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

Wacky Wednesdays

Wacky Wednesdays is a summer program for children entering 1st through 6th grade. The mission of this program is to bring children together for a lot of fun and fellowship in a church community. Invite your children, grandchildren, children in your neighborhood and children of friends---ALL CHILDREN ARE WELCOME!  The program meets on Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and there is NO cost!

Parents are welcome to drop off their kids OR stay and enjoy the fun.

Children are encouraged to bring one non-perishable food item each week to be donated to the People’s Resource Center.

Schedule of Wacky Wednesdays and Themes:
July 2: Let’s Dance! Coach Josh from the Downers Grove Park District will be our DJ for the evening. There will be great music, fun games, lots of dancing, lemonade and other treats! Don’t forget your non-perishable food item!

July 9: Bingo Night and Toy Exchange! Every child that attends this evening will need to bring a used (still in good condition) toy that they would be willing to give up.  All of the toys will be used as prizes for the bingo! Everyone will leave with a “new” toy!!! 

July 16: Minute-To-Win-It Games! Fun and Prizes!

July 23: Game Night!  “Survey says?” We will be playing a game similar to Family Feud. 

July 30: Let’s finish off the season of Wacky Wednesdays with some fun with water! There will be a variety of activities involving water including a water slide!!! Families are encouraged to come and join in the fun.

Contact John Smoke at john@dgfumc.org or 630.968.7120 x204.

Hola from La Esperanza, Guatemala

Hola a todos! I’m here writing from a lovely café I discovered today, it’s only a short transmetro ride away from my Guatemalan residence. While I’ve got stable internet access, I wanted to take the time to give you all an update about what I’ve been doing at UPAVIM for the past month (time has flown by!).

My time with these kids has reinforced every reason I had for coming to Guatemala. With every “Hola Seño Lexie!” I receive while walking down to the taco guy, and each buenos días beso, or even boquet of eucalyptus leaves (I can’t seem to shake this cough/sinus infection), I feel God’s presence in a place where one may not think it could be found.

Downtown Downers Grove Road Closings July 27

The Downers Grove Criterium bike race will be held on Sunday, July 27. With this wonderful event comes road closures for the area. Beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m. and continuing through the day, Main St, Maple Ave, Lane Pl, Summit St, Washington St and Curtiss St in downtown will be closed to traffic. When attending worship service that morning, you will need to access the parking lot from Grove Street.

For a map and more details, please see the attached document.

For information on the Downers Grove Criterium, click here.

Welcome Our New Staff

Sheila OchoaPlease help us welcome the newest members of our staff.

Sheila Ochoa has joined our church staff as the Office Administrator/Manager.  She brings with her 15 years of experience as an Administrative Assistant with a design company in Northbrook, Illinois and recently provided office support at an eye care office in Lisle.  She is also an active volunteer in Naperville schools where her daughters attend.  She will be working part-time and you'll find her in the office on weekday mornings through early afternoon. She plans to staff the office for a couple of Sunday mornings each month.

Howie SnyderHowie Snyder joined our church staff as full-time Director of Youth Ministries on June 16.  He brings 15 years of experience in youth ministry at Methodist churches in Oklahoma, Michigan, and Illinois and a Presbyterian Church in Aurora.  His experiences among others included working with confirmation, summer mission trips, adult and youth leadership teams, as well as training volunteers and teaching student leadership for service to others.  He completed a bachelor's degree from Greenville College in Illinois and a master's degree in Youth Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky and is a fully ordained Elder in the Free Methodist Church.

Imagine No Malaria

Imagine No Malaria

The United Methodist Church has worked in Africa for nearly 200 years operating churches, school, hospitals and clinics across the continent in places where no one else will go. For this reason, the UMC was invited into a global partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations Foundation to help lead the effort to end malaria on that continent. Going beyond distributing bed nets, the Imagine No Malaria comprehensive plan includes ongoing prevention, education, treatment and communications to end preventable deaths by malaria.

However, malaria is only a preventable, treatable and beatable disease IF resources are available.

Give NowA gift of $100 saves a life – will you save at least one life?

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Vacation Bible School - Workshop of Wonders

Workshop of WondersSometimes in the midst of the routine and everyday, we suddenly experience the wonder of God. We’re surprised. We’re grateful. We say, “WOW!” At the Workshop of Wonders VBS, your children will discover their own “WOW!” moments as they explore how to imagine and build with God.

VBS will be from August 5 to 7. Children entering Kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to attend. The cost is $10 per child or $25 per family with 3 or more children

Adults, please consider volunteering to help; it’s fun and the children love having their parents there.

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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