Pastor Joe is exploring three of these stories with the congregation through discussion, interviews, and application. Join him at 10:30 am on Sundays — April 28, May 5, and May 12.
From GOOGLE: “At a hot-dog-eating contestor at a demolition derby, in line at the pharmacy counter waiting for a shingles vaccination, living in a cave with a colony of bats: the Almighty appears in ever-more mysterious ways in Ninety-Nine Stories of God, Joy Williams’ surreal, sublime new collection of very short short stories. Each less than a page long, each packing a punch belied by its size, every one of these ninety-nine stories tells of everyday human interaction with an increasingly elusive and arbitrary deity.
Haunted by an array of extraordinary historical figures, from Kafka and Tolstoy to O. J. Simpson and Philip K. Dick, but populated by anonymous ordinary people just like you and me, the stories pool seemingly random moments into something deep, dazzling and disconcerting. Bleak and funny, ironic and lyrical, enigmatic and aphoristic, Ninety-Nine Stories of God breaks down the barriers between the everyday and the divine and takes Williams’ writing into territories strange and new.”
First Church revisits Jennifer Harvey’s book about bringing up children in a racially unjust America.
Join the Sunday Morning Series at 9:15 am to continue our conversation on racism. Last summer, First Church sponsored a day-long symposium on racism using Raising White Kids as a guide and featuring Dr. Harvey as the guest speaker. Join the discussion as we look at ways we can move towards race consciousness and anti-racism. Meet in Aldersgate on Sunday mornings through May 19. Ed Miner, Discussion Leader.
Good Friday Observance in a combined worship service at First United Methodist in Elmhurst
April 19, 2019 7:00 pm
Join the congregants from our Cluster Churches to hear The Seven Last Words of Christ and the music of our combined choirs. This will be a richly textured and imaged service with the music of Charles Gounod and John Stainer, the sketches of Jan Richardson, the sermon of Rev. Darneather Murph-Heath, and the prayers of the Church.
Ministry of the Salt Creek Cluster
United Methodist Church ~ Elgin District ~ Northern Illinois Conference. Rev. Darneather Murph-Heath, District Superintendent
- Calvary UMC in Villa Park ~ Rev. Julie Fleurinor- Moore, Pastor
- Christ UMC in Elmhurst ~ Rev. James Fu, Pastor
- Faith Evangelical UMC in Elmhurst ~ Rev. Uziel Hernandez, Pastor
- First UMC in Bensonville ~ Rev. SoYoung Kim, Pastor
- First UMC in Elmhurst ~ Rev. Joseph A. Johnson, Pastor
- Good Samaritan UMC in Addison ~ Rev. Sang hun Han, Pastor
- Wood Dale Community UMC in Wood Dale ~ Terry McDorman, Pastor