CROP Walk - October 14

On Sunday, October 14, FUMC will join with many other churches in the community participating in the C-U Area CROP Walk. “We walk because they walk.” Who are the “they” in our CROP Walk motto? They are the 795 million people who go to bed hungry every night. They are people just like you, but because of poverty they must walk to accomplish the most basic tasks:

They walk for food.

They walk for water.

They walk for firewood.

They walk to escape violence.

They walk for shelter.

They walk to farm their fields.

They walk to find employment.

They walk to go to school.

A CROP Hunger Walk is fun and good exercise but you also walk with the world to be in solidarity for their existence. “We walk because they walk.” The CROP Walk is six miles with a shorter walk of three miles.

The funds raised by the walk go to Church World Service to provide development assistance and relief from hunger. It helps refugees and offers assistance in disasters. 25% of the funds stay in our community to be shared by the Wesley Evening Food Pantry, Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, Eastern Illinois Foodbank, and Solgra-Tias Farm.

This year we will sign up to walk and donate to sponsor a walker online at: Just click on the link ‘Sign-up or Donate to Champaign/Urbana CROP Walk’. Then click on the ‘Donate’ button and either the ‘Donate to a Walker’ or ‘Donate to a team’ button. The name of our team is First United Methodist Church. If you want to register to walk, click on Register. Any checks are made payable to CWS/CROP.

Austin's Place Fundraiser at Portillo's on Oct. 15

Join us at Portillo's for some delicious food as we raise funds for Austin's Place. What are these funds for? They help us pay for our operating costs and supplies. We are entirely volunteer run so every penny goes towards making Austin's Place run. Just show the flyer - as a printout or digital image - to contribute 20% of your purchase to Austin's Place. Visit our web site at to get the flyer.

Pictorial Directory Appointments

It’s time for a NEW pictorial directory for our church.  There is no cost to you or the church to have your photographs taken professionally.   You will receive a complimentary 8x10 color portrait.  EVERYONE photographed will receive a copy of the printed directory. You will be able to view your images immediately after you are photographed.  At that time, you will have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits to share with family and friends.

 Our Photography Dates are:

 Monday – Wednesday           10/1/18 – 10/3/18                    1-8 PM

Wednesday -Friday               10/17/18-10/19/18                   1-8 PM

Saturday                                10/20/18                                  9:30 AM - 4 PM

EASY ways to Schedule Your Appointment!

A)  Click on

1.      Select the NUMBER in household that will be photographed.

2.      Click on the desired DAY that you are available.

3.      Choose from the available TIMES and click the “Book It” button

4.      Click on “New User” or “Returning User”

5.      Enter your name, phone number and email address.

6.      Create a user name & password.

7.      Review information then click FINALIZE to complete

An e-mail confirmation will be sent to you immediately to confirm your appointment along with an e-mail reminder three days prior to your session.  OR

B)    Schedule your appointment at Church!
 There will be a sign up table at church starting in September.

Lifetouch is giving back to your community.  If your family will bring non-perishable food items to your photography appointment, to be donated to your church's food pantry, you will receive a $5 off coupon toward purchase of portraits. 

 Also, we encourage you to invite your family and friends to schedule an appointment for family portraits.  They are welcome to participate in our photography event.  They do not have to be pictured in our directory, but will receive a free portrait.  This is a great way to reach out to family and friends and offer them a free professional portrait session as a gift. 

 If you are not able to schedule your appointment at your church during these dates, please call 866-756-0281 (Lifetouch) to schedule an appointment at another location.