Elgin's First Congregational Church to celebrate retiring minister July 28
On Sunday, July 28, First Congregational Church of Elgin will celebrate the ministry of its retiring associate minister Rev. Lois Bucher at the 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. services.
Bucher came to the church in 1996 and served as the part time associate minister for two settled ministers and two interims.
In her words, in her ministry she tried to "connect people to their faith and to God, to help them live as disciples."
Her work has concentrated on retreat leadership, pastoral care of people who were confined to their homes and leading 21 mission trips around the country to help youth and adults discover joy and God in serving others.
According to Rev. Bucher, "watching youth grow from children into adults, connecting with people in times of joy and sorrow" were what was most rewarding in her work.
Rev. Bucher will preach at both worship services at the historic church, 256 E. Chicago St. in Elgin.
Special guest Rev. James Olson of the Illinois Conference will administer the ritual of closure.