Pastor's Word

Reaching out to Those Who Suffer

Reaching out to those who suffer is grounded in the belief that the living Christ is present with us and those who suffer. Daily, we encounter people who suffer: a family member with a cancer diagnosis, a co-worker experiencing a divorce, or an aging parent. Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) encourages us […]


Statement from the General Board of Church and Society re immigration

Social Justice Agency of The United Methodist Church Stands With Immigrants and Refugees FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 26, 2017 Rejects policies that deny dignity and worth Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the Trump administration took executive action to expand the U.S.-Mexico border wall, increase the powers of immigration law enforcement and cut federal funding for […]

“Winter Warming” gathering coming in January

Winter Warming Coming in January: The Northern Illinois Reconciling Task Force invites all UM faith communities to join together for Winter Warming 2017. This is a time for clergy and lay people to renew, through worship and workshops, and rededicate ourselves to being a church that loves and welcomes all of God’s children. First Church […]

Christmas Eve Worship Service Schedule

Our 5:00pm service is open to all. Children will reenact the Nativity. All children are welcome to participate, including visitors. At 9:00pm, we will have a reverent service featuring candlelight and communion. We welcome you to share the joy of Christmas Eve with our congregation!

Christmas Eve Service Schedule announced

First United Methodist Church will hold two worship services on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24. There will be a 5:00 pm family service in which children are invited to participate in reenactment of the Nativity. There are no speaking parts and all are welcome.  There will also be a 9:00 pm service with candlelight, carols […]

Getting ready for our Advent Musical service

Preparations are underway for our highly anticipated annual Advent worship service and brunch on Sunday, December 18th at 10:25am. Please join us to hear joyful music from all of our musical ensembles, piano, organ and orchestra. All are welcome!  

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