Fall Fest is coming on Sunday, October 31
Join us after worship from 11:30 am-1:30 pm for some outdoor seasonal fun for all ages. This event is free and will include lunch, Halloween-themed treats, a bounce house, games, crafts, and a spooky organ concert in the sanctuary.  Bring your change because the kids will be trick-or-treating to collect money for the Northern Illinois Justice For Our Neighbors (NIJFON) which provides free high-quality legal services to low-income immigrants, engages in education and advocacy efforts and builds cross-cultural relationships.  Costumes are enthusiastically encouraged!!!

A King Arthur Flour sponsored Baking Contest
Categories are: Adults-Cookies or Bars, Youth-Cupcakes.
There are great prizes! Go to the following link for the contest rules and to sign-up  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WRRpuy2Gy-FpQMVISKgBnIP999E-SOpYWKkRwyktpCs/edit?usp=sharing


Join the First Church Library’s BOOK DISCUSSION group this fall and read
Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church
by Megan Phelps-Roper

At the age of five, Megan Phelps-Roper began protesting homosexuality and other alleged vices alongside fellow members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Founded by her grandfather and consisting almost entirely of her extended family, the tiny group would gain worldwide notoriety for its pickets at military funerals and celebrations of death and tragedy. What made them tick and why did Megan finally leave the church?

No need to buy the book. The book is readily available. The Elmhurst Public Library has one copy and can order copies from other libraries. Just order from the library website using LinkIn, or talk to a librarian on the second floor. You will find this a riveting read.

World Relief Welcome Kits

As our world continues to change, the Chicago area is experiencing an influx of new refugees.  First Church can make a difference in the lives of these new refugee families by joining the Mission Committee in gathering Welcome Kits for World Relief.

A Welcome Kit is a collection of small household items that the families will need  in their new homes — everything from kitchen and cooking items to towels sets and fans.   Please email the church office at admin@umcelmhurst.org and request a copy of the Missions Flyer to see what you can contribute.

Church-Wide Study on SPIRITUAL GIFTS

The Lay Leadership Committee will lead a church-wide study on spiritual gifts.

Sunday Mornings            9:15-10:15 am      October 17-December 5  (in person only)

Wednesday Mornings   10 am-11:00 am   October 20-December 8  (in person and ZOOM on demand)

Self-guided study resources will be available on the website as well.  Please join us for this study.

The church has 20 copies of the book and the cost is $14.  Available October 3.