“Skin In The Game” / Equipping Congregations to Challenge Racism

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.

Skin In the Game: Why Being Racial Competent Is Critical to Ministering to Children of Color

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