Flash: ON   October 22, 2014 
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Crop Walk is next Sunday, October 5th.  Neighbors walking together to take a stand against hunger in our world. Different ages, faiths and backgrounds – together we raise awareness and funds for international relief and development, as well as local hunger-fighting. Some 2,000 communities across the country take part each year.
Our local 3-mile walk begins at the Hammerschmidt Chapel on the Elmhurst College campus.  Registration begins at 1:30 pm; step-off is 2:00 pm.  Pick up a sign up sheet today at the Missions Table in Wesley Hall.  See you there!

Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White: Sundays at 9:15 in Aldersgate: This DVD-based study features Adam Hamilton, the senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, who will be familiar to many in our congregation from previous studies. This thought-provoking study will help us think about the important role of balanced faith in public life – about faith, morality, and politics, and how we can see the gray in these areas. The study is led by Bruce Hook.


The number of small group ministries at First Church is expanding this year with the addition of 2 new groups. Please stop by the Member Growth and Care table in Wesley Hall to express interest in any of our current groups: Dinner and the Arts, Film, Jazz Improv, Meals Ministry, and Music Appreciation.  For more information, please contact those listed on the sign-up sheets.


Coming in October: A Friday morning class that is the newest addition to the “Embracing” studies that have been offered for the past two years. “Embracing an Alternative Orthodoxy” explores a study of Franciscan theology that is Biblically grounded, personally challenging, and ultimately liberating.  Father Richard Rohr will be featured on the DVD study, and discussion will follow.  The class will be offered for 5 weeks beginning October 10 from 9:30-11 a.m. and will be led by Barbara Richardson and Ruth Zervas.  Sign up to order a participant book in Wesley Hall at the Education Table.

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.  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.

Church Directory Extra Photo Date Available!   For those for whom the original dates did not work, we are pleased to announce that we have added an extra evening.
In addition to our original dates October 8th -11th, we have added Monday October 27th.   Every family photographed will receive a free 8 X 10 and a free church directory. There is no obligation to purchase.
Please visit the sign up table in the Narthex today to register. You can also sign up online during the week. To sign up online please visit the church website, click Online Church Directory and follow the simple instructions. If you have any questions or prefer to sign up by phone, please call Kelley Hook.  Our church directory won't be complete without YOU.​ Please register today!
A craft and bake sale will be held on Sunday October 26 to support the Capital Campaign. Sellers are needed! Anyone interested in selling crafts or baked goods that Sunday should contact Dorothy Knoeppel 630-832-3545 to coordinate table space.Dorothy will be selling homemade pies and taking orders, so if you are interested in reserving an apple pie in advance or for that day, please contact Dorothy.

PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter): The mission of PADS is to end homelessness in DuPage County.  PADS’ many services bring individuals from dependency to self-sufficiency.  Yes, PADS is much more than just a pad on the floor for the night! 
Our participation in this mission program this year will be different than in the past many years.  For this season, we will only provide the support (meals, lunches, safe place to sleep) on three Saturday / Sunday combinations: November 1-2, January 3-4, and March 7-8, again be at the Medinah Baptist Church site.  Sign up at the chart by the Mission table in Wesley Hall beginning Sunday, October 5, or contact the 1st UMC Coordinator, Marlene Stratton.  

All Saints Sunday November 2
On All Saints Sunday 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 to date by the church office will be on the Worship table in Wesley Hall in October.  Contact Liz McDonald liz.mcdonald@umcelmhurst.org or 630-834-2440 if you have other people you wish to honor.

Heaven and Earth Garden: The last week of our tending the Heaven and Earth garden is almost here! Please call Darlene Van Meir to help.
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