Advent Begins November 27
What’s Going On?
We return to full Sunday programming this Sunday!
Here's what a typical Sunday looks like:
9:15 A.M. — Church School Check-in and the Nursery open
9:45 A.M. — Education Hour with Church School, Quest Confirmation, and Adult Education (select Sundays)
11 A.M. — Worship
12 P.M. — Coffee hour in the lounge
5 P.M. — FUSH (Sr. High) and FUJI (Jr. High) Youth Groups
For more information about a specific Sunday and weekday activities, please see the complete calendar.
From the Very First - Hebrews 12:1-3
The Book of Hebrews describes Jesus in a unique way in the Christian Scriptures. It imagines the heavenly realms and the courts of God, not as a throne room but as a vast temple. Drawing on the imagery of the religious practices of the day, the great hereafter is like a temple full to the brim with the faithful. And the High Priest officiating this temple service is the risen Christ who—in a bit of a brain bender of an image—is at once the priest making an offering and also the gift being placed upon the divine altar.
— John Edgerton
— Alicia Reese
Alternative Christmas Store and Ten Thousand Villages Kick Off Event
We are excited to welcome the return of a First United tradition: The Alternative Christmas Store. As we reflect on the Advent themes of hope, peace, love, and joy, we invite you to impact social justice through your gift giving. Join us in the lounge before and after service on December 4, 11, and 18 to shop for fair trade foods and gifts.
And mark your calendars for a special shopping event at Ten Thousand Villages (121 N. Marion St., Oak Park) on Wednesday, December 7 from 6-8 p.m. In addition to supporting fair-trade practices and artisans in developing countries, 15% of all sales will be distributed to several of First United's local mission partners: Housing Forward, Beyond Hunger, New Moms, BUILD, Learning Edge, and Lighthouse Foundation of Chicagoland. Wine, cheese, and light refreshments will be served. Bring a friend for a delightful evening of shopping with purpose!