Enews: Sunday, March 15, 2020

First United Methodist Church ENews
Sunday, March 15
8:00am Worship in the Chapel
8:45am Christian Formation
10:00am in the Sanctuary
UMW Thank Offering Sunday
Dear Friend,

Hope can be in short supply when you are wandering in the desert not knowing if or when you will arrive at your destination; when you are a woman shunned by your community; when your community is not listening to God’s voice. But hope takes many forms-water in the desert, living water at a well, encountering a person who changes your life, knowing a God who has created everything and loves all that has been created.
The people of Israel grumble against Moses because of their thirst and the lack of water, so God commands Moses to strike the rock, and when he does so, water gushes out.
Jesus tells a parable about judging the nations as a shepherd who separates sheep from goats, rejecting those who have failed to serve and love their neighbors, but embracing and welcoming those who have.
Prayer
God of Hope, fill us now. We need love, and we need peace, and we need mercy, but most of all, we need hope. We need hope to take one more step, to sing one more note, to listen to one more word. We need hope that guides our faith forward. We need hope that all that has come before us has not been in vain. Restore our hope, O God, in one another. Restore our hope, O God, that this, too, will come to pass. May we become living hope to those in need around us. You are the source of our strength and our being, and in You, we know that You will see us through. Amen.
10:00am Worship
Music:  Women’s Choir & Women of Fusion
 Readers:  Carol Wixson, Terry Schumacher, Rose Hoeppner
Children’s Moment:  Amy Thorpe
Guest Speaker:  Rev. Fabiola Grandon-Mayer
Greeters:  Jackie Anderson, Connie Bryant, Carol Reiman
Ushers: Connie Bryant, Carol Reiman
Coffee And…:  The United Methodist Women

Thursday, March 12
6:30pm Aldersgate Ringers
7:30 Chancel Choir
8:30pm Fusion
Saturday, March 14
9:00am Men’s Fellowship
Sunday, March 15
8:00am Worship in the Chapel
8:45 Christian Formation
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary
UMW Thank Offering Sunday
Kids’ Time
Fit First
Wednesday, March 18
6:00am Circle of Prayer in the Chapel
noon Circle of Prayer in the Chapel
Thursday, March 19
6:30pm Trustees
6:30pm Aldersgate Ringers
7:30 Chancel Choir
8:30pm Fusion
Saturday, March 14 @ 8:30am – Chapel
Presentation about Beacon Hill
Retirement Home-Lombard
A continental breakfast will be provided.

United Methodist Women
Thank-Offering Service
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Rev. Fabiola Grandon-Mayer,
Rockford District Superintendent
Featuring – Women’s Choir and Women of Fusion

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