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Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This afternoon, J.B. Pritzker, the Illinois Governor, has announced an order for Shelter in Place requiring residents to stay at home starting at 5:00pm, March 21 for 17 days at least. It is very stressful news because this order will create an enormous pain to our family and friends in light of the spiritual, emotional and financial well-being. I believe, however, that he is fulfilling his tough duty to protect all of us throughout a reasonable and…

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.


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

Save the date! This year’s Mother and Daughter Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, May 2 so be sure to circle the date on your calendar. More details to follow in the coming weeks!

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 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.  

Join us for good eats and great fellowship after the 9am service on the last Sunday of the month!

Donations of coffeecake, fruit, casseroles, etc. are encouraged as is help cleaning up afterwards.

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 for details and to sign up.

It is fall, y'all which means it is time for Great Ager's Halloween celebration. Join us on October 11 for a baked potato bar lunch followed by fun and games. The spuds and beverages will be provided so bring your favorite potato topper (think butter, sour cream, creamed broccoli, chili and beyond) and your own table service. Following lunch, Pat and Judy will tell a spooky story and play some fun games including ghost bingo. Bring a white elephant gift in a paper bag is you have one to…

Do you enjoy the sounds of music in Bethany’s sanctuary on a Sunday morning? You can be part of that! It’s easy and you don’t need to be able to read music to join any of our musical groups!

  • Chancel Choir meets on Wednesday evenings at 7pm in the Sanctuary. You get to wear cool blue robes when you sing in church on Sunday! The Chancel Choir performs most Sundays from September through June.  Jason Dornink is the choir director.
  • Our Children’s Choir meets after Sunday…

Bethany is seeking applicants for the part-time position of Organist/ Accompanist. A full job description is available upon request. Interested applicants should contact Amy Underwood, BFVUMC Staff-Parish Relations Committee Co-chair, at or contact the church office at 630-851-8010 for more information.

Great Agers will start meeting again on Friday, September 13, at 11:30am in Bethany’s Fellowship Hall. Bring a dish to share and your own table service. The main dish and beverage will be provided. Following lunch, Marilee Foltz and Becky Tatar, two area musicians, will be singing some golden oldees for us. We hope to see everyone after the long summer break. If you have questions, please contact Judy Buchenot at 630-820-0095.

Sunday school for children in kindergarten through 12th grade will resume on Sunday September 8.  Come learn about God and your role in God's world!

As of August 22, 2019, the NEW parking lot is completed! The church building will be officially opened on Saturday, August 24 in the early morning.

This parking lot is so much more than concrete and tar. For the church, it is a visible blessing from God how God leads the congregation into a comeback. For the congregation, it is also a touchable representation of how each congregant has been faithful and generous throughout 18 months of fundraising which is being overflown. It has…