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  Miss our Service? See it Right Here!
April 13, 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 can see 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 this button on the player to change the video quality to a higher resolution.


Visit the F.C.C. YouTube Channel!

To see videos dating back to January 1, 2013, please click here to access the archives. Thanks for visiting our site!

Free Memorial Lenten Concert Series
The 2014 Lenten Music Series continues in FCC’s beautiful sanctuary. We hope you’ll attend all of these beautiful concerts. What a great way to wind down after a hectic work week. Mark your calendar now!

Friday, March 7 at 12 Noon   
Mark Baldin, Trumpet and
Jon Warfel, Organ
Listen to the concert:

Sunday, March 30 at 3 PM
Chicago Gargoyle Brass with Jared Stellmacher, Organ
Music By Commission
Listen to the concert:


Friday, April 4 at 7 PM
John Linker, Organist/Choirmaster
Church of the Good Shepherd, Lexington, Kentucky
Listen to the concert:

Friday, April 18 at 12 Noon
The George and Jean Hove Memorial Good Friday Concert
Seven Last Words of Christ by Theodore Dubois
First Congregational Church Chancel Choir and Chamber Orchestra

Online Church Directory
We are excited to announce our new online church directory! It contains most church members, staff and some active friends of the church. It also include groups, ministries and Sunday School Class information. The directory is password protected and only available to members of our church family. You control how much information to share.

Within the next few weeks you will receive an email with instructions on how to use the directory as well as your user name and password. From there, you will be able to change your password, update your pictures and information and add family members. We hope you find this a new and exciting way to stay in touch with your fellow disciples.

Click here to view the directory.

- Evangelism and Membership

Women, Wine and the Word
Women, Wine, and the Word (WWW) will be dining out on Thursday April 24th at 6:30p.m. We will meet at Jurin Japanese Restaurant in South Elgin (588 Randall Road in South Elgin). We would love to have you join us for dinner and conversation. If you have any questions about this group please contact Lois.

Church Camp
It’s not too early to begin thinking about Summer Church Camp. The Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ has two camping facilities. Pilgrim Park is located in Princeton, Illinois in the beautiful Illinois River valley area -- not too far from Starved Rock. Tower Hill is located on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan in Sawyer, Michigan. Each camp is about a two hour drive from Elgin. Camps are offered throughout the summer for all age groups. Both camps offer a unique opportunity for children and adults to learn more about their faith as they play and learn with other campers. Camps are offered for children and youth age 5 through high school. There are also camps for first-time campers that are only 2 night - 3 day camps called Tenderfoot. In addition to camps for children, there are also camps for Grandparents and Grandchildren and also for Senior Adults. First Congregational offers a camp scholar-ship program to any camper attending one of our United Church of Christ camps. We will pay up to 1/2 of the camp cost (not to exceed $100). Please stop by Lois’ office and pick up a camp brochure. If you’d like to know more about our camps please feel free to talk to Lois.

Calling ALL youth for our annual youth lock-in
The youth are invited to a lock-in on Saturday, April 12th. We will gather at 5pm to make dinner together, Our time together will include a fun activity (bowling, or trampoline, or…), a group activity at church, fun, fun, fun, and even some sleep time. Bring your sleeping bag and pillow, clothes for church on Sunday, and a bottle of pop and a snack to share. Plan to join us for a fun time. Watch you email for further details.

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.

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.

Maundy Thursday Worship on April 17th
Please join us for our special worship service on Maundy Thursday, April 17th at 7pm. During this service “disciples” will re-enact the Last Supper Jesus ate with his disciples in the upper room. The story will be told through a dramatic presentation. Everyone will be invited to come forward to have their hands washed (if they would like) to symbolize Jesus washing the disciples feet, and then gather at a table with 12 to take Holy Communion. This experiential worship service is perfect for children and adults. Many have said that this is one of the most meaningful services of the year.

Will YOU Be a Disciple?
We are looking for people to help with the presentation of the Last Supper for our Maundy Thursday Service on April 17th. Please let Lois know if you’d be willing to have a part in this special presentation. We will rehearse on Monday, April 14th at 7pm.

1920 Bulletin
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.
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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.




 
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In Worship in April

April 6: Fifth Sunday in Lent
Preacher — Laura Jean Torgerson (UCC missionary to Nicaragua)
Scripture readings:
John 11:1-45
1 Corinthians 12:12-31
Anthem: Out of the Depths I Cry to Thee by Will James
Holy Communion

April 13: Palm Sunday
Preacher — Dr. Paris Donehoo
Sermon: After the Parade
Scripture readings:
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Matthew 21:1-11
Anthem: Ride On! Ride On! In Majesty by Graham George
Procession with Palms

April 17: Maundy Thursday, 7pm
Holy Communion
The Passion Story in Drama

April 18: Good Friday, Noon
Chancel Choir & Orchestra present
The Seven Last Words
by Theodore Dubois

April 20: Easter Sunday
Preacher — Dr. Paris Donehoo
Sermon: Unfinished Business
Scripture readings:
Colossians 3:1-4
Matthew 28:1-10
Anthem:Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation by D.W. Larson
"Hallelujah!" by G.F. Handel

April 27: First Sunday after Easter
Preacher — Dr. Paris Donehoo
Sermon: In the Know
Scripture reading:
James 3:1-12
Mark 8:27-38