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
No Activities scheduled for Wednesday, November 24th due to the holiday. 
This includes Glory Kids, Bible Study, and Choir Practice.
Sunday School
Each Sunday from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Pre-school, Primary, Juniors, Teens & Tweens, & Adults
Bible Study
Wednesday’s at 6:30 p.m.
Adult Choir Begins
Wednesdays at 7:40 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
“Walk and Talk”
9:00 a.m. till noon, Monday through Friday
Multi-purpose room (Gathering Place) opened daily for anyone 
who wants to walk for exercise and talk with friends as they walk. 
A refreshment bar will be set up for those attending.
Peanut Brittle Information!
Peanut Brittle crews are working on Tuesday evenings,
Thursday mornings, and Friday evenings. 
If you did not sign up for a crew and are interested in helping,
just show up to at one of these designated times. 
Great time of Fellowship!  Join us!
“Glory Kids”
You’re invited to join us all Kids & Grandkids!
Each Wednesday from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
“Glory Kids” are now working on their Christmas Musical each Wednesday.
(Kids come out for fun songs, games and ALWAYS, A Jesus Story!)
For ages K through 5th grade. 
CAKE (Children’s Musical) rehearsal in the Sanctuary
Saturday, December 11th  –  9:00 a.m. till Noon
Enter through the back door by the kitchen
Rehearsal and kids Christmas Party
Saturday Nite Alive in Jesus
Saturday, December 4th
Food – 5:00 p.m.   Concert – 6:30 p.m.
Featuring:  New Legacy from Bloomington, IL
Family Gym Night
Saturday, December 4th
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Invite your family and friends!
2nd Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 5th
Ministry Board Meeting
Thursday, December 9th   7:00 p.m.
Kid’s Choir Practice & Kid’s Christmas Party with Santa
Sunday, December 11th
Practice (9:00 till Noon) and Christmas Party (Noon till 1:00 p.m.)
We are having a Baptismal Service on
Sunday, December 12th
We have a few that have already asked to be baptized,
if you are interested please see Pastor Bill or Pastor Charisse.
Children’s Christmas Musical
A.M. Worship – Sunday, December 12th
CAKE Projects sponsored by O.A.S.I.S.
Bring to Church December 12th
Fill a stocking for a child
Bring warm items for the mission
Adult coats, warm socks, gloves, lap blankets, hand warmers
Family Christmas Dinner/Party
Sunday, December 12th      5:00 p.m.
Join us as we get together to have dinner, fellowship time, carols and fun!
This year we are having a dinner, the Church will furnish turkey & ham (need two volunteers to cook).
We need you to bring a dish to share and invite your family and friends!
O.A.S.I.S. Meeting
Tuesday, December 14th from noon till 2:00 p.m.
Join us for a potluck and fellowship time.
Christ Birthday Offering
will be taken up on Sunday, December 19th
Wear a crazy Sweater or Sweatshirt to Church Day!!
Sunday, December 19th – AM Worship
Let’s have some fun!
Christmas Memorialized
Sunday, December 19th 
You may bring a photo of a lost loved one.
We are going to have a word of prayer during the Worship Service to remember our loved ones!
Church Office Closed for Christmas
December 23rd & 24th
Candles, Carols & Communion
Christmas Eve Service
Sunday, December 24th at 6:00 p.m.
Bring the whole family to a peaceful, meditative time
to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.
Family Gym Night
Friday, December 31st
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Come for a fun evening, bring the whole family!
Playing board games, puzzles, basketball, volleyball, 4 square and more!
Bring light snacks 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.
We need the following items for our
new Sunday School rooms:
* Nursery room needs:  Changing table 
* Primary room needs: Legos, puzzles for 5-8 yr old’s,
picture memory games, magnetic building toys, sewing cards 
* Junior room needs: Legos, Rubik’s cube, black scratch paper art set, pop beads
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.
Your Help is Needed!
We are looking for volunteers to help clean up (wash walls, etc.)
and paint the men’s restroom over by the church offices.
If you would be interested please contact one of the Pastors or the church office.
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.