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

Letter/Prayer Mission Delegate to Guatemala Opportunity

Be a Letter or Prayer Mission Delegate to Guatemala.

We are sending seven delegates to Guatemala City from July 13-21 to continue to deepen our relationship with the families of UPAVIM, our hermanamiento facilitated through Sister Parish, an organization that pairs communities of faith in Central America with churches in North America. As we work together to build the Kingdom of God on earth, we share each other’s experiences so that we can better understand and overcome the sources of injustice and oppression, promoting mutual respect and dignity for all people, advocating for human rights and working for social and economic justice for all.

You can participate in this delegation by being a letter or prayer sponsor. It is important for the delegates to know that they represent our church community and that they carry with them your thoughts, blessings, and hopes for a safe and meaningful experience.

To be a letter sponsor, simply write a note of encouragement that the delegates can open and read each day they are there. Notes need to be turned into the church office by July 9. You may also email your letters to Sheila at sheila@dgfumc.org to have her print your note for the delegates. To be a prayer sponsor, commit to pray for our delegates on any of their mission days. This year’s delegates are Dale and Jessie Faber, Penny Fox, Michelle Loconte, Ray Osborn, Claire Pitstick and Samantha Snyder.

They will be commissioned during the 10:00 a.m. worship on Sunday, July 12.

Parents Together - Health and Wellness Program

Sunday, July 5 at 10:00 a.m.
Library (Room 116)

Parents Together is a once a month discussion where parents can share their experiences and support one another in their quest to raise happy and healthy children while keeping their sanity. This month’s topic will be Age Appropriate Tasks for Children by Montessori. Please join us.

Downers Grove Garden Walk Tickets Now on Sale!

Tickets for the 9th Annual Downers Grove Garden Walk are now on sale.  

Click here learn more about the gardens, buy your tickets online or for ticket locations.

Sister Church Planning Session

Sunday, July 19
11:00 a.m.
Room 218

Connect your hearts and hands with our sister church and its neighbors.

All members of DGFUMC are invited to join a planning session exploring ways that our congregation may further help to serve the needs of United Church of Rogers Park – a Methodist congregation, our sister church in Chicago – as UCRP serves the needs of its ethnically and economically diverse community.

For many years, our junior high youth have spent a week in mission at UCRP assisting with the Children’s Summer Camp (much like our Vacation Bible School). Following their example and having seen first-hand the challenging and productive Christian outreach of UCRP, the Missions, Justice & Community work area is initiating a more intentional relationship with UCRP so that throughout the year our adult members, too, may provide support to our sister church. The support might include assisting with a community program, helping to maintain the church rain garden, donations for their weekly Sunday night meal for the hungry or simply putting away supplies at the end of a neighborhood program.

UCRP Deacon Wes Dorr will attend this meeting to share opportunities where we may partner in mission. Many of you will remember UCRP pastor Rev. Catiana McKay who attended DGFUMC (when she was attending Garrett Theological Seminary), sang in the choir and led Stephen Ministries. 

For more information about UCRP, see ucrogerspark.org.

Young at Heart Patriotic Picnic

Wednesday, July 8 at Noon

All senior adults are cordially invited to come to Chapel Hall on July 9 to enjoy a picnic of brats and hamburgers grilled by Don Safford. Each one attending is asked to bring a salad or dessert to share and to pay $8.00 to cover other costs. Attendees are encouraged to wear red, white and blue clothing. You may sign-up for this activity in the parlor on Sunday morning or by calling Marilou.

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.

Wacky Wednesdays

Wacky Wednesdays is a summer program for children going into 1st grade through 6th grade!  The mission of this program is to bring children together for a lot of fun and fellowship in a church community.  Every child is welcome. 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 Peoples Resource Center!      

Schedule of Wednesdays and Themes:

July 1:  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 8:  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 15: Minute-To-Win-It Games!  Fun and Prizes!

July 22: Kid’s Trivia Night!  Bring your friends and impress them will all the things you know like:  What was the favorite food of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

July 29: Water Fun!  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! 

Please come to one Wednesday or come to them all –  whatever fits in your schedule!

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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