Time of Worship:
Sunday School & Adult Bible Study meets at 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Sunday mornings.
Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday mornings.
Style of Worship:
Here, you’ll find a congregation of diverse ages and backgrounds, people who are coupled and single, gay and straight, young and old. Folks come to church in suits and dresses as well as in jeans and t-shirts, so feel free to dress however you are comfortable!VISITORS
At Fondulac we Celebrate and Promote God’s Love
Fondulac is the spiritual home to people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
We see ourselves as a small church with a very large heart. In Jesus’ name we open our doors to, and honor all of God’s children. It is through our actions we constantly strive to become better Christians.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
As you enter the church you will be met by a greeter who will hand you a bulletin to guide you through the service. We do have a large-print bulletin available for those with visual impairments.
Services usually last an hour – give or take five to ten minutes.
Sunday School meets at 9:15AM in the Preschool area in the Fellowship Hall. Adults hold Bible Study in the study area off the chancel area behind the piano in the sanctuary.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
We encourage folks to dress the way that feels appropriate to each individual. We hold that the Spirit is more likely to care about the condition of our hearts than what we wear. Some wear Sunday best; some are much more casually dressed. What is important is that you dress as you are comfortable.
We have ramp accessibility to the sanctuary, and there are ongoing efforts to make our campus accessible to all.
Sunday morning worship services are a mix of following the bulletin outline and the spontaneity of children’s moments, relaxed laughter and somber concerns raised in prayers. We combine singing of hymns, scripture readings, sermon, seasonal and special holiday changes.
We celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month. Grape juice is used so that everyone may participate.
Everyone looks forward to special services. At Fondulac they are a special part of the life of the church, which offers everyone, members and non-members, an opportunity to celebrate special days in the liturgical year.
One of the most important Seasons is the Season of Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday.
Ash Wednesday is followed by 40 days of introspection and worship leading up to Holy Week and Easter Sunday. During these six and one-half weeks, we will have a Lenten Study.
The Maundy Thursday service, the Thursday of Holy Week, we gather in the Sanctuary for Holy Communion to remember the last supper of Jesus and his disciples. We clear the sanctuary, in preparation and symbolically to represent Good Friday, the vast blankness that everyone faced following the crucifixion.
Easter Morning is a fabulous celebration at Fondulac! We begin with brunch in the Fellowship Hall where Secret Bunny is revealed, and then move to the narthex to wait for the signal to enter the Sanctuary to redecorate with wonderful colors and to celebrate the joy of the Risen Christ! The service on Easter Sunday is about light and music and profound love!
In May, please bring your wheelie summer vehicles to us for our Annual Bike Blessing. Following the worship service on the first Sunday in May, we bless all the bikes, motored or not, boat trailers, skateboards, rollerskates, whatever you bring us – even blessed a bus pass once! – and we will bless it for summer safety for you and your vehicle.
Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service, is a service of the retelling of the birth of Love come into our lives. It is a service that is accompanied by familiar carols and candles, the telling of the story of Jesus’ birth, and all of us lighting a candle and singing Silent Night. We remember as we go to our homes what the season is truly all about. Santa will come much later, but we begin the evening knowing the true meaning of why we bother to celebrate at all this time of year.
Mission is important to the congregation at Fondulac. Our members generously give of themselves – money, time, and talents – in a variety of local national and international venues.
Some of the more familiar ways we give:
The Penguin Project
Juvenile Diabetes Resource Foundation
East Peoria School District and Sports
Central Illinois Chapter of the Interfaith Alliance
W D Boyce Council Boy Scouts of America
Girl Scouts of Central Illinois
East Light Theater
Central Illinois Friends of People with AIDS