766 Graceland Ave
Des Plaines, Illinois
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2013 August 5-9th
First Congregational Church again is offering Vacation Bible School this year from August 5 through
August 9. Sessions run from 9:00am to 12:00pm. The theme for this summer is Cokesbury's
Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God’s Word Comes Together. We are looking for volunteers to make
this community and church event even more successful than last year. Kids fourth grade and up
can be teacher assistants. Please talk to Christine O'Brien or Sue Almerigi for more information. or register here http://2013.cokesburyvbs.com/FirstCongregational
A HUGE Thank you to the Wednesday Work Crew
Recognize this good lookin' group? They're the Wednesday Work Crew! They volunteer EVERY Wednesday to fix, paint, repair, replace and up keep along with MANY tasks. If you see them, Thank them for making our church a nicer place.
The Confirmation class at First Congregational UCC toured the Self-Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines in February when they dropped off a large collection of soup and other non-perishable food items plus cash donations collected during "Souper Bowl Sunday."
Our Annual Book Sale is on!
Creative Conversation’s annual book sale has started in Webster Hall. If you have more book donations, please contact Jo Reilly at 847/632-0354.
I wish every Church said what this Church said in their bulletin.....
It’s easy to poke fun at some of the things churches say on their welcome sign. It’s easy to question some of the things that make it inside a church bulletin.
It’s easy to say “this is bad,” but it’s a lot harder to say “this is good.” Anyone can critique, but creating is a lot more difficult.
So what does a great welcome message look like? What does an awesome welcome message look like?
It looks exactly like what “Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Community” has in their church.
My friend attended there recently, and I got a copy of what they hand out. I posted a photo of it below so you could see what it looks like, but the image got cut off so here’s what it says:
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, yo no habla Ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds.
We welcome you if you can sing like Andrea Bocelli or like our pastor who can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s Baptism.
We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion,” we’ve been there too.
If you blew all your offering money at the dog track, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts … and you!
Bravo to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Community! That should be made into a poster and hung in church offices around the world.
I love the thought that a few members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Community getting together and saying, “Let’s invite everyone to come meet Jesus!” And then they started writing their list.
And it got long. Why?
Because everyone needs Jesus.
Everyone changes when they meet Jesus.
And they wanted to make sure everyone knew they were invited to meet him.
- John Acuff
Christmas Pageant 2012:
Welcome To First Congregational Church Of Des Plaines!
First Congregational Church of Des Plaines, United Church of Christ is a vibrant community of faith located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.
Founded in 1869, we are a warm, welcoming church rich in history and tradition. Our congregation highly values our ministerial leadership, youth education and programs, community involvement, worship and fellowship.
We are a friendly church striving to serve God and meet the spiritual needs of our congregation through worship, fellowship and community service.
Congratulations and great job on all your hard work. The Junior Youth Choirs Spring Musical "Praiseformance" was enjoyed by all.
JOIN FCC's RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM 2013
Calling all cancer survivors, fighters, families and friends! Please join our effort to support our cancer fighters and survivors and raise money to for cancer research. Last years team of 34 raised over $2,400 for this worthwhile event and also reinforced our church's presence in the community. The event starts at 6:00 pm on June 28 and ends at June 29 at 6:00 am.
Please let Chris Thomas know if you are a cancer fighter and survivor and how you might like to participate. His telephone number is 847-376-3691 or you can email him at: email@example.com
Sign up by following this link: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/FCCDP
Graceland Cemetery Tour
On Sunday September 30th, FCC kicked off the Halloween season by by touring Graceland Cemetery. Not only was it fun for all ages, but it was educational too! After we went out to Red Apple Buffet for a wonderful dinner filled with laughs and fellowship-
Pilgrim Fellowship Mission Trip 2012
"Expand your Table"
This year, Exodus, the organization that Project Survivor works with, is sponsoring an "Expand your Table" Program. It is an opportunity for you to host a refugee family for Thanksgiving....a family that was persecuted in their homeland for religious or political reasons.
Basically the program works this way - you volunteer to host a family, pick them up at their apartment (most likely in Rogers Park) and share your Thanksgiving dinner and the afternoon with them and then take them home. Exodus will try and match your family as to # of children etc.
Sign up is by contacting Jessica Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 630-307-1400 X108. Just identify yourself as a member of FCC and she will take it from there.
We have many things to thank God for. Let's give thanks together with a refugee family. If you want more information before you sign up, please contact Joyce Beets or Jackie Schmitt, co-chairs of Project Survivor.