…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!

Becca, Saying Good Luck, Not Goodbye.

When Becca Peterson became our Director of Family Ministry back in April of 2014, she and her husband Dustin had a little boy named Abe with another child on the way.  Now, Abe is 12, Margee is 7 and Theo just turned 2 ½.  Life’s journey is filled with many twists, turns and adventures and Becca finds herself at a wonderful crossroad along the way.  But we’ll get back to that in a bit.

Over the years, Becca has embraced her various duties with passion, energy and enthusiasm.  During her time with us, our youth became actively involved with Vacation Bible School, Valentine’s Dinner theater, Trunk or Treat, Christmas caroling, various mission trips, pie baking, Christmas shopping for needy and the Giving Tree, Easter egg hunts, sidewalk chalking and work with World Relief to assist refugee families.

When asked of all these things what gave her the most satisfaction, it was the enjoyment and fun she had watching her program model develop and grow providing opportunities for kids and families in mission.  She takes joy in seeing how robust Sunday school became in attendance supported by parents, teachers and shepherds and to see the involvement and leadership developed by the youth participating in weekly church services.  Becca gets it.  She realizes it’s really much to do about developing relationships and she did so with wonderful results.

Now, life is leading Becca down a slightly different path.  She has accepted a position teaching social studies at Moline High School.  She earned her advanced degree in education and now has the opportunity to further utilize those skills.  Teaching social studies at MHS must be in her DNA.  Becca’s grandfather, Gene Shepley, also taught the same subject there as well.

Becca wants to be perfectly clear that although she is stepping down as our Family Ministries Director, she and her family have every intention of staying on as active church members and she remains available to assist if needed once she gets settled in her new position.   

As a result of these decisions, Becca is also insistent that she does NOT want any party or send-off in any way.  Not even cards.  It is her hope we will honor her wishes.  Becca’s last official day in her current capacity will be July 9, 2021.

After all, the Petersons aren’t going anywhere, and that is a very good thing.

Thank you, Becca.  Job well done.

Sunday
July 4th
Becca’s Release from Ministry Join us for worship on Sunday July 4th when we will formally release her from her ministry during worship on Sunday July 4th.
10 am Worship

Please join us for
Interim Launch Party!

Officially welcome Pr. Becky AND Formally begin our interim work with our 1st Congregational Conversation.

  • July 11th immediately following worship
  • Lunch (free!) provided by CC&B Catering.
  • *we will be talking about the heritage of FCC Moline so bring your church pictures, documents, memorabilia.
  • Please rsvp by July 1 Below:

The Summer of Service continues….Closet2Closet Donation Drive and serving.

***Time Change*** Thursday June 24th, gather at Closet2Closet at 5 pm to serve!

Closet2Closet serves foster and homeless children and teens in our area, providing current-trend, age appropriate clothes other essential items. 

  • We are looking for donations for children and teens of new and in original packaging underwear and socks. Bring your donations to outdoor worship on Sunday June 20th or drop by the office before June 24th. To learn more about Closet2Closet and their mission, click here https://closet2closet.org/
  • Thursday June 24th, gather at Closet2Closet at 5pm and serve at their shop! This is nearly all age appropriate….from early elementary kiddos who like to sort, to older adults who have an eye for organization!

If you would like to contribute, but cannot make the serving or donation drive date, you can give using this link or press the closet2closet donate here button below: https://www.elexiogiving.com/App/Form/564318ee-1e25-43f8-b159-75cf44c13eb3

AFTER serving at Closet2Closet on June 24th, we will gather for ice cream and playtime at Browning Park!

Closet2Closet Donation Drive

Children and teens in the foster care system access clothing and hygiene items at Closet2Cloest for no cost. We are collecting donations for child and teen hygiene and new socks and underwear. If you would like to contribute monetarily, a $20 donation will purchase these items for a child or teen shopping at Closet2Closet.

Updated June 10th, 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

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

  • This week kicks off with Summer of Service tomorrow (June 3rd) at 5:30 pm, cleaning up FCC Neighborhoods!
  • On Saturday June 5th, our church has partnered with other Open and Affirming churches to sponsor a booth at Pride!
  • Saturday June 12th we will celebrate with Red Wagon for Miss Laura’s retirement and 65th Birthday at Riverside Park East Pavilion in Moline from 1-3 pm.
  • Sunday June 13th we will celebrate 2 baptisms during worship!
  • Following worship will be Jennifer’s Going Away Reception.
  • Father’s Day, June 20th, will be our next outdoor worship service at 10 am! FCCLive will not be available for this Sunday.
  • June 24th 4pm will be the second installment of Summer of Service: serving at Closet2Closet!
  • Sunday June 27th we will celebrate Open and Affirming Sunday during worship and take a special offering for Strengthen the Church.
  • At 1 pm join us for an Outdoor Baby Shower for Adam & Amber Moore (our Director of Communications & Marketing).