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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

Starting March 1

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: 890 3597 3007 and Passcode: 595624

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

August 2
This Land is Your Land, the Folksongs of Woody Guthrie: a musical performance, (guitar and vocal), and spoken commentary.
The program includes two singalongs. Presented by Bucky Halker, an Illinois Humanities council "Road Scholar". Bucky was instrumental in the founding of the I.H.C. which makes programs like this available to organizations like ours on a no charge basis.
September 6
Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge
Hackmatack will connect the dots of land conserved by local county, state and private agencies and organizations in southeast Wisconsin and northeast Illinois and will eventually improve or restore more than 11,000 acres of wetland basins, historic prairie and forest habitats. Habitat is restored by purchasing lands and easements from willing sellers, helping landowners restore their land and working with partners. The purpose of Hackmatack is to contribute to the mission and goals of the National Wildlife Refuge System by protecting and enhancing habitats of federal trust species and species of management concern, with special emphasis on migratory birds and species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973. Hackmatack represents the most comprehensive wildlife resource management program in the world.
October 4
Singing Bird and the Importance of Native American Women in Illinois History
Kim Sigafus, an award winning Ojibwa author whose family is from the White Earth reservation in the northwest corner of Minnesota, will present. Singing Bird was chief Blackhawk's wife, who may be familiar to those who know Illinois history. Kim will bring the audience into the day to day lives of Native American women, including courting, marriage and child rearing. She will also talk about their role in their husband's lives and how those lives affected the history of Illinois. This program was rescheduled from June.
November 1
Soar with the Eagles
Journalist Anna Marie Kukec Tomczyk, a member of the Chicago Writer's Association, will present the story of how literacy dramatically changes lives as told through the stories of five immigrant women and the religious sister who founded the Aurora-based Dominican Literacy Center. This program has received numerous high reviews!
December 6
Getting Started in Researching Your Family History
Do your family stories include mention of homesteaders, Native Anericans, Revolutionary War veterans, maybe a black sheep or two? Would you like to learn more about your ancestors? When and where did they immigrate from? What was it like coming over in steerage in the hold of a cargo ship with 5-600 other emigres? What conditions forced them to leave the old country? The McHenry County Genealogy Society will give a presentation about getting started in researching your family history.

Singing Bird and the Importance of Native American Women in Illinois History

A preview of our October 4 First Wednesday Fellowship Presentation!