Rally Against Racism

SUNDAY, JULY 18, 11:30 am
First Church Lawn
Corner of York & Church Streets

Be a WITNESS for Christ in our Community
Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket
Join us for this RALLY.

Special Activities * Music * Guest Speakers

 

 

 

 

CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH with First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst

Acknowledge the struggle our brothers and sisters of color continue to face and pledge to continue to strive to live out the conviction that racism is incompatible with Christian teaching.

Virtual Viewing & Pre-Viewing Discussion with composer Joel Thompson

Seven Last Words of the Unarmed

Saturday, June 19
10-11:00 am


Sign up now to join us for a ZOOM viewing
of this important and moving musical composition
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D48A9AD2BABFF2-seven

THESE SEVEN AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN:
Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner,
Kenneth Chamberlain, Amadou Diallo, & John Crawford
WERE EACH KILLED BY POLICE OR BY AUTHORITY FIGURES.
They are the subjects of this powerful multi-movement choral work.

STAY ON ZOOM FOR THE POST-VIEWING Q&A SESSION
with composer Joel Thompson
and First Church music director Doug Peters

To learn more about each of these seven men, go to https://sevenlastwords.org/seven-lives/.  Each person, their lives, deaths, and the cases their families brought against police has his own page

Awareness & Learning Path begins Jan 31

FIRST CHURCH STANDS AGAINST RACISM

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:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D48A9AD2BABFF2-awareness

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 jlrogers204@comcast.net for more information.

REGISTER by JANUARY 15 for BELOVED COMMUNITY

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:  https://elmhurstucc.org/mlk-2021/