Spiritual Growth with Sunday Morning Series during Lent

Be guided through the practices in which Jesus himself participated.  Genuine prayer can lead to a life of hospitality, mercy, and justice.

Join this study of Elaine Heath’s FIVE MEANS OF GRACE, Experiencing God’s Love the Wesley Way on Sunday  mornings at 9:15 through April 7. 

Malcolm X Book Discussion on March 31

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

NEXT LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION: changed to SUNDAY, MARCH 31 at 3:30pm

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.

 

 

 

 

Bible Presentation Sunday on February 24

First Church 3rd-5th graders were presented with their own Bibles during Worship on Sunday, February 24, at 10:30 am.

  • Hadley Cross mentored by Jennifer Hagstrom
  • Zoë Ejma mentored by Ruth Zervas
  • Allison Janes mentored by Chris Squier
  • Jack Mathias mentored by Dave Cooke
  • Elsie Phipps mentored by Dena Vincent
  • Anabella Potter mentored by Marlene Stratton
  • Matteus Potter mentored by Ed Miner

Thank you to their wonderful mentors for living out the baptismal vows that we make as a congregation: to nurture one another in Christian faith and surround those being baptized with love. 

New Study Series beginning January 6

How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction about Jesus

The world’s foremost Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan shows us how the New Testament parables not only reveal what Jesus wanted to teach but also provide the key for explaining how the Gospel writers sought to explain Jesus to the world. In this meaningful exploration of the stories told by Jesus and the Gospel writers, Crossan combines the biblical expertise of his The Greatest Prayer with an historical and social analysis that harkens closely to his Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, creating an illuminating and nuanced exploration of the Scripture.  (From Google Books)

In 1969, I was teaching at two seminaries in the Chicago area. One of my courses was on the parables by Jesus and the other was on the resurrection stories about Jesus. I had observed that the parabolic stories by Jesus seemed remarkably similar to the resurrection stories about Jesus.

Were the latter intended as parables just as much as the former? Had we been reading parable, presuming history, and misunderstanding both?
—from The Power of Parable

So begins the quest of renowned Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan as he unlocks the true meanings and purposes of parable in the Bible so that modern Christians can respond genuinely to Jesus’s call to fully participate in the kingdom of God.  In The Power of Parable, Crossan examines Jesus’s parables and identifies what he calls the “challenge parable” as Jesus’s chosen teaching tool for gently urging his followers to probe, question, and debate the ideological absolutes of religious faith and the presuppositions of social, political, and economic traditions.

Moving from parables by Jesus to parables about Jesus, Crossan then presents the four gospels as “megaparables.”  By revealing how the gospels are not reflections of the actual biography of Jesus but rather (mis)interpretations by the gospel writers themselves,  Crossan reaffirms the power of parables to challenge and enable us to co-create with God a world of justice, love, and peace.

An Invitation to Fall Fest

Sunday, October 28, 11:30am – 1:00pm

COME FOR LUNCH in Wesley Hall.  Feast on Sandwiches, Chips, Veggies, & Yummy Fall-Themed Desserts

COST is $5/each or $20/family

BRING lots of Nickels, Dimes, and Quarters. Empty your Piggy Banks or Scrape up your Spare Change for

TRICK-OR-TREAT

The Children of First Church will be Trick-or-Treating to help  Detained Immigrant Children.  Money collected will be donated to the 

Halloween Attire is Enthusiastically Encouraged!!