Faith Community United Church of Christ of Bensenville, Illinois

192 South Center Street, Bensenville, IL 60106

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Sunday, May 1, 2022
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  Faith Community United Church of Christ Bensenville

192 S. Center Street, Bensenville, Illinois 60106
(630) 766-1141

Email: faithcommunityucc@sbcglobal.net

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 2:00pm

Friday 8:00am -12:00 noon

Sunday Worship Service 10:00am

Faith Community In Action

 
Christmas Pageant
 

Vacation Bible School 

 
 
 
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We Are OPEN! We Are Safe! WE MISS YOU!
Faith Community’s doors are open for in-person “LIVE” worship.  We know that some of you have enjoyed watching us on Facebook live and Zoom.  Would you consider joining us on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in the church?
Matthew 18:20.  “For when two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”

 GOD IS GOOD – ALL THE TIME!

LIVE WORSHIP IS ALIVE AND WELL!

COME AND BE INSPIRED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT!

MASKS ARE OPTIONAL! ********************************************************************
The members of Faith Community UCC greet you, and thank you for visiting our Faith Community United Church of Christ website.  FCUCC is a congregation of caring and loving people who together are committed to be the embodiment of Christ’s loving and compassionate ministry in the Bensenville community and beyond.  This is a church where all are welcomed to share with us in experiencing (or discovering for the first time) what it is to be a faithful follower of Jesus the Christ.  While we know that we are not perfect, we do try to be loving and welcoming to everyone who joins us in striving to find a better relationship with Jesus, each other and our world.
Whether you are just visiting the Bensenville area or are exploring our village churches in search of a new faith community to call your home, we hope that you will consider Faith Community United Church of Christ.  You are always invited to drop in and experience our worship celebration with us on Sunday morning, and to learn more about what FCUCC has to offer you.  

May 2022 Lectionary & Worship Schedule

***10:00 am In Person Worship and Virtual Worship on Zoom and FB Live***
 

1st ~ Third Sunday of Easter

Sacrament of Holy Communion

John 21:1-14

 

8th ~ Fourth Sunday of Easter ~ Mother’s Day

Rev. Terrance Gallagher preaching

Blanket+ Sunday Special Mission Offering will be received

Acts 9:36-43 and John 10:22-30

 

15th ~ Fifth Sunday of Easter

Food Pantry Sunday

John 13:31-35

 

22nd ~ Sixth Sunday of Easter

 John 14:23-29

 

29th ~ Seventh Sunday of Easter

John 17:20-26

 
****Special message about in person worship ***
1.) On Sunday morning masks will be optional. Please be respectful of other’s choices.
2.) Communion will be served and held in front of each person rather than passing. Communion ‘packets’ will also be available in the Narthex, if preferred.
3.) As you enter, the offering plate will be on a stand by the sanctuary door – please leave your offering in the plate.
4.) Live singing is back! Join us in ‘lifting our joyful voices in song!’
5.) Please continue to use good health practices while you are in church.
 

E-Giving at Faith Community

We have an exciting new way of giving at Faith Community. You can now set up your offerings to be made directly to the church from your checking or savings account, eliminating the need to write a check. Offerings can be made at any time and to whatever ministry of the church that you choose (i.e., General Fund, Building Fund, Christmas, Easter, church missions). You can set up your offerings weekly, monthly, or at any interval you choose. You can set up an account today by clicking here.
Our partner in e-giving is Vanco Services. Vanco is the financial technology company that has been chosen by the United Church of Christ. It provides secure electronic giving to more than 10,000 churches. Your information provided to Vanco Services is safe and is kept strictly confidential.
Vanco is integrated with our church software, and your offerings are automatically recorded in your giving record. It eliminates the need for our church office to manually record your offerings.
If you have any questions, please call the church office at 630-766-1141

 

Greetings From Pastor Philip Price, Interim Minister

I am so excited to have been selected to be your transitional minister! 

This “in-between” time is a critical time in the life of a church.  The work that we do now helps the church to know itself and to make the right choice.  Being clear on who you are is the most important factor in finding someone who will be a great match for your church.  We have remembering, dreaming and connecting to do.  Remembering will help us to mine the rich history of Faith Community UCC as there are elements of your past to be celebrated and reexamined.  Some of them may become beacons or guiding lights into your future.  Others may have lived out their purpose and are no longer expedient or necessary and must be let go to reach for ministry opportunities that are in front of us right now.  Dreaming will help us to be open to the Spirit and will remind us that God never expects us to be perfect or powerful, only available.  We will also work on strengthening the bonds between the members, with our denomination and with our community.   When Spirit meets available hearts, amazing things happen! 

My wife Vicki, and I, live in Glen Ellyn.  We have six children, most of them launched, one still in university.  And, we have five grandchildren!       

I have served large and small churches in Canada, California, Florida, Georgia, Texas and Illinois.  I have been the called minister in many of them and an Intentional Interim in several.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and together creating the vision and doing the work of discernment that will bring the next chapter of your ministry in Bensenville into being.

Pastor Phil     

                                           Memorial                                   

Christine “Chris” T. Albiniak ~ December 9, 1952 – December 25, 2020
Christine “Chris” Albiniak; loving wife of Michael Albiniak, beloved mother of Michael (Sarah) J. Albiniak, Katharine T. Albiniak, Jacob C. Albiniak, cherished grandmother of Benjamin and Emily Albiniak, aunt and cousin to many. Chris was a lifelong musician who loved making and teaching music both as band director and music teacher in elementary schools for 22 years and as the music director in church for 18 years.
Lovingly submitted by Katie Albiniak 

Chris spent 18 years of her life being a part of the Faith Community Family.  Know that she treasured every moment.  Music was her life – and had been since she was child.  She started playing for Church services when she was in grade school.  For her to continue to use her talents at Faith in service to God and in service to this congregation was a delight to her.

She loved every time any of you would come up to her after worship and express your appreciation for her music choices.  She always made a note of who liked what, either to play it again for a special occasion or to find similar pieces you might like just as much.

To Voices of Faith Vocal and Bell Choir – Know that Chris loved working with you all.  Your dedication to her, your enthusiasm, and your willingness to learn and try new music amazed her.  She spent many hours listening to and finding music you would enjoy and pieces that would challenge you because she knew you could do it.  She was so proud of you and loved you all.

Her favorite quote was a simple, but profound one, “Long after the toys of childhood are forgotten, the gift of music will remain.”  Chris’s legacy to Faith Community is the joy of music she brought to so many of you.

Memories

Chris Albiniak was a wonderful friend and mentor to many musicians in our church.  She directed our vocal and bell choirs, and played piano and organ for church services.  She was a great accompanist who knew how to follow the person doing special music, changing the piano part to bring out the talents of the soloist.  She also drew out the best from the choirs, whether the members were experienced musicians or not.

Chris spent many hours scouring the online music websites for anthems that would showcase the choirs’ talents.  She also spent much time finding “just the right song” when we were to sing a memorial piece for a specific member of the congregation.

Chris helped us catalog the choir pieces into a vocal choir database that could be put in order by title, subject, number of vocalists, etc.  It is a great aid when we’re searching for music for specific times of the church calendar year. 

Chris was the rehearsal pianist for the church’s Quartet of Faith, and The Vagabond Singers when we were out singing professionally.  She helped us learn many complicated songs, and kept a look out for new quartet pieces that we could provide for our church services.  She even helped us by accompanying The Vagabond Singers when our performances included songs that were not suitable as a cappella music.

As friends, Chris and I could be found talking for hours on the phone in the evening, probably at least once a week.  We’d talk about music, families, and life in general.  I greatly miss her, and her talents of playing piano, finding wonderful music, guiding our musicians, and helping us bring out the best in all our endeavors. – Diana F.

 

Chris was a good friend and mentor to all of us but especially to me. I enjoyed her silly kid jokes she liked to pull on us. She new her music and she knew how to get us to be our best in vocals and bells. She is sorely missed.

-Cheryl R.

 

We were so blessed to have Chris be our music director for 18 years.  She enjoyed finding new music for us, playing for our services and directing our choirs. Our Bell Choir was challenging for many of us but she was encouraging with lots of humor. We especially enjoyed the cantatas that were presented for many Christmas seasons. Chris was very dedicated and rarely took time off.  -Sue S.

~ Chris was always so willing to have the children participate in the service.  Rowan always enjoyed talking to her and she was always so patient.  -Sondra O

~ Wonderful friend who shared her talents with our church.  – Robin T

~Chris Albiniak was more than a choir director.   She was a great friend.  She led a busy life with students and church duties, but I could still call her when she was off duty, and she was genuinely glad to spend time listening and talking about music, life, and our church.  She was a night owl like most musicians and when I could not sleep, I knew Chris was still up till early in the morning and we would have some of the best conversations.  We would laugh about the antics of her pets and new songs either of us had heard that might be fun for the choir to do.  In a world of texting and voicemails people do not genuinely get to know each other anymore.  Genuine people like Chris are rare.  I already miss her and will continue to miss her.  – Al Thurkow

Here’s where you’ll find us

Faith Community
United Church of Christ
192 S. Center Street
Bensenville, Illinois 60106
(630) 766-1141 
 
Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00am – 12:00 noon
 
Services:
Sunday Worship 10:00am
 
 
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             Mission Moment for May 2022             

Breaking Chains”             Acts 16:16-34

When Paul and Silas broke the walls that bound them, they created a new life not just for themselves but for the other prisoners and the jailers, as well. Suddenly, everyone in the story began thinking of themselves and their place in the world in a transformed way. Like the transformed people in the story of Paul and Silas, as old walls and ways of being crumble, many churches and conferences are opening themselves up to a new way of being and doing in the world.

In recent years, many UCC Conferences have gone through the wrenching process of letting go of their beloved church camps, for a variety of reasons. Tears have been shed over these decisions, because of the poignant memories and formative faith experiences that have taken place at these camps. Many clergy are camp alumni; they felt their call to ministry in the beauty of nature among extraordinary people.

After the tears, one such camp alum felt propelled by the Holy Spirit to start a non-profit to purchase and operate Camp Mimanagish in central Montana. Rev. Cathy Barker, with her husband, Rev. Dick Weaver, started talking with others who love that particular sacred space. The group sent out a “What If” survey to gauge the interest in seeing Mimanagish into a new future.

Within months, the working group had founded and incorporated Singing Waters Montana, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. The group consulted extensively with the U.S. Forest Service, who manage s the land, sharing their vision of becoming “A Camp for those who have no Camp.” Mimanagish alumni lent their expertise in fundraising and Singing Waters Montana raised over half a million dollars for the purchase and maintenance of the facility.

At the Dedication Celebration on July 31, 2021, over 50 people, including UCC Conference leaders, honored the past and shared hopes for the future. In addition to faith communities, this lovely wilderness retreat on the Boulder River will host recovery groups, veterans, LGBTQ+ support groups, youth de-stress weeks, Foster and Adoptive Family Camps, and more. Fishing, Art, and Music will round out the schedule. The welcome will be wide.

When the Holy Spirit is leading, anything can happen!

 
Faith Community United Church of Christ is supported by the
Fox Valley Association
and
Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ

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