Help Spread God’s Love

Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church will be placing an ad in the Chicago Tribune for Easter that welcomes and affirms LGBTQ persons.  If you would like to help with this through a donation, please make your check payable to First United Methodist with “Chicago Tribune” written in the memo line and return to the church office (232 South York Street, Elmhurst IL 60126) or click on our donation button at the bottom of the page.

Donations will be accepted through April 1.

More information regarding annual conference legislation, NIC’s payment of the general church apportionment and reaffirmation of Reconciling status of local churches will be forthcoming.

Spiritual Growth with Sunday Morning Series during Lent

Be guided through the practices in which Jesus himself participated.  Genuine prayer can lead to a life of hospitality, mercy, and justice.

Join this study of Elaine Heath’s FIVE MEANS OF GRACE, Experiencing God’s Love the Wesley Way on Sunday  mornings at 9:15 through April 7. 

Next Steps Post GC 2019

You know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  James 1:3

Dear First Church:

Since the general conference digest on March 3, many of you have spoken with me about what is next in the life for First Church and the denomination.  Let me suggest four things.

  • Attend to your spiritual life through worship, prayer and fellowship at First Church.  Here is a link for a daily devotional through the Upper Room as well as our church calendar.
  • Join the NIC Reconciling Ministries Taskforce for a post-general conference meeting on March 23, 1-3 pm at Downers Grove First UMC. Register here. We will talk about legislation, resistance, and action.
  • Bishop Dyck will host a listening post at Barrington UMC on March 30 at 2 pm. All lay and clergy of Northern Illinois conference are invited to attend.
  • Volunteer with the RMN’s national office in Chicago. They are swamped with the need for data entry help and other office tasks. If you could volunteer for half a day that would make a big difference.  The office is located at 123 W. Madison. Hours are 9 to 5. Using Spot Hero one can usually get parking for $15.

Brother James concludes his section on testing and endurance with these words:

Those who stand firm during testing are blessed. They are tried and true. They will receive the life God has promised to those who love him as their reward.

Let us cling to God’s promise through these days and remember that our love of God is our reward.

Peace, Love and Grace,

Reverend Joseph A. Johnson


Invitation to Ash Wednesday Event

Pastor Joe and Children & Youth Director, Lisa Rogers, invite people of all ages to join us on Ash Wednesday, March 6, for a special observance.

  • Come to Wesley Hall at 6:00 pm
  • Discover the 3 Pillars of Lent:  Pray, Fast, Give
  • Receive Ashes
  • Share a Lenten Supper
  • Enjoy Multi-age Activities
  • Pick up a Lenten Devotional packet for yourself or to share with your family or friends throughout the Season.

Guests are welcomed and encouraged!

Suggested donation:  $5/person or $20/family

RSVP to Church Office 630-834-2440 or by Tuesday, March 5.


The Gospel of Mark coming to First Church on April 7

Experience the Bible as it was intended to be shared:  as Story ~ told by Heart ~  in Community!

First United Methodist Church is proud to present The Gospel of Mark as told by Prairie Wind Guild

 Performance  at 3:00 pm, Sunday, April 7. These tellers, who include our own Marlene Stratton, are passionate about bringing Scripture to life through the ancient-future art of biblical storytelling. The Gospel of Mark is the Guild’s flagship presentation. In 2 hrs 20 minutes (including a 10-minute intermission), just like an evening at the movies, experience the drive, intensity and mystery of Mark’s Gospel.

Suggested Donation:  $5

Pot-Luck Supper & Post-Show Discussion Join us in Wesley Hall at 5:30pm for an old-fashioned pot-luck!  Bring your favorite dish and drop it off  in the kitchen prior to the performance!

For more about Prairie Wind Guild: Tellers of Sacred Stories go to