FCC Identity & Mission Statement
Guided by the Holy Spirit, the purpose of First Congregational United Church
of Christ in Elgin is to seek God's Truth, practice Christ's teachings, and love
Sunday Morning Schedule 8:15 am: Open Door Worship
in the Chapel 10:15 am: Worship in the Sanctuary 10:30 am: Sunday School Google Map, Directions & Parking Childcare and free parking is available.
Join us for Breakfast with the Bible every Sunday morning at 9:30 am.
Emergency Message Mailbox
Just call the church number (847-741-4045) and then dial extension 16 to hear
if activities have been cancelled or changed.
saw the church and thought it was beautiful on the outside,
but then I discovered there were beautiful people on the inside."
— Joe Drozd
FCC Mission Grants
Through the generosity and thoughtfulness of
others, the endowment fund of First Congregational United Church
of Christ has some means to help fulfill this mission. In working
to be good stewards of this money, we are seeking members and organizations
that have programs with a similar philosophy. Read more and print out a grant application
Miss our Service? See it Right Here! March 2, 2014
First Congregational Church, the oldest church in Elgin, is
pleased to offer video taken at our weekly 10:15 a.m. worship service. Now you
what all the excitement is about at F.C.C.! Click the button
to watch the video of our most recent service. If you are unable to play the
video, you will need to download and install Adobe's
Flash Player and restart your web browser before viewing the video.
Once you start the
video, you can click
on the player to change the video quality to a higher resolution.
To see videos dating back to January 1, 2013, please click
here to access the archives. Thanks for visiting our site!
Missionary Sunday – April 6th
We are very excited to welcome two of our United Church of Christ/Disciples of Christ missionaries to our church on Sunday, April 6th. Laura Jean Torgerson and Tim Donaghy serve on our behalf in in Nicaragua. This will give our congregation an opportunity to see what Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) dollars do in other parts of the world. Laura Jean will be preaching during both worship services and they will also do a special program for the whole family during our Mission Trip Soup and Salad luncheon. Please mark your calendars and plan to bring the whole family to this special event.
Sunday School’s One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) Offering
The Sunday School children received OGHS banks on Sunday, March 9th. These banks are to collect their offerings for One Great Hour of Sharing. Whenever and wherever there is a need OGHS money goes to help bring relief to victims both here in the U.S., and world-wide. Children are encouraged to fill their banks with loose coins and bring them back on Palm Sunday Sunday, April 13th.
Sunday Brunch – March 9th
Join us on Sunday, March 9th for a delicious Brunch sponsored by the Mission Trip group. We will be offering a great variety of breakfast casseroles, potatoes, and fruit. Of course there will be delicious bread and pastries too. The cost is only $5 per person. This luncheon will help to fund the mission to Rutland, Massachusetts during the summer of 2014. Please let us know if you’d be willing to make an egg or potato casserole, or fruit salad for our luncheon.
United Church of Christ Church Camp Opportunities
The brochure describing the church camp opportunities for this summer has arrived. There are many exciting camps for all ages – starting with Grandparents and grandchild camp, Tenderfoot (Kindergarten – 2nd grade), Sports Camp, Spirit Camp, Worship and Wonder Camp , Leadership Camp, Family Camp and so many more. For more details checkout the Illinois Conference of the UCC, Outdoor Ministry website: www.il-odm.org. These camps are held at our two beautiful sites: Pilgrim Park Camp in Princeton, IL and Tower Hill Camp in Sawyer, MI. We are very pleased to be able to offer $100 scholarships toward any of our camper’s fees. We can’t say enough about these wonderful programs. If you’d like more information please talk to Lois.
FROG Friday - March 14th
The last FROG Friday of the year will be held on Friday, March 14th at 6 p.m. FROG Friday is for 4yr olds – 6th graders. We will begin as always with a pizza supper and then have a sing-a-long, story, games, and crafts. The junior high and high school youth serve as group leaders for this program. Come and bring a friend. It is a lot of fun! Unless you prepaid for the winter quarter the cost is $7 for dinner and craft.
Women, Wine and the Word
The WWW (Women, wine and the word) group will meet on Thursday, March 27th for dinner at Stone Eagle Tavern in Hoffman Estates across from The Arboretum near Claim Jumper Restaurant. This group is open to all of the women of the church. For more information please contact Evelyn Johnson or Lois.
We recently received a copy of the FCC Easter Sunday bulletin for April 4, 1920 which was the Sunday AFTER the tornado struck the sanctuary and killed three people. It will soon be placed in our church’s archives. Click here to see the bulletin. The Way
Asking questions about God, faith, or the Church? Lifelong Christian? Feel a need for strengthening the faith you already have? Every faith journey is unique. “The Way” encourages, challenges and invites a deeper life of faith. At First Congregational Church, “The Way” is an opportunity for your faith to be explored, nurtured, and renewed, your commitment to Jesus Christ affirmed, and your walk as a disciple of Christ to be established or re-established. Click here for more information.
Bible Study Opportunities for Everyone at FCC!
Breakfast with the Bible January 5th we will begin a study of the Old Testament book of Daniel. Come explore a book whose images and stories affected other parts of the Bible, and continue to color (for good and for ill) current interpretations of scripture. Bring your Bible to fellowship hall at 9:15. Breakfast is served each Sunday, beginning at 9:00, and childcare is available.
Beer, Burgers, and the Bible
Each month on the 4th Monday, the men of our church meet
at the Elgin Public House for Bible study and good eats. “Say
WHAT?” is the current theme of our Bible study
for Beer, Burgers, and the Bible (a.k.a., “Dude-maris,” or “Triple
B”). We are taking a close look at some of the
Bible’s problematic passages. This month we will
meet on May 21st (because the 4th Monday Memorial Day)
at 6:30pm at Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street.
Order something to eat (it’s half-price burger
night), if you like, and come upstairs for an hour of
Bible study for dudes only.
Women’s Study Group
A Women’s Study Group meets every Thursday 10:30
am- 1p.m. in the conference room. Currently this group
is studying the Gospel of Luke. This great discussion
group is looking at the two questions: Who is Jesus?
and Why am I Following Him? All are welcome to join the
group at any time. For more information please contact
Pastor Lois. F.C.C.'s Own YouTube Channel We
now have our own YouTube channel where you can view larger size videos of past
worship services. Please help us promote this channel by telling your friends
and anyone who might be looking for a church. The channel can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/TheFCCElgin or
by searching YouTube for TheFCCElgin.
FCC Grants $90,000 to Local Organizations
More than $90,000 was recently awarded to 20 different Elgin area social service
and arts organizations by Elgin's First Congregational Church. Recipients included
organizations such as PADS, Youth Leadership Academy, and Habitat for Humanity. Read the rest of the Daily Herald Article ONLINE GIVING FCC is truly coming into the 21st century. At its April
meeting, the Church Council approved the option of online giving
to our church. Now you can choose
to have your regular offering, or renovation pledge, or any other gift automatically
transferred from any bank account. This service is available through the United
Church of Christ and will operate just like your online bill payments. It will
promote consistent giving and make it easier to forecast cash flow. FCC will
have complete control over contribution information, and confidentiality will
be maintained as in the past. Click here for
more information and to download the authorization form.
Give a Gift
Help First Congregational Church continue to seek God’s truth,
practice Christ’s teachings, and love others unconditionally
in Elgin. Your gift is much appreciated.