Introducing Lilly Irvin-Vitela, our new Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries!!
My name is Lilly Irvin-Vitela. I was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. Our family moved to WI for 13 years and we returned to NM in the fall of 2016. Our big extended family, lifelong friends, the wide-open sky, hot sun, readily available green chile, dreams of a place for our dog to run around outside, raising a few pygmy goats and hens, and the beautiful outdoors called us home. I have been happily married for over two decades to an awesome human being, Jason Vitela. We have two children that we’re crazy about! Maya is our oldest and she’ll be 22 in February. Simon is our youngest, and he just turned 19 in July. Maya is finishing up her undergraduate work in Chicago and will complete her final quarter in November. Simon is in his second year of college in NYC. I attended public schools in the North Valley and earned my undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of New Mexico. Throughout my career I have had the joy of doing mission-driven work. It has included a combination of direct service work with children and families, systems change and advocacy, and consulting with children, youth, and family serving organizations in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. While I’ve done consulting with churches and collaborated with faith-based organizations, this is my first time coming on board as staff at a church. During the interview, the hiring committee had such great insights about the strengths of the congregation and ways that we can continue to grow opportunities for connection, support, and learning! I couldn’t be more excited and humbled to be selected to work with Pastor Sue and the rest of the team as well as the FCUCC community as the part-time Children, Youth, and Family Ministries Director
WELCOME TO FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO. OUR MISSION IS TO LIVE GOD’S LOVE, JUSTICE, AND INCLUSION.
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Sunday School: Sundays at 9:30 am
Service: Services start at 10:30am. All are welcome to participate in prayer, song, hear inspirational sermons, and enjoy fellowship with one another after the service. A potluck featuring the culinary talents of the congregation is served on the first Sunday of the month following the service.
2801 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 - 505.265.5749
Living God's love, justice, and inclusion.
Never place a period where God has placed a comma.
We believe the church's mission is to change lives — individually, systemically and globally. We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God's grace. This is why we insist that church must be a place of vitality in worship, learning and advocacy. We are committed to working for justice, and we believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships. Why? Because God is still speaking,