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Projected opening of the church is Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. Attendance is limited to 15 people.
  For more information please contact Reverand Richard Wagner at the church office 708-482-5928
Monday through Friday 1-5 p.m. or email Pastor Richard Wagner for details at:
Reservations, PPE,  temperature checks, and social distancing are required per CDC, Norther Illinois Conference, and Illinois State guidelines.
Donations welcome at Prayers this message finds all in good health and lifted spirits.

{ Updated March 21,2021 by Lois Nemeth Certified Lay Servant Lay Leader Member to Annual Conference}

As of Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021, Sunday School time changed. During 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship, there is a Children's Moment included for children of all ages. Contact Pastor Richard Wagner at the church office more more details. 708-481-5928 or email

2021 South Suburban CROP Hunger Virtual Walk is Sunday, April 25,2021

 Join our team, start your own or make a donation today. Help serve local food pantries and the global efforts to STOP Hunger in it's tracks. For more details, click the link below. 

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

As we approach Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. the message remains the same.

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 as the disciples continued to fish for men. 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

Lois Nemeth Olympia Fields United Methodist Church Certified Lay Servant Lay Leader Member to Northern Illinois Conference

  (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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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

“As the Father loved me, I too have loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy will be in you and your joy will be complete. This is my commandment: love each other just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than to give up one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I don’t call you servants any longer, because servants don’t know what their master is doing. Instead, I call you friends, because everything I heard from my Father I have made known to you. You didn’t choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you could go and produce fruit and so that your fruit could last. As a result, whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you. I give you these commandments so that you can love each other.” (John 15:9–17, CEB)

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When doubts and dismay arise from discouraging drama and dialogue of dread, one must admit to powerful forces of darkness.  Yet, love, often exemplified through friendship with God through Jesus Christ and with one another, remains a transcendent light serving as a beacon to those who are lost.  In this, there is bright simplicity in love that remains, despite the complexities that arise in human relations.  It’s a response that shines and casts away the shadows.

Indicated by Christ’s sensitive example, we are invited to see how sacrifice has power to illuminate, finding inspiration by how it’s reflected innumerable times through the lives of those who follow him.


Pastor Rich Wagner


May 9th        Sixth Sunday of Easter

Scripture Readings:
New Testament:                1 John 5:1-6

Gospel:                               John 15:9-17

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