A Community of Caring

Common Hope This fall members of a team of First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn members will be returning to Guatemala to work with Common Hope, a MN-based non-profit organization that has been providing education, health care, housing, and social work to impoverished families and children for over 25 years. Our church has sent over 10 teams to Guatemala since 2008 and helped many kids and families secure a better education and housing. Read More.

Growing Family In continuing to sustain a community of care and support, our Director of Parish Wellness, Melissa Riley, provides reassurance to families that have welcomed a new child into their hearts. Workshops dealing with new baby care and needs, home visits, phone calls, or prayers convey support to a family during a very special and demanding time. Contact Melissa Riley ( 630.469.3096 X 13).

Intern Support Ministry Team The role of the Intern Relations Team is to develop relationships with both the seminary and summer intern programs. They meet with the interns throughout the year to help integrate them into the activities of the church and gain feedback on how to improve our programs and activities. Contact Bob Stout (815.439.5075).

Ministry of Meals The Ministry of Meals provide meals to church members during times of illness or crisis. In this ministry, shepherds coordinate and schedule meal delivery through many volunteer cooks. The present roster includes 77 cooks and 6 shepherds, but new people are always welcome. Contact  Jenny Fischer (630.858.0518).

Parish Wellness Program Our Associate Minister of Pastoral Care, Rev. Melissa Riley, is committed to the health ministry of our church. She accomplishes this by dealing with the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each individual. She functions as a health educator, a health counselor, and a referral source by serving as a liaison between the church and a variety of community resources. Contact  Rev. Melissa Riley (630.469.3096 X 13).

Prayer Ministry Please consider this an invitation to join this ministry. The idea is simple – create a group whose sole concern is prayer. Since prayer can be done anywhere and at anytime – we have ultimate flexibility. Please consider helping us establish this ministry for this sacred privilege. Contact Pat Brady (630.858.5316).

Prayer Shawl Ministry This group meets in the church Lobby at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month and create shawls to give to those who are in need of comfort and our prayers. Contact Nancy Kenney (630.363.5476).

Stephen Ministry The Stephen Ministry is a well-regarded and long established program in which lay people are trained in the basics of pastoral care giving and commissioned to journey alongside those in the congregation who are going through a difficult transition. It might be the loss of a job, or a loved one. It might be the birth of a child, or a farewell to one’s children as they leave home for the first time. It could be a divorce, or even a marriage. Stephen Ministry is not therapy, nor is it a brand of professional counseling. Rather, it is faith-centered care giving, a pastoral relationship offered to those who may need more regular and ongoing care than our pastors can provide. If you think that you, or someone you love, might benefit from a relationship with a Stephen Minister—or if you are interested in being trained as a Stephen Minister—contact Rev. Melissa Riley (630.460.3096 X 13).

Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center FCCGE is an affiliate church for the Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center, a non-profit organization that provides affordable, professional pastoral counseling services to the public in an ecumencial setting.  If a church member is recommended to CDPCC by one of our staff or clergy, then that person is eligible for a sliding scale discount on services.


"Words from Our Pastor"

Rev. Seth Ethan Carey

Not Today

   Posted on February 15, 2018 by Kendra Joyner Miller I stood a little awkwardly as people rushed by, many avoiding looking me in the eyes, heads down. Maybe, they too were avoiding the cold… or maybe they were just avoiding the young woman in a cassock and purple stole holding ashes. “Good Morning,” I

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