In those first few hours, the disciples did not know what to do or what to believe. Mary Magdalene declared she had seen the risen Christ, but the rest were uncertain. However, when they were together, Christ appeared before them. Even for Thomas, though he didn’t gather with the rest that first evening, it was when he was in the company of others that he witnessed Christ before him.
God calls us to be in community, and we witness best to the love of Christ when we are with one another. We experience God’s grace and mercy best when we extend grace and mercy to each other.
We experience God’s love when we love one another. Christ came to the disciples as they gathered together, and Christ extended the peace of God with them. May we gather together and share God’s love, and witness God’s grace in Christ together.
John writes to testify to Jesus and to open the door to fellowship for the believers with one another and with God. However, if we claim to be in fellowship but live in “darkness” – denial and sin – we lie. But, if we confess our sin, and live in the light we do, indeed, have fellowship with God and others.
Jesus appears to the disciples in the closed upper room, giving them a gift of the Spirit, and sending them just as he was sent. Then, Thomas who wasn’t at this appearance, is encountered by Jesus, and his doubts are removed.
Heart of all hearts, Joy of all joys, teach us how to live as one. You offer us your abundant grace, and yet we still long to find rest and peace. You have shown us the light of our salvation, yet we often lurk in the shadows.
You promise us the glory of everlasting life, yet we settle for the tarnished glow of selfish pursuits.
Forgive us. Help us believe where we have not seen; help us walk bravely in the midst of our fear, that we may truly know your peace each and every day. Amen.
In our Prayers Today:
All of our members, especially:
Bill Battcher; 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: Call To Worship
Liturgist: Carol Wixson
Ushers: Gerry Chvatal, LouAnn Chvatal, Jack King, Ron Lohman,
Coffee And…: Denise Karhoff King & Jack King
Saturday, April 14
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
A new Soup & Study group will begin on
Tuesday, April 10th at 6:30 pm
We will share a supper of soup and bread. Then we will view and
discuss a DVD session from the revised version of “Living the
Questions”. This is a contemporary look at Christianity. Each session is independent of the others.
For more information, please, contact Deacon Ginny at 630-200-2729.
Sign up for upcoming events! Two are coming up soon! Let Denise Karhoff King or Susan Friend know if you’d like to attend these. Denise: 630-379-6616; or Susan 630-309-0408.
April Game Night – Saturday, April 14, 7-9 p.m. in the church parlor. Snacks, dessert, beverages $15/person
Tour and Tasting: Afterthought Brewery – Saturday, May 12, 2-5 p.m. The title says it all! $15/person
Arranged at your convenience
Train Hunting, Spotting and Chasing (and lunch!) – Date arranged with you by Carl Shaver $15/person
Coming this summer
Church Ohana Luau – Saturday, July 21, 5 p.m. Full dinner and fun for all. $28/person
Bag Toss Tournament – Saturday, July 28, 3 p.m. Compete or cheer for others, it’s up to you. Sub sandwiches, snacks, and drinks. $20/person
Ladies and Lanterns – Tuesday, August 7, 7 p.m. Paint Mason jar lanterns, enjoy appetizers, and libations. $20/person
Country Fair Quiz Night – Saturday, August 18, 6:30 – Trivia contest, hamburgers, hot dogs, treats $25/person
BBQ and Fair Games – Sunday, August 25, after worship – Pastor Luis in the bucket dunk tank, games, and a cookout. $10/person; children under 7: $2
Coming in the fall
Ladies Night – Saturday, September 22, 6:30 p.m. – Appetizers, desserts, sangria, coffee, tea, and more! $20/person
Oktoberfest – Sunday, September 23, noon – German luncheon with a festive atmosphere $20/person
Wine Tasting – Saturday, October 13, 6:30 p.m. Taste a fine assortment of wines and enjoy tasty foods to go with them. $25/person Note: A minimum of 30 people is required for this event. Please invite your friends and family to help us reach our 30 slots!
Gift cards and certificates available for sale –
Contact Susan Friend 630-309-0408, if you’d like to make a purchase!
Brio – $10 Good for appetizers at this Yorktown restaurant
CD One Price Cleaners – $25 Get those winter coats cleaned and put away!
Feel Good Hair – $25 – Get a new spring look or freshen up your traditional look
Lombard Roller RInk – $25 – Party for 10, doesn’t not include skate rental and not usable for birthday parties.
Editing Services – $15 for the first 15 pages or editing and proofreading services. $1/page for pages 16 and beyond. Treat yourself or your favorite student to this opportunity!
Ichiban/All Blue Sushi – $10
Kelly Nails – $12 – Treat yourself to a manicure.
Progressive Village Performance Network – $10 – Attend Blithe Spirit or Guys and Dolls in Westmont
Punky’s – $20 for pizza and pitcher at this local pub
Ruff Life – $50 – Newer Lombard dog emporium with foods, treats, equipment, and apparel.
Outreach House Fundraiser – First Church Lombard
The fundraiser is the DuPage Human Race 5K. It’s organized by Giving DuPage as a fundraiser for over 70 area charities. The Outreach House is trying to raise $3,000 and is getting really close! Our congregation has supported Outreach House in the past – we want to make sure all are aware of the fundraiser. There are 2 ways we can help–sign up for the race (run or walk) or make a one time donation.
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.