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Children's Sabbath and Backpack Blessing Sunday

Join us for Children's Sabbath!
This Sunday, August 25

Celebrate children and youth all over the world at our worship services this Sunday! A wonderful service is planned with music provided by children and youth from our congregation, a blessing of backpacks, non-perishable food item collection, and a special message at our 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. worship services.

If you are able, please bring a non-perishable food item to church with you. Children will be collecting items from members in the congregation during the service, so please keep the items in the pew with you. All food will be donated to the People's Resource Center.

A blessing of the backpacks is another special feature of our worship services this week. All students of all ages, from preschool to graduate school, are invited to bring their backpacks and school bags to be blessed. It's a wonderful way to get the new school year off to a great start!

Please plan to join us for our special Sunday and feel free to invite others to participate in this holy Children's Sabbath service. See you Sunday!

For more information contact John Smoke at john@dgfumc.org or 630.968.7120.

Letter or Prayer Sponsor for Guatemala

DGFUMC is sending eight delegates to Guatemala City from July 12 – 21 to continue to deepen our relationship with the families of UPAVIM, facilitated through Sister Parish. You can participate in this delegation by being a letter or prayer sponsor.

To be a letter sponsor, write a note of encouragement that the delegates can open each day they are on the trip. It is important for them to know they represent our church community and they carry with them your thoughts, blessings, and hopes for a safe and meaningful experience. Our delegates are Pastor Anna Voinovich, Jenny Kirkpatrick, Linda Main, Gwen Kenney-Benson, Renee and Hannah Hyzy, and Sheila and Bella Ochoa. Return notes to the church office by Tuesday, July 9 or email them to the church office at sheila@dgfumc.org and they will be printed for the delegates.

To be a prayer sponsor, commit to pray for our delegates on any of their mission days. Please also pray for the women of UPAVIM as they work to bring hope and services to the people of their impoverished neighborhood, La Esperanza. It is a wonderful opportunity to encourage their work and stand beside them as they struggle for a better life.Letter or Prayer Sponsor.

Children's Choirs Spring Cantata

Rescue in the Night

Join us as our children's choirs come together to present their cantata, "Rescue in the Night" on Sunday, May 5 at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Worship Services.

Come hear a light hearted, but faithful rendition of the biblical story of Daniel and the Lions’ Den by the Cherub, Chorister, and Connection Choirs!

Chancel Choir Cantata

A time for reflection and meditation...

Make plans to attend a presentation of Fauré’s Requiem by the Chancel Choir and guest chamber orchestra for their annual spring Cantata on Sunday, April 7 at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services. Faure’s gift for ethereal beauty has made this piece universally popular.

Featured soloists will be guest baritone Evan Tyrone Martin and soprano Jamie Calandriello. An offertory trio will feature Andrew Hesse, cello, Molly Hesse, violin, and Julie Spring, harp.

Please invite family members and friends to join you for this experience. They will be glad you did.

Host Families Needed (no Spanish required)

On April 25, 26, and 27, DGFUMC is hosting the North American Board of Directors' meeting of Sister Parish - the organization that links DGFUMC with the women of UPAVIM in Guatemala City.

We are looking for four host families to house members of the board during the meeting. There will be a married couple, two single men driving together, another single man, and a woman with a 2-year-old child requiring accommodation. Host families will provide breakfast, drive some members to and from DGFUMC for their meetings, and may choose to attend optional social events with the board and others.

If you are interested in hosting or would like more details, contact Ina Osborn at 630.308.8418 or call the church office.

All Church Read Begins April 28

The Hate U GiveJoin the All Church Read Discussion of the book, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas for those who are ages 14 and up.  Descriptions of the book are located here and here.

A copy of the book may be pre-ordered for $12 at the Adult Education table in the Parlor on Sundays or by calling the church office. Please pay when you register so that we know how many books to order.

Our book discussions will begin April 28 and continue through May 20. Discussions will be held on Sundays at 12:30 p.m. in Room 218 and on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor. Two dates and times will be held each week to allow for as many people as possible to participate. Come to one or the other during the week; the material will be the same at each time.

Northern Illinois Open Letter to the Bishop

Church members are welcome to sign an open letter to Bishop Sally Dyck, which expresses concern for the harm done by the Special Session of General Conference to LGBTQIA+ persons and the damage to all of us who seek to worship in an inclusive church. In the past week, over 600 people from all over the Northern Illinois Conference have signed in support. If you wish to sign, there is a form at the bottom of the letter where you can add your name.

|Northern Illinois Open Letter to the Bishop|

UMCOR Sunday - March 31

YOUR CONTRIBUTION ENSURES UMCOR’S RESPONSE IN TIMES OF CRISIS

UMCOR is the humanitarian arm of The United Methodist Church. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. UMCOR provides humanitarian relief when war, conflict or natural disaster disrupts life to such an extent that communities cannot recover on their own.

For more than 50 years, United Methodist congregations have been taking part in a special UMCOR Sunday offering, laying the foundation for UMCOR’s ministry of relief and hope.

Donations UMCOR receives through this offering, along with other undesignated gifts made throughout the year, cover our costs of doing business. Gifts like yours make it possible for UMCOR to use 100% of all other contributions on the projects our donors specify, instead of on administrative or fundraising costs.

UMCOR does not receive United Methodist World Service or apportionment funds, so without your offerings, UMCOR would not exist.

Because we keep operating costs under 10% of our total budget, undesignated gifts may actually exceed UMCOR’s administrative needs. When that happens, your support is channeled to under-funded programs, where they’re most needed. They also may be used to allow UMCOR to respond to disasters immediately after an event and before funds can be raised.

For more information, visit the UMCOR page. 

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