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Worship Updates

Worship Sunday, July 26: Guest Preacher: Mike Marquardt Our own lay speaker, Mike Marquardt, brings us a timely and inspiring message. What a joy to hear the voice of God speaking through him! Please join us.

Next Sunday, August 1: Guest Preacher: Rev. Jason Turner. Pastor Jason is a great preacher wo is excited to remind us that we are “Living by Grace!” You won’t want to miss this great message!

Sunday, August 8 – Pastor Jon begins a two-week series entitled, “The Art of Neighboring.” Jesus called us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. What if he meant we should love our actual neighbors?

Did You Miss a Sunday? Sermon Videos Now Available! All the sermons are now available on our Church YouTube channel: First UMC YouTube Channel

ONLINE WORSHIP: 9:00 AM – Our online worship Our online worship will be available as a livestream from the Church on our DeKalb First UMC Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/firstumcdekalbillinois) each Sunday at 9:00 AM. You will be able to see and hear what those attending in person experience. After the Worship is finished, a video of the service will be available on Facebook so you can watch later in the day or any time throughout the week if you miss Sunday morning. We are also posting a copy of the service on our DeKalb First UMC YouTube channel by Tuesday each week: 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 School classes take a break for the summer. For details about Fall start up, contact the Director of Christian Education.

Miscellaneous Updates

Church Office hours are Monday through Friday 9 am until 4 pm.

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

First UMC Benefits When you Shop Online: Your online shopping can mean extra dollars for the church. Shop through UMCmarket, powered by iGive, (https://www.iGive.com/HyigyzS or download the iGive App for iPad/iPhone or Android).  UMCmarket will donate to the church a percentage of every purchase through thousands of online retailers. Or shop through AmazonSmile (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-2275713 or download the AmazonSmile App in the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android. AmazonSmile works just like Amazon. Open the app and find ‘Settings’ in the main menu. Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on Amazon Smile on your phone. Log in using your Amazon log in credentials.

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:

In-person: Reserve your spot for Sunday worship. Offerings will be received as you enter and/or exit the sanctuary.

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.

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. July Spare Change will support Red Bird Mission. See the July Messenger newsletter for more information.