Racism & White Christianity

The August Sermon Series will focus on Racism and White Christianity in America.  Pastor Joe seeks to align Sunday sermons with the United Methodist Church campaign to End Racism.

 

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 email Lisa Rogers  at jlrogers204@comcast.net

First Church at Northern Illinois Food Bank

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.

IT’S PRIDE MONTH!

All are welcome to join First Church for the following events:
 

JUNE 13

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. 

JUNE 18

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. 

JUNE 25

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.

For more local PRIDE Events go to  https://www.elmhurstpridecollective.com/

Graduate Recognition in Worship on May 17

May 17 will be a bittersweet day for our York High School Seniors who were scheduled to graduate next Sunday. This wonderful milestone filled with much pomp & circumstance and fun events has been greatly altered by the pandemic. Collegiate and 8th Grade graduations, too,  will be sorely changed.

During Worship next Sunday, May 17, our First Church graduates from 8th Grade, High School, and College will be specially recognized.   Please keep all of our young people in your thoughts and prayers during this trying time.

And — please be sure to join us online at 10:30am for Worship next week.

Responding to Covid-19: WAYS TO HELP!

1. DONATIONS for  Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry

The Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry continues operations with modified service.  EYFP is now pre-packing bags in advance. Clients come in cars and bags are placed in the trunks.  Donations continue to be needed and food contributes to be distributed.  Kathie Watts (the director) helped arrange a mobile food pantry to come to Churchville Middle School earlier this month. This was specifically designed to assist District 205 families (although more came) The UCCA organized the distribution.  Around 200 cars received food and about 120 cars were turned away (only so much can be done in one day).  There are two more scheduled for April.  Please check out the EYFP website for additional ways to donate and volunteer.   https://www.eyfp.org/

2. MEALS FOR ELMHURST HOSPITAL MEAL TRAIN

The 4 West COVID unit at Elmhurst Hospital is at the frontline of this pandemic. Previously — this unit cared for post-operative orthopedic patients. Now they are directly responsible for the care of COVID patients. Here is a way to say thank you to the nurses, doctors, technicians, etc. . If you would like to sign up to provide a meal for the staff of this unit, please click here:  https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/v199nz

3. BLOOD DONATIONS

The City of Elmhurst recently put out this press release: Volunteer Opportunities in Response to COVID-19 .  Blood donations are urgently needed.  If you can donate blood, please check out the link for information about a nearby blood donor center in Villa Park.

4. FIRST CHURCH WELLNESS CHECKS

First Church  members are doing weekly congregational wellness checks.  Please notify the church office if you  would like to volunteer to help with shopping or errands.  Also — if you are aware of a family in need, please contact the church office immediately or text Sharon at 773-547-1943. 

5.  HOW CAN I HELP?

  • Follow all public health guidelines for your area.  (Think how I can help save lives by my actions.)  This is a time of obedience.
  • Pray for the ill, first responders, healthcare workers, delivery workers, and retail workers.
  • Reach out to neighbors and church members with phone calls, emails, cards and social media.
  • Consider funding Elmhurst Neighbors in Need.
  • Giving of DuPage has a list of places to volunteer around DuPage County.