Sister Church Planning Session

Sunday, July 19
11:00 a.m.
Room 218

Connect your hearts and hands with our sister church and its neighbors.

All members of DGFUMC are invited to join a planning session exploring ways that our congregation may further help to serve the needs of United Church of Rogers Park – a Methodist congregation, our sister church in Chicago – as UCRP serves the needs of its ethnically and economically diverse community.

For many years, our junior high youth have spent a week in mission at UCRP assisting with the Children’s Summer Camp (much like our Vacation Bible School). Following their example and having seen first-hand the challenging and productive Christian outreach of UCRP, the Missions, Justice & Community work area is initiating a more intentional relationship with UCRP so that throughout the year our adult members, too, may provide support to our sister church. The support might include assisting with a community program, helping to maintain the church rain garden, donations for their weekly Sunday night meal for the hungry or simply putting away supplies at the end of a neighborhood program.

UCRP Deacon Wes Dorr will attend this meeting to share opportunities where we may partner in mission. Many of you will remember UCRP pastor Rev. Catiana McKay who attended DGFUMC (when she was attending Garrett Theological Seminary), sang in the choir and led Stephen Ministries. 

For more information about UCRP, see ucrogerspark.org.

Room 218
Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 11:00am

Letter/Prayer Mission Delegate to Guatemala Opportunity

Be a Letter or Prayer Mission Delegate to Guatemala.

We are sending seven delegates to Guatemala City from July 13-21 to continue to deepen our relationship with the families of UPAVIM, our hermanamiento facilitated through Sister Parish, an organization that pairs communities of faith in Central America with churches in North America. As we work together to build the Kingdom of God on earth, we share each other’s experiences so that we can better understand and overcome the sources of injustice and oppression, promoting mutual respect and dignity for all people, advocating for human rights and working for social and economic justice for all.

You can participate in this delegation by being a letter or prayer sponsor. It is important for the delegates to know that they represent our church community and that they carry with them your thoughts, blessings, and hopes for a safe and meaningful experience.

To be a letter sponsor, simply write a note of encouragement that the delegates can open and read each day they are there. Notes need to be turned into the church office by July 9. You may also email your letters to Sheila at sheila@dgfumc.org to have her print your note for the delegates. To be a prayer sponsor, commit to pray for our delegates on any of their mission days. This year’s delegates are Dale and Jessie Faber, Penny Fox, Michelle Loconte, Ray Osborn, Claire Pitstick and Samantha Snyder.

They will be commissioned during the 10:00 a.m. worship on Sunday, July 12.

UMC Response to Nepal Earthquake and How You Can Help

United Methodist respond to Nepal EarthquakeMany of you have been asking how our congregation, and the United Methodist Church as a whole, is responding to the devastation caused by the earthquake in Nepal.

For many years, the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church has been in mission with the people of Nepal. This existing relationship positioned UMC to take immediate steps to assist the people of that nation, including providing household and community water filtration units for survivors, and working with United Mission to Nepal, a partner in community-based health and education projects in Nepal for more than 60 years. To read more about these efforts, click here.

Closer to home, the Mission, Justice and Community Work Area of DGFUMC, has approved an immediate emergency gift of $1,000 from our congregation to the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s (UMCOR) Disaster Response in Nepal to support relief efforts.

You can also help with relief efforts. Individual gifts may be sent through UMCOR, using the code Advance #982450. To send a gift electronically, click here.  To donate by check, please make your check payable to Advance GCFA, write the Advance number 982450 on the memo line and mail to:

Advance GCFA
PO Box 9068
New York, NY 10087-9068

To donate by phone, please call 1.888.252.6174.

Visit to United Church of Rogers Park

Saturday, May 16

Join the Missions, Justice & Community Work Area as we host a visit to our sister church on the northeast side of Chicago – United Church of Rogers Park – on Saturday, May 16. Learn about the church’s outreach to their community of ethnic, economic and religious diversity. Tour their sanctuary and facilities, see garden spaces “loaned” by local residents to benefit neighbors in need. Learn more about the long-standing summer mission of DGFUMC junior high youth at UCRP. Enjoy lunch in a neighborhood restaurant. Experience a Peace Circle, as our host, Rev. Wes Dorr, shows us how they teach young men leaving gangs to become more peaceful. 

Contact Jean Krusinski at 630.910.3153 to learn more and to register. Plan to meet at the DGFUMC parking lot at 8:30 a.m. to car pool. Expect to return to DG mid-afternoon.

Parking Lot
Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 8:30am

2015 Easter Offering - Gifts of Hope and Healing

Dear Church Family,

As we anticipate trees quietly beginning to blossom and flowers stretching towards the emerging sun, we are reminded that Easter will soon be here. On Sunday, April 5, we will worship with full hearts, proclaiming to the world that “Christ is alive!”

Easter is a wondrous celebration of Christ’s Resurrection and the promise of eternal life. And it is a time to remember that Jesus came to heal and provide hope to all. Each year we invite our congregation to help carry out this mission of hope and healing by participating in our Special Easter Offering.

This annual offering helps fund the outreach of our congregation’s Missions, Justice & Community Work Area, which takes seriously its role as stewards of your generosity and compassion.  This year we are asking that you consider enhancing your Easter giving so that, as a church body, DGFUMC can increase its outreach in a more impactful way. The resources gathered on Easter Sunday will make a critical difference in the lives of individuals in DuPage County, as well as in national and international missions programs.

We live out our Easter faith and proclaim the selfless love of God in Christ by using this special offering to support many ministries including (but not limited to) the following:

All Church Discussion - "A Long Walk to Water"

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park is an inspiring story about the courage of two Sudanese children, Salva and Nya, and their struggles to get one of their most basic needs - water - in a country that has been ravaged by war and beset by drought. In 2008, our church provided funds to build a school in Jombu, South Sudan and we are now in the middle of the Imagine No Malaria campaign. This book continues this connection to Africa and gives us a moving insight into the challenges the Sudanese face every day.

Books speak to all of us in different ways. When we share our thoughts we discover even more about a book.  You are invited to participate in a book discussion about A Long Walk to Water. There are many opportunities, led by different discussion leaders, to talk about this great book. Books will be sold in the parlor on Sunday morning.

Please register for the group you plan to attend by clicking on "Read more" and filling out the form.

Bring your study guides, questions, notes, and insights to one of the following discussion groups: 

 Date - Time - Discussion Leader -  Location
Tuesday, Feb. 10  -  7:00-8:00 PM  -  Jim McDonald  -  Church Parlor
Thursday, Feb. 12  -  10:00-11:00 AM  -  Mary Babler  -  Church Parlor
Thursday, Feb. 12  -  7:00-8:00 PM  -  Sue Thornquist  -  Church Parlor
Saturday, Feb. 14  -  10:00-11:00 AM and 1:00-2:00 PM   -  John Smoke  -  Church Parlor
Sunday, Feb. 15  -  9:30-10:30 AM  -  Ray Krusinski  -  Room 202
Tuesday, Feb. 17  -  1:00-2:00 PM  -  Greta McDonald  -  Church Parlor
Sunday, Mar. 8  -  Youth Group  -  Howie Snyder  -  Open Door

Souper Bowl Sunday

Show support for both your favorite Super Bowl team and the People's Resource Center by donating to our annual Souper Bowl collection following worship service this Sunday morning. We will happily accept coins, paper money or a can of food.

Thank you!

2015 Adult Mission Scholarship

Ever think about taking a mission trip somewhere?  Giving your time and energy to others in a new meaningful way?  The Missions, Justice and Community Work Area is offering its Third Annual Adult Mission Scholarship, matching up to $1,000 in mission-related expenses, to a member of our church who wants to embark on a Christian mission trip in the coming year.  Guidelines are specified on the application form below.  Applications are due to jeankrusinski@aol.com by April 1, 2015.

The Other Guys Concert

The Other Guys

We are pleased to announce that The Other Guys, the premiere vocal octet from the University of Illinois, will perform in our sanctuary at 8pm on Saturday, January 17, 2015. This a cappella group has a tradition of "musicianship, comedic spontaneity, and time-honored dignity." They perform over 100 concerts each year, and have appeared in venues such as the Chicago's United Center, Wrigley Field, New York's Gotham Comedy Club, and even Google headquarters.

Tickets are $10 per person. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit our Imagine No Malaria efforts. You can purchase tickets online here, in the church office or at the door.

Online Purchase

You can purchase tickets online through PayPal using most credit cards. Your ticket(s) will be available for pickup from the church office, in the Parlor on Sunday morning, or at the concert. Please print off the email receipt sent by Paypal and bring it with you.

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 8:00pm

Thanksgiving Offering

Celebrating Thanksgiving!Happy Thanksgiving!

As we enter this season of harvest and gratitude, we are reminded of the importance and power of giving thanks every day of the year. Christians are called to "give thanks in all circumstances" (1 Thessalonians 5:18), and so experience the gifts of God that we might otherwise overlook. Thankfulness is a choice we can make that opens our lives toward greater contentment and joy, and opens our eyes to see our neighbors with God's love.

One of the ways we as a church show God's love to our neighbors is through our Thanksgiving offering. The Thanksgiving offering goes specifically to ministries of local outreach and social justice through our congregation's Church and Society work area. This offering is the sole source of funding that the Church and Society work area receives. Through your special gift, our church is able to reach out to lives, speak out about needs and work to bring improved circumstances to others through the organizations that they support (see the list below).

If you haven't received a Thanksgiving offering envelope, they will be available at all the Thanksgiving Sunday services at 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. on November 23.

May your Thanksgiving be blessed with God's abundant love.

Thankful together,
Pastors Jim and Greta McDonald
Church and Society Work Area


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