Flash: ON   January 29, 2015 
Upcoming Events
New phone book: Time to update your church phone book! There are plenty of copies are available in the narthex for pickup (the paper phone books, not the photo directories which are in limited quantities). A link to a digital version is available. Contact the church office to get the link (for security purposes it is not listed on this website).

The new Church Directories are here! If you were photographed or submitted a family photo, you may pick up your complimentary copy in the Narthex after services Sunday. Copies of the paper phone book are also available.
The Youth Breakfast Ministry team is having a pancake breakfast on Sunday, February 15 in Wesley Hall. Food and beverages will be served from 8:45-10:25am. Donations will be gratefully accepted and all proceeds from the breakfast will be used to fund future Youth Breakfast Ministry supplies.
We hope you can come to enjoy a hot breakfast as well as a little fellowship with our First Church family.
The Missions Team is once again hosting their annual “Souper Bowl” Soup Sale, selling quarts of homemade soup on Super Bowl Sunday (February 1).  Proceeds from the sale this year will be donated to Imagine No Malaria as we work to fulfill our $3000 3-year pledge by the end of 2015 (less than $1000 left to go!).  There will be order forms in the bulletin this Sunday and next or click this link to print the form: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B23WOj9Zj6W_eEh4b1cwLW9ZS3c/view?usp=sharing
Completed forms can be placed in the offering plate at church, or sent/given to Jack Phipps (jack.phipps@uscellular.com) or Carolyn Heiney (cheiney@att.net). Orders are due no later than the end of the 2nd service Sunday. The frozen quarts of homemade soup will be available for pickup in Wesley Hall after each service on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1.  Payment is due when you pick up your soup.
First Church members and students who will be full-time students during the 2015/16 academic year are invited to apply for the Toombs Scholarship.  Applications forms are available in the church office or electronically by request to Ruth Zervas (ruth.zervas@umcelmhurst.org).  Deadline is Friday, January 30.
Bible Mentors are needed for the presentation of Bibles to our third graders in February.  The Education Committee anticipates seven third-graders will participate this year.  Adult mentors will be needed on Sunday, February 8 from 5-6:30pm and the presentation of Bibles will be February 22.  Please contact Sue Pinkowski (spinkowski@hotmail.com) if you would like to volunteer.
Feed My Starving Children event set for February 21
Back by popular demand!  First UMC will staff the Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) volunteer site in Aurora, IL on February 21, during the 4:30-6:30pm shift.  90 volunteers are needed to fully staff the designated time. Volunteers can range from 5 years old (K-2nd graders each need to be accompanied by one adult) to older children, youth, and adults. February 21 falls during the Christian season of Lent; what better way to observe this time of reflection about the meaning of Jesus' ministry than to actively support the feeding of His children.  Last year, 84 First Church members, family, and friends participated and had a great time helping others!
How do I sign up?  Email Dena Vincent (dvincent146@sbcglobal.net) with each participant's name, and indicate if the participant is an adult or child.  OR, stop by the FMSC event table in the Narthex on SUNDAY to sign up.  After Sunday, sign up will still be available at the Member Growth & Care table in Wesley Hall.  The deadline to sign up is Sunday, February 8.
Log on to http://www.fmsc.org to learn more!
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