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

Introducing Our New Associate Pastor

As you know, Jim and Greta McDonald have announced that they will be retiring at the end of June 2018.  We will miss them greatly.  After knowing this, with input from our church, Bishop Sally Dyck, District Superintendent Dick Wisdom and the Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) Cabinet diligently worked to find the next Senior Pastor, Rev. Claude R. King, Sr., and now have continued to work diligently to find the Associate Pastor for our church, Pastor Anna Voinovich.

Bishop Sally Dyck and the Northern Illinois Conference Cabinet have prayerfully discerned the Pastor Anna Voinovich to serve as the Associate Pastor of First UMC of Downers Grove for the following missional reasons: her passionate spirituality, her gift  in meeting people where they, her creativity in outreach and mission, and her experience in working on a large church staff.

Chapel Choir Spring Break Pre-Tour Concert

All are welcome to join us as the Chapel Choir presents a sneak peek of its upcoming Spring Break Tour program, Live to Love, at United Methodist Church of New Lenox, 339 New Lenox Rd.

United Methodist Church of New Lenox, 339 New Lenox Rd., New Lenox
Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 4:00pm

Life Line Screening event

Life Line Screening will be offering preventive health screenings on Monday, March 19, 2018.  As part of the screening event, Life Line Screening will offer low-cost take-home colorectal cancer tests called FIT (Fecal Immunochemical Test) in recognition of March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. These tests are simple, accurate, and recommended for the early detection of colorectal cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with age.  More than 90% of cases occur in people aged 50 and older.

Other preventive screenings provided check for stroke risk, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and osteoporosis. First United Methodist Church is pleased to make these important screenings available by hosting Life Line Screening, the nation's leading provider of preventive health screenings.

Screenings are fast, painless and affordable.  Three key tests check for blocked carotid arteries, an irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation, and high blood pressure, which are the three leading risk factors for stroke.  Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., yet, with preventive strategies, 80% of strokes can be prevented.

Other tests check for abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women. Many events also offer blood tests, including cholesterol, glucose and c-reactive protein screenings. 

Screening packages start at $139. Single tests cost around $70.

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 8:30am

#GivingTuesday Stories

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.

If you made a gift to Bridge Communities in honor of #GivingTuesday, you helped bring two families into safe housing for an entire year. Here is the story of one family our church has assisted.

When C first interviewed with Bridge late this fall, she was nearly nine months pregnant with her second child. She was homeless, desperate and brokenhearted. Because of many generous #GivingTuesday gifts, C's family was welcomed into Bridge just after baby Z was born!

Here's something else unique about C's story: When she was in high school, she loved her art class most of all. And when she met her Bridge mentors for the first time, her beloved art teacher (Janine, now retired) was one of them! It felt like fate. Their happy reunion has made for a great relationship, and they're working together on building C's future.

In 2017, Bridge Communities assisted 139 families just like C's with safe housing, mentoring, counseling, employment assistance, children's programs and more. Click here to read about more Bridge families!

Together @10 Palm Sunday Worship

On Palm Sunday, March 25, we will hold a special Together@10 Service, where the 9:30 and 11:00 services will be combined into ONE service at 10:00 a.m. This is a great time to make new friends, re-connect with old friends and bring guests to visit our church.

Please note that the 8:15 a.m. service will still be held in the Chapel.

Easter Flowers

It's time to order Easter Flowers! 

Easter flower options are:

  • Easter Lilies
  • Tulips
  • Azaleas
  • Hydrangeas

There are envelopes in the pews to be used for ordering. If you would like to purchase a plant, please fill out the information on the front of the envelope and enclose a check. You may indicate on the envelope if you would like the flowers in memory of someone or in honor of someone. Place your order in the offering plate on Sunday or bring it to the church office.

Introducing Our New Senior Pastor

As you know, Jim and Greta McDonald have announced that they will be retiring at the end of June 2018.  We will miss them greatly.  After knowing this, with input from our church, Bishop Sally Dyck, District Superintendent Dick Wisdom and the Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) Cabinet diligently worked to find the next Senior Pastor for our church.  These same people are now diligently working to find an Associate Pastor for our church. 

Bishop Dyck and the NIC Cabinet have prayerfully discerned that Rev. Claude R. King Sr. be appointed to serve as the Senior Pastor of First UMC Downers Grove for the following missional reasons: excellence in preaching and worship, creativity in developing outward focused ministry, passionate spirituality, and a deep love for God and God's people.

Pastor Claude is an ordained Elder and lifelong member of the United Methodist Church.  He received his BA in Sociology with an emphasis in Anthropology from Chicago State University. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.   He has served as Pastor and Associate Pastor at a variety of churches in Chicago, including the Chicago Temple, in Glen Ellyn, and is presently serving as Pastor of the Olympia Fields UMC.  Several of these appointments were in large multi-staff churches.  He is a practitioner in teamwork and a bridge builder as head of staff in the local church.  Rev. King also serves on the UMC-NIC Board of Ordained Ministry; this Board is responsible for guiding clergy candidates through the ordination process, including interviewing and recommending all candidates who are seeking to be fully ordained as ministers in the NIC-UMC. 

Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study

The Women’s Bible Study meets every Wednesday morning for a lively discussion with the aim of connecting biblical texts to their daily lives. They are now holding a 8-week session on the Book of Acts, using the study guide by Craig Keener.

Books are available for purchase for $9 in the office or during the class.

Drop-ins are welcome. All women are invited to attend!

Childcare is available upon request.

Room 213
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 9:00am

DGFUMC Summer Camp 2018 - Beyond Belief

What if God was bigger than you ever imagined? Beyond Belief! - the camp curriculum - invites campers to ask the big questions about God and explore how God can be seen in the vastness of creation, the power of community, and even in their own hearts.

DGFUMC is offering this summer camp experience for children and youth from 2nd to 9th grade at the Wesley Woods Conference Center, Williams Bay, WI from June 25-29. The grade listed is the grade the student will be entering in the fall of 2018.

Camp lasts only one week - but what campers take home can last a lifetime.

Registration for Summer Camp begins March 1 for DGFUMC members and April 1 for non-members.

Registration deadline: June 1.

A $50 deposit is due at the time of registration with payment in full due by June 25.

Space is limited, so register early!

Click below for a registration form or visit the church office for more information.

Sponsor a Chapel Choir Tour Bus Seat Today!

The 48th Annual Chapel Choir Tour will take place March 24-31, 2018 to Savannah, GA and you can help us cover some expenses and by “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.

Use the form below to direct your sponsorship to a particular student or have it applied to the tour fund. Forms are also available in the church office and in the west entryway on the poster board.

Make checks payable to DGFUMC and write ‘Bus Sponsorship’ on the memo line.

Thank you for your support!

Food Pantry Volunteers Needed

Our church staffs the People’s Resource Center Pantry the 2nd and 4th Thursday evenings of each month. Located in Westmont (map), the PRC provides fresh produce, canned goods, and other food items to clients in DuPage County, as well as offering other services. As a volunteer, you would greet clients, show them what is available,and help with bagging the groceries and getting the food to their car.

If you would be willing to help, as seldom or as often as you’d like, please contact Julie Stone.

Adult Bible Study - Luke's Gospel

Pastor Jim will lead this group as they begin reading through the Gospel of Luke. At each class, a selection from Luke will be read and then discussion will take place to compare and contrast how life today is different from life described in the passage. Participants will explore ways that the passage might still speak to them, given the historical distance from the text.

All you need to bring is your Bible!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 11:00am

Never2Young Jr. High Youth Conference

May 4-5, 2018, Indiana Wesleyan University

For Youth in grades 6th-8th

More info at: https://www.indwes.edu/youthministry/never2young/

Departing from Upper Parking Lot:  Friday at 12:30PM – youth will need to get out-of-school early that day

Returning: Saturday, approx. 7PM

Total Cost: $40 if deposit received by April 11, $45 if received by April 25.  $50 if after April 25.  Make checks out to DGFUMC.  Space is limited, first come first serve.   

Bring Registration forms to the church office or to Howie

Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN
Friday, May 4, 2018 - 12:30pm

Hearing Loop System Available on the Main Floor of the Sanctuary

DGFUMC is pleased to provide the Hearing Loop System 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..

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