Search Committee

February 22, 2021

Greetings!

It is time to begin the search process for a permanent, or settled, pastor.

We will initiate a search process for a new pastor in accordance with our bylaws. Our conference office will advertise our open position to UCC clergy across the country. Our search committee will read ministerial profiles, screen candidates, conduct interviews, check references, and eventually select a candidate who will be recommended to the entire congregation.

Our goal is for the congregation to elect, in a unified way, a new pastor whose gifts God can use with us and among us for the sake of the Gospel. We will keep you informed on a regular basis as we move toward God’s future as a congregation.

The first step in this process is to select a Search Committee. We are looking for individuals to serve as the Search Committee, with the following guidelines:

1. We are looking for current, active members of the congregation.
2. We are looking for a wide range of age groups, including a youth member.
3. We are looking for a balance of women and men to serve on the search committee.
4. There can be no more than one person per family or household, please.
5. We are looking for those who can listen and discuss objectively.

If you would like to be part of the Search Committee and help in the search for a new pastor, please notify the church office by Monday, March 8, 2021.

Yours in Faith,
The Elders

Ash Wednesday and Lenten Series
Vessels, holy and whole
Broken, needing the One
Open, body and soul
Healer, come

January 31, 2021

Almost a year ago we were hoping to release butterflies and adorn the sanctuary with homemade butterflies to remind us of the new beginnings that the Resurrection of Jesus brings to us…a lot has transpired since then.

The words above are from a song we will be singing during our Lenten Season. Our theme, Holy Vessels, reminds us that each of us that this past year has left many of us broken- physically, mentally, emotionally. The good news, however, is that through the power of God’s healing, we can find a sense of wholeness that God desires for you and me.

Starting with our Ash Wednesday Service, we will start looking at ways that Jesus healed then and now. The narratives of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew reveal to us a “divine solidarity” that can help each of us in a season of recovery with our physical, communal, mental, intellectual, and environmental health.

So, you and I will be on a journey toward making something beautiful from that which is seemingly broken.

Pastor Steve

Due to the restrictions brought on by the coronavirus, we will not be having an in-person service and doing the disposition of ashes on foreheads. It will be online.
We will, however, allow people to pick up “Ashes to Go” for Ash Wednesday from 11AM-12PM and 5-7PM on Feb. 17th.

People will come to the parking lot off Main St. to where there will be a station for receiving a sack containing ashes, a small reading and instructions, and some items for the Lenten journey.
There will be no physical contact as Pastor Steve will be there to simply hand the sack with the items to you, or if you come when he is not there, you can pick them up if some still remain.
If you cannot come on Feb.17th, we will be distributing ashes after the worship services on Sunday, Feb. 7th & 14th.

Inviting friends and family to receive ashes to go will also be a great opportunity to help them to “come and see” what our Lenten journey will be as we will have information for it via the sack holding the ashes and other items. Ash Wednesday Service

Our Journey in Lent

Beach glass is not beautiful when it first enters the ocean. Bottles thrown out from boats or beaches, left only to litter the beauty of our oceans and waterways.

However, as a transformation process takes place due to the rubbing and smoothing of the ragged edges through its interaction with the water, these pieces of glass wash up on the shore waiting to be used for jewelry or decorating. Edges smooth out over time so that it impacts us in many ways.

Below is our Lenten Theme: Holy Vessels: a season of recovery.

Feb. 17- Ash Wednesday Service - “Shattered”- Matthew 11:28-30

Ash Wednesday is a time of naming brokenness. As we enter the season of Lent, we commit to enter also into a season of healing and recovery that requires the naming of what has been shattered as a first step. The promise of Jesus is that he is with us in our weariness and burdens.

Feb. 21- 1st Sunday in Lent - “Treasure”- Matthew 8:1-4

Jesus reaches out to touch and remind us of the Treasure that we all are–worthy of new life in the midst of hopelessness.

Feb. 28- Lent 2 - “Safe Keeping”- Matthew 8:1-13

Jesus has the power to re-vision the family of God in which false boundaries are overcome. In a year of devastating loss of livelihood, we consider the economic health that reimagines status quo.

March 7- Lent 3 - “Stories”- Matthew 9:27-33

Stories are healing. Our stories, our lives, are tangled in the web of God’s love. Our truth and our stories liberate us and connect us to one another.

Reclaiming our “sense(s)” of who we are (being able to see and hear anew) and then being able to proclaim redemptive stories of divine worth about ourselves, is part of healing our minds and spirits.

March 14- Lent 4 - “Different Pictures”- Matthew 9:18-26

Prolonged times of difficulty can impede our ability to stay creative. We seek out the Divine Healer, reaching out to touch the power we know can restore our intellect and imagination.

March 21- Lent 5 - “Restoration”- Matthew 8:18-27

We have a lot of brokenness in our lives that calls for healing, renewal, and restoration. Perhaps nothing more immediate and more important than the healing, renewal, and restoration of our natural resources.

March 28- Palm/Passion Sunday - “Holy, Wholly”- Matthew 9:1-8

We have seen that the stories of Jesus’ healing ministry are filled with words and deeds. Our ability to forgive ourselves and others is the foundation that can transform infirmities and allow us to move on.

We glorify God for beautiful words and works of wholeness and share that treasured beauty with others. We know there will still be pain, but we also know love will win.

April 1- Maundy Thursday - 7:00PM In-Person (R.S.V.P.) & On Line Recorded Service

April 2- Good Friday- On Line Recorded Service

April 4- Easter Sunday - 9:00AM In-Person (R.S.V.P.)

Due to mitigation measures for our region, our in-person worship attendance will be limited to 50 people. If you wish to attend our worship in-person, please call the church office at 847-669-3691 or email admin@firsthuntley.org before 12:00PM on Thursday. As always, our virtual-worship service are available on Facebook and on Virtual Church page of this website.

About Us

Open & Affirming

We believe all people are created in God’s image and thus are loved and blessed equally by God.

Our History

In 1846 Thomas Stillwell Huntley sold his property in New York, and moved to Huntley...

Community

We're involved in missions all year. Our members are active locally and abroad!

Our Mission

For over one hundred and fifty years, the First Congregational Church of Huntley has served the spiritual needs of the ever-changing generations. The Church has always been a beacon of light to the community where people could go for help and be part of a close Christian fellowship.

Young and old alike join in to worship, celebrate baptism and communion, sing praises, join in fellowship and prayer, and depend upon God's guidance to lead us into the future.

The church located at:
11628 E Main St, Huntley, IL 60142
The church located at: 11628 E Main St, Huntley, IL 60142

New Members

New member orientation takes place a few times throughout the year and provides an opportunity to meet and talk with church members, find out about the church and it's activities, and learn about the United Church of Christ.