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Children gain biblical knowledge and receive spiritual guidance through activities, games, and conversation
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who we are

Christmas Cantata 2019
The Chancel Choir presents our annual Christmas Cantata.
Passing the Peace
Every Sunday we greet each other with a "passing of the peace". A friendly smile and warm welcome greets all.
Christmas Pageant
Our youth present a Christmas Pageant filled with story, songs, and drama!
Singing Hymns
We sing the traditional hymns and raise our voice in song!
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what we do

WORSHIP

Our worship is both traditional and contemporary. We are rooted in the traditions of our faith but seek fresh and creative expressions for today.

MISSIONS

First Congregational has a rich legacy of mission work. We respond to God’s call to know and love our brothers and sisters in our community and around the world.

GROUPS

Every group at First Congregational is different and unique. Some share a meal or study a book, but the main goal is to share a life together, serve and draw closer through care, connection, and events.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

We are individuals with hopes, dreams, questions, and fears.  We are stressed-out parents trying to lead lives that express our values.  We are children needing positive connections to form our life’s foundation. We are friends holding steady through each other’s peaks and valleys.  We are a community of imperfect people following the teachings of Christ.

We are called to act as Global Citizens, aware of the ways we are connected to all of God’s Creation.  We intentionally seek to nurture the light of God within and share it in a complex world that needs healing. We believe God’s love is inclusive and unconditional.

We believe in Christ and Christ’s work of redemption and reconciliation in every generation.This is why we are committed to listening for God’s “still speaking” voice for our lives and in the world today. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. We believe in extravagant welcome and our communion table is open to all who seek to know God’s grace and Christ’s presence. We advocate justice for all including the environment and believe the church’s mission changes lives.

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Check out what's happening at first congregational!

sundays feb 2 - easter
10:00 am - 11:00 am

CHILDREN'S BIBLE TRIVIA CHALLENGE

During sunday school in age-appropriate classrooms, children will learn more about Jesus’ journey to Easter. What they learn will be put into questions to take home. This will continue throughout the month of February and on Sunday, March 1st after worship we will be carrying out an age-appropriate friendly trivia game competition. This is a great way to re-introduce church to your family, We look forward to you and your children joining us!

february 23 11:00 am

annual meeting and pancake breakfast

Please join us at our Annual First Congregational meeting as we reflect on last year’s ministries and accomplishments and plan for this next year. Quorum is needed to conduct church business. Your free-will donations for the delicious pancake breakfast youth fund-raiser will benefit this summer’s work trip to Puerto Rico. Thank you.

february 26 7:00 pm

ash wednesday service

As we enter a new season of Lent, please join us for a service of ashes and communion at First Congregational Church. Once again, the United Church of Christ churches of Elmhurst will combine for this joint service. Clergy, choirs, and members from all three churches (St. Peter’s UCC, Bethel Church, and First Congregational, UCC) will participate.

thursdays 6:30 - 8:00 pm
march 5 - april 2

lenten study

Lenten Bible Study this year will focus on the Passion of Christ using the Gospel of Matthew and a study guide presented by Yale Divinity and biblical scholars Harry Attridge and Michal Beth Dinkler. There is no cost and this study comes courtesy of The New Canaan UCC in CT.  Everyone will have access to this study, whether you are able to come for soup and group discussions on Thursday nights (6:30 to 8:00 p.m.) or engage individually or with your family at home or work.
Meet in the Blue Room at the lower level of the church.

order now until march 31st

Organic Seedlings Sale

Order organic seedlings for your spring garden now.  For more information and to place your order, go to our Garden Store (Click button). Orders must be in by March 31st, for pick up at our Green Garden Fair on Saturday, May 9th.   

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