Join us for Ash Wednesday

February 17 at 7:00 pm

Live-Worship returns to First Church with our Ash Wednesday Service which will now be held in the Sanctuary.  Attendance is still limited during this tier of our pandemic protocol.  If you wish to attend, please register at Worship Signup .

The service will also be live-streamed.  Ashes have been available for pick-up to add to your worship at home.




Awareness & Learning Path begins Jan 31


The United Methodist Church recognizes that racism is a sin and is committed to challenging the unjust power structures that support it and to working for equality in all areas of life. The Anti-Racism Task Force of the Northern Illinois Conference has developed the  Awareness and Learning Path
to guide us as we continue the work that was started in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.

All are invited to join us on the last Sunday of each month, January-June, via ZOOM (11:30 am to 1:00 pm). Let us navigate the Awareness and Learning Path together as we continue the journey that will lead to transformation and action.

Sign up for the first session on January 31:

New Sunday School Series to begin Jan 31

An exciting new children’s Sunday school series is set to begin January 31 and continue on the last Sunday of each month through March. Using the Cokesbury Deep Blue Faith and Culture Curriculum on Anti-Racism, there will be 3 classes via ZOOM.

Prejudice & Stereotypes         January 31                  9:30-10:15 am
Curiosity & Empathy               February 28                9:30-10:15 am
Colors & Cultures                    March 28                    9:30-10:15 am

Contact Lisa Rogers for more information.


First Church is proud to be a Community Contributor to this important virtual forum.  Guest speaker, the Rev. Robert E. Buckner II, will be presenting the principles behind Dr. King’s nonviolence social change movement and vision of a beloved community. Dr. King’s great sacrifice and contributions were the driving force for establishing the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 18
 join us as we explore these principles
and their relevance today.

Registration deadline is January 15. Sign up today:

A New Nativity for First Church

First Church invites you to experience the familiar manger scene through a new perspective by juxtaposing non-representational figures with a more traditional view of the stable where Jesus was born.  Installed on the church lawn at the corner of York and Church Streets, the Nativity will be lighted at dusk through Advent and the Christmas season.

Come and take a closer look and be reminded of God’s gift of hope in the birth of Jesus Christ.

The idea for an outdoor Nativity scene was born of our desire as a congregation to send a message of hope into the community . . .  an earnest and critical message in a year when so many are feeling hopelessness.  To learn more about how this modern Nativity came to be, please click on the following link:  Nativity Background

The figure of Mary being created.