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Live Love: Caring for Our Congregation

“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” 1 Peter 4:10


An important part of our life together as a community of faith is caring for one another with the love of Christ. Below are the many ways First Congregational can help when people are in a time of need. Our Care Ministry is comprised of Pastor Jesse and other congregants who give their time and talents to offer support to fellow congregants. 

A-OK Ministry

AOK Ministry

“Acts of Kindness” is a small group of congregants who support people by 1) preparing and delivering meals for those in need due to illness or family situations, such as the birth of a child or death of a loved one; 2) providing equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and other hospital equipment; 3) coordinating transportation in special circumstances.

Prayer Ministry

Prayer Ministry

Prayer is the world’s greatest wireless connection! If you would like to submit joys or concerns for the whole congregation to hold in prayer, please use our Congregational Prayer List online (link is in weekly E-blast). If you are requesting prayer for someone else, please be sure to get their permission beforehand.

If you would like Pastor Jesse to hold a specific request in prayer confidentially, please call the church office or contact him directly by phone or email. He mentions the names of those on the Congregational Prayer List in worship for 4 weeks and lists them in the weekly E-blast.

Card Ministry

Card Ministry

A team of congregants who write and send cards monthly to those being held in prayer on the Congregational Prayer List online. 

Printed Materials

Printed Materials

If you would like to recieve a printed copy of Church Life, Weekly Newsletter, Sunday Bulletins, Daily Devotionals, etc., please contact the Church office.

Pastoral Visits

Pastoral Visits and Emergencies

To contact Pastor Jesse during office hours, call the church office at 847-741-4045. For pastoral emergencies, please call or text him directly. His cell number is listed at the bottom of each weekly E-blast, or you can call the office to get it.

If you would like to meet with or speak to Pastor Jesse for pastoral care or counseling, or if you would like him to deliver Communion to you, please contact the church office by phone (847-741-4045) or email the church office (

Opportunities to Help

Looking for Opportunities to Help Others?

First Congregational is a caring and compassionate community of faith that seeks to minister to congregants and their families coping with struggles and times of spiritual and material need. Whatever your skills and interests may be, please prayerfully consider sharing them with our church community! Contact Pastor Jesse in the church office about how you are able to help out.

Want to be involved? We want you here!

To learn more about any of these ministry services call the church at 847-741-4045 or fill out our contact form today.

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First Congregational

United Church of Christ - Elgin, IL


Embraces diversity, social justice, and progressive theology. Open and affirming, promoting love, acceptance, and inclusion.

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We believe we are called to touch lives not only in our immediate, local community, but also in the larger world in need.

Welcome From Pastor Jesse

Welcome to First Congregational Church of Elgin! I’m so glad you found our website!

One of the important affirmations in the United Church of Christ is, “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”
Are you craving an authentic connection to God? Are you looking for a progressive message about faith and spirituality?
Are you ready for a sense of belonging and involvement? Are you seeking to find meaning in your unanswered questions?

Then FCC Elgin is the place for you!

We’re a spiritual community with a long, rich, diverse heritage here in Elgin for 184+ years. We’re a church that is proudly progressive, intentionally inclusive, and authentically Christian. We honor many paths to God, encourage questions, seek social justice, care for the planet, and welcome LGBTQ individuals and families.

There are many ways to learn more about us and get involved, so please explore our website and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Peace to you in Jesus Christ,

Pastor Jesse Tanner