Enews: Sunday, May 1, 2022

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May 1, 2022

Third Sunday Of Easter

Worship Celebration

Service of Communion

On this third Sunday of Easter, we are reminded that all too often we desire change and then go right back to the way things were. We fall back into the patterns and routines that are comfortable and known. We believe that our baptism is a new start, a new life now that lasts for eternity—and this is the truth. However, far too often we forget that newness and just return to the way things were. We fail to see the reign of God, the beloved community, around us. Simon and the others went back to their old profession—fishing—because it brought them some comfort. However, Jesus called them out of the boat and reminded them that to follow him meant giving up their old way of life for something unknown. For Saul, who fought against following Jesus, when Jesus was finally revealed to him, it transformed his entire life, even physically as well as spiritually. True transformation in Christ means we can’t go back to the way we used to be. We are new creations in Christ.

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READINGS:

Acts 9:1-6:

Paul travels to Damascus with the intention of arresting any followers of Jesus, but on the road, he is confronted with a vision of Christ that changes him into a disciple.

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John 21:1-19:

 

Peter is restored by Jesus at the breakfast on the beach, and then called, once again, to leadership and to follow Christ – even to death.

Prayer

God Who Watches In The Night, watch over us in our times of struggle. May we, like the disciples, find comfort in the presence of one another, and may we find healing in the silence. For we know the silence is not a rejection, but it is the stillness of Your presence, that You are listening to us. The darkness of night is like the darkness of the womb, preparing us for what is next to come. It is not the valley of the shadow, but the great inhaling of the first breath. We wait for Your Spirit to stir in our lives, as we wait for You, God of Night and Day. Amen.

We will have communion together. For those watching the livestream, remember to have your communion elements.

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Native American Ministries Sunday (May 1) serves to remind United Methodists of the gifts and contributions made by Native Americans to our society and in our communities. With more than 20,000 Native Americans within the denomination, this Special Sunday helps to ensure that Native American United Methodist leaders are recognized and to celebrate their special voice in The United Methodist Church.

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Spring Clean Up

Men’s fellowship will be hosting a church Spring Cleaning Day on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 9am.

This will include outside as well as inside projects and we’d like your help.  It would be great to have a list of available helpers so we can choose how many of the needed tasks we might be able to complete.  Ladies, we appreciate your help as well!!

If you are able to help, please contact Ron Lohman at MensClub@FirstUMCLombard.org or text Ron at 708.533.7282.

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Thanks in advance,

Ron Lohman

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After more than 40 years at FUMC the Food Pantry and Clothes Closet now under the umbrella of The Outreach House are preparing to move to a new location where they can bring all their programs Under One Roof. They are excited to announce that they have secured a location at 805 S. Main Street, Lombard. This will enable residents in need of assistance to receive food, clothing, diapers, infant needs and emergency assistance in one accessible location. They are requesting donations towards the cost of renovating the space and ongoing program operating costs. During Giving DuPage Days all donations up to $12,000 will be matched, doubling your impact. Visit https://www.givingdupageday.org/organizations/the-outreach-house to make a donation between May 2 – 6.

With Gratitude,

Hester Bury – Coordinator, The Outreach House Food Pantry – 630-290-1829

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2022 Bishop’s Appeal

The 2022 Northern Illinois Annual Conference Bishop’s Appeal special offering will go toward Ukraine assistance. While immediate needs are great, we know the people of Ukraine will need assistance in the long term. For more details on fundraiser ideas and bringing your collective offering to Annual Conference, visit umcnic.org/Bishopsappeal2022. In the meantime, you are encouraged to give to your local church and designate “Ukraine Assistance.”

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Humanitarian Assistance to Ukraine

United Methodists and others wishing to provide humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian people in the wake of the Russian invasion of their country may contribute to Advance #982450, UMCOR International Disaster Response and Recovery. This fund will provide direct assistance to those in Ukraine as well as assistance to Ukrainians fleeing to neighboring countries.

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Memorial Services

Amy Castleberry – Saturday, May 21@ 10am

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2022 Auction

It’s Almost Post Time!!

The annual church auction is on Sunday, May 1, at noon.  Refreshments will be available at the Winner’s Circle café while the final food preparations are underway. You can enjoy these treats as you mosey around The Paddock looking at silent and live auction items.

This year’s meal features appetizers and desserts that one would expect at Churchill Downs or in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Anticipate some tasty items!

As always, the success of the auction is due to donations of money, goods, and services. Your support is very much needed to enable us to fund our share of the United Methodist Church mission outreach. Saddle Up! Let’s Make It A Great Ride!

Attention Online Worshipers!

If you’d like to sign up to attend the auction, please text Denise Karhoff King at 630-379-6616 to let her know. The cost is $15 per person, which is payable on the day of the auction. 

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