This week’s announcements

To be updated as information changes.

LIVE STREAM WORSHIP beginning March 22, Pastor Jonathan will be streaming a worship reflection (Sundays at 9:00 am) on the church’s Facebook page. You can watch the live feed even if you do not have a Facebook account. Simply click the link. If a “log in” box pops up, close the box by hitting the ‘x’ in the top right corner. Scroll down until you find the video feed. After the live feed, the recorded reflection will stay on the church’s Facebook page for later viewing.

RADIO BROADCAST The Sunday sermon can also be heard on Sunday mornings at 9 am on WLBK (1360AM, 98.5FM, or streamed at

SUNDAY SERMON Sunday’s message will be uploaded to our Sunday’s Message page on our website by Wednesday each week. Unforeseen circumstances and/or vacations may occasionally delay the upload. Click on the dated folder to hear past messages.

Financial Support

Your continued support of First UMC’s ministries and missions is more important today than ever before. Contributions may be given through our eGiving platform or mailed to the church at 317 N. 4th St., DeKalb, IL 60115. 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 online or by check through the mail to this mission. March Spare Change will support Heifer International. Read about Heifer International in the March newsletter.

UMCOR SUNDAY offering lays the foundation for all United Methodist Committee on Relief work by covering the costs of doing business. This means all contributions designated to specific programs (like our recently supported Nashville Tornadoes and COVID-19 research) go to those programs because UMCOR’s basic expenses are covered.

UNITED VOICES FOR CHILDREN (UVC) is the “5th Sunday Appeal.” UVC  is a coalition of groups and individuals within the NI Conference, which advocates for children because they have no voice for themselves. UVC supports the positive growth and development of children & youth. Learn more at

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.

Miscellaneous Updates

R.E.A.L COMMUNITY MEAL, is cancelled for March. Watch these announcements for updates about future meals.

EASTER FLOWER ORDERS must reach the church office by Monday, March 23. Order forms were available in the weekly bulletins and in the March Messenger newsletter. Flowers available this year include Easter Lily, Azalea, Chrysanthemum, and Begonia. If we are not able to meet in person on Easter Sunday, the flowers will be delivered to the purchaser as soon as we can.

SUNDAY SCHOOL RED BIRD MISSION COLLECTION Throughout the school year Christian Education is collecting items for Red Bird Mission. March’s collection item is Post-It Notes. Items will continue to be accepted once we are able to worship together again. A full list of items being collected can be found on our Children Education page.

LENTEN FISH FRY DINNERS Select First UMC when carrying out from Faranda’s Banquet Center, 302 Grove St., on Fridays this Lenten season and 10% of the proceeds will come back to the church. See Faranda’s website or Facebook page for the complete menu and updates on how this will work during these uncertain times.