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Sonshine Youth Choir Summer Tour 2016

Join us Sunday, July 17 as we welcome the Sonshine Choir from Brentwood United Methodist Church in Tennessee as they lead us in worship with their 2016 Summer Tour program Nothing in All Creation Can Separate Us from God’s Love. The 80 voice choir, made up of youth from 10th - 12th grade, is making stops this summer in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Tennessee. We hope to see you there!

A Word from Our Denomination

As United Methodist Christians, we mourn with the victims and families of those wounded and killed in the shootings on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. We may even pray and wonder if anything could have been done to avert this heinous act.

But should we do more? Is there anything that can be done to keep something similar from happening in the future?

While we may not agree on a solution, many of us agree there is a problem. What can we do?

In the aftermath of the worst mass shooting incident in U.S. history, church leaders say United Methodists must speak up about the contributing factors — bigotry, hatred and the availability of military-style guns.

“I hope United Methodists will see this as an opportunity to speak up and speak on behalf of what is at the core of our DNA — love God and love neighbor,” Bishop Bruce Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, told United Methodist News Service. “Wesley was pretty clear that that’s the mark of who we are.”

In May, the United Methodist General Conference, the denomination’s top legislative body, approved “Our Call to End Gun Violence” legislation, which includes eight ways United Methodists may prayerfully address gun violence including advocating for universal background checks on all gun purchases and a ban on large-capacity ammunition magazines and weapons designed to fire multiple rounds.

You may read the legislation in its entirety below.


Excerpts from: Speaking up after Orlando shootings by Linda Bloom and Sam Hodges.

S.O.S. - Share Our Skills Goes Green

This Saturday, June 11

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The yard waste dumpster has arrived and so have the weeds! The Board of Trustees and the Environmental Stewardship work area invite you to help clean up the church grounds this Saturday morning for the June Share Our Skills (S.O.S.) event. Bring your favorite garden and lawn tools and join with other church members for a time of fellowship and outdoor work. 

We'll gather in the parlor between 8:30-9:00 and then divide into teams to spruce up the church and parsonage grounds.

Part-Time Preschool Teacher Needed

First United Methodist Preschool is looking for a part-time afternoon teacher in our 4 year old classroom. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, with extra time for classroom set-up once a month and an occasional evening and weekend event. Applicants must have 60 semester hours of college credit with 6 hours in early childhood. Salary based on experience.  

For details and to get an application, please contact Nancy Bifulco at

UMW May Newsletter

Below please find the May 2016 edition of the UMW newsletter, The Inner Circle.

Together @ 10 Worship Service

Join us on Sunday, May 29 for a special service where the 9:30 and 11:00 services will be combined into ONE service at 10:00 a.m. This is a great time to make new friends, re-connect with old friends and bring guests to visit our church.

Please note the 8:15 a.m. service will still be held in the Chapel.

Memorial Sanctuary Window Dedication & Celebration

Join us on Sunday, May 15 at our 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. worship services as we celebrate the completion of our Sanctuary Memorial Stained Glass Windows project. We will dedicate the remaining windows and sing hymns that reflect the spirit of the windows’ design. We hope you will join us for this joyous occasion!

It's Time

One of the other major legislative issues at General Conference in May will be the denomination’s stance and statements on homosexuality. Reconciling Ministries Network invites all Reconciling Communities to join together in worship on Sunday, May 1st to declare that “It’s Time” for The United Methodist Church to end its discrimination against LGBTQ persons. Join us in the Parlor on Sunday to sign a poster or have your picture taken with a sign saying “It’s Time” which will be posted to social media. RMN supports The Simple Plan as a proposal coming before the 2016 General Conference to be held in Portland, Oregon. Details may be found here on the RMN website.

A number of congregations in Northern Illinois Conference are hosting the film An Act of Love, a documentary about Rev. Frank Schaefer, who had his ministerial credentials revoked in December, 2013 after officiating his son’s same-sex wedding. On Sunday, May 1st, Community UMC, 20 N. Center St., Naperville, will host a screening from 3:00-5:30pm. Following the screening, there will be talkback led by Love Your Neighbor Coalition members Matt Berryman, RMN Executive Director, and Sue Laurie of Love Prevails.

UMW April 2016 Newsletter - The Inside Circle

Below please find the April 2016 edition of the UMW newsletter, The Inner Circle.

Children's Cantata - Back to the Cross

On May 1, the Children’s Choirs present Back to the Cross: A Kids Musical Adventure Through Time at our 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services. This inventive musical by Christy and Daniel Semsen, is a fun-filled romp through time to discover the message of the Cross. You won’t want to miss it!


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