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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.

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.

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.

#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!

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. 

Ash Wednesday

Ash WednesdayAll are invited to start the Lenten season by attending our Ash Wednesday service from 7pm-8pm on February 14. This service will be held in the Sanctuary.

Nicole Snyder will be preaching, and the Connection Choir will be singing.

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