“Armor Up” ~ a Virtual Quest to be Strong in the Lord

FIRST CHURCH VIRTUAL VBS on Tuesday Mornings from 10-11:00 am for 5 weeks: June 9 -July 7.

Posted by First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Knights of North Castle:  are inviting children (ages 4-12) to join them in their Quest for the King’s Armor and to be strong in the Lord! 

Jennifer Grisolia and Lisa Rogers will be leading the King’s valiant Knights on this quest along with Storyteller Sharon Phillips & Teaching Artist Marie Strauch.

Gather via ZOOM to explore Old & New Testament stories & discover different pieces of protective armor

  • The Belt of TRUTH
  • The Breastplate of JUSTICE
  • The Shoes of PEACE
  • The Shield of FAITH
  • The Helmet of SALVATION

Take up the gauntlet this summer and accept the challenge to “armor up” and be strong by remaining with God.

PARENTS:  Please send a private message on this page to enroll your child(ren) and receive the Zoom link and other pertinent information so your child(ren) can join the fun.


Graduate Recognition in Worship on May 17

May 17 will be a bittersweet day for our York High School Seniors who were scheduled to graduate next Sunday. This wonderful milestone filled with much pomp & circumstance and fun events has been greatly altered by the pandemic. Collegiate and 8th Grade graduations, too,  will be sorely changed.

During Worship next Sunday, May 17, our First Church graduates from 8th Grade, High School, and College will be specially recognized.   Please keep all of our young people in your thoughts and prayers during this trying time.

And — please be sure to join us online at 10:30am for Worship next week.

Service of Lamentation ~ May 24

As we enter our second month of sheltering at home, social distancing, and the cancelling of our church and community events, Pastor Joe invites the congregation to a Service of Lamentation at 10:30 am on Sunday, May 24.

To create a  prayerful collage of our lamentations during this unexpected lockdown , all are welcome to forward a photo of yourself along with 3-5 words of what you are lamenting, feeling, or thinking. These will be gathered by Kathy Hansen and placed in a presentation for the Worship Service.

Please check announcements for Kathy’s contact information or contact the church office at admin@umcelmhurst.org.

ON-LINE HYMN SING coming up on JUNE 4

Hymn Sing 

Join us on-line for an old-fashioned hymn sing on Thursday evening, June 4, 7:00-7:30 pm.  From the last few summers, First Church music director Doug Peters will have culled a list of our favorites for us to choose from.  Organist Dick Stultz is ready to play any and all!!

April Letter from Pastor Joe

My soul longs, indeed faints for the courts of the Lord. Psalm 84:2

Arnold Belkin, 1951, Exodus








April 20, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Grace and Peace to you in the name of our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ.

I am so grateful to the members, leaders and staff of First Church.  Your commitment to the ongoing mission of Jesus Christ is inspiring.  This whole episode feels like the Israelites in the desert escaping the oppressive yoke of the Egyptians.  Our usual structures of meaning and purpose have been suspended…births, graduations, weddings, funerals, etc.  We join all who lament these tangible losses.

We have entered a new ministry landscape and you have demonstrated your willingness to understand, adapt and continue. The church’s work continues because of your faithfulness to Jesus Christ.

At present, we will continue our level of ministry through online worship, fellowship, and meetings as well as wellness checks. We would like to hear from you so don’t be a stranger.  As the landscape changes we will evaluate and adapt accordingly.

With the assistance of the government, health authorities and the annual conference, we will monitor to see when we can safely return to in person ministry including worship.  Until then, we join in the Psalmist’s cry, “My soul longs, indeed faints for the courts of the Lord.”

Christ’s Servant,



The Reverend Joseph A. Johnson