Against Racism and Discrimination
The positive outcome of open, honest dialogue and continued investigation within our ad hoc Hopeful Action group here at First Church is the formation of a new Committee — HAARD. Our goal is to live out the conviction that racism is incompatible with Christian teaching. Objectives will be to increase awareness of the discrimination of BIPOC (Black, indigenous, people of color), LGBTQIA+, and other marginalized people within our Elmhurst community as well as throughout our state, country, and world. This dialogue is meant to, and has, spurred action to investigate or provide education through and in the following areas:
- Racism Awareness Training
- School Equity in Elmhurst School District 205
- Availability of Mental Health Services in our Community
- Diversity of Business Owners in Elmhurst
- Elmhurst Policing Policies
Pastor Joe’s recent sermon series addressed hard topics that members of the United Methodist Church — and all Christians -are needing to address. For further information, please click on the following link: UMC Campaign to End Racism
HAARD will continue to identify and share new resources with the congregation. For instance, The Antiracism Task Force of the NIC/UMC has compiled a recommended reading list on Race & Racism. Please click on the following link to access this excellent list: Northern Illinois Conference Resources additional resources can be found here: HAARD Anti-Racism Resources
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The First Church August Sermon Series will focus on Racism and White Christianity in America. Pastor Joe seeks to align Sunday sermons with The United Methodist Church’s campaign,
To bring visibility to the UMC’s Stand Against Racism, Pastor Joe has ordered yard signs for members of First Church to place in their yards. If you would like a yard sign, please contact the church office.
First Church Youth and Adults Volunteer at Northern Illinois Food Bank
Last month we packed 3528 pounds of food providing parts of 2940 meals. The leader, Amy, said that those boxes of granola bars will be delivered to food pantries in Northern Illinois so they can be given to people who desperately need food right now.
Lisa Rogers is organizing additional trips over the summer. Please Contact Us if you would like to participate.
All are welcome to join First Church for the following events:
WHAT: PRIDE Parking Lot Party
WHEN: This SATURDAY, June 13,10:00 am-2:00 pm
WHY: Come show your support for the LGBTQIA+ community and decorate a Parking Spot with CHALK.
WHERE: First Church North Parking Lot .
We will provide the chalk and assign spaces as people arrive.
The spaces will allow for social distancing.
All participants — please wear masks when unable to stay at least six feet from non-family members.
Wear your PRIDE gear if you have any!
Feel free to bring signs showing your support for our LGBTQIA+ community.
WHAT: LOVE IS RESILIENT ~ Virtual Watch Party
WHEN: Thursday, June 18, 7-8:30 pm
Join fellow church members in a Zoom virtual watch party of the Love is Resilient worship service created by the Reconciling Ministries Network. We will watch the service and have a brief discussion after.
WHAT: Movie Discussion ~ Pride
WHEN: Thursday, June 25, 7:00 pm
First Church will host a discussion of the movie Pride. It is about U.K. gay activists who work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mine Workers in the summer of 1984. The running time is 1 h 59 m. It is included with Amazon Prime. Please watch the movie prior to discussion.