Breaking News

As we navigate these unprecedented times, Christ UMC has made and will continue to make plans for alternate ways to be the church.  Our goal is social distance without spiritual distance.  On this page you will find the latest information to connect with your church family. If you need further information, contact



You are invited to have a candle handy as you prepare to worship.

There will be an opportunity to light candles together at the beginning of the service.

Join us for video worship each Sunday. Click here to see the latest videos. Every Sunday you may download a new worship video, using our website  or the church’s Facebook page.  You may watch it anytime on Sunday and beyond OR you may choose to watch it on Facebook. Click here for Facebook page.


To see the latest document on guidelines for re-opening, 

from our Christ UMC Re-Opening Task Force, click here.

To see a Frequently Asked Questions letter from Pastor Jane about returning to in-person worship and other information about CUMC's response to the COVID-19 pandemic,

please click here.



Job Opening for Accounting Manager

We are sorry to tell you that Robin Roegner, our Accounting Manager, has resigned from her position due to family obligations.  We have begun the process to find a successor for this position . Note:. Robin is still on our staff and will remain until a successor is found and will train that person. This is a half time position. Applicants don't need to be a church member or a CPA.   If you or someone you know might be interested in applying, see the job description posted on our website. If you have questions or want to apply, call Shane Schiro at the church office, 815-399-5910,  or email Click here to see the job description.

Christmas Angel Project Video

Click here to see a video about preparations for this year's Christmas Angel Project to provide more than 230 gifts to people in our community.

Covid Help (Housing and Economic Loss Prevention) Illinois

Free Legal Assistance for people under stress because of Covid

COVID Help's virtual legal assistance will provide users with accurate and reliable legal information, direct them to appropriate legal resources, and connect them with legal aid options in their area. They will address the most common issues Illinoisans have faced during the pandemic:

Personal debt and bankruptcy

Housing (landlord/tenant, eviction and foreclosure)



Wills, estates and guardianship

Click here to go to the Covid Help Illinois website.

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.


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


Bridge to Hope CUMC Depression Support Group

The depression support group at CUMC, Bridge To Hope, will meet the second and fourth Sundays of the month.  Meetings are at 2:00 p.m.  Currently we are meeting via Zoom.  If you are depressed, we offer a nonjudgmental place to express your feelings, and offer fellowship with caring people who understand depression.  We know how hard the pandemic is.  We focus on the body-mind-spirit connection.  For more information, contact Deb Whinnery at  I will need first name, phone, and email information to participate.  I can help you get started on Zoom.  Please join us!



Do you need help with errands?

If anyone needs help with errands, please contact the church office, at 815/399-5910 or, and our staff can connect you to persons who can help.

Mid-Week Meditations with Pastor Dee

Pastor Dee offers mid-week meditations on  Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. on our church’s Facebook page.  You may join her live at that time or anytime that is convenient for you.

Click here for Facebook page.