A Community of Service
Angola Ministry The Angola Partnership is a ministry of the Illinois Conference UCC. The goal is to partner with the Angola Evangelical Congregational Church to support their plan to rebuild hospitals, churches, schools, and provide education after 30 years of civil war. Our church’s ministry team has contributed Bibles and helped equip a hospital at the Dondi mission station. Currently, we are involved in building a seminary at Dondi. Contact Marla Melms (630.469.1435) or Beverly Porzelt (630.469.2479).
Bridge Communities FCCGE sponsors and mentors a homeless family to enable them to become self-sufficient within a two year program. We have supported several families in a transitional housing apartment through Bridge Communities. Mentors meet with the family once a week to provide advice, encouragement, and support toward their ultimate goal of financial independence. Mentors are always needed. Contact Hope Rodine (630.793.9169).
Environmental Ministry This ministry meets from August – May, and is dedicated to environmental issues within in our church, the wider community and the world. Not only does this team provide information but it acts on ways to be good stewards of the environment through education, recycling and energy efficiency. For more information, contact Catherine Curtis (630.469.3096 X 23) or Jeannine Kannegiesser (784-1231).
Garden Ministry This ministry creates, plants, and maintains the flower beds and other landscaping around the church. Hosting workdays to cleanup the beds and lay new mulch, and coordinating the watering crews are examples of the work that this ministry performs to create a more welcoming landscape to our church grounds. We strive to be good stewards of the portion of God’s creation in our care. Contact Nancy Bell (630-363-3689).
Glen Ellyn Food Pantry Food is collected year long for the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry (which is housed at Grace Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn). First Congregational Church provides two volunteers in the pantry every fourth Friday of the month. September is our church’s designated month to provide food for the pantry and a collection box is available in Pilgrim Hall for donations. Contact Jennifer Darnall (630.469.3712).
Handyperson Ministry We are a group of people who fix, paint, repair and assemble small jobs in classrooms, offices, and other spaces around the church building. You don’t have to be a master carpenter to help out, only a desire to fix some of the little (and sometimes not so little) things that need to be done. If you have a special skill, then we would invite you to share your gift with the church. We are also available to the community in cases where there is a unique situation. If you would like to help, please contact Jeff Kilinski (312.845.8609).
Kitchen Chix Starting out as a couple of culinary cuties who helped out in the kitchen, this ministry has grown into the one and only five-star chef service requested for our church functions. They have cooked up delectable delights for the Prime Timer’s dinners, our 1st Wednesday of the month All-Church dinners, the Confirmand/Sponsor dinner, appetizers for fundraisers, and more. They also serve coffee and treats after Sunday worship and provide crisis response receptions. Contact Mindy Post (630.215.7496), if you would like to join this group of gourmet gals.
One Voice Outreach Choir This choir is an interdenominational group of high school students and is a faith based outreach to bring teenagers together with senior citizens through concerts and fellowship at area nursing homes and retirement centers. Auditions are held in May. Choir rehearsals are every Tuesday from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. in the All-Purpose Room—Sept. through mid May. Contact Vicki Steevensz or Jean Slevin.
Onward House Christmas Gifts Every Christmas, those from our congregation who participate, choose names and buy gifts for the needy children or seniors of Onward House (an outreach facility on the west side of Chicago that provides Head Start programs, preschool, day care, after school tutoring and social clubs, senior programs, a food bank, and clothing depot for those at and just above the poverty level). Participants bring the gifts to the church and volunteers deliver them to Onward House on the third Sunday of December. Contact Marge Kovatch (630.858.7135).
Pads (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) Currently on pause til early January 2021 – read more here. Our church is used as a site for homeless individuals and families to come for two hot meals (dinner and breakfast), shower and a warm place to sleep on Sunday nights year round. Many volunteers are needed to help with this ministry. Contact Elizabeth Thorsell (630.310.6624) or Linda Davenport (630.665.5996) for Sundays October through April; Allie Beyer (630.480.0755), Beth Puzon (630.547.4201), or Jennifer Sellers (630.790.3750) or Mandy Pope (630-474-9345) for Sundays May through September.
Rebuilding Together Team This ministry is open to enthusiastic people who enjoy helping others and working with tools. These handy people gather for one Saturday in April for an all-day building blitz on a pre-selected home in the Chicagoland area. Projects have included: replacing porch stairs and stair railings, painting, replacing kitchen cabinets, counter tops, and bathroom light fixtures. For more information, contact Randy Briasco.
Heifer International November 17, 2019 Every year, our Heifer Market fills our Atrium and Main Lobby with calls of “Pigs!” and “Bees!” by our little ones, who are raising funds for Heifer International, an organization we have supported for years. Their mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Each year, with our help, we “teach a man to fish” and empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity. Attend. Help. Love. See pictures from last year!
Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation started in 2000 when a few friends – priests of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood together with sisters from various Precious Blood communities associated with the Precious Blood Leadership Conference– sat down and shared their stories of ministry, of the suffering they had witnessed and experienced, and of their work for reconciliation. They shared stories of many years of jail ministry, of community renewal, of inner city parish work, of retreat ministry for reconciliation. Out of those shared experiences was born the dream of the Ministry of Reconciliation – what would it look like to have a ministry whose purpose was to work for healing and reconciliation in the midst of the violence and alienation of our world?
Tech Team Looking for a way to help out at FCCGE but don’t have a lot of time? Consider joining our Tech Team. They are those awesome people you see at the sound board in the back of the sanctuary every week recording worship and special services. You don’t have to have sophisticated knowledge of all things techy-it’s easy work and you’ll be trained. The really boss thing is that it requires attendance at only one service per month. Low key, fun and a great way to contribute. Contact Lisa Crank if you’re interested in getting on this boss team.
DuPage United First Congregational of Glen Ellyn is a member of DuPage United. DuPage United is an inclusive, non-profit, non-partisan organization whose members are civil society institutions: churches, mosques, synagogues, non-profit agencies, and associations. This mix of institutions has come together to form public relationships and to act together to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. DuPage United engages in democratic action in the public arena.