Enews: Sunday, February 4, 2018

First United Methodist Church ENews

Sunday, February 4

Dear Friend,


We can listen for God’s voice, get on the move, and develop confidence in God being one who truly answers us. But these processes, whether foregrounded or running in the background of our lives, may not be enough in themselves to lead us or sustain us on “this tedious journey.”
We have to stay focused on where we’re heading if we’re going to get there. And we need to stay focused on the one who gives us the power to get there…

To whom can God be compared? God created the earth and human rulers are short lived. Why should God’s people complain that God has forgotten them? Those who wait on God will be renewed.
In his preaching of the Gospel, Paul explains how he becomes all things to all people in order to win them for Christ.
Jesus heals Simon’s mother-in-law and then many sick and demonized people come to be healed. After that Jesus goes off alone to pray, but Simon and others track him down. Then Jesus leads them off to other towns to preach and heal.
We confess, O God, that we run ourselves ragged, trying to be all things to all people. We confess, O God, that we are not good at remembering to rest, until exhaustion comes upon us. We confess, O God, that we have failed to live our faith by example, and either place unreasonable expectations on ourselves, or unreasonable expectations on others.
Forgive us. Help us to slow down. Help us to listen well to what You want us to know. Help us to find renewal and rest, and to encourage others on this journey of faith. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.
In our Prayers Today:
All of our members, especially: Bunny Corrough, Mary Schwartz, Louise Anderson, Pat Matzek, Loretta Tanis, Gene Manley, Rich Rardin, Amy Castleberry, Jan Elsner

Those with health and family issues: Kayson Schumacher; Barb McLeod, Denise Karhoff King’s sister; Virginia Thomasma, Pat Shaver’s mother; Jim Halligan, brother of Kathy Brenniman; Tony, brother in law of Christine Marousek; Linda Shaver-Gleason; Chris Gleason; Linus Gleason; Ann Efflandt, niece of Jack and Denise Karhoff King; Marilyn Blake, sister of Carol Wixson, Darrell Singelaub, brother of Jean Bubert; Kate Benner, friend of the Landerholms; John Tomlin, brother of Pat Baker; Brenda Caudill, niece of Rich and Shirley Rardin; Jerry Buffenmeyer, Susan Friend’s Father; Sarah Wilkin, niece of Carol Wixson; Janet, extended family of Dennis Subach

8:00 Worship in the Chapel
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary:

Music by: Chancel Choir

Ushers: Jody Baldyga, Robert Friend, Tom Hayes, Liz Reyes Rodriguez, Gustavo Rodriguez, Jeff Kaiser
Liturgist:  Terry Schumacher
Coffee And…:  Connie and LG Bryant
Join us for:
Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday, February 14
7:00pm in our Sanctuary
with our friends from
United Methodist Church

Dinner tickets go on sale on Sunday, January 28. Sign up for events begins on January 28. If you plan to host an event, please turn in your donation form ASAP to Denise Karhoff King so we can promote the event and let people can sign up!
Donation forms are available at locations throughout the church and on the church website. If you have questions, contact Susan Friend, 630-932-8452, or lernakid@aol.com. Please turn in your forms so we can get the bid sheets and event sign-up sheets ready!!!

As we go forward into 2018, we at Congregation Etz Chaim know that interfaith work is a priority. Passover offers a unique opportunity to learn about Judaism and create relationships which we can use to better our communities.
This year, congregation Etz Chaim wanted to offer a learning Seder. This is so all who are unfamiliar with the service can have time to learn about the process and ask as many questions as wanted. In this Seder, we will learn all about the process, history, and reasons for the holiday. Our learning Seder will be on Thursday, March 8th at 6pm in the synagogue.  The cost to register is $25 for adults and $18 for children, and please come hungry.  Cash or check will be accepted
Please let Pastor Luis no later than Sunday, February 25th to make the reservations.
One of the big values Passover teaches us is to be welcoming and to transmit knowledge, we are so excited to be able to hold both of those values with this Seder.
Congregation Etz Chaim
1710 S Highland Ave, Lombard, IL

Lenten Bible Study
Sunday Mornings beginning
February 18   @ 8:45am $11.00
In life and in death, Jesus’ words were powerful and meaningful.
Despite the serious effort and increased pain required for Jesus to speak as he hung on the cross, Jesus spoke seven “final words”-statements that have much to teach us about Jesus, his Father, and ourselves:
   Father Forgive Them/Today You Will Be with Me in Paradise
   Behold Your Son…Behold Your Mother/My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?/I Thirst/It Is Finished . . . Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit/Postscript: The Words After That
In 24 Hours That Changed the World, Adam Hamilton took us on a Lenten journey through the last day of Jesus’ life. Now in this inspiring follow-up book, Hamilton explores these final words as seen and heard through the eyes and ears of those who stood near the cross.
Each chapter begins with the biblical account followed by a first-person story as might have been told from the viewpoint of one of the characters at the cross. Then the chapter explores the meaning of Jesus’ dying words for our lives today. Following the last statement, a postscript recounts the words Jesus spoke following his resurrection, including what truly were the final words Jesus spoke while walking this earth.
Join the crowd now and experience the final words from the cross.
Final Words from the Cross offers six chapters/sessions plus a postscript chapter/session, so that classes have the option of a seventh session on Easter Sunday or the
Sunday after Easter.

Ecumenical Lenten Bible Study 5 Weeks

Wednesday Mornings 10:30am beginning February 21-March 21
Meeting here in our Chapel 
Cost of the Book:  $12


About the Book:
Top Jesus scholars Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan join together to reveal a radical and little-known Jesus. As both authors reacted to and responded to
questions about Mel Gibson’s blockbuster The Passion of the Christ, they discovered that many Christians are unclear on the details of events during the week leading up to Jesus’s crucifixion.
Using the gospel of Mark as their guide, Borg and Crossan present a day-by-day account of Jesus’s final week of life. They begin their story on Palm Sunday with two triumphal entries into Jerusalem. The first entry, that of Roman governor Pontius Pilate leading Roman soldiers into the city, symbolized military strength. The second heralded a new kind of moral hero who was praised by the people as he rode in on a humble donkey. The Jesus introduced by Borg and Crossan is this new moral hero, a more dangerous Jesus than the one enshrined in the church’s traditional teachings.
The Last Week depicts Jesus giving up his life to protest power without justice and to condemn the rich who lack concern for the poor. In this vein, at the end of the week Jesus marches up Calvary, offering himself as a model for others to do the same when they are confronted by similar issues.
Informed, challenged, and inspired, we not only meet the historical Jesus, but meet a new Jesus who engages us and invites us to follow him.

About the Authors:

Marcus J. Borg (1942-2015) was a pioneering author and teacher whom the New York Timesdescribed as “a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars.” He was the Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University and canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, and he appeared on NBC’s The Today Show and Dateline, ABC’s World News, and NPR’s Fresh Air. His books have sold over a million copies, including the bestselling Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, Jesus, The Heart of Christianity, Evolution of the Word, Speaking Christian, and Convictions.
John Dominic Crossan, professor emeritus at DePaul University, is widely regarded as the foremost historical Jesus scholar of our time. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Historical Jesus, How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian, God and Empire, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, The Greatest Prayer, The Last Week, and The Power of Parable. He lives in Minneola, Florida.


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