Flash: ON   May 28, 2015 
Upcoming Events

Get ready for the Memorial Day Parade this coming Monday! The youth will be raising money for their mission trips by selling popcorn and treats on our church lawn. We'll be out there bright and early with coffee and doughnuts for sale if you want to come out and grab the best seat. If you're not going to be at the parade but don't want to miss out on the fun, stop by Wesley Hall Sunday after the worship service for our presale. We hope to see you at the parade!
Please Support our Vacation Bible School via the “VBS Giving Tree” signup sheet on the Education table in Wesley Hall. It lists donations needed and is a great way to support this VBS ministry if you are unable to volunteer on site that week.
Join the Capital Campaign Committee on Sunday, May 31 for an Ice Cream Social and Bike Riding party following worship. Children may bring their bikes and ride on our new parking lot. A Beanie Baby will be given to every child that brings a bike! Details about other projects will be available.  In addition, Liz will be filming a short, fun video publicizing our summer picnic schedule. Everyone is welcome to participate!
Conversation with our neighbors: Conversation leads to understanding, and understanding leads to peace. Everyone is invited to tea with our Muslim neighbors on Sunday, May 31 at 4pm at the Islamic Foundation, 300 W High Ridge, Villa Park, IL (near Willowbrook High School). Women are encouraged to bring a head scarf if we choose to visit the mosque. Ed Miner is the contact for this outing.
Annual Conference Mission challenge: What do sponges, clothesline, rubber gloves, and trash bags have in common?  They are some of the many items that make up a Cleaning Bucket  that can help those who are recovering from a disaster.  This year’s Mission Challenge across the Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) is to bring complete Cleaning Buckets to Annual Conference.  Conference Board of Global Ministries is challenging each church to bring at least one cleaning bucket to the Annual Conference.  A complete bucket costs approximately $65.00, and the Mission Committee is offering the option to purchase $5.00 shares of a bucket.  The Committee members will then purchase the specific items needed.  Put your contributions in the container at the Mission Table in Wesley Hall by, you guessed it, May 31.  If you have questions, see Marlene Stratton, Lay Member to Annual Conference, or Jack Phipps, Mission Committee Chair.
VBS Registration closing May 26! The 2015 VBS program, “G-Force: God’s Love in Action,” is set for June 15-18, 9am - noon, right next door at St. Peter’s UCC. Registration forms for children in grades K-8 are now available at the church (on the Education table) and can be printed from our website.
Got School Supplies to Donate? Leftover and gently used school supplies (pencils, crayons, glue, watercolors) can be used for our education ministries.  Please leave items on the Education table in Wesley Hall in the designated box.
All church cleanup day: The Trustees will be having an all-church cleanup on the morning of Saturday, June 6. Doughnuts and coffee will be provided. Lots of hands are needed so please come! Have some fun and get exercise as we share in the work of maintaining our church home.
H.U.G.S. Brunch on Sunday June 7: Join us to learn more about our local church Homebound Ministry, “Hearts United Giving Service” (H.U.G.S.).  We will have a brunch on June 7 after the worship service for current H.U.G.S. members and interested guests.  RSVP by Friday, June 5 to Chris Squier or the church office.
Church Office closed on Wednesdays during the summer: Please be advised of the following office hours change: Church Administrator Liz McDonald will take Wednesdays off beginning the week of June 8 to August 19. She will work extended hours, 8:00-3:30, on the other weekdays. A volunteer will be in the office to take phone calls for the morning-midday hours on Wednesdays.
Sign up to garden for the needy this summer: FUMC will be responsible for watering, weeding, picking and delivering the vegetables in our Heaven and Earth Garden, the second week of the month, June, July, August, September and possibly October.
There will be a sign-up sheet on the Missions Table. Instruction Sheets will be on the Mission Table and on the Bulletin Board in the Narthex.  Please sign up or call Darlene darlene.vanmeir@gmail.com.
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