On September 11 Grace Cafe returns to the Elmhurst community for its 11th year. Grace Cafe was started in 2007 as an ecumenical mission project to provide a free hot meal to anyone in the community and is currently supported by thirteen Elmhurst churches whose members provide two dinner gatherings per month for their guests. This year offers 18 opportunities for fellowship and sharing a meal, from September through May, 2018. Community members who are hungry, lonely, facing a tight budget or are eager to share dinner, companionship and conversation with other folks are invited to come to Grace Cafe. Families are welcome! Meals will be served starting at 5:00 p.m. and concluding at 6:30 p.m. at the Elmhurst churches listed below. No reservations are needed and meals are free of charge to anyone who would enjoy them. For additional information, please contact First United Methodist Church at 630-834-2440.
The Grace Cafe schedule for 2017-18 is:
September 11 Epiphany Lutheran Church 314 W. Vallette
September 25 St. Peter’s United Church of Christ 125 W. Church St.
October 9 St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church 893 N. Church Rd.
October 16 Yorkfield Presbyterian Church 1099 S. York Rd.
October 30 Immaculate Conception Church 217 S. Cottage Hill Rd.
November 13 Elmhurst Presbyterian Church 367 Spring Road
December 4 Redeemer Lutheran Church 345 S. Kenilworth
December 18 First United Methodist Church 232 S. York Road
January 15 St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church 893 N. Church Rd.
January 29 Visitation Catholic Church 779 S. York Road
February 12 Immaculate Conception Church 217 S. Cottage Hill Rd.
February 26 Redeemer Lutheran Church 345 S. Kenilworth
March 5 Yorkfield Presbyterian Church 1099 S. York Rd.
March 19 First Congregational United Church of Christ 235 S. Kenilworth
April 9 Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church 425 N. West Ave.
April 23 Visitation Catholic Church 779 S. York Rd.
May 7 Bethel United Church of Christ 315 E. St. Charles Rd.
May 21 Episcopal Church of Our Savior 116 E. Church St.
Starting 9/10/17 at Grace Gathering, we will change our Sunday schedule to:
- Education Time for Adults & Children from 9:15 to 10:15 am
- One service Worship from 10:30 to 11:30 am, with Fellowship following the service
This will enable us to meet and greet with our entire congregation, and experience the lovely music program together. On Grace Gathering Sunday, the Education Time will include a Church Breakfast and a chance for the children to meet their new Sunday School teachers. See you there!
This past tragic weekend has underlined our collective responsibility to fight racism and bigotry in our communities and our country. This coming weekend, First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst is hosting an event that has become particularly relevant for our times.
“Congregations in Northern Illinois are invited to participate in an important growth and training opportunity, Skin in the Game: Equipping Congregations to Challenge Racism. This half-day workshop on August 19 will provide practical guidance and resources for clergy, lay leaders and Christian Educators to address one of the most troublesome issues in our churches. The guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. Felicia LaBoy who has 14 years of urban and multicultural pastoral ministry as someone who moves from the “seminary to the street, from the pulpit to the pavement.”
The Skin in the Game workshop will be held at First UMC Elmhurst on Saturday, August 19th, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration fee of $10 is requested to cover expenses. A light breakfast will be available.
Advanced registration is not required, but is requested through the United Voices for Children website.
Skin in the Game is cosponsored by United Voices for Children, the Northern Illinois Chapter or Christians Engaged in Faith Formation and the Northern Illinois Annual Conference.
Grace Gathering is coming Sunday, September 10. Breakfast at 9:15; Worship at 10:30am. Get ready to celebrate the beginning of our education program year. This event has been traditionally called “Rally Day.”
The Fellowship Committee will serve breakfast in Wesley Hall and ALL are encouraged to attend.
Children can meet their Sunday School teachers and do a special, fun activity at 9:50am. There will be a presentation recapping the youth group mission trip to West Virginia that you won’t want to miss.
See you there!