Enews: Sunday, October 6, 2019

First United Methodist Church ENews
Sunday, October 6
8:00am Worship in the Chapel
8:45am Christian Formation
10:00 Worship in the Sanctuary
Dear Friend,

For World Communion Sunday, we find our hope at the table, of people around the world gathering together for the meal of remembrance. We remember that there are many who live in exile, who have to sing their songs in a foreign land due to persecution and violence. We find our hope at all the faithful who gather at Christ’s table, the one who gave himself up to state violence, dying as the most vulnerable among us, so that we may all know life through him…
Mathew 6: 19-21…
When we practice our spiritual disciplines in Jesus’ way, then God, who sees what we do in secret, will give us what is due. …
19 “Stop collecting treasures for your own benefit on earth, where moth and rust eat them and where thieves break in and steal them. 20 Instead, collect treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moth and rust don’t eat them and where thieves don’t break in and steal them. 21 Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Faithful One, we confess that our faith wavers and falls apart. We confess that at times the world seems to work against us, and at times the world runs us over. We confess our wounds. We confess that at times we unintentionally harm others because of the spiritual and emotional injuries inflicted upon us. Forgive us, and help us to find healing with each other. Grant us Your peace and mercy in our lives. Help us to find hope and to trust in Your faithfulness, that when we fall apart, we will be put back together into something new; for You are our God, and make all things new, including us. Amen.

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. 
Order early so we can take advantage of the largest discounts available.
Orders will be taken through November 1st. 
Order forms can be found before and after Sunday services near the Welcome Center in the back of the Sanctuary
Donations are also gratefully accepted. 
Many thanks in advance!

Welcoming Statement
The First United Methodist Church of Lombard follows Jesus Christ’s example of loving God and serving others. We believe all people are created in the image of God and affirm their inherent sacred worth and dignity.
We welcome into full inclusion in the life and ministries of our church people of all ages, races, national origins, physical or mental abilities, socioeconomic conditions, sexual orientations, gender identities, faith backgrounds, family configurations, education backgrounds, and any other differences either real or perceived.
We especially proclaim this statement of welcome to all who have known the pain of exclusion or discrimination in a church.As a Reconciling Congregation, we believe that we are being reconciled to God and to one another.
September 24, 2019.
Church Council.
(Proposed welcoming statement pending congregational vote)


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