Resignation of Rev. Michael Swartz, Associate Pastor

It is with both sadness and immense gratitude for Rev. Michael Swartz’ service that the Church Council has accepted his resignation. Please see his letter of resignation below.

Worship Sunday September 12th, 2021

We are an Open and Affirming church, covenanting with all people regardless of
sexual orientation, gender expression or identity. All people are welcome to participate
fully in the life of the church.

Kitchen Crew

Kitchen Crew Members Needed

Might you be interested in helping in the church kitchen for fellowship and some other occasional special events? If so, we are trying to put a team together.

Please enter your information in the form below and Wes Llewellyn will contact you. Once we get some folks who are interested, we will have a brief orientation to better familiarize you with what to expect.

I (Wes) have been involved with fellowship for over 12 years and it can be a lot fun! Sure, there is work involved but breaking bread together with lovingly prepared food can be extremely rewarding.

Thank you for your consideration.

Wes Llewellyn, Head Bottle Washer

Sign up for Kitchen Crew!

Join us for Kick Off Sunday: September 12th, 2021

Sunday School 2021 – 2022

Join us for Sunday School for the 2021/2022 Year!

Sunday School will begin on September 12th, 2021 at 9 am.

Make sure to stay for worship at 10 am followed by our kick-off celebration with a free lunch!

Please fill out the form below for your child(ren) in Pre-K through 6th grade and for confirmation students (7th-8th Grade).

If you have any questions please contact the CE Board.

September Updates

Updated September 3rd, 2021

Dear FCC Friends,
In accordance with the new proclamation from Governor Pritzker, we will be requiring face masks to be worn again while inside the church building beginning Monday, August 30th, 2021. Please continue to social distance and be respectful of each other’s health needs. –

Audra Bailey, Moderator


Updated August 23rd, 2021

June Announcement: Phase 5!

Greetings FCC Friends!

With Governor Pritzker’s announcement of moving Illinois into Phase 5 on June 11th, we will now be able to fully open our building with no capacity limits.  Additionally, masks will only be required for those not vaccinated.  We still encourage social distancing when possible.  This is such wonderful news and something we all have been eagerly awaiting!

Now that things getting “back to normal” and our building is becoming available for various functions, your Church Council is interested in forming an ad hoc committee to look at ways we can better utilize our building.  For example, we could invite organizations to use our large dining room for their meetings or perhaps team up with an outdoor wedding venue to serve as a rain location for weddings….there are a ton of possibilities!  If you know of a church member who could bring knowledge and expertise to this ad hoc committee, please nominate that individual by adding their name to this form.

Thank you all for your patience and support as we have navigated through these challenging 15 months.  Things are looking up and I’m excited for what is to come!

Sincerely,
Audra Bailey
Church Moderator

…Summer of Service: GROWING KINDNESS PROJECT UPDATE

Friends,

I wanted to share some exciting news with all of you. As many of you know, I have a passion for growing flowers. Especially Dahlias. Earlier this year, I was chosen to be an ambassador for the Growing Kindness Project. The GKP is a non-profit with the mission to empower, educate, and encourage individuals to cultivate kindness and connection in their communities by growing and giving flowers.

I would LOVE for church members to get involved! I have already heard from some of you. I have started growing some flowers at the church in the beds at the far west side of the parking lot. They will not be blooming for several more months. So right now watering is the most critical need. Once the flowers are blooming, my goal is to plan some events so people can make cut flower bouquets to give away to people in the community. I grow lots of flowers at the farm in Geneseo as well, so there will be plenty of flowers to share! I am hoping to get both kids and adults involved. 

I will be keeping y’all posted as the season progresses. 

Thanks for all of the support I have received so far. I am excited to share my love of flowers with everyone.

Kim Fuller

Get Involved

Contact Kim Fuller to help with watering flowers in the church garden beds.

Watch for details on upcoming events for creating bouquets & sharing with people in the community.

Please join us for the next Congregational Conversation: Our Interim Work Continues Together. 

On Sunday August 22nd immediately following worship in the Large Dining Room (downstairs). Lunch will be provided (free!). Please RSVP via the form below or on the back of your attendance tear off in the Bridge on Sundays.

Worship on Sunday August 22nd will be an outdoor worship service, weather permitting. FCClive viewers — we are hoping to livestream the outdoor worship service to Facebook Live! Disclaimer **Outdoor Worship livestreamed services will not reflect our regular FCCLive quality and will be streamed on Facebook Live only**

RSVP Deadline August 16th

Back to school Drive for our very own Red Wagon!

It is that time of year to start thinking about “Back to School”!  This year we would like to have a supply drive to benefit our very own Red Wagon.  See the supply list below for items the Red Wagon teachers are requesting.  Please be mindful of the brand and descriptions of items-these teachers know what will work best with the students.  Please drop off items in the drop-off box outside of the office by August 13. 

Questions? Please contact the Outreach & Mission Board.

Red Wagon Supplies List                                                   

  • Googlie/Wiggle/Novelty Eyes for Crafts: 25 mm or 40 mm sizes, please
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue: 8 oz or large bottles, please
  • Washable Markers, Narrow or Wide: Crayola or CraZArt
  • Washable Glue Sticks, Elmer’s Disappearing Purple (This helps the students know where they have already applied the glue.)
  • 24 Ct. Crayons for 32 students: Crayola or CraZArt
  • Washable Watercolors (Paints): Crayola or CraZArt
  • Dot Markers: Washable, Not Tiny or Narrow (These are wonderful for many kinds or arts.) AKA:
    • Do-A-Dot Markers
    • Magicfly Washable Dot Markers
    • Crazy Dots Markers

…Summer of Service next stop, World Relief Food Pantry.

FCC will be sponsoring the food pantry at World Relief of Quad Cities in July. World Relief has a monthly food pantry especially targeted for the needs of refugees and immigrants from other countries, who choose foods that remind them of home. 

Get Involved

To be involved, please contribute to the $850 amount to purchase the food for the July pantry by click on the photo below.

OR you can serve at the pantry July 12th at 9 am, packing and delivering to families on site.

Let Becca know if you would like to serve on this date.

We have lots of special Sundays and events coming up in July!

  • Join us for worship on Sunday July 4th as we release Becca (Director of Family Ministries) from ministry as she prepares to start teaching again this fall!
  • Following worship on Sunday July 4th will be fellowship with a 4th of July, All American themed lunch! Just head downstairs after worship and bring your appetite! (Click below to listen to Wes’ message)
(Click play to listen to Wes’ message)
  • Join us for an outdoor worship service on Sunday July 11th! Followed by the Interim Launch Party welcoming Rev. Becky David. Please RSVP for lunch at fccmoline.org/launchparty
  • Monday July 12th at 9 am join us as we serve at World Relief Food Pantry or donate here.
  • Join us for worship Sunday July 18th with special music from the Campanella Ringer’s Bell Choir!
  • Join us for Bix Sunday on July 25th with special music from the Mossman Group!