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Mental Health First Aid Information Presentation - Tom Sussman

Sunday, August 9
11:15 a.m.
Room 212

Whether you know it or not, chances are you know someone with a mental illness. Mental illness is a brain dysfunction that leads to suffering, change in behavior, and reduced function. One in four adults suffer from a mild to a serious mental illness every year, ie: depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, bi-polar, schizophrenia, etc. Sixty per-cent do not seek treatment. Half of lifetime causes of mental illnesses begin by age 14, and three quarters by age 24. In spite of the recent publicity, mentally ill people are more dangerous to themselves than others.

Mental Illness First Aid is an evidenced based training program for anyone who wants to learn the basics of how to identify and help someone developing mental health problems, addictions, and/or experiencing a mental health crisis. It is a free program offered to residents of Downers Grove through the Community Memorial Foundation located in Hinsdale. Come and learn about the goals of the program and how you might benefit from learning how to identify and assist someone suffering from a mental health problem. If there is enough interest we can sponsor a free training program to help us and the community better respond to mental health issues.

Vacation Bible School - G-Force

August 4-6
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

At G-Force VBS kids will explore how to put their faith into action. In this mission-focused VBS, kids will experience God’s unstoppable love and discover how to fuel up and move in and through life with God.

Children entering Kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to attend. Cost is $15 per child or $35 for families of 3 or more children.  Cost includes all materials and a pizza lunch with a short program for families on Thursday at noon.

Adults, please consider volunteering to help; it’s fun and the children love having their parents there.
Registration forms are available in the church office and below.

Parents Together - Health and Wellness Program

Sunday, August 2 at 10:00 a.m.
Library (Room 116)

Come and share your joys and frustrations around age appropriate tasks for your children. One parent said they never knew it would be so much work to train their child to do their tasks. Raising responsible children is hard work. Led by Carol Lysne

Support Hope's Front Door

Over the past 15 years, Hope’s Front Door (HFD) has provided emergency assistance to those in desperate need who include the unemployed, underemployed, homeless, seniors and disabled…more than 17,000 individuals and their families in Downers Grove and five neighboring villages. After determining their immediate needs through compassionate conversation, clients are helped with food, medical, dental and/or transportation vouchers, plus a clear pathway into the network of social agencies that can assist them with long-lasting changes to end the cycle of living crisis to crisis.

The Missions, Justice & Community work area recently made a donation to HFD. There are a number of ways you can personally support the organization:

  1. Donate school supplies, now through August 20th – drop off in the parlor on Sundays or in the church office.  Needed:  backpacks, 3-ring binders, colored pencils, erasers, glue sticks, highlighters, pens/pencils, pocket folders, crayons, broad-tip markers, fiskars scissors, wide-ruled notebooks.
  2. Help sort donated school supplies at HFD on Friday, Aug. 7th.  Call 630-322-9803 to sign up.
  3. Attend a benefit concert, “The Best of Broadway” on August 28, 29 or 30.  Resurrection Players (a Downers Grove Theatre Troupe) will perform a variety of Broadway’s greatest songs from musicals such as Wicked, Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar, and much more.  (details on website)
  4. Make a donation.
  5. Volunteer your time.

Hope’s Front Door is located at 1047 Curtiss St. in the First Congregational Church. For more infomration visit hopefrontdoor.org.

Opportunity to Support 2015 United Church of Rogers Park Summer Camp

Even though our youth have returned from their mission trip to United Church of Rogers Park in Chicago, there are still opportunities for your to support the 2015 Summer Camp. Please see the attached for how you can contribute.

Young at Heart Outing to Isle a la Cache Museum

Wednesday, August 12
10:30 a.m.
501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville

We will be visiting Isle a la Cache Museum located on 135th Street, east of Route 53, in Romeoville. The Isle a la Cache Museum offers visitors an adventure in 18th century history, when the "Illinois Country" was home to French voyageurs and native Potawatomi. The Museum features interactive exhibits of the Great Lakes fur trade of the 1700s, in addition to a replica Native American longhouse.

Those interested in carpooling will meet in the church parking lot at 9:45 a.m.  A luncheon will follow the hour long tour. To sign-up visit the Young at Heart table in the parlor or contact Marilou Welch.

Voice Your Support for Supportive Housing Services in Illinois

What is the Issue?
Governor Rauner’s FY16 proposed budget would cut supportive housing services by $12.7 million. This would devastate the community safety net in Illinois.

Why Does it Matter?
Homelessness causes illnesses and makes existing mental and physical illness worse, leading to expensive treatment and medical services.
Supportive Housing improves physical and mental health, which reduces the need for these services, particularly expensive inpatient mental healthcare and hospitalization.
More affordable than housing in state hospitals, prisons or nursing homes:
Supportive Housing is an investment – not an expense.

What is the Solution?
We can’t cut ourselves out of the fiscal crisis. A revenue solution is needed to balance the budget and protect services that save lives and save money.

How Can I Help?
The budget is still being debated in the legislature and there is still time to voice your support for these programs. Click here for links to contact Gov. Rauner and your state legislators or stop by the parlor on Sunday morning to sign a petition.

Supportive Housing ends homelessness.
Together, our many voices will send a single strong message to our legislators.

Ignite Youth Group Summer Program

The Combined Jr & Sr High Youth Group are meeting for the summer on Sundays from 6 to 8pm. This is for all youth who are entering the 6th Grade in the Fall through graduated Seniors.

Come join us to play Gaga Ball & Jungle Pong!

Check the Youth Calendar for the dates.

Summer Worship Hours

We are now following our Summer Sunday Worship Schedule with two services; 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Each service is held in the sanctuary. Nursery care is provided during each service and Sunday School is held during the 10:00 service.

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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