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
Sunday School for all ages 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
Senior Pastor – 
Interim Pastors:  Bill Strawn (618) 670-8573
                              Charisse Strawn (317) 709-0311
Office Manager:  Lani Hillery (309) 343-2179
Fax:  (309) 343-2165  
Upcoming Events and Information
Sunday School
Each Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Pre-School, Primary, Juniors, Teens & Tweens, and Adults
(Be a friend, bring a friend!)
Bible Study
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. at the church
Coming Soon!
Worship Service on the lawn
and a few picnics when it gets warmer!
Knitting and Crocheting Circle with Maureen Carlson
Join us on Tuesday mornings in the Daniel Room from 10:00 – noon.
Any level experience welcome. 
Sit and knit, or crochet, sip tea and coffee and have fellowship with each other.
(Bring a friend!)   No fee
Coffee with Pastor (this is for men)
Starting Wednesday, May 18th meet with
Pastor Bill in his office at 9:00 a.m.
“Cane and Able”
Wednesdays from Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Come and exercise and fellowship to great music,
even if you have to sit in a chair, use a walker or a cane.  It will be fun!!
Wednesdays from 7:40 – 8:15 p.m.
(Please note:  Choir will practice on the 13th from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 P.m.
No practice on the 20th or the 27th
“Open Gym”
Monday through Friday:  8:00 a.m. – Noon
Bring a friend, walk, talk, sit and sip.
Church Women United
Meet the 1st Thursday of each month in FCOG’s Daniel Room
across from the office at 9:15 a.m.  Please join us and bring a friend!
New Sunday School Contest for Kids:
Bring your Bible- get a ticket in the jar/Bring a friend – get a ticket in the jar.
Drawing in May for a brand new scooter.
Upcoming Events:
Saturday Nite Alive in Jesus
Saturday, May 14th
Faithful Crossing form Tennessee
Concert: 6:30 p.m.    Food;  5:00 p.m.
Baptismal Service
being held on Sunday, May 15th during morning Worship.
We have a few that have already asked to be baptized.
If you are interested please see Pastor Bill, Pastor Charisse or contact the office.
Pet Blessings and Ice Cream Bar
Saturday, May 15th at 4:00 p.m.
Bring your pets for a blessing from the Pastors.
We will have an Ice Cream Bar for all to enjoy.
Summer Fun for Kids
Wednesday evenings starting May 25th Pastor Charisse
is having fun with the kids from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Memorial Day
May 30th – Office Closed
Remembering those who
gave their life in service to our country.
Church Women United
Thursday, June 2nd at 9:15 a.m.
Please join us in the FCOG’s Conference Room and bring a friend!
Movie Night
Friday, June 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at FCOG
Fresh Beginnings Sunday School Class
Starting June 5th
with Pastor Bill in his office for 8 weeks
Ladies Getaway – “The Ark Encounter” 
June 6- 8   detail TBA
Ark Encounter trip with Pastor Charisse
Registration forms will be available on May 15th
Ministry Board Meeting
Thursday, June 9th at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday Nite Alive in Jesus
Backyard Picnic
at Pastors Bill & Charisse Strawn’s 
5:30 p.m. – Meat provided, please bring a dish to share.
OASIS (Older Adults Still in Service)
Tuesday, June 14th
Noon till 2:00 p.m.
Join us for a potluck and fellowship time. 
Everyone welcome – Bring a friend!
Concert by Extreme
Saturday, June 18th
More details TBA
Outdoor A.M. Worship Service
Sunday, June 19th at 10:00 a.m.
Afterwards we will have a light luncheon with finger foods.
Please plan to bring a dish to share.
We have some shut-ins that would love to have someone come and visit
or give them a call once in awhile so they can have some contact with the church. 
If interested see Pastor Bill or call the office.
“A Fresh Start” Class
We would like to help you grow in you relationship with Christ!
This 8 week course is held at 6:00 p.m. at the Strawn’s home (503 Sheridan St., Knoxville, IL)
If you would be interested in joining the next class see Pastor Bill.
Have you been considering Baptism?
We are going to have another Baptismal Service soon.  Date TBA
Please talk to Pastor Bill or Pastor Charisse if you want to be baptized.
Opportunity for Giving
We have two air-conditioning units that need replaced. 
We have received bids for replacement and we are moving forward with getting the job done.
If you would like to donate to this project, please mark your giving as AC Replacement donation. 
Thank you!
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.
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.
Volunteers Needed…
Power Point, Visitation, Open Gym, & FISH.
Contact Virgil Frye, another Board member or call the office
to volunteer!
Do you like the shirts that the Pastor and the Ministry Board are wearing?
We have them available to order.  There is an order form on the Ministry Table in the Fellowship Hall.
They come in several sizes and the cost is $15.  Grab an order form
fill it out, take it to the
Welcome Center Desk with payment and give to Pastor Bill.
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.