We’re Baaaaaaack!

This Sunday at 10am.

Doors off the parking lot will be opened at 9:45 to begin seating.

 

And this Wednesday night, August 19th at 7:00pm.

Doors off the parking lot will be opened at 6:45pm.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

The Return Team and your pastor have set the date of Sunday, August 16th as the time when we will return to in-person worship services.

Our new worship services will be on Sunday at 10 a.m. and on Wednesday at 7 p.m.


We will also be offering online video of our worship services as well as online sermons and the weekly devotions on the Pastor’s Page.


August 16th will also be a return to the in-person ministries of the church. Our Boy Scouts and support groups will be able to meet in the church, following CDC guidelines. However, our Before and After School Program and Enduring Strings Program will be closed until further notice.


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 will keep assessing the situation as time marches on and will inform you immediately should any changes be made to this schedule.


Thank you for your patience, understanding and prayers,


Pastor Kristen

As we begin looking forward to a time when in-person worship will reopen, check out this great video from the First United Methodist of Covington, TN, It's a great tutorial on keeping each other healthy when we beginning gathering together again.

 

https://www.facebook.com/FUMCCovington/videos/731855024227648/

 

 

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 will keep assessing the situation as time marches on and will inform you immediately should any changes be made to this schedule.

Information from the Northern Illinois Conference

As some churches across the conference return to in-person services and others continue to make plans to reopen, refer to the NIC ReTurn Team Plan for guidelines and best practices.

 

For state guidelines, visit coronavirus.illinois.gov.

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Click HERE to download Weekly Announcements

        

 

 

     Upper Room Home Delivery from Pastor Kristen


July/August Upper Rooms Have Arrived and Pastor Kristen is once again looking forward to delivering them to your door. Just let her know whether you’d like your Upper Room devotional book in regular print or large print. She’ll come to your door, ring the bell and leave the Upper Room on your step. If you choose to answer the door, she’d love to see you and visit with you! She’ll be wearing a mask and will be standing the appropriate distance from your door. Please email or call the church office (708-672-8353) for delivery.

 

Also, please give your phone number if you’d like to know when she’s coming

Thrift Shop is temporary closed.

Crete Food Pantry


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.   Crete Township Residents can receive a free bag of groceries, no questions asked. 

"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

Wednesday, August 19th

Announcements

2020 Annual Conference
The 181st Annual Conference session will be held virtually on November 14. The AC Worship Committee is evaluating new and creative ways to hold the opening, Memorial, Retirement and closing services. Ordination service plans for the 2020 ordinands are under review.

Pre-Conference online Bible studies will held on three Thursdays in October with Rev. Junius Dotson, General Secretary for Discipleship Ministries, focusing on the conference's three strategic goals. Mark your calendars for Oct. 1, 8 & 22 at 10 am and look for more details and registration at a later date. For more details about Annual Conference, visit umcnic.org/AC2020. https://www.umcnic.org/AC2020


Mark Your Calendar
The social distancing and government guidelines around the COVID-19 outbreak required many events to be cancelled and/or postponed, but the NIC is finding alternative ways to stay connected. Click here for event information on the Conference calendar and check back often for updates.

 


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 office@creteumc.org

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

UMW Mission u - (Aug. 16, 19, 23) Today, Aug. 12, is the last day to register for the NIC UMW Mission u. This online spiritual growth study will be held via Zoom using the book "Finding Peace in an Anxious World" written by leaders of Urban Village Church in Chicago. The study will be led by Rev. Young Mee-Park. Cost is $15. Click here to register.

 

Season of Creation Ecumenical Service - (Sept. 6) at 5pm. This is an online prayer service presented by Ecumenism Metro Chicago – Chicagoland Christians United for the Care of Creation. Bishop Sally Dyck will be part of the presentation. It will be available to view on YouTube. Click here for more information.

Click HERE to download Weekly Announcements

    

Past Events:

Click HERE for past Sermons

Click HERE for the Daily Devotions for Holy Week

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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CRETE UMC WORSHIP SERVICES AND IN CHURCH GATHERINGS SUSPENDED UNTIL till August 16th

Crete UMC Worship Services are scheduled to resume on Sunday,

August 16th.

 

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 will keep assessing the situation as time marches on and will inform you immediately should any changes be made to this schedule.

The in-person ministries of the church will also resume on August 16, 2020. Our Boy Scouts and support groups will be able to meet in the church, following CDC guidelines. However, our Before and After School Program and Enduring Strings Program will be closed until further notice.

New in-Person Worship times beginning August 16th are

Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

and

Wednesday Evenings at

7:00 p.m.

You can still stay connected by

Phone: 708-672-8353

Email: office@creteumc.org

 

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Phone: 708-672-8353

Email: office@creteumc.org

Church Office Hours:

M-F, 8-1p

Located at 1321 Main Street, Crete, IL 60417

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