IMAGINE: An Advent of Storytelling

 

1st Sunday of Advent, November 29th, The Angels’ Point of View

 

2nd Sunday of Advent, December 6th, The Testimony of the Innkeeper

 

3rd Sunday of Advent, December 13th, An Angel’s Case Against Christmas: The Grievance of Hector

 

4th Sunday of Advent, December 20th, A Director’s Encounter

IDONATIONS OF UNWRAPPED TOYS, MITTENS, SCARVES AND GLOVES FOR CHILDREN are being received at the Crete United Methodist Church.

 

The non-contact drop place is outside the drive-through entrance off Exchange Street on Sundays, between 9 and 10am and Wednesdays between 6-7pm only.

 

Gifts must be received prior to December 13th.

 

 

All gifts will be given to the Jones Center in Chicago Heights.

JOIN US FOR CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE, December 24th at 7-7:30pm.

                                                                                                      November 11, 2020 update:

 

OUR WORSHIP SERVICES CONTINUE AS USUAL: Most of you are likely aware that on Monday, our Governor announced that effective today, Wednesday, Nov. 11th, Tier 2 enhanced mitigations are in effect for a number of regions in the state, including Will County. Tier 2 has gatherings of 10 people or less.


However, the Governor's office has clarified that this does not effect religious functions or services. We will continue our worship services on Sundays at 10am and on Wednesday nights at 7pm. Our church services are well controlled to prevent the spread of COVID and we are glad they can continue.

 

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 –


OR
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.

Thrift Shop is temporary closed.

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

       

Upper Room

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER UPPER ROOMS are available in the narthex for pick up. If you would like yours delivered to your door, please contact Pastor Kristen at (224) 628-9128 and she’ll drop one off at your door.

 

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

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WORSHIP SERVICES:

Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

and

Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m.

 


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.

 

 

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

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.


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 –
 
OR

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.

 Bible Studies Available to Download
The pre-conference three session Bible study wrapped up on Oct. 22 Rev Junius Dotson, General Secretary of Discipleship Ministries, led us in each session via Zoom webinar focusing on the Annual Conference’s three strategic goals. These sessions are recorded and are available to download. Click Session One, Two, or Three to watch.
Session One     
https://vimeo.com/464247676
Session Two      https://vimeo.com/466674793
Session Three   https://vimeo.com/472718830
 

Help Children Have a Great Christmas
The holidays are right around the corner and that means it's time for Kids Above All's Holiday Gift Drive! Each year, through the generosity of our faith, community and corporate partners, Kids Above All (formerly ChildServ) helps the children in their programs have a great Christmas. Click here to watch a video and learn more. 

This year's drive runs from November 30 through December 16. For more information or to sponsor a child, contact Deaconess Catherine Inserra at cinserra@kidsaboveall.org or (847) 224-2870.
 
This year's drive runs from November 30 through December 16. For more information or to sponsor a child, contact Deaconess Catherine Inserra at cinserra@kidsaboveall.org or (847) 224-2870.


 

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. This gift can be found on the table in the narthex by the front door for you to take with you as you leave worship on Sundays at 10 a.m. or Wednesdays at 7 p.m. 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. 
 

Past Events:

Click HERE to view past Sermons

Click HERE to view this Sunday's Sermon

Resumed to

in-person Worship Services

on

August 16, 2020

Worship Services are

Sunday mornings at 10a

and on

Wednesday evenings at 7p

Click HERE for the Daily Devotions during 2020 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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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.

The in-person ministries of the church has resumed on

August 16, 2020.

 

Our Boy Scouts and support groups will be able to meet in the church, following CDC guidelines.

 

August 31 begins the Before and After School NEW Program entitled, the

eLearning Community Initiative

Click HERE for more info

New in-Person Worship times are

Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

and

Wednesday Evenings

at

7:00 p.m.

Phone: 708-672-8353

Email: office@creteumc.org

 

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Contact

Phone: 708-672-8353

Email: office@creteumc.org

Church Office Hours:

M-F, 8-1p

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 so happy to meet with you.

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