Enews: Sunday, August 28, 2022

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Join us for Worship

Sunday, August 28th

10am

Twelfth Sunday of Pentecost

Where do I fit?

 

Have you ever walked in a room with folks crowded at tables and wondered… where do I fit here? Worse, if each seat is ranked and assigned, how do we know where we fit in? Jesus challenges us this week to find the Kingdom of God with those who are usually at the “left out” table. Come and hear the invitation to the great banquet. Come and find where you fit.

SCRIPTURE:

Luke 14:1, 7-24

Pastor Michael will be preaching on the great banquet.

Click Here for the Order of Worship

Join us live at 10am

or online via YouTube

Prayer

God of humility, you who are over all things humbled yourself and came to us. You reminded us what it means to truly be a people who show love to all, by welcoming those left out for too long. Give us your grace that we, too, may learn how to receive all those whom you love. That we, too, may find the hope we seek. Through Christ, our Lord we pray, amen.

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Kickoff Sunday

Sunday, September 11th, we will be re-starting our Sunday School for children and adults. Check out these offerings:

Adults—8:30am on Sundays

 

We’re starting a group discussion of a book called Jesus & John Wayne. If you had to pick a historic figure in the past 100 years that you would say most exemplifies Jesus, how would you answer? How would others answer? Fifty years ago, it might have been Gandhi. Now, you or your neighbor might pick someone more “masculine.” How did that happen? How will things be? Join us as we trace that idea by looking at many important religious figures over the past 100 years, from Billy Graham to yes, John Wayne.

 

Children—Deep Blue During Worship

During the worship hour, our children will be able to enjoy Deep Blue, inviting kids on an exploration of the Bible. This fall will feature figures from the Hebrew scriptures, from Abraham to Sarah to David. Send your young one on an adventure of faith. Explore the Deep Blue.

Senior Friends Restarts Thursday, Sept 15

10am—12pm. Join us for a time to socialize, enjoy each other’s company, and plan outings, events, and ministry projects. We will meet in the parlor every Thursday. Come and join us! Coffee and refreshments to be served (including donuts!)

Church Oktoberfest

Our church will be hosting an Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 23rd at noon at the church. This luncheon will be hosted by the Auction Committee who helps raise funds for mission events at our church. More details coming soon.

Crafters Invited

The craft fair is coming up on November 5th from 9am-2pm (this is part of the Lombard Christmas Mart). There is still space if any crafters would like a table. It’s $35 a table. Contact Martha Bledsoe at marte7553@gmail.com

Volunteer for Glendale Heights Oktoberfest

We have a unique way to raise substantial funds for the church by volunteering at the Oktoberfest in Glendale Heights that will be held from September 15th-25th.

Shifts are available for those willing to work the event and the church will receive funds for your shift.Click Below for shift times. Contact Susan Friend at 630-309-0408.

Click Here for Shift Times

VIP Vouchers available for Glendale Heights Oktoberfest

Speaking of the Glendale Heights Oktoberfest, as a part of the mission auction, VIP Vouchers for the Glendale Heights Oktoberfest have been made available to us and can be yours for a $170 donation.

The VIP pass includes VIP parking, entrance to the fest, VIP seating up front to see and enjoy the music and entertainment, appetizers, dinner, and two drink tickets for two people. Souvenir steins are included, along with wait staff service, china table service, and even an opportunity for a trip to Germany. It’s a great party and you can enjoy it to the max with the VIP Voucher.

Contact Susan Friend, 630-309-0408, with questions or for the vouchers!

Admin Needed

Our office is currently searching for an administrative assistant for 15 hours per week (Tuesday-Thursday). If you know of anyone, please have them submit a letter of interest at office@firstumclombard.org. It is helpful if the person knows Word/Publisher, is willing to learn our email system, and is willing to learn other duties as well.

Save the Date

Sunday, September 11th

Fall Kickoff

Thursday, Sept 15

Senior Friends Restarts at 10am

Come and plan events for the next year and enjoy refreshments (including donuts!)

November 6th, 7pm

Annual All Church Conference

our annual all-church meeting

News From Our Church District

Click on the image above for the District Newsletter.

Find out about what’s going on in other United Methodist Churches

throughout this area!

See how we are stronger together than any of us would be alone.

In our Prayers Today:

All of our members, especially:

Pastor Bonnie, Pat Baker, Claire Baker, Bill Battcher,

Wolfgang Beyer, Tom Hayes, Ellen Wolatz, and Becky. We also lift up Paul Knapp, Becky Miranda, and Mary Owens.

Click here to send a Prayer Request to us

Enews: Sunday, August 21, 2022

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Join us for Worship

Sunday, August 21st

10am

Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost

Standing Tall

 

Have you ever felt like the weight of the world is on your shoulders? Have the expectations of others ever caused your shoulders to droop with heaviness? If so, then you would relate well to one woman who for 18 years had felt unable to fully embody who she really was. On one Sabbath, Jesus whispered in her ear, and she stood tall for all to see and celebrate. The entire crowd rejoiced as she stood tall. Could Jesus be calling you to stand tall today?

SCRIPTURE:

Luke 13:10-17

Rev. Virginia Rainey will be

preaching on a woman

who was bent over and healed.

Click Here for the Order of Worship

Join us live at 10am

or online via YouTube

Prayer

God our healer, you remind us that our bodies are spirits are wonderful. In baptismal waters, you spoke over me, reminding me that I am your child with whom you are well pleased. Yet sometimes, the cares of this world and the expectations of others weighs me down. Today, O God, I pray for your embrace to lift me up. Give me the strength I need to embody who you have and are making me to be – the one whom you love.  And as I stand tall, may I have the strength to lighten the loads others carry. Heal us, O God, that we may stand tall as your family together. Through Christ, our Lord, amen.

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Dear Church,

For a little over a month now, I have been honored to be your pastor. It’s been a constant discovery! One of my pastor colleagues has an occasional post that she calls “Today’s Church Discovery” showing spaces that she discovers in the church or new ministries they are doing. I feel like I would be posting nearly every day, as each day is a new adventure.

Two things.

First, I’m grateful to our committees that continue to help me understand more of what’s going on. I’ve met with Trustees, Staff/Pastor Parish (personnel), a few members of finance, and the Shepherding Team. That’s in addition to meeting folks in the community who are grateful for the witness that you all bring. Thank you, Church!

Second, our Food Pantry and Clothes Closet moved this week. It’s been bittersweet, as I know many of you enjoyed seeing people in and out of our church space each week. However, I’m really amazed at the new space. The ministry we have supported continues on! And together, we’ll be stronger.

I’m honored to here at Lombard First UMC. I continue to be amazed at the stories of generosity and commitment I’ve heard from many of you. You’ve sustained amazing ministries and built relationships with each other and this community that change lives. I can’t wait to get to know some of you even more and to discover together what God can do.

In expectation,

Pastor Michael

Saturday, Aug 20 – Pillow Day

Join us from 9am-12pm in the Parlor as we honor our dear friend Carl Shaver and restart Pillow Days. Carl was our biggest supporter and photographer extraordinaire who made sure we were always on social media! We lost Carl to cancer this spring. You can help show your love for him and support others enduring long-term health struggles by donating fleece or cash that we will turn into care pillows. We are so excited to restart our beloved outreach mission. Remember, we have jobs for cutters, sewers, stuffers, and pinners. In other words, something for everyone. Questions? Call Carol Wixson at 630-373-6054

Mother/Child Tea on Sunday, August 21st

Join us after church at 11:15 am on Sunday, August 21st, for a Mother and Child Tea Party. Contact Denise Karhoff King (click the link) if you’re interested. This is a fundraiser event for the church as a part of the Mission Derby.

Volunteer for Glendale Heights Oktoberfest

We have a unique way to raise substantial funds for the church by volunteering at the Oktoberfest in Glendale Heights that will be held from September 15th-25th.

 

Shifts are available for those willing to work the event and the church will receive funds for your shift. Afternoon and evening shifts are available. Family and friends are welcome to join in! Contact Sue Friend before September12th at 630-309-0408. You even get a free meal and beverage for volunteering your time!

 

Click here for more information

 

Fall Kickoff – Sunday, September 11th

Join us on September 11th as we start our Christian Education/Sunday School for adults and children. Our time for adults will be at 8:30am on Sundays and the time for children will be during worship. The choir will also sing, and we will have a special time to remember and celebrate. Join us for our Fall Kickoff!

Admin Needed

Our office is currently searching for an administrative assistant for 15 hours per week (Tuesday-Thursday). If you know of anyone, please have them submit a letter of interest at office@firstumclombard.org. It is helpful if the person knows Word/Publisher, is willing to learn our email system, and is willing to learn other duties as well.

 

DuPage PADS Volunteer Appreciation Day

To thank all of those who volunteer and support PADS,  they have organized a Volunteer Appreciation during the Old Naperville Day (click link for more info) on Sunday, August 21st at the Streetscape of Chicago Avenue in Downtown Naperville from 12pm-7pm.

The first 100 volunteers who stop by the DuPage Pads Info tent will receive a voucher for 1 free meal from the Lantern Food tent and 1 free beer/wine/soft beverage.

Thank you!

To my church family, thank you so much for all your prayers and the beautiful cards. I am so grateful for your thoughtfulness. I am doing fine so far. Still having physical therapy. Again, thank you all.                                         – Maria Toledo (Malou)

Save the Date

Sunday, September 11th

Fall Kickoff

Thursday, Sept 15

Senior Friends Restarts at 10am

Come and plan events for the next year and enjoy refreshments (including donuts!)

November 6th, 7pm

Annual All Church Conference

our annual all-church meeting

News From Our Church District

Prairie Central Zoom Gatherings Resume

 

One of the ways that we, as United Methodists, navigate the challenges of life and ministry is to stay connectional. We are stronger together. When we are connectional, we learn more, grow more, do more and are supported more.

We want to continue the connection that we made last year through our Zoom gatherings. They are intended to be informal gatherings where I will share news from the district. We can ask questions about district events or bring up concerns from our local churches and then share resources and ideas of things that are working in your setting with your colleagues and friends. No attendance will be taken. The meetings are intended to support you, give you fresh ideas, keep you informed and stay connected to colleagues, so you know that you are not alone.

Even though this is usually attended by Lay Leaders, this is NOT for Lay Leaders only. It is intended for all lay persons (i.e. non-clergy/non-pastors) who want to know more about what is going on in the broader United Methodist district and to be connected.

Prairie Central Gatherings will begin Thursday, September 8 and every second Thursday through May 11.Click this link to join the zoom meetings.

 

I am so excited to meet with my siblings in Christ again!

 

Rev. Jeffry Bross

Prairie Central District Superintendent

In our Prayers Today:

All of our members, especially:

Pastor Bonnie, Pat Baker, Claire Baker, Bill Battcher,

Wolfgang Beyer, Tom Hayes, Ellen Wolatz, and Becky. We also lift up Paul Knapp, Becky Miranda, and Mary Owens.

Click here to send a Prayer Request to us

Enews: Sunday, August 14, 2022

Christ has died.
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Join us for Worship

Sunday, August 14th

10am

Tenth Sunday of Pentecost

The Mystery of Faith

 

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. It’s the mystery of faith we say each communion Sunday. Those phrases move us from a past that has its own issues into a present full of possibilities and with a future. A future full of hope.

For much of my life, though, that phrase “Christ will come again” did not inspire hope as much as it inflicted a sense of dread; it was not a mystery but a caution. In this week’s reading, the Gospel of Luke invites us to enter the mystery again, to hear the promise for us all.

Because this is Jesus saying it, of course this passage includes a hearty feast with lots of good food. Two in fact. One a wedding. And another where the world is turned upside down. Come and join us on Sunday as we consider what “Christ will come again” might mean for us all.

SCRIPTURE:

Luke 12:32-40

Jesus tells his followers about a new time to come.

Click Here for the Order of Worship

Join us live at 10am

or online via YouTube

Prayer

Ever-returning God, even in our moments of deepest dread, when we are afraid of what is to come, you show up. You invite us to a feast we did not expect. You give us our daily bread and strength for the journey ahead. May that mystery nourish us and open us to what is possible. May your feast give us what we need for today and energize us for all that is to come. Through Jesus, who journeys with us and shows up in so many unexpected ways, we pray. Amen.

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Saturday, Aug 20 – Pillow Day Restarts

 

Join us from 9am-12pm in the Parlor as we honor our dear friend Carl Shaver and restart Pillow Days. Carl was our biggest supporter and photographer extraordinaire who made sure we were always on social media! We lost Carl to cancer this spring. You can help show your love for him and support others enduring long-term health struggles by donating fleece or cash that we will turn into care pillows. We are so excited to restart our beloved outreach mission. Remember, we have jobs for cutters, sewers, stuffers, and pinners. In other words, something for everyone. Questions? Call Carol Wixson at 630-373-6054

Mother/Child Tea on Sunday, August 21st

Join us after church at 11:15 am on Sunday, August 21st, for a Mother and Child Tea Party. Contact Denise Karhoff King (click the link) if you’re interested.This is a fundraiser event for the church as a part of the Mission Derby.

Volunteer for Glendale Heights Oktoberfest

We have a unique way to raise substantial funds for the church by volunteering at the Oktoberfest in Glendale Heights that will be held from September 15th-25th.

 

Shifts are available for those willing to work the event and the church will receive funds for your shift. Afternoon and evening shifts are available. Family and friends are welcome to join in! Contact Sue Friend before September12th at 630-309-0408. You even get a free meal and beverage for volunteering your time!

Click here for more information

Thank you Church!!

Just wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who helped out two Sundays ago (July 31st) to put together 60 snack bags for the children that reside at the DuPage Pads Interim Housing Center. We worked so well together that it took less than 30 minutes to assemble the bags and put all of them in our car. On Monday, (Aug 1) when we delivered them we were greeted with several smiling faces and helping hands to unload the car. Our gift of snack bags were very much appreciated.

Once again, thank you for your service.

Yours in Christ, Pat & Tom Price  Co-Lay Leaders

DuPage PADS Volunteer Appreciation Day

To thank all of those who volunteer and support PADS,  they have organized a Volunteer Appreciation during the Old Naperville Day (click link for more info) on Sunday, August 21st at the Streetscape of Chicago Avenue in Downtown Naperville from 12pm-7pm.

The first 100 volunteers who stop by the DuPage Pads Info tent will receive a voucher for 1 free meal from the Lantern Food tent and 1 free beer/wine/soft beverage.

Save the Date

Thursday, Sept 15

Senior Friends Restarts at 10am

more information to follow.

November 6th, 7pm

Annual All Church Conference

our annual all-church meeting

News From Our Church District

Prairie Central Zoom Gatherings Resume

 

One of the ways that we, as United Methodists, navigate the challenges of life and ministry is to stay connectional. We are stronger together. When we are connectional, we learn more, grow more, do more and are supported more.

We want to continue the connection that we made last year through our Zoom gatherings. They are intended to be informal gatherings where I will share news from the district. We can ask questions about district events or bring up concerns from our local churches and then share resources and ideas of things that are working in your setting with your colleagues and friends. No attendance will be taken. The meetings are intended to support you, give you fresh ideas, keep you informed and stay connected to colleagues, so you know that you are not alone.

Even though this is usually attended by Lay Leaders, this is NOT for Lay Leaders only. It is intended for all lay persons (i.e. non-clergy/non-pastors) who want to know more about what is going on in the broader United Methodist district and to be connected.

Prairie Central Gatherings will begin Thursday, September 8 and every second Thursday through May 11.Click this link to join the zoom meetings.

I am so excited to meet with my siblings in Christ again!

Rev. Jeffry Bross

Prairie Central District Superintendent

In our Prayers Today:

All of our members, especially:

Pastor Bonnie, Pat Baker, Claire Baker, Bill Battcher, Wolfgang Beyer, Tom Hayes, Ellen Wolatz. We also lift up Paul Knapp, Becky Miranda, Mary Owens, and the family of Marcie Novak.

Click here to send a Prayer Request to us

Enews: Sunday, August 7, 2022

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August 7th, 2022

Ninth Sunday of Pentecost

Worship Celebration 10am

Practicing Prayer

How often do you pray? Is it before meals, when you first wake up, or only when there is a dire need? Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, something they already did each day, in order to invite them into a rhythm of prayer and life. This Sunday, you’re invited to enter the rhythm of prayer as we explore again the prayer that Jesus taught his Disciples to pray.

SCRIPTURE:

Luke 11:1-13 

Jesus teaches us to pray.

Click Here for the Order of Worship

Join us live at 10am

or online via YouTube

Prayer

Gracious God, even when we veer away from the path you intend, still you call us back. Your grace extends to us before we know it, and your grace guides us. So now we ask for your grace so that no matter what we encounter on the way, we might be led into your abundant life. Guide us into new ways of living. This we pray with you as we walk alongside your people towards the hope you have for us all. Through Jesus’ life and teaching, we pray. Amen.

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 Saturday, Aug 20 – Pillow Day Restarts

9am-12pm – Parlor – It will be a joy to honor our dear friend Carl Shaver; he was our biggest supporter. Carl was our photographer extraordinaire who made sure we were always on social media! We lost Carl to cancer this spring. Please show your love for him with a donation of fleece or cash. We are so excited to restart our beloved outreach mission. Remember, we have jobs for cutters, sewers, stuffers, and pinners. In other words, something for everyone. Questions? Call Carol Wixson at 630-373-6054

Mother/Child Tea on Sunday, August 21st

While auction day is past, you may still sign up for events and buy some items that are available.   Contact Denise Karhoff King (click the link) 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.

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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.  Click on the image for more information.

Thursday, Sept 15 – Save the Date! – Senior Friends Restarts

10am – more information to follow.

In our Prayers Today:

All of our members, especially:

Pastor Bonnie, Maria Toledo, Pat Baker, Bill Battcher,

Wolfgang Beyer, Tom Hayes, Ellen Wolatz, Paul Knapp,

Becky Miranda, Mary Owens, and the family of Marcie Novak

Click here to send a Prayer Request to us

Enews: Sunday, July 31, 2022

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July 31st, 2022

Eighth Sunday of Pentecost

Worship Celebration

Practicing Prayer

Prayer. It’s one of the most essential actions that we do as people of faith. The Bible has about 650 prayers spelled out that people prayed. As a devout Jewish man, Jesus prayed at least 3 times each day, and we have 25 accounts of his prayers in the New Testament.

All of Jesus’ disciples would have prayed many times each day. It’s interesting, then, that they approached Jesus one day and said, “teach us to pray.” Perhaps it’s a sign that all of us can benefit from re-examining and learning more about this practice called prayer.

This Sunday and next, we will explore the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples, the prayer that we call The Lord’s Prayer. That prayer was an outline meant to draw us into a rhythm of life that allows us to experience the Divine with us. Come and join with us as we explore again what it means to pray.

SCRIPTURE:

Luke 11:1-13 

Jesus teaches us to pray.

Click Here for the Order of Worship

Join us live at 10am

or online via YouTube

Prayer

Dear God, here we are, again, lifting our souls to you. Sometimes we don’t know exactly what to say or what we should do; we only know that we need your help. We thank you, O God, because you show up when we cry out. You are there before we ask and, truth be told, O God, you do so much more than we ask. You are above all that we can ask or even think. Your grace makes us simply say, “wow.” For all that you are, all that you have given us, and for being there in our time of need, we give you thanks, gracious God. Amen.

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DuPage Pads Service Opportunity-

This Sunday, July 31

PADS allows for those who are houseless (“homeless”) to find shelter. In DuPage County, that now means someone can find a room at the Interim Housing Center located in Downers Grove at the former Red Roof Inn.

This Sunday, we will hear more about this ministry AND pack 40-50 Snack Packs for children who reside in that Interim Housing Center. Please join us!

If you have any questions, please contact Pat or Tom Price at Layleaders1@FirstUMCLombard.org.

 Saturday, Aug 20 – Pillow Day Restarts

9am-12pm – Parlor – It will be a joy to honor our dear friend Carl Shaver; he was our biggest supporter. Carl was our photographer extraordinaire who made sure we were always on social media! We lost Carl to cancer this spring. Please show your love for him with a donation of fleece or cash. We are so excited to restart our beloved outreach mission. Remember, we have jobs for cutters, sewers, stuffers, and pinners. In other words, something for everyone. Questions? Call Carol Wixson at 630-373-6054

Auction Update

While auction day is past, you may still sign up for events and buy some items that are available.  The next event coming up is Mother and Daughter/Son Tea Party (August 21). 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.

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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.  Click on the image for more information.

Thursday, Sept 15 – Save the Date! – Senior Friends Restarts

10am – more information to follow soon.

In our Prayers Today:

All of our members, especially:

Pastor Bonnie, Maria Toledo, Pat Baker, Bill Battcher,

Wolfgang Beyer, Tom Hayes, Ellen Wolatz, Paul Knapp,

Becky Miranda, Mary Owens, and Marcie Novak

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Sunday, July 24, 2022

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July 24, 2022

Seventh Sunday of Pentecost

Worship Celebration

Treasures in Heaven

The scripture for this week asks us what we value most. Many of us invest or save for the future, hoping to be responsible caretakers of all that is given to us. That’s a great practice. In the Gospel of Luke, however, those who have much often gain it at the expense of another.

In the Gospel reading, two brothers were arguing over an estate. Jesus told them a story (a parable) of one wealthy farmer had an amazing, rich harvest. His many barns – yes, plural barns – were all full to the brim. His workers had worked hard to make that possible. Yet, instead of sharing that return, the man decides he wants even more and will build bigger barns to store that extravagant wealth. Jesus ends the story with a twist. That night, the rich man will die, perhaps by natural causes or maybe by those who feel wronged and are demanding his life. Where will all his riches go then?

That story invites the two brothers to see that all we have and even the earth itself is an inheritance we did not earn only by our own effort. It’s an invitation to break the cycle of wanting more and more, often at the expense of others. And it also asks us to see what we really value most. Join us on Sunday as we explore more about our greatest treasure.

SCRIPTURE:

Luke 12:13-21:

The parable of the man who builds bigger barns.

Prayer

Gracious God, we thank you for all that you have given us. For the richness of this world, the beauty of the flowers and trees, and the bounty we enjoy with all creation. Let us celebrate each day as a gift from you. And may we share the richness of that joy with all we meet. Through Christ, we pray, amen.

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Auction Update

While auction day is past, you may still sign up for events and buy some items that are available.  The next event coming up is Mother and Daughter/Son Tea Party (August 21). 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.

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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.

Click on the image for more information.

 

Dear Church Family,

Over the past few years, First UMC of Lombard has participated in the DuPage PADS Program serving the needs of the homeless in DuPage County. March 20, 2020, marked a change in the delivery of services to the homeless through DuPage PADS by going from a “Congregant Model” to an “Interim Housing Model”. What this has meant is different ways for congregations to provide service.

During the recent Leadership Team Meeting a proposal was made to provide a mission moment during the worship service about the DuPage PADS Programs. An immediate service opportunity was also discussed where First UMC of Lombard would assemble 40-50 DuPage PADS Snack Packs for children who are in residence at the Interim Housing Center located in Downers Grove at the former Red Roof Inn.

FUMC’s DuPage PADS Program Coordinators propose to present the Mission Moment during the 10 a.m. worship service followed by the service opportunity on Sunday, July 31st. More information to follow.

In the meantime, should you have any questions please contact Pat or Tom Price at Layleaders1@FirstUMCLombard.org.

Yours in Mission,

Pat & Tom Price

Sunday, July 17, 2022

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July 17, 2022

Sixth Sunday of Pentecost

Worship Celebration

Living Scripture

How does scripture come alive for you? When you look at scripture, do you tend to find a way to enter it based upon your own experience, reason, and the history of how you’ve heard it presented?

This week, you’re invited to hear the very familiar story of Mary and Martha in a new way. We’ve typically heard this as though Martha was preparing a meal while Mary was being a real slacker. I’ve heard that worker/slacker interpretation applied to so many areas – home, work, or even church. But is this a story about over-functioning and under-functioning? What else could scripture mean when it says they “sat at Jesus’ feet”? And how in the world could this be an invitation to live more authentically, celebrating who we really are?

Come this Sunday to hear again the story of Mary and Martha.

SCRIPTURE:

Luke 10:38-42:

Jesus goes to Bethany and meets a woman named Martha who is not very happy about her sister Mary.

Prayer

Patient God, give us the grace we need to hold ourselves when we are falling to pieces. Give us strength to embrace you and the changes life brings. Let that strength come as we take each step anew, seeing again that there is a beauty that comes from you. Let that beauty allow us to give grace to all around us, instilling within us a patience that persists even when life wanders beyond our control. Through Jesus who has been so patient with us, we pray. Amen.

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Auction Update

While auction day is past, you may still sign up for events and buy some items that are available.  The next event coming up is Mother and Daughter/Son Tea Party (August 21). 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.

Ukraine.png

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.

Click on the image for more information.

Dear Church Family,

Over the past few years, First UMC of Lombard has participated in the DuPage PADS Program serving the needs of the homeless in DuPage County. March 20, 2020, marked a change in the delivery of services to the homeless through DuPage PADS by going from a “Congregant Model” to an “Interim Housing Model”. What this has meant is different ways for congregations to provide service.

During the recent Leadership Team Meeting a proposal was made to provide a mission moment during the worship service about the DuPage PADS Programs. An immediate service opportunity was also discussed where First UMC of Lombard would assemble 40-50 DuPage PADS Snack Packs for children who are in residence at the Interim Housing Center located in Downers Grove at the former Red Roof Inn.

FUMC’s DuPage PADS Program Coordinators propose to present the Mission Moment during the 10 a.m. worship service followed by the service opportunity on Sunday, July 31st. More information to follow.

In the meantime, should you have any questions please contact Pat or Tom Price at Layleaders1@FirstUMCLombard.org.

Yours in Mission,

Pat & Tom Price

Enews: Sunday, July 10, 2022

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   July 10, 2022

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Worship Celebration

It’s been a long week already. The news of so much loss in Highland Park still holds heavy. Times like these make me grateful for a community to bear the load together.

This week, I will be installed as your pastor. It is a time I enter into with gratitude for all who have led us before and with humility, learning from those who are leading us now. Together, we are a community that holds each other, lifts each other up, and works to heal the hurt in our world. And there’s a lot to heal this week.

This week our Gospel focuses on one of the most well-known parables Jesus spoke, the parable of the Good Samaritan. We have that phrase everywhere – there’s a Good Samaritan Hospital, Good Samaritan Church, even Good Sam products in stores. Each seem to encourage us to be that “Good Samaritan.” What if this parable, though, means more than just “be kind”? What if it’s a challenge for how we receive grace from each other (and God), especially in a week when we need it so greatly?

Join us this week as we enter this parable.

READINGS:

Luke 10:25-37:

Christ gives us freedom, but not as an excuse to engage in destructive behavior. Rather, through Christ we receive the life-giving fruit of God’s Spirit.

Prayer

God of grace, this week the news of so many lives harmed at a parade has left us looking for answers. In a week of so much loss, remind us that you do not sit idly watching but you are present with us in our questions and our hurt. We pray that we may be open to you and to our neighbor so that we can all experience the healing that our community needs. Amen.

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Auction Update

While auction day is past, you may still sign up for events and buy some items that are available.  The final event coming up is Relaxin’ with Refreshments (July 9). 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!

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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.

Click on the image for more information.

Dear Church Family,

Over the past few years, First UMC of Lombard has participated in the DuPage PADS Program serving the needs of the homeless in DuPage County. March 20, 2020, marked a change in the delivery of services to the homeless through DuPage PADS by going from a “Congregant Model” to an “Interim Housing Model”. What this has meant is different ways for congregations to provide service.

During the recent Leadership Team Meeting a proposal was made to provide a mission moment during the worship service about the DuPage PADS Programs. An immediate service opportunity was also discussed where First UMC of Lombard would assemble 40-50 DuPage PADS Snack Packs for children who are in residence at the Interim Housing Center located in Downers Grove at the former Red Roof Inn.

FUMC’s DuPage PADS Program Coordinators propose to present the Mission Moment during the 10 a.m. worship service followed by the service opportunity on Sunday, July 31st. More information to follow.

In the meantime, should you have any questions please contact Pat or Tom Price at Layleaders1@FirstUMCLombard.org.

Yours in Mission,

Pat & Tom Price

Enews: Sunday, July 3, 2022

July 3, 2022

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

 Celebration

All authority and power is in Christ, who thus gives us authority and power to declare God’s reign and to live into it. No worldly authorities can have power over us in that capacity, and that includes religious and political and societal figures and teachings. No one else has the authority to declare the reign of Christ is at hand because Jesus already claimed it and gave us the authority to declare it. Jesus gave us the authority to love one another and to share the Good News, to cast out evil and to lift up good. Whether others believe or not is on them, not us. Naaman couldn’t believe how simple it would be to be healed, but he had to learn to trust the word of God through the prophet Elisha. Paul taught the church in Galatia that they must carry their own loads and, while they should bear each other’s burdens, when it comes to living into Christ, that is on each of us. We cannot save others, it is Christ who does so, but we do have the authority to live into Christ’s reign and declare it is at hand, in word and deed.

READINGS:
Isaiah 66:10-14:

A prophecy of restoration and comfort, like being nursed and cared for by a mother, for Jerusalem and her people.

Galatians 6:(1-6), 7-14:

A prophecy of restoration and comfort, like being nursed and cared for by a mother, for Jerusalem and her people.

Luke 10:1-11, 16-20:

Jesus sends the seventy two disciples out to preach the Kingdom, instructing them to bless the homes where they stay and to accept the hospitality they are offered. On their return he celebrates with them, but stresses that the best thing is to have “names written in heaven”.

Prayer of Brokenness

Almighty God, You have given all power and authority and dominion to Christ Jesus and laid it before his feet. Christ is the head of the church, and we are the body of Christ. We confess that we have not used our authority wisely. We confess that we have twisted it into an abusive, imperial, colonizing force, instead of the liberative message of Christ, in which we are free of the sins of this world. We have used the authority of Christ to have power over and dominate others, instead of the authority to bring freedom to the captives, to let the oppressed go free, to declare the year of our God’s favor. We have failed to live into the Good News.

Forgive us, O Christ, and remind us that we must shake the dust of the world off our sandals and instead accept the radical hospitality You have opened for us to live into Your reign. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

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Important Reminder

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.

Auction Update

While auction day is past, you may still sign up for events and buy some items that are available. The next events coming up are Relaxin’ with Refreshments (July 9), anMother and Daughter/Son Tea Party (August 21). 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.

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Craft Club This Saturday

The Craft Club meets 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!

Dear Church Family,

Over the past few years, First UMC of Lombard has participated in the DuPage PADS Program serving the needs of the homeless in DuPage County. March 20, 2020, marked a change in the delivery of services to the homeless through DuPage PADS by going from a “Congregant Model” to an “Interim Housing Model”. What this has meant is different ways for congregations to provide service.

During the recent Leadership Team Meeting a proposal was made to provide a mission moment during the worship service about the DuPage PADS Programs. An immediate service opportunity was also discussed where First UMC of Lombard would assemble 40-50 DuPage PADS Snack Packs for children who are in residence at the Interim Housing Center located in Downers Grove at the former Red Roof Inn.

FUMC’s DuPage PADS Program Coordinators propose to present the Mission Moment during the 10 a.m. worship service followed by the service opportunity on Sunday, July 31st. More information to follow.

In the meantime, should you have any questions please contact Pat or Tom Price at Layleaders1@FirstUMCLombard.org.

Yours in Mission,

Pat & Tom Price

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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.

Click on the image for more information.

Enews: Sunday, June 26, 2022

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June 23, 2022

Third Sunday after Pentecost

Worship Celebration

Becoming a disciple of Jesus is about following Jesus and becoming a student (that’s what “disciple” means, after all). Becoming a student of the Way of Christ means having the power and authority that God has given us but not using it in a way of domination and superiority, or even violence and fear, but using power and authority to free us all to love one another. The power and authority of Christ frees us from the ways of the world that prioritize the wrong values of wealth, worldly power, and notoriety. The people who wanted to follow Jesus were not necessarily pursuing those values outright, but Jesus hints that their underlying reasons might not be honoring their parents or wanting to say goodbye, but rather making sure their father’s inheritance passed on to them, making sure everyone knew as they said goodbye what they were off to do. In other words, playing subtly into the ways of this world rather than the way of Christ. Even the disciples struggled with this, especially James and John, who later wanted to be the greatest among the disciples. It’s not easy to let go of the ways of this world, but Christ calls us into a new way of being, a transformed life.

READINGS:

Galatians 5:1, 13-25:

Christ gives us freedom, but not as an excuse to engage in destructive behavior. Rather, through Christ we receive the life-giving fruit of God’s Spirit.

Luke 9:51-62:

Jesus calls many people, who all have reasons to delay or decline. Jesus proclaims that God’s Reign calls us to choose now – to live it and proclaim it.

Prayer of Brokenness

Living Christ, we confess that we are still tied to the ways of this broken world. These ways lead us to dead ends—concerns about wealth and inheritance, fame and notoriety. We want to have safety and security, to have enough, to be remembered in this world—yet we follow You, who gave up all possessions, and became humble enough to be another forgotten criminal executed by the state. However, Your name is exalted above all other names because of Your humility, because You gave everything up for us. Remind us that glory is not found in what we have or how our name is praised, but it is found in denying our own desires to love one another, care for one another, and live into Your kingdom, on earth as it is in heaven. We confess this is difficult for us, O Christ, so we seek Your wisdom and guidance, to live into the kingdom You are creating all around us. In Your name we pray. Amen.

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The Northern Illinois Conference Anti-Racism Task Force 2022 Speaker Series Second Event

Our second event is coming up TODAY! Thursday, June 23 online via Zoom from 12:00-1:30 pm CT.

Unafraid: Stand up for Social Justice

Representatives from different conferences discuss what the local church and their conferences are doing to address racism.

via Zoom

Speakers: Rev. Derrek Belase, Rev. David Lagos-Fonseca, Rev. Dana Neuhasuer, Rev. Brian Tillman, & Rev. Kathy L. Williams

Moderator: Rev. Pamela Pirtle.

Click here to register Online.

Click here for more information.

Click here to find out more about our speakers.

Important Reminder

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.

Auction Update

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 Luau

(June 25), and Relaxin’ with Refreshments (July 9). 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!

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Craft Club Resumes

The Craft Club resumed 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!

Dear Church Family,

Over the past few years, First UMC of Lombard has participated in the DuPage PADS Program serving the needs of the homeless in DuPage County. March 20, 2020, marked a change in the delivery of services to the homeless through DuPage PADS by going from a “Congregant Model” to an “Interim Housing Model”. What this has meant is different ways for congregations to provide service.

During the recent Leadership Team Meeting a proposal was made to provide a mission moment during the worship service about the DuPage PADS Programs. An immediate service opportunity was also discussed where First UMC of Lombard would assemble 40-50 DuPage PADS Snack Packs for children who are in residence at the Interim Housing Center located in Downers Grove at the former Red Roof Inn.

FUMC’s DuPage PADS Program Coordinators propose to present the Mission Moment during the 10 a.m. worship service followed by the service opportunity on Sunday, July 31st. More information to follow.

In the meantime, should you have any questions please contact Pat or Tom Price at Layleaders1@FirstUMCLombard.org.

Yours in Mission,

Pat & Tom Price

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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.

Click on the image for more information.