ABOUT US

WHAT WE BELIEVE

The Congregational United Church of Christ is an open and affirming place where everyone is welcome, no matter who you are or where you may be on life's journey.


In accordance with our shared value of inclusiveness, we welcome and accept into the full life and ministry of our church people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We maintain that every person has sacred worth as a unique creation made in the image of God. We believe that human sexuality is a gift from God.


We reach out to those who are disenfranchised from the religious community, and we seek growth and understanding as we continue toward inclusiveness.




OUR VISION and VALUES

OUR VISION

“To be a community of Christ taking God’s word and work into the world.”

OUR MISSION

“To grow disciples for Christian Service.”


OUR VALUES

Inclusiveness

We welcome and affirm all persons as precious children of God.

Discipleship

We encourage and nurture the use of our God given gifts so that we may become involved, committed, and empowered to minister.

Worship

We joyfully praise God with biblically centered worship that is spiritually fulfilling and musically alive.

Spiritual Growth

We nurture individual spiritual development through a variety of Christian experiences.

Outreach

We are called to continue Christ’s servant ministry by caring and doing for others in the community and the world.

Testament

We will, through our works and words, spread the message of God’s love to those we encounter.

Stewardship

We ask all to commit their time, talent and treasure in service to God.

Fellowship

We value Christian fellowship within our congregation and with other faith communities.

Courage

We stand up for what we prayerfully believe to be God’s direction.

OUR HISTORY

In the spring of 1959, an ad appeared in the local paper announcing the formation of a new church in Arlington Heights, Illinois. It read:

Thus began the life of the Congregational United Church of Christ of Arlington Heights (CUCC). Founding Pastor, Reverend W. Rowland Koch, made 1,500 calls to local homes gathering together persons interested in founding a new church in the rapidly growing suburb. Four acres of land on Kirchoff Road were purchased as the site for the church, but it was not until September of 1963 that our members were able to worship in their own sanctuary.


The intervening years were not spent waiting, however. Within one year, the church had grown to 99 members and 80 children. The church's vision of commitment to outward mission, social justice, children and youth, and personal spiritual growth blossomed with new programs and courageous stands on social issues.


We are a social action oriented church, with activities as diverse as volunteering our building as a PADS homeless shelter once a week to sponsoring prayer vigils for peace. Over the years, support of social issues has included sponsoring Cuban, Vietnamese, and Kosovo refugee families; supporting the open housing initiative; participation in Habitat for Humanity; sharing our facilities with two Korean congregations; and participating in mission work trips.


We are a congregation devoted to stewardship and mission and continue to pursue our original goal of giving 50% of collected monies to those in need. Our Stewardship and Mission ministries carefully review appeals for assistance and support many groups on the local, national, and worldwide levels.


Providing rich learning opportunities for our children and teens is another priority that has existed since our founding. Beginning with nursery care, and continuing through high school, our children are surrounded by a caring church family that supports their spiritual growth and helps them discover the personal faith that will support them throughout their lives.


The Congregational United Church of Christ of Arlington Heights cherishes its rich past and looks forward to the future with excitement and energy.  We welcome visitors and hope you will take the opportunity to join us for worship and fellowship!

OUR STAFF

The Rev. Emily Snowden, Pastor

Pastor Emily began serving CUCC in October 2017. Pastor Emily graduated from Elmhurst College where she studied History, Theological Studies/Christian Ministry, and Intercultural Studies. After graduating from Elmhurst, Pastor Emily served as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at a drop-in center for homeless young adults in Los Angeles. She then earned her Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. Among other positions, she has served as a hospital chaplain in Michigan, a sabbatical pastor for a UCC church in Champaign, IL, and most recently as the Interim Director of the Niebuhr Center for Engagement and Reflection at Elmhurst College. Pastor Emily shares her life with her wife  Sasha, her twin kiddos, and their dog. She loves drinking tea, listening to music, and cooking. She occasionally plays the guitar, practices yoga, and travels. She's thrilled to be a part of this community of faith!

 

Pastor Emily works Sunday- Thursday and takes her Sabbath days on Friday and Saturday.

Deb Stassen, Office Manager

As Office Manager and Bookkeeper, Deb works in almost every facet of church life. She enjoys working with Pastor Emily, the Church Council, and members of the congregation. Her background is varied and full; from her career as an attorney, to business manager at a library, to substituting, and working in various office settings. There really is no one Deb has not worked with over the years from children to seniors. She is excited to bring that experience to CUCC and help it run and thrive. She and her family  have resided in Mount Prospect for over 25 years. They enjoy spending time together whenever their busy schedules allow.

Megan Murray, Choir Director

I began working at CUCC on Ash Wednesday of 2012.  Getting to know the choir members, working on the music, and worshiping together with the congregation has been an exciting and rewarding experience!  Prior to coming to CUCC, I sang in the Cantor Guild and with the Festival Choir at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Homewood, IL, for four years.  I sang with the Chancel Choir at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Decatur, IL, for three years while studying Music Education at Millikin University.  After graduating in 2007, I began working in Prospect Heights School District 23, where I currently work with elementary and middle school students in the General Music and Choir programs.

Nyela Basney, Keyboardist

Nyela Basney has been blessed, over the years, to lead the life of a professional musician, as an orchestra conductor, pianist, teacher and administrator that has led her, variously, to conduct the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, and to lead the Roberts Wesleyan College-Community Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony and several youth orchestras, Light Opera Works in Chicago and Orvieto Musica in Italy, as a teacher at North Park University and as a pianist in Italy, Hong Kong, Bosnia, Uruguay, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, etc.  She is happy to join the worship team of the Congregational United Church of Christ, to serve in a capacity that draws her closer to her late mother both of whose parents were Mennonite ministers who together served five churches in northern Michigan. She graduated from the Eastman School of Music as a pianist and lives in Roger's Park with her partner of many years Michael Hendrix.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Moderator: Lisa Loeffler

Co-Moderator: Drea Gates-Ehlers

Treasurer: Laura Janus

Financial Secretary: Linda Janus

Assistant Financial Secretary: Shirley Guagenti

Clerk: Lou Guagenti

Spiritual Growth (Christian Ed): Sarah Ruthven

Music/Worship/Spiritual Space: Bruce Johnson

Stewardship/Nominating: Jenny Wilkie

Evangelism/Marketing: Stephanie Schmitz-Bechteler

Social Justice/Advocacy: JoAnn Rapp

Mission Support: Shelby Ricci

Buildings and Grounds:Jeff Pattee

Hospitality/Fellowship: Sandy Hake and Cindy Waters

Care Deacon: Linda Janus