Church School Kick-Off: Grace Gathering in August

Church School resumes on August 19 this year and Sunday Worship returns to 10:30 am.

First Church  is changing the Church School Year in 2018-2019 to correspond with the Elmhurst Community School Calendar.

Grace Gathering

Church School Year will kick-off on Sunday, August 19 with the annual GRACE GATHERING.  All are welcome to a Church Breakfast at 9:00 am.  Children and Youth will get to see their new classrooms and meet their Sunday School teachers.   Sunday morning worship will begin at 10:30 am.

Please join us!  New families are especially welcome.  Here’s a great opportunity to introduce your children to our Christian education programming.

Regular Sunday Morning Schedule beginning August 19, 2018

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

A Conversation on the Unity of the Methodist Church & Human Sexuality

Pastor Joe leads Summer Session


Join Pastor Joe for this 4 week series to examine some of the documents that have been guiding the general church’s conversation on the Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality.   Also, the Council of Bishops final recommendation to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference regarding THE WAY FORWARD will be released in July. This will provide additional opportunity for conversation.

Gather in the Aldersgate Room before Worship.

TIME:  8:15-9:15 am

DATES: July 8, 15, 22, & 29.



Lenten Study for 2018

Adult Education for Lent led by Ed Miner

Sundays : February 18 – March 25 at 9:15am

Wednesdays: starting February 21 at 7:00pm

Aldersgate Room

Read & Discuss: America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis

Wallis examines the historical context of racism in the United States during slavery, during Jim Crow reconstruction and also since Civil Rights in the 1960s.  Exposing the realities of racism to the teachings of Jesus, Wallis calls us to see our own racism and challenges Christians to stand against it.

Videos will be used to introduce each week’s class and offer an introduction to each discussion.  Reading the book is not necessary but encouraged. 

Death by Suburb for January Series

Death By Suburb cover

5-week Adult Education Series led by Doug and Lola Hotchkis

January 14, 21, 28, February 4 and 11, 2018

Meet in Aldersgate. 9:15-10:15 Sunday Mornings

Read and Discuss:  Death by Suburb: How to Keep the Suburbs from Killing Your Soul by David L. Goetz


A great number of seekers find themselves in the seemingly unreal world of the suburbs. They read spirituality books but find themselves in carpools and coaching soccer, not in monasteries. David Goetz, a former pastor living in Wheaton, shows that the suburbs are a real world, but a spiritually corrosive one. The land of SUVs and soccer leagues can truly be toxic to the soul. Suburbanites need to understand how the environment affects them and what spiritual disciplines are needed for their faith to survive and thrive. Goetz’ style is very humorous but his intent is very serious.





White Privilege Study to continue through summer

The Social Justice Committee of First UMC is offering an adult class on Sunday mornings using the resource White Privilege: Let’s Talk—A Resource for Transformational Dialogue , which is an adult curriculum from the United Church of Christ that’s designed to invite church members to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race.

The series continues at 10:45am on the following Sundays: July 9, July 23, August 6, August 27. It is not necessary to have attended the previous sessions in order to participate in the class. Child care will be available upon advance request to the church office.

Illinois Trust Act Petition– A petition was circulated on May 14 and signed by 36 people at FUMC which advocated passage of the Illinois Trust Act (SB31 and HB 3099) and was delivered to the office of the local legislator. “The bill seeks to protect and build trust between law enforcement agencies and immigrant communities by limiting local police involvement in federal immigration enforcement.” The Bill passed in the Illinois legislature.

Future church social justice plans include the investigation of ways to support other churches in the conference who are involved in direct service to undocumented people in their congregation. The committee also will encourage First Church members to attend the October 22 fundraising event for Justice for Our Neighbors, a Northern Illinois Conference ministry that responds to complicated immigration regulations by providing services to the community and a forum for advocacy.