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

Chapel Choir Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 21
4:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Downers Grove First United Methodist Church
Chapel Choir

The World Waits for a Miracle!

Celebrating the joy and wonder of Christmas!

Chad Goetz, Director
Kevin Zehme, Accompanist

Tickets are $10 each or $25 for a family and may be purchased from a choir member, in the church office or at the door.

Proceeds will help offset costs for the choir’s 2015 Spring Break Tour.

PRC Volunteer Opportunity

The People's Resource Center currently has an open volunteer teaching opportunity. Co-teach basic computer skills and beginner level Windows to adults. Classes are held at Downers Grove First United Methodist Church starting March 2015. Teachers are needed for both the Saturday (9:00 a.m.) class and the Wednesday (7:00 p.m.) class.   

What would make you a good fit for this opportunity?
• You have experience using computers
• You can volunteer weekly for a minimum of 6 months
• You can plan a weekly lesson using provided curriculum
• You are a patient communicator and comfortable working with people from many cultures and backgrounds
• You have compassion towards those students who are new to computers

To learn more, contact Mary Blair at People’s Resource Center:

The Hanging of the Handbell Greens 2014 DVD

Bell Choir 2014Savor the sights and sounds of our Christmas festivities:

The Hanging of the Handbell Greens
Featuring sparkling, dancing handbells
preparing our hearts for Christmas

To order your DVD for only $12,
please contact Pattie Barnes at 630.953.0146

Joanna Circle

Joanna CircleJoanna Circle will meet Sunday, December 21 at 11:00 a.m. in Chapel Hall.

Please join us to decorate cookies.

Is you are interested in coming, please send Shelly Davenport a note at just so we make sure we have enough cookies.

Hope to see you there!

Friday Night at the Movies

December 19, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Safford Home Theatre

Take a break from your holiday preparations and join us as Rev. Howard Milkman presents After the Wedding, an award-winning Danish film that received a nomination for Best Foreign Film at the 2007 Academy Awards. In the opening sequence we meet Jacob, described as a good Samaritan running an orphanage in India that is in dire need of funding. Help comes in the form of Jorgen, a wealthy Dane who offers financial rescue, but only on the condition that Jacob return to his native Denmark to receive the funds. Why? The answers will intrigue you and surprise you in this entertaining movie as the story moves far beyond saving an Indian orphanage. Join us! Sign-up as soon as possible in the church office or by phone at 630.968.7120; we fill up fast. The usual goodies will be there; a $2 donation is suggested.

The Elevator is Back in Service!

We are excited to report that after a long three and a half months, the elevator is once again open for business! The elevator passed its final inspection and was given the all clear to be put back into service. As a result our 8:15 a.m Sunday worship service will once again be held in the Chapel.

We would like to thank everyone for your patience, generosity and understanding while the elevator was being repaired.

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree for PADS is still up in the Parlor. We will continue to collect gifts for PADS throughout December.  

Thank you for your participation!

Feed My Starving Children Ministry

Saturday, December 20
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

This holiday season the Children and Family Work Area would like to invite you to take a moment from the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas to serve in a ministry of giving to others in need at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora. This Christian organization runs high-energy sessions where we pack food for the neediest children around the world.

Please register today…space is limited.  You may register on a Sunday morning in the Parlor or using the form below.

The location of Feed My Starving Children is 555 Exchange Court, Aurora, IL 60504.  Please arrive at 1:45pm to get checked-in to package the food.  For more information about the organization please visit their website  or contact John Smoke.

Alternative Gift Fair

What do you buy the person who has everything? How about a goat, a colony of honeybees, or a beautiful handmade craft?

The Advent season is filled with many warm traditions, and one of those traditions at Downers Grove First United Methodist Church is the Alternative Gift Fair. Many of you are familiar with the beautiful crafts handmade by the artisans of the UPAVIM (United for a Better Life) cooperative in Guatemala. These are gifts that give twice - first, your family and friends will enjoy receiving these lovely items.  Second, you will also be empowering the women of La Esperanza in Guatemala City by giving them an opportunity to improve the quality of life for themselves and for their families through access to education, employment opportunities, daycare services for their children, health care services, and programs for personal and professional development.  Choose from a large selection of colorful bags, scarves, Christmas ornaments, kitchen accessories, jewelry, and more.

Through Heifer International, you can also purchase livestock to help families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant. You’ll receive a special greeting card to share with the person(s) whom you honor through this donation.

Best of all, you’ll be able to check off a few more names on your holiday gift-giving list while making a difference in our world. What a perfect way to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas!

Please come visit us in the parlor after each service during the Advent season.

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