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Worship Updates

Sunday, May 9, “A Faithful Mother” This week we explore the story from Matthew 15:21-28 when Jesus gave a second chance to a non-Jewish, Canaanite woman and her daughter after the mother’s persistence and faith. At first glance, Jesus appears to be rude and insulting to this woman who wouldn’t take “No” for an answer. We might need to ask when we act this way by too easily dismissing or ignoring the single-parents around us who are struggling to raise their children but doing everything they can to fight for them. May we be the healing hands and feet of Christ for each precarious family.

Two Options for Worship: In-Person and Livestream Online IN-PERSON WORSHIP: 9:00 AM Join us 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. MASK wearing is required. Keep physically distanced from others not living with you. Hand sanitizer is available at each entrance. 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 Do’s and Don’ts. RESERVATIONS required to attend: Go to to sign up for your spot. To watch a tutorial on how the online reservation system works, follow this link: Reservation Tutorial. 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 ( 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 Sundays at 9 AM. This recording will also be available on our website ( under the “Worship” tab by Tuesday or Wednesday following each service.

Sunday School has resumed in-person classes each Sunday. For details contact the Director of Christian Education.

Miscellaneous Updates

First UMC Scholarship Applications are being accepted for the DeKalb First United Methodist Church Scholarship. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be a professing member of DeKalb First UMC and a graduating high school senior who will be furthering his/her education in the fall. Applications to download or submit online can be found on the website at Completed applications are due by May 17.

Mission Possible 2021 Fundraiser Mission Possible 2021 Youth Mission Team will be hosting a drive-thru pork chop / chicken dinner on Thursday, May 20, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Purchase tickets from a Mission Possible Team member, the church office, or online at (look for the link in the rotating pictures). Donations support First UMC Mission Possible Youth Trip June 2021, YouthWorks, Niagara, New York. Meal is catered by 5-Bs Catering. 

Groups may resume in-person meetings with precautions: Our Church Building is once again open for group meetings, but groups must abide by the 50% room capacity limits. We still recommend online meetings with groups having high risk members. Some meetings can be offered in a hybrid format – with folks gathering both in-person and online via Zoom. Reservations for room use can be made by contacting the Church Administrator. Attendance sheets must be completed by group leaders and placed in the office mailbox.

Church Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 am until 3 pm.

Know Someone Who Is Graduating? Once again, graduation ceremonies look different this year, but we want to continue our tradition of celebrating all graduates by recognizing them in an upcoming Messenger newsletter. Graduates from high school, community college, tech school, university, grad school, etc. may be included. But we don’t know who they are unless you tell us. Find a printable form near the back of the newsletter at or complete the online information form at

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

First UMC Benefits When you Shop Online: Your online shopping can mean extra dollars for the church. Shop through UMCmarket, powered by iGive, ( 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 ( 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.

Building Design and Floor Plans Our church architects gave a special presentation of the proposed floor plans for our new church building recently. A video-recording of the virtual presentation will be available on our Church YouTube channel ( soon. VOTE: Full members of the Church will be asked to vote yes or no on the proposed plans on Sunday, June 6. Watch for details in the mail

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: 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. April Spare Change will support Global Migration (Advance #302214. See the April Messenger newsletter for more information.

Fifth Sunday Appeal: Donations received for this May 30 offering support United Voices for Children affiliated agencies. See the May Messenger newsletter for more information.

Peace with Justice Sunday This special Sunday offering is observed May 30.