At First Congregational Church, we believe that our love of God should translate into service of our neighbors and that we are called to make a difference in the lives of those around us, both locally and around the world. Ultimately, service of others is how we participate in God’s transforming work in the world.
Our inspiration to help others may be drawn from many different places: gratitude for the gifts we have been given, disturbance at injustices we have witnessed, even the simple but powerful desire to be a part of something beyond ourselves. Whatever motivates you, there are many ways to serve others at FCC. Below is a description of many of our ongoing efforts and partnerships – join us!
Through financial support, preparing and serving meals, as well as the rehabilitation of the facilities, FCC has long partnered with the Crisis Center to help make a difference in the lives of women and children who have been victims of domestic violence. For more information on the history and mission of the Crisis Center, visit their Website: crisiscenter.org.
Through ongoing donations of food, clothing, personal care items and much more, FCC has helped support this vital community resource: fish-food-pantry.org.
A mentoring program that partners congregation members with grade school-aged children in our local schools to be a source of affirmation and support amidst what are often very difficult lives. This program has been transformative both for the youth and the mentors alike: kidshopeusa.org.
PADS provides safe shelter, support services and advocacy to homeless individuals in Dundee, Elgin and Hanover Townships, breaking the cycle of homelessness by comprehensively addressing the needs of the local homeless population: padsofelgin.org.
Our ongoing participation in the work of Habitat for Humanity has helped build many homes over the past several years. As Habitat says, their mission is more than building homes: it is building a future for deserving families. Regardless of your experience level, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley offers many opportunities for you to get involved: habitatnfv.org/~habitat.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate and helps equip adults to come alongside, guide and care for children in the court system, particularly those in foster care: casakanecounty.org.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township (known as “BGCDT”) is one of the largest Boys & Girls Clubs organizations in the State of Illinois, serving nearly 2,000 Club members throughout the year with after school programming, summer programs and athletic leagues. For more information, visit www.bgcdt.org.
Through our annual support of the United Church of Christ, our denomination, our congregation is able to reach and make a difference in the lives of people around the world, especially through One Great Hour of Sharing. More information can be found here: ucc.org.
There are many other regular mission opportunities in which we participate, give back and make a difference, including our Carpenter’s CARE Team, our School Supply Drive, Thanksgiving Dinner Donations and our Christmas Mitten Tree Gift Drive. You are welcome to join us for any of these efforts, member or not – we’d love to have you!
Our congregation has participated in many different mission trips over the years, all around the US and even overseas. Over the past two years, we have been building a particular relationship with Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi, working on home repair and more on the Gulf Coast: thebackbaymission.org.
Below, is a video of the worship service in which we celebrated the work that was done and testified to the ways in which we felt God worked through us on this trip. Or, view the picture gallery of participants during the trip.
02-22-15 10am Message & More from FCC of Dundee on Vimeo.
Each year our High School Youth Group takes part in a workcamp mission trip, usually focused on home repair. Past years have taken us to Costa Rica, Pennsylvania, Montana, Vermont and many more places.
In 2015, we headed to Lexington, North Carolina from June 20-27. The ultimate goal of this trip was to enrich the lives of our youth, leaders and wider community through service. These workcamps are designed to take the kids out of their comfort zone to experience life through the eyes of others, while working side by side with their peers coming from a wide range of socio-economic, racial, geographical and faith backgrounds.
To make a donation to help support this year’s trip, please call the church at 847-426‑2161 or visit http://www.gofundme.com/FCCDundeeWorkcamp.