Flash: ON   September 1, 2014 
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Bring Coat Hangers! The Clothing Center is in desperate need of coat hangers. Metal coat hangers are fine. Please go through your closets and bring in your extras! You can bring them to the Clothing Center or at the clothing center dropoff area in the basement staircase landing.
Sign Up for New Photo Directory Starts Sunday!
We are excited to begin the process for our new Church Pictorial Directory. ‚ÄčLifeTouch will be here October 8th -11th ‚Äčwith available sessions 3-9 PM Wednesday through Friday and 10-4 on Saturday. Every family photographed will receive a free directory and have the opportunity to order additional pictures and photo Christmas cards‚Äč if you like.
Sign up for your family's photography session in the Narthex starting TODAY, ‚Äčor you may sign up online during the week through our church website‚Äč‚Äč. Simply click on the Online Church Directory tab on the homepage.
For the best selection of time slots, sign up today! Our Directory won't be complete without you in it.
Fellowship Dinner Date to change: The Fellowship Dinners originally scheduled for Saturday, September 27 will be rescheduled for later in the fall. A new date will be announced soon.
Grace Gathering September 7: “Grace Gathering” is the beginning of First Church’s fall program year. This event is for all First Church members and friends. We begin with the traditional breakfast served in Wesley Hall from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Breakfast will be a congenial fellowship time when we re-connect with one another, share summer happenings, and make plans to attend the Education programs and new small group ministries offered during the 2014-2015 year
Imagine No Malaria Loose Change Jar – In support of the broader UMC effort to support Imagine No Malaria, the missions team is asking the congregation to donate their loose change in support of this worthy cause.  Donate whatever loose change you have in your pockets, bring in that old change jar from home, and clean out the coin holders (ash trays) in your car!  You will find the change sorter on the missions table in Wesley Hall, along with materials explaining the importance of Imagine No Malaria and why it is such a strong focus for the global church.
The Religion of Islam: Members of First UMC Elmhurst will have an opportunity in September to learn about one of the fastest growing religious groups in the United States.   The guest teacher, via DVD, will be Professor John L. Esposito from Georgetown University.  Reverend Ronald Graham will be leading the study.  Sessions will be held on six consecutive Tuesdays at 10 a.m. beginning Tuesday, September 2nd and ending on Tuesday,  October 8th.  The group will meet at the Aldersgate Room on the main level. 
Raggedy Anne Learning Center Fall Registration Open: Serving Elmhurst since 1970, Raggedy Anne is now accepting new students for Fall classes.  “Raggedy Anne is not a babysitting service – rather, it is a learning environment for children 2 (not trained) to 5. We offer preschool hours (9-11:30) in addition to full day care. We have affordable rates and for First Church families we offer a 15% discount. You know where we are – just give me a call. Carol – 630-530-2666”
The Youth Group annual Sleep Out Saturday barbecue will be held on Sunday, September 21st after the 10:25 service. New this year, a family who went through the two year bridge program will speak at the 10:25 service and will then join us for the barbecue afterwards. The youth have been able to hear the stories of the Bridge families at the SOS rally each year but this will be an opportunity for our congregation to see the amazing impact that Bridge has on homeless families in DuPage County. We hope to see you there.
Join the Youth Group as we again travel to Jonamac Orchard, on Saturday, September 17th, 12-7:00 p.m. Jonamac is a really fun orchard with a HUGE corn maze, petting zoo, apple cannons, jump pillow and apple picking. We always have such a fun time there and all are welcome. Contact Lisa Rogers if you would like to join us, jlrogers204@comcast.net.

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