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

FIRST CHURCH OPEN HOUSE  

COME ONE – COME ALL

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:

Learning

Worshiping

Connecting

Serving

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

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

Don’t Miss Final Session on July 29

 

Join Pastor Joe for the final discussion  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

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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.