Racism & White Christianity

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 contact the church office.


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


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. 


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. 


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/

LOVE LIVES HERE: Vigil of Affirmation & Support for LGBTQ Community


A Fun-Filled Event to Celebrate the Beginning of Pride Month. Bubbles & Balloons for Kids.  Glowsticks for Everyone!

Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising & Celebrate the Beginning of the Gay Rights Liberation Movement

When:  7:30-8:30 pm, Thursday Evening, June 6

Where:  Wilder Park — East steps of Wilder Mansion


Featuring:  Jim Bennett, Director, Illinois Department of Human Rights; Cathy Richardson, Rock Goddess; Rev. Joseph A. Johnson, Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst;  Reflections from the Community;  Music & singing to lift our spirits and unite us in solidarity.



Malcolm X Book Discussion on March 31

“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

Malcolm X


Doug Hotchkis will lead a discussion on The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley. Originally published in 1964, Malcolm X tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement. His fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its nonwhite citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues we are still facing today.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X stands as the definitive statement of a movement and a man whose work was never completed but whose message is timeless. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand America.

No need to buy the book. The Elmhurst library has a copy and there are many copies available from our partner libraries through LINKin. However, if you are like Doug Hotchkis, you might want a copy for your own library so you can read it frequently.

NOTE:  The Church Library is undergoing restoration.  Please gather in Aldersgate for the Discussion.