Pastoral Transition and Interim Pastor Search
A lot has happened in the last decade at First United Church of Oak Park. After a period of many staff transitions, a Pastoral Nominating Team selected Reverend John Edgerton as our candidate for Lead Pastor in 2019. After only four years, John has decided to return as the new Senior Pastor of Old South Church in Boston, a church in which he served as an Associate Pastor before coming to First United. We are most fortunate to have had this time with John. During his tenure our staff and church have stabilized, and we are moving toward significant growth both spiritually and financially. John's last day at First United was August 13. Since that time, Associate Pastors Lydia Mulkey and Alicia Reese together with Lay Leadership continue to ably guide our Congregation as we navigate this interim time on our way to a new, settled lead pastor.
Currently, First United is seeking an Intentional Interim Pastor. Our Interim Team has created our Church profile and posted the open position with both of our denominations (PCUSA and UCC). Click here to access the Interim Search Update page that contains the job posting, some general "nuts and bolts" information about the position, and updates from the search team.
Thanksgiving Break: November 22-24
First United will be closed from Wednesday, November 22 through Friday, November 24 for Thanksgiving. See you in worship on Sunday!
What’s Going On?
Here's what a typical Sunday looks like:
9:15 A.M. — Church School Check-in and the Nursery open
9:45 A.M. — Education Hour with Church School, Quest Confirmation, and Adult Education (select Sundays)
11 A.M. — Worship
12 P.M. — Coffee hour in the lounge
5 P.M. — FUSH (Sr. High) and FUJI (Jr. High) Youth Groups
For more information about a specific Sunday and weekday activities, please see the complete calendar.
Saints: Heroes of the Faith
How fitting, fortuitous, Holy Spiritus, if you will, that this, All Saints Sunday, and its accompanying text from Hebrews, should be the punctuating Scripture and liturgical event to our sermon series on Heroes of the Faith. In a way, we have been in an All-Saints Season since the start of the program year, where we have remembered, acknowledged, and celebrated just some of our ancestral heroes.
— Alicia Reese
Gratitude: A Different Kind of Calm
By Guest Writer Dirk Labuschagne