This week’s announcements

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ONLINE WORSHIP: Our livestream service is available at 10:00 AM on our Facebook page and First UMC YouTube Channel. In order to make comments while watching, you will need to have a YouTube/Google account or FB account to comment.

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 classes are held the 2nd through 5th Sundays at 10:15 am (September through May). Enroll your Preschool through High School child(ren) in Sunday school at


Church Office hours are Monday through Friday 9 am until 1 pm. Bookkeeper’s hours (subject to change): Tuesdays 1 to 2 pm, Wednesdays 5:30 to 8:30 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 ([email protected]) and she will pass the prayer request along to the prayer warriors

Youth Group meets twice a month and is open to all Middle School and High School youth. See the church calendar for our next meeting date. Contact Sherry at [email protected] with questions.

College Care Packages Christian Education is once again sending cards and small care packages to college-age young adults throughout this school year.  Some ways you can help:

  1. Pray that God will continue to work through these amazing young adults
  2. Make a donation of $20 to FUMC Christian Education—this is the approximate cost per person to send him/her items throughout the year
  3. Provide information of a college-age student or young adult taking a different path that you would like to have added to our list of recipients (Name of young adult, birthday, address, school attending—including year in school, OR plans for the year, please also include your name and contact information) [A form is available in the and October Messenger newsletters and bulletins]

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.

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: 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 – bottom of any page) to make electronic gifts. Here’s a video tutorial to learn how to give online.

Download our GIVING APP onto your smartphone! Make your online giving easier by downloading the church’s 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 2501 N. Annie Glidden Rd., 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 The emphasis for the third quarter is on doing rather than giving. Should any loose coins be received in the offering plate throughout July, August and September they will be placed in the Missions Ministry fund for use as needs arise. Watch the Messenger newsletter for upcoming Spare Change recipients. If giving by check or paper bills, or if you wish your coin contribution to appear on your quarterly contribution report indicate “Spare Change” on your check or offering envelope. Foreign currency cannot be accepted.