January 2019

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9:00 am
Church Closed for New Year's Holiday

Church Closed for New Year's Holiday

In observance of New Year's Day, the church will be closed on Tuesday, January 1. If you need assistance during this time, please contact Pastor Claude at 630.297.8574.

Date: 
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
 
 
 
10:00 am
Youth Fellowship Event

Youth Fellowship Event

Open GymDeacon Wes invites Jr. High or Sr. High youth to come and play basketball or hang out in the Open Door Youth Center any time from 10am to 2pm on Friday, Jan. 4. These are drop-in hours so you are welcome to come and go as you want. We'll have sandwich fixins and snacks on hand.

Please join us!

Location: 
Open Door Youth Center
Date: 
Friday, January 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
 
 
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8:15 am
Service of Holy Communion
8:15am

Service of Holy Communion

Preacher: 
Pastor Claude
Acknowledging and Embracing the Epiphany
Scripture: 
Matthew 2:1–12

This service, which is in the intimate setting of the Heartt Memorial Chapel, consists of hymns, prayers, scripture readings, and a sermon. There is no Sunday School during this service.

 
9:30 am
Service of Holy Communion
9:30am

Service of Holy Communion

Preacher: 
Pastor Claude
Acknowledging and Embracing the Epiphany
Scripture: 
Matthew 2:1–12
Music: 

Worship Band

This service of hymns, prayers, scripture readings and a sermon is held in the Sanctuary, with music of a more contemporary flavor performed by the high school Chapel Choir. All children from Kindergarten through 6th grade start in the Sanctuary for worship. After the Moment for Children, 1st-6th graders may go with Pastor John to Sunday School. All 1st-3rd graders need to be signed-in on the sheets located just outside the sanctuary. Children may be picked up in rooms 212-218 following the service.

 
11:00 am
Service of Holy Communion
11:00am

Service of Holy Communion

Preacher: 
Pastor Claude
Acknowledging and Embracing the Epiphany
Scripture: 
Matthew 2:1–12
Music: 

Scott Hudson and Hannah Prindle, vocalists
Chris Hudson, piano

This service of hymns, prayers, scripture readings and a sermon is held in the Sanctuary, with music performed by the Chancel Choir. All children from Kindergarten through 6th grade start in the Sanctuary for worship. After the Moment for Children, children may return to their families for worship or go with Pastor John to Sunday School. All 1st-3rd graders need to be signed-in on the sheets located just outside the sanctuary. Children may be picked up in rooms 212-218 following the service.

 
2:00 pm
2019-20 Preschool Open House & Registration

2019-20 Preschool Open House & Registration

The First United Methodist Preschool is having an open house on Sunday, January 6 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. The Open House provides families with an opportunity to meet the teachers and board members, tour the classrooms, and ask any questions about our program..

Registration for the First United Methodist Preschool for the 2019-2020 school year begins Sunday, January 6, 2019 at the Open House.

Our preschool is for children who will be either 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2019. Classes meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings or afternoons from early September to mid-May. 

A certified copy of each child's birth certificate is required by DCFS. to register. If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Bifulco at 630.968.7120, ext 215 or nancy@dgfumc.org.

Location: 
Room 101
Date: 
Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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8:15 am
Worship Service
8:15am

Worship Service

Preacher: 
Pastor Claude
What Does It Mean to be Baptized?
Scripture: 
Luke 3:15–17, 21–22
Music: 

Maureen McDorman, Michelle Waltmire, duet

This service, which is in the intimate setting of the Heartt Memorial Chapel, consists of hymns, prayers, scripture readings, and a sermon. There is no Sunday School during this service.

 
9:15 am
Adult Education Bible Study

Adult Education Bible Study

Dr. Osvaldo Vena will continue the study of the Gospel of Mark which began last spring. Osvaldo is a professor of New Testament at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, and author of Jesus, Disciple of the Kingdom: Mark's Christology for a Community in Crisis as well as a member of our congregation. Osvaldo has described Jesus as "the disciple par excellence of the kingdom of God, a model for our daily, contemporary journey as God's people." The class, which meets in Room 213 at 9:15am each Sunday, is invited to explore the meaning and context of passages that constantly yield surprises even though they seem so well known to us.

Due to scheduling conflicts, the class will take a break from meeting on September 23 and 30 and begin again on Sunday, October 7.

New participants are always welcome. 

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 9:15am
Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 9:15am
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 9:15am
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 9:15am
 
9:30 am
Worship Service
9:30am

Worship Service

Preacher: 
Pastor Claude
What Does It Mean to be Baptized?
Scripture: 
Luke 3:15–17, 21–22
Music: 

Chapel Choir

This service of hymns, prayers, scripture readings and a sermon is held in the Sanctuary, with music of a more contemporary flavor performed by the high school Chapel Choir. All children from Kindergarten through 6th grade start in the Sanctuary for worship. After the Moment for Children, 1st-6th graders may go with Pastor John to Sunday School. All 1st-3rd graders need to be signed-in on the sheets located just outside the sanctuary. Children may be picked up in rooms 212-218 following the service.

 
11:00 am
Messy Church
11:00am

Messy Church

Messy Church is a new kind of service on the second Sunday of the month for parents and children to share. There will be a time to make crafts as a family, a short (and lively) time of gathering, and a family friendly lunch. This time will be about building community along with thinking about that greater power that is creator and love of all. It takes place in the church gym. Please register in advance so that we can prepare food and supplies.

 
11:00 am
Worship Service
11:00am

Worship Service

Preacher: 
Pastor Claude
What Does It Mean to be Baptized?
Scripture: 
Luke 3:15–17, 21–22
Music: 

Chancel Choir

This service of hymns, prayers, scripture readings and a sermon is held in the Sanctuary, with music performed by the Chancel Choir. All children from Kindergarten through 6th grade start in the Sanctuary for worship. After the Moment for Children, children may return to their families for worship or go with Pastor John to Sunday School. All 1st-3rd graders need to be signed-in on the sheets located just outside the sanctuary. Children may be picked up in rooms 212-218 following the service.

 
12:15 pm
Membership Exploration Class

Membership Exploration Class

Interested in becoming a member or just curious about who we are? Learn more about Downers Grove First United Methodist Church in a casual setting at our Membership Exploration Class.

Join us to get acquainted with our pastors, ask questions, and meet new people.

Location: 
Room 202
Date: 
Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 12:15pm
Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 11:15am
Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 11:15am
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:15am
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 11:15am
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 12:15pm
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 12:15pm
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 12:15pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 12:15pm
Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 12:15pm
 
 
 
9:00 am
Wednesday Women's Bible Study

Wednesday Women's Bible Study

The Wednesday Women's Bible Study will be reading Short Stories by Jesus:  The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy Jill-Levine this winter. This is an exploration of the historical background and spiritual meaning of Jesus' parables by one of the foremost Jewish biblical scholars, who visited our church to give a series of lectures in 2009.

The group is facilitated by Pastor Anna, Maggie Roth, and Leah Ostwald. Books are available at the meeting. Can't make it every week? Drop-ins are welcome. Childcare is provided. Cost of the book is $14 and copies are available in the church office or at the Wednesday meeting.

Date: 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 9:00am
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 9:00am
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 9:00am
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 9:00am
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 9:00am
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 9:00am
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 9:00am
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 9:00am
 
 
 
 
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8:15 am
Worship Service
8:15am

Worship Service

This service, which is in the intimate setting of the Heartt Memorial Chapel, consists of hymns, prayers, scripture readings, and a sermon. There is no Sunday School during this service.

 
9:30 am
Worship Service
9:30am

Worship Service

Music: 

Chapel Choir

This service of hymns, prayers, scripture readings and a sermon is held in the Sanctuary, with music of a more contemporary flavor performed by the high school Chapel Choir. All children from Kindergarten through 6th grade start in the Sanctuary for worship. After the Moment for Children, 1st-6th graders may go with Pastor John to Sunday School. All 1st-3rd graders need to be signed-in on the sheets located just outside the sanctuary. Children may be picked up in rooms 212-218 following the service.

 
11:00 am
Worship Service
11:00am

Worship Service

Music: 

Chancel Choir

This service of hymns, prayers, scripture readings and a sermon is held in the Sanctuary, with music performed by the Chancel Choir. All children from Kindergarten through 6th grade start in the Sanctuary for worship. After the Moment for Children, children may return to their families for worship or go with Pastor John to Sunday School. All 1st-3rd graders need to be signed-in on the sheets located just outside the sanctuary. Children may be picked up in rooms 212-218 following the service.

 
12:15 pm
Youth Event: Ice Skating at Maggie Daley Park

Youth Event: Ice Skating at Maggie Daley Park

Open Gym

Join us for skating on the ribbon at Maggie Daley Park or exploring the park!

We will meet at the Open Door youth room at 12:15 p.m. Our train departs at 12:45 p.m. Youth should definitely dress warmly as we will be walking about a mile from Union Station to the park and walking from DGFUMC to the train station and back and the skating ribbon is all outdoors! It will be a cold day, so dress warmly. There are warming centers near the skating ribbon.  

Those who would like to skate on the ribbon can bring their own skates or rent a pair at the skating park (see fees for rental below). For those who do not want to skate, Pastor Anna will lead a group to explore the park.

We will eat fast food downtown (Potbelly or Chipotle) and return on the 6:40 p.m. train to Downers Grove. Pick up will be at 7:35 p.m. at the Open Door youth room entrance.

Chaperones are needed for this event; if you are interested, please let Deacon Wes know.

Fees for this Event

Weekend train pass - $10 (We will pre-purchase passes and youth can purchase a pass directly from Deacon Wes on the day of the event.)
Admission to the skating ribbon  - Free
Skate Rental - $15 or you may bring your own skates
Fast food - approx. $12 - $15 for Potbelly or Chipotle

For more info about the park or to see photos of the cool skating ribbon, visit maggiedaleypark.com.

Please join us!

Location: 
Open Door Youth Center
Date: 
Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 12:15pm to 7:35pm
 
9:00 am
Office Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Office Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the church office will be closed on Monday, January 21. If you need assistance during this time, please contact Pastor Claude at 630.297.8574.

Date: 
Monday, January 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
 
 
9:00 am
Wednesday Women's Bible Study

Wednesday Women's Bible Study

The Wednesday Women's Bible Study will be reading Short Stories by Jesus:  The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy Jill-Levine this winter. This is an exploration of the historical background and spiritual meaning of Jesus' parables by one of the foremost Jewish biblical scholars, who visited our church to give a series of lectures in 2009.

The group is facilitated by Pastor Anna, Maggie Roth, and Leah Ostwald. Books are available at the meeting. Can't make it every week? Drop-ins are welcome. Childcare is provided. Cost of the book is $14 and copies are available in the church office or at the Wednesday meeting.

Date: 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 9:00am
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 9:00am
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 9:00am
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 9:00am
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 9:00am
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 9:00am
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 9:00am
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 9:00am
 
5:00 pm
Don's Home Cookin' Family Meal

Don's Home Cookin' Family Meal

The cooking team of Don Safford, Bill Chalberg, Susan Newman, and Ken Drogemuller will be back for a Home Cookin' meal. All are invited to join us for this special family meal between 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. This meal is always awesome and the fellowship is fantastic!

Cost is only $6 a meal...the great fellowship is free! Please register by emailing John Smoke at john@dgfumc.org. You may pay that day.

Location: 
Gym
Date: 
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
 
 
 
 
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8:15 am
Worship Service
8:15am

Worship Service

This service, which is in the intimate setting of the Heartt Memorial Chapel, consists of hymns, prayers, scripture readings, and a sermon. There is no Sunday School during this service.

 
9:15 am
Adult Education Bible Study

Adult Education Bible Study

Dr. Osvaldo Vena will continue the study of the Gospel of Mark which began last spring. Osvaldo is a professor of New Testament at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, and author of Jesus, Disciple of the Kingdom: Mark's Christology for a Community in Crisis as well as a member of our congregation. Osvaldo has described Jesus as "the disciple par excellence of the kingdom of God, a model for our daily, contemporary journey as God's people." The class, which meets in Room 213 at 9:15am each Sunday, is invited to explore the meaning and context of passages that constantly yield surprises even though they seem so well known to us.

Due to scheduling conflicts, the class will take a break from meeting on September 23 and 30 and begin again on Sunday, October 7.

New participants are always welcome. 

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 9:15am
Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 9:15am
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 9:15am
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 9:15am
 
9:30 am
Worship Service
9:30am

Worship Service

Music: 

Chapel Choir

This service of hymns, prayers, scripture readings and a sermon is held in the Sanctuary, with music of a more contemporary flavor performed by the high school Chapel Choir. All children from Kindergarten through 6th grade start in the Sanctuary for worship. After the Moment for Children, 1st-6th graders may go with Pastor John to Sunday School. All 1st-3rd graders need to be signed-in on the sheets located just outside the sanctuary. Children may be picked up in rooms 212-218 following the service.

 
11:00 am
Worship Service
11:00am

Worship Service

Music: 

Chancel Choir

This service of hymns, prayers, scripture readings and a sermon is held in the Sanctuary, with music performed by the Chancel Choir. All children from Kindergarten through 6th grade start in the Sanctuary for worship. After the Moment for Children, children may return to their families for worship or go with Pastor John to Sunday School. All 1st-3rd graders need to be signed-in on the sheets located just outside the sanctuary. Children may be picked up in rooms 212-218 following the service.

 
 
 
9:00 am
Wednesday Women's Bible Study

Wednesday Women's Bible Study

The Wednesday Women's Bible Study will be reading Short Stories by Jesus:  The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy Jill-Levine this winter. This is an exploration of the historical background and spiritual meaning of Jesus' parables by one of the foremost Jewish biblical scholars, who visited our church to give a series of lectures in 2009.

The group is facilitated by Pastor Anna, Maggie Roth, and Leah Ostwald. Books are available at the meeting. Can't make it every week? Drop-ins are welcome. Childcare is provided. Cost of the book is $14 and copies are available in the church office or at the Wednesday meeting.

Date: 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 9:00am
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 9:00am
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 9:00am
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 9:00am
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 9:00am
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 9:00am
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 9:00am
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 9:00am
 
 
 
 

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