Local Mission Partner Updates:

The food pantry is an essential service and must continue operations throughout this time period. 

FISH has moved to a no-touch system in which clients sign-in outside the front door and wait in their cars until they are called on their cell phone to drive up to the side door and receive their pre-packed boxes.  Between 8 and 10 a.m., volunteers fill the boxes according to a fixed list.  There is a second box for larger households. 

How can I help?

  1.  If you are young and have no underlying conditions and live in a household where no one is a vulnerable individual, consider going to the FISH website (https://www.fish-food-pantry.org/volunteer) and signing up to be a reserve volunteer – saying that you could be called to come in if they need you to help pack.
  2. Make a monetary donation so that FISH (or another local food pantry) can purchase food from the Northern Illinois Food Bank.  Normally food banks rely on donations from local grocery stores, but when store shelves are emptied as they are now, the stores have little to send.
  3. If you prefer to shop (or clean a closet or two), please provide hygiene items – soap, shampoo, toothpaste and brushes, wipes and diapers.  These items are essential and not available from the Food Bank.  Drop items off at the side door on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 8 and 10 a.m. or at Barrington UMC, where we have moved our Food Pantry donation bins outside onto the portico so that you can safely drop items off at any time.  We will make sure they are delivered to FISH during their business hours.
Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Elgin provides safe shelter, comprehensive case management and advocacy to homeless men, women and families in northern Kane County and Hanover and Dundee Townships. 

PADS of Elgin has its own dedicated space and has notified us that they have changed their procedures to stay open 24/7 during this time period.  They are relying on everyone who has committed to provide a meal to provide it, but volunteers will no longer enter the shelter.  A staff member will meet you at the door to receive any deliveries. 
How can I help?
PADS has put out a request for hand soap, washcloths, 8-ounce cups and paper bowls. Additional food, especially for snacking, would always be welcome.  A general needs list can be found at:  https://www.padsofelgin.org/needs 

The Crisis Center is a 40-bed emergency shelter for women and their children. 

How can I help?

  1. Please be in prayer for anyone in an abusive relationship during this time.  Anxiety and stress are often triggers for abuse.   Please pray for the abuser as well as for the victims.  And, if you have a relationship with any domestic violence shelter, please check in to see what they need.
  2. The Crisis Center has asked for diapers (the largest size is generally preferable) and hygiene items including those specifically for women.   There is never access to this facility, call the receptionist and let them know that you are there to drop off items at the front door.  A list of their greatest needs can be found at: https://www.crisiscenter.org/pdfs/GreatestNeeds.pdf

ChildServ maintains three group homes in DuPage County.  The teens living there are out of school and in need of healthy distractions. The team has requested any of the following:

Taboo, Pictionary, Apples to Apples, 5 Second Rule, Connect 4, Paint, Paint brushes (various sizes), Canvases, Sponges, Kits for making bracelets, and Beads

They can be shipped directly to:
1260 Iroquois, Suite 102
Naperville, IL 60563
ATTN: Shenekia Stimage

Lenten Spiritual Disciplines ~ Forty Days of Giving

There is a tradition at First to collect one item each day to donate to our mission partners.  Hygiene items for FISH, socks for PADS, kids toothbrushes for Spirit Lake, labels for education for Red Bird—all good choices.  Our building is currently closed, but we will celebrate these gifts when we can safely re-open OR you can arrange to drop your gifts safely with some of our local mission partners, contact our Mission Chair for help.


The NOISY OFFERING for March and April will go to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

Please use your UMCOR Pence Boxes to collect your change at home.  We look forward to combining our gifts.

Founded in 1940, UMCOR is the global humanitarian aid organization of the United Methodist Church. It works in more than 80 countries worldwide, including the United States. Its mission is to alleviate human suffering – whether caused by war, conflict or natural disaster, with open hearts and minds to all people. UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters that are interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. UMCOR works through programs that address hunger, poverty, sustainable agriculture, international and domestic emergencies, refugee and immigrant concerns, global health issues, and transitional development.


Blood Drive

Thank you to all who donated on Saturday, March 7.  Remember that you can sign up online to give blood with safe social distancing procedures. The process for whole blood donation usually takes about one hour.  The blood collection itself usually takes about ten minutes.  Sign up here

~If you have baked Cookies for Kairos, know that they will be used! Please keep them in your freezer until our building is reopened. And, thank you!
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CARPENTERSVILLE COMMUNITY MEAL  is on the 3rd Saturday of every month.  Join us on when meals can safely resume between 4:30 and 6:30 at Trinity Center, 1647 Ravine Lane, Carpentersville.