Diane Hires leading the combined DGFUMC choirsIgnite Youth GroupClaire at UPAVIMPastor Greta with the Chorister ChoirGet MessyUPAVIMPastor Jim giving a sermonMision FronterasPastor Greta baptizing a child

Gym Painting Completed

A big Thank You to all who gave their time and energy to paint the gym. With all the effort, we completed the task in just four paint days! It looks great and is ready for another few years. Thank you for your donation of time to our church!

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 will meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM and there is NO cost!  Parents are welcome to drop off their kids OR stay and enjoy the fun!  Children are encouraged to bring some extra change or a dollar that will all go to support our Imagine NO Malaria fundraising efforts.

Schedule of Wednesdays and Themes:
July 6:  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!

July 13:  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 27:  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 each week - whatever fits in your schedule! For more information contact John Smoke at john@dgfumc.org or 630.968.7120.

Date: 
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 6:30pm

Fall 2016 Preschool Openings

The First United Methodist Preschool has had a few spots open up for fall in our morning 3’s class, which runs from 8:45 to 10:45 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. We also have a few openings in our afternoon 3’s and 4’s classes. 
If you are interested, please contact Nancy Bifulco at 630.968.7120 ext 215 or nancy@dgfumc.org.

Vacation Bible School - Surf Shack

Join us this August for Surf Shack VBS where kids will plunge into the incredible experience of knowing God. They will encounter God's awesomeness through Bible stories of the amazing ways God has moved in the lives of others before embarking on the breathtaking adventure of participating in God's love. Along with the Bible story, there will be stations of music, games, computer, art, snack, science and group building.

Children entering Kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to attend. The cost is $15 per child or $35 per family with 3 or more children. Cost includes all materials and a pizza lunch with a short program for families on Thursday, August 4, at noon.

Adults, please consider volunteering to help; it’s fun and the children love having their parents there.

Date: 
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 9:00am

Women's Wednesday Morning Bible Study Summer Session

On July 27, the Women’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study will begin discussion of their second book this summer, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell. This thought-provoking book will provide the basis for a discussion around heaven and God’s love.

Please join us for one, all, or some of the sessions that will run through the month of August. Childcare is provided in the nursery.

Please note, attendees should purchase the book on their own. We will not have copies for sale.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 9:00am

Fifth week at UPAVIM

This was my fifth and final week at UPAVIM. The past few days were full of good-bye hugs, photos, and food. On Monday, I had dinner with Carrie, one of the Sister Parish coordinators that I met during the delegation last year. It was great to catch up with her and tell her about my experiences at UPAVIM. On Wednesday, I had a second meeting with the consejo del hermanamiento (the UPAVIM committee in charge of the Sister Parish connection). We continued planning ways to improve communication between our two communities, including a "pen pal" email connection between youth. I hope that my presence here has helped strengthen the relationship between DGFUMC and UPAVIM. On Thursday, the women had a goodbye party for me, which was bittersweet. 

Part-Time Preschool Teacher Needed

First United Methodist Preschool is looking for a part-time afternoon teacher in our 4 year old classroom. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, with extra time for classroom set-up once a month and an occasional evening and weekend event. Applicants must have 60 semester hours of college credit with 6 hours in early childhood. Salary based on experience.  

For details and to get an application, please contact Nancy Bifulco at nancy@dgfumc.org.

Run For Their Lives 5k - NORTH

You can help bring awareness to the very real issue of human trafficking that effects all of us. Run For Their Lives 5K Walk/Run (RFTL 5K) is a 5k dedicated to bringing awareness to human trafficking. All net proceeds will be donated to Hope for Justice and Reclaim 13 to support these frontrunners in fighting human trafficking both locally and globally.

DGFUMC is an event sponsor. We are already putting together a team to help support this worthy cause. Kids 12 and under can participate in a free fun run.  

In addition to walkers and runners, we are also looking for volunteers to help staff this event.

All are welcome to help us support this meaningful cause!

To learn more about the event and to register to participate and volunteer, visit rftlchi.com.

Please note that we are participating in the NORTH race, which steps off at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Downers Grove on August 6, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.

Location: 
St. Paul's United Church of Christ - 5739 Dunham Rd - Downers Grove
Date: 
Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 8:00am

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.

Summer Worship Hours

Our Summer Sunday Worship Schedule, with two services, 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., are now in effect until the Sunday after Labor Day. Both services are 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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