Pastor Britt’s Reflection from 8/4/2022

Pastor Britt’s Reflection from 8/4/2022

Being one of the newest people at First Church, I encounter a lot of other new people. We all have that same look about us- curiosity, a little timidness, anticipation, hoping to get it all right.  Last week there were some visitors who approached me after worship....
Keeping the Faith

Keeping the Faith

It’s a common response during times of uncertainty to tell our doubting selves and maybe even others to just “keep the faith.” Most of the time this statement means to hold on until the future looks brighter, to put your trust in God without question, to remain...
Happy 100th Birthday to Martha Ann Johnson!

Happy 100th Birthday to Martha Ann Johnson!

On Sunday, July 24, we invite the congregation to celebrate the 100th birthday of church members Martha Ann Johnson. Please drop by Glenna Hall at 11:30 a.m. that morning to share good wishes to Martha Ann over birthday cake with the congregation and her family...
How will you practice your welcome?

How will you practice your welcome?

In the first four Sundays of summer worship, we have welcomed 76 adult visitors, six new members, and a new Executive Pastor.  With a strategic plan that articulates that we will “Cultivate a congregation that loves and acts in the example of Jesus” and “foster...
Highlights from the Northern Illinois Annual Conference

Highlights from the Northern Illinois Annual Conference

Five delegates represented First Church at the Annual Conference of the Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) in Schaumberg, IL on June 8-10. Delegates Grant Bailey, S.E. Brick, Phil Crihfield, Elaine Moy Johnson, and Colin McDonald attended, and also two First Church...
The Origin of Worship in the Park

The Origin of Worship in the Park

On June 19, 2022 our congregation celebrated Juneteenth, co-sponsored the YWCA annual Ricky Byrdsong Race Against Hate, and continued to celebrate Pride Month.  That morning — a perfect June morning– First Church also began the 23rd summer of Worship in...
Staffing Updates from SPRC

Staffing Updates from SPRC

Dear Members and Friends of FUMC-Evanston,   On behalf of the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC), I would like to once again welcome and congratulate Rev. Britt Cox on her appointment by Bishop John Hopkins to serve as Associate Pastor at First UMC Evanston....
Interfaith Leaders Pledge Support for Reparations

Interfaith Leaders Pledge Support for Reparations

June 15, 2022 Greetings all, On Monday, June 13th, sixteen faith communities in Evanston came together at Fountain Square in downtown Evanston to acknowledge the role that these mostly White congregations have played in the racism in Evanston, both past and present. ...
Music Ministry- Looking Ahead

Music Ministry- Looking Ahead

Thank you to everyone who was involved in the Music Ministry during our 2021-2022 program year! Looking ahead, here are a few important dates to add to your calendar: July 17 – Summer Choir Sept. 7 – Chancel Choir rehearsals resume Sept. 14 – Children’s Choir and...