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

Visit from Bishop Sally Dyck

We are excited that our Bishop, Sally Dyck, will be our guest preacher for all three services on Sunday, March 15.

Bishop Dyck, ordained in 1981, was consecrated a bishop in 2004 and assigned to lead the Minnesota Area of the Church beginning in September of that year. She was reassigned to the Northern Illinois Conference beginning September 1, 2012.

"Wherever I am in ministry, I envision a community of people studying scripture, exercising the disciplines of our faith, and discovering the joy of sharing faith with others through word and deed," says Bishop Sally Dyck. "As a result, my vision is that the United Methodist Church and its membership will become a spiritually vital and energized body of believers who make a difference in every community as well as the world."

Bring your friends to meet and hear our Episcopal leader!

Chancel Choir Rehearsal Cancelled for February 26

The Chancel Choir Rehearsal for Thursday, February 26 has been cancelled.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Lenten Study


A Lenten Study
Downers Grove First United Methodist Church
Led by Tom Babler

Tuesday March 3—7:00-9:00 p.m. Bonhoeffer’s Life and Witness
View “Bonhoeffer”—a film documentary by Martin Doblmeier
Discussion: Questions and issues raised by the documentary

Tuesday March 10—7:00-8:30 p.m. Bonhoeffer’s Faith and Action
Readings from “Letters and Papers from Prison”
Discussion: This-Worldly Christianity
         “Christians and Pagans”
           Death of God and Human Responsibility
           Faithful action amid the ambiguities

Tuesday March 17—7:00-8:30 p.m. Bonhoeffer’s Personal Life
Dramatic Reading by Dale & Rosemary Zimmerman
   “Love Letters from Cell 92”
   (correspondence between Dietrich Bonhoeffer & Maria von Wedemeyer)
Readings from “Love Letters from Cell 92”
              “Letters and Papers from Prison”
Discussion: “Who Am I”
           Bonhoeffer’s humanity

Tuesday March 24—7:00-8:30 p.m. Bonhoeffer’s Teachings and Ethics
Readings from “Life Together”
        “The Cost of Discipleship”
Discussion: Real Christian Fellowship
                              Cheap Grace and Costly Grace

+Persons interested are welcome to attend any or all of the study sessions with particular emphasis on the showing of the documentary March 3.

DGFUMC Summer Camp 2015 - Power Up!

Power UpPower Up! Living in the Spirit is not just learning about, but more learning how — how to live as a follower of Jesus Christ powered up by the Holy Spirit! This church camp curriculum offers a wonder-filled opportunity for campers:

  • To experience Christian community and discover its source—the Holy Spirit!
  • To claim the gift of a new spirit within and to bear fruit as they choose living in the Spirit for themselves!
  • To realize they are never alone—Jesus’ gift of the Spirit is always with them!
  • To live with grace and forgiveness, unity and courage, joy and peace—powered up by the Holy Spirit!

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 22 to June 26. The grade listed is the grade the student will be entering in the fall of 2015.

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.

All-Church Hymn Sing and Potluck

You are cordially invited to an All-Church Hymn Sing and Potluck Supper!

Sunday, March 15

4:30 - Hymn Sing - Sanctuary
Potluck Supper - Fellowship Hall - Immediately following the Hymn Sing

Using your last name please bring:
     A—G - Bring a Salad or Vegetable dish
     H—R - Bring Main Dish
     S—Z - Bring Dessert
Coffee and Lemonade will be provided

Bring your friends, neighbors, kids, parents, everyone is welcome!

If you would like to suggest a hymn for the hymn sing, drop a Hymn Choice Coupon into the
offering plate on Sundays or stop by the church office.

Sponsored by Membership Development Work Area and Chancel Choir

Men’s Group

Starting Saturday, February 21 at 8:00 a.m.

Please join us on Saturday mornings for a new Men’s Group. All men are invited to attend as we work through Adam Hamilton’s 24 Hours That Changed the World. We will meet weekly in Chapel Hall and refreshments and coffee will be served. Please sign-up in advance in the church office. Books may be purchased online at cokesbury.com. Please bring your book and Bible to the meeting. This group will be led by Gary Ketterer.

Sponsor a Chapel Choir Tour Bus Seat Today!

The 44th Annual Chapel Choir Tour will take place March 28-April 4, DESTINATION - PENSACOLA. You can help choir members cover some tour expenses by Sponsoring a Bus Seat for $25. The cost of transportation is one of the largest line items in the tour budget, so offsetting some of the cost through seat sponsorships helps reduce the individual tour fee for choir members.

You can direct your sponsorship to a particular student or have it applied to
the tour fund. Please complete the form below and drop it off in the church office. Make checks payable to DGFUMC and write ‘Bus Seat Sponsorship’ on the memo line. 

Thank you for your support!

2015 Adult Mission Scholarship

Ever think about taking a mission trip somewhere?  Giving your time and energy to others in a new meaningful way?  The Missions, Justice and Community Work Area is offering its Third Annual Adult Mission Scholarship, matching up to $1,000 in mission-related expenses, to a member of our church who wants to embark on a Christian mission trip in the coming year.  Guidelines are specified on the application form below.  Applications are due to jeankrusinski@aol.com by April 1, 2015.

Youth InTent: Tent Rentals

Youth In TentFor the past thirteen years, our Youth InTent program has served our church and community by renting out tents, tables and chairs for graduation, birthday, anniversary and other summer celebrations, as well as neighborhood block parties, weddings and wedding receptions.

DGFUMC youth take care of delivery, set-up and take-down. In return they receive credit toward mission and choir trips.

Our prices are competitive with commercial vendors and benefit a wonderful program. Without revenue from Heritage Fest parking, our Youth InTent program is the largest fundraiser for our youth program. Help Chapel Choir fund its annual choir tour.

For prices and information please see the Youth InTent Reservation Contract at the link below.  Feel free to contact Don Dunham with any questions.

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