November 21st, 2021
Christ The King /Thanksgiving Sunday
10 O’clock in the morning Worship Celebration
Native American Heritage Month
Our readings hold together two experiences in life that seem at odds with one another: the experience of human need and sorrow, and the experience of God’s lavish love and care. The writer of 1 Timothy holds forth a vision of unity, where all people are reconciled to God. In Matthew, Jesus invites those who are oppressed by worry to imagine life as a bird or a lily—worry-free and reliant on God’s care alone. These readings do not deny sorrow, need, loss, and anxiety. Instead, they invite us to remember God’s provision in the past, and to expect God to provide for us today.
Paul calls for believers to pray for all people, including leaders, reminding them of Christ’s pleading for us with God – for which Paul has been called as an apostle to the Gentiles.
The opposite of worry / fear / anxiety is faith – or better still – trust. If we were to trust in God as simply and completely as the birds of the air and the flowers of the field do, we would not be anxious. We WOULD still have responsibilities but would not be anxious.
God of Abundant Love and Grace, in this season we praise You for the fruits of the earth, for springtime and harvest. As the seasons turn, we know that You are with us through all of life’s challenges and changes. In times of scarcity, may we find a double-portion of Your grace made known to us. In times of hardship, may we find a double-portion of forgiveness and love. In times of struggle, may we find a double-portion of hope and justice. Abundant God, shower us with Your grace, peace, and joy. Amen.
So please while in our building
wear your masks.
Tuesday, November 23rd
Finance & Stewardship meeting on ZOOM @ 7pm
Office Closed/ No programs – Wednesday, Nov. 24 to Friday Nov. 26
Sunday, November 28th
First Sunday of Advent
Christian Formation Hour @ 8:45am
Light of the World
A Beginner’s Guide to Advent
By Amy-Jill Levine—$10.00
Dive deep into the history of the birth of Christ. Advent is not only the perfect time to read the story of the birth of Jesus; it’s also a great time to dive deeper into the biblical texts that surround the event. In Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine shows how the Gospel narratives connect to the Old Testament; highlights the role of women in first-century Jewish culture; and emphasizes the importance of Mary’s visitation, the census, the stable, the star of Bethlehem, and the flight to Egypt. A rich and challenging learning experience for our four-week Advent Christian Formation on Sundays Nov. 28, Dec 5,12 & 19 @ 8:45am in the Library.
1– The Meaning of Memory, 2– The Promise of Potential , 3– The Journey of Joy, 4– The Gifts of the Gentiles
An Advent Reader for Peacemakers
By Michael T. McRay, Claire Brown
Become a peacemaker this Advent and experience the hope of new life! Keep Watch With Me: An Advent Reader for Peacemakers is a collaborative daily devotional featuring diverse contributors: black, white, LGBTQ, Latinx, Palestinian, incarcerated, Native American, Australian, Americans, Irish, South African, clergy,
laity, activists, authors, organizers, and more. The season of
Advent, as the church prepares for the birth of Christ, is a
penitential season of reckoning with our need and the needs of the world. Keep Watch With Me offers stories, reflections, prayers, and spiritual practices to sustain and challenge the faith of those who work for justice and peace, and long for the coming of God with us.
Wednesdays December 1,8,15 and 22 – On Zoom with First UCC at 7pm
Our UMW will kick off the church’s Advent Season with a Bake Sale on Sunday, Dec 5 after church. This will be our only fundraiser for this year, so please help support us and get a jump on your holiday goodies! Thank you!
Lombard Villa Park Food Pantry Toy Shop Toys Needed
The Food Pantry will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for ages newborn to 12 starting now until December 15th. We are always short on infant/toddler toys and boys and girls age 10 & up. If you would like to donate, you may drop off the toy(s) in the church office. Thank you for your generosity!
The Shepherding Ministry and the Clothes Closet will continue to sponsor a Clothing Drive If you wish to drop off items before then, there will be large bin available in the office during their work hours(M-W-Thur 8:30 am to 2:30) Our clients need the following:
*new briefs for women and kids
*new boxer shorts and T shirts for men
*all weather jackets for all
*snow boots, all sizes men, women, and kids
*hats, scarves, insulated underwear for men
*water resistant GLOVES/ mittens for all
We are currently seeing more clients per week than before covid hit so the need is great! Thank you for your generosity! Any questions, call or text
Christine Marousek at 630 363-1436 OR Deacon Ginny at 630 200-2739.
KIDS ABOVE ALL 2021 HOLIDAY WISH LIST
Our church has an opportunity to partner with Kids Above All and help out by providing some Christmas gifts to 6 boys in the Lisle Residential Home. Please reach out to Deacon Ginny (630.200.2729 or
firstname.lastname@example.org) to coordinate what you would like to
contribute from their “Christmas Wish List”! Help spread some Holiday Joy this Season!!
Per Catherine from Kids Above All, here is the boys list. You will notice no full last names and a Holiday Code to help us keep everyone straight. A good book, age appropriate, and a warm hat, gloves, or blanket are always a good ‘add on’ to their lists. IF, and only IF, your sponsors spend a bit over $40, it’s okay because the group homes are separate from the programs with larger numbers of clients. Gifts may be dropped at the church office or on Sundays. Please have them here no later than Sunday, December 5! Thank you for your help.
|Kids Above All 2021 Holiday Wish List|
|DONOR: First UMC Lombard- Ginny R (6)||Program: Lisle Group Home|
|Name||Holiday Code||Ethnicity||Age||Gender||Shirt/Coat Size||Gift Ideas/Requests – $40|
|Travis T||HC: LBGH – Travis T – 01||Caucasian||17||Male||3x/3x||Warrior Skull Ring, Niking Necklace Fight Spinal (Ancient Treasure)|
|Marqual D||HC: LBGH – Marqual D – 02||AA||14||Male||Med||Onn Bluetooth On Ear headphones, Phonecase for Moto G Pure, LED Lights|
|Keywone S||HC: LBGH – Keywone S – 03||AA||18||Male||Med||Amazon Gift Card, Medium Hoodie, Pajama pants (size medium)|
|Curtis P||HC: LBGH – Curtis P – 04||Caucasian||17||Male||2x/2x/Tall||Racing Truck, Airforce 1 Gym Shoes size 14, a Basketball|
|Kayode||HC: LBGH – Kayode O – 05||AA||18||Male||Xlarge/Tall||Gamestop gift card. Led Lights, Cologne|
|Gage G||HC: LBGH – Gage G – 06||AA||15||Male||Large/Tall||Nintendo Switch wireless controller, Nintendo Switch game NBA 2K Playgrounds 2, Nintendo Switch game The Legend of Zelda-Breath of the Wild, Polo Cologne|
With your support our net auction profit is just under $16,000!
Thank you for your sponsorships, donations, and purchases! There are still some opportunities to push this number over $16,000.
Last Chance Sale for Auction Items – Sunday, November 21
before and after worship in the chapel. Take a look to see if there’s something you missed.
You still need some gifts for the holidays…shop the auction!
Still a little time left – Sign up!
We still have space in events next month! Treat yourself by participating in them! Sign up for some fun and fellowship! Sign up sheets will available this week and until events are held. If you can’t sign up in person, contact Denise Karhoff King.
Wine and Appetizers – Saturday, December 4, 6:00 p.m.
Hymn Sing – Sunday, December 12 – after worship – Besides joyful singing, led by Brianna and accompanied by Dan, a brief history of each hymn will be presented. Of course, refreshments will be served!