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First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn Celebrates 150th

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Founded during the Civil War, the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn (FCCGE) will celebrate its 150th anniversary this weekend. Festivities include a 150th birthday party at the church Friday evening, April 27, with delicious food prepared by one of the church’s ministry teams, cocktails, a DJ and dancing. The story of FCCGE has been put into book form, a sample of which will be available for viewing at the party. During worship services Sunday morning, April 29 at 9:00 and 10:30am, the last of five specially commissioned pieces of music created to celebrate the anniversary will premiere, complete with a 20-piece orchestra. Joining in the celebration events will be former clergy members and seminary interns.

Rooted in tradition, FCCGE enjoys a rich and storied 150-year history peppered with tales of its members’ tenacity in overcoming obstacles in order to maintain their church. Today, FCCGE is a vital, thriving faith community of 1,300+ members deeply committed to service to one another, to the world outside the walls of their neo-Gothic building and to God.

Affiliated with the United Church of Christ (UCC), FCCGE in 2009 adopted the UCC’s resolution to become an Open and Affirming church, a designation that is an important part of who they are:

"At First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, we rejoice in our community of faith, strengthened by diversity, including diversity of culture, economic status, age, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, and physical or mental abilities. We affirm that God is glorified when we welcome all people to our spiritual community, as Jesus did. Wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here."

First Congregational embraces the tenets of being grounded in tradition, centered in worship, called to serve and free to dream. Located at 535 Forest Avenue, FCCGE is led by the Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel, senior pastor, and the Rev. Seth Ethan Carey, executive associate pastor. To learn more, visit the church’s website at www.firstconge.org.

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