Enews: Sunday, September 15, 2019


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

God is a God of extravagant, overflowing, even foolish love. We are a people who sometimes don’t seem to know what we are doing or where we are heading. We are a people given the entire earth and in a short amount of time have polluted it and started the course of destruction. We’ve been short-sighted, focused on upholding the systems of this world even when they harm us, because we can’t see outside of them.
God still loves us, even though we sin against others, and we participate in the systemic sin of the world. God still loves us, offers us forgiveness, and the hope of new life now, eternal life to come.
And God is still calling us away from evil, to do good, and to love one another and care for creation.

God proclaims judgement on God’s foolish people, who are skilled at evil, but have no knowledge of doing good, and the land is destroyed in the wake of God’s anger.
Paul celebrates God’s mercy in that God forgave him and empowered him for ministry, in spite of his sinfulness and ignorance.

Jesus explains his friendship with ‘sinners’ using the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin – where celebration is inspired by the lost thing being found again.
Holy One, we confess that we never seem to have enough. We want to resist the ways of this world, but we also want to live. We want to provide for our loved ones and make sure our needs are met. The line between our needs and our wants is thin and blurred. Holy One, help us to redirect our focus and desire to You.
Call us away from the temptations of worldly comfort, knowing that we cannot rest until there is true justice for all. Keep us on the path of right-living, knowing that we must care for one another’s needs in order to care for our own.
Hold us to Your all-encompassing love, knowing that in Your love and grace we find rest and healing, something the world cannot provide. Holy One, keep us to Your way, Your truth, and Your life. Amen.
10:00am Worship
Music:  Fusion
 Ushers:  Steve Anderson, Melanie Johnson, Scott Riley, 
Amy ThorpeJeff Kaiser
Liturgist:  Carl Shaver

Thurs. 9/12    

6:30pm Aldersgate Ringers
7:15pm Chancel Choir
8:30pm Fusion

Sat. 9/14     8:30am Men’s Club
9:00am Pillow Day!
Sun. 9/15     Send off for Emily Langworthy 
Baby Shower/Potluck
Mon. 9/16     7:00pm Reconciling Team
Tues. 9/17     7:00pm Staff/Pastor Parish
Wed. 8/18     7:00pm Social Justice Continuing Conversation
Thurs. 9/19      6:30pm Aldersgate Ringers
7:15pm Chancel Choir
8:30pm Fusion
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 host of this event.
Oktoberfest Celebration…Sunday, October 6…high noon    
Hosted by the Auction Committee
It is time enjoy a traditional German dinner. Sausages and bratwurst, with all the trimmings! Prost!

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 new 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
Many thanks in advance!


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