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Located in downtown Crete, IL.

1321 Main Street

708-672-8353

Worship Service is

Sunday mornings at 10 a.m.

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MASKS OPTIONAL 

Pastor Kristen Larsen

klarsen@creteumc.org

Admin. Assistant: Diane McGarel

office@creteumc.org

Sunday's Sermon

 

Our Mission

is to be Christ centered, teaching and learning community, dedicated to reaching out to all in a spirit of caring and sharing, a community where growth in Christ inspires us to be joyful sharing people.

Weekly Devotion

Welcome to Advent! Advent is a season of waiting…a season of expectation…a season of preparation for the coming of Emmanuel into our lives and our world.

We aren’t very good at waiting. We wait in traffic, we wait in stores, we wait for the doctor’s report and so on it goes. Sometimes we wait alone. Sometimes family and friends wait with us. Some waits have brought us joy, some bring sadness. Some waits have been worth waiting for…others have not.

Now it is Advent and here we are, finding ourselves waiting again…waiting for God, this baby, this Word to break anew into our lives in some wonderous and unexpected way.

So, during this season, we pray that there might be meaning in the waiting. We set the intention to use this time to make necessary preparations to prepare a place in our hearts for the new birth. It means being honest with ourselves as we examine our lives and we pray for strength to make changes in our lives where necessary.

Through it all, we ask God to keep us awake and aware…because this is the season when God takes us by surprise and gives us hope that everything can be made new again, even ourselves.

A blessed Advent to you all,

Pastor Kristen

 

 

                                         Announcements

CRETE COUNTRY CHRISTMAS REINDOG CONTEST AND ANIMAL BLESSING:

Saturday, December 3rd @ 11AM

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at the tent on Cass & Main. The parade of pets will kick off at 11:00 a.m. and end, with prizes awarded at the Crete United Methodist Church on Main & Exchange. Awards will be given for best costumes and parade entries.

 

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS will begin immediately following the contest and awarding of prizes. All pets: dogs, cats, birds, creepy crawly things, furry and not so furry friends are welcome to come and receive a blessing for the year ahead. Gift bags will be given for all participants.

 

A CHRISTMAS PIANO RECITAL by Paul Blievernicht will be held on Sunday, December 4th in our Sanctuary at 3pm. Come and enjoy this special offering of beautifully presented Christmas music. The recital should last 45 minutes. We thank Paul for his musical offering to help us get into the Christmas spirit. There is no charge for the event. A freewill offering will be taken to help support our recent building expenses.

 

BIBLE STUDY- ALMOST CHRISTMAS: A Wesleyan Advent Experience begins this week, Thursday at 10:00 a.m. - December 01, 2022

In John Wesley’s famous sermon, “The Almost Christian,” he encouraged people to follow Christ wholeheartedly. In Almost Christmas: A Wesleyan Advent Experience, author and pastor Magrey deVega leads a group of authors in exploring how we can make the same commitment to Christ during Advent, and connect our Wesleyan heritage with the traditional Advent themes of Love, Hope, Joy, and Peace.

GIVING TREE:  Crete United Methodist Church will have the Annual Giving Tree. Please bring “Unwrapped gifts” to church on Sundays during worship hours to the entrance on Exchange Street. They may be  placed under the tree just inside the door beginning Sunday, November 27th.  Items appreciated are all types of toys such as baby dolls, Barbie dolls, puzzles, board games, soccer balls, nerf balls, cars, tractors, trucks, remote control toys, play dough, etc. Deadline to donate is December 11th.
If you are currently not attending church and wish to contribute, please contact Diane at the church office (672-8353) and leave a message asking to arrange for a pick-up or drop off time.


This year donated toys will be given to Angels on Assignment in Crete and the Jones Center in Chicago Heights. Warm items will be given to the Steger Community Closet (see Facebook pages).


Thanks in advance for supporting this community outreach program.

CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE will be Saturday, December 24th, beginning at 5p. Christmas Day Service will be Sunday, December 25th, at 10a

 

MASKS OPTIONAL: The wearing of masks at Crete United Methodist Church is optional. While masks are not required, those who are more comfortable masked are encouraged to do so. We also ask that if you have not been vaccinated or if you are feeling a bit under the weather, that you personally chose to wear a mask while in the church buildings as a good faith gesture on your part.

 

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A CHRISTMAS PIANO RECITAL

 

Paul Blievernicht will play a recital.

 

The recital will be held on Sunday, December 4th in our Sanctuary at 3pm.

 

Come and enjoy this special offering of beautifully presented Christmas music. We thank Paul for his musical offering that will help us get into the Christmas spirit.

 

There is no charge for the event. A freewill offering will be taken to help support our recent building expenses.

The recital will last 45 minutes.

This Sunday

December 04

 

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Bible Study begins December 01


Thursday morning on
December 01, at  10:00 a.m.

 
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November 27th    First Sunday of Advent                           10:00 a.m.

December 04        Second Sunday of Advent                      10:00 a.m.

December 11         Third Sunday of Advent                         10:00 a.m.

December 18         Fourth Sunday of Advent                       10:00 a.m.

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

            Saturday, December 24 at 5:00p

Christmas Day Service 

Sunday, December 25th at 10:00 a.m.

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Crete United Methodist Church will have the Annual Giving Tree. Please bring “Unwrapped gifts” to church on Sundays during worship hours to the entrance on Exchange Street. They may be  placed under the tree just inside the door beginning Sunday, November 27th.  Items appreciated are all types of toys such as baby dolls, Barbie dolls, puzzles, board games, soccer balls, nerf balls, cars, tractors, trucks, remote control toys, play dough, etc. Deadline to donate is December 11th.


If you are currently not attending church and wish to contribute, please contact Diane at the church office (672-8353) and leave a message asking to arrange for a pick-up or drop off time.
This year donated toys will be given to Angels on Assignment in Crete and the Jones Center in Chicago Heights. Warm items will be given to the Steger Community Closet (see Facebook pages).


Thanks in advance for supporting this community outreach program. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.

 

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CRETE COUNTRY CHRISTMAS REINDOG CONTEST AND ANIMAL BLESSING:
Saturday, December 3rd @ 11AM


Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at the tent on Cass & Main. The parade of pets will kick off at 11:00 a.m. and end, with prizes awarded at the Crete United Methodist Church on Main & Exchange.

 

Awards will be given for best costumes and parade entries.

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BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

will begin immediately following the contest and awarding of prizes.

 

All pets: dogs, cats, birds, creepy crawly things, furry and not so furry friends are welcome to come and receive a blessing for the year ahead.

 

Gift bags will be given for all participants.

Saturday, December 3rd

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Crete UMC hosts an on-line worship sermon that is available on our Facebook page, our YouTube Channel, and can be e-mailed directly to you if you join our e-mail list.

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Began
August 25, 2022

Before and After School Program

Contact

Kathy Carter Young

Director of the Before and After School Program

Email: klcy6000@aol.com  for further information.

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       The beginning Violin Class meets
                                Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday from 7:30a- 8:15a


           The Advanced Class meets
                                    Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 7:30a- 8:15a


 

              Enduring Strings

SAVE THE DATE

Saturday - May 20th
Recital Tea
     

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Thrift Shop

Because we care about you, we will be utilizing best safety practices. Masks are required (one will be provided for you if needed). Plastic gloves and hand sanitizer will be available for your use. Social distancing will be maintained at all times and the number of shoppers and the duration in the store will be limited.

All items are from donations, workers are volunteers, and all profits go to the Crete Methodist Church's Outreach Programs.

Located at Main and North Street, Crete, IL

open Saturdays 9-3p

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Online Giving

Secure, reliable, and convenient! Give a one-time gift (no account needed), or schedule recurring giving using your checking account, debit, or credit card. (See our SCHEDULE YOUR GIVING help page, or contact Diane at 708-672-8353, if you have questions!)

SUPPORT UKRAINE: GIVE NOW:

 

Anyone wishing to provide humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian people in the wake of the Russian invasion of their country may contribute to Advance #982450, UMCOR International Disaster Response and Recovery. This fund will provide direct assistance to those in Ukraine as well as assistance to Ukrainians fleeing to neighboring countries.

The link below connects you directly to NIC's Website

               Bishop Appeal 2022- Ukraine Assistance

Remember to login in first before donating. This way your donation can be added as part of your tax contribuition for your tithe for Crete UMC.   After signing in, click the 3 lines on the left of the top corner of your screen,  choose Home and then search for CUMC in the "find a church" search bar. This will get you in the right place to have your contribution recorded by CUMC for tax purposes.  Thank you.

  https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/2496653


 

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Crete

Weekly on Wednesday mornings

from 9:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m.,

The Crete Food Pantry is giving to Crete Township Residents only who are in need

a free bag of groceries

at

1367 Wood Street

Crete, IL 60417

It is no longer curbside, partcipants must come into  the building to register and it is only available to residents of

Crete Township. Proof of residency is required.

"Even as phase four is taking place, we are bombarded with ”virus” news. Life does go on and many people face unemployment and hard times.  The Crete Pantry is continuing to serve any one who comes for food on Wednesday mornings. This is straining the budget of the Pantry.

If you are able to help financially at this time, your gift will be put to immediate use. Any monetary gift is tax deductible and can be sent to The Crete Pantry, 1367 Wood Street, Crete, Illinois 60417.


Any gift goes directly to help those in our area-helping our neighbors."    -- Donna Allen

Praying Hands

At Crete United Methodist Churchwe realize that there will be times in our lives where problems and circumstances seem overwhelming. It is at these times when we may want to isolate ourselves and hide.

We want you to know that you are not alone!

There are many who share your struggles.  Crete UMC's Spiritual Themes in Recovery (S.T.I.R) helps those who are struggling with the addictions of  Alcohol. S.T.I.R. is designed to provide an opportunity for you to share and interact with others and find encouragement and support that you may need.