First Congregational United Church of Christ organizes its community outreach ministry through the Missions Board. The board makes decisions about how the church's mission dollars are spent, promotes special offerings for wider church ministries and offers members of the congregation opportunities to invest themselves in service to Jesus Christ. With our time, talent and treasure, our members support the ministries of DuPage County Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS), CROP Walk, St. John's United Church of Christ, Teen Parent Connection, Elmhurst Walk-In Assistance Network (EWAN), Grace Café, UCC Outdoor Ministries, One Great Hour of Sharing, Neighbors in Need, and the UCC Christmas Fund. Our "Souper Bowl Sunday" collects canned goods for area food pantries and the Magi Star program provides Christmas gifts to children from less fortunate families in the Chicago Metropolitan area. Our Mission Rides program is an innovative way for us to minister to one another by providing transportation for our members to various places such as the airport, the pharmacy or the grocery store, while at the same time generating additional funds for our mission projects.
Here is more information about some of our outreach efforts:
Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS)
This program designs, implements and manages programs and services for men, women and children who are homeless in DuPage County. The development of the services provided over the years has worked to:
- Advocate against barriers that cause homelessness.
- Encourage responsibility and offer opportunities for self-sufficiency.
- Share knowledge with the community.
- Vital to this commitment is our collaboration with religious and community groups in DuPage County.
Our participation with this program is to run an Elmhurst shelter one night a month for 35-45 guests by serving a hot evening dinner and morning breakfast and providing a warm, safe place to spend the night. About 25-30 volunteers come together each month to help set up beds and dining facilities, cook and serve the meals, monitor the guests throughout the night and clean up the site in the morning.
Global Ministries is the common witness of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) responsible for ministering to God's people in need with and through over 270 partner churches and organizations in about 70 countries around the world. Never before have two denominations partnered together to more efficiently do global mission through a common structure.
Global Ministries Mission Statement: We commit ourselves to a shared life in Christ and to an ecumenical global sharing of resources and prophetic vision of a just and peaceful world order, joining with God's concern for the poor and oppressed. This commitment will be reflected in common decision-making for mission program which will visibly witness to the oneness of mission in and through the Church of Jesus Christ.
Our Mission Ride Program provides an opportunity for members of our church to arrange a car ride to just about any local destination, while supporting our mission projects at the same time. Whether you need a ride to the airport, the doctor or your hairdresser, day or night, we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
What are the benefits of this arrangement?
- You get to your destination comfortably and on time.
- You get to know a member of our church (the driver) a little better.
- The money that you would have spent on a taxi service now goes into supporting our church’s mission programs.
Call or email Linda Donahue with your request: Phone: 630-564-5808 or Email: email@example.com
Several years ago, a group of community churches launched a Lenten program called Food, Faith and Fasting. From this was born the Grace Café, churches working together to provide free meals for those in need. This program began because there was a need – people going hungry right here in our community. It is run September – June every other Monday evening here in Elmhurst. There are 25 churches that participate, each hosting one or more of the evenings throughout year.
Grace Café is a night on which we open our doors to the Elmhurst community and serve a delicious, hot meal to anyone who wants to come in. While there are food pantries to turn to, this is meant to be a special night-out where people can find not just food, but a home-cooked meal and camaraderie with people who care. We serve 50-60 guests and our volunteers help to set up, clean up, serve, provide meal items and/or come and join in to simply make our guests feel welcome. This is a wonderful opportunity to help serve those in need in our community and we find it very rewarding.
The date for First Congregational United Church of Christ to host Grace Cafe is March 19, 2018.