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First Wednesday Fellowship

In-person and Live-Streaming
First Wednesday Fellowship!

Be part of our newest outreach ministry: First Wednesday Fellowship.
First Wednesday of Every Month
12:30 p.m. Coffee and Dessert
1:00 p.m. Presentation

Join us every first Wednesday for First Wednesday Fellowship, an opportunity to get together, share a cup of coffee and a sweet, and (oh my goodness) possibly learn something! Our programs are open to all members of the community and there is no charge to attend. Invite your friends & neighbors!

See below for a list of all our upcoming presentations!

If you can't join us in-person, you can find us on Zoom or Facebook Live.
Click here for the Zoom Link!
dial in from your phone (312) 626-6799
and use Meeting ID: 857 4237 7800 and Passcode: 946142

or, if Zoom is not your thing,
click here to access via Facebook Live!

View the archived version on Youtube after the program has ended! Find our YouTube archive by clicking HERE!!

Upcoming Programs (programming may change - check back often!)

January 3, 2024
No Program Scheduled
February 7, 2024
No Program Scheduled
March 6, 2024
The Legalization of Marijuana
McHenry County State’s Attorney, Patrick Kenneally will be our guest speaker discussing the legalization of marijuana, as well as the Safe-T-Act, in McHenry County.
April 3, 2024
Echoes of Earth: Finding Ourselves in the Origins of the Planet by Sue Baugh
Journey with award winning author Sue Baugh, who traveled 54,000 miles by camper car, fishing boat, floatplane and river raft to capture the power and beauty of the world’s oldest rock and mineral sites. View breathtaking images for Australia, Greenland, Northwest Canada and the Grand Canyon. Explore the startling and profound connection between ourselves and our planet. Includes Earth’s Timeline handouts.

Sue Baugh is a member of the Chicago Writers Association, Sue’s book will be available for purchase.
May 1, 2024
An Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar Program
Prince Maximilian and Karl Bodner: Touring the Wilderness of North America
Storyteller and author Brian “Fox “Ellis steps into the shoes of Prince Maximilian allowing the audience to step back in time. Blending history, science, art and cultural anthropology, the Prince gives us a unique view of America as he saw it in the early 1830’s. Much of the text for this performance comes directly from his journals.
June 5, 2024
Historic One Room Schools of McHenry County
At one time in the late 19th and 20th centuries over 10,500 of these buildings dotted the Illinois landscape. Approximately 140 of them educated McHenry County students.

Join local historian Bob Frenz on a trip down memory lane and re-discover these important structures.
July 3, 2024
The McHenry Area Historical Society will be doing a presentation titled, "Hanly Land"
McHenry County Historical Society will be discussing one of McHenry’s earliest pioneers, Alexander Hanly who owned an 800 acre farm on Crystal Lake Road. The presentation will include information about Hanly, his family, the mill, the mill pond, his house and farm. They will also cover some of McHenry's early history and share a lot of historic photos!
August 7, 2024
An Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar Program
Why and How to Cause the Change Required for Continued Human Prosperity
Join our speaker Amy McMorrow Hunter as she explains how, in these challenging times, we all have a role to play in making the world a better place for current and future generations. Fortunately, we have the technology we need to make the changes and it's totally possible!
September 4, 2024
The Forest, Prairie, Gardens and Shinrin Yoku
The forest is much more than a source of lumber and habitat for wildlife. The prairie helps hold the soil, but there is more than meets the eye. Gardens provide us food, flowers and herbs. But there is much more to each of these, mostly related to our health. Rich Tobaiz, University of Illinois Horticutral Educator will look at both the customary view of the forest, prairie and gardens and the psychological and health value of each.
October 2, 2024
Historic Local Railroads
Our guest speaker, local historian Craig Pfannkuche, will tell us about the growth of railroads in McHenry County including three lines, one through the county from Elgin up to Lake Geneva and Williams Bay; the line from Chicago into and beyond Harvard and the line from Genoa City, Wisconsin to and beyond (Chemung) Harvard. His talk will include maps and other visuals.
November 6, 2024
Volo Bog
Volo bog, the only open water "quaking" bog in Illinois, is located on Brandenburg Road in Ingleside just west of Rt. 12 between Rt. 134 and Rt. 120. Formed from an ancient glacial lake kettle hole, Volo bog is one of the remnants of the last glacial age that enveloped our area about 10,000 years ago. The sculpting of the land around us by sheets of glacial ice is obscured in most places today by the regrading for roads and subdivisions, draining of land for agriculture and stream and river dredging, damming, diking and rechanneling. Volo bog remains, mostly unchanged. Originally a deep 50 acre lake with steep banks, the lake began filling with vegetation and formed a floating mat consisting primarily of sphagnum moss and some cattails and sedges around the outside edges. As this mat thickened it formed a support for rooted plants including floating trees and created a unique ecosystem for plant communities. Today a floating boardwalk takes visitors through all the vegetation stages from a marsh moat on the outer periphery to the open water eye at the center. Wildlife includes great blue and green-backed herons, sandhill cranes, red fox, muskrats, weasels, rabbits and deer. Migration season brings a great variety of songbirds, waterfowl and wading birds. Autumn is one of the most dramatic seasons featuring the gold of the tamarack needles, the red of the poison sumac, the bright red berries of winter berry holly, and the greens of sphagnum moss.

Click here for 1 1/2 minute YouTube video and more information.
December 4, 2024
Help the Earth through Energy Efficiency and Electrification
Speakers from The Citizens Climate Change Lobby will be our guests this month helping us understand how switching appliances, cars and home HVAC to electric reduces carbon emissions, (a prime cause of global warming). Tax credits and rebates will also be discussed.