Birding with Pastor Joe

Join Pastor Joe at York Woods for an introduction to birding basics.  He will provide a DuPage County bird checklist and a list of common Fall birds.  You bring binoculars, appropriate clothing including sturdy walking shoes, and your curiosity.  Elmhurst Public Library has 3 pairs of binoculars for checkout for Elmhurst patrons and Animal Adventure Backpacks for kids (be sure it has binoculars)  We will be walking on flat paved paths.  Meet in south parking lot at 7 am sharp!

August Sermon Series

August Sermon Series

Sometimes God has difficult words for us to hear.  In this series we will explore the difficult words God spoke through the prophets of Isaiah and Jeremiah and consider how these difficult words can be a catalyst for change and growth in our current context.

7-Aug  Isaiah 1:1,10-20      Words of Judgement and Redemption

14-Aug  Isaiah 5:1-7             Words of Lamentation

21-Aug  Jeremiah 1:4-10   Words of Destruction and Creation

28-Aug  Jeremiah 2:4-13  Words of Complaint




Thank you to all who joined us on June 29th for the VBS Food Truck Party! Over 60 people from our church and the community had tons of fun eating, dancing, playing games, socializing, and celebrating the end of a wonderful month of Vacation Bible School. HUGE THANKS to Jennifer Grisolia for serving as co-leader of VBS, Lilly Sherman for assisting at VBS, Marlene Stratton for feeding us at VBS, Pastor Joe and Mike for helping with set-up, Jack Mathias for being an AMAZING DJ for the event, and Eddie and Liesl Cooke for helping with the games. And thank you to all who helped with the clean up after the event, your help was so appreciated!

And the cherry on top of a super fun evening is that we raised $400 at the event that will be split evenly between the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Northern Illinois Food Bank. During VBS we learned about how God provides for us and asks us to provide for others, so thank you for helping illustrate that lesson to our children with your generosity!!!!

July Sermon Series

The Articles of Religion teach us that the sacraments are “certain signs of grace, and God’s good will toward us.”  Join Pastor Joe has he explores Baptism and the Lord’s Supper using the words of these liturgies and the scriptures.  The series will run through the month of July concluding on July 31.

Experiencing God’s Grace

This series explores the sacraments of holy communion and baptism.  In preparation for this, consider watching the 1987 movie Babette’s Feast (available for rent  on Amazon and Apple tv for $3.99 or free to checkout at Elmhurst Public Library).  Additionally, the library is hosting a series of events called  Common Connection: Around the Table that uses lectures, discussion and critical thinking to identify topics that influence the world today.  Pastor Joe would love to hear about your experiences.  You can leave him a comment by clicking this form.

Taize Prayer Returns to First Church

Sunday mornings: July 10, August 14, and September 11; and Wednesday Evening October 5 at 6:30 pm.  Taizé prayer is a meditative common prayer that uses uncomplicated and repetitive songs that allow the mystery of God to become tangible through the beauty of simplicity. 

Juneteenth Rally Against Racism



Join us as we continue to wrestle with racism and work toward meaningful change through a celebration of Black culture. We will share music, stories, creative activities, education, and a voter registration table. We are pleased to be partnering with the Backyard Caucus, the DuPage County NAACP, Progressives 4 Change, and Beverly Rowls, Educational Consultant for this event.


Enjoy the music of The Evon Sams Jazz Combo and Gospel vocalist, Cameo Humes

This FREE event is intended for all ages. Light refreshments will be served.

Please bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.


June 19, 2022 – 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

Elmhurst First United Methodist Church – 232 S. York St