FUMC plans community meal, worship

First United Methodist Church of DeKalb, 321 Oak St., invites the public to its R.E.A.L. community meal and worship on the fourth Sunday of every month.

According to organizer Vicki Boone, hosts and guests sit together at family-sized tables and enjoy conversation as well as a substantial meal. The free meal is served at 6 p.m. at the church. Diners are invited to a worship service following the meal at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

“The church offers these R.E.A.L. meals so that we can build relationships with people of the community in need of hope, friendship, or a helping hand, while also helping to meet some of their physical needs,” Boone said in a news release.

R.E.A.L., which stands for Relevant, Engaging, Authentic, Loving, represents what a church is at its best. For those who choose to attend the worship service, it is an opportunity to continue to make new connections in a safe, loving environment.

The list of those partnering to make this ministry possible includes not only First United Methodist Church members, but also community, university and church groups such as the Boy Scouts, Northern Illinois University Dietetics students, and a team from the Mayfield Congregational Church, who have volunteered to fund, cook and serve the meal in June.

The worship service, conducted by Pastor Kim Chapman, features a casual, candle-lit service, with a praise band, where all are welcome. This month, the meal and service will be held on Feb. 23.

There is no registration required, and all are invited to attend. For more information or to volunteer to help, call the church office at 815-756-6301.