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Pre-registration No Longer Necessary for In-Person Indoor Worship at Both Centers

For May 30 and June 6 in-person indoor worship, we are in the Bridge Phase of Guidelines for the State of Illinois. The following changes are now in effect for our indoor worship services:

1. No need to have your temperature taken.
2. Pre-registration is not necessary at either Center but you will be asked to sign in as you enter for attendance purposes.
3. There is no limit as to how many times per month you may attend worship.
4. There are no longer capacity limits for bathrooms.
5. During the Bridge Phase, face masks are required for indoor worship and other events, even if you're fully vaccinated.
6. You are asked to sit three feet apart from other household groups in your pews.
7. Ushers will no longer seat or dismiss worshipers- you may sit where you wish. If you want more space in worship, you may feel more comfortable sitting up front.
8. Seating is available in every other pew.
9. At Alpine Center, please enter the Sanctuary through the center door but you may exit as you wish.

NOTE: If you have already pre-registered for May 30, the ushers will have a list with your name on it.

The CUMC Re-opening Task Force will meet again on June 10 to make recommendations for our church in case the State of Illinois guidelines for Stage 5 go into effect on June 11.

Call the church office at 815-399-5910 with any questions.

The Church Office Will Reopen on Tuesday, June 1

2021 Summer Office Hours
Monday: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday: Noon – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – noon
Other hours available by appointment.

We’re pleased to announce that the church office will be reopening on June 1. Generally, Donna Riha will be on duty during office hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Kathy Wight will be on duty on Wednesday and Thursday during office hours. Linda Kuntz will be in the church office on Monday and Wednesday, noon-5:00 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00-5:00 p.m. Hours are subject to change. If you need to see a specific staff member, it’s best to set up an appointment ahead of time since staff schedules vary. Phones will be answered during office hours but will be monitored outside of office hours on weekdays.  In the event of an emergency on nights and weekends, you can call the pastors’ emergency phone at 815-988-6003.

Outdoor 8:30 a.m. Casual Services Starting June 6
Bring a Lawn Chair and Gather in the Alpine Courtyard
Each Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
*No pre-registration required (we will collect sign ins when you arrive)
*Masks optional
*Preaching, prayers, and communion every week.

In the event of rain, the service will be canceled. Notice of canceled services will be posted on our website at at 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning. We will continue to have indoor services (registration required) at Our Master’s Center at 9:30 a.m. and Alpine Center at 10 a.m.


Alpine Service will also be livestreamed on our website:

Alpine Services will be recorded and available on our website after the livestreamed

service ends around 11:00 a.m. to watch at any time

and also on our Facebook page:


Children's and Family Ministries Information

Contact Joy Hayag at for more information. Click on the link below for the latest information about activities and worship for children and families.

Click here to go the children’s ministry page.

Mark Your Calendar for Vacation Bible School Outside

June 28-July 2 at Alpine Center - Register Now!

Masks required – social distancing will be practiced. Volunteers to help are needed. Please call the church office at 815-399-5910 or email You can register your children now on our website: Then scroll down and click on the registration link under the VBS announcement for 2021: Discovery on Adventure Island.



How to reach our office

Although the church office is physically closed, our hearts are open. Feel free to contact staff directly, or leave a message on the church phone (815-399-5910) or at  For pastoral emergencies, call 815-310-5802.


Watch your email for special Christ UMC eblasts, enews and prayer lists

Special updates will be sent out to you as needed. The weekly enews will usually  be sent out on Thursdays. A prayer list will be sent out on Wednesdays, so that we can continue to hold one another in prayer.  Note:  Please check your spam folders if you don’t see these in your inbox. Our email platform, Mailchimp, will sometimes be recognized as spam, depending on your computer’s security setting.  If you don’t get the eblasts, please notify us at

The Flame

Our monthly newsletter, The Flame, will continue to be produced and sent out on our regular schedule. Everyone who has an email address will receive a copy of the Flame by email each month.Those who get a paper copy will still get their paper copy mailed to them.  

Pictures for "What You Been Up To?" for Online Church Services

You may send in your pictures for the weekly "What you been up to?" wiith a small caption of what's going on in the picture to



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