NEW: Adult Sunday Morning Lent Study"
“What Wondrous Love: Holy Week in Word and Art” will be offered as a Sunday morning Lenten study beginning on March 9
and concluding on Palm Sunday, April 13. The six sessions will feature video commentaries by noted Biblical scholars, coupled with masterpiece illustrations by John August Swanson, that explore the powerful story of Holy Week as told in the four gospels. The study will be offered on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. in the Aldersgate Room and will be led by Anita Hindsley. Illustrated participant books will be available.
Service Sunday February 23
On Service Sunday, we dedicated our gifts of time, talents and passions by pledging our service. If you have not turned in your Service Pledge form, please pick one up from the Yoke table and leave on the Yoke table, in the offering plate or church office.
K-3rd Grade PJ Movie Night
A new Veggie Tales movie, “It’s A Meaningful Life”, is a story of wonder and a lesson in being content and will be the featured attraction of a PJ Movie Night for First Church Kids in grades K–3rd
. Children can come in their PJs, bring sleeping bags and pillows, and enjoy the film after eating a dinner of pizza, trail mix, beverage and dessert. Date: Friday, March 7
from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Register by March 2
with Jane Cooke (firstname.lastname@example.org
) and bring a $4 donation for dinner.
Explorers Class begins March 30
The Explorers Class
is open to all people, particularly: those expressing their intention to join
First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst; Visitors/Prospective members wishing to learn
more about the United Methodist church & our own church community; and any people (members & non-members) wishing to renew
their covenant with God through an exploration of our church’s history, beliefs, organization, and stewardship. The class will meet in the Library (lower level) on the following Sundays at 9:15: March 30, April 6, 13, and 27. New Members will be welcomed on April 27. INFO: Contact Kristi Phipps
4th/5th Graders to the Movies!
The March fellowship event for the 4th and 5th graders will be an outing to see the new “Muppets Most Wanted” film at the York Theatre on Friday, March 21
(exact time TBD). Afterwards enjoy a treat at Coco Mero, where parents may pick up their children. RSVP by Wednesday, March 19
to Melissa Maloney
All-Church Feed My Starving Children event
All-Church Mission Event – On Saturday, March 22
from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Volunteers can range in age from 5 years old (K-2nd
graders each need to be accompanied by one adult) to older children, youth, and adults. Plan now to participate in this meaningful mission experience -- sign up at the Member Growth and Care table in Wesley Hall, with Gail Upson
) or Tracy Meehan
: Special envelopes are available in the Quiet Room to make a donation to this ministry.
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Ash Wednesday Worship
Begin the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday worship
, March 5
at 7:00 p.m. and the imposition of ashes, reflecting our mortality.the Easter story. Our theme this year, “Where Will Jesus Meet YOU?,” corresponds to our Lenten scriptures from the Gospel of John. We will hear stories about Jesus encountering many characters, in many ways, in many places. This leads us to examine the question of where we are on our own faith journey. Christ UMC will also join us for Ash Wednesday. Ashes at Elijah’s
-- Rev. Norma Lee and Pastor Joane Seaton will be at Elijah’s Coffee Shop at 111 E. First Street on Ash Wednesday from 6:30-9:30 am. for anyone who would like to begin the day with prayer and the marking of ashes.
Second Sunday Donations - NEXT: March 9
On the second Sunday of each month, we collect donations for the Emergency Pantry located at IC Parish. NEEDED: toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissues, laundry detergent, dish soap, travel toiletries.
Son of God
is a biblical drama based on Mark Burnett
and Roma Downey
's 10-hour miniseries The Bible
. The film features selections of the miniseries, deleted scenes, and the life of Jesus
from birth through the resurrection
From the Counters
When giving Capital Campaign donations, please be careful to reference “Capital Campaign” in the memo field. The counters ask that you NOT combine Capital Campaign donations and other offerings; kindly submit separate checks. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
Spring Easter flower sales begin Sunday, March 2 and run through March 23-beautiful lilies, daffodils, hydrangea, tulips. Look for inserts in your worship bulletins.
Easter Sunday 10:00 a.m. Worship
We will join together to celebrate the Risen Christ for one COMBINED worship service at 10:00 a.m.
on Easter Sunday April 20. Our traditional all-church Easter Breakfast, presented by our Fellowship Team, will begin at 8:45 a.m.
There will be no Church School that day, and there will be a special craft for children at the breakfast.
Youth Breakfast Ministry - Clothing Center
The Youth Breakfast Ministry provides a free breakfast to patrons of the Clothing Center on the third Saturday of the month. The Clothing Center is open 9-11 a.m. on these days. To help, contact Youth Director Lisa Rogers at email@example.com
Church Administrator Jan Martin Moving; Job Posting
Jan Martin and her family will be relocating to the New Jersey area in June, and we wish them well on this new adventure. Lance Martin was recently hired as the Director of Sales for MBO America. Jan’s last day in the office will be May 2, 2014. Staff Parish will recognize Jan’s ministry on May 11
in our 10:25 worship service. Copies of the Church Administrator job posting are available on the Northern Illinois Conference web site at http://www.umcnic.org/leadership-resources/jobs/
and in the church office.
For details on the position or to apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Offering Counters - Help Needed!
NEEDED: Counters to count the offering on Monday morning or (new) Sunday after worship. It’s a simple, easy and important way to contribute to our ministry; give it a try. Contact Adriana Potter at email@example.com
Rummage Sale May 2-3
Start saving those households treasures to donate! A church-wide Rummage Sale is planned for May 2-3, 2014
. For information contact Susan Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No more offering envelopes or checks
This year, resolve to simplify by using the church's automatic withdrawal option for your 2014 pledge donations. It's safe, easy and convenient. Contact financial secretary Adriana Potter (email@example.com) or bookkeeper Jennifer Jordan (Jordanfirstname.lastname@example.org). Enhanced PayPal options are also available right from our web site (see left hand menu bar).