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Worship Updates

SUNDAY WORSHIP: We Continue Online-only Worship Through January 1 Because of the high numbers of cases and hospitalizations, we will have NO in-person worship at the Church through the end of the year. All of our Advent services will be online. We encourage our congregation members to take precautions to protect our neighbors and to help reduce the spread of the virus.

Sunday School will follow any cancellations of in-person worship, so that means we will NOT have in-person classes for the immediate future. Watch for fun at-home activities coming soon for Advent!

Groups are strongly encouraged to meet remotely/online: While our Church Building will technically remain open and groups may still meet as long as they follow the limits on total number (less than 10) and abide by the 25% room capacity limits, we are discouraging in-person gatherings. We strongly recommend online meetings as the preferred alternative. Trustees, Finance, and Council on Ministry (COM) are all meeting online for now.

The Church Office will be open Monday through Friday mornings from 8:00 am until the mail has arrived and been processed (usually 10:30 am), but no later than noon for the next few weeks. Please call first if you need access to the building after 10:30 am to make sure Darlene is still in the office. Emails will be monitored in the afternoon and phone calls will be returned the next business day.

Online worship at 9 AM each Sunday! Online worship will be available on our DeKalb First UMC Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/firstumcdekalbillinois) on Sunday at 9:00 AM. as a video premiere.  Like other FB videos, you can watch later in the day or any time throughout the week if you miss Sunday morning. We are posting a copy of the service on our DeKalb First UMC YouTube channel by Monday each week as well: First UMC YouTube Channel.

TO LISTEN ON THE RADIO: If you are not able to attend or watch online, tune into WLBK radio (1360AM, 98.5FM or www.wlbkradio.com) Sundays at 9 AM. This recording will also be available on our website (www.firstumc.net) under the “Worship” tab by Tuesday or Wednesday following each service.

Sunday, November 22 “More Than You Can Imagine” Bishop Sally Dyck We celebrate generosity and the joy of sharing our resources individually and corporately as we participate in a worship service prepared for us by Bishop Dyck and her Cabinet members. Join us at 9AM on Facebook Live (or on WLBK radio) for an inspiring message about the amazing impact our United Methodist connection makes around the Northern IL Conference and around the world.

Miscellaneous Updates

ADVENT STUDY 2020: INCARNATION His parents gave him the name Jesus. But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels addressed him by other names. They called him Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh. In Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas, Rev. Adam Hamilton examines the names of Christ used by the gospel writers, exploring the historical and personal significance of his birth. This Advent season church families will come together to remember what’s important. In the face of uncertainty and conflict, Christians reclaim the Christ child who brings us together, heals our hearts, and calls us to bring light into the darkness. Now more than ever, we invite you to reflect upon the significance of the Christ child for our lives and world today! 4-Week book study begins Monday, November 30 Online and in-person options (conditions permitting). Registration required for online access. November 30, December 7, 14, 21 at 10:00 am and 7:00 pm. Register through the church office: office@firstumc.net. Hardcover book: $14 – order through the Church (by Friday, November 20) or directly from Cokesbury.com.

2021 Commitment Sunday: This Sunday is Commitment Sunday. To help us plan our ministries for 2021, we need your help! Please prayerfully complete an estimate of giving form on our website so we will know what resources will be available to accomplish our mission together over the next year. This is an estimate. To complete the form follow this link: http://firstumc.net/generosity-giving-commitment/ (All information submitted is completely confidential.) If you would like to fill out a paper form, please stop in or contact the church office to request an Estimate of Giving form.

CHURCH CONFERENCE This year’s Church Conference will be held online using Zoom video conferencing on Tuesday, December 1, at 7:00 pm. A downloadable version of the Conference reports will be available on the church website (see reports from previous years at http://firstumc.net/church-conference/). Staff-Parish Relations Committee will meet the same evening (also via Zoom) at 6:30 pm, just prior to the Church Conference. Details with Zoom log in information for both meetings will be made available as the date gets nearer.

POINSETTIA SPONSORSHIPS With the uncertainty of in-person worship services on Christmas Eve, the church will be purchasing 10 poinsettias to use for background decorations for the worship recordings. If we are able to have in-person worship on Christmas Eve the poinsettias will adorn the altar. If you would like to help cover the cost ($22) of a poinsettia plant, please go to this link: https://giving.ncsservices.org/App/Form/fa7052b8-47bf-4105-8688-5b52d157577a.

STAYING CONNECTED We continue to pray for each other and to reach out with phone calls and cards. The First UMC prayer chain ministry is still very active. If you have a prayer need, please contact Linda Buhr (buhrland@comcast.net) and she will pass the prayer request along to the prayer warriors

UMW Thank Offering: Each November United Methodist Women around the world have an opportunity to respond to God’s abundance and grace with spontaneous gifts of gratitude. The funds donated are used in the total program of mission work carried on by United Methodist Women both locally and globally. Checks should be made out to UMW and write “Thank Offering” on the memo line.

UPPER ROOM DEVOTIONAL The November-Decembewr 2020 Upper Room devotionals are available in the church office vestibule. Stop in the office weekdays from 9:00 to 10:30 am to pick up a copy. A donation of $1.00 is asked to help cover the cost of the devotional guide. If you would like a copy mailed to you, please send a check to cover the cost of the devotional guide ($1) and the postage ($0.70 for regular print edition or $1.80 for large print edition). If requesting more than one copy of the devotional, postage costs may need to be adjusted.

Financial Support

Thank you for your generosity! You are the vital link to mission and ministry at First UMC of DeKalb and because of your faithful giving our church is active and effective Here are some options for sharing your gifts:

Use our eGiving platform (a link can also be found on our church website main page) to make electronic gifts. Here’s a video tutorial to learn how to give online.

Download our NEW GIVING APP onto your smartphone! Make your online giving easier by downloading the church’s new online giving app here: https://ncs.ministryone.com/landing/qnbe or look for the App Store and Google Play icons at the bottom of our website.

Mail checks to the church at 317 N. 4th St., DeKalb, IL 60115. (Please do not mail cash.)

Donate on Facebook. Click the “Donate” button on our cover photo. All contributions made through Facebook are applied to the general fund giving. Designations cannot be made to specific funds.

Below are some of the ministries and missions you can choose on our eGiving site (please indicate which area you wish your check to support if mailing in your gift). You do not need to set up an account with eGiving, you are welcome to give as a ‘guest’.

GENERAL FUND Gifts to the general fund cover basic costs of doing ministry. Although we are not present in worship together, we still need to receive your offerings to meet basic needs like paying the electric bill so we can continue to live stream. This is also the fund to select for your annual pledged giving.

BUILDING CAMPAIGN FUND Gifts to this fund will continue to fulfill pledges to our Help Plant the Future campaign. If you did not make a pledge but wish to support this campaign, please give to this fund.

SPARE CHANGE MINISTRY Each month the loose coins collected in the offering plate support a different mission or ministry. Although we are not meeting in person, you can still give to this mission online or by check through the mail. November Spare Change will support Inclusive Collective @ NIU (formerly Wesley Foundation). See the November Messenger newsletter for more information.

UNITED VOICES FOR CHILDREN 5th Sunday appeal supports Kids Above All (formerly ChildServ), MYSI (Methodist Youth Services, Inc.) and Rosecrance.

UM STUDENT SUNDAY One of six special offering Sundays in the United Methodist Church. See the November Messenger newsletter for more information.