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United Methodism is a connectional system. We are related to other United Methodist Churches through the Chicago-Southern District,  Northern Illinois Conference, North Central Jurisdictional Conference and the General Conference. Below are some links to learn more about what is happening throughout our denomination:
   
   
   
   

Update: Since the 1st of April worship services have been available via Zoom at 10:30 a.m.,  including Holy Communion on the 1st Sunday of the month.

Projected opening of the church is tentive on Sunday, October 18, 2020

Reservations, PPE,  and social distancing are required per CDC, Norther Illinois Conference, and Illinois State guidelines. More information is available. 

Contact the church office 708-482-5928 or email Pastor Richard Wagner for details at: olyfldsumc@sbcglobal.net

               Meeting challenges "Head On" in a virtual way, via Zoom, is a reminder of what the beginning of Christianity may have looked like.

Jesus taught openly, yet later during times of trial we find the disciples and followers of Jesus meeting in secret to continue to pray and worship together.  (Examples include Peter's struggle in the book of Luke or Paul's letter's in Timothy from prison). 

Current times may remind us of the similar challenges. The desire for family celebrations and other church gatherings continue to be generated during the pandemic. As such, worship and all activities in our church building have been postponed, but virtually weekly Sunday worship, meetings, and activities have been available via Zoom. (Email olyfldsumc@sbcglobal.net for details). 

We are still here praying without ceasing. Gathering and meeting, worshiping and praising, listening and learning, teaching and strengthening our hope and faith.  Through prayer without ceasing, we are vigilant, prepared, and patient. We continue to support and strengthen each other in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen

  (Additional links with updates and news on the Covid19 are available on this webpage through the Northern Illinois Conference and Chicago Southern District websites).

Lois Nemeth

Lay Leader

Olympia Fields United Methodist Church

Click on the link below for more information, great stories, videos, games and more. Help Team Olympia Fields United Methodist Church gather coins to benefit a mission location of choice.

https://www.unicefusa.org/trick-or-treat

See  https://www.umcnic.org/missionchallenge  for more information and how you can help..

From the Children’s Defense Fund, Marion Wright Edelman

See the Links to Children’s Defense Fund below.

Children’s Defense Fund – Our Mission (Nice Video on this)

https://www.childrensdefense.org/about/who-we-are/our-mission/

The Truth About Guns in America

https://www.childrensdefense.org/child-watch-columns/health/2019/the-truth-about-guns-in-america/

The State of America’s Children 2020

https://www.childrensdefense.org/the-state-of-americas-children-2020/

Health

https://www.childrensdefense.org/policy/policy-priorities/health/

Our Mission
Our Mission

The mission of OFUMC is equipping Christian disciples
for ministries of worship, teaching, community building, and service.


Our mission statement leads us all to take seriously the call to be disciples of Christ and to carry the gospel message that God loves and cares for whomever comes seeking to be in a positive relationship with God.

All are welcome,
no matter what background or identity.

Thursday's Thought for Sunday's Service
Thursday's Thought for Sunday's Service

Gracious God,

How many times have we stubbornly refused to listen?

How many times have we shut you out, vainly pursuing pointless pursuits?

When possibilities flow at a low ebb,

your love is dependable still: restoring; renewing; refreshing.

Why think of us?
Why bother?

Why love at any cost, especially when it hurts?

You seem vulnerable, and yet strong ...


Inspired by Christ’s calling, the Thessalonians responded in faith, evidently leading to periods of great suffering.  Paul writes to believers there, highlighting the energetic nature of the Spirit revealed through their loving actions among the local community and beyond.  “The message about the Lord rang out from you…”

From Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy. To the Thessalonians’ church that is in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace and peace to all of you. We always thank God for all of you when we mention you constantly in our prayers. This is because we remember your work that comes from faith, your effort that comes from love, and your perseverance that comes from hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father. Brothers and sisters, you are loved by God, and we know that he has chosen you. We know this because our good news didn’t come to you just in speech but also with power and the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know as well as we do what kind of people we were when we were with you, which was for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord when you accepted the message that came from the Holy Spirit with joy in spite of great suffering. As a result you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The message about the Lord rang out from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia but in every place. The news about your faithfulness to God has spread so that we don’t even need to mention it. People tell us about what sort of welcome we had from you and how you turned to God from idols. As a result, you are serving the living and true God, and you are waiting for his Son from heaven. His Son is Jesus, who is the one he raised from the dead and who is the one who will rescue us from the coming wrath.” (1 Thessalonians 1:1–10, CEB)


Pastor Rich Wagner

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October 18, 2020       Twentieth Sunday of Pentecost
 

Scripture Readings

Exodus 33:12–23
1 Thessalonians 1:1–10

 
SMALL GROUPS
Grow in Christ and Community - learn to depend on one another.
 
COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Come with us to show Christ love in your neighbor and you neighborhood.
 
WORSHIP
Come as you are for a Spirit-Filled worship and expository Bible teaching

Olympia Fields United Methodist Church

20301 Western Avenue

Olympia Fields, IL 60461

708-481-5928

olyfldsumc@sbcglobal.net

ofumc.com