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BFVUMC is happy to announce that we will begin in-person worship on Sunday, August 2nd. We understand that many of you may not feel comfortable attending church in person, so the service will continue to be live streamed on Facebook. If you are unable to watch it live, you may watch the taped service on Facebook at a later time.  Whatever way you feel comfortable, we hope you will continue to worship with us.  We will be following state and Northern Illinois Conference recommendations for in…

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Dear Family of Bethany of Fox Valley United Methodist Church,
 
Grace and peace to you all from our almighty God. I hope this letter finds you strong and well in body, mind, and spirit, held close in the comfort of God’s strong Spirit. I am writing to you today to provide some new information regarding our current situation for resuming in-person worship and ministry in the church building.

On May 26, 2020, the Return Team of NIC in consultation with Bishop Sally Dyck and…

During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, access to Holy Communion has been very limited. Even though BFVUMC acknowledges that online communion can be still sacramental, many of you may miss terribly the physical presence of church members incorporated in the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Therefore, Pastor Sam is now on duty to deliver the non-anxious and prayerful presence of God with a pre-packed communion element (Wafer and Juice) to all families of BFVUMC. If you and your whole family…

As is traditional at Bethany, we ask members of the congregation to provide special music for the anthem during the summer services, and this year is no exception. You can play the piano, sing with your family or friends, whatever you like!

One of the great things about remote church is that we can have people provide music for us at any time from anywhere!  It’s actually MORE flexible, so even people who don’t attend regularly or don’t live locally can participate.  If you need help…

As you know, effective Friday, May 1, 2020, all person two years and older are required to wear a face mask over their nose and mouth in public places where they cannot maintain a 6 foot distance.  Face coverings will be required in all public indoor spaces.  With that said the Missions team is reaching out to all church members to help make masks.  The following directions and patterns may make it easy for you to assist.  There are many different kinds of masks that can be made, these are…

While we are keeping one another safe by practicing social distancing through online worship services, please know that your giving is vital to maintain the ministries of the church. You can continue to financially support by giving online through Bethany’s website by selecting Online Giving.

You will see that you have two choices: you can donate via your bank account through our partnership with Vanco, or you can donate via PayPal/…

The Events Committee is sad to state that the Mother/Daughter Banquet scheduled for May 2, 2020 has been postponed due to COVID19.  We thank all those who were working with us to make this year's banquet another successful event.  We hope and pray we can all be together again soon, but will abide by the laws and rules of distancing to keep everyone safe. Stay in touch with each other via phone, letters, social medias, etc.  And please..wash your hands!

No one should go hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic. With school closures, job disruptions, and health risks, many people in our communities have been turning to the food pantry for much-needed support. To support people facing hunger, the pastor’s discretionary fund will be mainly used as the COVID-19 Response Fund. For every $1 donated, the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry will provide $7 worth of food. 


If you want to donate for this matter, you can send a check with “Aurora…

Bethany of Fox Valley UMC will hold a special Charge Conference on April 27 at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the conference is to discuss the terms of our new mortgage on the church building. Since we are in a state of emergency, the District Superintendent is allowing Pastor Sam, as the presiding elder, to lead the Charge Conference. The meeting will be held via Zoom.  See the bulletin PDF for details. At the meeting, the terms of the new loan will be discussed.  Attendees will be able to ask…

   Easter is not cancelled! The days are becoming longer, the snow is gone, the sun is bringing new warmth, and the birds are singing. It is truly the beautiful season of spring that I have been looking forward to with all my heart. However, the order of Shelter in Place is now tentatively extended to April 30th. This means we can’t come together to remember the last supper with communion on Mandy Thursday. It means we can’t come together to remember that tragic night when…

Dear Bethany Congregation,

The coronavirus is impacting our lives in every way from school, store, and library closings to social distancing, the new phrase of the year. In light of the CDC guidelines and in the best interests of the congregation, Bethany of Fox Valley will be closed through the end of March, and there will be no in-person worship services at the church on March 22nd and 29th. At that time, we will reevaluate the situation and determine our next steps.

The…

To the families of Bethany of Fox Valley UMC,
Upon sending you the notice about the COVID-19/coronavirus last Tuesday, I’ve received a good number of questions whether to greet each other with handshakes, whether we should cancel worship and encourage people to simply stay home and pray? What about offerings? What about midweek activities like Dollar Dinner and Lenten Bible Study? Those questions are very valid and real regarding that the coronavirus causes suffering in real lives and…

Youth Mission Trip thru Reach Mission Trips is set for June 21 to 27, 2020. The mission crew will do mission work in Gettysburg, PA. This summer mission trip is designed to help youth ministry succeed focusing on significant home repairs, building Godly relationships and Jesus centered programs. The registration fee is $50 per person. If you are interested, or have questions, please contact Rev. Sam Park at (847)612-7477 or pastorsam@bfvumc.org.

Great Agers will meet on Friday February 14 to celebrate Valentine's Day with salads and sundaes. Bring a sensible salad or other light dish to share for a potluck lunch. We will provide a sundae bar with all the fixings for a delicious Valentine's Day treat. Following lunch, we will play some games including heart bingo. Bring a little gift to share for our fun auction. Place the item in a paper bag so it is a surprise for everyone. Plan to arrive between 11:30 a.m. and noon. We will eat at…

Joint Ash Wednesday Service

The Aurora Cluster will hold a joint Ash Wednesday Service at Wesley UMC, 14 N. May St., in Aurora (parking is off of Galena Ave.) on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7pm. If you have questions, call 630-896-1033.

Fat Tuesday Night of Worship

Flowing Forth UMC is once again hosting our annual Fat Tuesday night of worship on Tuesday, February 25th at 7pm in the Aurora Christian School theater, 2255 Sullivan…

any of Fox Valley UMC would like to extend a warm welcome to our new organist/accompanist, John Kwon!

John is a native of South Korea, and has been a church organist for many years, serving congregations such as Holy Spirit Church, Flushing, NY; Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, NYC; and the Chicago Gospel Presbyterian Church. John is also an accomplished concert pianist, known for his ability to “keep audiences’ attention from beginning to end”.

He has won the Lincoln…

This year’s annual Winter Warming gathering will be held at Community United Methodist Church in Naperville (20 North Center Street, Naperville) on Saturday, January 18 beginning at 9:30 am. The Winter Warming gathering is for people who believe ALL means ALL in the UMC. Registration is available online at www.nicreconciling.org and click on the Winter Warming tab. The cost is $25 for most registrants and $12 for students.

Titled “Trailblazing: The New United Methodism,” speakers…

Great Agers will meet for a potluck lunch and a time of fellowship on January 10. Bring your own table service and a dish to pass. The main dish and beverage will be provided. Plan to arrive between 11:30 a.m. and noon. Lunch will be at noon. Sign up in the narthex if you plan to attend. In case of bad weather, call the church office to make sure we are meeting. Hope to see everyone.

Join us for Christmas Eve service at 7pm on Tuesday, December 24th.  

Our annual cookie walk is December 7 at 9:00am at the church.  Come early as we sell out quickly.  

Loss can take many shapes in our lives; the loss of a significant relationship, the loss of our sense of purpose, the loss of employment, perhaps the loss of our health or that of a loved one, and even the loss of an aspiration or dream. If you or someone you know is finding Christmas to be a difficult time, Bethany of Fox Valley United Methodist Church invites you to our 2019 Blue Christmas service in the sanctuary on Thursday, December 5th at 7:00pm.

Many people feel out of step…

Join us for our annual Hanging of the Greens at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 24. We will be putting up garland, hanging lights, putting out candles and getting everything ready for Advent which begins December Everyone is welcome to join in the fun from 3 until 5 p.m. Then at 5:00pm, we will all head to the back for a chili cook-off, hot dogs, chips and soda. We need your discerning tastebuds to help up choose this year's cookoff winner. Sign up in the narthex if you plan to attend. Hope to…

Fall FUNDrive to cover Maintenance and Property Improvements—

We’ve had so much success with past clothing drives, we’ve decided to host another one. Clothes and other items will be accepted through Sunday, Dec. 15 If you have any questions, please contact Karen in the office, 630-851-8010, or Susanna Brandon.

Attention: Due to RAIN predicted for Saturday October 26, the date is changed to Sunday, October 27th at 4-5pm.

Our trunks will be decorated & filled with treats & candy for all enjoy. We also have activities, games, prizes and hot drinks. So, put on your costumes & join us for some family fun!

If you are interested in hosting a trunk at the event, please contact the church office at 630.851.8010 or info@bfvumc.org for details and to sign up.