In response to General Conference 2019’s acceptance of The Traditional Plan, the Northern Illinois Conference empowered Bishop Dyck to form an exploration team.
This team will meet over the next few months to consider a new Methodist expression. The team’s work will include receiving input from churches within our annual conference and working with other jurisdictions, conferences, and churches who are exploring new options and opportunities. Their first meeting will be June 29.
To prepare for Confirmation, these nine young people gathered each Sunday throughout the year to study the Bible, learn about the Methodist tradition ,and have open discussions about what it means to be a United Methodist Christian in the world today.
Confirmation Teachers Kathy Hansen, Pete Meyer, Ruth Zervas, Chris Ladd along with Pastor Joe and Lisa Rogers are gratefully acknowledged for their dedication to and their love and support of our Confirmands. After a Celebration Breakfast on Sunday, May 12, the Rite of Confirmation was held during the 10:30 am Worship Service.
We proudly welcome our newest members into First Church:
Twenty years ago, Joseph Johnson was ordained an elder in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist by Bishop C. Joseph Sprague. His journey to the ministry did not follow a traditional path, but Pastor Joe could not ignore God’s call. After graduating from high school in rural Indiana, where he was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church, he attended both Indiana and Purdue Universities. He graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue, but felt called to explore ordained ministry. He enrolled at The Iliff School of Theology, but left and returned to engineering.
Realizing that God was not ready to give up on him, Pastor Joe returned to Iliff and completed his studies there. Since his graduation from seminary, Pastor Joe has served churches in Dixon, Chicago, and now Elmhurst. When he’s not in the pulpit, Pastor Joe loves to play the flute, search the wilderness for birds of many feathers, cook soup and can vegetables, and even has been known to sew the stoles that he wears on Sundays.
Congratulations to Pastor Joe on his twentieth anniversary in ordained ministry. Blessings to you, Pastor Joe!
There will be a celebration in Wesley Hall directly after Worship on Sunday, June 9.
Note: Gifts to mark this occasion may be made to FUMC, designated for the UMC’s General Board of Higher Education & Ministry.
PLEASE JOIN US ON JUNE 6
A Fun-Filled Event to Celebrate the Beginning of Pride Month. Bubbles & Balloons for Kids. Glowsticks for Everyone!
Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising & Celebrate the Beginning of the Gay Rights Liberation Movement
When: 7:30-8:30 pm, Thursday Evening, June 6
Where: Wilder Park — East steps of Wilder Mansion
Who: ALL ARE WELCOME!
Featuring: Jim Bennett, Director, Illinois Department of Human Rights; Cathy Richardson, Rock Goddess; Rev. Joseph A. Johnson, Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst; Reflections from the Community; Music & singing to lift our spirits and unite us in solidarity.
Pray for kings and everyone who is in authority so that we can live a quiet and peaceful life in complete godliness and dignity.
1 Timothy 2:2 (CEB)
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
Grace and Peace to you in the name of our Lord.
This morning I found myself praying for impeachment as I prayed for the world, its people, and its leaders. Let me be clear. This was not a prayer for the US Congress to impeach the President. It was a prayer for the wisdom of God for the people of the United States and for elected leadership — all the elected leadership.
Paul in his letter to Timothy instructed him to pray for those in authority so that the people may live quiet and peaceful lives in complete godliness and dignity. Authority in the Scriptures is accountable to God. Authority and power are never an end in themselves. They always serve the higher purpose, as Paul says, so the people can live a “quiet and peaceful life in complete godliness and dignity.”
Many of Paul’s letters addressed the issue of division in the church. We don’t know what he thought about the political divisions of his day. My hunch is that he liked them no better. His opposition to division was grounded in his commitment to a quiet and peaceful life for all the people.
This is an uncertain time in our nation. Yet I believe that the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective in what they can achieve. At the very least, it will make the church (you and me) a community in which people’s dignity is unquestioned.
Whether the US Congress moves forward with impeachment or not, the church must be the place where the values of peace, dignity and godliness are upheld for all people. Will you join me in praying for our leaders that they may uphold peace, dignity and godliness for all people?
Christ’s Servant ~
The Reverend Joseph A. Johnson