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SUNDAY WORSHIP REMINDER: Sunday, September 13 – “Stronger Together” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 The Covid-19 pandemic reminds us in a powerful way that we need each other! We are made to be in community and to have people in our lives that we can connect with. When we have persons who love us and who walk with us through all the ups and downs of life, we find our lives to be more meaningful and more bearable. We are truly stronger together! As part of national “Back to Church” Sunday, we join thousands of churches around the country in inviting neighbors, family members, friends, and co-workers to join us for worship so that they too may find the joy and peace God provides, and brothers and sisters who will be there for them. SO, WHO WILL YOU INVITE? Make a call, send a text message, or stop by (with proper precautions) to invite them to church with you for in-person worship at 9AM or for online worship at 9AM this Sunday, September 20. If your guest will be coming in person, please make a reservation for them on our church website and remind them of our safety precautions (e.g. masks and social distancing) intended to protect our more vulnerable members. LET’S WELCOME GUESTS: Please welcome our guests on Sunday by greeting them from a distance, or making a comment online, so each person who comes will find us to be generous and hospitable people!

OPTIONS FOR WORSHIP: In-Person and Online: In-Person Worship: 9:00 AM Join us back in the church Sanctuary for a modified worship experience at 9AM this Sunday. Please review the many precautions we are taking to minimize the risks in gathering together. Here’s a link to a video the Melms family prepared for us that shows some of what to expect when we come together for worship: Worship Dos and Don’ts. Reservations are required to attend: Go to sign up for your spot. Watch a tutorial on how the online reservation system works here: Registration Tutorial.

Online Worship: 9:00 AM Our online worship will be available on our DeKalb First UMC Facebook page ( 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 Sundays at 9 AM. This recording will also be available on our website ( under the “Worship” tab by Tuesday or Wednesday following each service.

Financial Support

Did you know your gifts help us continue our online livestream worship services and radio broadcasts that keep us connected during this pandemic?  Thank you for your amazing generosity through this crisis period that allows us to continue our mission and ministry! Here are two 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: 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. September Spare Change will support Missionary Clara Mridula Biswas.

Miscellaneous Updates

CHURCH BUILDING REOPENING PLANS ARE PROGRESSING Building use by church and non-church groups may now resume within precautionary restrictions and guidelines. All room requests need to be made through the Church Office. While weather permits, outdoor events are suggested as the best option. The specific details of our reopening guidelines and requirements are in our September Messenger Newsletter, which can be found on our website. Please Note: Our Church Leadership Team and our Reopening Health Team are carefully monitoring case levels and advisories from our DeKalb County Health Department to make sure that the risk to our members and community partners doesn’t become too great. Should conditions further deteriorate in the DeKalb area, our Leadership Team may again institute a temporary suspension of activities in the Church building and move events back online for a period of time. We will communicate COVID cancellations and weather-related cancellations on our Church website (; on our Facebook page (; via email messages; by text messages; and on our church voicemail greeting.

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED The church office will be closed from Monday, September 21, through Wednesday, September 23, while the Church Administrator takes some vacation time. Reservations for worship services can continue to be made through the church website (see link above). For those without access to the internet who wish to reserve a spot in worship, please leave your name and phone number in a voice message at extension 21.

UNITED METHODIST MEN The United Methodist Men have not been gathering during the pandemic. We hope to be able to meet again soon. In the meantime the UMM Annual Spiritual Congress will be held online on Saturday, September 19. Featured speakers include Congressman Danny K. Davis, Bishop Sally Dyck, Father Michael Pfleger, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Bishop James Swanson, Rev. Jeffry Bross, Gil Hanke, George Groves with moderator Arnold Rivera. For more information and registration visit

MISSION POSSIBLE 2021: Youth Mission Trip to Niagara Falls, NY The Mission Possible 2021 trip info meeting and sign up will be Monday, September 21, at 7:00 pm in the church sanctuary. Each youth along with one parent must attend the info and sign up session! We are currently limited to 20 spots so if you did not get your $50 deposit in last year please make sure you bring it that night to confirm your place …. if we have additional youth wanting to attend we can attempt to add more spots to our trip and a waiting list will be utilized if needed. Please bring any friends wanting to attend along with their parent that night. Everyone must wear a mask when entering the building and we are asking families to not bring children who are not attending the trip that night to allow for distancing and keeping our group safe. Any questions please reach out the Sherry and we can’t wait to see who is going to Niagara Falls NY in 2021 from June 20-26 with our team.

SONDRA KING MEMORIAL CROP WALK The virtual Sondra King Memorial CROP walk is Sunday, October 4. You can support the walk with a donation at Select the TEAM: First U. Methodist circuit riders. Or select a WALKER: Pastor Jonathan, Vicki Boone, or Jane Hapeman. You may also donate by check by contacting the walker directly. Twenty-five percent of funds raised will help the food pantries at Sycamore UMC, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, VAC/Meals on Wheels and Safe Passage Shelter. The remaining 75% is used worldwide to help alleviate hunger.

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 ( and she will pass the prayer request along to the prayer warriors

UPPER ROOM DEVOTIONAL The September-October 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.