Enews: Sunday, April 15, 2018

First United Methodist Church ENews

Sunday, April 15

Dear Friend,


All of us have had our own experiences of the risen Christ. Some have great conversion stories like Paul. Others of us have come to know Christ through the love of others, who have shown us the love of God. Some of us grew up in the church and have always known God, but may feel out of place when talking with others about their experience of God, because there was never a time they didn’t know God.
Our experiences of the risen Christ are often personal; however, they can be communal. When we share God’s love with one another and do what we can to build up the reign of God on earth, the beloved community, we can have a communal experience of the risen Christ. Christ is with us as we work for justice, with us as we love one another, with us as we baptize, bury, and celebrate life and resurrection.

Immediately after the healing of the lame man, Peter addresses the crowds, explaining that the power to heal the man came from the same Jesus that they had crucified. Peter then calls the people to turn back to God.
Because of God’s love, we are God’s children, and we have hope that when we see Christ we will be like him. Therefore, we resist sin and seek to live in righteousness as Jesus is righteous.
Jesus appears to the disciples, showing them his hands and feet, and eating a piece of bread to prove that he is not a ghost. Then he shows them how he has fulfilled the Scriptures, and he calls them to proclaim repentance and faith in Christ as his witnesses.
God of our heart and lives, too many times have we doubted and turned away, failing to recognize you or your voice; denying our true identity.
We despair of the way things are in the world and can find no true peace. We search for answers in places where truth cannot be found.
We long to return to you, O God, that we may hear your voice in the maelstrom and in the cacophony of voices that overwhelm our senses and cloud our minds. Strengthen our wondering unbelief, and fulfill our longing to truly know you. Open our minds to understand the scriptures, and transform our lives into a powerful witness of your radical love for all. Amen.
In our Prayers Today:

All of our members, especially:

Grace Stetson, Lucille Edwards, Louise Anderson, Pat Matzek, Loretta Tanis, Rich Rardin, Amy Castleberry, Jan Elsner
Those with health and family issues: Beth, Linda Dumas’s niece; Debbie Sanchez; Kim, niece of Teddie & Dick Knapp; Marlene, friend of Shavers; Tracey, friend of Randi Grzenia; Missy Iannella; Kayson Schumacher; Barb McLeod, Denise Karhoff King’s sister; Virginia Thomasma, Pat Shaver’s mother; 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, Kate Benner, friend of the Landerholms; Jerry Buffenmeyer, Susan Friend’s Father; Sarah Wilkin, niece of Carol Wixson; Janet, extended family of Dennis Subach
 8:00am Worship in the Chapel
8:45am Conversation with Pastor 
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary: 
Music by: Chancel Choir
Liturgist:  Denise Karhoff King
  Ushers: Steve Anderson, Greg Parks, Amy Thorpe, Jeff Kaiser
Coffee And…:  Pam & Ron Lohman

Saturday, April 14 – Join Us!
Have you ever asked yourself “What can I do to make the world a better place? “
I have the perfect solution. It doesn’t take a great deal of your time, but the impact is huge. Join us at 9am for a pillow making morning.
We will be in the church parlor cutting, sewing,
stuffing, snipping or pinning.
As you can see there will be the perfect job just for you!
This is a perfect way to spend the morning with caring people like

(April 20 & 21)
Clean your closets, basements, and garages! Please bring your donations to the east end of room #180 during normal business hours arrows will be posted to guide you. ?’s contact the Church Office. Please only items women can handle. No computers. Monday, April 16th will be a drop-off day 7-9pm. Use the north parking lot.
First UMC Lombard will be hosting PADS again this Summer at the
Salvation Army Facility in Oak Brook Terrace.  Dates include June 3/4,
July 7/8, and August 4/5.
PADS is another way our Church has and can continue to make a positive difference in our community and directly help others.
We will have be looking for volunteers to prepare & serve meals, set-up sleeping PADs & provide linens,  monitor the site overnight, and clean up the site according to site guidelines.
In the coming weeks, sign up sheets will be available following the Sunday morning services and volunteers will be there to answer any questions.
We hope you will be able to join us in this critical outreach initiative.
If you have any questions in the interim, please contact Tom Price at 847-800-6130.
In order to be welcoming, please leave the Maple Street parking spaces close to the entrance
available to people that need to park close.
If you are able and would like a
little exercise, please either 1) park in lower lot or 2) pick up a parking permit to use Brust Funeral Home parking lot.
Let’s remember that for some, a long walk or stairs are
dangerous. Thank you!


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