First United Church is closed for worship and other events except the Beyond Hunger food pantry, First United Nursery School, and some staff use.
Prayer requests: Send a prayer request to [email protected].
Need assistance or a mask? Church members are available to run errands for those unable to leave their homes and to sew and deliver masks for those who need one. Contact Alicia Reese if you need help or are willing to volunteer.
Ongoing — Adult Ed: Introduction to Systemic Racism, via Zoom
Jan. 24 — Fourth Sunday offering
You might not know it, but Pharaoh is still alive. Pharaoh is still rigging the game against working people. Pharaoh is still hoarding resources so that a few might live in obscene opulence while many must go without the basics. Pharaoh is still creating and maintaining intolerable conditions for ordinary people, then calling them lazy when pain goads them into action.
— John Edgerton
During this time of social distancing, First United is offering online fellowship and events through YouTube, Facebook, and Zoom. Here's how to join in the life of the church:
Sundays — Deacon-led prayer availability via Zoom, 10 minutes after worship at this link
Second and fourth Mondays — Prayer Shawl Ministry via Zoom, 10 a.m. at this link
Tuesdays — Spirit Circles via Zoom, 7-8:30 p.m.
Wednesdays — Fostering Connection and Support drop-in via Zoom, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at this link
Feb. 12 — Dinner and a Movie via Zoom, The Rider, 6 p.m.
John 3: 16
We tend to make things about us, but what if the answers to such questions, like why did Jesus come, and did he need to, have nothing to do with us? It's not about our nature, our origins, or how good or bad we are. It's about the nature of God, the goodness of God and how loving God is.
— Alicia Reese
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Pandemic Protocols: An Update
The State of Illinois has announced a new set of mitigation efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. In response, Church Council has tightened our building use again. Access to the building is only by appointment and only for essential church business under the Essential Business Protocols. For more information on the Essential Business Protocols and other opening information, please visit the Governance Page. For a pastoral letter from Lead Pastor John Edgerton, please click the link below.
First United welcomes the Makuebo family
First United Church of Oak Park has joined St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in sponsoring the Makuebos, an asylum-seeking immigrant family, to our community. The family (Lelo, Gabriela, Naftali, Olivia, and Quezia) is living in Oak Park. The children are enrolled in school, and the parents are enrolled in an interactive English as a Second Language class online. Church members and friends greeted the family with a drive-by "Welcome to Oak Park Parade" in front of St. Christopher's. Teri Omert, on behalf of the First United Quilters, also presented them with a quilt.
First United will host a series of "getting to know you" sessions with the Makuebos on Zoom. (Don't worry; sessions will be facilitated by an interpreter.) Interested participants can sign up at the link below.