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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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Sunday, July 14, 2024
“The Martha Dilemna”
Series: Being Fully Human (week 6)
Scriptures: Ecclesiastes 3:9-15; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 10:38-42
We’ve all been there: Our work (or work + other dimensions of life) becomes overwhelming, and then we act in a way that we wouldn’t have otherwise. We come to realize through such experiences how our actions are always influenced by our inner state of being.

Our passage this week recounts Jesus’ visit to the home of the two sisters, Mary and Martha. Mary sits at Jesus’ feet while listening attentively to the rabbi’s teachings, whereas Martha is in the kitchen getting everything ready for dinner (and she’s not happy about it!). Conflict arises when Martha emerges from the kitchen to chastise both Mary AND Jesus! The problem here isn’t that Martha’s working, but that her work is causing her to feel miserable, which in turn influences her to hurl her emotions at others. This is the “Martha dilemma” as I’m calling it, and Jesus knows the “one thing…that’s needed” to address it! Come on out this Sunday as we discover what that is.

~ 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.