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

Kairos – Prison Ministry that Changes Lives

“God says, ‘If you don’t love your brother, you don’t know me.’” That was part of what Bud Gregory of Kairos Prison Ministry of Illinois had to tell of his weekend experiences at Stateville participating in four-day weekend retreats for prisoners. … Continue reading

The Big Bangs

University of Chicago doctoral student Tyler Natoli spoke to the United Methodist Men of the First United Methodist Church of Crystal Lake Saturday morning about his stay in Antarctica. He has just returned. He is part of the team that … Continue reading

London Boyhood Memories of World War II from a Crystal Lake Resident – 8

Today we conclude the memories of John Kinsley’s boyhood in London during World War II. He told them to the United Methodist Men at the First United Methodist Church of Crystal Lake. Down London Memory Lane with John Kinsley In … Continue reading

London Boyhood Memories of World War II from a Crystal Lake Resident – 7

Today we continue the London wartime memories of Crystal Laker John Kinsley. He spoke at the First United Methodist Church to the Methodist Men’s breakfast the first Saturday of October. Down London Memory Lane with John Kinsley The American Air … Continue reading

London Boyhood Memories of World War II from a Crystal Lake Resident – 6

The First United Methodist Church’s Methodist Men were treated to the memories of John Kinsley, who lived in London during World War II. Down London Memory Lane with John Kinsley During the Blitz my two brothers and I slept under … Continue reading

London Boyhood Memories of World War II from a Crystal Lake Resident – 5

We continue sharing the memories of Crystal Laker John Kinsley about his growing up in London during World War II. He was ten when the war started and sixteen when it ended. Kingsley spoke to the Methodist Men at last … Continue reading

London Boyhood Memories of World War II from a Crystal Lake Resident – 4

Today is the fourth installment of what Crystal Lake resident John Kinsley remembers from growing up in London during World War II. Born in 1928, Kingsley was aged 10-16 during the war. Down London Memory Lane with John Kinsley In … Continue reading

London Boyhood Memories of World War II from a Crystal Lake Resident – 3

Crystal Lake’s John Kinsley shared his memories of growing in London during World War II with the Methodist Men of the First Methodist Church of Crystal Lake last Saturday morning. This is the third installment of what he said. Down … Continue reading

London Boyhood Memories of World War II from a Crystal Lake Resident – 2

Crystal Lake resident John Kinsley, born in London in 1928, shared his memories of World War II with the United Methodist Men of the First United Methodist Church of Crystal Lake on Saturday morning. He was aged 10-16 during the … Continue reading

London Boyhood Memories of World War II from a Crystal Lake Resident – 1

Saturday morning a well-attended breakfast of the United Methodist Men heard Crystal Lake resident John Kinsley talk about his memories of World War II. Kingsley was born in 1928.  He was 10 in 1939, when the war started, and 16 … Continue reading

Message of the Day – Haze

Driving to the First United Methodist Church of Crystal Lake’s Methodist Men’s breakfast, I saw a sight I have seen before. Sunlight shining through the haze on Lake Avenue in Lakewood. Maybe you would call it fog. In any event, … Continue reading

Care-A-Vanners Help Habitat for Humanity

The United Methodist Men the Saturday before last were blessed with not one, but two speakers on Habitat for Humanity. The first was retired First Congregational Church of Huntley Pastor Ronald Woodruff. He talked about the organization’s efforts in McHenry … Continue reading

Care-A-Vanners Help Habitat for Humanity

The United Methodist Men the Saturday before last were blessed with not one, but two speakers on Habitat for Humanity. The first was retired First Congregational Church of Huntley Pastor Ronald Woodruff. He talked about the organization’s efforts in McHenry … Continue reading