Let’s talk about mental health support for Elmhurst youth!

Join Us in an Open Community Conversation


DATE:               Tuesday, March 19, 2019

TIME:                7:00-8:30 pm

PLACE:            First United Methodist Church ~                                       Wesley Hall

SPEAKER:    Amy Strauss,  National Alliance on Mental Illness


  • Support Groups
  • Community Education & Resources
  • Volunteer Training
  • Advocacy Planning
  • Youth Mental Health Awareness

Elmhurst Youth (6th-12th grades), Families, & Friends are Welcome! Optional Supervised Youth Games provided during the Program (ages 8+) No Registration Required. Questions:  Chris Squier squierc@gmail.com

A February Letter from Pastor Joe







Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

In Ninety-Nine Stories of God, Joy Williams tells about a traveler who meets three men pushing wheelbarrows. He asks them what they are doing.  Each gives him a different answer. The first said: “I toil from sunrise to sunset, and all I receive for my labor is a few francs a day.”The second said: “I’m happy enough to wheel this wheelbarrow, for I have not had work for many months, and I have a family to feed.” The third said: “I’m building Chartres Cathedral.”

The three workers have different perspectives about the work they are doing. The first understands the work to be toil for not very much reward.  The second is grateful for the work so that he can feed his family. The third sees a greater vision than just pushing a wheelbarrow. He is building Chartres Cathedral something extraordinary for God and for people.

If someone asked you about the wheelbarrow you are pushing, what would you say?  Especially in the church, it is easy to be overwhelmed by a task, not appreciated, or see little return for our effort.  Other times, we easily see the greater task God has called us to and we rejoice in it.

So my question is: what are you doing with the wheelbarrow you are pushing?

Christ’s Servant

Rev. Joseph A. Johnson


After a short hiatus during restoration work on our lower level, the FIRST CHURCH CLOTHING CENTER is again accepting donations. Thank you for your forbearance during February and your continuing support of this ministry.  We will look forward to receiving your generous gifts of gently used clothing, shoes, coats, household goods, bedding, toys, and/or books.


  • Go to Church Office Entrance in North parking lot (between First Church and Immaculate Conception).
  • Look for single Red Door
  • Take donations down half/flight of stairs to collection area
  • Pick up a Donation Letter

The CLOTHING CENTER is open on the First Thursday of each month from 9-11:00 in the morning and from 7-9:00 in the evening and on the Third Saturday of the month from 9-11:00 am.

If you have questions, please contact the Church Office:  admin@umcelmhurst.org.

WORSHIP in January & February

“But who do you say that I am?”  Matthew 16: 15

New Testament Understandings

SUN Jan 13:  Jesus of Nazareth

SUN Jan 20: Resurrection of Jesus 

SUN Jan 27:  Titles for Jesus 

SUN Feb 3:  Genesis of the Gospels 

SUN Feb 10:  Hymns about Jesus #1

SUN Feb 17:  Hymns about Jesus #2

SUN Feb 24:  Everyday Living

Sunday Morning Worship Series at 10:30 am with Reverend Joseph A. Johnson

A New Year’s Letter from Pastor Joe

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life…In Noah’s six hundred first year…              Genesis 7:11, 8:13

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

Happy New Year!

Northern Parula Wood Warbler

This year a “Birds of North America Calendar” will be gracing my office wall.  Each month features a bird family.  January features parulidae or new world warblers.  Forty warblers are identified for January.  Maybe 2019 will be the year I will be able to identify all forty in the field!

As we begin a new year, we ponder what events will unfold.

In his 600th year, Noah experienced the great flood.  And he spent his whole 600th year on the ark—obedient to God’s will and discerning God’s ongoing activity in creation.  After sending out the raven once and the dove twice, Noah discerned that the flood waters had dried up.  For that year, Noah cooperated with God to bring about salvation to all the creation.  Without Noah and his family, the animals and humanity would have drowned in the flood.

Certainly, God can act without the assent of humanity, but the scriptures witness to a God who partners with humanity to save the creation from evil and violence.  This is most notable in the incarnation of Jesus Christ.  In Jesus, the divine human partnership comes to full fruition.  Divine and human will became one.

Regardless of what events unfold this year, may we like Noah and Jesus be attuned to the divine will of bringing salvation to the creation.  Noah built the ark.  Jesus called and taught disciples.

Christ’s Servant,

Rev. Joseph A. Johnson