Grace Cafe

December 18, 5-6:30 pm

For the past 11 years, churches throughout Elmhurst have held Grace Cafes twice a month to serve dinner to anyone in our community who may be hungry or lonely. First Church’s only opportunity to serve Grace Café this year is coming up on Monday December 18. Once again we ask for your help as we welcome more than 100 of our neighbors for a special holiday meal and warm fellowship. Sign-up sheets to help provide ingredients, cook, set up, greet, serve, and clean up are by the Fellowship Table in Wesley Hall. All ages are invited to participate. For this holiday menu, we are asking not only for food items, but also for monetary donations so that we may shop for some of the necessary ingredients in quantities larger than we would ask anyone to provide.  Join us and help offer this meaningful service to our community.

Join our H.U.G.S. Breakfast Oct. 22

JOIN US to learn more about our local church Homebound Ministry called Hearts United Giving Service (H.U.G.S.).  We will have a Breakfast from 9:15-10:15 a.m. on Sunday, October  22, for current H.U.G.S. members and interested guests (no requirement to join us). H.U.G.S. was created by our church in 2002 as a way to match our church volunteers and homebound members in a visiting partnership.  

Kindly RSVP by Friday, October 20 to Chris Squier at 630-279-3375 or

Photo directory portraits taken October 12-14

Our church photo directory is due for an update. It’s time to sit for new family portraits! Our scheduled date for portraits is October 12-14. New this year, you can sign up for your photo sitting online. Sign up early to get your preferred time! All members will receive a photo directory, and you can purchase portraits in time for holiday keepsakes.

To sign up, please go to

United Methodists respond to Harvey catastrophe

UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, is responding to the Hurricane and flooding catastrophes in Texas and Louisiana. There are several things that you can do to help. For more information, please click on the UMCOR website:

Grace Café schedule released for new season

On September 11 Grace Cafe returns to the Elmhurst community for its 11th year. Grace Cafe was started in 2007 as an ecumenical mission project to provide a free hot meal to anyone in the community and is currently supported by thirteen Elmhurst churches whose members provide two dinner gatherings per month for their guests. This year offers 18 opportunities for fellowship and sharing a meal, from September through May, 2018. Community members who are hungry, lonely, facing a tight budget or are eager to share dinner, companionship and conversation with other folks are invited to come to Grace Cafe. Families are welcome! Meals will be served starting at 5:00 p.m. and concluding at 6:30 p.m. at the Elmhurst churches listed below. No reservations are needed and meals are free of charge to anyone who would enjoy them. For additional information, please contact First United Methodist Church at 630-834-2440.

The Grace Cafe schedule for 2017-18 is:

September 11 Epiphany Lutheran Church 314 W. Vallette
September 25 St. Peter’s United Church of Christ 125 W. Church St.
October 9 St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church 893 N. Church Rd.
October 16 Yorkfield Presbyterian Church 1099 S. York Rd.
October 30 Immaculate Conception Church 217 S. Cottage Hill Rd.
November 13 Elmhurst Presbyterian Church 367 Spring Road
December 4 Redeemer Lutheran Church 345 S. Kenilworth
December 18 First United Methodist Church 232 S. York Road

January 15 St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church 893 N. Church Rd.
January 29 Visitation Catholic Church 779 S. York Road
February 12 Immaculate Conception Church 217 S. Cottage Hill Rd.
February 26 Redeemer Lutheran Church 345 S. Kenilworth
March 5 Yorkfield Presbyterian Church 1099 S. York Rd.
March 19 First Congregational United Church of Christ 235 S. Kenilworth
April 9 Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church 425 N. West Ave.
April 23 Visitation Catholic Church 779 S. York Rd.
May 7 Bethel United Church of Christ 315 E. St. Charles Rd.
May 21 Episcopal Church of Our Savior 116 E. Church St.