1600 W. Schaumburg Rd,  Schaumburg, IL 60194   Tel: (847) 882-6116


The General Conference and the Methodists

Two significant events are happening within the life of our church. In May 10-26, 2016, the General Conference will convene in Portland, Oregon to celebrate, re-define mission, and affirm our call "To go therefore and make disciples of all.." (Matthew 28:19) The General Conference brings together the people called "Methodist". Another date to bear in mind is May 24. Every year, we lift up "Aldersgate Sunday" to remind us of the experience of John Wesley. In 1738, he re- turned from the mission field in America, heart broke and seeking new directions for minis- try to all. It was at this event in a fellowship meeting that his "heart was strangely warmed." According to his journal, "I felt I did trust in Christ. Christ alone, for salvation.."

Who are the people called Methodists? Where did we get the "United" in Methodist?" Originally, the term "Methodist" was a label attached to a group of students who formed a "holy club" in
London during the time of Charles and John Wesley. (Charles Wesley composed many beautiful hymns that are familiar to many.) The "Methodists" followed a pattern of daily spiritual discipline and commitment to serve the poor and the outcasts. Many years later, in the United States, Pastor Boehm and Pastor Otterbein embraced saying "Wir sind Bruder!" (we are brethren!). The followers of the Brethren were influenced by the theology of Wesley. The Brethren united with another movement and finally because of shared vision, formed "The United Methodist Church."

Here is an excerpt from Garrison Keillor "A Prairie Home Companion" on the Methodists:
We make fun of Methodists for their blandness, their excessive calm, their fear of giving offense, their lack of speed, and also for their secret fondness for macaroni and cheese.
But nobody sings like them. Many Methodists are bred from childhood to sing in four-part harmony, a talent that comes from sitting on the lap of someone singing alto or tenor or bass and hearing the harmonic intervals by putting your little head against that person' s rib cage. It's natural for Methodists to sing in harmony. We are too modest to be soloists, too worldly to sing in unison. When you're singing in the key of C and you slide into the A7th and D7th chords, all two hundred of you, it's an emotionally fulfilling moment. By our joining in harmony, we somehow promise that we will not forsake each other .

I do believe this: People, these Methodists, who love to sing in four-part harmony are the sort of people you can call up when you' re in deep distress.

* If you're dying, they will comfort you.
* If you are lonely, they'll talk to you.
* Methodists believe in prayer, but would practically die if asked to pray out loud.
* Methodists like to sing, except when confronted with a new hymn or a hymn with more than four stanzas.
* Methodists believe their pastors will visit them in the hospital, even if they don't notify them that they are there.
* Methodists usually follow the official liturgy and will feel it is their way of suffering for their sins.
* Methodists believe in miracles and even expect miracles, especially during their stewardship visitation programs or when passing the plate.
* Methodists think that the Bible forbids them from crossing the aisle while passing the peace.
* Methodists drink coffee as if it were the Third Sacrament.
* Methodists believe that it is OK to poke fun at themselves and never take themselves too seriously. And finally, You know you are a Methodist when: it' s 100 degrees, with 90% humidity, and you still have coffee after the service.

There you go. " A people called Methodists" here at Our Redeemer's. Together we serve in our diversity. And together we continue to flourish by the grace of God alone.

Rev. Romir R. Esguerra

Our Food Pantry

The Schaumburg Food Pantry and Our Redeemer's Food Pantry are running low on needed supplies. Please remember those in need when you shop, and buy something extra for the pantry.

We deliver contributions to the Schaumburg Food Pantry and keep some on hand for our own pantry. Bring contributions and place them in the Pantry Wagon in the North Hall. Please also donate to the Pastor's discretionary fund.




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