Lent at First Church

Worship (Available on Facebook)

February 14 6 pm                              Ash Wednesday Dinner and Service (Wesley Hall and Sanctuary)

February 18-March 17, 9:30 am              Sunday Morning Worship (Sanctuary)

March 24       9:30 am                       Palm Sunday Worship (Sanctuary)

March 28       7 pm                              Maunday Thursday Worship (Sanctuary and Prayer Stations)

March 29        7 pm                              Salt Creek Cluster Good Friday Service (Prince of Peace UMC, Elk Grove Village)

March 31      9:30 am                        Easter Worship (Sanctuary)

                           10:30                            Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch (Front Lawn and Wesley Hall)

Small Group

Wednesday    10 am                            Small group discussion on the scriptures with devotional booklet. Devotional Book available from church office for $3. (Feb. 21-March 27; Aldersgate Room)


Six prayer stations will be located on the first floor (Narthex, Quiet Room, Aldersgate) for personal prayer throughout the Lenten season.  Each station is self-guided.


Feed My Starving Children              March 23, 2pm                       

Schaumburg Packing Facility         740 Wiley Farm Court

Christmas Eve

Sunday evening, December 24th, join us in the Sanctuary at 5:00 pm for a Family Service in Story & Song:  A Crèche for Christmas.  First Church adults and youth along with the Chancel Choir and Chapel Chimers will share the story of the birth of Jesus.  All are invited to this special worship service as we welcome the light of Christ’s birth together.

Mosaic Players Present – 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

On Friday, November 3rd, at 7:00 pm right here at First Church, Elmhurst Pride Collective, in partnership with First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst, proudly present 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, brought to you by Mosaic Players, a traveling theatre troupe whose work embraces social justice, human rights, and equality. 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche is a scintillating satire of women’s roles in the 1950s, enlisting its characters in a caricature of the sexism, heterosexism, consumerism, and Communism exuberant in the era. Come join us for this absurdly adorable and unapologetic declaration of lesbi-independence!  Come dressed in your best 1950s garb!  Performance followed by Q&A with the cast and light refreshments. 

Tickets are $5 and available at https://mosaicplayerspresent.eventbrite.com


God in the Wilderness

You shall know that I am the LORD your God.  Exodus 16:12

This series will utilize the Exodus narratives to explore the current climate refugee crisis in the United States.  Over the past 20 years the frequency of $1 billion (CPI adjusted) climate events has increased from  8.3 per year to 20 per year.  The cost has increased to $177.3 billion/year.  The top two home insurance companies have stopped offering coverage in some states and doubled premiums in others.

The Israelites had to leave Egypt which became deadly so that they could live.  In leaving Egypt, they learned new spiritual practices that brought life to them.  We too need to relearn these practices as we prepare for an uncertain future as climate change continues to cause us to move so that we can survive.


September 24                   Exodus 16:2-15; Matthew 20:1-16

October 1                          Exodus 17:1-7; Matthew 21:23-32

October 8                          Exodus 20:1-20; Matthew 21:33-46

October 15                        Exodus 32:1-14; Matthew 22:1-14

October 22                        Exodus 33:12-23;  Matthew 22:15-22

October 29                        Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Matthew 22:34-46

Fall 2023 Christian Education Offerings


One Day I Wrote Back: Interacting with Scripture through Creative Writing by Jane Herring

Sundays, Sept. 24-Oct. 29; 9:15am – 10:15

Herring leads you to talk back to those scripture passages you don’t understand. Ask questions, explore your life, plead, praise and ponder.
She provides reflection questions and simple practical exercises to encourage writing.


Sundays in November 9:15 am

We will kick off this observation by learning about the Papal Bull
Romanus Pontifix, of 1452 that declared war on the non-Christian world and gave Spain and Portugal rights to conquest.

We’ll watch a 45-minute video for this first session.
We will explore our denominational teaching about Christianity and Native Americans the next three weeks by reading United Methodist Resolutions 6025, 3321 and 3334.


Advent 2023

Wednesdays, Nov. 29- Dec.20; 10 am- 11am
Sundays, December 3-24; 9:15 am -10:15 am

With the help of Bishop Willimon, we will explore the Incarnation of Jesus with his new book, Heaven and Earth.

“It’s not within our own power to make afresh start. If we’re to have a future different from the past, it must come as a gift, something not of our devising. What we need is a God who refuses to be trapped in eternity, a God who not only cares about us but is willing to show up among us and do something with us, here, now.”

Keep the Dream Alive


To commemorate the March on Washington, the Anti-Racism Task Force of the Northern Illinois Conference UMC is organizing two back-to-back events in Chicago. Our purpose is to continue to work towards a more equitable society for all and to live out our conviction that “racism is incompatible with Christian teaching.” Sign up HERE.

KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE  – Sunday, August 27, 2023 

Light Lunch , 1:00 at First UMC- Chicago 

Worship Service, 1:30 at First UMC- Chicago 

March & Rally, 2:30 at Daley Plaza, Chicago