Join us for Ash Wednesday

February 17 at 7:00 pm

Live-Worship returns to First Church with our Ash Wednesday Service which will now be held in the Sanctuary.  Attendance is still limited during this tier of our pandemic protocol.  If you wish to attend, please register at Worship Signup .

The service will also be live-streamed.  Ashes have been available for pick-up to add to your worship at home.




Lenten Sermon Series

During Lent,
we will address
helping our neighbors who are suffering
— by using our faith understandings
from our rich theological tradition.


  • If you have every journeyed with a loved one or friend through terminal illness, divorce or other suffering, this series is for you. 
  • If you want to spiritually prepare yourself for such a journey, this series is for you.

This series is inspired by Frederick Schmidt’s book, The Dave Test: A Raw Look at Real Faith in Hard Times.  He holds the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.

Dates, Topics, & Scriptures

  • February 21  Letting Go of False Gods (Genesis 9:8-17; Mark 1:9-15)
  • February 28  Understanding the Incarnation of God (Genesis 17:1-7; Mark 8:31-38)
  • March 7  Acknowledging Our Mortality (1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22)
  • March 14  Finding God in Desolation (Numbers 21:4-9; John 3:14-21)
  • March 21  Affirming Biblical Values (Jeremiah 31:31-34; John 12:20-33)

Post Sermon Discussions

Pastor Johnson invites you to join  post-sermon discussions on ZOOM over these 5 weeks.  To determine a preferred meeting day & time, please complete the following on: survey 


Worship in February

Sunday February 7:   First Sunday with Holy Communion

Sunday February 14: Youth Sunday
A Valentine for All of Us

Wednesday February 17:  Ash Wednesday
Special Parking Lot Service at 5:30 pm

Sunday February 21:   Lenten Sermon Series begins

All Services Live Streamed on Facebook

Awareness & Learning Path begins Jan 31


The United Methodist Church recognizes that racism is a sin and is committed to challenging the unjust power structures that support it and to working for equality in all areas of life. The Anti-Racism Task Force of the Northern Illinois Conference has developed the  Awareness and Learning Path
to guide us as we continue the work that was started in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.

All are invited to join us on the last Sunday of each month, January-June, via ZOOM (11:30 am to 1:00 pm). Let us navigate the Awareness and Learning Path together as we continue the journey that will lead to transformation and action.

Sign up for the first session on January 31:

New Sunday School Series to begin Jan 31

An exciting new children’s Sunday school series is set to begin January 31 and continue on the last Sunday of each month through March. Using the Cokesbury Deep Blue Faith and Culture Curriculum on Anti-Racism, there will be 3 classes via ZOOM.

Prejudice & Stereotypes         January 31                  9:30-10:15 am
Curiosity & Empathy               February 28                9:30-10:15 am
Colors & Cultures                    March 28                    9:30-10:15 am

Contact Lisa Rogers for more information.