Clothing Center to Re-Open in August

 

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC IN AUGUST

NOTE:  COVID SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR PATRONS

  • All must wear masks
  • Capacity limits will be imposed
  • Patrons will have 10 minutes to gather items
  • No children under the age of 13
  • No outside bags

Thursday, August 6, 9-11:00 am
Saturday, August 15, 9- 11:00 am

ONE DONATION DROP-OFF DAY in JULY

Saturday, July 18, 9-11:00 am

AND VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!

  • Saturday, July 18. Help unload donations from cars; bring donations downstairs to the lower level hallway  or classrooms.
  • August 6 & August 18. Hand out bags: keep a timer; inform patrons when time is up and direct them to the exit; facilitate the flow of entering and exiting.

If you can help, please contact Beth Valdez at bvaldez1142@sbcglobal.net 

 

First Church at Northern Illinois Food Bank

First Church Youth and Adults Volunteer at Northern Illinois Food Bank

Last month we packed 3528 pounds of food providing parts of 2940 meals. The leader, Amy, said that those boxes of granola bars will be delivered to food pantries in Northern Illinois so they can be given to people who desperately need food right now.

Lisa Rogers is organizing additional trips over the summer.  Please Contact Us if you would like to participate.

Responding to Covid-19: WAYS TO HELP!

1. DONATIONS for  Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry

The Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry continues operations with modified service.  EYFP is now pre-packing bags in advance. Clients come in cars and bags are placed in the trunks.  Donations continue to be needed and food contributes to be distributed.  Kathie Watts (the director) helped arrange a mobile food pantry to come to Churchville Middle School earlier this month. This was specifically designed to assist District 205 families (although more came) The UCCA organized the distribution.  Around 200 cars received food and about 120 cars were turned away (only so much can be done in one day).  There are two more scheduled for April.  Please check out the EYFP website for additional ways to donate and volunteer.   https://www.eyfp.org/

2. MEALS FOR ELMHURST HOSPITAL MEAL TRAIN

The 4 West COVID unit at Elmhurst Hospital is at the frontline of this pandemic. Previously — this unit cared for post-operative orthopedic patients. Now they are directly responsible for the care of COVID patients. Here is a way to say thank you to the nurses, doctors, technicians, etc. . If you would like to sign up to provide a meal for the staff of this unit, please click here:  https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/v199nz

3. BLOOD DONATIONS

The City of Elmhurst recently put out this press release: Volunteer Opportunities in Response to COVID-19 .  Blood donations are urgently needed.  If you can donate blood, please check out the link for information about a nearby blood donor center in Villa Park.

4. FIRST CHURCH WELLNESS CHECKS

First Church  members are doing weekly congregational wellness checks.  Please notify the church office if you  would like to volunteer to help with shopping or errands.  Also — if you are aware of a family in need, please contact the church office immediately or text Sharon at 773-547-1943. 

5.  HOW CAN I HELP?

  • Follow all public health guidelines for your area.  (Think how I can help save lives by my actions.)  This is a time of obedience.
  • Pray for the ill, first responders, healthcare workers, delivery workers, and retail workers.
  • Reach out to neighbors and church members with phone calls, emails, cards and social media.
  • Consider funding Elmhurst Neighbors in Need.
  • Giving of DuPage has a list of places to volunteer around DuPage County.

CLOTHING CENTER IS CLOSED THROUGH APRIL

Due to the current  CDC recommendations, First Church regrets to inform you that the Clothing Center will be closed from now thoughout the month of April.

  • Donations for the Clothing Center will not be accepted through the month of April.
  • The Clothing Center will be not be open on March 21, April 2, or April 18 nor will the Youth Breakfast Ministry serve their 3rd Saturday breakfasts
  • f you are aware of an individual or family who may have special needs for clothing, a specific time can be scheduled for them.
  • f you have questions, please contact Beth Valdez at bvaldez1142@sbcglobal.net.

Order of Worship ~ Sunday, March 22, 2020

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF ELMHURST
4th Sunday in Lent ~ UMCOR Sunday ~ March 22, 2020

Gathering Time

 

Call to Worship

Trust in the Lord and do good.
May the Lord give strength to his people!
O taste and see that the Lord is good!
God is our refuge and strength.

Opening Hymn #381:  Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

1 Savior, like a shepherd lead us,

Much we need Thy tender care;

In Thy pleasant pastures feed us,

For our use Thy folds prepare:

Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus, Thou hast bought us, Thine we are;

Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus, Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.

 

 

 

 

Prayer of the Day

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world:
Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,one God, now and forever. Amen.

The Old Testament Reading:  Ezekiel 1:1-3

The Gospel Reading: John 4:19-26

The Gospel of Jesus Christ
Praise be to you, Jesus Christ

Children’s Time

What is the significance of a Pretzel?  Pastor Joe will share the good news!

Message:  By the Chebar Canal

Rev. Joseph A. Johnson

Silence

Prayers of the People

Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen

Prayer of Confession

Passing the Peace

Please consider reaching out to someone in the congregation now through a card, text, social media platform or phone call.

Sharing of Tithes and Offerings

Click here for your Offering to UMCOR.

Doxology
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow,  Praise God, all creatures here below.  Praise God above, ye heavenly host;  Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

Closing Hymn #128:  He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought

1 He leadeth me: O blessed thought!
O words with heavenly comfort fraught! Whate’er I do, where’er I be,
still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.

Refrain:
He leadeth me, he leadeth me; by his own hand he leadeth me:

his faithful follower I would be, for by his hand he leadeth me.

Benediction