Perennial Plant Swap on May 8

 If you are someone who spends Springtime in your garden,
this is for you!

One of the greatest joys of gardening is seeing the little shoots that pop up through the leaves at this time of year. How such bright and beautiful things survive our harsh winters and manage to show up in all their glory every Spring is truly miraculous. Each year, however, some seem to multiply tenfold from one year to the next! If you find that you have any perennials in your yard that you will be dividing in the coming weeks, how about sharing your bounty with your church family?!

It’s good to thin out those who may have outgrown their settings and always fun to have new things to plant and enjoy. The idea is to bring a couple of plants to share and go home with a couple of new ones to install! Then each time you see the lovely blooms in your yard in the coming years, it will remind you of the church friend who blessed you with them.

First Church Perennial Plant Swap:
Saturday, May 8  10:00 am – 11:00 am



Worship in February

Sunday February 7:   First Sunday with Holy Communion

Sunday February 14: Youth Sunday
A Valentine for All of Us

Wednesday February 17:  Ash Wednesday
Special Parking Lot Service at 5:30 pm

Sunday February 21:   Lenten Sermon Series begins

All Services Live Streamed on Facebook

Awareness & Learning Path begins Jan 31


The United Methodist Church recognizes that racism is a sin and is committed to challenging the unjust power structures that support it and to working for equality in all areas of life. The Anti-Racism Task Force of the Northern Illinois Conference has developed the  Awareness and Learning Path
to guide us as we continue the work that was started in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.

All are invited to join us on the last Sunday of each month, January-June, via ZOOM (11:30 am to 1:00 pm). Let us navigate the Awareness and Learning Path together as we continue the journey that will lead to transformation and action.

Sign up for the first session on January 31:

New Sunday School Series to begin Jan 31

An exciting new children’s Sunday school series is set to begin January 31 and continue on the last Sunday of each month through March. Using the Cokesbury Deep Blue Faith and Culture Curriculum on Anti-Racism, there will be 3 classes via ZOOM.

Prejudice & Stereotypes         January 31                  9:30-10:15 am
Curiosity & Empathy               February 28                9:30-10:15 am
Colors & Cultures                    March 28                    9:30-10:15 am

Contact Lisa Rogers for more information.


First Church is proud to be a Community Contributor to this important virtual forum.  Guest speaker, the Rev. Robert E. Buckner II, will be presenting the principles behind Dr. King’s nonviolence social change movement and vision of a beloved community. Dr. King’s great sacrifice and contributions were the driving force for establishing the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 18
 join us as we explore these principles
and their relevance today.

Registration deadline is January 15. Sign up today: