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! Advent Music Service, December 8, 2013
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, 2012, please click
here to access the archives. Thanks for visiting our site!
6TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CAROL SING-A-LONG
Bring yourself, a friend or five, wear your lovely (or ugly!) Christmas sweater and get your Christmas spirit in check. The Blue Tulip Wranglers will once again lead the singing and other guest artists will fill the sanctuary with the delightfully engaging sounds of Christmas. This is a community-wide event, so invite your family, friends, and neighbors. There is a freewill offering to benefit the Community Crisis Center or the church's renovation fund. Warm up your voice and come sing songs of good cheer!
Following all that singing, delicious Christmas cookies and cider will be served!
Find that old Santa hat and put it on! We hope to see you on the 21st!
Attn: Bakers! If you'd like to donate a dozen or so of your favorite cookie, please bring to the church office anytime before Saturday. Some of us love date balls, some love cut out cookies, some love spritz, some love molasses, some love pecan dreams... you get the point! Any leftover cookies will be sent to shut ins and the Crisis Center guests.
COME CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF CHRIST ON CHRISTMAS EVE AT FCC
FCC will celebrate the birth of Christ with services on Christmas Eve at 4:30 and 10:30. Both will resound with the singing of favorite carols, reading of Christmas lessons from scripture, a sermon by Dr. Paris Donehoo, the celebration of Holy Communion, and singing "Silent Night" in our sanctuary bathed with candlelight. At the 4:30 service there will be a special blessing of children. The Chancel and Handbell choirs will sing and ring at the 10:30 service. Join us for whichever service fits your Christmas Eve schedule.
"Faith for a New Generation" - What it was and what it is.
Paul Hoffman, recently retired pastor of Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in Seattle, WA, and Donna Linn, an adult convert to Christian faith through Phinney Ridge's ministry, joined us during the weekend of September 20-22 for a seminar on faith formation, why it's essential to the times in which we live, and a process called "The Way."
Friday morning Paul and Donna met with FCC staff for Bible study, discussion, and sharing. Friday afternoon they met with the staff and some interested lay people - a group of 18 in all. Friday evening Donna inspired us with the story of her journey to Christ through "The Way," and Paul compared her experience to the process Jesus used with the woman at the well (John 4:1-40), a process not unlike "The Way." On Saturday, with a crowd of 40+ in attendance, Paul discussed the nuts and bolts of "The Way," modeled one of the rites a church could use along the journey, trained sponsors and small group leaders, and took questions and answers from the group. He then gave examples that underscore just how "post-Christian" our culture has become, and why it is more important than ever to be "forming" Christians, instead of merely "informing" them. Sunday morning Paul preached at the 8:15 and 10:15 services, and led a Bible study during our Breakfast with the Bible time slot.
So what is "The Way," and why is it important? Put simply, it is a weekly gathering for a meal and Bible study for those who are new to Christian faith, those who have been active church goers all their lives but feel a need for a "faith sabbatical," and everyone else in between. There is no curriculum, and people can opt in or out during most of the process. The highpoint of "The Way" is baptism, or a reaffirmation of baptism, sometime around Easter. It is directed by the church pastors, but led by laypersons. A lot of groundwork must be laid before FCC can begin to implement it, but, judging from the enthusiasm radiating from most participants, "The Way" is in our future.
Click here to find out more “Nakedness: Stories of God Stripping Away the Chaos and the Mundane to Reveal Truth and Light Within” by Sandra Kristen Moore On Thursday, Dec 12, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, in Fellowship Hall, we are hosting a book launch open house for Sandra Moore (Kathi Bernhard’s daughter). She will be here to answer questions, read excerpts, and sign copies of her book, which will be on hand for purchase. There will be refreshments as well.
Sandra resides in Austin, TX, with her husband, Rob, 4 children, and 2 dogs. She began writing a weekly devotional in 2007 because of the significant way she felt her life beginning to change as she pursued a relationship with God. Her book in part, is a compilation of several of her “verses of the week”. She continues her weekly devotionals on her website: sandrakristenmoore.com. You can capture a glimpse of her chaotic life and a synopsis of her book when you go to this site.
Please welcome her back to her hometown church on Dec 12th. Thank you.
Christmas Program - The Best Christmas Present Ever - December 15th
We are busy studying our parts for our annual Sunday School Christmas Program on Sunday, December 15th at 10:15. We want all of the children to participate so please mark this date on your calendar now before it fills with other holiday activities. It is really important that your child be here each week to practice. Rehearsals are held each Sunday following Sunday School in the chapel until 12:15. We will have a dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 14th, 9:30am – 12:00pm. Please note that children in the Nursery, Preschool, and Kindergarten do not have to be at rehearsal until 11am. If you have any questions please contact Beth Linquist 517-282-5051.
Let's enjoy the holidays this year by bringing some holiday cheer to some of our older members. We will gather as a church family on Sunday afternoon December 22nd at 3:00p.m. This tradition has become a favorite of both young and old (and not so old) as we all get in the Christmas spirit. We will carpool around Elgin, stopping at the homes of many of our long-time members to sing a few carols and then we will return to the church around 6:00 for some hot chocolate, a warm sandwich and some Christmas cookies. Please use the sign-up in the Weekly Window in your Sunday bulletin to let us know that you will be joining us. Bible Study Opportunities for Everyone at FCC!
Breakfast with the Bible We continue to study the Old Testament book of Exodus.
There are so many foundational, familiar, fascinating,
and frustrating stories to explore. Bring your Bible
to fellowship hall at 9:15 for an in-depth look at of
one of the Bible’s most interesting books. Remember,
breakfast is served each Sunday, beginning at 9:00, and
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.
December 1: First Sunday of Advent
Preacher — Dr. Paris Donehoo
Sermon: You CAN Go Home Again
Anthem: Every Valley by John Ness Beck Holy Communion
December 8: Second Sunday of Advent
8:15am - Lectio Divina Bible Study
10:15am - "The Music of Advent"
Presented by the Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir and Children's Choir
December 15: Third Sunday of Advent
8:15am - Stories and Carols
10:15am - "The BEst Christmas Present Ever"
Children's Christmas Pageant
December 22: Fourth Sunday of Advent
Preacher — Dr. Paris Donehoo
Sermon: Are You the One...?
Anthem: Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers by Don Malin
December 24: Christmas Eve (4:30pm & 10:30pm)
Lessons and Carols
Blessing of the Children (4:30pm only)
Chancel Choir (10:30pm only)
Handbells (10:30pm only)
Preacher — Dr. Paris Donehoo
December 29: First Sunday after Christmas
Preacher —Cathy Jurgens
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