White Privilege Study to continue through summer

The Social Justice Committee of First UMC is offering an adult class on Sunday mornings using the resource White Privilege: Let’s Talk—A Resource for Transformational Dialogue , which is an adult curriculum from the United Church of Christ that’s designed to invite church members to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race.

The series continues at 10:45am on the following Sundays: July 9, July 23, August 6, August 27. It is not necessary to have attended the previous sessions in order to participate in the class. Child care will be available upon advance request to the church office.

Illinois Trust Act Petition– A petition was circulated on May 14 and signed by 36 people at FUMC which advocated passage of the Illinois Trust Act (SB31 and HB 3099) and was delivered to the office of the local legislator. “The bill seeks to protect and build trust between law enforcement agencies and immigrant communities by limiting local police involvement in federal immigration enforcement.” The Bill passed in the Illinois legislature.

Future church social justice plans include the investigation of ways to support other churches in the conference who are involved in direct service to undocumented people in their congregation. The committee also will encourage First Church members to attend the October 22 fundraising event for Justice for Our Neighbors, a Northern Illinois Conference ministry that responds to complicated immigration regulations by providing services to the community and a forum for advocacy.

 

Summer worship time starts May 28

Beginning Memorial Day weekend, Sunday, May 28, we will be holding summer worship at 9:30am. There is no Sunday school during the summer. We look forward to seeing our members, guests and visitors throughout the summer.

1 Peter: Sermon series begins April 23

On April 23, Rev. Joseph Johnson will open a series of sermons on The First Letter of Peter in the New Testament.  This brief book offers some gentle advice to Christians as they struggle with the difficulty of being such in First Century Asia Minor. Several themes emerge in this letter: living as heirs of God’s great salvation in Jesus Christ, living in the old world in a new way, and why do Christians suffer. Open your Bibles and give 1 Peter a read. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

 

 

Holy Week Schedule announced for 2017

First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst has scheduled several opportunities to worship during Holy Week. Please join us this season as we contemplate, pray, and celebrate.

Palm Sunday, April 9: The procession of the palms highlights morning worship services (8:10am and 10:25am) on Sunday, April 9.

Maundy Thursday Worship: As we come to the close of the Lenten journey, we will join on Maundy Thursday, April 13 at 6:30pm to reflect on the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples the night before his arrest. Share a simple supper in Wesley Hall, with Communion following.

On Good Friday, April 14, a solemn Service of Tenebrae will be held at 7pm.

The church office is closed on Good Friday.

Easter Sunday: Our traditional all-church Easter Breakfast will be at 9:00-10:15am on Easter Sunday, April 16. A donation of $4/person will help offset the cost of the meal. Please join us as we come together in this fellowship celebration as a church community prior to our Easter worship service. Kids’ activities will be available during the breakfast. We will join together to celebrate the Risen Christ for one combined worship service at 10:25 am.