Weekly News — 3/14/2018

 St. Thomas Announcements… March 14th – 21st


This Week’s Highlights ….

Tonight we continue to share in the Lenten Study, beginning with a simple meal at 6 p.m. in the dining room of the downtown (First Church) location. St. Thomas will provide the meal for this week (aka tonight).  Some food is being purchased but we would welcome contributions from anyone.  Because it is Pi Day (3.14), we are featuring all pies: pizza pie, chicken pot pie, quiche pie, shepherd’s pie, dessert pies (and salad…no pie options there!!).  If you are able to come to FUMC at 5pm to help set-up please do so.

Worship Opportunities:  This Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Jeremiah will deliver his 5TH Sunday of Lent message entitled, “Final Exhortations”. His scripture reference is 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28.  During the Children’s Time we will be recognizing our children  as they receive their first Bibles.  The worship service will also include a time for Staff Appreciation.

Missing History:  As we are gathering the St. Thomas history, we find that we are missing one of the early scrapbooks that recorded the early events of the church.  If you know the whereabouts of that book, please let the church office know so that this important part of our history is preserved!

Celebrating St. Thomas:  Next Sunday, March 25, on Palm Sunday, we gather for the final worship service at St. Thomas before merging with First United Methodist Church of Glen Ellyn.  The worship service will include confirming our three youth  that have been preparing for this day through-out the year.  It will be followed by an all church potluck brunch, so plan now what special treat you want to bring to add to the festivities. If you would like to do so, you could bring your own place setting (plate, glass, silverware, etc.), to minimize the time required following the brunch for clean-up.

In appreciation for the years that St. Thomas has welcomed the chorus to rehearse here, members of the Village Vocal Chords will be serving and cleaning-up for this meal so that all St. Thomas members can join in the time of fellowship.  They will be in the kitchen Sunday morning at 9:30 to receive your food donation and get instructions for heating, refrigerating, serving (or eating LOL)  Following the brunch our mission team will head down to central Illinois to serve at Midwest Mission Distribution Center.  Your monetary donations purchased 4 cases of needed supplies (crayons, glue sticks and dry erase erasers) for the center.

Pastor Jeremiah:  Pastor Jeremiah has just learned that he will be serving as interim pastor at Sugar Grove United Methodist church from April 2 – June 30. The Lee family will continue to live in the St. Thomas parsonage until he begins his assignment on July 1 as Associate Pastor at Community United Methodist Church in Naperville. At that time the family will move to the parsonage provided by Community UMC and Isaac will begin attending Oswego East High School in the fall.

Blood Drive Followup:  Thank you to all those who donated (or tried to) at Monday’s Blood Drive!  Of the ten who came, we had eight successful donors.  According to Heartland’s information, we have the potential of saving 24 lives with that.  Good job, St. Thomas and friends!


Merger News

The results of the vote this past Sunday at the all church charge conferences held at St. Thomas UMC (hereafter known as the Route 53 campus) and First UMC (hereafter known as the downtown campus) was 4 votes against the merger and all other votes in favor.  Therefore, the merger will move forward, effective April 1, under the direction of the combined Transition Team.

As we merge to form a new congregation, the Transition Team is inviting those who will be remaining with the congregation to do two things. First, if you know you will be remaining, please let Jacquie know via return email asap that you would like a name tag, with the information noted below.  Also, if you are planning to make contributions to the congregation April 1 or after, please indicate you would like a booklet of giving envelopes.

Name(s) as you would like it printed



BACK:   Pin?  _____        OR        Clasp? _____

I would like a giving envelope booklet:  Yes     OR       No

Your requests will be forwarded to the downtown congregation as soon as they are received.  The folks downtown will get as many name tags and giving envelope booklets ready as possible for the April 1 service.

St. Thomas furniture and properties:  Relative to the various furniture and properties at the Route 53 campus, we need to clarify what happens as we are moving forward with our merger.  As a merged congregation, all supplies, furniture and other properties currently at the Route 53 campus are now the property of the merged church.  That means anything that is currently located at the Route 53 campus may be moved to the downtown campus if there is a need for it there. Religious artifacts not needed in the downtown campus will become the property of the Northern Illinois Conference for use in assisting churches who may need these items.   Items NOT needed at the downtown campus will be available for sale to the current members of the Route 53 campus on a first come/ first served basis. When those items become available, we will make an announcement that they are available. Any items left AFTER that will be sold at a community rummage sale, date to be determined, but possibly in early to mid-May.

If there is something in the building that you would like to buy, you will be offered the opportunity to do so AFTER items have been moved to the downtown campus.  In the meantime, if you have items you would like to purchase, you can reserve them by letting Jacquie know:

  • the item
  • where it is currently located in the building
  • the price you are offering for that item, (knowing that St. Thomas will continue to have monthly bills while the church property is being packed and moved)

If you have already told Sally of an item that you would like, we have combined her list with Jacquie’s list, so there is just one list…now located in the Route 53 office. Please DO NOT put notes or signs on items, and do not remove any items until we announce items are available to members.  The church is still open and we would like to continue to have it look like our church home until we are closed.  (FYI:  Any notes, “sold” signs, etc. that were already placed on items have been removed.  Please notify Jacquie if you had hoped to purchase something so she can add you to the list.  Remember…it’s first come/first served!)

Prayer Requests:  If you would like to add someone or be added yourself to our weekly prayer list, just email or call the St. Thomas office 630-469-1214.  This week we pray …

  • For healing and successful treatments for those dealing with health concerns and for those dealing with cancer.
  • For the caregivers, who help and support those needing their assistance.
  • For these dealing with the loss of a loved-one.
  • For the St. Thomas congregation, praying that we will be guided by God’s hand as we move forward, doing His work in the world wherever we are planted.
  • For racial healing and political reconciliation throughout our country.
  • For those dealing with the heartache of addictions, dementia and Alzheimer’s.
  • For those dealing with natural disasters in their home states.


Wednesday, March 14

6:00 p.m.            Lenten dinner and study @ the downtown UMC – St. Thomas preparing and serving the meal

7:30 p.m.            Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, March 15

8:45 a.m.            Local Mission Opportunity: Phil’s Friends (car pool from STUMC parking lot)

7:30 p.m.            Finance Team meeting (Pastor’s Conference Room)

Saturday, March 17 –St. Patrick’s Day

9:00 a.m.            Leadership Team Meeting (Pastor’s Conference Room)

9:00 a.m.            HOREB Dust Busters

Sunday, March 18

10:00 a.m.          Worship Service (w/Children’s Sunday School):  Staff Appreciation celebration and Children’s Bible Sunday

11:30 a.m.          Confirmation lunch & study

Wednesday, March 21

6:00 p.m.            Lenten dinner and study @ the downtown UMC

7:30 p.m.            Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, March 25 – Palm Sunday

10:00 a.m.          Worship Service (w/Children’s Sunday School), including confirmation of our youth.

11:30 a.m.          ALL CHURCH POTLUCK BRUNCH

1:00 p.m.            Mission Team leaves for Midwest Mission Distribution Center (return on Wednesday)

Thursday, March 29 – Maundy Thursday,

7:00 p.m.            worship at the downtown campus

Friday, March 30 – Good Friday

7:00 p.m.            worship at the downtown campus

Sunday, April 1 – Easter

8:30 a.m.            Easter Breakfast and Children’s egg hunt at the Route 53 campus

10:30 a.m.          Easter Worship at the downtown campus


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