Serving the Community

Food for Greater Elgin

The second largest food pantry in Kane County hosting client-choice distributions offering both day and evening shifts for our clients’ convenience. This style of food distribution has been proven to lower waste while preserving the dignity of clients. Shoppers can receive food twice monthly, and may choose from a variety of products, including meat, fresh produce, dairy, deli, and shelf-stable items, and are assisted by volunteers during the shopping process.

Interfaith Food Pantry

FCC provides space to house the All Peoples Interfaith Food Pantry.  Its hours of operation are 9:30 am – 11:30 am weekdays. All Peoples Interfaith Food Pantry distributes food to Elgin and South Elgin residents. People can receive food six times from January 1 – December 31. People requesting food must have a referral. Referrals are given at the Community Crisis Center or at the Public Aid office, or by church pastors, nurses, schools and other agencies. Click here to volunteer.

Crop Walk

Since 1983, Elgin area faith communities and civic organizations have banned together in a local CROP Hunger Walk effort to bring awareness to the persistent problem of poverty and hunger locally and globally. During that time, Elgin CROP Walkers have raised over $500,000 (thats 1/2 million!) dollars in support of the sustainable projects of Church World Service and Elgin area soup kettles and food pantries.

Mission Themes

Mission Themes During Epiphany, 2019 we held a series of community forums on major issues facing our community: GLBT needs, global climate change, mental health, racial justice, women in church and society, and poverty (income inequality).
The forums included representatives from government, local non-profit groups and advocacy groups, and featured lively discussions with an eye on the question “What should our Live Love theme be for 2020?”

PADS

PADS uses two types of volunteers: daily help is needed from volunteers to run the shelter. Volunteers come in the evening between 6:30 and 8:30pm to help run the shelter by serving meals, staffing laundry and check in tables and generally assisting in nightly shelter operations. Volunteers must by 18 or older, fill out an application, and attend a training session.

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Soup Kettle

Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The first shift (4:00-6:00pm) involves food preparation and setting tables. The second shift (5:15pm – 6:45pm) serves the meals and assists with clean-up activities. On average, 70 people are served by the Soup Kettle each week. Volunteers are needed for both shifts and may choose either one. 

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Live Love for God's Environment

Our theme for ‘Live Love, Stop Hate’ in 2019-2020 will be to Live Love for God’s Environment.  We hope to work to:


1.             Become known as Elgin’s environmental church.


2.             Reduce our carbon footprint by 40% by 2022 by adding solar energy, conserving and other measures.


3.             Educate ourselves and community about the environmental crisis and what we can do about it.


4.             Build a stronger Christian-environmental connection.  Too often churches are viewed as the enemy of the environmental movement.  We must change that both by actions and by building the theological case for the care of the earth.


5.             Explore interfaith partnerships for eco-justice.

Previous year’s themes included addressing religious and racial intolerance and the opioid epidemic in our community.  The ‘Live Love’ theme allows us to focus our mission outreach and our ‘in-reach’ as we learn more about crucial issues of our day and how our faith connects with the wounds of society.


Small Groups

Beer, Burgers & the Bible

Calling all guys, we meet the third Monday of the month at the Elgin Public House, at 6:30pm for a Bible study for dudes only. Order something to eat (its half-price burger night), if you like, and come upstairs for an hour of laughter and discussion.

DAMARIS Women's Group

DAMARIS-Women’s Group 

The women’s dining out group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month for lunch. A short Bible study will follow.  Click here  for more information.

Breakfast with the Bible

Each Tuesday morning the Senior Pastor leads an ongoing verse-by-verse study of a particular book of the Bible.  The class decides which book will be examined.  The class begins at 9:00am.

Creativity

No meetings, just fun field trips and activities to explore the creativity of others and ourselves.  

ECO Group

A small group exploring how to live greener, connect our faith in to faithful stewardship of the environment and address global climate change. Meets every other Wednesay at 6:30 p.m.

B.O.B.S. 

Are you a “BOB”?  Would you like to be a “BOB”?  Our men’s breakfast group called “Boys Out for Breakfast” (hence “BOB” - get it?) willbe taking the summer off.  The next meeting will be held on September 17th at 8:00am at Alexander’s on Hwy. 31, just north of the tollway.  There is no agenda except fellowship and good food at the start of the day.  Click here to email Tom Howard if you're interested.

Women's Study Group

Are you free during the day on Thursday? We’d love to have you join our Women’s Study Group which meets on Thursdays from 10:30 am — 12 pm in the Conference Room at FCC.  We choose books and Bible studies on various topics and discuss how they are relevant to our lives today.  Many go out to lunch after the study. Feel free to join the group at any time.  The study group will taked a recess during the month of August.

Serving the Church

Serve on a Ministry

Opportunities include ushers, greeters, coffee hour setup/cleanup, sanctuary decorating, and funeral or event luncheons.

A-OK (Acts of Kindness)

A small group that reaches out to people, who attend our church, in their time of need. Supporting them  by coordinating meals and /or transportation, equipment such as wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, and other hospital equipment. 

Volunteer

The church gardens beside and in front of the building need general maintenance including planting, weeding, pruning and spring and fall clean-up.