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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

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

Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort in love, any sharing in the Spirit, any sympathy, complete my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, being united, and agreeing with each other. Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than yourselves. Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others. Adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus: Though he was in the form of God, he did not consider being equal with God something to exploit. But he emptied himself by taking the form of a slave and by becoming like human beings. When he found himself in the form of a human, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore, God highly honored him and gave him a name above all names, so that at the name of Jesus everyone in heaven, on earth, and under the earth might bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Therefore, my loved ones, just as you always obey me, not just when I am present but now even more while I am away, carry out your own salvation with fear and trembling. God is the one who enables you both to want and to actually live out his good purposes.” (Philippians 2:1–13, CEB)

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How does one “carry out your own salvation with fear and trembling” -- daring to be a servant by participating in church, or engaging with faithfulness through virtual gatherings?

Begin by thinking of the motivation expressed when contributing in such a place, or space, to exemplify benevolence and compassion, especially when comparing how that energy could be focused elsewhere.


Behold!
The burden of each servant
multiplied across
a wide view of the church,
voices, expresses,
the bearing of God’s kingdom.

The nature of God’s word speaking with inflection

merged through many, is a glorious complexion.
The purpose of ministry deals with reflection
shining through a local and world-wide connection.

Pastor Rich Wagner

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September 27, 2020       Seventeenth Sunday of Pentecost

Scripture Readings

Matthew 21:23–32
Philippians 2:1–13

 
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