We truly mean it when we say that no matter who you are, or where you are on your journey, you are welcome here.
We are a multigenerational, group of disciples, struggling one day at a time to find ways to spread the message Jesus asked us to spread – Love your neighbors as yourselves. But we need help to do that. That’s why we come together on Sundays to build community. There is strength in community.
We worship on Sundays to recharge our batteries,” as Darlene says. Then we are ready to head back out to the world of work or school or chaos and, hopefully, make those we meet a little happier, or make it a little easier, or be a little nicer to ourselves.
We don’t’ have creeds or confessions, we live in covenant with God and with one another. We love our children and we learn as much from them as we hope they learn from us. We try to be a model for them.
Our preschool is celebrating its 40th year! Kudos to Miss Becky and Miss Connie.
If you are looking for a place to rest your head, or boost your spirit, give us a call. We’ll answer your questions best we an, and if we don’t know the answer, we’ll do our best to find an answer for you.
Meet our staff:
Pastor Carole has been with Fondulac since 2002. She brings a rich and diverse religious background with her. Wanting to be a priest since she was six, she finally realized her dream when she was ordained in 2010
We see ourselves as a small church with a very large heart. We are committed to our mission which, as stated in our Constitution, is as follows:
Fondulac Congregational United Church of Christ proclaims Jesus Christ as Savior and as a family strives to be open, accepting, caring, sharing and sensitive by:
worshiping together . . . learning together . . . working together in ways that foster genuine commitment and create fellowship with a sense of belonging.
In this family God’s children experience unity amid diversity, support in face of social change, and concern for individual needs by:
recognizing it is a part of a larger of Christians; accepting its opportunity to reach out . . . into our neighborhood and community; understanding better the words: faith, hope, love, joy, grace, forgiveness, vision, justice, righteousness, and peace.
As sisters and brothers in Christ, our church family welcomes all who seek to join us in fellowship.
Fondulac Congregational Church began as a mission project of the Illinois Council of Churches in 1958. This was a time period of rapidly expanding growth in many communities including East Peoria. This same time period saw the beginnings of a new Protestant denomination called the United Church of Christ. The United Church of Christ was the result of a merger of the Congregational Christian Church and the Evangelical and Reformed church.
Fondulac Church was formed as a Congregational Christian Church and today is part of the wider denomination now known as the United Church of Christ.
The decision to start Fondulac Church was the result of surveys taken by the Illinois Council of Churches indicating the need for another Protestant congregation n the expanding areas of East Peoria. The first meeting place for the new congregation was Paul Bolin School. The final location of the church building at the corner of Illini Drive and Highview Road was part of this study and its recommendations.
The church building itself was built mostly by volunteer help and was almost literally “out in the country” at the time of its construction. Most of the nearby residential areas to the north and east were constructed after the church building was built.
Fondulac Congregational United Church of Christ welcomes all people. The church has an open door for anyone seeking acceptance and affirmation of their faith journeys.
Welcome to Fondulac Congregational United Church of Christ,
where God is Still Speaking. . .
Pastor Carole Hoke