As many of you may have heard, President Trump has just called for the reopening of all houses of worship throughout the country. He rightly recognizes that we need “more prayer, not less,” but doesn’t realize that people, including the people called United Methodist, have been praying and worshipping all along through these months of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Bishops of Illinois are united in stating that they are calling on all United Methodist churches in Illinois to honor the regional and phased-in plan of “Restore Illinois,” which Governor J.B. Pritzker has outlined for us.


Therefore, Crete United Methodist Church will not be open at this time. We look forward to new phases of the plan to progress that would allow a maximum of 50 people to gather, while following guidelines to help eliminate further suffering and death from the coronavirus.

 - from Pastor Kristen Larson

                                                               Upper Room Home Delivery from Pastor Kristen

Many of us enjoy our Upper Rooms and use it as a daily devotional. We have had difficulty getting them delivered at this time but we now have received regular-print sized Upper Rooms (next week we will get the large-print versions).  Contact me email at   and I will drop it off on your doorstep and ring your bell. If you are available to come to the door, it will be so good to see you in person! (at the appropriate social distance and I will be wearing a mask). No donation is required for Upper Rooms but if you’d like to donate to the cost, you can add it to your regular giving and mail it to the church with “Upper Room Donation” plus the amount indicated in the memo line. If you use our online giving option, just let our Treasurer, Laurie Viktora know.

Thrift Shop is temporary closed.

Crete Food Pantry-- June 03, 2020

Weekly on Wednesday mornings, from 9:00 a.m. till noon, the Crete Food Pantry is giving curbside to those in need a free bag of groceries at 1367 Wood Street, IL 60417.   This special service now isn’t just limited to Crete Township Residents.  Anyone who drives up will receive a free bag of groceries, no questions asked. 

"Even as phase three 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

Bishop Sally Dyck Monday Message on Monday, May 18, 2020-  Stay the Course:

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Bishop Sally Dyck Retirement

Bishop Sally Dyck will change her retirement date from Sept. 1, 2020 to Jan. 1, 2021 remaining in the Northern Illinois Conference. An Episcopal Leadership Task Force will announce plans for episcopal coverage in the Northern Illinois Conference for the remainder of 2021 later in June.

   Tentative Dates Set for General Conference

The Council of Bishops disclosed a proposal that would push back General Conference more than a year and four months after the lawmaking assembly was originally scheduled. After the COVID-19 pandemic caused postponement, the new prospective dates for The United Methodist Church’s General Conference are Aug. 31- Sept. 10, 2021.


Mental Health Resources thru the NIC

Posted: April 21 2020 at 12:00 AM
Author: By Rev. Cheryl Magrini, NIC Committee on Accessibility Ministries
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This coronavirus pandemic and social distancing restrictions may be causing increased feelings of anxiety, loneliness, isolation, and other fears for some. The NIC Committee on Accessibility Ministries asks pastors and caregivers: How are you taking care of yourself in the midst of caring for others at this time? First, pace yourself. Second, be your own best friend.

Many 12-step groups and in-person support groups have suspended meetings. Some are offering online options via a live support group, meeting or a community forum.

Alcoholics Anonymous online meetings via Skype

llinois Warm Line: If you or one of you family members has mental health and/or substance use challenges and would like to receive support by phone, call the Illinois Warm Line at 866-359-7953. Wellness Support Specialists are professionals who have experienced mental health and/or substance use recovery in their own lives. They are trained in recovery support, mentoring, and advocacy and are ready to listen and support you. The Warm Line is not a crisis hotline but is a source of support as you recover or help a family member to recover. Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8 am-5 pm except holidays.

                                                                                     Reminder: NIC staff working remotely

The conference office has instituted a work-from-home policy until it's safe to return. Our staff will receive their voicemails and monitor emails as they work to support you in whatever way they can, but there may be some limits on what we can do as we move through the coming days. We appreciate your patience. Remember the office phone number is 708-672-8353 and our Email is

Learn HOW to ZOOM:

The presenter schedules a meeting and provide you with a meeting ID number and password. At the time of the meeting, you open your Zoom app and click on ‘join a meeting’ icon. You then put in the ID Number and Password that the host had provided for you. It will take a few seconds to connect, typically you will end up in a waiting room where the host will let you in. Your next step is to sign into the audio as well as video. This will automatically appear on your screen and when it does hit yes. If this option doesn’t automatically show up and you are on an IPAD or tablet just hit the top of the screen which will provide you a listing of options. Most times it is in the far right hand side of the screen under participants. You will need to hit the icons by your name in order to allow these features. It’s as simple as that.

For more info on Zoom meetings  check out the Northern Illinois Conference Calendar of Events   Click HERE


Dates to be announced.

All in church gatherings are suspended until further notice.                                             

Introduction and Chapter 1: God


Chapter 2: Jesus Christ


Chapter 3: The Holy Spirit


Chapter 4; The Church and the Communion of Saints


Chapter 5: The Forgiveness of Sins


Chapter 6: The Resurrection of the Body

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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.


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.

       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 24th- Candlelight Christmas Eve Services were  5:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m.

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.

Saturday, December 07, 2019

        Annual Arts & Crafts Fair

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

Kick - Off Sunday

September 8, 2019

10:00 a.m.  Worship Service

Cook-out in Fellowship Hall

Game Nights



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

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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