All First Church women are invited to attend the 4th Annual Retreat held in Green Lake, Wisconsin. Held in the home of Darlene Van Meir, the retreat offers relaxation and fellowship in a beautiful lakeside setting. Providing focus for reading, meditation, and discussion, a booklet of selected poems by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mary Oliver will be available beforehand. Oliver’s writings reflect her perceptive and much-treasured observations of the natural world.
Outdoor activities such as kayaking, short hikes, swimming, and paddle-boarding will also be part of the weekend.
Limited spots are available. Make your reservation today. Participants will be asked to contribute to the preparation of one meal. Car-pooling is available (for Friday afternoon & Saturday morning arrivals.)
Questions? Contact: Ruth Zervas email@example.com; Sandy Bodie firstname.lastname@example.org; Darlene Van Meir email@example.com
PLEASE JOIN US ON JUNE 6
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Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising & Celebrate the Beginning of the Gay Rights Liberation Movement
When: 7:30-8:30 pm, Thursday Evening, June 6
Where: Wilder Park — East steps of Wilder Mansion
Who: ALL ARE WELCOME!
Featuring: Jim Bennett, Director, Illinois Department of Human Rights; Cathy Richardson, Rock Goddess; Rev. Joseph A. Johnson, Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst; Reflections from the Community; Music & singing to lift our spirits and unite us in solidarity.
“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
NEXT LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION: SUNDAY, MARCH 31 at 3:30pm
Doug Hotchkis will lead a discussion on The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley. Originally published in 1964, Malcolm X tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement. His fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its nonwhite citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues we are still facing today.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X stands as the definitive statement of a movement and a man whose work was never completed but whose message is timeless. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand America.
No need to buy the book. The Elmhurst library has a copy and there are many copies available from our partner libraries through LINKin. However, if you are like Doug Hotchkis, you might want a copy for your own library so you can read it frequently.
NOTE: The Church Library is undergoing restoration. Please gather in Aldersgate for the Discussion.
Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church will be placing an ad in the Chicago Tribune for Easter that welcomes and affirms LGBTQ persons. If you would like to help with this through a donation, please make your check payable to First United Methodist with “Chicago Tribune” written in the memo line and return to the church office (232 South York Street, Elmhurst IL 60126) or click on our donation button at the bottom of the page.
Donations will be accepted through April 1.
More information regarding annual conference legislation, NIC’s payment of the general church apportionment and reaffirmation of Reconciling status of local churches will be forthcoming.