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

Sacred Jazz Sunday

Please join us for this special Sunday, February 7, as we welcome the Downers Grove South Jazz Ensemble to our 9:30 & 11:00 worship services.

Health & Wellness Seminar - How to Treat Your Musculoskeletal Conditions Naturally

Many of us are surprised to discover a new ache or pain. We wonder what caused it; age, exercise, posture? We try to decide how to deal with it by asking ourselves if we should ignore it, take pain medicine, consult a physician, and/or try physical therapy.

If you have questions about your aches and pains, plan to join us as Dr. Kory Johnson discusses common injuries, self- treatment and how know when to seek medical intervention.

A question and answer session will follow Dr. Johnson’s presentation.

Part of the Monthly Seminar series sponsored by the Health and Wellness Work Area.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 9:30am

Lenten Season Parables Study

Join us for a short study of a few of Jesus' parables during this Lenten Season!

Each week we will be invited to focus on one of Jesus' parables. Each week's parable will be available on Sunday mornings and will include a few questions to get you thinking. The parables and questions will also be available online at dgfumc.org.

You may contemplate the questions individually, share comments with others on our DGFUMC Facebook page and/or continue the conversation in a group setting offered during Lent. Conversations will be offered on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the library (beginning February 14), during Wednesday dinners and each Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. in Room 213 (beginning February 17). All sessions will run a half hour long.

February 14 - The Good Samaritan
  Luke 10:30-37
  Theme - Reversal, Others, Neighbors

February 21 - The Mustard Seed
  Matthew 13:31-32; Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13:18-19
  Theme - Growth

February 28 - Lost Sheep
   Luke 15:3-7; Matthew 18:12-14
   Theme - Treasure, Importance of Each Soul

March 6 - Workers in the Vineyard
  Matthew 20:1-16
  Theme - Preparedness, Entitlement

March 13 - The Two Sons
     Matthew 21:28-32
     Theme - Decision, Commitment

Join in our community - pray, learn, serve and worship together

Friday Night at the Movies

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a 2012 release, will be presented by Andrew and Cindy Johnson. This popular and highly-acclaimed comedy-drama follows a group of retired Brits in search of a nice but not-too-costly rtirement site, which leads them to the lovely aforementioned hotel, located in India. At least the place looks lovely in the pictures!  What our adventurers find is “a little” different, which makes for a great story.  

Following what is sure to be a lively post-film discussion, we’ll enjoy our usual dessert and coffee, and of course we’ll have popcorn and soft drinks during the film  The usual $2 donation is suggested. Call the church office at 630.968.7120 and sign-up now.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 7:30pm

Joanna Circle No Longer Collecting Medicine Bottles

Due to the overwhelming response to the medicine bottle collection, Joanna Circle will no longer be collecting bottles. The Malawi Project, the organization that was receiving the bottles, posted the following notice on their website updating the status of the project.

UPDATE – DECEMBER 20, 2015 – AFTER REACHING MORE THAN 1 MILLION PILL CONTAINERS THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED. The Malawi Project Board of Directors has turned its attention to (1) famine relief, (2) getting medical supplies, including 30 kidney dialysis machines, to Malawi as well as another shipment of over 500 wheelchairs and, (3) gaining the funds from contributors to build a new birthing center south of the capital city of Lilongwe. Thank you for your support of the pill container program and please continue with us on future projects.

To learn more about the Malawi Project, visit malawiproject.org.

Joanna Circle would like to thank the congregation for their support in making this project a success!

Wednesday Morning Women's Bible Study

What are you giving up for Lent? Have you ever considered giving up something that's BAD for you? The Women's Bible Study will tackle a new Lenten study that encourages us to give up something negative (think envy or bitterness or a bad habit) and transfer that energy to something life-giving.

Join us as we start our discussion on Wednesday, January 27, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 213. We will introduce the study and weekly schedule for the next session. Suggested donation for study book is $10. Babysitting provided.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

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

Get On Board To Broadway - Sponsor a Chapel Choir Tour Bus Seat Today!

The 45th Annual Chapel Choir Tour will take place March 26-April 2, 2016 and you can help us cover some expenses by Getting On Board to Broadway and “sponsoring a bus seat” for $25. The cost of transportation is one of the largest line items in the tour budget, so offsetting some of the cost through seat sponsorships will help reduce the individual tour fee for choir members.

You can direct your sponsorship to a particular student or have it applied to the tour fund. Make checks payable to DGFUMC and write ‘Bus Sponsorship’ on the memo line.

Thank you for your support!

2016 Laity Convocation - Inside Out: Inner Strength for Greater Outreach

You are invited to join our Conference Board of Laity on Saturday, February 6 for INSIDE OUT! (Inner Strength for Greater Outreach). The event continues with the theme of Who Is My Neighbor, and seeks to help us renew our spirits in order to be more effective in our Christian outreach.

The featured speaker will be Ray Buckley, Interim Director of the Center for Native American Spirituality and Christian Study. The day will also offer the opportunity to attend one of four offered workshops. 

For details and registration information, please visit the Conference website.

To view the 2016 Laity Convocation Brochure, please click here.

Location: 
Sycamore United Methodist Church - 160 Johnson Avenue
Date: 
Saturday, February 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.

Onward Bound

Onward Bound is our Confirmation Preparatory Program for 7th & 8th Grade students.

Please contact Howie Snyder, Director of Youth Ministries for more information.

Location: 
Gym, Open Door Youth Center, Room 215, Room 218
Date: 
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 6:30pm

30 Hour Famine

Help Save Kid’s Lives! Ignite Students (grades 6th-12th) go 30 Hours without eating in order to raise money for children malnourished and/or dying of hunger in Third World Countries. Students must raise at least $35 to participate in the 30 Hour Famine. That is just over $1 per hour of the fast and is the amount of money that will feed a child for a month. Students start the Famine on their own by stopping eating anything but juice and water on Friday, Feb. 26 at 7AM. They then meet at the church for a Lock-in at 7pm on Friday. We will go without food until 1PM, Saturday, when we will break the fast with a Pot-Luck meal provided by the parents. During our time together, we will talk about hunger, worship, play games, juice breaks, and have fun being hungry together! For more information, call Howie at the church @ (630) 968-7120, ext. 203.

If your son/daughter is not physically capable of fasting for 30 hours, he or she can still participate in a modified fast. Please contact Howie if you would like to discuss this option.

Please see the registration form below for more information.

Fundraising Packets have arrived – pick up yours! You can also set-up an online account and start seeking support online. Go to 30hourfamine.org and join team: IGNITE STUDENT MINISTRIES.

Location: 
Open Door Youth Center
Date: 
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 7:00pm

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