First Christian Disciples of Christ, Benton, IL


Christian Women's Fellowship

The First Christian Church has a very active women's organization.

2011-2013 Officers:

  • President: Rose Cavallari
  • Vice-President: Becky Mandrell
  • Secretary: Nancy deLatour
  • Treasurer: Kathy Summers


  • President: Kathy Summers
  • Vice-president: Annette Lynch
  • Secretary: Linda Roberson
  • Treasurer: Linda Volz



  • Relish (piccalilli) making a Friday and Saturday in August or September
  • Fall Meeting of all Women in September or October
  • Fall Festival – third Saturday in October

During the months of September through May

  • Bauer-Browning Group – second Thursday afternoon
  • Gertrude Fitzgerrell Group – second Tuesday evening

Several women of the Church attend the Disciples of Christ Quadrennial. Next meeting is at Atlanta GA 2014.

The CWF supports missions such as the Benton Ministerial Alliance, Weekend lunch bag program, Christmas plants for shut-ins, Camp Walter Scott, Christmas offering, Week of Compassion, Pentecost , Easter offering, Blanket Sunday, and Thanksgiving offering. The CWF women are active in many projects in the Church.

Men's Group

The Men's Group of First Christian Church is active in many ways. They meet for business and study on the fourth Sunday of each month at 8am. The men also prepare breakfast on that day, meeting at 6am to cook. One of the major fundraisers for the group is Apple Butter. Every fall, the Men gather early on a Saturday morning and spend a good portion of the day cooking fresh Apple Butter in three large kettles over open fires. It is one of the highlights of the year. The Apple Butter is sold at the annual Fall Festival and the proceeds are used to support missions and projects. The Men also volunteer to help prepare meals for other events throughout the year. ALL men from the church are welcome to share in this time of fellowship and growth!

Monday Night Bible Study

In Acts 2:42, the early church often met in homes to learn God's Word, pray and fellowship. Each Monday evening at 7pm, Bible Study is held at the home of Danny and Nancy deLatour (306 North Main, just south of Farm Fresh). All are welcome to come as we grow with one another and with God. For more information, contact the church office.

Other Bible Studies

In addition to the regular Monday Night Bible, we offer seasonal studies (Lenten Bible Study, Membership classes, etc.) Check back regularly for an update schedule of studies.

Sunday School


Upon entering the North doors of FCC, you will discover our nursery. Every Sunday morning during Sunday School and Worship, we provide two volunteers to watch over the children. At least one of these volunteers is trained in CPR and First Aid. If you have any questions regarding the nursery, please contact Nancy deLatour.

K-4 Sunday School

FCC offers a very exciting K-4 (kindergarten through 4th grade) class led by Leslie Cox. Each week, Leslie leads the children through a discussion time using a variety of object lessons – coloring pages, stories, movies, crafts, etc.

5-8 Sunday School

Under the direction of Nancy deLatour, FCC offers an enriching program for all 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Located in a classroom off of the balcony, Nancy shares the message of God through Bible readings, games, crafts and various hands on activities.

High School

Paula Fuller is the leader of this gang. Each week Paula challenges the youth with insightful, thought provoking issues. The youth apply God's message found in the Bible to their everyday lives.

Disciples’ Journey Class

A brand new Sunday School experience as of 2012! The Disciple’s Journey Class is open to anyone college age and up seeking to grow in their relationship with Christ. This class is unique in that it is modeled after a college course. We study a specific topic for a college semester (16 weeks), take a couple of weeks off and then begin a new semester. A variety of teaching tools are used, including video, music, texts, etc. Join us each week as we journey through God’s glorious Word together!

Each One, Reach One

Each One, Reach One is the adult class for the serious student. Under the leadership of Courtney Cox, this class challenges parishioners to look beyond the surface and dig deep into God’s Word. Using a variety of visual aids, the Each One, Reach One class is sure to be a blessing.

Kum Join Us

The Kum Join Us class meets in the sanctuary each week. Ralph Smith leads the class through a series of lessons, often using real life experiences to help convey the message of God to the students. The Kum Join Us class us filled with thought provoking discussion and wonderful fellowship.