Lenten Challenge Begins February 18

Join the FUMC weekly Lenten Challenge.  Beginning February 18, a spiritual practice challenge will be announced.  Don’t miss this challenge.  The weekly challenge will be posted in the bulletin and on the Church’s Facebook page and Website.

Service of Healing, February 18 at 10:30 am

This service will focus on healing the spiritual calluses that prevent us from hearing and responding to God in our midst.  After the service, a basket of hand lotion will be available for a prayer aid.  Each tube or bottle will have a sentence Psalm prayer to pray while moisturizing your hands.  Worshipers are encouraged to keep praying throughout Lent using the prayer.  If you would like to make a donation please do.  The worship committee will be using the donation to buy gift cards for District 205 students who need food assistance.  Take one for yourself and another.

For these people’s senses have become calloused.  Matthew 13:15  CEB

Grace Cafe

December 18, 5-6:30 pm

For the past 11 years, churches throughout Elmhurst have held Grace Cafes twice a month to serve dinner to anyone in our community

who may be hungry or lonely. First Church’s only opportunity to serve Grace Café this year is coming up on Monday December 18. Once again we ask for your help as we welcome more than 100 of our neighbors for a special holiday meal and warm fellowship. Sign-up sheets to help provide ingredients, cook, set up, greet, serve, and clean up are by the Fellowship Table in Wesley Hall. All ages are invited to participate. For this holiday menu, we are asking not only for food items, but also for monetary donations so that we may shop for some of the necessary ingredients in quantities larger than we would ask anyone to provide.  Join us and help offer this meaningful service to our community.

Advent Worship Service

December 10, 10:30 am

The Advent Musical Worship will feature selections by Lauridsen, Handel, and Pietro Yon along with our traditional lessons aWhite, eight-pointed starnd carols. Lyric Opera of Chicago soprano Kaileen Miller will highlight the program, along with choral and handbell selections from the FUMC choirs. Following this joyful service, please join in fellowship with our church family for a delicious Brunch Buffet. A suggested donation of $6 per adult and $4 per child would be greatly appreciated. The Fellowship Team welcomes you to share this wonderful meal as together we celebrate the season of Advent. Advance sign up is not required and all are welcome – neighbors, friends and family, too.