Worship in September

When we think about the letter of James, we focus on the oft quoted, Faith without works is dead.


While this is an important message, James has more to say in this letter of 108 verses which was written to first century Christians.

James encourages each of them to be a friend of God as Abraham was.  Join this September exploration of the Epistle of James to re-discover how we can be friends of God.

Sept. 2      James and Wisdom James 1:17-27

Sept. 9      Partiality James 2:1-17

Sept. 16    Speech James 3:1-12

Sept. 23   Two Wisdoms James 3:13-4:8

Sept. 30   Prayer of Faith James 5:13-20


Christianity’s Family Tree

Current Adult Education Series through October 14

Join Rev. Ron Graham for this Sunday Morning Session

9:15 am in the Aldersgate Room.What Other Christians Believe and Why

Adam Hamilton presents a welcoming, inspiring vision of eight Christian denominations and faith traditions. Comparing the Christian family to our own extended families, he contends that each denomination has a unique, valuable perspective to offer on the Christian faith.

The traditions he examines are:

  • Orthodoxy
  • Catholicism
  • Lutheranism
  • Presbyterianism
  • Anglicanism
  • Baptists
  • Pentecostalism
  • and Methodism.

For each group, Hamilton gives a brief history, outlines major beliefs, and describes some things we can learn from that particular tradition to strengthen our own Christian faith.

KICK-OFF the 2018-2019 Program Year**: GRACE GATHERING on August 19



9:15-10:15 am     All-Church Breakfast

Fun Activities for ALL Ages.  Please join us!  Newcomers are especially welcome.  Here’s a great opportunity to discover all the ways you can join in the First Church initiative to Strengthen & Grow:





10:30-11:30 am     Sunday Morning Worship returns to Regular 10:30 Time!

Chancel Choir returns!

11:30-12:30 am     Fellowship in Wesley Hall


Regular Sunday Morning Schedule resumes August 26, 2018

  • Education Time for Adults, Children, & Youth from 9:15 to 10:15 am
  • Sunday Morning Worship from 10:30 to 11:30 am with Fellowship following the service

PLEASE NOTE:  ** First  Church Program Year has been changed to correspond with the Elmhurst Community District 205 School Calendar for 2018-2019.       https://www.elmhurst205.org/events_calendar

Pastor’s Word for Summer

God has a dream and purpose for your congregation and in your community.   Rev. Dr. Heather Lear,  Director of Evangelism Ministries, UMC General Board of Discipleship

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

Grace and Peace to you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Over the past six months, the Church Council has continued the work begun at our all-church retreat in February.  During that retreat, Rev. Dr. Heather Lear equipped us with tools for evangelism that are theological, contextual and strength-based.

Hence, we have titled this process, Strengthen and Grow.

We have spent time asking ourselves questions: Why do I choose to remain Christian?  What is the good that I believe God wants to accomplish?  As well as questions about evangelism:  If God fully transformed the person you were evangelizing, what would that mean for the person?

During June and July, seven two-person teams were sent out into the community to interview community leaders about the strengths and challenges of the community as well as how can FUMC respond to those challenges.

Over the next few months, FUMC will assimilate our learning so that we might engage in creative practices that manifest God’s kingdom in our community.

This work is guided by Luke 10:1-11.  Jesus sent out his disciples to bring peace, blessing and healing.  He encouraged his disciples to remain in those houses receiving what the people gave them.

It is an exciting time to be the church of Jesus Christ as we continue to live out Christ’s call on our lives.

Christ’s Servant,




The Reverend Joseph A. Johnson