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A Way Forward Study

This February, United Methodists from all over the world will gather in St. Louis, MO, for a special session of general conference. They will vote on a structure and plan for the United Methodist Church moving forward, especially in regards to inclusion of the LGBTQ community. Want to learn more about what this means?

Pastor Anna will be leading a four-week study covering the history of legislation and attitudes towards the LGBT community in the United Methodist Church; the plans that will be presented at General Conference; and information about what our Book of Discipline currently says.

We hope you can join us for this study! Join us for one week or all four starting on January 27 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 213.

For more information about the Commission on A Way Forward, visit the UMC website

Recycling Event: #6 Foam Products January 13

The "Green Team" will host a recycling event for foam #6 products on Sunday, January 13. Bring your recycling to the Parlor before or after church services on this date in clear plastic bags and our wonderful Green Team members will take it to the recycling facility for you! It couldn't be easier.

Please place #6 foam cups, plates, take-out containers, and egg  cartons in a clear plastic bag. Be sure to rinse all items. Do not include straws or lids, foam insulation, or packaging peanuts.

In a separate bag you may include molded foam that is used to package electronics. It's important it be in a separate bag because it is dropped off at a different location.

Thank you for helping us to keep #6 foam products out of our landfills.

Wednesday Evening Meal Subscription

Join us on Wednesday evenings for fun, fellowship, and a delicious meal!

To sign up, print out the Meal Subscription Form on the Family Fellowship page and turn it into the church office in person or by mail (First UMC, 1032 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515) along with payment by or on January 6. The office is open this week on January 2, 3, and 4 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. You may also drop it off on Sunday, January 6 before or after the service or email John Smoke at john@dgfumc.org to reserve a spot.

The meal schedule and payment information is on the Family Fellowship page.

Happy New Year!

Sunday Worship Schedule on December 30

Join us this Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. as we usher in the Season of Epiphany and celebrate the Light of Christ that has come into the world.

Please note that there will be only one service at 10:00 a.m on December 30. There will be no 8:15 a.m. service.

Communion will be held the following week, January 6, at each of our three regular worship services at 8:15, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m.

Christmas Eve Services

Please join us for our services on Monday, December 24:

4:00 p.m. - Family Worship

A worship celebration specially geared for children, with music provided by the Children's Choirs. Rev. John Smoke will share the message.

7:00 p.m. - Family Service with Communion

A family worship service featuring the Connection Choir. We will share in Christmas Eve communion as well as a candlelight carol-sing. The message will be given by Rev. Wesley Dorr, our Pastor of Youth Ministries.

9:00 p.m. - Traditional Candlelight Service

A traditional Christmas Eve service with the Chancel Choir and a candlelight carol-sing.

10:15 - 10:45 p.m. Come & Go Communion

Christmas Eve communion, served by Pastor Claude and Pastor Anna, in a come-and-go style in the Chapel.

11:00 p.m. - Traditional Candlelight Service

A traditional Christmas Eve service featuring the Chapel Choir and a carol-sing to greet the first moments of Christmas morning.

PADS Giving Tree

The PADS Giving Tree is now up in the Parlor. Gifts for PADS families will be collected throughout December. Pick a tag from the tree, buy the gift, and return the unwrapped gift back under the tree to help make a PADS client warm and cozy this holiday season.

Gifts will be collected throughout December. 

Alternative Gift Fair

For the next three Sundays in December, the Alternative Gift Fair will be held in the Parlor between the services. Many of you are familiar with the beautiful crafts handmade by the women of the UPAVIM (United for a Better Life) cooperative in Guatemala. Not only do they make ideal Christmas gifts for friends and family, you will also be supporting the women of La Esperanza in Guatemala City as they work to improve the quality of life for themselves and for their families through education, employment opportunities, daycare services for their children, health care services, and programs for personal and professional development. Choose from a large selection of colorful bags, scarves, Christmas ornaments, kitchen accessories, jewelry, and this year a new range of handcarved wooden spoons and bowls.

You can also contribute to the Heifer Project by purchasing living gifts that support programs to end hunger in the world.

Caroling Around the World – The Christmas Cantata

Caroling Around the World

Gather your friends and families and come enjoy the Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata, Caroling Around the World, this Sunday, December 2.

We open our hearts to familiar and new carols from 20 countries featuring vocal and instrumental soloists with the Chancel Choir.

Rev. John Smoke, our Christian Education Director, will lead the global tour for children, and projection designs will enhance our music without borders.

The 55-voice Chancel Choir is conducted by Ms. Diane Hires.

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.

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. 

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