Church School Kick-Off: Grace Gathering in August

Church School resumes on August 19 this year and Sunday Worship returns to 10:30 am.

First Church  is changing the Church School Year in 2018-2019 to correspond with the Elmhurst Community School Calendar.

Grace Gathering

Church School Year will kick-off on Sunday, August 19 with the annual GRACE GATHERING.  All are welcome to a Church Breakfast at 9:00 am.  Children and Youth will get to see their new classrooms and meet their Sunday School teachers.   Sunday morning worship will begin at 10:30 am.

Please join us!  New families are especially welcome.  Here’s a great opportunity to introduce your children to our Christian education programming.

Regular Sunday Morning Schedule beginning August 19, 2018

  • Education Time for both Adults & Children from 9:15 to 10:15 am
  • Sunday Morning Worship from 10:30 to 11:30 am with Fellowship following the service

Storytellers from GreenMan Theatre in Worship on July 8

Join us for a unique telling of the Parables of Loss*.

First Church is pleased to welcome Joe Schram and Mary-Carol Riehs to tell  the stories of The Lost Coin, The Lost Sheep, and The Lost Son (the Prodigal Son) during the 9:30 am worship service on July 8.

Thank you to Carolyn Thomas-Davidoff and the GreenMan Theatre Troupe for sharing these accomplished storytellers with us.

Joe Schram has been working with GreenMan Theatre for the last five years: acting in its Spooky Stories presentations; telling folk tales at the Elmhurst Library; and appearing in Nickel and Dimed and The McAddams Family Spring Break.  He has also appeared at the Robert Downing Theatre in Black Comedy and with the Epiphany Players in The Church Is Burning!, Oh, What a Tangled Web, and Just a Stage He’s Going Through . Joe is happily retired from teaching English  at  Immaculate Conception Catholic Prep (just across the parking lot from First  Church). There he not only directed and built sets for school plays, he wrote and directed 2 Madrigal Dinners, and appeared on stage in Grease.

Mary-Carol Riehs studied storytelling with Rives Collins at Northwestern from which she earned BA and MA degrees in Theatre. She also studied with Janice Del Negro at Dominican from which she earned an additional master’s in Library Science. In the early 2000s in Los Angeles area, she worked with The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum as an actor and as the Youth Programs Manager. Since moving to Elmhurst, she’s been active with GreenMan Theatre appearing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Arabian Nights,  and The Matchmaker as well as several Murder Mysteries. By day she is the Access and Public Services Librarian at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  A life-long United Methodist, Mary-Carol is a PK and was born early enough on a Sunday morning that her father was able to welcome her to the world and still conduct the 10 am service!

*These Parables are found in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 15, Verses 2-32.

Summer Sermon Series on THE PARABLES begins Sunday, July 8

Jesus says “I will open my mouth in parables.  I will proclaim what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.” Matthew 13:35

Beginning Sunday, July 8,  rediscover the parables of Jesus with Reverend Joseph Johnson for a Six-Week Summer Series.  Worship is at 9:30 am.



Celebrate Summer & Volunteer at our Community Garden

It’s Time to Weed~Water~Harvest~Deliver

Come and see how our Garden grows!  First Church along with St. Peter’s UCC and a Consortium of other Elmhurst faith communities share the stewardship of  this vegetable garden —  created to provide fresh produce for the clients of the Yorkfield Food Pantry.

First Church is responsible for the garden upkeep on the Second Week of each Month from June through October. Upcoming Dates are: July 8 – 14; August 5 – 11; September 9 – 15; October 7 – 13

Contact the Church Office to volunteer!

The appreciation of your help in this mission is seen on the faces of our neighbors at Yorkfield Food Pantry as they choose the fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, squash…that are NOT in a can!!!


Read HAPPINESS for Women’s Retreat

 3rd Annual Women’s Retreat

August 24-26

Green Lake, Wisconsin

Open to all women of First Church but there are limited spots available.

Reserve now by contacting Church Office.

Participants are asked to contribute to the preparation of a meal.


Background reading for discussion is Happiness by acclaimed author and lecturer Joan Chittister.  Sister Joan is a Benedictine sister and founder of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Sister Joan draws her insights not only from the most profound philosophers and every major religious tradition East and West, but also from her own experience of a life well and consciously lived.  Happiness  examines the meaning of the word as well as life in general and is a resource for those wishing to deepen their own sense of spirituality and contentment.