Recent News

The Giving Tree

This Christmas season we are again partnering with ChildServ and the People's Resource Center to provide gifts for those in need. Stop by the Parlor and pick a tag from one of the trees.

Gifts for ChildServ and the PRC need to be returned under the tree by Sunday, November 25 at noon. 

Clean Energy Petition

Concerned about our changing climate? Interested in clean energy to benefit our local communities? Stop by the Environmental Stewardship Work Area table in the parlor after services on Sunday, November 25, to sign a "clean energy petition postcard" to be submitted to your village leadership.

A new group, the DuPage Clean Energy Coalition, is collecting these postcards throughout DuPage County to let towns' leaders know that residents want to see more renewable energy like solar power. Together, we can act locally on climate change, help improve quality of life in our community, and make a big difference for our amazing planet.

Introducing our New Pastor of Youth Ministries

Wesley DorrWe are delighted to announce that Rev. Wesley Dorr will be joining our ministry team on December 1 as the Pastor of Youth Ministries. Wes is a 2005 graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity and a certification in Christian Education and Church Leadership. He is an ordained a deacon in full connection with a great passion for guiding youth to a deeper faith and connecting them with experiences that lead to a better understanding of social justice through the love of Christ.

Pastor Dorr comes to us from United Church of Rogers Park UMC where he founded the Peace Center of Rogers Park and developed an after-school program and a summer camp for the children of the Rogers Park Neighborhood. He brings a vast knowledge of restorative justice and community engagement. Pastor Dorr grew up in Olive Branch, Mississippi just outside of Memphis, Tenn. and did his undergraduate work at Mississippi State University. He and his wife, Charlotte, have a nine-year-old son, Brennan. Pastor Wes enjoys coaching little league baseball, bike riding, and watching Chicago sports. He especially has a love of the White Sox!

Rally Day Celebration

Make plans to join us on Rally Day as we kick-off our new year and celebrate our coming season of educational and musical ministries as a congregation on Sunday, September 9! We'll kick off our new year of Sunday School and prepare for the coming season.

Please note that our 8:15 a.m. worship service will resume in the Chapel on this day. We will continue with our Together @ 10 worship service at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. There will be no Sunday School this day as families are encouraged to worship together. Messy Church will also be held this day starting at 11:00 a.m. All are invited to join in a family friendly worship time with crafts and lunch.

We will continue our fellowship after services as the Children & Family Work Area has reserved the Tivoli Movie Theater for our Rally Day celebration. Everyone is invited to join us for the movie Dolphin Tale, a true story, which will be shown at 1:30 p.m.

Join us and invite your neighbors and friends to church in the morning and the free movie in the afternoon!

Children's Sabbath and Blessing of the Backpacks

Join the United Methodist Women in celebrating children and youth all over the world! In honor of this day, children and youth from our congregation will help lead the service and provide special music. Children of all ages are asked to bring their backpacks (or briefcases) to church at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. Pastor John Smoke will give a blessing of the backpacks (and briefcases) to get the new school year (and work year) off to a great start! Each child is asked to also bring a non-perishable food item for donation to People's Resource Center. 

Youth Missions Stock for Sale

The Ignite Youth Group is selling stock for this year’s Mission Trips. Stock is $10 and comes with an invitation to our Mission Trip Thank You Ice Cream Social on August 12, after the 10am Service in the Gym.

Stock is available for purchase in the parlor every Sunday morning through July 8 and in the church office throughout the week.

All Church Mission Trip

Getting the Camp Ready for Camp
Wesley Woods Retreat Center in Williams Bay, WI

June 12 - 17

The second annual All Church Mission Trip will provide a wonderful opportunity to put your faith into action at the Wesley Woods Retreat Center. The camp buildings and grounds need fixing up right before our summer campers arrive! Many hands are needed in this beautiful setting on the shores of Lake Geneva, WI. Come for a few hours, a day, or as many days as you can. There are jobs for everyone, regardless of skill level or expertise. Tasks may include painting and staining; replacing lights; repairing wood siding, railings, windows, roofs, and steps; cleaning cabins; and repairing or replacing trails and paths. All tools, supplies, and meals are provided.

Let us know you're coming! Contact Don Dunham at 630.362.3164 or don@dgfumc.org for more information.

Children's Choirs Spring Cantata

Let Your Light Shine

Join us as our children's choirs come together to present their cantata, "Let Your Light Shine" on Sunday, April 29 at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Worship Services.

You will be entertained with songs and mini-skits, presented by the Cherub, Chorister and Connection Choirs!

Chancel Choir Cantata

On Sunday, April 15, the Chancel Choir will present their annual spring cantata. This year, they will perform The Holy Spirit Mass: Together in Hope, a wonderful choral work by the internationally renowned Norwegian composer, Kim André Arnesen, who writes music that combines touching simplicity with majestic power. The choir will be accompanied by a 17-piece string orchestra and guest singers.

The work was commissioned to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation as an ecumenical offering drawing on both the traditional Latin mass and Lutheran musical heritage. Its first performance was at an interfaith concert by the National Lutheran Choir in Washington DC last year, so this is an exciting opportunity to hear a major new choral piece within a year of its world première.

Please invite your family and friends to experience this musical celebration of our faith at both the 9:30 and 11:00am services.

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.

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