WORSHIP SERVICES:

Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

There will be no Wednesday evening worship service during the summer.

Beginning Sunday, June 27th- One Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.

Beginning this Sunday, July 04 and on the first Sunday of every month, we will return to receiving Holy Communion up front, with individual, pre-cut bread and individual cups. Servers will wear gloves in the distribution of the elements. Baskets will be placed to return cups prior to returning to your seats.

 

 

--  UPDATE ON CUMC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS --

What will be different?

• A return to pre-pandemic Summer Worship hours: One service on Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. There will be no Wednesday evening worship service during the summer.

• The length of the service will extend to 45 minutes (rather than 30).

• Seating restriction to every other row in the sanctuary will be eliminated. Tape on those pews will be removed.

• Joys and Concerns will return to pre-pandemic practice of individual sharing. An usher will bring a microphone to you and will hold it for you while you speak.

• Congregational singing will return. Yeah!

• Hymnals and Bibles will be back in the pews for those who wish to use them. We will continue the use of screens. No bulletins will be used.

• On the first Sunday of every month, we will return to receiving Holy Communion up front, with individual, pre-cut bread and individual cups. Servers will wear gloves in the distribution of the elements. Baskets will be placed to return cups prior to returning to your seats.

What will stay the same?

* Those who have been fully vaccinated can choose whether or not to wear a mask in worship.

• Attendance will continue to be taken at the entry doors of the church in order to maintain contact tracing.

• We will continue the use of one entrance/exit to the sanctuary.

• Collection of offering will continue to be received in a plate on a table just outside the entrance to the sanctuary.

• We continue with no pencils, envelopes, things to write on or attendance pads in the pews. Please bring what you need with you.

• Directioning decals will remain in place.

• Coffee time before and after worship will not yet resume.

 

In-person worship services polices--  To protect yourself and others, please do not attend church services if     you have a fever or other symptoms.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW WHEN I GET THERE?


You will park in the Exchange Street parking lot and enter those doors. No other doors will be accessible. All other areas of the church will be closed.


Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to service. The new service format will be approximately 30 minutes in length.  Beginning Sunday, June 27 the service will be extended from 30 minutes to 45 minutes.

 

Greeters will meet you prior to entering the doors to greet you warmly.

 

*  A Greeter will record your attendance prior to entering the church. This will also serve for contact tracing, if necessary.

 

*  Wearing a mask is required for all those NOT fully vaccinated. Greeters will provide a mask for you if you do not have one. Please make sure your mouth and nose stay covered. (A huge word of thanks to Kathleen Pidrak for providing handmade, washable and reusable masks for your convenience.). 

6 Foot social distancing is required. The narthex floor will be marked in order for you (and your party) to maintain the appropriate distance while waiting to be seated by an usher. Please stand on the mark.

 

Please use the hand sanitizer provided, prior to entering the sanctuary.

 

Beginning Sunday, June 27th,  Joys and Concerns will return to pre-pandemic practice of individual sharing. An usher will bring a microphone to you and will hold it for you while you speak.

Beginning in July, on the first Sunday of every month, we will return to receiving Holy Communion up front, with individual, pre-cut bread and individual cups. Servers will wear gloves in the distribution of the elements. Baskets will be placed to return cups prior to returning to your seats.

 

If you wish, bring your own Bible. The pews will not have hymnals, Bibles, pencils, or paper available. The worship service is paperless (bring your own paper and pencil if desired). Beginning Sunday, June 27th we will begin to have hymnals and Bibles in the pews. We will continue the use of screens. No bulletins will be used.

 

Screens are located at the front of the sanctuary with words for the service.


The ushers will seat you to ensure social distancing requirements. To maintain appropriate distancing, you will not be able to sit in your normal spot (I’m sorry!) Families will sit together. Please comply with the ushers’ direction.

 

Restrooms will be single occupancy only (except for parents with small children).


No church school or nursery care will be provided.

 


HOW WILL WE EXIT THE SANCTUARY?

 

Please wait to leave your pew until you are directed to do so. Social Distancing must continue to be observed.

 

There will be a designated basket/plate to receive an offering on your exit from sanctuary.

 

There will be no Coffee Fellowship after services.

 

 

LAST BITS


The church will be cleaned and sanitized after each service.

 

If you are diagnosed as positive for Covid-19, please notify the church ASAP.


Our worship services will be videotaped and available on our church website and Facebook page for those who will not be attending.

 

Our first priority remains keeping one another safe. We care deeply for you, and remain committed to doing all we can for each other’s safety and health. To that end, I’m offering a word of caution, that the August 16th date should be treated as preliminary. We continue to assess the situation as the time approaches and will inform you immediately should any changes be made to this schedule.

Yours in the journey,


Pastor Kristen

 

Church Office:  As of June of 2021, the church's in-person office hours has been extended Tuesdays, 8-1p and Fridays, 8-12p.  Office Hours are M-F, 8-1p.  If you need building access, it is always best to call the church office @ (708) 672-8353.  Calls received during church regular office hours (Monday through Friday between 8am - 1pm) are forwarded and answered remotely. If the line is busy, just leave Diane, Admin Assistant a message and she'll return the call as soon as possible. Your call is very important to us.


Want to meet with Pastor Kristen? Please give her a call @ (224) 628-9128 to set up an appointment. She would be happy to meet with you.


 

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Weekly on Wednesday mornings, from 9:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m., the Crete Food Pantry is giving curbside to Crete Township Residents who are in need a free bag of groceries at 1367 Wood Street, IL 60417.

"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

Thrift Shop

will be open Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

                   

            

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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.

                We are now taking donations on Tuesdays, between 9-11 am.

                Please call 708-672-8353 to make an appt to drop off your items in Tuesdays.

               
 

Past Events:

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SUNDAY, July 25th:

Brenda Kenyon, our Music Director,  has blessed this congregation through her music and through her caring heart. As such, we celebrated  her ministry here among us and send her forth with our love and blessing and did an  old fashioned Hymn Sing followed by refreshments. Brenda has been given a great opportunity and she will be missed here at Crete UMC.

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Crete Women's Club
30th Annual Garden Walk
and
Art & Craft Fair
June 23 & June 24, 2021
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eLearning Community Initiative last day was June 04, 2021

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May 22, 2021
Boy Scouts
Pine Wood Derby

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May 08, 2021

WE CELEBRATE CRETE WOMEN’S CLUB who were able to raise $2000 last Saturday from their flower sale in the church parking lot to support Crete-Monee High School Scholarships.
 

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April 02, 2021

TIME CHANGE FOR GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE: Because of Covid 19 and the number of people whose daily schedules have been altered, for this year, we are changing the time of our Good Friday Service to 2:30pm. Jesus died on the cross at 3pm and this service time allows us to be together in prayer at this poignant time. There are many, who for one reason or another, find it difficult to go out after dark. It is my hope that the 2:30pm worship time will allow those who would otherwise be unable to attend, the opportunity for worship and prayer in the company of their community.

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Summer of 2021

Car Bingo

Every 3rd Saturday of the month



 

On December 24, 2020, from 5-6 p.m. there was a special drive-thru blessing held in the parking lot of the church.  Partcipants remained in their cars.

To download the Christmas Eve Drive- Thru Blessings' handout click HERE for PDF sheet

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Thank you to all who contributed to the Giving Tree.  The gifts have been collected and given to the Jones Center.

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A Christmas Gift for the Women of the Church: Since May, Lenore Enloe has been working away like a Christmas elf, making beautiful hand-made angels as Christmas ornaments as a gift for the women of the church.  Each ornament is in it’s own plastic bag with a small note.  We thank Lenore for the thoughtful and loving expression in this gift. 

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Resumed to

in-person Worship Services

on

August 16, 2020

Worship Services are

Sunday mornings at 10a

and on

Wednesday evenings at 7p

April 12th

Easter Sunday Drive By Blessings

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


We were at it again. Because the Palm Sunday Drive By Blessing was so joyful, meaningful and altogether safe with social distancing, you’re invited to drive by the church Easter Sunday between 10:00 a.m.  and 11:00a.m., where you can stop in the circular driveway by the doors of the church and while staying in your cars, unroll your window to receive a blessing for your Holy Week ahead. The Pastor will stand a good 6 feet way from you. You will receive a flower bulb to plant, as a sign of Christ’s resurrection and a sign of your hope for new life for this world

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February  16, 2020

The Chicago Southern District Voices choir rocked the Sanctuary at Crete UMC with Gospel praise music on Sunday, February 16, 2020.  The CSD Voices Choir is the combined voices of adults from all around the District.  Dr. Colion Greene serves as the director of The Voices Choir. 

February 16- Scout Sunday:

 

In celebration of the 100th Birthday of  The Methodist Episcopal Church recognizing Scouting, CUMC held Boy Scout Sunday on February 16th.  We honored Troop 123, Pack 123, Pack 125, and Crew 191.  During this special worship service, both Troop 123 and Pack 123 led the congregation in a survival exercise entitled Lost at Sea.  Together we learned the importance of working as a team.  The Scripture Lesson for both services was Matthew 8:23-27. After the exercise the congregation sang Eternal Father, Strong to Save that is in The Faith We Sing Songbook. 

 

Crete United Methodist Church would like to give special thanks to the scouts and their leaders: 

Todd Dykton, Troop 123 Scoutmaster

Dave Buss, Pack 123 Cubmaster Karen Wood-Brasel, Pack 125 Cubmaster and

Bill Meyers, Crew 191 Crew Advisor.

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       2019 Children’s Christmas Musical was

Wrapping All the Way

Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 15, 2019  at 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Director- Kathy Carter Young

Tuesday- December 24, 2019

Candlelight Christmas Eve Services were  5:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m.

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Souper Supper, Saturday December 07, 2019

The CUMC kitchen lady & soup maker strikes again.  Ham & Bean, Chicken Noodle, Veggie Beef Barley & Cheddar Broccoli this year. Thank you Sharon & her choptastic skills on the veggies & the fruit of my loom Sam the cookies baker.

 

Great dinner before the parade!

Special thanks to the Boy Scouts for serving.

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Saturday, December 07, 2019

        Annual Arts & Crafts Fair

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Crete Troop 123's 4th Annual Pancake Breakfast, October 06, 2019

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Kick - Off Sunday

September 8, 2019

10:00 a.m.  Worship Service

Cook-out in Fellowship Hall

Game Nights

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2019  Health & Safety Fair

was Saturday, June 22, 2019

from 8:00 - 1:00 p.m.

at 1321 Main Street, Crete, IL

click HERE to see pics

 

 

Memorial Day Parade

May 27, 2019

 

The weather was beautiful during  (we were all waiting for it to rain - again!!!).  This time, we had Pete's truck and a little flatbed with sides painted red, white and blue.  Our church sign was ensconced in the bed of the truck.  After gathering at the church and attaching many veteran's pictures on the sides of the flatbed, along with those pictures carried by the riders as well as the walkers, we had quite a group.  Upon arriving at the starting point for the parade, we parked and watched the Crete Memorial Day Program.  There were many groups which took part in the program, such as Crete Park District Preschool (the little kids recited the Pledge of Allegiance), the Crete-Monee High School Band, Amvets Auxiliary Post 84, Crete American Legion Post #1291, and the Will County Honor Guard.  Pastor Frank Italiano from Trinity Lutheran Church took part and reminded us what the day was for.  The kickoff for the parade was promptly done and off we went!  The spectators on the parade route appreciated what we were trying to do, ie remember veterans and their sacrifice, which is what the day is for!

by Carol Gawronski

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On April 1st, 2019

we had a special Community Lenten

Soup 'N Service

with Guest Pastor, Timothy Washington, Sr. 

2018 CUMC Children Christmas Play

 

Isaiah Jones and the Seekers of the Lost  Treasure

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