|First United Methodist Church ENews
Sunday, April 29
The fullness of all wisdom and knowledge of God is known to us in one word, one truth: love. No philosophy, no pantheon of gods, no amount of idols and no law can fully teach this. Love is known through Jesus Christ, and because of Jesus, we love one another. Because we love one another, we love God, and God abides with us.
Philip is instructed to go to a certain road where he encounters an Ethiopian eunuch on his way home after worshipping in Jerusalem. Philip finds him reading Isaiah’s scroll, and explains what the Scriptures say about Jesus. Then he baptizes the eunuch
An exhortation to love one another, because God is love. If we cannot love our brothers and sisters whom we have seen, we cannot love God whom we do not see, but, as God has loved us, inspiring love for God in our hearts, so too, we should love one another. Such love drives out fear.
Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. God desires us to bear fruit, and to do so we must remain in Christ.
Loving God, we confess that we have turned away from Your ways of love. We have refused to love our neighbor in the ways You have loved us. We refuse to even acknowledge that we have neighbors in the ways we treat others. We have turned away from kindness, compassion, and mercy, and instead justified ourselves through our selfish actions.
Forgive us for mistaking love with our desire. Forgive us for swapping love with self-satisfaction. Forgive us for trading love for ownership and power over. Forgive us for not living into the selfless love of Christ Jesus, who gave his life for us, and in whose name, we pray. 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; 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: Aldersgate Ringers
Liturgist: Tom Price
Ushers: Steve Anderson, Steve Flint, Rita Gronemeyer, Jeff Kaiser
Coffee And…: Pat & Tom Price
As we move forward in hosting PADS this upcoming summer here are what we need. We need the same number for each of the three weekends.
We will have sign up sheets starting this weekend.
DINNER PREP – 7 People
Clean up Kitchen
SET UP, SERVE DINNER, CLEAN DINING ROOM – 8 people
Set up and make beds
LUNCH PREP – 4 people
Pack lunch bags
OVERNIGHT STAFF – 9 people
3 people (at least one male) on each of three shifts: 9-12, 12-3, 3-6
BREAKFAST – 6 people
CLEAN UP – 6 people
Wipe down pads
Drop laundry off at Central DuPage Hospital
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!
Beginning May 20, there will be one worship service only at 9:00am. This will carry through September 2.
This was a choice made at our last Church Council Meeting.