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

Downers Grove Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Tuesday, November 25
7:30 p.m.

This Thanksgiving, four churches in our community, including DGFUMC, are hosting a community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. This service will include prayers that represent the many faith traditions observed in our nation and feature musical guests harpist Dr. Jan Osborn and the Cantores Community Choir. An offering and non-perishable food collection will be received for the People’s Resource Center of Westmont.

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
Fellowship Hall
5739 Dunham Road, Downers Grove
630.969.2783 - stpaulsuccdg.org

Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata - Stella Natalis

Sunday, December 14
9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Worship Services

The Chancel Choir will present an unusual and enticing piece entitled STELLA NATALIS by British composer Karl Jenkins, on Sunday, December 14 at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services. The 12 parts of Stella Natalis (“star of birth”) celebrate different aspects of Christmastide - winter, the sleeping child, tidings of peace, thanksgiving - with wide ranging texts which take the listener on surprising journeys to childhood, seasons past, and anticipation of Christmas times to come. Jenkins, one of the most prolific, popular and performed composers in the world today, uses musical ideas and texts which suggest a "Star Wars" world turned toward the spiritual.

The cantata includes Downers Grove First United Methodist Church's fine Chancel Choir under the direction of Diane Hires and accompanied by Pattie Barnes. The orchestra features virtuoso trumpet (Tom Tait), string orchestra and two percussionists.

Please plan to attend one of these inspiring services with family and friends to celebrate joys of the Christmas season together.

The Giving Trees

The Giving Trees are up in the Parlor. You can choose tags from ChildServ, the People's Resource Center and PADS. The tags have names and ages of recipients or suggested items to purchase for both children and adults. We ask you to please sign-out the tags from ChildServ. Gifts for ChildServ and the PRC need to be returned by Sunday, November 30.  We will continue to collect gifts for PADS throughout December.  We hope you will participate!

UMW Fundraiser at Home Run Inn - Please join us!

Please enjoy a wonderful meal and support the United Methodist Women on December 9 at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien. Between the hours of 11:00 a.m and 9:00 p.m. present the flyer below when paying for your order and 20% of the purchase will go to UMW.

Thank you for your support! We hope to see you there!

A Piece of Peace

Sunday, December 7
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Parents, what would you do with three hours of free time during the hectic holiday season? Get a massage, shop, read, nap, watch football? The Children and Family Work Area would like to invite children (infant through 6th grade) to come to the church for an afternoon of Christmas activities and fun! Cost is $5 a child or $10 for two or more children. Dinner will be served. Please register in the church office by December 4.

Alternative Gift Fair

What do you buy the person who has everything? How about a goat, a colony of honeybees, or a beautiful handmade craft?

The Advent season is filled with many warm traditions, and one of those traditions at Downers Grove First United Methodist Church is the Alternative Gift Fair. Many of you are familiar with the beautiful crafts handmade by the artisans of the UPAVIM (United for a Better Life) cooperative in Guatemala. These are gifts that give twice - first, your family and friends will enjoy receiving these lovely items.  Second, you will also be empowering the women of La Esperanza in Guatemala City by giving them an opportunity to improve the quality of life for themselves and for their families through access to education, employment opportunities, daycare services for their children, health care services, and programs for personal and professional development.  Choose from a large selection of colorful bags, scarves, Christmas ornaments, kitchen accessories, jewelry, and more.

Through Heifer International, you can also purchase livestock to help families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant. You’ll receive a special greeting card to share with the person(s) whom you honor through this donation.

Best of all, you’ll be able to check off a few more names on your holiday gift-giving list while making a difference in our world. What a perfect way to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas!

Please come visit us in the parlor after each service during the Advent season.

Not A Silent Night - Advent Adult Education Class

November 30, December 7, 14, 21 at 9:30 a.m.
Chapel Hall

Spend some time with Mary this Advent season as we take a look at Jesus’ life through the eyes of his mother. Terry McDorman, CLM will facilitate the program. Study guide books will be available for purchase in the church office. To register, please contact the church office at 630.968.7120.

8:15 a.m. Worship Service in Chapel Hall

Due to required repairs to our building's elevator system, the Sunday 8:15 a.m. worship service will be held in Chapel Hall for the foreseeable future. For those with limited mobility, a barrier-free entry to Chapel Hall is located on the east side of the building, adjacent to the State Farm office.

The 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services will be held in the Sanctuary. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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