On April 23, Rev. Joseph Johnson will open a series of sermons on The First Letter of Peter in the New Testament. This brief book offers some gentle advice to Christians as they struggle with the difficulty of being such in First Century Asia Minor. Several themes emerge in this letter: living as heirs of God’s great salvation in Jesus Christ, living in the old world in a new way, and why do Christians suffer. Open your Bibles and give 1 Peter a read. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst has scheduled several opportunities to worship during Holy Week. Please join us this season as we contemplate, pray, and celebrate.
Palm Sunday, April 9: The procession of the palms highlights morning worship services (8:10am and 10:25am) on Sunday, April 9.
Maundy Thursday Worship: As we come to the close of the Lenten journey, we will join on Maundy Thursday, April 13 at 6:30pm to reflect on the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples the night before his arrest. Share a simple supper in Wesley Hall, with Communion following.
On Good Friday, April 14, a solemn Service of Tenebrae will be held at 7pm.
The church office is closed on Good Friday.
Easter Sunday: Our traditional all-church Easter Breakfast will be at 9:00-10:15am on Easter Sunday, April 16. A donation of $4/person will help offset the cost of the meal. Please join us as we come together in this fellowship celebration as a church community prior to our Easter worship service. Kids’ activities will be available during the breakfast. We will join together to celebrate the Risen Christ for one combined worship service at 10:25 am.
Lent begins on March 1 with Ash Wednesday. Lent is a time when Christians examine their lives in light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We ask ourselves where we are in step with Jesus and where are we out of step with Jesus.
The first five Sundays in Lent will feature a “blessing of the shoes.” You are invited to wear or bring in the specified shoes for each Sunday. Don’t worry if you forget. We will still bless your shoes. In addition to blessing shoes, FUMC will be collecting for the Elmhurst Shoe Fund.
Where will you be stepping out with Jesus this Lent?
“Blessing of the Shoes” Schedule:
March 5: ACTIVE shoes (walking, running, hiking)
March 12: WORK shoes
March 19: ASSISTED MOBILITY (canes, walkers, wheelchairs, scooters, prosthetics, whatever helps you ambulate)
March 26: BOOTS (Protective shoes, rain boots, snow boots)
April 2: COMFORTABLE shoes (slippers, sandals, flip flops)
Social Justice Agency of The United Methodist Church Stands With Immigrants and Refugees
Rejects policies that deny dignity and worth
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the Trump administration took executive action to expand the U.S.-Mexico border wall, increase the powers of immigration law enforcement and cut federal funding for sanctuary cities. The administration is expected to announce further action to halt the acceptance of refugees, and discriminate against Muslim refugees seeking asylum.
The General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church calls upon all policy makers to work for just and compassionate migration policies that affirm the worth, dignity, and inherent value and rights of all persons regardless of nationality or legal status. (2016 Book of Resolutions, #3281 “Welcoming the Migrant to the United States”)
Supportive of churches offering sanctuary to migrants, Church and Society is especially concerned about the explicit targeting of communities determined to help those in need. Such policies are antithetical to the life and teaching of Jesus Christ and will not be celebrated as progress.
“As followers of Jesus, we reject in the strongest terms efforts to expand the U.S.-Mexico border wall, penalize communities providing sanctuary, halt refugee resettlement or impose a religious test for those facing forced migration,” said the Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society.
“Immigrants and refugees sit in our pews and are behind the pulpit. United Methodists around the world are loving their neighbors by welcoming refugees and immigrants into their congregations and communities,” Henry-Crowe continued. “We call on our political leaders and policy makers to follow their lead and compassionately welcome our sisters and brothers.”
The General Board of Church and Society is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. The board is called to seek the implementation of the Social Principles and other policy statements of the General Conference on Christian social concerns.