Saturday Morning with No. 6 Foam

Saturday Morning with No. 6 Foam

By Guest Writer Judith Campbell, Vice Chair of the Earth Care Committee    On Saturday morning Phyllis Byrd and I stood on the church steps at the Church Street Entrance with a big box to collect foam #6 for recycling.  Most of us know it as styrofoam.  It comes...
Summer Worship Begins with “Compassionate Curiosity” 

Summer Worship Begins with “Compassionate Curiosity” 

Summer worship began June 9 at 9:00am in the Memorial Garden with 70 persons gathered for outdoor worship.  Many brought chairs; some borrowed them; and a handful of households opted for blankets.  Two families with toddlers gathered together on the north side of the...
Youth Raise Funds for 26th ASP Mission Trip

Youth Raise Funds for 26th ASP Mission Trip

For the 26th year, First Church will send a group of youth and adult leaders to spend a week in July serving with the Appalachian Service Project (ASP) making homes warmer, safer, dryer. Our youth are eager for this experience; we need your support to make it happen!...
Connecting Through Storytelling

Connecting Through Storytelling

Stories are powerful – powerful for the storyteller who reflects on meaningful insights, turning points, revelations, memories big and small and then articulates them into words.  Stories are also powerful for the listener/reader who gains a close look of those big...
Our Story of Joining the Reconciling Movement

Our Story of Joining the Reconciling Movement

By guest writer Kathy Cheney-Egan on behalf of the Reconciling Congregation Task Force  On February 9, 2014, FUMC Evanston made a somewhat formal but very important decision.  We decided to become a Reconciling Congregation in the United Methodist Church which by...
Who is in your Circle of Ten?

Who is in your Circle of Ten?

Other churches might envy the steady visitor traffic we have at First Church.  We do not have trouble attracting visitors.  Our challenge is welcoming and retaining them. Robert Crossman of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership proposes that worshippers pay attention...
Night Prayer Services Return This Winter

Night Prayer Services Return This Winter

On Tuesdays beginning January 2nd, you are invited to a thirty-minute Night Prayer Service to end your day in community and peace. These services from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., available online via Zoom, are patterned after the ancient monastic tradition of Compline...
Keeping Holiday Celebrations Low-Waste

Keeping Holiday Celebrations Low-Waste

A Message from the Earth Care Committee While you are observing your holiday traditions, the Earth Care Committee has some suggestions for reducing the waste they often generate. When hosting parties, use your china, glassware and cutlery instead of plastic or paper...