Some things - like worship - we do weekly. Other things - let's call them what they are: ministries - we do on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. Here's a list of the events and ministries that occur regularly in our congregational life.
[NOTE: The COVID pandemic forced us to cancel this monthly tradition for more than a year, but as of May 2022, breakfast is back!]
In 2011, we decided that we liked the annual Easter Sunday breakfast so much that we should repeat the event every month. Ever since - except for COVID conditions - we've held a breakfast potluck on the first Sunday of the month.
The most important thing we can tell you about our breakfast potluck is our "potluck rule": Bring food to share if you can, but if you can't or don't want to bring food, COME ANYWAY! With the benefit of years of experience, we declare without fear of correction that God ALWAYS provides.
To this meal, people bring store-bought foods, homemade foods, fruit, casseroles, waffles, basically anything they construe as a breakfast food (recent editions of the meal have featured breakfast pizzas!) We invite you to join us.
First Sunday of Every Month
9:00 a.m. - Fellowship Hall (lower level)
The body responsible for the mission and operation of FCCEM is our general board. This group is elected annually, meets monthly, receives reports from the church pastor, and serves as the official governing body of the church. In our church, the pastor has lots of authority, but that authority is always at the discretion and under the supervision of the general board... which reports to the ultimate human authority at FCCEM, the congregation.
Second Wednesday of Every Month
6:30 p.m. - In-person, at the church, or by conference call
[NOTE: This ministry HAS NOT YET resumed. No word is available as to when we will resume our food pantry collections. When they do resume, the following description will apply.]
In a collection bin posted in the church lobby, on the third Sunday of the month we collect filled cans and other non-perishable food items. We contribute donated food (as well as cash) to the Churches United food pantry hosted by our 7th Street neighbors, Christ United Methodist Church.
Hunger is real in the Quad Cities. Our monthly food collection supports efforts to fight it.
Food Pantry Collection Sunday
Third Sunday of the Month
Non-Perishable food items collected in church lobby
[NOTE: In October 2021 we resumed serving at a Churches United meal site, but not the one on Illinois side of the river. The Mt Zion Missionary Baptist site remains closed. We now serve the site at Zion Lutheran Church in Davenport.]
Our partnership with the Quad Cities' longest-standing ecumenical communion of churches, Churches United, includes two food/hunger related ministries: our food pantry collection and our preparation and service of a hot meal at the organization's free meal site hosted by Zion Lutheran Church in Davenport. In recent efforts, our team has served anywhere from 50-75 people. Our teams know they will leave the meal site feeling blessed by God's provision through our church. The church pays for the food, so if you have a heart for fighting hunger and have fourth Wednesday nights of even-numbered months free, consider joining our team.
Churches United Meal Site
Fourth Wednesday of even-numbered months
6:00 p.m. - Zion Lutheran Church, Davenport