First Church of God
Galesburg, IL
Please join us in worship and celebration of the love of Jesus
every Sunday morning at 10:00 am.
Children’s Church during service for Pre-K to 5th grade and
Adult Sunday School at 9:00 a.m. 
Come experience the love of God among family and friends.

About Us

First Church of God is about people.
We seek to: Invite people to Christ, Establish people in relationships,
Inspire people to pray, Encourage people to worship,
Equip people to serve and Empower people in mission,
meeting needs, and bringing the hope of Christ to the world.


O.A.S.I.S. (Older Adults Still in Service) Gathering




Contact information:

First Church of God

1080 Harrison St., Galesburg, IL  61401

Office: (309) 343-2179

Fax: (309) 343-2165

Office hours: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
Interim Pastors:  Bill Strawn (618) 670-8573
                              Charisse Strawn (317) 709-0311
Office Manager:  Lanni Hillery (309) 343-2179
Fax:  (309) 343-2165  
Upcoming Events and Information
Adult Sunday School
Each Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
(Be a friend, bring a friend!)
Pre-school, Primary, Juniors, Teens & Tweens
will start up again on
Sunday, September 11th at 9:00 a.m.
“Year of the Child”
September 22nd. 2022 – August 23, 2023
(No practice at this time)
Movie Night
will begin again after the first of the year.
Have you been considering Baptism?
Please talk to Pastor Bill or Pastor Charisse if you want to be baptized.
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“Open Gym”
Monday through Friday:  8:00 a.m. – Noon
Bring a friend, walk, talk, sit and sip.
Fall Small Group Meetings have Ended
Watch for more information in the spring.
Thursday night small group “Women of Grace” will resume on February 2nd.
(Please note: No Bible Study on November 23rd or 30th.)
Knit and Crochet Circle with Maureen Carlson
From 10:00- noon
on Tuesdays in the Daniel Room
Sit and knit or crochet, fellowship with each other.
Any level experience welcome. (Bring a friend!)
Coffee with Pastor (this is for Men)
Wednesday Mornings meet t 9:00 a.m.
with Pastor Bill in his office
“JKIDS” Club!
Every Wednesday from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
(JKIDS – Jesus Kids)
If you want to be part of the JKIDS Club Team
see Pastor Charisse or sign up in the Narthex
(NO JKIDS on Wednesday, November 23rd)
Hanging of the Greens!
Sunday, November 27th at 5:00 p.m.
Pizza and decorating of the church for Christmas.
Creating Advent Wreaths (Family Event)
Wednesday, November 30th      6:30-7:30 p.m.
Make a wreath to take home and celebrate Advent.
2nd Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 4th
“The Candle of Love”
3rd Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 11th
“The Candle of Joy”
“Gingerbread Bash”
Sunday, December 11th      5:00-6:00 p.m.
Each family will make a Gingerbread Nativity to take home.
(An event for the entire family!)
Book signing at the “Gingerbread Bash”
Sunday, December 11th      5:00-6:00 p.m.
Stormy Weber will be here to promote her new book
Michael My “Imaginary” Friend
(It’s the story of a little girl who had a best friend that was very different,
special, and most of all, heaven-sent in every way.)
Cost for the book is $9.95
OASIS (Older Adults Still in Service)
Tuesday, December 13th
Christmas Dinner
4th Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 18th
“The Candle of Peace”
Something New for Christmas!
All Church Christmas Dinner
Sunday, December 18th at 5:00 p.m.
Catered by Pizza Ranch
Adults:  $7.00     Children (10 and under):  $5.00
This is a great time to invite family, friends, neighbors and even strangers!
Special Christmas music and maybe a guest from the North Pole.
A sign-up sheet and tickets are available for this event in the Fellowship Hall!
It is important to sign up so we have a count for the dinner.
Christmas Eve Service
Saturday, December 24th at 6:00 p.m.
“Candles, Carols, Communion”
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service in the Sanctuary
Come As You Are
Sunday, December 25th 
Christmas Worship at 10:30 a.m.
The Church office will be closed
on Friday, December 23rd and Monday, December 26th for Christmas.
Also, we will be closed on
Friday, December 30th and Monday, January 2nd for New Years.
Meals for Shut-Ins
This is an ongoing ministry trying to help with meals
when someone is going through a time of illness.
If you would like to sign up or be contacted to take an occasional meal,
see Bev Duckwiler or sign up in the Narthex.
Funeral Dinner Help:
We are looking for people that would be interested
in helping prepare, set-up and serve funeral dinners. 
If you would be interested,
contact Bev Duckwiler.
Teachers/Encouragers Needed:
Do you have a passion to help others learn?
We need teachers in every area the church; children, youth, and adults.
See Pastor Charisse if you want to explore the needs of GFCOG
Prayer Warriors Needed:
If you have the gift of praying for others
and would like to be on a Prayer Team,
Contact Lanni or Pastor Charisse, who will add you to the team.
Something New!
Would you like to be a part of a security team for our church? 
We are looking for volunteers.  If you would be interested,
please contact Pastor Bill or Pastor Charisse and they will fill you in.
Volunteers Needed…
Power Point, Visitation, Open Gym, & FISH.
Contact Virgil Frye, another Board member or call the office
to volunteer!
Connect Yourself to Facebook!
If we need to cancel Church
services or events due to weather, we will post it on our church Facebook page.  
We also post upcoming events.  
It will be another way to connect with the church.
If you have a prayer request for the Prayer Chain, call the church office.