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At Church

Be a part of the team that makes First Congo such a warm and welcoming place! Opportunities include:

  • Ushers
  • Hospitality Team
  • Called to Care
  • Caregiver Support Group
  • Sunday School Teacher or Assistant
  • Woman’s Society Rummage Sale
  • Church Committees
  • Non-Constitutional Committess
  • Congo Cooks Meal Ministry
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • Acolytes
  • Youth Readers
  • Music
  • …and more!
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First Congo Moms in Faith

Local Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer! First Congo provides numerous opportunities to serve others locally and afar. To learn more or to volunteer, contact Meredith Onion at meredith@wscongo.org or call 708.246-1900.

Semi-Annual Woman’s Society Rummage Sale

Fall and Spring Sales

Times vary for set-up, sorting, sale, & clean-up, Education Building & grounds.

Our semi-annual all-church Rummage Sales are Woman’s Society’s largest undertakings. Sales of the proportion to which these have grown wouldn’t be possible without the generous support and involvement of all of our church members. Over 250 people come together each October and April to help Woman’s Society. Sale profits are then shared with non-profit agencies close to home and around the world as well as the First Congregational Church of Western Springs.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, click below:

First Congo Rummage Sale photo
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Prayer & Care

There are so many ways First Congo seeks to provide care for those in need including:

  • Prayer Requests
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • Called to Care
  • Caregiver Support Group
  • Congo Cooks Meal Ministry
  • “Conversations” Podcast

Mission & Outreach

The First Congregational Church of Western Springs has a longstanding tradition of outreach and ministry beyond our walls. We often refer to this as ‘faith with our sleeves rolled up!’  As articulated in our Mission Statement and our call to be Christ’s disciples, numerous individuals and groups within our congregation work to: increase our love of God by increasing our love of neighbor; follow Christ to the side of all who suffer and despair; be Christ’s messengers and advocates for justice; and, be generous and thoughtful stewards of all of God’s gifts.  We invite all who wish to join us to share in the joys and challenges of this calling.

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Volunteer with open arms in a field


Want to communicate with your First Congo groups and committees? Follow church announcements? Create and join church events? Find church member contact info? Try REALM!

Realm is church ministry software that connects the entire church and combines administration, accounting, and community into one system to personalize each person’s involvement in our ministry.

Church members and staff who use Realm love it! It’s quick and user-friendly and they can access it from their phone or computer. If you’re curious about REALM or just need a quick refresher, contact Jeannette Lloyd at jeannette@wscongo.org.