“Celebration of Peace” to be held here

In this time of increased national and international discord, First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst is planning an event, free and open to the community, celebrating and calling for peace and unity. The event, “A Celebration of Peace,” will be held on Saturday, October 7, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Music, prayer, speakers, food, activities for children and adults, and commentary from public officials are being planned. First United Methodist Church is located at 232 South York St, directly south of downtown Elmhurst.

Ten years ago, the church erected a Peace Pole on its southeast lawn. Peace Poles originated in Japan and are recognized as the most prominent international symbol and monument to peace. Peace Poles bear the message “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in the languages of the world. It is estimated that more than 200,000 Peace Poles have been dedicated in nearly every country on Earth.

To rededicate the Peace Pole, the church is preparing an event to bring together people of all ages, interests, faiths and backgrounds to celebrate serving, creating and manifesting true peace on earth while transcending our differences and celebrating our common humanity.

Preparations and scheduling are now underway. The church is planning on hosting participants from our various social justice partners, as well as local and state public officials.  Information and updates will be published on the church’s website at umcelmhurst.org.

All are welcome and invited to attend this celebration.

http://umcelmhurst.org/event/a-celebration-of-peace/ ‎

Photo directory portraits taken October 12-14

Our church photo directory is due for an update. It’s time to sit for new family portraits! Our scheduled date for portraits is October 12-14. New this year, you can sign up for your photo sitting online. Sign up early to get your preferred time! All members will receive a photo directory, and you can purchase portraits in time for holiday keepsakes.

To sign up, please go to https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/y6cdkr7g/

United Methodists respond to Harvey catastrophe

UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, is responding to the Hurricane and flooding catastrophes in Texas and Louisiana. There are several things that you can do to help. For more information, please click on the UMCOR website: https://www.umcor.org/umcor/resources/news-stories/2017/august/0825umcorrespondstoharvey

Grace Café schedule released for new season

On September 11 Grace Cafe returns to the Elmhurst community for its 11th year. Grace Cafe was started in 2007 as an ecumenical mission project to provide a free hot meal to anyone in the community and is currently supported by thirteen Elmhurst churches whose members provide two dinner gatherings per month for their guests. This year offers 18 opportunities for fellowship and sharing a meal, from September through May, 2018. Community members who are hungry, lonely, facing a tight budget or are eager to share dinner, companionship and conversation with other folks are invited to come to Grace Cafe. Families are welcome! Meals will be served starting at 5:00 p.m. and concluding at 6:30 p.m. at the Elmhurst churches listed below. No reservations are needed and meals are free of charge to anyone who would enjoy them. For additional information, please contact First United Methodist Church at 630-834-2440.

The Grace Cafe schedule for 2017-18 is:

September 11 Epiphany Lutheran Church 314 W. Vallette
September 25 St. Peter’s United Church of Christ 125 W. Church St.
October 9 St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church 893 N. Church Rd.
October 16 Yorkfield Presbyterian Church 1099 S. York Rd.
October 30 Immaculate Conception Church 217 S. Cottage Hill Rd.
November 13 Elmhurst Presbyterian Church 367 Spring Road
December 4 Redeemer Lutheran Church 345 S. Kenilworth
December 18 First United Methodist Church 232 S. York Road

January 15 St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church 893 N. Church Rd.
January 29 Visitation Catholic Church 779 S. York Road
February 12 Immaculate Conception Church 217 S. Cottage Hill Rd.
February 26 Redeemer Lutheran Church 345 S. Kenilworth
March 5 Yorkfield Presbyterian Church 1099 S. York Rd.
March 19 First Congregational United Church of Christ 235 S. Kenilworth
April 9 Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church 425 N. West Ave.
April 23 Visitation Catholic Church 779 S. York Rd.
May 7 Bethel United Church of Christ 315 E. St. Charles Rd.
May 21 Episcopal Church of Our Savior 116 E. Church St.

“Skin In The Game” / Equipping Congregations to Challenge Racism

This past tragic weekend has underlined our collective responsibility to fight racism and bigotry in our communities and our country. This coming weekend, First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst is hosting an event that has become particularly relevant for our times.

“Congregations in Northern Illinois are invited to participate in an important growth and training opportunity, Skin in the Game: Equipping Congregations to Challenge Racism. This half-day workshop on August 19 will provide practical guidance and resources for clergy, lay leaders and Christian Educators to address one of the most troublesome issues in our churches. The guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. Felicia LaBoy who has 14 years of urban and multicultural pastoral ministry as someone who moves from the “seminary to the street, from the pulpit to the pavement.”

The Skin in the Game workshop will be held at First UMC Elmhurst on Saturday, August 19th, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration fee of $10 is requested to cover expenses. A light breakfast will be available.
Advanced registration is not required, but is requested through the United Voices for Children website.

Skin in the Game is cosponsored by United Voices for Children, the Northern Illinois Chapter or Christians Engaged in Faith Formation and the Northern Illinois Annual Conference.