Summer naturally invites us to kick back a little, adjust for the heat a lot, and relax. Summer worship can too!
There are so many reasons to do worship a little differently in the summer:
attendance is always down and the huge sanctuary can feel empty, even on Sundays
we can worship in a more relaxed setting that allows for more fellowship
we can dialogue together about the scripture and what it means for our interim time
you don’t have to get dressed up! (unless you want to, of course)
we can focus more on building community together
you can bring your coffee – or juice, or soda…
we’ll have special ways for children and youth to participate
we can celebrate Communion every Sunday
Beginning July 3, we will gather for worship in the Fellowship Hall at our regular time (yes we will still livestream!). We will worship around the Word, around tables, and have the opportunity to discuss together how the scriptures are speaking to us. Our goal is to relax – into the Word, into each other, into fellowship with God. Join us!
Outreach & Mission Board and the Faith Formation Boards are happy to invite you to participate in a service activity once a month, then meet for playtime and ice cream at a park after. The park and ice cream locations will emerge closer to each date listed!
Church United Meal Site, Zion Lutheran Church, Davenport
June 23rd, Thursday evening- Youth and families can prepare food to serve, package and serve food…or both! Zion Meal Site runs as a drive through service at this time, so the more hands the better! If interested in this service, email Becca at email@example.com
World Relief Food Pantry, Moline
July 8th, Friday 9am- Youth and families are invited to load up the church bus, pick up a food donation at River Bend Food Bank, then head to World Relief in Moline to stock their food pantry.
July 11th, Monday 9am- Youth and families are invited to serve at the World Relief Food Bank and help families shop for food.
August 4th, Thursday 4:00-5:30pm- Youth and families are invited to serve at Closet2Closet, with plenty of tasks for all ages to contribute! And naturally, we cannot arrive empty handed, so donations of children’s socks, underwear, and hygiene items are requested. We have developed a fond friendship over the years with this mission, and cannot wait to visit them once again. If interested, email Becca at firstname.lastname@example.org
Designing Our Future Together: What’s a church profile anyway?
The Design Team is churning away. Dedicated folks are working tirelessly to look creatively at the real barriers FCC is facing as it looks toward the future. They are answering questions like, “how do we deal with our financial situation? How might we leverage our building for future success? How do we stay focused and rowing in the same direction?”
These are great questions. But there is much more to do. But, we can walk and chew gum at the same time! Let’s begin talking about the church profile that a team will eventually need to prepare in order to call your next pastor.
Join Pastor Becky for a review of the church profile and what questions FCC needs to be able to answer before the profile can be drafted.
Sunday June 12 after worship in the fellowship hall
Thursday June 16th at 6pm by Zoom. See details below.
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All Congregation Cookout and Design Team Update | Wednesday- June 8th- 6pm
Hello FCC Friends! The Design Team has been hard at work researching, brainstorming, and collaborating to find creative and faith centered ideas to revitalize and rejuvenate our congregation as we move forward.
Please plan to attend an All Congregation Dinner and stay for the Design Team Update, with highlights to include: 2-3 areas of focus moving forward, potential resource sharing with another area church, profit opportunities within our current spaces.
This event is planned to be outside- Bring your lawn chair and a beverage, the Design Team will take care of the rest!
A special offering will be taken during worship on Sunday June 5th, 2022
You can also give online by clicking the green “Give Online” button.
You can also mail in your donation to: First Congregational UCC 2201 7th Avenue Moline, IL 61265
Special One Strengthen the Church offering envelopes will be available on Sunday June 5th, 2022.
What is Strengthen the Church Offering?
The Strengthen the Church (STC) Offering reflects the shared commitment of people across the United Church of Christ to cooperatively build up the UCC. Conferences and the national setting equally share the gifts given by members and friends through their local congregations. The funds raised support leadership development, new churches, youth ministry, and innovation in existing congregations. By your generosity to this offering, you build up the Body of Christ.
In addition to Our Church’s Wider Mission (Basic Support), the United Church of Christ has 4 Special Mission Offerings (SMOs). These offerings exist to allow congregations and individuals to meet people at points of critical need in their lives. Though many options exist for direct, individual support of these needs, the SMOs allow a common witness and make a collective positive impact. Our church has identified four areas where these critical human needs exist:
One Great Hour of Sharing—in places lacking health and educational resources and/or where disaster has struck;
Neighbors in Need—within systems of injustice which oppress daily life and opportunity;
Strengthen the Church—in the nurture of youth and congregations just beginning their lives of faith;
The Christmas Fund—in the lives of church leaders without sufficient resources to live with dignity;
We believe these SMOs collectively serve to lift people closer to the abundance and wholeness to which Jesus Christ has called us to work together to bring about. Join the other 1,000 churches that have made the decision to become 5 for 5 congregations, supporting OCWM and all four of the Special Mission Offerings.
FCC Moline Open and Affirming Committee is proud to announce our sponsorship of Pride Party, Pride Parade & 5K at Bass Street Landing June 12th and 18th.
As a Partner In Pride sponsor, we are collaborating with Edwards and Hope UCC Open and Affirming Congregations to support our LGBTQ community as it celebrates Pride. As a Partner in Pride sponsor our local ONA churches will have a physical presence at the Pride Parade & Pride Party, sharing a booth to make our extravagant welcome known to our community. If you are interested in participating in the Pride Parade or at the vendor booth at the Pride Party, contact the office 309-762-0787.
Pride 5K: Walk, Run, & Roll | Sunday June 12th, 8 am
The Project is proud to present Pride 5K: Run, Walk, & Roll on June 12, 2022 at Bass Street Landing in downtown Moline.
After Party – 9 am – 12 pm – Live Music by Past Curfew: the 80s Experience
PACKET PICK-UP: Friday, June 10 from 4-7 p.m. at 1701 River Drive, Suite 110, Moline, 61265
Pride Parade | Saturday June 18th, 4 pm
The Pride Parade begins on Saturday June 18th at 4 pm and will lead directly into the Pride Party.
QC Pride is excited to announce that our Annual QC UNITY Pride Parade will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 4:00 P.M. Parade will start at the TaxSlayer and will head east on River Drive, turning right (south) on 17th Street, turning right (west) on 5th Avenue, then turning right (north) on 12th Street.
Pride Party | Saturday June 18th, 5 pm – 10:30 pm
Immediately following the parade is the Pride Party at Bass Street Landing from 5-10:30 pm. Presented by The Project, there will be vendors and performances. 5-6 p.m. – Youth Drag Show sponsored by Clock, Inc.; 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Live Music by Been There Done That; 9-11 p.m. – Drag Performances.
We will be hosting a vendor booth. Contact the office to sign up!
ONA Sunday | Sunday June 26th
On Sunday June 26th we will be celebrating ONA (Open and Affirming) Sunday.
You can order Red Wagon Preschool wear below. Deadline to order is July 5th, 2022.
BLING BLING!!! Get your Red Wagon Merch!
Red Wagon is building up their fund for Red Rubberized mulch. This year their goal is $2000 to put towards a very expensive project. Order your merch and show it off on Sunday, August 21st, 2022 for Blessing of the Backpacks and Red Wagon Celebration.
All apparel is red with a black logo printed on the front.
Did you know that ImpactLife (the former IHMV Blood Center) is the sole provider of 100% of all blood products at Unity Point Trinity and the Genesis Health Systems in the Quad Cities as well has hospitals in Henry County? It also provides blood to both Iowa City and Peoria.
On Friday, May 20 from 1 – 5:30 pm, a mobile blood donor bus will be located in the FCC parking lot. Last year’s FCC blood drive had 20 donors which we hope to surpass this year.
You can register below, click the link & then follow the directions to schedule your appointment. Or you can register by contacting Susi Llewellyn at susanL1232@hotmail.com and she will give you a call to get your registered.
A few requirements:
Masks and appointment required
Feel healthy the day of appointment
Eat before donating and bring a photo ID
Youth 17 or over are eligible with parental consent