Celebrating 150 Years in Our Building

Please mark your calendars, and join us on Sunday, June 11th for a special worship service at 9:30am, when our congregation will gather to celebrate 150 years of worship and ministry in our current location. (There will be no 8:30 service on this morning.) Bishop Sally Dyck will be preaching during the service that will also include special visitors, special recognitions and music from our Chancel Choir, Bellissimo Handbell Choir and our Carillon. Then, stay on to peruse the special exhibit in Friendship Hall, created by PUMC’s Historical Committee and, finally, join us for a luncheon in Fellowship Hall.

Watch the Announcements sheets in your bulletin for information on how to sign up for the luncheon.

Although PUMC’s history stretches back beyond 150 years, to include worship in other locations since its founding 188 years ago by the circuit-riding minister Jesse Walker, this majestic building has stood the test of time and bore faithful witness to the area’s transformation from a sleepy little Indian frontier settlement…to a blue-collar farming community…to a bustling suburban town – prized for its location near waterways, major interstate highways, and its stubborn reluctance to completely break from its small-town roots, simple values and pastoral way of life.

Although a church building is just a place, it can also be an enduring symbol of a community’s desire to lay a cornerstone of faith, as solid as the limestone block of which it’s built: A bold way to say, “We’re here by God’s good grace ALONE, and we intend to live our lives in His service and, by the way, we’re intent on bringing others to God as well, as we journey in the faith.” It required love, sweat, financial sacrifice and a willingness to work through the inevitable bumps along the way, all the while giving the glory to God alone.

So, to all of the Pastors, lay persons, brothers and sisters, families and children that came before us – who loved, worked, taught, evangelized, and prayed here, we say, “Thank you. Well done, pilgrim – for being the REAL church behind this church building.” May God continue to bless the witness and work of Plainfield United Methodist Church. Our story is still unfolding. Onward to the next 150 years of witness, worship and ministry here at PUMC!

Summer Sunday School 2017

Vacation Bible School 2017

Big Serve Sunday

Special Worship Schedule for May 7 — Big Serve: Change the World Sunday

8:30am           Worship and Communion with Chancel Choir

10:00am         Worship and Communion (*** No 11am Worship ***)

Preacher: Eun-Hye Choi on “Is any Big Serve Too Big?”

 

Summer Worship Schedule

Sunday Morning Schedule (summer)

Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend

NOTE!  On June 11th this year there is only a 9:30 service, at which we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of our building.

8:30 – 9am Weekly Eucharist (Holy Communion)
9:30 – 10:30am Worship and Summer Sunday School*
10:30 – 11am Coffee and Fellowship downstairs in Janet Brown Fellowship Hall

*Summer Sunday School classes are held for incoming preschoolers through 5th graders. Children begin the hour in worship with their families and then move to their classrooms following the children’s sermon.  There is NO Sunday School on May 28.

Nursery Care in the summer is available during the 9:30 service from 9:15am – 10:45pm in Room 208.  There is no nursery care during the 8:30 service.

The Big Serve: Change the World – May 6-7

Move from your seat to the street May 6 & 7 to participate in The Big Serve: Change the World. Your hands will bring hope and restoration to your own community.

Women’s Retreat on April 29

3rd Annual Women’s Mini-Retreat!

Please plan to join us on:
Saturday, April 29th
9:00 – 11:00am
for a morning of devotion, fellowship and fun.

This year’s theme is “Garden Getaway.” We will focus on how we can allow God to be a part of our lives in every season.

Breakfast will be served!

So that we can be sure to have enough materials and food for everyone, please RSVP.  Call the church office at (815) 436-9651 for more information.

Senior Dinner: 5pm April 30

Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017
Time: 5:00pm
Where: PUMC Fellowship Hall
Theme: The Oscars

We will once again be hosting a dinner for our seniors, those 70 or more years young. Just for fun, come dressed as your favorite movie character, movie star or movie era and win an Oscar! There will be a photo booth with some fun props and other photo opps with the paparazzi! Watch for your personal invitation, coming soon.

Welcome Roger Beitzel and Family

Roger Beitzel and Family

We are very pleased to welcome our new Youth Director, Roger Beitzel, and his family to PUMC!  On our Staff Page there is a short bio for Roger, so we invite you to check that out.

Those with kids in middle school and high school are encouraged to be part of our wonderful youth program!  September through May, Jr. High (grades 6-8) & Sr. High (grades 9-12) youth gather on the first and third Sundays of the month from 6:30-8:00. In addition, we have an additional fun outing or service project each month, and an annual mission trip where youth have the opportunity to serve and to grow in their faith. Check out the PUMC newsletter for the most up-to-date information.

Have questions about PUMC youth ministries and related activities? You can read more on our Youth page, email the church office, or call 815-436-9651.

 

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World Relief

Recently we were pleased to welcome guest preacher Keith Draper from World Relief Dupage/Aurora and hear stories about bringing hope and services to those in need.
World Relief is a Christian organization that works locally and globally with refugees and immigrants. In community with the local church, World Relief envisions the most vulnerable people transformed economically, socially, and spiritually. Last spring, a team from PUMC participated in volunteer training to learn how our church could be a part of serving the most vulnerable during the current refugee crisis.
Check out this story of a United Methodist Church in Idaho which is serving refugees: Refugees Find Freedom and Welcome at Boise church
For more information please visit:  http://worldreliefdupageaurora.org/