Enews: Sunday, March 8, 2020

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

Following Jesus requires us to reject the ways of the world. The way of the world calls us to a worldly caution: to make choices that help us and those immediately around us, but to protect what we have so that we can survive and have enough. The way of the world tells us that we never really have enough, and we have to have more. The way of the world tells us that living in faithfulness is about our own salvation. The way of Christ calls us to become last of all and servant of all. The way of Christ calls us to give up our possessions to share what we have with others. The way of Christ calls us to extend grace and forgiveness even when others do not deserve it. The way of Christ is the wisdom of God, and foolishness to the world, but it leads us to true life, eternal life.
Genesis 12:1-4a
God calls Abram to leave his home country, and promises that he will be blessed and will be a blessing to others, and Abram obeys.
A song affirming God’s help, attention and care.

Through one person sin entered the world, and all people have likewise sinned against God, but in Christ, God has given the free gift of forgiveness and right relationship with God.
Nicodemus comes to speak to Jesus at night, and is told that he must be born of the Spirit in order to see God’s reign, and that Christ came into the world to save through faith, not to condemn and judge.
Prayer
God of Wisdom, we come to You confessing our brokenness. We have to survive in the world we live in. At times we have to make choices that put ourselves and our families first. At times we give in to the frustrating power of this world, feeling helpless to stop what is happening. We don’t want our children or our parents, or our friends and extended family to suffer as others do, and sometimes our course of action will continue to perpetuate harm to others. Call us into accountability. Remind us that we must live for Your reign, because Your life begins now and endures forever. The ways of this world are temporary. Election cycles are temporary. Economy booms and busts are temporary. What matters to us now may be irrelevant in a generation. God, call us into Your time, the Kairos time that is not of this world. Call us into Your ways. Lead us in Your wisdom, so that all might have life in You. In the name of Jesus, who lived this life not for himself, but for all of us, we pray. Amen.
10:00am Worship
Music:  Chancel Choir & Fusion
  Ushers: Gerry Chvatal, LouAnn Chvatal, Jack King, 
Ron Lohman  Jeff Kaiser
Coffee And…:  Sandy and Shirley Wright

Thursday, March 5
6:30pm Aldersgate Ringers
7:30 Chancel Choir
8:30pm Fusion
Saturday, March 7
9:00am Craft Club
Sunday, March 8
8:00am Worship in the Chapel
8:45 Christian Formation
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary
Kids’ Time
Fit First
Monday, March 9
6:45pm Food Pantry Board
Tuesday, March 10
10:00am Naomi Circle
6:30pm Women’s Choir
Wednesday, March 11
6:00am Circle of Prayer in the Chapel
noon Circle of Prayer in the Chapel
Thursday, March 12
6:30pm Aldersgate Ringers
7:30 Chancel Choir
8:30pm Fusion
 
Craft Club meets this Saturday morning at 9:00am. Don’t forget to bring your own  supplies and a plate of treats to share. Anyone  interested in more information please call/text Sandy Wright 630.272.7099 or email swright518@gmail.com
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

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