Welcoming All.

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First United Methodist Church of Park Ridge

418 West Touhy Avenue, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
Rev. Scott S. Himel, Pastor

Spiritual growth. Compassionate service.

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Pentecost Sunday • May 19, 2024
“Can These Bones Live?”
Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1-14

The photographer understands that a combination of light, framing, and perspective can radically altar the appearance of a scene. This analogy illustrates how—with the Holy Spirit’s assistance—our faith can change our relationship to or perspective on our life experiences; including, in particular, experiences of suffering, challenge, and/or hardship. Ezekiel 37 illustrates this lesson via the prophet’s vision of a hopeful future for the Jewish people who are languishing in exile in the faraway land of Babylon. His vision is an alternative perspective infused with faith in comparison to the people’s hopeless slant on their present circumstance (see v. 11!). Join us this Sunday as we discover what it means to adopt a prophetic perspective of hope in the midst of life’s myriad ups and downs. Blessings to you all, and Happy Pentecost!

~ Pastor Scott

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You’re invited: Sundays at 9:30AM

We invite you to sanctuary worship every Sunday at 9:30 am, which is also live streamed on YouTube and shared on social media early Sunday afternoon. Each worship service experience includes time of reflection and prayer, Scripture readings, a powerful message, and singing.  Our music is a blend of traditional Wesleyan hymns and contemporary praise songs. Open table Communion meal is offered on the first Sunday of each month. All are invited to help lead our services through singing and reading as liturgists.

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Faith Formation for All Ages

Children 3 years old to 5th grade  Children may join us in-person or virtually from home. If you are attending in person, the children will leave the 9:30 am worship service after the children’s message, and head to our classrooms – Rooms 103 and 104. If you prefer to join virtually, we will provide the information you need to join the class, along with the materials the in-person group is using. In person, at home, or hybrid, we are here for you.
Our Children and Youth are learning creative discipleship through Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living, this year’s curriculum.

Youth  Middle School and High School Youth have returned to their in-person group and Sunday school. This year they will be focusing on connecting bible stories to contemporary issues they face in everyday life.
Online Learning for Adults 
Sunday morning and weekly online classes, and monthly online seminars on a variety of topics for adults continue to refresh us in faith. Contact the church office or our pastor for more information.

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Compassion in Action

Opportunities open to all members and friends include meals to healthcare workers, support of local food pantries, creation of face coverings for anyone in need, prayer squares for first responders, care for the clients of Avenues to Independence, and outreach to the most vulnerable neighbors: the homeless, refugees, and the unemployed.
We continue to partner in service to Methodist agencies and community organizations including UMCOR, Justice For Our Neighbors, Exodus World Service, Feed My Starving Children, The Night Ministry, New Hope Community Food Pantry, International Health Partners, Church World Service, Reconciling Ministries Network, and Kids Above All.