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 still tentive. More information please contact the church office. Updated November 7, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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).
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Olympia Fields United Methodist Church
"ALL HANDS ON DECK NOVEMBER" 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Children’s Defense Fund – Our Mission (Nice Video on this)
The Truth About Guns in America
The State of America’s Children 2020
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Thursday's Thought for Sunday's Service
“Now when the Human One comes in his majesty and all his angels are with him, he will sit on his majestic throne. All the nations will be gathered in front of him. He will separate them from each other, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right side. But the goats he will put on his left. “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who will receive good things from my Father. Inherit the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world began. I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.’ “Then those who are righteous will reply to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or naked and give you clothes to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “Then the king will reply to them, ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Get away from me, you who will receive terrible things. Go into the unending fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels. I was hungry and you didn’t give me food to eat. I was thirsty and you didn’t give me anything to drink. I was a stranger and you didn’t welcome me. I was naked and you didn’t give me clothes to wear. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’ “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and didn’t do anything to help you?’ Then he will answer, ‘I assure you that when you haven’t done it for one of the least of these, you haven’t done it for me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment. But the righteous ones will go into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:31–46, CEB)
Although we possess great capacity to interact over the Internet in delightful ways, there is also often a hypercritical side, leading to divisiveness.
Jesus doesn’t sidestep division. He describes sheep and goats, but in doing so says that judgment to divide is based on how those on the fringes of society are treated.
Many highlight other priorities, ultimately avoiding responsibility for the poor.
What seems clear is Jesus tries to get his audience to stay focused on what is most important.
His words resonate.
Serving the “least of these” is one quality of the Kingdom that we’ve inherited, and it’s important to maintain our emphasis in this way.
November 22, 2020 Reign of Christ Sunday
Psalm: Ephesians 1:15–23
Olympia Fields United Methodist Church
20301 Western Avenue
Olympia Fields, IL 60461