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Upcoming Events
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Classes and Events
NEW: Adult Sunday Morning Lent Study"
“What Wondrous Love: Holy Week in Word and Art” will be offered as a Sunday morning Lenten study concludes 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 takes place Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. in the Aldersgate Room and is 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.

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, 630-359-4363.  

Ministry News and Upcoming Events
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. 

In Theatres
Son of God (PG-13) 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.  Also playing: God’s Not Dead (PG), the story of college student Josh Wheaton, boldly challenged by his college philosophy professor to prove God’s existence.  Starring Kevin Sorbo and Shane Harper.
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.

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 jlrogers204@comcast.net.

Church Administrator Jan Martin Moving
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.  

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 adrianapotter@earthlink.net

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 boyd.susan.ml@gmail.com.

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 (adrianapotter@earthlink.net) or bookkeeper Jennifer Jordan (Jennifer@jordan-dmm.com).  Enhanced PayPal options are also available right from our web site (see left hand menu bar).
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