Diane Hires leading the combined DGFUMC choirsIgnite Youth GroupPastor Greta with the Chorister ChoirGet MessyUPAVIMPastor Jim giving a sermonMision FronterasPastor Greta baptizing a child

Youth & Parents Informational Meeting

Parents and youth are invited to informational meetings on either May 8 or 11, where we will provide updates on mission trips, fundraising and summer events.

There will be a chance to register for these activities, Including sign-ups for the Tent Program.

The meetings will be kept to 30 minutes or less.

Location: 
Chapel Hall (May 8)
Fellowship Hall (May 11)
Date: 
Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 10:30am

May Lunch Bunch Outing

The Lunch Bunch is a group of senior citizens who meet the second Wednesday of the month for fun and fellowship (and lunch).

Our next luncheon will be on Wednesday, May 11, at Gong Ho Restaurant, 1338 W. 75th St., Downers Grove. 

We will meet at the restaurant at 11:30. If you wish to carpool or need a ride, please call Bonnie Lehmann at 630.308.2259 or the church office at 630.968.7120. Those who want to carpool can meet at the church parking lot and leave around 11:15.

All participants will be in charge of paying for their own meal. The sign-up sheet will be available in the church parlor between worship services on Sunday morning. All seniors are welcome!  Looking forward to seeing you.

Location: 
Gong Ho Restaurant, 1338 W. 75th St.
Date: 
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 11:30am

Memorial Sanctuary Window Dedication & Celebration

Join us on Sunday, May 15 at our 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. worship services as we celebrate the completion of our Sanctuary Memorial Stained Glass Windows project. We will dedicate the remaining windows and sing hymns that reflect the spirit of the windows’ design. We hope you will join us for this joyous occasion!

Friday Night at the Movies

"Two unlikely prospectors share the same wife" in No Name City, a miner's town during the California Gold Rush. So goes the intriguing initial description of Paint Your Wagon, a 1969 western musical based on the broadway show of the same name. Starring Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood and Jean Seberg, this movie brings us much-loved Lerner and Loewe songs such as They Call the Wind Mariah and Wandrin' Star as it tells the tale of the partnership of Ben Rumson (Marvin) and Pardner (Eastwood) and their unlikely union with mutual wife Elizabeth (Seberg). Ken Drogemueller will lead our discussion of one of his favorite movies.

Sign-up now by calling (630.968.7120) or stoping by the church office. Snacks, drinks and dessert will be on hand; a $2 donation is suggested.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 7:30pm

Women's Wednesday Morning Bible Study Spring Session

Join the Women's Bible Study Group for a New Study!

How do we interact with the scripture? Do we even try? Do we dare to write back to the words presented in the pages of a holy text? Join the Wednesday Women's Bible study group as we begin our final spring series.

The study, entitled One Day I Wrote Back: Interacting with Scripture through Creative Writing, by Jane Herring, encourages us to engage with the bible in a brand new way. Join us as we tackle something new! All women are invited!

Not a writer? Don't worry, the group is discussion focused. The series will be facilitated by Pastor Greta, Kelly Towey, and Maggie Roth. Babysitting is provided. Suggested donation of $10 for the book.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 9:00am

Run For Their Lives 5k - NORTH

You can help bring awareness to the very real issue of human trafficking that effects all of us. Run For Their Lives 5K Walk/Run (RFTL 5K) is a 5k dedicated to bringing awareness to human trafficking. All net proceeds will be donated to Hope for Justice and Reclaim 13 to support these frontrunners in fighting human trafficking both locally and globally.

DGFUMC is an event sponsor. We are already putting together a team to help support this worthy cause. Kids 12 and under can participate in a free fun run.  

In addition to walkers and runners, we are also looking for volunteers to help staff this event.

All are welcome to help us support this meaningful cause!

To learn more about the event and to register to participate and volunteer, visit rftlchi.com.

Please note that we are participating in the NORTH race, which steps off at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Downers Grove on August 6, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.

Location: 
St. Paul's United Church of Christ - 5739 Dunham Rd - Downers Grove
Date: 
Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 8:00am

Adult Bible Study - Embracing the Prophets

Walter Brueggemann, arguably America’s leading Old Testament scholar and theologian, takes us on a wild ride through the poetic prophecy of the Hebrew Scripture, identifying cultural contexts, putting a framework to Israel’s history, and, most significantly—and times challengingly!—drawing connections between Israel’s sociological, economic and spiritual status and that of America today.

What was the message of these remarkable poet-prophets in their own time and place? What is their message for us today? Who are today’s prophetic voices? How has the contemporary church been co-opted by culture? What steps can we take to reclaim the prophetic message of distributive justice, nonviolence, loss and hope? And what is your role in bringing God’s perspective to today’s society?

Join us for this six week class as we explore these questions. A participant's workbook will be used throughout the study and may be purchased in the church office for $11.00.
 

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 11:00am

Adopt-a-Stream Annual Clean-Up

The Downers Grove First United Methodist Church has adopted a section of St. Joseph Creek located north of Curtiss Street and east of Walnut Avenue about two miles west of our church property. On Saturday, May 21, we’ll gather to clean up the creek by picking up trash along the banks. Please mark your calendar to come and volunteer!

The Adopt-a-Stream program is administered by DuPage County in partnership with The Conservation Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to preserving natural areas and rivers and promoting stewardship of the environment. The May 21 clean-up day will be part of their annual DuPage River Sweep. 

The only things you’ll need to bring are waterproof boots (or shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy) and work gloves if you have them. Tools, water and snacks will be provided. This is a great activity for kids to participate in with a parent or guardian.

Sign-up sheets are located on the bulletin board in the narthex, or you can email Vera Miller at VeraMiller83@gmail.com to RSVP.

Date: 
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 9:00am

DGFUMC Summer Camp 2016 - Fearless Faith

What does it mean to be a part of a Christian community? How can the church be a resource that gives campers confidence and courage? Campers will explore how they themselves are a part of the Church and what that means about how we relate to one another and the world. Watch how the strength of Christian community casts out fear and replaces it with hope! The daily guides offer fun and creative ways to explore scripture, experience Christian community, and express joy through worship and song.

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 20-24. The grade listed is the grade the student will be entering in the fall of 2016.

Registration for Summer Camp begins March 1 for DGFUMC members and April 1 for non-members.

Please note:  New this year, there is a registration deadline of June 1.

A $50 deposit is due at the time of registration with payment in full due by June 20.

Space is limited, so register early!

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

Spring Ring XXIV - When You Ring Upon a Star

The Chancel and Westminster Ringers present Spring Ring XXIV -  When You Ring Upon a Star: A Disney Showcase.

Come prepared for dreams of Disney featuring Under the Sea, Colors of the Wind, Kiss the Girl, Go the Distance, Hakuna Matata, Let it Go, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars and more!

The concert will also feature the world premiere of our handbell and trumpet collaboration, Ever Braver, Ever Stronger, An American Elegy featuring Grant Cramer, trumpeter.

Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Child care is provided. Contact Pattie Barnes at 630.953.0146 or pattiebarnes@gmail.com.

Location: 
Sanctuary
Date: 
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 7:00pm

Hearing Loop System Now Available on the Main Floor of the Sanctuary

DGFUMC is pleased to announce that the Hearing Loop System in now available for use on the main floor of the Sanctuary.

A hearing loop is a wire that circles a room and is connected to a sound system. The loop transmits the sound electromagnetically. The electromagnetic signal is then picked up by the t-coil in a hearing aid or cochlear implant.

Users with a t-coil in their hearing aid can now listen to the service directly through their hearing aids. Please check with your hearing care professional to see if your hearing aid is equipped with a t-coil and properly adjusted. Non-hearing aid users can pick-up a headset to use at the sound board.

To learn more about the Hearing Loop System, please see the flyer below or visit the Welcome Kiosk in the west entryway.

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