Enews: Sunday, August 18, 2019

First United Methodist Church ENews
Sunday, August 18
9:00 One Worship Service
Dear Friend,

God’s intention for us is goodness, from the beginning of creation, that we would be God’s people and God will be our God. However, time and again we have gone astray, we’ve run wild. What was created to protect us becomes run over and destroyed by our own doing. We have listened to other voices rather than the voice of God, which calls to us to live into God’s ways of justice and mercy.
Though Christ came to show us the way of God, the way became divisive when people were called to change. Perhaps in this time where we find ourselves in great division, we can find comfort in knowing that God’s intention for us since creation is goodness, and that God will see us through. We have a great cloud of witnesses that are with us, and we look to Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, to continue to work through us and in us.
READINGS 

A prophecy against false prophets who make up lies in God’s name, compared to God’s true word which burns like fire and smashes rock like a hammer.
A reminder of the “great cloud of witnesses” – people of faith who suffered for their message and stayed committed to God through great trial and heartache – who surround us. They encourage us to stay firm, and follow Christ – the one who endured the cross – faithfully.

Jesus grieves his coming suffering, recognizing the conflict that will arise over his message, and challenging people to discern the true nature of the time they live in, in the same way that they interpret the weather.
Prayer
Gardening God, help us to replant the garden. Call upon us to cultivate a nourishing soil, to remove the barriers, and till and soften the hard spots. Sow seeds of love, mercy, justice, and peace, and call upon us to look to You for light and living water. For the places where we have grown unruly and have taken over resources and choked out others, God forgive us. For the ways we have ignored the needs of others and have destroyed the diversity of what You have planted, forgive us.
Help us to replant, to regrow, to share what You have given us with all of Your people and creation. Gardening God, help us to tear out what destroys, to prune what is taking up space, and to thrive in what You have created us to be. Amen.
9:00am Worship
Music:  Fusion
 Baptism:  Ruth Grace Smith-Kozlowski
Parents:  Christine and Rachel Smith-Kozlowski
Ushers:  Steve Anderson, Melanie Johnson, Scott Riley, 
Amy Thorpe, Jeff Kaiser
Coffee And…:  Rae, Chris and Crew

Thurs. 8/15     7:00pm Fusion
Sat. 8/17     9:00am Food Pantry and Clothes Closet
 
Tues. 8/20    Jennifer Vacation-8/22
Thurs. 8/22   
6:30pm Aldersgate Ringers
7:15pm Chancel Choir
8:30pm Fusion
    
 
A Service of Celebration of Life for
Tracey Wilson-Sauerman  a dear friend of our congregation
Saturday, August 24 @11 in the morning in our Chapel.
A light luncheon will follow.
Please we invite those in attendance to share their “Tracey’s Moment”
 
Mark your calendars…. 
Sunday, August 25 
a Panel Presentation with laity from congregation who have gone through the process of becoming a reconciling congregation. 
A Q & A time will be available.
 

We need to preorder books, must have your money ($12.00) no later than: Sunday, August 18. 
 
We want all to have their books 2 weeks prior to class beginning.
 
September 15 to October 13 – Christian Formation 8:45 to 9:45am
 
Rob Bell addresses the concerns of all those who see the Bible as God’s Word but are troubled by the ethical dilemmas, errors, and inconsistencies in Scripture. With What Is the Bible?, he recaptures the Good Book’s magic and reaffirms its power and inspiration to shape and inspire our lives today.
 
More Fun for YOU!
Socializing….relaxing…eating…What’s not to like?!
All you need to do is sign up for these upcoming auction events. Contact Denise Karhoff King at 630-379-6616, Susan Friend at 630-309-0408, or the hosts of either event.
 
Lunch on the Lido Deck…Sunday, September 8….11:30 a.m.    
$20/person
Hosted by Sandy Wright and Veronica Russell
Enjoy a delicious, professionally-catered lunch on the church patio. Catch up with friends and meet some new folks, too.
 
Oktoberfest Celebration…Sunday, October 6…high noon    
$20/person
Hosted by the Auction Committee
It is time enjoy a traditional German dinner. Sausages and bratwurst, with all the trimmings! Prost!
 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Men’s Club meetings are now on the Second Saturday of the month.
Our kickoff meeting will be September 14th at 8:30AM in the lower level conference room.  For more please contact. Steve Flint at mensclub@firstumclombard.org
Are you ready to resume your life after summer vacation?
Do you feel the need to do something to help many others?  Join us on Saturday, September 14 at 9:00am as we make our care pillows for so many people who are in pain and in need of our love.
No sewing skills needed: just a desire to make a difference in someone’s life.  If you are unable to join us we are always in need of monetary donations. 
Questions:  call  Carol Wixson, 630-627-6758
 
It’s almost September, so it’s time to start thinking about your
Christmas greens and garlands! 
I know, you’re saying “Seriously??”   
Well,  yes seriously, and here’s why….
 
Fusion would like to retrofit our existing wired mics and go wireless. 
This improves the following:  
– the sound of our vocalists, 
– the sanity of our sound techs moving cables back and forth, 
– the messy look in the front of the Praise Team in the Chancel area, 
– and the safety of those Fusion members that are clumsy and often trip over chords….
  
This is an expensive undertaking, so Fusion will be selling Christmas greens and garlands this year to help us raise those funds. 
Ordering in early Fall and placing our order in mid-October gives us the largest discount available through Noble Farms. 
Please consider ordering your Christmas greens in September.  
Starting on Sunday, September 1st, order forms can be found before and after Sunday services near the water fountain and on the MUSIC
bulletin board outside of Brianna’s office. 
 
Donations are also gratefully accepted. 
Many thanks in advance!

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