Enews: Sunday, October 27, 2019

First United Methodist Church ENews
Sunday, October 27
One Worship Service
8:45am Christian Formation
10:00 Worship in the Sanctuary
Dear Friends,

Jesus tells a very difficult parable in Luke 16:1-13. In this parable, a manager is brought up on charges that he was squandering the owner’s property. In order to save his position, he cuts deals with the people who owe money to the owner, so that he has allies if he loses his position with the owner. The owner has to credit the dishonest manager because he’s managed to save his own reputation and gain allies. Jesus seems to be asking the question of what is your currency-is it actual money, or is it relationships? The dishonest manager has made relationships with others, and relationships will last much longer than wealth of this world. Make friends, establish relationships with other people, as that is of lasting value, rather than the wealth of this world.
Jesus parable of the shrewd manager who wins social capital and his master’s commendation through the act of radical, inappropriate, forgiveness.
Prayer
Author of Salvation, we confess that we have created our own world and built it around our own measures of success. We have written our own paths that require more productivity, more consumption, and measure status and success by worldly gains. Forgive us, for we have failed to remember that Your reign is not of this world. Forgive us, for we have judged others and ourselves by what we have in material wealth.
Call us back into Your ways, in which we are called to love one another, to pursue love as our only measure, for You called us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Hold us to Your reign, for it is eternal, while the ways of this world will pass away. In the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, who reigns forever, we pray. Amen.
10:00am Worship
Music:  Aldersgate Ringers & Fusion
  Ushers:  Steven Flint, Pat Price, Al Reiman, 
Mike Thorpe  Jeff Kaiser
“Dish One, St. Manager” – Rev. Chris Walters, President-United Methodist Foundation of the Northern Conference
Coffee And…:  Finance Team

The Rev. Chris Walter, President of the Northern Illinois Conference Foundation is our guest  speaker Sunday. After worship we will gather for coffee in the chapel for a presentation about Trusts and Wills and how they can help our legacy for our church. Please, plan to join us.
Since 1949, the United Methodist Foundation in Northern Illinois is
committed to excellence by enhancing the stewardship ministry of local churches and church-related agencies. The Foundation encourages  lifelong generosity among United Methodists in the region.
Reminder…Don’t forget that Pledge Forms are to be turned in this Sunday, if you haven’t already done so.
Thank you.

Thursday October 24
6:30pm Aldersgate Ringers
7:15pm Chancel Choir
8:30pm Fusion
Saturday, October 26
2:00pm NIC RMN
 
Monday October 28
Pastor will be attending a meeting sponsored by the General Commission on Religion and Race (UMC) through the 30th
7:00pm Women’s Book Group
Tuesday October 29
7:00pm Stewardship Finance Committee
 
Wednesday, October 30
7:00pm All Church Charge Conference
 
Thursday October 31
6:30pm Aldersgate Ringers
7:15pm Chancel Choir
8:30pm Fusion
Wednesday, October 30 –
Charge Conference
Staff/Pastor Parish Relations
Committee @ 6:30pm
All Church Charge Conference @ 7:00pm in the Chapel

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.
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!
All Saints Sunday
November 3
Please send pictures of your loved ones that have passed since All Saints Sunday 2018  so we may include them in our Worship Service for
November 3.
Please provide full name and date of passing.
Last date to submit: October 28!

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