With heartfelt joy, Crete United Methodist Church has returned to in-person worship on Sundays at 10:00 a.m, and Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. We continue to use the best safety protocols and would love to see you. All are welcome!
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
UPPER ROOMS FOR May/ June are available in the church narthex or contact Pastor Kristen and she will deliver them to your door. Contact her on her cell phone or on the church phone (708) 672-8353 ext. 2.
Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m.
In-person worship services polies-- 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.
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. 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.
A person will be available to take your joys or concerns in the narthex PRIOR to service. You may also email or call Pastor Kristen before the service to have your joys/concerns shared and offered in prayer during worship. A Manna Moment Jar will also be set in the narthex on your way to the sanctuary for worship. During the week, you’re encouraged to daily write your manna moments on slips of paper (these can be signed or unsigned) and place them in the jar to be shared with the congregation. Remember, manna moments are often simple moments – a call from a friend, something that spoke to you in scripture or a devotional reading, a hug from a child, a prayer – all these simple everyday experiences can be manna moments because they helped lift you and made you aware of God’s goodness at that moment. We share them with each other for encouragement and to remind one another of God’s with-us-ness. Let us encourage one another.
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).
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.
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,
eLearning Community Initiative: CUMC’s Before and After School’s facilitated eLearning experience begins this Monday from 8:30-2:00 p.m., Monday- Friday, for ages 6-14, in Fellowship Hall. There is a sixteen student daily maximum.
Church Office: Currently and until further notice, the church office is closed. If you need building access, please call the church office @ (708) 672-8353.
Your calls to the church during regular office hours (Monday through Friday between 8am - 1pm) will now be answered by a person! Calls are now being forwarded to Diane's phone remotely. If the line is busy, just leave a message and she'll return the call as soon as possible. Your call is very important to us. If you wish to speak to Pastor Kristen, you can reach her directly @ (224) 628-9128
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.
will be open Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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.
New Mission Giving Booklet Available
The Conference Board of Global Ministries (CBGM) encourages you to explore the new conference mission-giving book called “Mission Links: Living the Beatitudes,” which replaces the Rainbow Covenant book. Mission Links is the product of more than 12 months of prayerful, reflective work for the committee, which sought to update and refresh the book’s design and content while linking connectional giving to scripture.
Click here for the digital magazine format.
Click here to download the pdf.
Read more on how the new book was developed.
Devotions for Holy Week - March 20 thru April 02, 2021
A devotional series by United Methodist Communication. Join with a different United Methodist pastor daily Monday through Saturday of Holy Week for a special devotion that will guide you through Jesus and his followers' difficult journey. Each devotion consists of a Bible passage, a devotional thought, an idea for reflection, and a prayer. They are also each accompanied by a work of art and links to learn more about each of the artists.
Journey with us as we prepare for a glorious Easter.
Pastor VJ Cruz-Báez of La Plaza UMC in Los Angeles, California, leads us through the story of Jesus disrupting what was happening in the Temple
Click HERE to read
Tuesday: 'Living on purpose'
The Rev. Dr. Rod Miller of Mount Vernon Place UMC in Baltimore, Maryland, shares how Jesus addressed a tree that was all leaves and no fruit.
Click HERE to read
Wednesday: 'Reckless extravagance'
The Rev. Dr. Donna Fowler-Marchant, an elder in the North Carolina Conference currently serving in the Methodist Church in Britain reflects on the gift shared by the woman who anoints Jesus.
Click HERE to read
Holy Thursday: 'Denial & forgiveness'
The Rev. Jonathan Tullos, Pastor of Salem UMC and Pleasant Hill UMC in Lucedale, Mississippi, reminds us that Peter's denial is not the end of his story as a follower of Jesus.
Click HERE to read
Good Friday: 'Ends & beginnings'
The Rev. Dr. Hannah Ka, Pastor of Discipleship at First UMC in San Diego, California, teaches how what looks like an ending may actually be the beginning of something new.
Click HERE to read
Holy Saturday: 'Tarrying Together'
The Rev. Dr. Tori C. Butler, Lead Pastor of Good Hope Union UMC in Silver Spring, Maryland, and one of the authors of I'm Black. I'm Christian. I'm Methodist. reflects on how sharing our grief can lead us toward resurrection.
Click HERE to read
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.
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
Thank you to all who contributed to the Giving Tree. The gifts have been collected and given to the Jones Center.
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.
in-person Worship Services
August 16, 2020
Worship Services are
Sunday mornings at 10a
Wednesday evenings at 7p
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 24, 2019
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
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