Flash: ON   March 3, 2015 
Upcoming Events
Follow us on Facebook: The church office is reinvigorating our Facebook presence.  We will publish event reminders, online forms and flyers, and other updates as they come in. Please follow us at “First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst”. And let the church office know if you have an announcement or information you’d like to share on Facebook.
Service Pledge Sunday: Complete your service pledges today! You may fill out a paper form or an online form from your electronic device. The online form link is http://goo.gl/forms/BjemF5qeGi or here:
Walk the Labyrinth: First Church is hosting a traveling Labyrinth from Wednesday, February 25 through Monday, March 2. Pray and meditate as you walk the labyrinth pattern. Allow 30-45 minutes to be in meditation as you walk.
The Endowment fund grant committee is now accepting grant requests for distributions from the church’s permanent endowment fund. This year’s endowment distribution will be $25,249. We will accept applications through Sunday, March 1. Grant applications are available from the church office.
Marcus Borg book study: A book discussion of “Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most” by the late Marcus Borg will be offered as a 4-week book study on Sunday mornings and Tuesday mornings beginning March 8.  A noted theologian and Bible scholar, Borg reflects on his life and how he developed his most bedrock convictions and why they matter.  Sharing his thoughts on how Americans can return to what matters most, Borg compellingly presents his views on faith and its role in the 21st century. Paperback copies of the book will be available for $15 from Ruth Zervas.  The sessions will be on Sunday mornings at 9:15am and on Tuesday mornings at 9:30am (you may choose either session), will be held in the Aldersgate Room on the main level, and led by Ed Miner.
The Seven Spiritual Yearnings of Youth: What is the core of the many challenges and struggles confronting our youth in today’s world?  What do our youth really need from the church and the adults in their world?  These and other questions will be answered  by Dr. Reginald Blount in a program especially geared to parents of middle and high-school youth that will be offered on Sunday, March 8 at 4pm at First UMC. Dr. Reginald Blount is instructor of Christian education and youth ministry at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston and director of Faith Passage, a leadership development program for high school youth.   Middle and high-school youth will be offered a youth group program in the Oxford Room during Dr. Blount’s program.  At 5:30pm youth and parents will enjoy pizza and fellowship together in Wesley Hall. (A small donation for dinner will be requested.) Please express interest by signing up at the Education table in Wesley Hall or by contacting Lisa Rogers (jlrogers204@comcast.net) or Ruth Zervas (ruth.zervas@umcelmhurst.org) Parents with children younger than middle school are also invited to attend; child care will be provided upon request to Ruth Zervas by February 28.
Eat and Earn at Mamma Maria’s: Save the date for Wednesday, March 11, 4:00-11:00pm for a tasty Eat & Earn opportunity! A portion of your bill will be donated to the Missions Committee.  Flyers will be available shortly!
NEW Family Lent Event!  All are invited to the inaugural Family Lent Event on Sunday, March 15, 4:30-6:00pm in Wesley Hall.  We will be making soft pretzels, a Lenten tradition that traces its roots back to a young monk in the early 600s in Italy.  The monk created the first soft pretzels when he rolled a special Lenten bread of water, flour, and salt into the form of crossed arms, mimicking the prayer position of folding ones arms over each other on the chest.  Families will also enjoy dinner, Lenten-themed crafts, and fellowship.  Cost for dinner is $4/person.  Please RSVP at the Education Table.  Questions?  Please contact Kristi Phipps kristina_j_phipps@yahoo.com or Ariana Voigt arianavoigt@yahoo.com.
Easter Flower ordering is now underway. Orders will be taken now through March 15. The order form is also available online for printing from home. The link is on the church’s Facebook page, website or at http://tinyurl.com/krs9yt4
Save the date for “The Spiritual Dimension of Aging: Finding What is Really Important To Me”. This HUGS ministry happens here on Sunday, March 22 from 12:30-2:00pm. The event will be preceded by lunch at 11:30. Details to follow.
First Church’s biennial fundraising dinner and auction is scheduled for Friday, April 24 at River Forest Country Club. Please donate to the auction! To donate, you may pick up a signup sheet in Wesley Hall or donate NOW online. Donations are due by March 24. To sign up for your donation online, go to http://tinyurl.com/mh9pud2  or use this QR code from your electronic device:
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