Children’s Christmas Tree is Here! – November 27th

For children the crunch of wrapping paper and finding a hidden treasure within can mean so very much. That’s why for fifty-six years the members and friends of First Church have delighted in taking children’s names from our Narthex Christmas tree. This year the name tags will appear on Sunday, November 27th. Once again children from Lord’s Lambs Ministry in Pembroke and from Bethany Pastore El Buen Church in Chicago will be the recipients of our gift giving.  If you take a pair of tags from the tree, please remember to write your name and phone number on one tag, place it in the basket, and take the matching tag with you, so that you have the child’s age and size for shopping. After wrapping the gift, please securely attach the tag that you took with you to the present. If you prefer, sending money for others to shop for you, your monetary gift is also much appreciated. Please make checks payable to First United Methodist Church Elmhurst or use this PayPal link:  HERE  or use this QR Code:   

QR code for Christmas Giving Tree

Gifts will be delivered on Sunday, December 11, after worship.  Over the years, these Christmas gifts have brought joy to literally tens of thousands of children. Be part of the joy and take a tag or two from the tree this year!

2022 Advent Study begins November 27 with Tracy Daub’s Holy Disruption

1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus Christ, God’s Son, happened just as it was written about in the prophecy of Isaiah. Mark 1:1-2

Advent prepares us for the The Incarnation–God comes to earth in human form to be baptized, teach, heal, eat, and die–is what we celebrate at Christmas, and Mark shows us just how radical and celebration-worthy it is!

Sundays November 27-December 18 , 9:15 AM & Wednesdays November 30-December 21, 10 AM

Join us in reading Mark’s Gospel during December:

  • Day 1     1:1–28
  • Day 2     1:29–45
  • Day 3     2:1–28
  • Day 4     3:1–35
  •  Day 5    4:1–34
  •  Day 6    4:35–5:20
  • Day 7     5:21–43
  • Day 8     6:1–29
  • Day 9     6:30–56
  • Day 10 7:1–23
  • Day 11 7:24–8:10
  •  Day 12 8:11–9:1
  • Day 13 9:2–29
  • Day 14 9:30–50
  • Day 15 10:1–31
  • Day 16 10:32–52
  • Day 17 11:1–33
  • Day 18 12:1–27
  • Day 19 12:28–44
  • Day 20 13:1–37
  • Day 21 14:1–25
  •  Day 22 14:26–14:52
  • Day 23 14:53–15:20
  • Day 24 15:21–16:8

Looking for an electronic version of Mark’s Gospel? Try the Common English Bible Translation.

Faith and Everyday Living

Dr. Betsy Carlson, Safe Connections Coordinator for Family Shelter Services, will lead us in a discussion at First Church on Sunday, November 13 at 9:15 am.  Dr. Carlson is a domestic violence professional with over 20 years’ experience across a broad range of victim services including daily interaction with law enforcement when victim advocacy is required, all aspects of the legal process in obtaining civil orders of protection, related documentation, and educating victims regarding the navigation of the court process.

Dr. Carlson will share with us her work in DuPage County.  Please join us in welcoming Dr. Carlson and learning what we can do in DuPage County.  We will meet in the Aldersgate Room.

Family Fall Festival

Food, Games, Bounce House, Kid’s Costume Parade, Costume Contest for ALL ages, Spooky Organ Music concert, Halloween Trivia contest and a King Arthur’s Baking Contest. For more information and to register go to LINK

Family Fall Festival

October 30, 2022 – 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Join us for a Free Celebratory lunch with Halloween-themed games and activities, a Costume contest, and a baking contest for all ages. The kids will be trick-or-treating for the United Community Concerns Association so please bring your change.

Click HERE for more information and to register for the event and enter the baking contest.

Methodism and Contemporary Issues

October 16-November 20: Methodism and Contemporary Issues

October is Domestic Violence Prevention Month.We will study the General Board of Church and Society’s  4 week study Hidden in Plain Sight a call to End Domestic Violence.  This study defines domestic violence, explores it in three contexts (mother and children, gun violence, and migration).  Additionally this study will use scripture and the social teaching of The United Methodist Church to inform our response. The remaining two weeks will use the GBCS’s Faith and Fact Cards that the class will choose.  Copies of the study are available in the Narthex.  We will meet at 9:15 am in Aldersgate.

Birding with Pastor Joe

York Woods, September 11, 2022; 7 am-8 am; overcast and rain.

Hermit Thrush Photo courtesy of Cornell’s All About Birds

Four people took a chance today to go birding with Pastor Joe. We learned that DuPage County is home to 268 observed species and that York Woods was the first forest preseve of DuPage County. Woodpeckers were the most abundant bird family represented so we learned how to identify male and female wood peckers.

We heard many hermit thrushes and were rewarded with one on the path flitting its wings.

We recorded 14 species:

3 mourning dove

1 great blue heron

6 red bellied woodpecker

3 downy woodpecker

1 hairy woodpecker

1 eastern wood peewee

1 great crested flycatcher

10 blue jay

1 black capped chickadee

3 white breasted nut hatch

2 European starting

4 hermit thrush

10 American robin

6 common grackle

1 northern cardinal

Lecture and Discussion with Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim

This event is sponsored by the Fellowship of Asian Americans of the Northern Illinois Conference and the First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kim to discuss her book and answer questions. She will be available for a book signing following the lecture. Books will be available for cash sale of $20.

A catered dinner will be available for $12 and advance registration is required.

Lecture is FREE.


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!