Upcoming Services

December 16 – Holiday Pageant: The Mitten Tree

This year, First U’s children will present a new holiday pageant, The Mitten Tree. Our Director of Religious Education, Beth Moss, has adapted this beloved holiday story, originally written by Candace Christiansen, into a special pageant. We are pairing the pageant with a kids’ mitten and winter clothing drive for Cradles to Crayons. One in three children in Chicagoland … Continued

December 23 – The Longest Night: A Winter Solstice Worship

Rev. Teri Cultures around the world mark the winter solstice as a turning point from the longest night into days of increasing light, both in the outside world, and in our inner selves. Come mark this annual moment in this contemplative, wintry worship.

December 24 – Christmas Eve Vespers

Come join us at 7 pm for the cherished tradition of Vespers on Christmas Eve – a contemplative, yet joyful worship service of readings, music, carols, and candles, and a time to gather with our extended church family, the neighborhood, and to many people returning to the city for the holiday. Child care is available.

December 24 – Christmas Eve Communion

In the late hours of Christmas Eve, break bread together in memory of Jesus of Nazareth. In today’s climate of fear and hate, his message of revolutionary love and peace in the face of empire speaks to us today. We will gather at 9 pm in Hull Chapel. We’ll use the church’s 19th century silver communion set. This … Continued

December 30 – Kwanzaa

Joseph Harrington We will light the Kinara and lift up the seven principles of Kwanzaa with words and music. Whether Kwanzaa is a long family tradition, or you’ve never celebrated before, you are warmly welcomed for this intergenerational service.