Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
Doors off the parking lot will be opened at 9:45 to begin seating.
and Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m.
Doors off the parking lot will be opened at 6:45 p.m.
Our first priority remains keeping one another safe. We care deeply for you, and remain committed to doing all we can for one other’s safety and health.
If you’re able, please consider attending the Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. services as it is typically less crowded.
Annual Church Conference will be held on Monday, December 14th at 7pm (with a brief SPRC meeting with the District Superintendent at 6:45). This is a good ways off, but this gives us good time to prepare.
The Cabinet has decided that all church conferences this year will be held online using Zoom video conferencing. This is due to the pandemic and its unknown influence in the future and does not set a precedent for future church conferences; this decision is based on the current extreme circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.
What this means is that you can attend our CUMC annual conference either at home, on your computer. (We are happy to explain to you what it will be like and help you with set up and instructions so that you are familiar and comfortable to be a part of the conference from your home –
You can attend the conference in the church sanctuary, masked and socially distanced. You will be able to hear those attending remotely via internet and see them on the screens.
Please contact Pastor Kristen at (224) 628-9128 with any questions or if you desire help in order to attend the conference remotely.
October/ November Upper Rooms Have Arrived. We have returned to in-person worship and if you are attending, and wish to, the Upper Room will be available for pick-up. If you rather Upper Room be delivered just give Pastor Kristen a call at @ (224) 628-9128 as she would be happy to deliver the Upper Room to your doorstep. 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. 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 11:00 a.m., 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.
Note the NEW hours- only open till 11:00 a.m. on Wednesdays
"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
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE COMING TO CHURCH AFTER YOU CALLED TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION (708-672-4083) ?
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.
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,
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 https://www.umcnic.org/AC2020
Honor Lay Members to Annual Conference at AC2020
Churches are invited to submit names and photos of Lay Members to Annual Conference who have passed away since June 2019 to be remembered in an online Memorial Service. Please send as an attached JPG, PNG, or HEIC to ACmedia@umcnic.org by Sept. 15, 2020. Stay tuned for information about the date and time of the Memorial Service.
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.
"I Am Her" Women’s Leadership Summit - (Oct. 8-10) Hosted by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, this virtual event will not be your ordinary conference. It’s a movement of women coming together to Be Inspired, Be Empowered, and Be Equipped to do the work personally, professionally and within The United Methodist Church to connect. The keynote speaker will be New York Times best-selling author Nadia Bolz-Weber.
Bishop's Appeal Update
Global Missionary Rev. Christina Kim is overjoyed with news from the Korean United Methodist Women (KUMW) in the Northern Illinois Conference who are selling acorn noodles and honey to support the 2020 Bishop's Appeal for the Global Mission Secondary School in Tanzania, which is currently under construction. Rev. Kim says they've already raised more than $20,000 for the offering! Also, nine individual KUMW members gave their $1,200 pandemic relief government checks toward the school construction. "I was deeply moved and empowered by their love, generosity, and dedication," said Rev. Kim. "KUMW and I have a long relationship since my seminary years at Garrett-ETS. They've supported me wherever I have served in the NIC, even in Tanzania." Read Rev. Kim's recent August missionary letter. Click here: https://files.constantcontact.com/62925eb8001/09259bf1-83ef-4525-b094-328418a52389.pdf
To learn more about how your church can support the Bishop's Appeal, visit
Prayer Network Available from the Northern Illinois Conference
The Discipleship Task Force is launching this new webpage to provide an opportunity to join together in common prayer. Click here to learn more: https://www.umcnic.org/prayernetwork
This webpage will host a weekly prayer calendar with a Bible verse and devotion by a NIC pastor along with some holy humor and other resources. We will be encouraged to pray for a NIC church, pastor, events of the week, and more.
We encourage groups to gather for a short time of prayer starting with our NIC Prayer Network page, but individuals can join in privately from their computer, as well.
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. Check link for updates:
Pack 123 First Scout meeting will be held at
Crete Park- South Pavilion.
Plans are in process for the Scouts, all Scout groups
to resume at CUMC.
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
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