Opportunities for the members of the congregation to perform duties or services for others. These may be within First Church itself, within the Elmhurst community, within the UMC’s missions, as well as throughout the world in response to global needs and disasters.
Celebrate Summer & Volunteer at our Community Garden
It’s Time to Weed~Water~Harvest~Deliver
Come and see how our Garden grows! First Church along with St. Peter’s UCC and a Consortium of other Elmhurst faith communities share the stewardship of this vegetable garden — created to provide fresh produce for the clients of the Yorkfield Food Pantry.
First Church is responsible for the garden upkeep on the Second Week of each Month from June through October. Upcoming Dates are: July 8 – 14; August 5 – 11; September 9 – 15; October 7 – 13
Contact the Church Office to volunteer!
The appreciation of your help in this mission is seen on the faces of our neighbors at Yorkfield Food Pantry as they choose the fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, squash…that are NOT in a can!!!
Dinner for nearly 100 residents of Serenity House were served an outstanding home-cooked meal on Sunday evening, April 29, by volunteers representing 5 United Methodist congregations in the Salt Creek Cluster.
Many thanks to First Church volunteers: Sharyl Kung, Phyllis Loehman, Brad Mertz, Christine Mertz, Chris Squier, Janet Soltys and Pastor Joe Johnson for their gladsome participation. And to Greg & Ann Gills for their generous support.
On September 11 Grace Cafe returns to the Elmhurst community for its 11th year. Grace Cafe was started in 2007 as an ecumenical mission project to provide a free hot meal to anyone in the community and is currently supported by thirteen Elmhurst churches whose members provide two dinner gatherings per month for their guests. This year offers 18 opportunities for fellowship and sharing a meal, from September through May, 2018. Community members who are hungry, lonely, facing a tight budget or are eager to share dinner, companionship and conversation with other folks are invited to come to Grace Cafe. Families are welcome! Meals will be served starting at 5:00 p.m. and concluding at 6:30 p.m. at the Elmhurst churches listed below. No reservations are needed and meals are free of charge to anyone who would enjoy them. For additional information, please contact First United Methodist Church at 630-834-2440.
The Grace Cafe schedule for 2017-18 is:
September 11 Epiphany Lutheran Church 314 W. Vallette
September 25 St. Peter’s United Church of Christ 125 W. Church St.
October 9 St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church 893 N. Church Rd.
October 16 Yorkfield Presbyterian Church 1099 S. York Rd.
October 30 Immaculate Conception Church 217 S. Cottage Hill Rd.
November 13 Elmhurst Presbyterian Church 367 Spring Road
December 4 Redeemer Lutheran Church 345 S. Kenilworth
December 18 First United Methodist Church 232 S. York Road
January 15 St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church 893 N. Church Rd.
January 29 Visitation Catholic Church 779 S. York Road
February 12 Immaculate Conception Church 217 S. Cottage Hill Rd.
February 26 Redeemer Lutheran Church 345 S. Kenilworth
March 5 Yorkfield Presbyterian Church 1099 S. York Rd.
March 19 First Congregational United Church of Christ 235 S. Kenilworth
April 9 Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church 425 N. West Ave.
April 23 Visitation Catholic Church 779 S. York Rd.
May 7 Bethel United Church of Christ 315 E. St. Charles Rd.
May 21 Episcopal Church of Our Savior 116 E. Church St.