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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.

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!

UMW April 2016 Newsletter - The Inside Circle

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

Chancel Choir Spring Cantata - Sunrise Mass

The Chancel Choir will be presenting an evocative contemporary cantata, Sunrise Mass, by Norwegian-American Ola Gjeilo on Sunday, April 17 at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services. Gjeilo, widely regarded as an important new composer, has created “a most beautiful and satisfying music for our time, a beacon of hope in the world.” 

The four movements of the piece - The Spheres, Sunrise, The City, and Identity & The Ground - move from transparent and celestial to emotional and dramatic. Projection designs will enhance the listener’s experience. This young composer intends Sunrise Mass to be “a metaphor for human development from child to maturity and a spiritual journey.”

We hope you will join us for this unique and moving musical experience!

Holy Week Services

UMW March 2016 Newsletter

Below please find the September 2015 edition of the UMW newsletter, The Inner Circle.


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