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Don’t forget to “Fall Back” for the time change next Sunday!
 
If you take “selfies” at church: These days, whenever something fun is happening, the cellphones come out for pictures. We would love for you to share your church pics with the congregation! Liz McDonald, the church administrator, needs your photos taken at church events for publication in the Visitor and other church materials.  In particular, shots from last week’s Trick or Treat and other pictures of kids would be appreciated. Please forward your photos to liz.mcdonald@umcelmhurst.org
 
PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter): First Church will be supporting PADS next Saturday night, November 1 at Medinah Baptist Church. SEVERAL VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED especially for overnight, breakfast, and clean-up.  Sign up at the chart by the Mission table in Wesley Hall or contact Marlene Stratton at 630-953-2454. The mission of PADS is to end homelessness in DuPage County.  PADS’ many services bring individuals from dependency to self-sufficiency.  Our participation in this mission program this year will be different than in the past. We will only provide support (meals, lunches, safe place to sleep) on three Saturday / Sunday combinations: November 1-2, January 3-4, and March 7-8, at Medinah Baptist Church overnight, breakfast, and clean-up. 
 
All Saints Sunday: On November 2, 2014, we will commemorate those who have died since last year’s All Saints Sunday, November 3, 2013.  Names will be read during a time of remembrance and will include members of our church as well as friends of members.  A list of names compiled by the church office to date is on the Worship table in Wesley Hall.  Contact liz.mcdonald@umcelmhurst.org or 630-834-2440 if you have people you wish to honor.
 
The Jesus Fatwah: Love your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself- The newest DVD curriculum from Living the Questions. Seventeen Christian and Islamic scholars present information about what Muslims believe, how they live their faith, and how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith.  The presentations and discussion will be led by Ron Graham at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the Aldersgate Room from October 26 - November 23.  The sessions will be repeated on Mondays following each Sunday presentation at Bridgeway of Bensenville at 9:30 a.m.  If you are unable to attend the Sunday sessions you are invited to the Monday morning sessions.  For directions to Bridgeway contact Ron at graham303@comcast.net or at 630-350-7729.
 
Sleep Out Saturday is coming up on November 1-2 and everyone in the congregation is invited to join the youth as they raise awareness about homelessness by sleeping on our church lawn. We will meet on the church lawn at 5:30 p.m. to set up sleeping areas. You can sleep in a tent or a box (I will have some boxes but let me know if you want one so I can reserve one for you). This one of our youths’ favorite events even though it is one of the hardest things we do and we hope you can join us. Contact Lisa Rogers with questions or to sign up for the event.
 
Summer mission trip opportunity: The youth group is headed to West Virginia to this summer to serve the residents by helping to rebuild and restore homes that are in desperate need of repair. The date of the trip is July 26-August 2nd and is open to all members of our congregation. The cost of the trip is $345. Please contact Lisa Rogers for more information-jlrogers204@comcast.net
 
Appreciation is expressed to all who attended and supported the Trick-or-Treat for Imagine No Malaria last Sunday.   $382.43 was collected to support this significant effort of the United Methodist Church to eradicate this serious disease. 
 
The First Church Library hopes to re-open by November 2.  Assessment of damaged books has been completed and insurance is pending. The Library Committee has requested that members of the congregation who may have copies of any of the damaged books consider donating their copy to the Library.  Please consult the list on the Education Table in Wesley Hall and indicate your willingness to provide a replacement book from your own collection. 
The book discussion on Mitch Albom’s book, The First Phone Call from Heaven” is scheduled for Nov. 16 at 4-5 p.m. in the Church Library.  Limited number of paperback copies of the book are available from Ruth Zevas for $10.
 
Save The Date: Make plans now for lunch on Sunday, November 16 at Education Committee’s Potato Bar luncheon immediately following the 10:25 worship service.  Featured will be: baked potatoes with an array of toppings, macaroni and cheese for children, salads, and desserts.  The proceeds from the event will be used to provide enhancements for our classrooms on the lower level. Cost of $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-12.
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