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

We look forward to seeing you in person Sunday at 10am.
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Sun July 17 | 11:30am (after service) Church Picnic (Parking Lot and Dining Hall)
Fri July 29 | 7pm Feed My Starving Children – all slots filled
Sat Aug 6 | 8am-12pm Work Day – Demolition Women’s restroom downstairs – Bring your own tools
Sat Aug 13 | 8am Work Day – landscaping the church grounds – Bring gardening/work gloves

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
July 2022
Some of you may remember the days when cars and trucks were not as reliable as they are today. The lack of reliability seemed to quickly increase after the first few years. The joy of a new car moved to questioning “will it start?” or “will I able to get to work and back?”. However, with the onset of modern technology, those concerns are gone for the most part. Overheating is one of the issues we seldom, if ever, think about; yet, if you are old enough, you may remember that was somewhat of a common occurrence on road trips. Perhaps you remember packing extra water and coolant in the trunk just incase overheating occurred.
We seem to be living in a time when our societal “engine” is running without the necessary coolant. We seem to have surpassed the boiling point and steam is pouring out from under the hood. Whether it be the extreme political divide, the border crisis, abortion, same-gender marriage, men competing in women’s sports, the rising of food and gas prices, the promise of the “summer of rage and threats of violence if Roe v. Wade is overturned, baby formula shortages, and the war in Ukraine – to name a few, have caused a rise in our temperature gauge. These are national issues that bring about anger, fear, and anxiety. What about the unheard struggles at home? To name a few – addictions, hopelessness, broken family relationships, domestic violence, child abuse, suicide, the scary diagnosis.
Did anyone remember to grab the coolant for this trip? It would seem the answer is no. To continue with this engine analogy, we have a tank full of expensive gas and fire in the cylinders but no coolant to keep the temperature in check. Or do we? Yes, we do. His name is Jesus! Christians have been called to be salt and light, to be Jesus’ ambassadors, and coolant -if you will- for a steaming nation.
The question is – how? How do we care for and pour grace (coolant) into a steaming engine (culture)? The radiator cap is too hot to touch, so should we wait for things to cool down? Is waiting the best option? Do we put on heat-resistant gloves and take immediate action? I believe the latter to be the best choice. One of the best examples of jumping into the steam is Stephen, who was martyred, in the book of Acts. It will be difficult, and possibly painful, to engage our current culture but sitting on the sidelines is not an option for the Christ follower. It is possible to engage our current culture with Christ in us and the hope of glory (See Philippians 4:13 and John 15:5).
Stephen, who the Bible states “was full of grace and power”, was in the cauldron of burning anger as he was doing great “signs and wonders”. God was using Stephen in mighty ways and the Church was growing! Even so, Stephen was falsely accused of blaspheme and others gave false testimony. Moreover, the false accusers were stirring up anger in others in the hopes of stopping Stephen from preaching the Gospel. Yet, Stephen being filled with the Holy Spirit, gives one of the most winsome, yet firm, truthful, and compassionate pleas for surrendering to Jesus’ lordship in the Bible. In response to Stephen’s testimony, the Bible states that “they were enraged and they ground their teeth at him” (Acts 7:54). So, how do we do it? Through the power of Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit following Stephen’s lead. You can read more about Stephen beginning in Acts 6:8 through Acts 7.
“Only be strong and very courageous…” Joshua 1:7
In Christ,
Pastor Steve

Contact Us

The United Methodist Church of Plano
219 N Hale Street (corner of Clark and Hale)
Plano, Illinois 60545
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Service Time: Sunday 10:00 am

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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. 

Lent 2022 – The Power of Jesus’ Names – Tony Evans

Some names live in infamy, and some names inspire the greatest kinds of hope. But there is one name above all other names, and it belongs to the Son of God, Jesus. Jesus is the most unique person who’s ever lived, and his names carry with them great weight.
In this six-session series, Dr. Tony Evans journeys around the stomping grounds of Jesus in the land of Israel and presents a complete picture of the Incarnate God. By teaching on each of the major names of Jesus, Tony brings us face-to-face with the Second Person of the Trinity. Shot in the major locations where Jesus himself lived and taught, we find ourselves asking one question: “What will we do with Jesus?”


2022 Lent

Char Wyncoop, church family member of the United Methodist Church of Plano, has been wanting to design a labyrinth based on the stained glass windows at the church for some time. In late February and early March, she designed the labyrinth and then painted it during March into early April until its completion. The labyrinth measures 27’ x 27’ painted on canvas for easy portability and for people to …


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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.


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.
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-7th 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