The Rev. Julie Harley, 52, center, leads a prayer with her daughters Emma, 19, left, Rachel, 21, second from right, and parishioner Ann Armstrong on Jan. 23 in Oak Park, Illi. The pastor is stepping down at First United Church of Oak Park to focus on her battle with ALS.
Harley is helped to her desk in her Oak Park home by caregiver Shirley Hadley. Members of Harley’s flock have enlisted in Team Julie, helping her with chores, meals, shopping and a myriad of other things she used to do herself.