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!

  • community response to mass shootings

    March 18th, 4:00-5:30pm, Sanctuary - The church will host a panel of 7 community and faith leaders who will field an array of questions about gun violence in our nation and how we can find common ground in both identifying our core issues around gun violence and what can be done to make our communities safer.

    This is an open public forum with Q & A to follow. Representatives will include Advocate Good Samaritan Health care behavioral health care, DG City Council Member Bob Barnett, DG Police Chief Shannon Gillette, 2-3 community faith leaders, District Superintendent District 99 Hank Theile, and ideally 1 or 2 high school students.

  • march for our lives: march 24th

    FCC will be offering bus service for anyone who would like to travel downtown for the nationwide March for Our Lives, inspired by the students of Parkland Florida, as part of a national grassroots movement to demand that federal and state governments prioritize stricter gun legislation, particularly universal background checks, federal bans on high volume magazines and bump stocks, and to consider bans on some forms of semi-automatic weaponry. 

    Bus will leave from 1047 Curtiss St at 9:15am and return at 2:00pm. Cost is $10 per seat. Lunch is not provided. Sign up and payment are due to First Congregational Church by Monday, March 12th in order to reserve a seat.

    If you cannot join the march downtown, we encourage you to participate in a sister march in Downers Grove or a community near you. Details can be found here: March for Our Lives - Find an Event

  • easter egg hunt

    March 25th, 1:00pm (SHARP!!), Oberle Home - Join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt in Ide's Grove West Park. Meet at the Oberle Home with a bag/basket for collecting eggs and a dish to share - coffee, juice, and candy will be provided. All children aged toddler to 10 years old are welcome! The egg hunt goes quickly, so be sure to not be late!

  • lenten season services

    Ash Wednesday, February 14th - 6:00 simple supper, 7:30pm service

    Maundy Thursday, March 29th - 6:00 baked potato dinner, 7:30pm service

    Good Friday, March 30th - 7:30pm service

    Easter Sunday, April 1st - services 6:00am, 9:00am, and 10:47am (yes, really!)

  • easter brunch

    April 1st, 10:00-11:00am, Fellowship Hall - Come enjoy brunch with friends and family in between services! Bring a breakfast item to share (let Jenni Hallman know if it needs to be warmed up). Juice, coffee, milk, and fruit will be provided. A free will offering will be accepted to support the Youth Group mission trip to Houston.

  • trivia night

    April 13th, 7:00-10:00pm, American Legion DG - Sponsored by Youth Group and Mission & Outreach. Tickets are NOW ON SALE in Fellowship Hall ($25/person).

    It's time to get creative! Every table picks their own theme and decorates/dresses to match. Bring appetizers and desserts to share. Doors open at 6:00pm. Contact Dena Provenzano with any questions.

  • adult education bible study

    Mondays, March 19th-April 16th, 1:00pm & 6:30pm, Music Room -

    What does God require of us?

    Much of scripture is reflective of God’s expectations of us, but the prophet Micah stated it most clearly in Micah 6:8: “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” 

    This study will focus on some of the habits and attitudes common to growing disciples: surrender, or the willingness to let God change us; openness and vulnerability; self examination; belief in the power of God, as well as the existence of God; and sacrifice. We will look at the stories of Nicodemus, the Woman at the Well, the healing of the blind beggar, the raising of Lazarus, and Jesus’ final entry into Jerusalem.

  • strides for peace run/walk

    June 7th, 6:30pm, Grant Park - There will be a run/walk called Strides for Peace that we’d like to invite any and all church runners and walkers to join with us. There will be options for 5k and 8k runs and a 2 mile run/walk. This race is specifically hosted by an organization committed to raising awareness about the problems and levels of Chicago gun violence and how neighborhoods can work together at the local level to build stronger communities, positive outreach for children and teens to keep them off the streets and out of gangs…and to change the level of violence in many of Chicago ‘s neighborhoods. More information available here: Strides for Peace

  • vbs: june 18th-22nd

    Online Registration is NOW OPEN. We will be going on a Rolling River Rampage adventure. Don’t miss out on the fun!!! Contact Michelle Rafacz with any questions.

    We are also looking for volunteers to lead our students on their adventure. Sign up here or contact Michelle Rafacz.

  • 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!


  • 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!