Easter ServicesDiane Hires leading the combined DGFUMC choirsGet MessyIgnite Youth GroupPastor Greta with the Chorister ChoirUPAVIMPastor Jim giving a sermonMision FronterasPastor Greta baptizing a child

2014 Easter Offering - Gifts of Hope and Healing

Easter SundayDear Church Family,

As we anticipate trees quietly beginning to blossom and flowers stretching towards the emerging sun, we are reminded that Easter will soon be here. On Sunday, April 20th, we will worship with full hearts, proclaiming to the world that “Christ is alive!”

Easter is a wondrous celebration of Christ’s Resurrection and the promise of eternal life. And it is a time to remember that Jesus came to heal and provide hope to all. Each year we invite our congregation to help carry out this mission of hope and healing by participating in our Special Easter Offering.

GIve OnlineThis annual offering helps fund the outreach of our congregation’s Missions Work Area which takes seriously its role as stewards of your generosity and compassion.  This year we are asking that you consider enhancing your Easter giving so that, as a church body, DGFUMC can increase its outreach in a more impactful way. The resources gathered on Easter Sunday will make a critical difference in the lives of individuals in DuPage County, as well as in national and international missions programs.

Easter Sunday Worship Services

Sunday, April 20
8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

All services will be in the Sanctuary

Celebrate Easter at Downers Grove First United Methodist Church at one of our three morning worship services this Sunday. Each service will feature traditional Easter hymns. The Youth Choir will help welcome in the morning at the 8:00 service while the adult Chancel Choir along with a brass ensemble will share music at the 9:30 service and again at the 11:00 service with the addition of the children’s choir. All are welcome to attend any of the three services.

At each service, the message, For Whom Are You Looking?, will be given by Pastor Jim McDonald. There is Sunday School at the 9:30 service and there will be a children’s message by Pastor John Smoke at the 11:00 service followed by Sunday School.

Generations in Solidarity

Honoring voices of the past, bringing hope for the future

Generations in SolidarityPlease join us on Saturday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. for a public screening and discussion of Generations in Solidarity – a 45 minute documentary film which explores the governmental and faith-community relationships between North and Central America over the past 25 years.

Filmed on location in Guatemala, El Salvador and North America, Generations in Solidarity tells the story of how Sister Parish, an ecumenical social justice organization, began to link faith-based communities between North and Central America.  Their goals during the darkest days of the civil wars in Central America were to provide hope and stand in solidarity with the people of Central America – who continue to struggle for justice today amid violence, globalization and environmental degradation. The film encourages us to establish long-term relationships and interconnectedness with faith communities in Central America, challenging us to discover how the role of solidarity is as important as charity in providing support. We are asked to reflect on the source and nature of injustice in Central America and the parallels to environmental and social issues being faced in the U.S. today.

Click below to see the trailer and register for this event.

Help Chapel Choir Reach the Beach!

The 43rd Annual Chapel Choir Tour will take place June 12-20 with a destination of Myrtle Beach, SC. You are invited to help the choir Reach the Beach by sponsoring a bus seat for $25. You can direct your sponsorship to a particular student or have it applied to the tour fund. Make checks payable to DGFUMC and write Bus Seat Sponsorship on the memo line.
Forms are available in the church office or below.

Thank you for your support of this program!

Together @ 10...We are ONE

I can’t wait for the next Together @ 10 service on Sunday May 18th  The last time was so great!

Here’s what I did at our last “ONE” service:

  • I brought a friend who wanted to hear the amazing music
  • I served as a shepherd for a wonderful family who joined our church that day
  • I made new friends at the pancake breakfast
  • I was energized by the dynamic congregation who came together as ONE

What will you do to make May 18th special?  Bring a friend?  Make a friend?  Reconnect with an old friend?

Sunday, May 18th we will combine the 9:30 and 11 AM services into ONE worship service at 10 AM.  (No change to the 8:15 service).  The youth will be serving pancakes before and after our ONE service from 8:30 to 9:45 AM and 11:00 to Noon.  Join us for this special time of worship and connection.

Summer Camp Registration

Get RealGet Real - DGFUMC Summer Camp

There is a lot of fake out there. In a culture of manicured online profiles, electronically altered images and relentless deception in advertising, it is difficult to know who our friends are and who to trust. It is too easy to buckle under the pressure and try to become the images we see. We all must seek our own real identity from a trustworthy source. Get Real teaches campers that we are not created in the image of the popular culture - we are created in the image of God, who loves us just as we are and asks us to love others in the same way.

DGFUMC is offering this summer camp experience for children and youth from 2nd to 9th grade at the Wesley Woods Conference Center, Williams Bay, WI from June 23 to June 27.  The grade listed is the grade the student will be entering in the fall of 2014.

Registration for Summer Camp begins March 1 for DGFUMC members and April 1 for non-members. A $50 deposit is due at the time of registration with payment in full due by June 16. Space is limited, so register now!

Click below for a registration form or visit the church office for more information.

New Church Pictorial Directory

DGFUMC is getting ready to create a new photo directory and we need everyone to help make it complete!

Lifetouch will be here on March 4-8, March 11-15 and May 19-21 to take photographs of our church members. All participants will receive a complimentary 8x10 photo and a copy of the directory. Additional pictures may be ordered if desired.

As part of Feed the Need, for each family photographed, Lifetouch will provide four meals to the People’s Resource Center. Additionally, families who bring a food donation will get a $5.00 off coupon to use toward their portrait order. 

You may sign-up for your professional photography session in three convenient ways:

  1. Schedule your appointment online by clicking the "Portrait Sign-Up" button above or by clicking here. Families that sign-up online receive a $10.00 off coupon to use toward their portrait order.
  2. Look for sign-up tables in the parlor on February 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 2.
  3. Call the Church office for assistance at 630.968.7120.

Church members who are living in other states can visit www.appt.lifetouch.com to locate a local participating church to have their photo taken by Lifetouch.

Remember, this photo isn’t just for you and your family, it is an important record of our church family so please sign-up today!

Sponsored by the Membership Ministry Committee

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