Flash: ON   November 29, 2015 
Upcoming Events
“The Light Will Shine” – An Advent study that begins Sunday, November 29 and continues through December 20 will explore new light in traditional texts and seasonal themes. Participants will find fresh perspectives for the journey through Advent through Christmas and beyond. The class will meet in the Aldersgate Room (main level) at 9:15am and will be led by Ruth Zervas.  Study books are available on the Education Table in Wesley Hall.
The Dinner and the Arts group will attend the Lessons and Carols Advent presentation at Elmhurst College at 4pm on Friday, December 4 in Hammerschmidt Chapel on the campus.  Dinner will follow at Café Amano on Schiller Street in Elmhurst.  Call Mary Hallman (630-279-7578) by December 1 to make a dinner reservation.  There is no charge for the program. 
Advent Candle Lighting: Please inform the church office (liz.mcdonald@umcelmhurst.org) if you would like to light the Advent Candle during our worship services on December 6 or December 20. Individuals and families are welcome.
Children’s Christmas Tree: Fifty Years of Giving.  We know you are waiting for it. It’s coming, and it is a special year. FIFTY, yes, fifty years ago Ellie and Wally Chapman began this wonderful project to give gifts to children in need. Name tags will be available on the Children’s Christmas tree in the Narthex starting today. Please take a name and return your wrapped gift on or before Sunday, December 13. Please prayerfully consider being a part of this longstanding effort to make Christmas happier for about 100 children.
Manna order forms available next week! Please remember to pick up your Manna order forms next Sunday, December 6. If you can’t be here then, the order forms will also be emailed to you on Friday. Gift cards are welcomed by everyone during Christmas. There are so many people in our lives whose days can be brightened with a gift card: mail carriers, neighbors, teachers, coaches, tutors, those who care for our loved ones, siblings, in-laws, coworkers… please purchase ALL of your gift cards here this year and a percentage of each purchase will be directly contributed to the church. There is no catch and no fee to you! HUNDREDS of retailers’ gift cards are available. Orders are due December 13 and your cards will be ready by December 16, plenty of time for Christmas giving!
Please stop by the Capital Campaign bulletin board in Wesley Hall. We’ve provided financial details of the Campaign’s income and project expenses as well as the actual costs of each of our projects. We’ve also included our progress on repaying the Endowment Loan.
Save the Date! This year’s Advent Musical Service will be on December 13. The Fellowship Committee will be hosting a Southern Style Brunch following the Advent Program. A delicious offering of breakfast items including biscuits & gravy, ham & grits, corn beef hash, sausage, pancakes and pastries will be served. A donation of $7 per adult and $5 per child will be collected at the door. To help us plan, please sign up at the Fellowship table in Wesley Hall. However, you are welcome to come whether or not you sign up in advance.
You are invited to “Believing and Living”, a spiritual retreat experience for First UMC members and friends. The retreat takes place on the weekend of January 22-23 at the Loretto Retreat Center in Wheaton. The program begins at 7:00pm on Friday and closes Saturday at 1:00pm.
Participants in “Believing and Living” will explore the meaning of Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection for our lives as members of a community of faith in the 21st century. The retreat, led by Pastor Joe, will include scripture reading, small group discussion, prayer, and individual meditation. Breakfast, lunch, and overnight accommodations are included in the cost of the retreat, which will be approximately $88 per person.
The registration deadline is Tuesday, December 1. To reserve a space, you must pay a $45 deposit (checks payable to FUMC Elmhurst). For more information, please ask Pastor Joe (joseph.johnson@umcelmhurst.org) or Ruth Zervas (ruth.zervas@umcelmhurst.org.)
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