Pastor Joe is exploring three of these stories with the congregation through discussion, interviews, and application. Join him at 10:30 am on Sundays — April 28, May 5, and May 12.
From GOOGLE: “At a hot-dog-eating contestor at a demolition derby, in line at the pharmacy counter waiting for a shingles vaccination, living in a cave with a colony of bats: the Almighty appears in ever-more mysterious ways in Ninety-Nine Stories of God, Joy Williams’ surreal, sublime new collection of very short short stories. Each less than a page long, each packing a punch belied by its size, every one of these ninety-nine stories tells of everyday human interaction with an increasingly elusive and arbitrary deity.
Haunted by an array of extraordinary historical figures, from Kafka and Tolstoy to O. J. Simpson and Philip K. Dick, but populated by anonymous ordinary people just like you and me, the stories pool seemingly random moments into something deep, dazzling and disconcerting. Bleak and funny, ironic and lyrical, enigmatic and aphoristic, Ninety-Nine Stories of God breaks down the barriers between the everyday and the divine and takes Williams’ writing into territories strange and new.”
Good Friday Observance in a combined worship service at First United Methodist in Elmhurst
April 19, 2019 7:00 pm
Join the congregants from our Cluster Churches to hear The Seven Last Words of Christ and the music of our combined choirs. This will be a richly textured and imaged service with the music of Charles Gounod and John Stainer, the sketches of Jan Richardson, the sermon of Rev. Darneather Murph-Heath, and the prayers of the Church.
Ministry of the Salt Creek Cluster
United Methodist Church ~ Elgin District ~ Northern Illinois Conference. Rev. Darneather Murph-Heath, District Superintendent
Calvary UMC in Villa Park ~ Rev. Julie Fleurinor- Moore, Pastor
Christ UMC in Elmhurst ~ Rev. James Fu, Pastor
Faith Evangelical UMC in Elmhurst ~ Rev. Uziel Hernandez, Pastor
First UMC in Bensonville ~ Rev. SoYoung Kim, Pastor
First UMC in Elmhurst ~ Rev. Joseph A. Johnson, Pastor
Good Samaritan UMC in Addison ~ Rev. Sang hun Han, Pastor
Wood Dale Community UMC in Wood Dale ~ Terry McDorman, Pastor
First Church belongs to the Elgin District of the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church. Within the Elgin District, First Church is part of a smaller group that is called the Salt Creek Cluster — including churches from Addison, Bensenville, Elmhurst, and Wood Dale.
March 17, 2019: Reverend Uriel Hernandez, Pastor, Faith Evangelical United Methodist Church in Elmhurst served at First Church.
First Church Pastor Joseph Johnson served at Christ Church in Elmhurst.
March 31, 2019: At First Church — Reverend James Fu, Pastor, Christ United Methodist Church in Elmhurst. First Church Pastor Joseph Johnson will preach at Wood Dale Community United Methodist Church in Wood Dale.
Combined Service for Good Friday Observance
The Salt Creek Cluster churches will join us in observing Good Friday at First Church. The service at 7:00 pm will include The Seven Last Words of Christ and music by our combined choirs. The Rev. Darneather Murph-Heath, the Superintendent of the Elgin District of the NIC, will be preaching.