CRETE UMC WORSHIP SERVICES AND IN CHURCH GATHERINGS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Return Leadership Team: We’ve been looking forward to the time when in-person worship will reopen. To that end, a Return Leadership Team has been created and has been meeting weekly to coordinate the logistics to meet CDC guidelines for in-person gatherings. We are not ready to reopen the church yet, but we’re getting closer. Our first priority is always to keep one another safe. We care deeply for you, and we are committed to doing all we can for each other’s health and safety. The Team will be communicating to you in every way possible as we get closer to the time when we will be gathered together again.
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.
It is with great sadness to inform you that Agnes Berbig has died. Please pray for Agnes' family and friends and all who loved her. Agnes was a member of this church for many years. We give thanks to God for her life, and the blessing she was in the life of this church. Visitation & Service Friday, June 19th, from 10AM until time of service at 11AM at the Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois. Internment: Skyline Memorial Park, Monee, Illinois. Info: (708) 672-7600.
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 for delivery. Also, please give your phone number if you’d like to know when she’s coming
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.
Watch Video: https://vimeo.com/423266183
Information from the Northern Illinois Conference - ReTurn Team:
Click HERE for more info: http://www.umcnic.org/returnteam
Click HERE to WATCH the recorded meeting on May 29, 2020
As we begin looking forward to a time when in-person worship will reopen, please look at this video from the First United Methodist of Covington, TN. It's a great tutorial on keeping each other healthy when we begin gathering together again. You will see the video if you click your mouse here: https://www.facebook.com/FUMCCovington/videos/731855024227648/
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. 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.
From Donna Allen:
“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.”
Mission Flower Sale
The Flower Sale made a little over $100.00. We had 6 orders.
Easter orders will be delayed till the first Sunday of re-opening. Any questions, please contact Crete UMC at
Annual Conference Postponed to November
The Annual Conference Committee has announced the 2020 Northern Illinois Annual Conference session will be held virtually Saturday, November 14, 2020.
The Clergy Session will be held June 29 from 10 am - 12 noon via a Zoom video conference meeting.
The AC Worship Committee is evaluating new and creative ways to hold the opening, memorial, retirement and closing services. Ordination service plans are under review.
More updates are coming and for the latest news:
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
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.