Current Events

Exciting things are happening all the time at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Scroll below to see all the upcoming events and feel free to participate in our faith community!

  • nami presentation

    August 27th, 11:00am, Chapel - Our community and neighboring communities have been coping with the recent loss of our youth to suicide and addictions. The National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) will share a presentation to create awareness of short- and long-term responses to suicide, as well as real life recovery stories of hope. Please invite friends and neighbors and anyone whose life has been tragically impacted by loss. Questions should be directed to Dena Provenzano or April Prescott.

  • bridge mentors needed

    August 27th, after service - Our present Bridge client is moving into a transitional program and we hope to have a new client by early October. We need 2-3 more individuals to help mentor the next family. Anyone who would like to learn more should join us for an informational meeting after service August 27th. You can also find us any Sunday after service in Fellowship Hall.

  • school supplies collection

    July 23rd - September 3rd - Congregational Care Ministry is collecting school supplies for Hope's Front Door. Donations can be dropped off in the crate provided at the west entrance on Sundays or in the office during the week. Items needed include the following: three-ring binders, pocket folders, colored pencils, crayons, erasers, broad tip markers, glue sticks, fiskars scissors, highlighters, pencil cases, pens, pencils, wide-ruled spiral notebooks, pencil sharpeners, calculators, backpacks. 

  • volunteer call: skilled roofers

    Our national office has issued a nation-wide call for volunteers to 'lift the load' of recovery from tornado damage in Ottawa and Naplate, IL. The current need is for a small team (5-6) of skilled roofers. Housing is provided. Contact Roger Dart for group registration materials at or 847.274.2626

  • fccdg community carnival

    September 10th, 11:00am, Fishel Park - Step right up and try dunking Pastor Scott and Pastor Kim! Jump your way to happiness in the bounce houses! Play bags, bowl, balloon darts! Enjoy hot dogs, tacos, sno-cones, and cotton candy! Take pictures in the photo booth! COME ONE COME ALL!

  • Annual Garage sale - volunteers needed!

    September 17th-24th - We are gearing up for our annual garage sale on Sept. 23rd and we will need many volunteers the week of the sale! Sign up sheets are available through the link below and in Fellowship Hall after service. Donations can be dropped off at the church Sept. 17th-20th but if you need something stored before then, please contact Gail Clark!


  • men's retreat

    September 29th-30th, Galena, IL - An opportunity to talk life, God, and everything under the sun with the guys from church and a beautiful time of year to spend timein nature. We'll head out 4pm on Friday and return Sunday morning for worship. We ask each participant to contribute $55 for the weekend. Please email Pastor Scott if you are interested to attend. A special 'thank you' to the Weimerslags who have graciously offered their lodging to host us!

  • ucc justice and peace action network

    MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE!! examines current justice issues, educates and engages its members in shaping public policy that aligns with God's vision for a just and loving society, and calls us to personal action as the hands and feet of Jesus in the modern world. Follow the link below to sign up to receive weekly justice action alerts via email and/or text!

    Join the Justice and Peace Action Network

  • @amazonsmile

    SAVE THIS LINK BELOW!! Use this AmazonSmile link before starting your online shopping, and Amazon will donate a small percentage of the price of eligible purchases to our church. Every little bit helps!


  • mission a month

    Second Sundays - Our celebration of the work we have done during the last 150 years continues into 2017. Once a month we will highlight a different community service project and offer additional opportunities for those interested to be involved. If you would like to have a particular service project highlighted and lead an activity, please contact Nancy Kupka.

    Sign Up to Volunteer Here

  • We are partnering with St. Luke's Presbyterian, St. Paul's UCC, Mecca House Mosque, and several other local faith communities to minister and aid a refugee family to make a new life here in the United States. Our family is here and volunteers are needed! Include your contact information here if you would like to be involved.

    Please follow these links to see needed supplies:

    Castellum (will need to register with ID and password)

    Target Registry

  • businesses helping church members

    If you need a product or service, please check the Church Members' Business Directory. These businesses contribute financially to our church, so the more business they receive, the more financial support the church receives.


  • Crosswalk

    A podcast that speaks to the challenges of living as a Christian disciple in everyday life and explores issues that are at the forefront of our day-to-day living. Gina Rossetti hosts the show, with in house guest Pastor Scott. Each show also features two area clergy from different faith traditions. Follow the link through the picture here!