Diane Hires leading the combined DGFUMC choirsIgnite Youth GroupGet MessyPastor Greta with the Chorister ChoirUPAVIMPastor Jim giving a sermonMision FronterasPastor Greta baptizing a child

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

DGFUMC will join with others at an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service held at St. Luke's Presbyterian Church, 3910 Highland Ave, Downers Grove, on Tuesday, November 24 at 7:30 p.m. At this service we will celebrate being part of a diverse community of faith that can come together in prayer and praise.

St. Luke's Presbyterian Church, 3910 Highland Ave., Downers Grove
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 7:30pm

Membership Information Luncheon

Those interested in learning more information about joining our church are welcome to meet with Reverands Greta and Jim McDonald at this informative meeting and luncheon after our 11:00 a.m. worship service.

Please RSVP to our church office if planning to attend at 630.968.7120.

Room 213
Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 10:00am

2016-17 Preschool Registration Time!

It will soon be time to register your child for the First United Methodist Preschool for the 2016-2017 school year. Our preschool is for children who will be either 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2016. Classes meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings or afternoons from late-August to mid-May.  

Register in room 101 on Sunday, December 6 from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. and on Tuesday, December 8 from 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. A $100.00 non-refundable registration fee and completed application are required to secure a space. This registration is for church members who have taken the Membership Class and joined First United Methodist Church.

Open registration for the general public and non church members begins Tuesday, January 5, 2016 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. A certified copy of the birth certificate is now required by DCFS.

We look forward to watching your preschooler Grow With Us! For any questions, please contact Nancy Bifulco at 630.968.7120 ext. 215.

Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 10:30am

A Piece of Peace

To help you get a little more done this holiday season or to perhaps just have a moment of quite, the Children and Family Work Area is hosting A Piece of Peace.

Children (infant through 6th grade) are invited to come to the church for an afternoon of activities and fun! Cost is $5 a child or $10 for two of more children.

Please register with the church office, 630.968.7120, by December 3.

Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 3:00pm

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.

Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 9:00am

Thanksgiving Offering

Happy Thanksgiving!

As we enter this season of harvest and gratitude, we are reminded of the importance and power of giving thanks every day of the year. Christians are called to “give thanks in all circumstances,” (I Thessalonians 5:8) and so experience the gifts of God that we might otherwise overlook. Thankfulness is a choice we can make that opens our lives toward greater contentment and joy, and opens our eyes to see our neighbors with God’s love.  

On Thanksgiving Day we are invited to reclaim the story of a meal long ago, shared in love and thankfulness among people who grew from feared strangers to trusted friends, that began our nation’s Thanksgiving tradition. And we are invited to remember those who in this day are in need of food, shelter, compassion, and justice.

One of the ways we as a church show God’s love for our neighbors is through our Thanksgiving offering. The Thanksgiving offering goes specifically to ministries of local outreach and social justice. Our gifts are directed through our congregation’s Mission, Justice, and Community Work Area (combining the former Mission and Church and Society Work Areas); and will be used to reach out to lives, speak out about needs, and work to bring improved circumstances to others through the organizations described on the reverse side of this letter. 

If you haven't received a Thanksgiving offering envelope, they are available in the churhc office.

May your Thanksgiving be blessed with God’s abundant love.

Pastors Jim and Greta McDonald
Mission, Justice and Community Work Area

Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata - An Alice Parker Christmas

Alice Parker is a living musical legend whose work teaching congregations to sing and music directors to arrange and interpret has inspired thousands around the world. Alice’s arrangements and recordings with the Robert Shaw Chorale served to popularize choral music in our country. The program will feature ensembles and choir, and congregational singing.

Please come and begin your Advent season by listening to and joining the choir in singing favorite Christmas carols.

Sr. High Winter Retreat - Winter Blast

The Senior High Winter Retreat will be held at Grace Adventures Camp in Silver Lake, Michigan.

8th Graders are Invited to join us this year.

DATE:   January 1-3, 2016 
(Departure will be between 11am & Noon, returning approx. 6pm on Sunday)

An official camp medical release form, along with further information will be provided as we get closer. The Speaker is Tim Atkins & the band is The Birdsongs. Please call the church if you have any questions.

Registration Form due December 20th!

Grace Adventures Camp, Silver Lake, Michigan
Friday, January 1, 2016 - 11:30am

Sunday Evening Advent Study

Are you looking for a way to find spiritual refreshment during the Advent season? You are invited to a four session, weekly Advent experience that includes scripture reading, conversation, and prayer. Each session focuses on one simple Advent word and a suggestion for a way to pray during this important, but often hectic, season.

Kelly Towey and Pastor Greta will facilitate the sessions, which will be based on the Advent resource Behold, by Pamela Hawkins. All sessions will run 55 minutes in length.

Room 213
Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 5:00pm

Wednesday Morning Women's Advent Bible Study

This December the Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study will focus on an Advent and Christmas theme, using the book Behold, by Pamela Hawkins. This study helps us ponder the meaning of Christ’s coming into our world through scripture and prayer, with a central word for each of the four weeks in Advent – Expectancy, Preparation, Faith and Promise. All women are invited to this study. Books will be available for purchase at the meetings. Leaders are Maggie Roth, Kelly Towey and Pastor Greta.

Our November 18 meeting will be a special introductory session.

Room 213
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 9:00am

Health & Wellness Monthly Luncheon

Aging 101

What You Don't Know Can Hurt You.

Seniors are often unaware of the information that would help them age more successfully. Marybeth Beatty shares her knowledge and wisdom around the challenges of growing older.

RSVPs are requested. Please contact Sheila Ochoa in the church office at sheila@dgfumc.org or 630.968.7120.

Chapel Hall
Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 12:15pm

UMW Christmas Bake Sale

Join us as the UMW ladies host our annual holiday bake sale. Please plan to stop in the parlor before or after church service to buy some goodies to take home for yourself or friends as we help you kick off the holiday season with some tasty baked goods!

Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 9:00am

Friday Night at the Movies - Rescheduled **New Date**

Please note the date of November's Friday Night at the Movies has changed. Evan Almighty will now be shown on Friday, December 4.

If Noah’s Ark was one of your favorite Bible stories, you’ll love Evan Almighty, a 2007 comedy billed as a “stand-alone sequel/spin-off” to the popular 2003 comedy, Bruce Almighty. Steve Carell stars as congressman Evan Baxter, whose legislative career and happy family life are turned upside down when God shows up with other plans in mind. Also starring Morgan Freeman, John Gooden,and Wanda Sykes among others, this film is filled with laughs but also gives you a lot to think about.

Bob and Kathleen Schultz will be our presenters.

We’ll have refreshments; a $2 donation is suggested.  Sign-up now in the church office.

Safford Home
Friday, December 4, 2015 - 7:30pm

Hearing Loop System Now Available on the Main Floor of the Sanctuary

DGFUMC is pleased to announce that the Hearing Loop System in now available for use on the main floor of the Sanctuary.

A hearing loop is a wire that circles a room and is connected to a sound system. The loop transmits the sound electromagnetically. The electromagnetic signal is then picked up by the t-coil in a hearing aid or cochlear implant.

Users with a t-coil in their hearing aid can now listen to the service directly through their hearing aids. Please check with your hearing care professional to see if your hearing aid is equipped with a t-coil and properly adjusted. Non-hearing aid users can pick-up a headset to use at the sound board.

To learn more about the Hearing Loop System, please see the flyer below or visit the Welcome Kiosk in the west entryway.

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