Sponsor a Mission Trip Participant

This year FCC is sending 13 Youth and Adults to Loveland, Colorado on a Week of Hope community service Mission Trip. The cost of this mission, travel, and extras is $385/person and we are asking for your help sending them off in service. You can sponsor a Mission Trip Participant in full OR partial sponsorship. To contribute by check please designate to youth mission trip or donate online by clicking here or the contribute button below.

 

Mission Trips have a long history at FCC. After years of a mission trip hiatus, Youth and Leaders in Summer 2016 participated in a weekend Workcamp  Mission trip, repairing homes for those in need. Despite the eventful road trip and extremely hot working (and sleeping) conditions, a love of mission work was inspired by this trip. Three of those first participants have traveled for mission each subsequent summer and another participant was inspired to organize a “Second Sunday” work crew repairing homes each second Sunday of the month around the Quad Cities. In addition to meaningful work and spiritual growth during the week, there is a lot of relationships and memories made during this experience, which lasts much longer than a week!

Becca Peterson

Director of Family Ministry

Help us expand and keep this tradition going by sponsoring a participant……

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Adult Forum Recap 2017/2018

The Adult Forum concluded the year on Sunday, May 20th.  Adult Forum is one of the regular opportunities for adults during the 9:00 a.m. hour on Sunday mornings; it meets on the lower level and it parallels the schedule of the Sunday School for children. Throughout the year there are a variety of speakers who share. This past year included presentations by some of our own church members sharing their interests and expertise, guests came and shared about interesting things going on in the wider community and church leadership presented about church developments and business as well. (Those organizations with an asterisk * partner with our church through the Outreach and Missions Committee.)  Thank you to all who shared and participated this past season!

We want to hear from you!! Help us start preparing for next season’s Adult Forum. Please fill out the form below or click here to share what you enjoyed from Adult Forum 17/18 Season and ideas and topics you would like to hear more about!

Rummage Sale Fund-Raiser Coming Soon!

Join us this August for our Church Rummage Sale!

Planning Meetings:
Sunday June 24th | Following Worship in the church Parlor
Sunday July 8th | Following Worship in the church Parlor

If you cannot make a meeting, be sure to sign up with the form below or click here.  All funds raised will go to support the ministries and life of the church and to off-set the recent expenditures needed to keep our building in good condition.

Sale Dates:
Thursday August 16th | 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Friday August 17th | 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday August 18th | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Donations needed! It’s time to clean out those cabinets and sheds and save your items! All donations must be gently used and in good condition. NO CLOTHES. Household goods, books, furniture, vehicles, etc.

Donation Drop Off Dates:
Sunday August 12th | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Monday August 13th | 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tuesday August 14th | 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

***Times are subject to change***

More details to follow!
Interested in volunteering? Want more information? Join the rummage sale email group for updates by signing up below.

Thank you to all the members who came to the first State of the Church – moderators report on April 22, 2018. Over twenty people attended to listen, learn, share their ideas and ask questions. In case you missed it, you can view the report here. The next moderators report will be July 22, 2018. Despite our current challenges, their is so much to be excited and thankful for.

Kim Fuller, moderator

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4.22.18 State of the Church

Sponsor a camper: Vacation Bible School 2018


VBS Sponsor A Camper Update

Thank you for your donations!
We had over 75 kids registered for VBS! The generous members of our congregation have sponsored 25 campers ($750 raised)!


Please consider sponsoring a VBS camper at $30/camper.

This summer nearly 100 children and youth will occupy FCC for an entire week of VBS programming! We are asking that you help us prepare for continued success by sponsoring a VBS camper. With a cost of about $30 per camper, meeting the need of so many campers comes with quite a cost. You can contribute in any number of ways…

  • The Sunday offering plate (write VBS in memo line)
  • Elexio Giving
  • Or by using the link below.

FCC has gained a reputation as a fantastic Vacation Bible School for FCC and area children. This is such a unique and fun week for our FCC children, our returning friends, and a wonderful opportunity for growth within our neighborhood and larger community. Did you know we have neighborhood friends who read the banners in front of our church and attend our children’s activities? Did you know we have Facebook event followers in the community? People that appreciate and value our events and want to make sure their children attend. Currently our outreach is limited, as there is always a danger in too much outreach, if we aren’t prepared for the numbers that will come. Please consider helping us to prepare for the amazing success we’ve already experienced!

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It will be soon be spring… Time to start gardening!

Last year, we built raised beds in our 7th Avenue parking lot and filled them with garden soil. This year we are ready to fill them with seeds and young plants…AND we are also partnering with World Relief to distribute fresh produce! Kim Dyer plans to plant a variety of vegetables, focusing on those requested by World Relief. Trellises are also in the works to make more efficient use of the space and for easy picking.

Where do all our gardeners come into the mix?

We need volunteers willing to do some light gardening. Tasks may include: watering, occasional weeding, picking, etc. and will vary each week depending on the needs of the garden. We are asking individuals, families and friends to sign up to cover a week of “garden duty” during growing season (May 15 – September 15).

Interested in joining the gardening team? Fill out the form below or contact Carol Freeman 309-235-1626 or carol.freeman@fccmoline.org

Please consider helping to feed our neighbors!

Coming to the Tulip Luncheon and Silent Auction . . .

THE BEATLES!

 

 

Christine Kastell, Curator of History and Anthropology at the Putnam Museum in Davenport, will take us through the lives and the music of John, Ringo, George and Paul. We will relive younger days when their music was so influential. There will also be a Silent Auction. Mark your calendars now and make your reservation.

  • Date: Saturday, April 28th, 2018
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Where: Dining Rooms of church
  • Cost: $10 per person
  • Reservations by: April 22nd.

Silent Auction at Tulip Luncheon

Get a jump start on your Spring cleaning!  Now is the time to go through closets, basements and attics. Won’t you help by donating? The Women’s Connection is sponsoring a Silent Auction to coincide with the Tulip Luncheon on Saturday, April 28th.  The  first 200 donations of good condition, gently used, no longer needed or used items will be accepted between April 1st and April 22nd. These items may be dropped off at the Church Office. The monies raised from the Auction will go to support the Women’s Connection’s programming for the coming year.

Reserve your spot!

Make reservations by calling the church office, 309-762-0787, or by signing up in the Son Cafe or register online below.  Guests are welcome.

 

Youth Spring Lawn Clean

Auction – April 15th during fellowship

Spring Lawn Clean Day – April 21st 

 

It’s that time of year again…time to clean out your landscaping beds and get your lawns in tip top order! Why do the work alone, when you can hire a Youth Group Spring Lawn clean team. Each Youth Group Team is made up of 3-4 Youth and 2-3 Adults, all working hard to get your outdoor areas cleaned up and beautiful. Bidding on each team will take place Sunday April 15th during the Fellowship hour. Online bidding has closed. Teams will work in lawns of the highest bidder on Saturday April 21st.  All proceeds from this Youth event will go towards two mission projects our youth feel passionate about: Heifer International and blanket supplies for the local humane shelters.

Maundy Thursday | Thursday, March 29th | 6:00pm

Remembering the New Commandment, “Love one another as I have loved you,” we celebrate Holy Communion remembering the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples. In this somber service, we strip the altar and depart in silence. 

Good Friday | Friday, March 30th | 6:00pmMarble Flow Good Friday Black-Title

What does the means to us, those we love, and those in our world who are suffering? What does the cross say about our God? How do we find salvation in the cross?

Easter Sunday | Sunday, April 1st | 10:00am

With Easter Lilies adorning the sanctuary, with soaring music and the declarative sound of brass, we celebrate the power of life, love and hope over the forces of death, fear, and despair.  Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed!

Following Worship Downstairs: Easter Egg Hunt, Mimosas and Chocolate Covered Strawberries 🙂

 

 

Open and Affirming Covenant

Open and Affirming Covenant

We, the members of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Moline, in seeking to share God’s love and to establish greater justice, do affirm

  • that all people are created in the image of a loving God,
  • that Jesus Christ calls us to invite all people into our community of faith, and
  • that the Holy Spirit leads us to be united through our differences.

We, therefore, commit ourselves to an Open and Affirming Covenant with all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression or identity.  All people are welcome to participate fully in the life of the church, including the rites, sacraments, and leadership of the congregation.

First Congregational United Church of Christ

Ratified: March, 18, 2018