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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

Click on the link below for more information, great stories, videos, games and more. Help Team Olympia Fields United Methodist Church gather coins to benefit a mission location of choice.

https://www.unicefusa.org/trick-or-treat

See  https://www.umcnic.org/missionchallenge  for more information and how you can help..

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/

Your Wedding at OFUMC

Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials!

The covenant of marriage is a holy promise that a couple makes to one another, to the community of family and friends, and to God.
Our church house is located on the corner of Joe Orr Road and Western Avenue in Olympia Fields.   Its traditional colonial architecture and prominent location lead to many requests for weddings. We do require that all couples seeking to participate in the marriage covenant give evidence of their Christian faith and their commitment to preparation for marriage.
  
Each couple seeking to be married must go through a process of premarital counseling. This process consists of five to six sessions with the pastor.
It is prudent to schedule weddings at least nine months in advance in order to allow adequate time for preparation.   Marriage is a life-long covenant that is not to be entered into lightly but “reverently and in the fear of God.”
FAQ’s
 
I am not a member of Olympia Fields UMC. May I still have my wedding at OFUMC?    A church wedding is a service of Christian worship. At least one member of the couple needs to be active in a Christian congregation to have a wedding at OFUMC.   Please supply name of pastor, church name and phone number.
I have a minister who is willing to officiate at my wedding. What do I need to do to have the ceremony at OFUMC? The pastor of OFUMC must approve of all weddings in the church sanctuary. Please submit the name, address, telephone number and ecclesiastical standing of the minister you would like to officiate to the church office. The pastor will call your minister to verify ecclesiastical standing.
I am a Christian but my future spouse is not a Christian.  We will discuss the nature of the prospective spouse's non Christian belief in God.  
I am divorced. May I be married at OFUMC? Yes.  However, the permarital counseling will include an exploration of the circumstances leading to the dissolution of a previous marriage.
Schedule of fees
$50      Security Deposit (will be deducted from the total cost of the wedding or refunded if wedding is cancelled.)
$400     Sanctuary Space Use (includes rehearsal & wedding)
$150     Parlor (bride’s party dressing area)
$500     Pastor’s Honoraria 
Organist Fee to be negotiated with the Church Organist.
$70     Sexton’s Fee (members only)
Members of Olympia Fields UMC pay only the sexton’s fee and the organist fee.
Honoraria to the pastor is optional for members of least two years or more.
All wedding fees payable one week ahead of the event. If not, there will be hold on the wedding plans.
Please Keep in mind. . .
 
Maximum seating capacity of the sanctuary is 200.
If you are using a runner, the sanctuary aisle is 60 feet.
The sanctuary is air-conditioned.
Brides may choose to use the church parlor for dressing.
No smoking is permitted in the church building.
No use of alcohol is permitted anywhere on the church grounds.
Photographers may not use a flash during the wedding. Videographers should plan to work either from the church balcony or the choir loft.
Wedding coordinators work under the direction of the pastor during the wedding rehearsal and ceremony.