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 firstname.lastname@example.org and request a copy of the Missions Flyer to see what you can contribute.
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
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
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
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:
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 email@example.com for more information.