfortunately, due the nature of this pandemic, we will no longer be traveling to Austin for Work Camp this summer. However, in this uncertain time we are trying to figure out if a Plan B is possible and regardless of what this summer holds we are excited to dive back into Work Camp next summer.

For those of you who made generous donations at the chili cook-off we are so grateful for your support and will use those funds for either our plan b work camp or to help offset the cost and provide scholarships for next summer. We are grateful for your generosity and look forward to the ways it will transform the lives of our youth and the communities we will serve.

Do not hesitate to contact Danny Harman, Director of Youth Ministry with any questions or concerns.