Join Us for “Grace Gathering” Sunday Sept. 10

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!

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.

 

Library Events 2017-2018

All Events  held in the First Church Library, Room 101.

Nov. 19, 2017, 3:30 pm: Book Discussion . Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by Nadia Bolz-Webber. Discussion leader: Lola Hotchkis

Jan. 21, 2018, 3:30 pm: Book Discussion. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez. Discussion leader: Colleen Sherburne

March 18, 2018,  The annual library Open House following Worship.

March 18, 2018, 3:30 pm: Book Discussion. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown.    Discussion leader: Ruth Zervas

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.