The United Methodist Church Of Plano
 
 
Renewing hearts and minds through the proclamation of God’s Word

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Look forward to seeing you in person if you are participating in Sunday worship, otherwise join us live on Facebook Sunday 10 am.
 

Theme for 2021

Amplify the Word of God in our Lives.

We are surrounded by noise, work, family, school, politics, covid, illness, even the noise of isolation drowns out the still small voice of God.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: We believe that our community, now more than ever, needs the church of Jesus Christ, however we also recognize our responsibility to help keep our community safe and healthy. 
 
It’s during challenging times that we have the opportunity to walk by faith. Pray for Gods peace, comfort and protection.
 
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation.  But take heart; I have overcome the world.John 16:33
Pastors Pen
 
Recently I was reminded how easy it is for me to fall into bad habits, to lose my edge, to drop my guard. When a person has been in a situation or state of mind for an extended period of time good habits can fall away as the brain adapts to the “new normal”. This reality became clear to me while driving on Rt 34 through Oswego. Since March of 2020 my brain has been in “low traffic mode” meaning a serious reduction in the number of cars on the road which translated into lazy driving habits. These habits if left unaddressed could lead to disaster. The same is true for us spiritually and emotionally.

For the past fourteen months many of us have been in a “duck and cover” mode of living. Our minds and emotions became engulfed by coronavirus, violence in the streets, medical issues, relational strife etc. During these times of extended duress our minds and thought processes begin to change. We begin to focus on the issue instead of focusing on Jesus and His Word. We are not alone, the Apostle Peter experienced this at times. One such instance happened while Peter and the disciples were in a boat rowing through a storm. Peter and the others were so laser focused on the storm (rightfully so) that they almost missed Jesus. Well, they did miss Him, they mistook Jesus for a ghost.
 
After Jesus tells them not to be afraid; Peter cries out “Lord, if it’s You, command me to come to You on the water.” “Come” Jesus said…” Matt. 14:28-29. Many of us have walked through water but only Christ Jesus and Peter have ever walked on water! Imagine the feeling of the water on the bottom of your feet but not sinking. Think of Peter’s emotions and spiritual high so to speak, he is walking toward the Savior on water! Could life get any better? Unfortunately, we know what happens next. Peter falls into bad habits and sees the storm over the power of Jesus, he took his eyes off the Creator of the storm, began to sink and then was rescued by Jesus.

While driving that day I glanced at a used car lot for a split second, ok maybe two seconds, when I turned my eyes back to the road the car in front of me was stopped. Thankfully I had not lost all of my good driving habits as I still had plenty of time to react avoiding an accident. That was a wakeup call for me. I hope we can come out from under the cloud of despair swinging, laser focused on Jesus and the promises in His Word. Together, lets regain our edge.

Pastor Steve
 

Contact Us

The United Methodist Church of Plano
219 N Hale Street (corner of Clark and Hale)
Plano, Illinois 60545
Phone: 630.552.3700
Email: office@umcplano.org
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Our Staff

Stevan Saunders, Pastor | pastor@umcplano.org
Admin | office@umcplano.org

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DISCIPLESHIP

RightNow Media

This is a Christian company that has a passion for Christian discipleship, through using digital Bible studies and conferences. They have an enormous library of solid theologically sound content for all ages. We are connected with RightNow Media. Our church pays a monthly fee which allows us to give access at no cost to our congregants who set up an account. To set up an account with RightNow Media either text RIGHTNOW UMCPLANO to 41411 or go to this page to get access. 
 

Easter 2021 – J.D. Greear

The resurrection is the most important moment in history, but it is more than an event we remember on Easter Sunday. Join pastor J.D. Greear as he takes a deeper look at Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection in the Gospel of Matthew, revealing the ways we should see ourselves in Jesus’s story.
 
Jesus died for us so that he could be alive in us today. Easter changes everything.
https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/477705
 
 

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Advent 2020 – A Savior is Born – Pete Briscoe

Has Christmas lost its significance?
It’s one of the most familiar stories in human history: the birth of Jesus in a lowly manger in Bethlehem. A Savior, which is Christ the Lord. Yet, how can we prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of our Savior in our frantic, consumer-driven society? How do we make sure the Christmas holiday remains a Holy Day?
In each of these four Advent sessions in this video Bible study, viewers will experience cinematic short films that capture events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. Then Pete Briscoe will open up Scripture to bring us back to the roots and heart of our faith in Christ.
 

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ABOUT US

First and foremost, WELCOME! We are so glad you found us. The United Methodist Church of Plano has been serving the community since 1856. At United Methodist Church of Plano, we know that it is important for us not only to experience God’s Love, but also to give it. Whether or not you’ve ever been to church before, we’d love to welcome you into a church family where you’ll be loved and accepted.
 

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When are the Worship Services?
The United Methodist Church of Plano offers a casual traditional service that begins at 10:00 am every Sunday morning held in our beautiful sanctuary.
 
What should I wear to church on Sunday?
Attire at The United Methodist Church of Plano is whatever makes you feel most comfortable. You will probably see a little of everything, from suits and ties to nice jeans and a polo.
 
Do you have child care available? What about my children?
Nursery care is available for ages 4 and under located just off of our sanctuary in our Education Building. Sunday School is also offered for K-6th grade from 9:00 am to 9:45 am prior to worship service. Children are always welcome to sit with you in worship as well. We offer a variety of Sunday School classes for all age groups.
 
Where can I get information to take home?
There is a Welcome Table located on the stage area next to the sanctuary. You will find welcome packets and all sorts of information regarding our church and community. Please help yourself to any of the resources.
 
What do Methodists believe?
United Methodists profess the historic Christian faith. We hold true the mission statement of the United Methodist Church which is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
 
What is expected of members?
We expect members of The United Methodist Church of Plano to be faithful to it by their prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. We also encourage all members to worship regularly, grow in their faith by participating in a small group or class, to serve God with their hands by serving both in the church and in the world, and to give in proportion to their income.
 
How can I join UMC Plano?
If you are considering membership, your first step would be to join us for our next Membership Meet & Greet where you will learn more about The United Methodist Church of Plano, get to know the pastor, review expectations for becoming a member, and explore how you can best fit into the life of the church. Please see Pastor Steve after a worship service or contact him direct at pastor@umcplano.org.