Confirmation Class of 2019

To prepare for Confirmation, these nine young people gathered each Sunday throughout the year to study the Bible, learn about the Methodist tradition ,and have open discussions about what it means to be a United Methodist Christian in the world today.

Confirmation Teachers Kathy Hansen, Pete Meyer, Ruth Zervas, Chris Ladd along with Pastor Joe and Lisa Rogers are gratefully acknowledged for their  dedication to and their love and support of our Confirmands. After a Celebration Breakfast on Sunday, May 12,  the Rite of Confirmation was held during the 10:30 am Worship Service.

We proudly welcome our newest members into First Church:

  • Isabella Rose Bjerkan mentored by Christine Janes
  • Rowan James Clark mentored by Jason Janes
  • Edward Scott Cooke mentored by Jason Janes
  • Paige Arbor Detzler mentored by Chris Mertz
  • Maggie Lynn Ejma mentored by Beth Valdez
  • Haley Camille Hindsley mentored by Beth Valdez
  • Wyatt Andrew Kennedy mentored by Steve Strauss
  • Thomas Moxley Schroeder mentored by Steve Strauss
  • Claire Catherine Vincent mentored by Ann Gills

Congratulations!

 

Raising White Kids Discussion

First Church revisits Jennifer Harvey’s book about bringing up children in a racially unjust America.

Join the Sunday Morning Series at 9:15 am to continue our conversation on racism.  Last summer, First Church sponsored a day-long symposium on racism using Raising White Kids as a guide and featuring Dr. Harvey as the guest speaker.   Join the discussion as we look at ways we can move towards race consciousness and anti-racism.  Meet in Aldersgate on Sunday mornings through May 19.   Ed Miner, Discussion Leader.

Malcolm X Book Discussion on March 31

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

Malcolm X

NEXT LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION: 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.

 

 

 

 

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.