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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:
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).

"ALL HANDS ON DECK 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.

Olympia Fields United Methodist Church Food Drive for the month of March 2021 to support Respond Now in Chicago Heights, Illinois.

Food/dry goods/gifts cards will be excepted Monday - Friday from 1-5 p.m. Please contact the church for more details. 708-481-5928 or see our church website and make a donation

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.

Help Texas support theise in need 

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

When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am El Shaddai. Walk with me and be trustworthy. I will make a covenant between us and I will give you many, many descendants.” Abram fell on his face, and God said to him, “But me, my covenant is with you; you will be the ancestor of many nations. And because I have made you the ancestor of many nations, your name will no longer be Abram but Abraham. I will make you very fertile. I will produce nations from you, and kings will come from you. I will set up my covenant with you and your descendants after you in every generation as an enduring covenant. I will be your God and your descendants’ God after you.” (Genesis 17:1–7, CEB)

God said to Abraham, ‘As for your wife Sarai, you will no longer call her Sarai. Her name will now be Sarah. I will bless her and even give you a son from her. I will bless her so that she will become nations, and kings of peoples will come from her.’” (Genesis 17:15–16, CEB)


El Shaddai

Abraham and Sarah were way too old for childbearing.  Thinking of descendants would have been dismissed as crazy.  Regardless, from them, nations would be formed.

Desperately, repeatedly, hopefully seeking year after year,
looking but not finding, grappling with increasing questions and fear,
even beyond being blameless in worship, their calling to faithfully dare,
did they not still wonder, ponder, question, ask, challenge – who, what, why, when, and where?

Still, none-the-less,
they would confess,
through the most sensational, startling, yet smallest seeds,
God remembers, answering hopes, desires, and needs.
And they learned by responding with awe, anticipation,
that from one, comes a savior, a legacy… a nation.

Pastor Rich Wagner


February 28, 2021       Second Sunday in Lent

Scripture Readings:
Old Testament Lesson: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Gospel Lesson: Mark 8:31-38

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