Bible Study and Conversation about Gun Violence

Join in this three session Bible Study written by Bishop Sally Dyck, former bishop of the Chicago Episcopal Area.

Many of us want to respond to the continued tragedies of gun violence and we wonder what resources our faith tradition gives us. In her introduction, Bishop Dyck says,

This Bible study; Kingdom Dreams, Violent Realities; is important in helping
us identify and articulate the common good that is essential in our policies
and attitudes toward guns. We need biblically-based and faith-filled
conversations about this public health epidemic. Lives are at stake!

This study will be ZOOM only on June 15, 22, 29 at 11 am. Registration is required. Register here.

Click here for a digital copy of Bishop Dyck’s study.

Micah 4:1-4

4 But in the days to come,
        the mountain of the Lord’s house
            will be the highest of the mountains;
        it will be lifted above the hills;
            peoples will stream to it.
Many nations will go and say:
    “Come, let’s go up to the mountain of the Lord,
            to the house of Jacob’s God,
        so that he may teach us his ways
            and we may walk in God’s paths!”
Instruction will come from Zion
        and the Lord’s word from Jerusalem.
God will judge between the nations
        and settle disputes of mighty nations,
            which are far away.
They will beat their swords into iron plows
        and their spears into pruning tools.
Nation will not take up sword against nation;
        they will no longer learn how to make war.
All will sit underneath their own grapevines,
        under their own fig trees.
    There will be no one to terrify them;
        for the mouth of the Lord of heavenly forces has spoken.

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.

University of Illinois A Cappella to Perform at First Church

The University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana’s premier women’s A Cappella group, The Girls Next Door, will be performing their Showcase at First Church on Thursday, May 19th, at 7:30 pm.  The ladies will be finishing up a weeklong tour of local high schools and celebrating their love of music with this concert for family, friends, and the community.  First Church will offer a reception after the showcase.  Cash donations to support The Girls Next Door will be gratefully accepted at the door.

Safari Adventure Pictures

Thank you to all who came out for the Safari Adventure on April 23rd. We had a great time exploring the wild with you! Check back here for more events like this in the future.

Take a look at the rest of the photos here.

Safari Adventure Pictures

Thank you to all who came out for the Safari Adventure on April 23rd. We had a great time exploring the wild with you! Check back here for more events like this in the future.

Take a look at the rest of the photos here.

Vacation Bible School

JOIN US this Summer for a Food Truck Party VBS! We will meet every Wednesday in June from 5:30-7:00 p.m., dinner will be served. Cost is $10 per child. This program is intended for children entering Kindergarten-5th grade. For more information and to register click here.