God in your mercy, hear our prayers as we lift up to you the community of Uvalde, TX.
Despite the good news of the resurrection, the post-Easter disciples were a rather tentative bunch. They had lost their leader. There was dissension all around them. They were understandably afraid, for their friend and teacher had just been executed by the government. Into their already turbulent lives blew the life-changing wind of the Holy Spirit. Yikes! But as promised in John, the Advocate empowers, comforts, encourages, and strengthens the disciples. To claim the same gifts today, we need only give our fears to the Wind, and open our lives to be transformed.
Jesus promises the Holy Spirit to be an advocate for his followers, and to lead them into truth.
Holy Spirit, we confess that we have dampened our own spirits. The news of kindness and compassion and goodness often does not make it to our hearts, and instead we only feel and experience the brokenness and pain. You are alive, active, in the world now and in us, and yet we sometimes are stuck in cycles of despair and hopelessness. Lift up our hearts, O God, and call us to lift our voices. Even when we cry out in pain and suffering, may we be lifted up so that we rejoice. May we remember You always have the final word and You always make things new again. Hate and despair, hopelessness and violence and death will never have the last word, for You are about to make all things new again. Holy Spirit, may we trust in You and be filled with Your power. Amen.
Be sure to join us this Sunday for Pastor Luis’ final worship with us.
We will have communion together. For those watching the livestream, remember to have your communion elements.
The FUMC Lombard website is a great place to follow everything that is going on in our church. And with the upcoming changes to our Church Leaders, you’ll have questions. On the home page, top header, find the tab “Livestreaming and All About Us”. It will pull down and you will see the tab “Our Church Leaders”. There you’ll find the names, positions, and all church emails listed!! Please use this valuable information to help make our upcoming transitions easier.
While auction day is past, you may still sign up for events and buy some items that are available. Events coming up in the next month are the Sushi Dinner, Greek Islands Dinner, and the Luau. Contact Denise Karhoff King if you’re interested in these or want to know about other events. The sign-up sheets will be available for your review on most Sundays as we go forward.
The following items are available for sale: Reza’s Restaurant gift card, Westin hotel gift certificate, beach bags, child car seat afghans, cloth baskets, a toiletry bag, and autographed athletes’ photos. Contact Susan Friend about these items.
And now, for the big news! Auction Estimated Net Revenue $20,000
Congratulations! Thank you for making this possible!
Craft Club Resumes
The Craft Club will resume the first Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. until noon in the church library. Please bring your craft projects and join us for the fellowship!
Lombard LGBTQ+ Family Pride Fest
Saturday, June 4th from 12-3pm at First Church of Lombard located at 220 S. Main St, Lombard, IL. Lord of the FRYZ Food Truck will be there along with activities for everyone, a fire truck and firefighters, music, vendors, refreshments, free giveaways, and FUN!
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.”
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.