|3-04|| ||Phillip Brictson|
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|3-11|| ||Alex Halfpenny|
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|3-18|| ||Emerson Lewis|
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|3-25|| ||Maggie Powers|
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Many people have expressed interest in joining us on our mission trip to HOMES in Neon, Kentucky, June 23 - July 2nd. If you have not made your deposit of $100 please do so as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact Lois for more information.
The last FROG Friday of the year will be held on Friday, March 16th at 6 p.m. We’ll begin as always with a pizza supper and then have a sing-a-long, story, games, and crafts. FROG Friday is for all kindergartners - sixth graders. The junior high and high school youth serve as group leaders for this program. Come and bring a friend. It is a lot of fun! The cost is $5 for dinner and craft.
Damaris is a women’s group that meets monthly to dine out. It is a very informal group. Our March meeting will be at the Olive Garden restaurant in West Dundee (by Spring Hill Mall) at 6:30 p.m. Just come and join the fun.
The Sunday School children will be receiving fish banks on Sunday, March 4th. These banks are to collect their offerings for One Great Hour of Sharing. One Great Hour of Sharing is a disaster relief offering. Whenever and wherever there is a need OGHS money goes to help with the problem both here in the U.S. and world-wide. Children are encouraged to “Feed” their fish with loose coins and bring them back on Palm Sunday, April 1st.
Sunday, April 22nd will be an exciting day at FCC. It will begin with a Folk Worship Service at 10:15 followed by the Mission Trip Prime Time Luncheon and Silent Auction. Great entertainment is also planned to enhance your dining experience. Watch for more details in the next issue of Church Life, but save the date now!
As you begin to make plans for summer activities please consider one of the church camping opportunities available through the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ. We are blessed to have two wonderful United Church of Christ church camps in the Chicago area. One is located in Princeton, IL near Starved Rock. This facility has a couple of great creeks, a pond, a beautiful swimming pool and nice facilities for campers. Our second camp, Tower Hill, is located on the shore of Lake Michigan in Sawyer, Michigan. This is the beautiful sand dune area of the lake. Campers enjoy playing on the beach and swimming in the lake. Camping facilities are great at this camp as well. Each camp offers programs for children, youth and adults. A two night/three day camp for kindergarten - second graders called Tenderfoot Camp provides a great experience for those who have never been away from home before. In addition to camps for specific age groups, there are week-long camps for those who enjoy sports, or music, dance and drama, or horseback riding. There are also camps for grandparents to attend with grandchildren. The great news is that First Congregational Church offers scholarships to help defray the cost of any of these camps. Brochures describing all the camping opportunities are available in the church office. Please talk to Lois if you’d like more information.
The Worship and Hospitality Committee will be setting a date in late April to clean and organize the storage room located on the balcony level.
We welcome any and all volunteers. If you have an item(s) stored in this area and are not able to come on the cleaning date, please label and date item(s) so we don’t inadvertently discard or donate it.
We who are the First Congregational United Church of Christ are “Five for Five” in respect to our generous giving to all five special UCC offerings during the church year. The opportunity for One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) will be with us on March 18.
What is OGHS? UCC members reach out in the name of Christ to:
- Build sustainable communities. OGHS supports self-help programs in more than 80 nations to build sustainable communities that enable people and communities to stand against and rise above hunger, disease, illiteracy, and other forces of injustice that deny and destroy dignity.
- Respond to disaster. OGHS provides emergency and long-term assistance to people in the aftermath of hurricanes, tornados, storms, floods, tidal waves, fires, explosions, technological disasters, civil strife, war, or other natural or human-caused events. On average, OGHS responds to a disaster once every 2.5 days.
- Minister to refugees. OGHS responds with advocacy and help, hope and hospitality for people who have been uprooted from their home of origin. More than 30 million of the world's people are uprooted at any given time.
- In cooperation with Global Ministries, Church World Service, Action by Churches Together, Interchurch Medical Assistance, Foods Resource Bank, Oikocredit, Freedom from Hunger and hundreds of local partners around the world, One Great Hour of Sharing is part of a remarkable network of service and caring that is efficient, effective and faithful. Administrative costs are typically less than eight percent annually! The UCC unites with Christians in eight other Protestant denominations and Church World Service in OGHS, multiplying the effectiveness and extent of our witness many times over. We are in covenant with nearly 6,000 United Church of Christ congregations across the United States and Puerto Rico to connect UCC members to the world. The UCC annually channels more than $3 million dollars through One Great Hour of Sharing to humanitarian needs in the world. Be sure to join us faithfully again, either with the enclosed envelope or on March 18; our brothers and sisters in need will be thankful - even though we do not know each other.
The First Congregational UCC ChristCare program was the topic of an article in the Stephen Ministries website newsletter for February. See the article posted on the bulletin board in the narthex. All of us in ChristCare programs here at FCC invite all to participate!!
It is quite a privilege for us to have this national and international recognition and description of what we do here!!
Many, many thanks to those brave volunteers who worked in below zero temperatures, high winds, snow storms and other miserable weather to deliver Meals on Wheels in February. Those who helped are:
Provena St. Joseph Hospital
Carl & Mary Ellen Flaks
Chuck & Dolores Zimmerman
Chuck and Dolores Zimmerman
A special thank you to these hardy folks.
Due to an overwhelming response to the Mental Health Ministry, we will meet on the 2nd Sunday of the month in the library from
9:15 – 10:00 am
The focus will be on Recovery from Mental Illness & Education topics:
March 11th- Guest speaker Desmond Raftery
Desmond is an LCSW and is the social worker for the Elk Grove Village Police Department. He also has a private practice for therapy, is a Spiritual Director and a former Catholic priest. Desmond will be speaking on Spirituality & Mental Illness.
This will be a very special opportunity for us all to hear from someone with a wealth of information and understanding pertaining to mental illnesses. We ask that you join us and that you bring a family member, friend, or anyone who is interested in enriching their lives.
We must continue this journey, one to better understand mental illness, and we will not do it alone. Thank you to all for your support of the Mental Health Ministry.
Is it Davy Crockett?
Is It Crockett & Tubbs?
Is it Stewart Crockett?
A dinner of slow cooker
recipes served hot
with fresh bread.
Stews, soups, chili, and MORE!
$5 per person
(all proceeds to benefit the ’07 Mission Trip)