Gleaning Hope - Ruth & Naomi

This week it's part 2 of the story of Ruth & Naomi. We ended last Sunday with Naomi just arriving back home, much different than when she left. She is so different than she changes her name to Mara (bitter) because life has been bitter to her.

What does a bitter person do after so much has gone wrong? There is a term from harvesting grain called "gleaning." When harvesters go through a field of grain, they often get the easiest, tallest grain to harvest. However, some is left behind or missed in that first run-through. In the Bible, that left behind part was meant for those who were hungry so that they could gather it in a process called "gleaning."

The question our scripture presents to us this week is how does Naomi glean hope, especially through the person of Ruth?

Join us as we talk about gleaning hope.

Sunday, May 21st, 10am

Rev. Michael Mann will be preaching.

Scripture: Ruth 2:1-12

The 10am service will be both in-person and online

(streaming to both YouTube AND Facebook). 

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Lilac Parade Updates


Road Closures

Roads around our church will close at 1pm. If you plan to be in or around our church, please plan to be parked by 1pm. If you plan to leave before 4pm, you might want to park as far away as St. Charles Road or in our parking lot. Click here for a map of the road closures.



Speaking of parking, the Men’s Fellowship along with Trustees will be opening our lot up to anyone who would like to park at our church for the parade. They are asking for a donation of $10 from each car. After church, if you do not plan to stay for the Lilac Parade, could you kindly allow another car to use the parking space during that time? Cars will likely begin to gather by noon.



The Village of Lombard will install bleachers along Main Street and across the street from our church for those who are handicapped or who cannot stand for long. You can also bring chairs.


Step off

Step off for the parade will be around 1:30 at Glenbard North High School and proceed north, turning at Maple Street right in front of our church.

Want to march in the parade?

First Church United Church of Christ across the street from us is marching in parade. They have invited us to march along with them as they present a message of inclusion and grace for all of God’s people. Gathering is at 12:30pm to be in place in time for step off. We will be carrying and handing out lilac pinwheels to celebrate joy. Let Pastor Michael know if you can attend by emailing

If you’re still looking for fun, keep these events in mind.  

Sign-ups are ongoing.

Fiesta Luau

Saturday, June 10

Brews with the Band

Saturday, August 19

Kids First Family Fun Day

Sunday, August 27 after church

Under the Big Roof Top at Glendale Heights Oktoberfest

Friday, September 22 after 6pm

Oktoberfest at FUMC

Sunday, October 1 after church


Total Raised so far for mission: $22,500!!



by Prof. Amy-Jill Levine

Sunday Morning Christian Education 8:30 am in the library. We offer a video and discussion as we hear about some of the most difficult sayings Jesus offers us. This Sunday will be our last gathering of this spring.

Counters Needed

Do you like math? Can you count? We could use TWO more counters to help us be able to count and deposit the generous gifts that are given on Sundays. Please let Holly Linneweh or Jordan Heimann know by emailing

Women's Book Group -

Monday, May 29th, 7pm

The Women's Book Group will meet on Monday, May 29th at 7pm to discuss A Map for the Missing by Belinda Huijuan Tang

 Week at a Glance

Sunday, May 21st Lilac Parade

8:30 am   Sunday School

10:00 am  Worship and children's church

Audio: Tom            Acolyte: Sam


Monday, May 22nd

6:30 pm    Staff meeting


Tuesday, May 23rd

6:30 pm    Church Council


Thursday, May 25th

9:30 am    Senior Friends

6:30 pm    SPRC


Sunday, May 28th Pentecost – Wear Red!

10:00 am Worship and children's church

Audio: Michelle      Acolyte: Ella

Online Suggestion Box for Trustees

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Become and Acolyte

Acolytes bring in the light of Christ each Sunday morning, reminding us that Christ's light is always with us. Children are accompanied by an adult to help them as they perform this essential part of worship. To sign up your child or loved one, email Pam Lohman.

In our Prayers Today:

The family of Colin Gray; Owen Niziolek; Mary Hurt; Megan Fanning; Pat Baker; Ken Schmidt; Tom Hayes; Ellen Wolatz; Wolfgang Beyer; Diethard Beyer; the family of Dick Bernhardt; Sandy Wright’s brother Lee Wright

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