What’s Happening To the Methodist Church? Part 5

Scott Field, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Crystal Lake, recently re-branded “First Church,” next moved on to the impact the late February St. Louis international convention would have on Crystal Lake. First he told a little of … Continue reading

What’s Happening To the Methodist Church? Part 4

Questions and and answers were the next order of business for Scott Field, the minister of the First United Methodist Church of Crystal Lake. I asked why we were sending any money to the Northern Illinois Conference. Part of Field’s … Continue reading

What’s Happening To the Methodist Church? Part 3

Crystal Lake First United Methodist Church Pastor Scott Field explained some of the background of the Methodist Church. It comes from an evangelical theology in which the United Methodist Church requires a three-fourths vote of the membership is required to … Continue reading

What’s Happening To the Methodist Church? Part 2

The United Methodist Church is what is called a “connectional”  church. For starters, that means all churches follow the same standards. Secondly, under the current Church Discipline, Crystal Lake Methodist Pastor Scott Field said, “If I were in a same … Continue reading

What’s Happening To the Methodist Church? Part 1

During the third week of February next year there will be headlines concerning what Methodists do at a special conference in St. Louis. A fight has been going on since 1972 in the church about homosexuality. At issue is whether … Continue reading

Trunk or Treat with a Fire Engine at First Church Sunday Afternoon

First Church, located at the corner of Dole and West Crystal Lake Avenues, is holding an event for kids Sunday afternoon. It’s a Trunk or Treat event at which candidate and other goodies will be available. There will even be … Continue reading

First Church Buddy Break Gives Three Hours of Free Time to Parents of Special Needs Kids, Volunteers Needed

If you are a parent of a special needs child, you know how much energy it takes to care for them each day. If you aren’t, as my family isn’t, one can only imagine how worn out one is when … Continue reading

Free Food Friday and Saturday in Crystal Lake

Friday at the Nunda Township Hall, the First United Methodist Church of Crystal Lake will distribute food from local Jewel Food Stores and the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The order of distribution is randomly drawn, so arriving early is not … Continue reading

Volunteers Sought to Help Build Nine Habitat for Humanity Homes in Crystal Lake

Doing organization work for the building of nine Habitat for Humanity homes on and near McHenry Avenue in Crystal Lake is the First Methodist Church of Crystal Lake, now being called “First Church.” From the church newsletter, here’s how to … Continue reading

Free Food Friday Switces From Nunda Township Hall to Bethany Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake This Friday

The First United Methodist Church distributes free food Fridays at the Nunda Township Hall. Because that is a polling place next Tuesday, the location is being changed to the Bethany Lutheran Church on West Crystal Lake Avenue where it intersects … Continue reading

Santa Claus Is Not a Name on John Reinert’s Senate Petition

Have to admit I misunderstood the email that McHenry County Board member and State Senate candidate Craig Wilcox sent out describing what happened on the second day of opponent John Reinert signature checking in Springfield. I thought Wilcox was saying … Continue reading

Message of the Day – A Tee Shirt

Found this being worn by Deb Health, the leader of the First Methodist Church of Crystal Lake’s Food Ministry every Friday (come at noon for free food) at the Nunda Township Hall: Heath explained that God fills our glasses every … Continue reading

Alcoholics Anonymous Celebrates 70th Anniversary at First United Methodist Church of Crystal Lake

When I heard my minister Scott Field talk about a 70th anniversary, I immediately thought of the one our family just celebrated of my in-laws wedding. My father-in-law, Vince Giangrasso, has since died, so the mention of a 70th anniversary … Continue reading

Health Services for Kids without Private Health Insurance Thursday at First Church in Crystal Lake

Concurrent with its Rummage Sale, the First United Methodist Church is hosting the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile this Thursday at the corner of West Crystal Lake and Dole Avenues. From 9-4, kids without private health insurance will be provided free … Continue reading