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Special Church Conference Notice for Sunday, May 22

Dear Congregation,

As your senior pastor, I am announcing that a Special Charge Conference is required to be held to vote on the sale of the vacant lot on Grove Street.

This meeting is scheduled for Sunday, May 22 at 11:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.

I have been directed, by the Lake South District Superintendent, Jacques Conway, to be the Presiding Elder assigned to convene the Special Charge Conference.
– Pastor Claude R. King

From Rev. Jacques Conway, Lake South District Superintendent:
“Dear Rev. Claude King, Grace and peace in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I have been informed that the Downers Grove First UMC will sell the vacant property located on Grove Street, Downers Grove, IL, in accordance with the United Methodist Book of Discipline, ‘Incorporated Local Church Property – Sale. I have given your senior pastor, Rev. Claude King, the authority to act as Presiding Elder for the Special Charge Conference.’”

Summer Camp 2022 - What's In A Name?

"What's In A Name?" is the theme for our summer camp experience this year! We'll learn about Christ's grace when we make mistakes and how God's love greets us when we open our hearts. As we grown, learn, and discover our true self, we define our own name and found our place as a child of God. 

Downers Grove First United Methodist Church is offering this summer camp experience for children and youth from 2nd to 9th grade at the Wesley Woods Retreat Center, Williams Bay, WI from June 27-30. The grade listed is the grade the student will be entering in the fall of 2022.

Camp lasts only one week - but what campers take home can last a lifetime! Camp offers children and youth with the opportunity for fellowship with other children, youth, and adults from the church and community. It offers time to experience God's creation while exploring nature. Camp is also a wonderful chance to experience Christian community and develop skills for Christian living. 

Space is limited, so register early! Registration is online this year. Please click here for the Registration form and to find out more about the camp.

Registration deadline: June 15

A nonrefundable $50 deposit is due at the time of registration with payment in full due by June 25. Scholarships and payment plans are available.

2022 Annual Giving Commitment

Thank you for your gifts to God through Downers Grove First United Methodist Church in 2021!  Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our church has remained faithful with recurring gifts that have made all of our programs, ministries, missions, and community connections impacted by the world possible and viable. Thanks to your contributions in the name of God, our church and community have been Growing Our Gifts for New Life Together in vibrant new ways. Our church has gone through so many changes, yet our core values of Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors (in person and online) remain constant.

This October, we explored our membership vows of presence, prayer, service, gifts, and witness. On Commitment Sunday (October 24) we celebrate the exciting opportunities for the church as we stream forward with new technologies that we can utilize now and in the future.

Christ is always with us, and our church is always there for us as well. Our youth ministries, inspirational music programs, dedicated staff, and most of all, our finest traditions of relishing the glory of God in our lives, are still there but look a little different.

The activities of our church require a large financial investment for our beautiful, but old, church building, the spiritual leaders of our youth and music programs, and our mission work. By making this investment, you commit to the success of the church’s overall mission of enriching the spiritual lives of the congregation and the community. Every gift, no matter how big or small, furthers that mission and helps bring the message of Jesus to the world striving to provide full inclusion recognizing our strengths and our diversity.

Join us for Sunday Worship at 10:00 a.m. Online and In Person

Join us Sundays at 10:00 a.m. for worship in person and live-streaming on YouTube! Click here to join us! 

Online Worship
Our live-streamed worship service will be available for viewing on YouTube.

Join us in worship

In-person Worship
We have made the following changes to our policy in response to the recently revised CDC and State of Illinois guidelines:

  • Masks are now optional in the church building and during worship according to recent CDC and State of Illinois Health Department updates. 
  • For those who have not received a complete COVID-19 vaccine yet, wearing a mask is suggested.
  • There will be no tracking method for checking vaccination records. We encourage everyone to become familiar with CDC guidelines and use their best judgment.
  • We are singing during our worship services, however, our Chancel Choir Board voted to continue wearing masks at this time.  

All are welcome!

Can't Make it Sunday Morning?
Our live-streamed worship service will continue to be available for viewing on YouTube at any time. Recordings of past worship services on Zoom are available on our website here.

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