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Lenten Series to Focus on Forgiveness with Guest Speaker, Magda Brown

First United Methodist Church of Glen Ellyn invites the community to attend “Focusing on Forgiveness,” a five-week Lenten series that examines how to honestly and realistically seek it, extend it, and accept it into our lives. Guest speaker Magda Brown, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor, will share her powerful and memorable story on what it means to forgive one’s enemies. Ms. Brown will speak at the church on Sunday, March 18 at 8:45 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and again on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Over the course of five weeks, Focusing on Forgiveness topics will be shared during both the 8:45 and 10:00 a.m. Sunday worship services from February 26 through March 25, and again at Wednesday fellowship gatherings from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., February 29 through March 28. The community is invited to share in a light supper from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. Childcare will be provided at all event dates and times.

First United Methodist Church of Glen Ellyn is located at 424 Forest, directly south of the Glen Ellyn METRA station. For more information, or to register, visit, email or call 630.469.3510.

From the Illinois Holocaust Museum site: On June 11,1944, Magda’s 17th birthday, she and her family were crowded onto a rail car together with 80 other people. They travelled for three days without water, food or any idea where they were being deported. Their transport’s final destination was Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. After her arrival Magda and her family were part of a selection and were split into two groups. Magda was seperated from her entire family. It was the last time she saw them; they went directly into the gas chambers. Learn more about Magda Brown at:

Focusing on Forgiveness topics include forgiven and forgiving; forgiving our spouses/partners; forgiving our families; forgiving our enemies and the Gospel of forgiveness.

About First Church of Glen Ellyn, a United Methodist Congregation . . .

Serving as a downtown Glen Ellyn church in mission since 1891, First Church is a United Methodist Congregation. With connectional ties to 36,000 sister United Methodist Churches and their mission teams at work around the world, First Church works to grow God's love in the heart of DuPage County through a variety of outreach programs and services, including housing Walk-in Ministry, hosting The Warming Center for homeless adults and families and sponsoring Parent's Day Out, a Christian-centered child care program. All First Church of Glen Ellyn fellowship, music and Christian education programs are open to the public. For more information, visit, contact the church office at 630.469.3510 or email

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