In light of the rising rates of positive testing, infections and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in our communities and portion of Illinois, the First UMC will be providing ONLINE Sunday worship through the end of 2020. There will be no indoor, in-person, worship until further notice.
Details on the upcoming Advent and Christmas seasons will be forthcoming. Information on midweek, weather-dependent outdoor gatherings and online Zoom opportunities for worship, prayer and fellowship will be made available on the website, in the E-News and Facebook page of the church. Ministries continue including mission collections for Christmas gifts for Kids Above All, food drives for New Hope Community Pantry, office and administrative services that continue the day-to-day operations as well as pastoral care. The church sanctuary is open and will continue to be open throughout the Advent season during office hours.
The FUMC Return Team, staff and pastor will continue to monitor the latest news from the Illinois Department of Health and other credible sources of information as to congregational safety and the promotion of healthy practices that can help our congregation members in this pandemic. We invite anyone needing to enter the church building to continue using masks/facial coverings, hand sanitizer stations, physical distancing and checking in procedures. For the health and welfare of our multi-generational congregation, for our care of the community at large and our call to be examples of doing good and doing no harm, we ask for your continued prayers.
Please be in touch with any questions about the ministries and mission of FUMC in this time.