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
First Church’s social justice ministry – CLICK FOR MORE INFO
The Outreach House
Community ministry was created by First Church – CLICK FOR MORE INFO
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At First Church, we have made it part of our mission to become compassionate, effective ministers, striving to be supportive of and caring for those in need. One of our outreach ministries is the Community Table. The program offers a meal to anyone in the community, targeting those in need of sustenance and company. The free Wednesday evening meal is shared in a safe environment, prepared by caring people, served in an atmosphere of love and friendship.
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 email@example.com 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! Menu will be posted on the doors of First Church the week of serving and the Community Table voicemail- extension 7.
We close our kitchen for summer break on May 24th 2023. We will resume serving meals on September 13th 2023.
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.
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. While no longer officially a ministry of First Church, we remain connected through history, volunteers, and donations.
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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