Enews: Sunday, May 15, 2022

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May 15, 2022

Fifth Sunday Of Easter

Worship Celebration

Service of Baptism

Celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month

We all fall into the ways of this world: the latest trends, popular fashion, gossip—who is in and who is out. Peter dealt with division in the early church based on traditional understanding of who belonged and who did not. The first followers of Jesus were Jewish. Their understanding of who they were as God’s people was in the identity of being Jewish, even if they followed Jesus. However, Peter discovered the work of the same Holy Spirit among Gentiles as it was among Jewish followers of Jesus, so how could he exclude Gentiles in the church? Paul proclaimed to the Greeks that in all their searching and philosophizing, looking for something new and exciting—the God who made them all was made known to them, and this was more important than the statues they built or the latest trend of belief. Jesus, however, told the disciples he was leaving them with one new thing: a new commandment, to love one another. The ways of the world distract us, but the way of Christ, the way of love—it leads us to eternity, a new heaven and a new earth, where mourning and death are no more. The ways of this world lead to dead ends; the way of Christ, the way of love, leads to life.

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READINGS:

John 13:31-35:

Jesus’ new commandment – to love one another.

Prayer

The psalmist declares, “Where can we go from Your spirit? Where can we flee from Your presence?” O God, You are always with us, even when it is hard to take notice. When the world is falling apart, You are carrying us through. Your love sustains us and is known through the love of others. Remind us when things are most difficult to carry on in love, because it is our mutual love that helps us survive. Call us to become living hope for one another, because we cannot carry it all by ourselves. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

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Asian American and Pacific Islander

Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, in which we celebrate and recognize the cultural and historical contributions of Asian Pacific Americans to the United States. Along with fifteen Asian Pacific American ethnic groups in The United Methodist Church—Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Formosan, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Middle Easterners, Pakistani, South Asians, Vietnamese, Tongans, Samoans, and Fijians—we honor the heritage and legacy of Asian Pacific Americans.

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Celebrating Pastor Luis’ Ministry

Thank you to everyone who has already given a gift of love or sent a personal thank you note for Pastor Luis.

There is still time if you haven’t had a chance to drop anything off or send something in to the office. Please remember to label any notes or gifts to be directed to SPPRC.

Also, we will be celebrating his ministry with a luncheon on Sunday, May 22nd after church. In order to have enough food, please RSVP/sign up by this Sunday (May 15) either by contacting the church office (630-627-2508 or email office@firstumclombard.org) with your name and a headcount, or on the sign-up sheet in the narthex on Sunday.

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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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