Parking Lot – Christmas Eve

Dear Neighbor,

Christmas is next week, and we have a full week of special services to celebrate the birth of Christ. While we are glad to share our parking lot with you, we ask your cooperation to help make room for the many people who celebrate Christmas with us at First Congregational UCC.

While we know parking in the neighborhood is a challenge, we ask that your car be moved from our lot no later than 10:00 am on Monday December 24th. Cars remaining in our lot after noon will be towed at the owner’s expense. Please share this information with visiting friends and family.

If this request is a hardship or an exception is needed, please contact our office.
It would be a gift to us to have you join us for worship to celebrate Christmas this year. We have included a list of our worship services along with my business card. Should you join us, please introduce yourself–it is good for us to know our neighbors.

In Christ,
Rev. Craig Jan-McMahon

This year there will be two Christmas Eve services at First Congregational UCC!

Our sanctuary is adorned with lights, our members are shopping and contributing to support our Christmas Giving Tree ministry, costumes for our little angels and shepherds and sheep are being prepared, and our Chancel Choir and Campanella Bell Choir are rehearsing to inspire us with music as we celebrate the birth of Christ.  

Christmas is coming! We hope you will join us to celebrate the coming of light into the world.

5:00 pm: Living Nativity Family Service

Our children will lead us in a dramatic telling of the Nativity Story.  We have plenty of costumes, and no rehearsal is required. All children, including family and friends visiting for Christmas, are welcome to participate.  Costuming begins at 4:30 pm in Fellowship Hall.

10:00 pm: Music and Light Service

Our 10:00pm service of Music and Lights begins with a Christmas Carol sing-along.  Music during worship features a chamber orchestra, Campanella Ringers bell choir, and the singers of Chancel Choir, offering special music and a Christmas Cantata. In sacred beauty, we sing Silent Night by candlelight, and conclude with voices raised together, singing Joy to the World!

We are thankful to God for the gift of Christ and joy of sharing the beauty and worship of our Congregation with family, friends, and guests.  We invite you to remember our congregation at Christmas, offering a special gift to support our worship and ministries. Special Christmas Offering will be taken on Sunday December 16th.

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You can also mail in a check with Christmas Gift in the memo line to:

First Congregational United Church of Christ
2201 7th Ave.
Moline, IL 61254 

By Sara Wynn

The second year of Thanksgiving Essential baskets was a huge success! Thanks to the generosity of our congregation, we gave 122 baskets to eight local agency partners to distribute to the populations they serve.  These baskets contained a variety of non-food items such as laundry detergent, dish soap, shampoo, body wash, and other personal hygiene items.

On November 18th, with the guidance of adult volunteers, the youth of the church worked diligently during their Sunday school hour to fill the baskets with a mixture of items tailored to the needs of the local agencies. Families then delivered the baskets over the next two days before the Thanksgiving holiday.  Our young people and their families were warmly welcomed and thanked for their generosity and received an education about each agency partner and the population they serve in the process.

“These gifts are even more valuable at this time of year, and because of your contribution, we will be able to better serve the least, the last, and the lost in the Quad Cities.” Christian Care

“Donations like yours directly benefit children and families who are part of the agency’s caseload, as well as others throughout the Quad Cities…Thank you, friends at First Congregational! Your kindness is greatly appreciated.” Bethany for Children & Families.

“Thank you so much for our Thanksgiving Essentials Basket! I will use everything including the basket itself. How kind of you to do something so thoughtful for all of us ladies at Winnie’s Place. Happy Thanksgiving.” Recipient from Winnie’s Place.

Click on the images for a bigger version. Thank you to all of the families and young people who helped deliver baskets!

Essential Thank you notes

Christmas Poinsettias 2018

Red and white poinsettias will adorn our sanctuary during the month of December. If you would like to give a flower in memory of a loved one, please fill out a slip (found in the back of your pew or in the office) and place in an offering envelope with your donation. Or fill out the form below. A $15 donation is requested. The church will order the poinsettias.

Deadline to order poinsettias is extended through December 16th.

Each year during December, in preparation for Christmas, the Giving Tree arrives in our library so together we can share the light of Christ with our neighbors. Members from our Outreach and Mission Board will help with the organization. The Congregation is asked to select a name tag from the Giving Tree, purchase items on the tag, and return the wrapped gift to our tree. What a great way to spread the Holiday spirit!

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Shop for Gifts
Names available on tree through December 6th
Due December 12th

Special Giving Tree Offering
Sunday December 2nd

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Who are we serving?
 Jefferson & Logan Schools
 The ARC of the QC
 Active Day Center

Church Survey

We sincerely hope our members and friends will participate in our Church Survey by October 31st. Our Pictorial Directory will be printed and available in November.

Paper copies of the Church Survey are available in the Library (outside office) and in Fellowship Hall, along with locked boxes for surveys to be submitted confidentially.  

How to submit your individual picture:

– Email one to office@fccmoline.org
– Send one to the church’s Facebook Messenger
– Stop in the church office (during office hours M-Th 9am-3pm)
– Take your picture during Fellowship today (in Son Cafe) Last day is Sunday October 28th

 

Trivia Nights are Tons of Fun!

November 16th | 7 pm

Trivia Night

Want to test your wits, arcane knowledge, and spend time with friends and family? All for a good cause?  Gather 7 other people, of differing ages and experiences, and sign up! You’ll play 10 rounds of 10 questions, 10 topics total. You earn 10 points for each correct answer, with a “Mulligan” available for each round, that enables you to “Skip” one question per round. You also get a “round doubler” to maximize your points on that round where your team is hitting on all cylinders.

Doors open at 6:15 pm, the game starts promptly at 7 pm, and we’ll have you on your way home around 10 pm. WVIK radio host Dave Garner will MC the event. Feel free to bring your own snacks. We’ll have water, soda, beer and wine available for purchase.

All purchases and admission fees will support First Congregational Church’s “Thanksgiving Essentials Baskets.” These baskets of laundry detergent, toothpaste, wash cloths, and other essentials not covered by food assistance programs help local families in need have a happy, healthy holiday season. All are welcome at FCC. Please join us!SignUp
Cost is $100 for a table of 8 or $12.50 for an individual. Each table registration includes 1 mulligan/round and 1 round doubler. Grand prize will be $200. Runner up will receive $100 visa gift card. To sign up click the button below or call the church office 309-762-0787. Or sign up at the door.

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Interested in volunteering for Trivia Night?
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Thanksgiving Essential Baskets | Sunday November 18th | 9 am

Who’s getting in the holiday spirit? Fall is in full swing with cool crisp nights, pumpkin spice lattes, bonfires, trunk or treating, stores are filled with candy and thanksgiving and Christmas decorations. Pre-holiday season at First Congregational UCC is filled with outreach events like the Mobile Food Pantry, coat drive, trunk or treat and gearing up for Thanksgiving Essential Baskets. 

Years past First Congregational Church prepared food baskets for distribution at Thanksgiving for many years.  We began something different in November 2017. “The concern for our neighbors remains the same,” says Mary Cox, chairperson of the Outreach and Missions Committee of the church.  “The way we are showing it is different; by doing Essentials Baskets.”

IMG_1292The Essentials Baskets will be made up of household items like detergent and paper products and personal hygiene items.  The advantage of the essential supplies it that they are not perishable and they are harder to come by for those needing assistance.

 “SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) funds will not cover dish soap or disposable diapers,” says Mary Cox. Church folks have noticed that there are many groups supplying food at the holidays, and that not every family can use a whole turkey or a gallon of milk.

The Essentials Baskets will be assembled on Sunday, November 18, at 9:00 am in the church basement by teams of children, youth and adults.  Then in the next day or two the supplies will be delivered by church families to mission partner agencies. “We want to help the children and youth see the connection of the work we are doing and our mission partners,” says Becca Peterson, Director of Family Ministry for the church.

 

The partners who will be distributing the Baskets and supplies to their constituents include:  Christian Care or Rock Island; Bethany Children & Families, Moline; Healthy Families (Child Abuse Council), Moline; Family Resources, Davenport; Help at Home, Moline; Salvation Army, Moline; Winnie’s Place, Bettendorf; Robert Young Community Support Program, Rock Island County, and St Joseph the Worker House, Rock Island.

“We expect to distribute over 115 baskets, an increase from last year,” said project coordinator, Sara Wynn.  “We appreciate the generosity of the congregation as the increase in baskets means an increase of expense.”

We thank you for your generosity in contributing towards these baskets. Essentials baskets cost $60 per basket. Please join us in providing essential hygienic needs to those who have to choose between buying food or laundry soap. Contribute by check designated to Essentials Baskets online by clicking below.

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November 16th | 7 pm

Join us for an evening of Trivia!

Times: Doors open at 6:15 pm. Trivia starts at 7 pm with MC Dave Garner (WVIK.)

Cost: Each table registration includes 1 mulligan/round and 1 round doubler.
Grand prize will be $200. Runner up will receive $100 visa gift card.

  • $100 for a table of 8
  • $12.50 for an individual

More Details Coming Soon!

To sign up fill out the form below or call the church office 309-762-0787.
Or you can also register at the door. 

Pay Online Here(smaller)

Funds raised from Trivia Night will support the church’s Thanksgiving Essentials Baskets. Providing essentials like personal hygiene, cleaning and other household products to be distributed to those in most need through social service agencies  throughout the holidays.


Interested in volunteering for Trivia Night?
We are planning for a fun night! Click below to sign up to volunteer!

Volunteer-Here