Weekly Messenger - August 4, 2023

We illuminate our community with God’s grace as we lovingly accept, listen to, and serve all in the Spirit of Jesus.


Where is Justice?

This coming Sunday I’ll begin a series on discovering the call to justice from the prophet Isaiah called, The Shout! The titles and theme of this series comes from a book and study by Rev. Hannah Adair Bonnier called ‘The Shout, Finding the Prophetic Voice in Unexcepted Places’ which came into being after the death of Sandra Bland in 2015.



In Isaiah’s day, God’s people were doing all the right things to be above reproach: they prayed, fasted, made sacrifices and offerings and even repented. But it just seemed like God wasn’t listening to them. In chapter 58, Isaiah challenges God’s people to help them understand that despite their religious practices, they still fight, strike and oppress others. They cry to God, but God wants them to hear the cry of the needy. So in chapter 58, God calls Isaiah to shout loudly and don’t hold back to invite God’s people back to righteous living. 

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"Where is Justice?" Isaiah 58:1-6 (14)

What exactly is justice? Is it jurisprudence? Is it retribution or vengeance? Scriptural justice is more than a theory, topic or system. Justice in Scripture is a whole lifestyle, a distinct orientation toward other people, especially the socially vulnerable. Once we know what justice is we can start to see where there is justice and where there is injustice. Pastor Rob begins this series by orientating us to justice in the Bible. 

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We are so excited for this Sunday’s return to worship in the sanctuary as the new audio-visual equipment is up and ready to go! Enjoy our new and improved screen in front, remote control cameras and audio control setups, including digital mics. Keep abreast of all the latest happenings at UMCG via our new TV monitors found throughout the church!



After the geothermal work and sewer work this past year, we have all been waiting rather impatiently for the ground to settle so we can start landscaping. We have finally been blessed by rain and the landscaping team is working on getting a plan together to hopefully install some plants this fall.

We have contacted a landscaping company that will help us grade and prepare our landscaping for plantings. This will probably be a phased approach so we can find the volunteers and the funding to complete the plan.

If you are interested in helping with any phase of the project, please email Carolyn Burnham


TO: Students of all ages, staff, bus drivers, faculty of any school!  

United Methodist churches around the country participate in an annual tradition of praying for our children — for their success at learning and for their safety — at the beginning of each school year. Please join us during our 9 am worship service on August 20, when we will offer a blessing of the backpacks, invoking God's protection and provision for the new school year. If you can't attend or don't have your bag with you, see the pastor for an individual blessing at another time.



Your Faith and Climate Action

The United Methodist Church is offering some great learning opportunities that we invite anyone in the congregation with the interest to take part in:

Book Study: Loving People and Planet in the Name of God

This brand new Lay Servant Ministries course invites participants to deepen their biblical and theological understanding of God’s call to care for creation and how that connects with other issues of justice in light of Wesleyan tradition and social principles.

Participants will learn how to speak about the climate crisis with love, and take action responding to environmental needs, both personally and with others in their congregations in their own local settings. This study was put together and is facilitated by clergy in the Northern Illinois Conference.

Link to Course: Use promo code “hopefully” to reduce the fee to $30 for the class.

Explore How to Become a UM EarthKeeper

Join other UMs who are leading grassroots environmental projects that are action-oriented, anti-racist, bold, and entrepreneurial.

UM Board of Global Ministries' EarthKeepers training helps people to launch and grow environmental projects in their communities. Topics include eco-theology, anti-racism, community organizing, and project planning.

The next training events take place Oct. 5-8 in Birmingham, Ala.; Denver, Colo.; and Hartford, Conn.

Learn more about it here:

Deadline for application is August 23.

Email Pastor Rob if you are interested in attending.

Webinar: Energy Storage Challenges, Solutions, and Accountability

As the global climate crisis intensifies, we recognize the pressing need to move fast into just and renewable energy sources. However, we also need to address issues of this energy transition such as energy storage challenges, human rights issues and other equity implications in order to ensure the transition is just for all communities. Join us to learn about battery life cycles and energy accessibility challenges as well as ways we can advocate for sustainable solutions that can hold our governments and corporations accountable.  A United Women in Faith event - everyone is welcome to attend.

Date & Time: Aug 16, 2023, 2-3:30pm.

Registration Link Here




UMCG's Caregivers' Support Group will be meeting next Thursday, August 10 at 10 am in the Parlor. This group is a safe place to talk to others who truly understand the sometimes lonely, frightening and confusing road of caregiving.

For additional information, call Nancy Harrington at (630) 232-1229. This group is open to anyone in our community as we truly care for our caregivers.

UMCG has committed to serve meals at Hesed house the 2nd Monday of each month--won't you join us?

Anyone who serves on the dinner crew must be 12 years or older

Volunteer Time: 6:15 pm until about 8:30 pm.

Location: Hesed House, 659 S River St. in Aurora.

If you're interested in volunteering contact Carolyn Sprawka.

Remaining dates in 2023:

August 14

September 11 

October 9

November 13

December 11

Join the Missions Committee at TriCity Family Services Gala

The Missions/Church in Society Committees are purchasing a table to support TriCity Family Services' annual gala on Saturday, September 9 at 6 p.m. at the Q Center in St. Charles.

If you'd like to join the UMCG table, please contact Veronique Saxe, (630) 977-9340 or vdsaxe@comcast.net.

10 spots are open, come and support community mental health!

August needs for the Salvation Army Food Pantry

  • Diapers size 4, 5, and 6
  • Ramen noodles, Spaghettios and canned ravioli
  • Rice-A-Roni
  • Pasta sauce
  • Dry pasta in boxes
  • Toothpaste
  • Hand soap

Any questions about hosting, please email Robbin Lang, robbinlang@ameritech.net


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United Methodist Communications has created a video series The Recap to help us gain a better understanding of what is going on in The United Methodist Church, find inspiration in stories of ministry, and learn how our denomination is transforming the world.

Watch the latest episode here.


UMCG has a hidden page on the website for our church family to access called the Document Center. This includes our committee roster, communications submission forms and in the future, our committee agendas, reports and minutes.
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