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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:

"ALL HANDS ON DECK January 2021" Deep Blue Sunday School via Zoom 10 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Join us for exciting music, adventures and more. Contact church office more more details.


HELLO Church.

Since the 1st of April 2020 our worship services have been available

via Zoom at 10:30 a.m.,  including Holy Communion on the 1st Sunday of the month. 

Sunday School 10:00-10:15 a.m..

Projected opening of the church is still tentive. More information please contact the church office.

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: 

Donations welcome at

Prayers this message finds all in good health and lifted spirits.

{ Updated January 22,2021  Lois Nemeth Certified Lay Servant Lay Leader Member to Annual Conference} our church website


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 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).

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)

The Truth About Guns in America

The State of America’s Children 2020


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

After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee announcing God’s good news, saying, “Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!” As Jesus passed alongside the Galilee Sea, he saw two brothers, Simon and Andrew, throwing fishing nets into the sea, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” Right away, they left their nets and followed him. After going a little farther, he saw James and John, Zebedee’s sons, in their boat repairing the fishing nets. At that very moment he called them. They followed him, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired workers.” (Mark 1:14–20, CEB)


Those Jesus initially attracted came from the seashore… fishermen, ordinary in every respect.  It’s amazing how easily they dropped their nets to follow Him.  Didn’t they care about those they left behind?  What about how they would live, what they would eat?  The persuasive power of Jesus must have been marvelous to witness.

What does it take to cause a modern-day seeker to follow Christ?  What is it about him that has a life altering, long lasting impact among so many? Clearly, Jesus addresses a persistent hunger that we all experience.  Whatever we ultimately see in him, there seems to be a graceful action that snags the heart.

Pastor Rich Wagner


January 24, 2021       Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Scripture Readings:
Old Testament Lesson: Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Gospel Lesson: Mark 1:14-20

Grow in Christ and Community - learn to depend on one another.
Come with us to show Christ love in your neighbor and you neighborhood.
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