Events

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Mark Your Calendars
for these upcoming events!

CLICK HERE for the complete calendar of events.


OCT. 24: PRELIMINARY BUDGET PRESENTATION following both services

WE NEED YOUR VOTE!

The meeting will be live-streamed via our YouTube channel. The preliminary budget meeting will include a brief update of the church’s finances through September and an overview of the preliminary 2022 budget.  

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • HOW TO ASK QUESTIONS? If you should have questions prior to or during the meeting that you would like answered, please text the question to Meredith at 708-466-3584 and she will make sure it is addressed.
  • HOW TO VOTE? The acceptance of the May 2021 Semi-Annual meeting minutes as well as the approval of the 2022 preliminary budget will need your vote today. The four ways to vote are: 
    • Text Ann Stickman at 708-337-5823 
    • Email Ann at annstickman@icloud.com  
    • Vote via our Youtube channel in chat box 
    • In-person hand count 
  • Please state the names of people voting and “yes” or “no” for the acceptance of the meeting minutes and the approval of the 2022 preliminary budget.

Our Adult Faith Formation ministry 10:12: Exploring Convictions with John Rodgers

Sundays, Oct 10 – Nov 7
10:12 – 11:30 am

The Rev. Dr. John Rodgers will lead a special 5-week series on the book Convictions by Marcus Borg during our Adult Faith Formation program on Sunday mornings. The group will gather in the Seim Room at 10:12am, beginning on October 10th and continuing through November 7th. Additionally, participants may opt to participate via Zoom. A link will be emailed to registered participants.

Convictions reflects on Borg’s life and how he developed his beliefs and why they matter. His work is both personal and invites you to reflect on your core beliefs. The result is an invitation for all progressive Christians who seek the best path for following Jesus today.

Participants should purchase a copy of Convictions before the first gathering from a local bookstore or online seller, and if possible, read the brief preface and first chapter by October 10. A reading schedule will be shared the first day.

For more information or to register:


Taizé Services in the Chapel

Led by Rev. Meredith Onion and Rev. Dr. John Rodgers; Erin Cleary, soloist

  • October 24th
  • November 28th 

Taizé (pronounced “taa-ZAY”) is an ecumenical form of prayer. The service is meditative in character, using singing, scripture and silence. These services will be held in the peaceful and candlelit chapel.


Contemplative Worship Services:
Grace & Gratitude

Sunday, Nov. 14 at 7pm

Contemplative Services will be led by Rev. Katherine Willis Pershey. It is a time that includes prayer, journaling, and contemplation.

We will convene remotely via Zoom for 20–25 minutes. Zoom links are shared via the Contemplative Worship Services group on Realm. To request to be added to this group please contact katherine@wscongo.org.


A Moment for Mission:
GROWING HOPE GLOBALLY

Help support Growing Help Globally. For more than 15 years, First Congo and Park Street Congregational Church in Mazon, IL, have partnered to help more than 15,000 people become food self-sufficient.

Growing Hope Globally is a Christian response to hunger. 690 million people in this world do not have enough to eat. Four out of five of the world’s poor live in rural areas. Growing Hope Globally helps subsistence farmers grow their own food and earn an income that the COVID pandemic has only made worse.

We’re worshipping in person!

We are so happy to be worshipping in person once again! We currently ask that those who are vaccinated wear a mask, per CDC guidelines. Because of the increased capacity, we cannot ensure social distancing, therefore we are also opening up Plymouth Hall for those who would feel more comfortable there.

Sunday school and childcare available.

We have loved welcoming your children back to in-person Sunday School! We meet safely with masks and socially distanced, but we are together! 

Sunday school for children ages preschool and up takes place in the Education building.

During the 9:00 service, children ages preschool to third grade meet together after First Steps. The children meet as a “One-room schoolhouse” model where all ages of children gather. Children are distanced and masked while together.

At the 10:30 worship service, children meet in groups (preschool, K/1, 2nd/3rd, 4th/5th, and 6th/7th) after First Steps in classrooms in the Education building.  

Childcare is available for infants to 3-year-old children during worship. Parents are asked to sign up for childcare and comply to the First Congo childcare policies.

For more information, visit the Children’s Ministries page on the website. 

Childcare is available for infants to 3-year-old children during worship. Parents are asked to sign up for childcare and comply to the First Congo childcare policies.

2021 Annual Meeting

The annual meeting on Jan. 24 included a review of the church’s financial results for 2020 and an overview of the proposed 2021 budget. A copy of the final approved 2021 budget is available by clicking the button below.

You can watch the recorded live-stream meeting here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzMFNjDWDrE&feature=youtu.be

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