It is Our Calling at First Church
Serving Our Community
The vision of First Church of Lombard’s outreach is to be servants in the service of the whole human family. Guided by the model of Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we aspire to listen to and for people’s needs outside the congregation and to help meet basic human needs through our own programs and by supporting the work of partner agencies.
A weekly meal to all in our community – CLICK FOR MORE INFO
The Outreach House
Community ministry was created by First Church – CLICK FOR MORE INFO
First Church’s social justice ministry – CLICK FOR MORE INFO
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It takes many hands to make it happen: food prep, cooks, servers, clean-up, shoppers, and organizers. We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help. Contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org to be put in touch with our volunteer coordinator! We invite all to join us every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 5:30 PM for the Community Table!
The Outreach House
The Outreach House community ministry was created by First Church of Lombard, UCC. Its founding members knew that the best way to help area families in need was to work alongside other community resources.
In 1997, Walk-In Ministry of Lombard/Villa Park was established on the campus of First Church of Lombard, UCC. Together, they began supporting families of young children and built a foundation of what would become The Outreach House.
In 1999, First Thing First was created to supplement the work being done by Walk-In Ministry. Its focus was to provide infant care goods and referrals to partner agencies and local school district programming.
By 2004, The Outreach House was incorporated and recognized by the IRS as a separate, charitable, 501c3 organization opening the door to more support sources. In August 2021, The Outreach House merged with Lombard/Villa Park Food Pantry and First United Methodist Church’s Community Clothes Closet with a goal of improving services to families in need of food, clothing, diapers, infant hygiene and emergency assistance.
Today, The Outreach House with all of its programs has grown to serve over 200 families a month. The increased demand for services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued uncertainty for low-income families has highlighted the need for more storage and working space to enable all three organizations to provide efficient service for the ongoing needs of our community. The Outreach House is looking for a new location, bringing all these services under one roof will provide improved access on one level for local.
The Outreach House will forever be thankful for the vision and support of First Church of Lombard, UCC… the ones who started it all.
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The Amos Project
The 8th century BC Hebrew prophet Amos wrote, “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” The Amos Project is First Church’s social justice ministry. Believing that it is vital to give food to the hungry, provide shelter for the homeless, and care for people who are mentally ill, Amos Project believes that it is just as important to address the social systems and structures that cause hunger, homelessness, and conditions that leave the mentally ill without social services. In other words, charity is important, but so is justice.
The mission of Amos Project states: “Trusting God’s promise of courage in the struggle for justice and peace, we will work together as Christians to build relationships, educate, and take action in our community and beyond.”
Amos Project and First Church work closely with DuPage United, an “organization of organizations,” adding our church’s voice to that of other churches, mosques, and synagogues to make meaningful social change in DuPage County. Activities include meetings with elected officials, educational events, and actions designed to bring “people power” to bear on systems and structures that stand in the way of God’s coming reign of peace and justice on earth. DuPage United’s website is www.dupageunited.org.
Join the Amos Project Facebook group for updates https://www.facebook.com/groups/AmosProjectFCL Questions about Amos Project can be directed to the Senior Minister at (630) 629-2630 x213.
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