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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

Ciao! On our first day in Rome we headed for the Castro Pretorio district which gets it’s name from the ruins of the barracks of the Pretorian Guard, during Emperor Tiberius‘ reign. The Pretorian Guard served as the Emperor’s personal bodyguard. It had so much power that they could at one point even decide who was going to be the next emperor.


The central square of the district is the Piazza della Repubblica (Republic Plaza) in the middle of which is a huge fountain with statues of frolicking nymphs.


On the square is Santa Maria deli Angeli e dei Martiri (the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and Martyrs). It was Michelangelo’s last architectural work and probably his best.


The site for the church was built on the ancient ruins of the Baths of Diocletian, the iron-willed Roman Emperor who shaped the Roman empire (284–305AD). And the sheer brilliance of Michelangelo’s work is that he constructed this 16th century Renaissance church inside the ancient ruins of the baths. They were the ready-made bones for his sacred building, and you see him incorporating the old with the new, shadow and light, as a celebration of Christian faith.


The sheer scale of the building is extraordinary, and it gives you a good indication of how massive the original baths must have been, because the church takes up only a part of it.
The cavernous body of the church is held up by eight colossal ancient Roman granite columns, nearly 40 feet high, taken from the ruins of the Baths of Diocletian; the rest of the columns in the church are made of brick and plaster and painted to look like granite!


Walking through the basilica, we kept seeing a long, continuous line of bronze. It runs 144 feet down the floor of the church. We Googled it and it was a meridian line built in 1702. It was a new scientific technology at the time. I’m not good at science but it serves as a calendar and time keeper. Every day around noon, the sun shines through a hole in the south-facing wall and its image shines on the meridian line.


One of the most interesting things in this church is a meridian line built by Francesco Bianchini in 1702. A small south-facing hole in the wall allows a ray of light from the sun to fall on the meridian line in the floor at solar noon each day. The longer the meridian line the more accurate it is and so you see this long bronze line enclosed in yellow-white marble run 144 feet down the floor of the church.


The reason they did this was that in 1582 Europe switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar. They literally skipped October 5-14th that year in order to move the spring equinox by 10 days. So, the line was created to check the accuracy of this new-fangled Gregorian calendar and it served to regulate the city's clocks until 1846.


I loved this about the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and Martyrs. It is not only a remarkable monument to Michelangelo, but also a timeless monument to how faith and science (rather than being at odds) can work and support one another.


Yours in the journey,
Pastor Kristen

                                

 

                                  Announcements

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WOMEN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT meets Thursday mornings in the Narthex, at 10a. All are welcome to attend. 

 

THE DAVID NAYLOR BLOOD DRIVE will be held at our church, on Saturday, March 16th, from noon to 4p. Appointments can be made by clicking the link below.
https://donate.illinois.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/5606661?fbclid=IwAR0brDh4noIsO3QXJnh2--eP-v8uxOy4dHWKkmuPlefuPcG7_Rgv1LyikRQ

The United Women Methodist Club next meeting will be held on Monday, March 4th, at 1:30p, in the Narthex. All are welcome to attend.

Maundy Thursday Come N’ Go Communion

March 28th, from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Join with others seated around a table following a brief time of Scripture reading and prayer. Holy Communion will be served.

 

Good Friday Service, March 29th, from 2:30p to 3:15 p.m.

A Tenebrae Service consisting of Scripture Readings with the gradual extinguishing of candles to symbolize the growing darkness of Jesus’ death on the cross.

 

Easter Sunday Worship Service, March 31st at 10:00 a.m. 

A service of joy, music, and song celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

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 are feeling a bit under the weather, that you wear a mask as a goodwill effort on your part.

United Methodist Women's Club

 

next meeting will be held on

Monday- March 04

1:30p, Church Lobby

 Thursday mornings at 10a in the Narthex

All are welcome

Women in the New Testament

David Naylor Memorial Blood Drive

Saturday, March 16th, from noon to 4p.

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Maundy Thursday

Come N' Go Communion

 March 28th, from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Join with others seated around a table following a brief time of Scripture reading and prayer. Holy Communion will be served. You can come when you can and leave when you must. All are welcome

 

Good Friday Service

March 29th

from 2:30p to 3:15 p.m.

A Tenebrae Service consisting of Scripture Readings with the gradual extinguishing of candles to symbolize the growing darkness of Jesus’ death on the cross.

 

And join us for Easter Sunday Worship, March 31st at 10:00 a.m. for a service of joy, music, and song celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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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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Begins
August 24, 2023

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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             Start date: Tuesday, September 05, 2023
      

               Beginners class meets
                        Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday from 7:30a- 8:15a
                           10 children per class


                Advanced Class meets
                          Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 7:30a- 8:15a
                              10 children per child


                                  Cost: $50 a month per child Sept/May


 

              Enduring Strings


RECITAL TEA
for 2024 scheduled for May 18th

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Thrift Shop

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 9-3:00p.m.

on Saturday, January 6th
The shop will be opening at 12:30p

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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!)

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Crete

The Pantry is open on Wednesday mornings

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

It's only Available to Crete Township Residents

pick up  and drop off of food is at

1367 Wood Street

Crete, IL 60417

To receive, come into the building located at 1367  Wood Street to register. 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 either The Crete Pantry, 1367 Wood Street, Crete, Illinois 60417  or at Crete UMC

If you are dropping off food at the Township, please contact the Crete Food Pantry directly at the Township to make your donation. The Township's Phone number is 708-672-8279 to schedule a time to make your donation. 

Located at 1367 Wood Street
Crete, IL 60417

Praying Hands

At Crete United Methodist Church we 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 and is designed to provide an opportunity for you to share and interact with others and find encouragement and support that you may need. To attend, please call

(708) 672-8353 or email office@creteumc.org

 

for information

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MASKS OPTIONAL

Throughout this pandemic, the mantra of Crete United Methodist Church has been the Wesleyan principal to “Do No Harm.” With this in mind, the Covid Response Leadership team has made the safety and well-being of our members, staff, volunteers, and visitors the single most important priority.

While masks will not be required, those who feel more comfortable masked are invited to do so. We ask, as a good faith effort, 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.



Worship Services:

Sunday mornings

at 10:00 a.m.

Phone: 708-672-8353

Email: office@creteumc.org


Phone: 708-672-8353

Email: office@creteumc.org

Diane McGarel, Admin Asst.

Office Hours

are Monday thru Friday from 8-1p.  

Office Hours: In-person

Tuesdays, 8-1p

Fridays 8-12p

 

Calls received during non in-person office hours are forwarded and  answered remotely. Your call is very important to us so if the line is busy please leave a message as Diane, the Office Admin Assistant will return your call as soon as possible.

 

 

Located at 1321 Main Street, Crete, IL 60417

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All Rights Reserved.

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