Last Sunday’s tornado left a path of destruction a half mile wide and more than 46 miles long with winds of the same intensity as the typhoon that struck the Philippines the week before. Our prayers are with the victims and survivors as they struggle to rebuild their lives.
FCC’s Outreach Ministry is working with UCC Illinois Conference Disaster Ministry and Church World Services to coordinate our response to this disaster. We have contacted churches affiliated with Global Ministries in the Peoria area to explore how we can help. People in our congregation have families and friends who were directly affected by these tornadoes.
Our first response will be to send monetary donations to help the victims deal with immediate emergency needs of food, water and shelter. Longer term, we are exploring the creation of an Illinois Tornado Recovery taskforce to help rebuild the affected communities. This is likely to take several years. Donations can be made by check to First Congregational Church with Illinois Tornadoes in the memo line, on the FCC Website, or envelopes in the pews, writing Illinois Tornadoes on the envelope.
Typhoon Haiyan has created an international disaster in the Philippines on a scale
not seen since the earthquake in Haiti.
The people of the Philippines desperately need our help !
Please give generously through UCC One Great Hour of Sharing.
We've made some quick fixes to the website, with the most recent being rolled out today in a big bunch. The list of changes includes:
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The Alleluia Sound and Good Vibrations High School choirs are selling Christmas Greens and poinsettias to raise funds for the Spring Choir Tour. The wreaths, poinsettias, door swags, garlands and holiday planters are of premium quality from Countryside Nursery. The sale continues through November 10th with pick-up here at the church on Sunday, December 1st, just in time for the Christmas season. Please help support our FCC high school choirs by stopping by our table in Fellowship Hall after services beginning Oct. 20th!