Invitation to Ash Wednesday Event Pastor Joe and Children & Youth Director, Lisa Rogers, invite people of all ages to join us on Ash Wednesday, March 6, for a special observance.

  • Come to Wesley Hall at 6:00 pm
  • Discover the 3 Pillars of Lent:  Pray, Fast, Give
  • Receive Ashes
  • Share a Lenten Supper
  • Enjoy Multi-age Activities
  • Pick up a Lenten Devotional packet for yourself or to share with your family or friends throughout the Season.

Guests are welcomed and encouraged!

Suggested donation:  $5/person or $20/family

scottsburg dating RSVP to Church Office 630-834-2440 or by Tuesday, March 5.


The Gospel of Mark coming to First Church on April 7

Experience the Bible as it was intended to be shared:  as Story ~ told by Heart ~  in Community!

First United Methodist Church is proud to present The Gospel of Mark as told by Prairie Wind Guild

 Performance  at 3:00 pm, Sunday, April 7. These tellers, who include our own Marlene Stratton, are passionate about bringing Scripture to life through the ancient-future art of biblical storytelling. The Gospel of Mark is the Guild’s flagship presentation. In 2 hrs 20 minutes (including a 10-minute intermission), just like an evening at the movies, experience the drive, intensity and mystery of Mark’s Gospel.

Suggested Donation:  $5

Pot-Luck Supper & Post-Show Discussion Join us in Wesley Hall at 5:30pm for an old-fashioned pot-luck!  Bring your favorite dish and drop it off  in the kitchen prior to the performance!

For more about Prairie Wind Guild: Tellers of Sacred Stories go to

A Spring Letter from Pastor Joe

O Sing to the Lord a new song  idГ©e de message pour site de rencontre Isaiah 42:10

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Grace and Peace to you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Emma Hooper in her novel, Our Homesick Songs, tells the story of a Newfoundland family’s struggle to maintain home. Finn, the twelve year old son who plays the accordion, is gathering people to sing and to play music.  One day he asked the postwoman,

“Sophie, do you play any instruments or sing?”

“Hm. Well, I’m a decent bodhran, and, well, everyone can sing, can’t they?  Sure, sure they can. Everyone can sing.”

Isaiah called the Israelites to sing a new song.  This new song will be about God’s deliverance of Israel from the Babylonian Captivity.  This new deliverance will be similar to the exodus from Egypt but unlike the original; this one will be without travail.  God will do a new thing.  Listen to Isaiah:

I will lay waste mountains and hills,
and dry up all their herbage;
I will turn the rivers into islands,
and dry up the pools.
I will lead the blind
by a road they do not know,
by paths they have not known
I will guide them.
I will turn the darkness before them into light,
the rough places into level ground.

During Lent and Easter, we remember and participate in the new thing God is doing through Jesus Christ.  Like Isaiah and Finn, I invite you to come and “sing” a new song to God as we experience new exoduses in our lives from bondage and oppression.

Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the end of the earth!

Christ’s Servant,

The Reverend Joseph A. Johnson

First Church Youth Group:  Annual Youth Worship Service

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Through beautiful music, heartfelt messages and witness, thoughtful scripture reading and an extremely humorous skit, the youth demonstrated the ways we — as Christians — are called to be open, loving disciples in the world today.







Bible Presentation Sunday on February 24

First Church 3rd-5th graders were presented with their own Bibles during Worship on Sunday, February 24, at 10:30 am.

Thank you to their wonderful mentors for living out the baptismal vows that we make as a congregation: to nurture one another in Christian faith and surround those being baptized with love.