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

The Giving Trees

The Giving Trees are up in the Parlor. You can choose tags from ChildServ, the People's Resource Center and PADS. The tags have names and ages of recipients or suggested items to purchase for both children and adults. We ask you to please sign-out the tags from ChildServ. Gifts for ChildServ and the PRC need to be returned by Sunday, November 30.  We will continue to collect gifts for PADS throughout December.  We hope you will participate!

Comfort in Company

The art of portraying perspective is a difficult one, especially for me. But I’ll give it a go. First and foremost, I will attempt to portray my sincere thanks for you—the DGFUMC congregation—and your support. Financing my plane ticket to Guatemala City is a generosity that I, as a college student, have immense gratitude. Even more importantly, I want to thank you all for your prayers and kind words. It was so special and uplifting to hear that I have been in your hearts and minds this summer. There were brief moments while I was in La Esperanza and I felt either unimportant or discouraged or alone that were pacified with kind words that were passed along by my mother. It is amazing how a mere awareness that there is even just one person (let alone an entire network of people) thinking about you can soothe the heart and ease the mind. For me, solidarity is its own form of bliss, particularly while living in a slum of Guatemala. And for this piece of peace, I sincerely thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Friday Night at the Movies

November 21
7:30 p.m.
Safford Home Theatre

Continuing The Pastor Picks series, John Smoke will present Her, a 2013 film billed as “a science fiction, fiction, romantic comedy-drama.”  Wow, something for everyone! Spike Jonze wrote and directed this highly acclaimed movie, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore Twombly, a lonely writer nursing a broken heart after the break-up of his marriage. But then Theodore falls in love with “her.” It’s romance 2025-style, and a little different than what we’re used to, but heartwarming nonetheless. Her garnered many awards, including five Academy Award nominations and an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. 

Soft drinks, popcorn, dessert and coffee will be served; a $2 donation is suggested. Sign-up now in the church office, 630.968.7120; attendance is limited to 20 people. See you on the 21!

A Christmas Handbell Concert - The Hanging of the Handbell Greens 2014

Saturday, November 22, 7:00 p.m.

Presented by the ringers of Downers Grove First United Methodist Church, Pattie Barnes, director.

Also featuring Chris Dortwegt, flute and Amy Vogt, oboe.

Come join us for an evening of sparkling, dancing handbells as we prepare our hearts for Christmas.

Tickets are only $8 each in advance; $10 at the door. Child care is provided.

For tickets or more information, please contact Pattie Barnes at bellhog@juno.com.

8:15 a.m. Worship Service in Chapel Hall

Due to required repairs to our building's elevator system, the Sunday 8:15 a.m. worship service will be held in Chapel Hall for the foreseeable future. For those with limited mobility, a barrier-free entry to Chapel Hall is located on the east side of the building, adjacent to the State Farm office.

The 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services will be held in the Sanctuary. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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