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The Giving Tree

The Giving Trees, which are now in the parlor, gives you the opportunity to purchase gifts for needy children, youth and adults in our community. This year, we are supporting ChildServ, PADS, and the People's Resource Center (PRC). Just choose a tag marked with the name or initials of these agencies and sign it out on the sheet next to the trees. (No need to sign out PADS tags)

The gifts for ChildServ and PRC must be returned with the tags firmly attached by Sunday, November 26 at noon. Gifts for PADS will continue to be collected into December. Contact Nancy Bifulco at nancy@dgfumc.org, if you have any questions.

The Hanging of the Greens 2017 - A Christmas Handbell Concert

O Come, All Ye Faithful, Joyful and Triumphant . . .
West Indies Carol
Farandole
Sing We Now of Christmas
The Little Drummer Boy
Jingle Bell Rock
Bring a torch, Jeanette Isabella!
“Willie, bring your little drum, Robin bring your fife and come!”

And for everyone else… come along and join us for an evening of sparkling handbell music as we anticipate the delight of Christmas.

Featuring the Chancel and Westminster Ringers

Pattie Barnes, director

Tickets are only $8 each in advance;
$10 at the door.
Child care is provided.

Call Pattie Barnes 630.726.9215 - pattiebarnes@gmail.com

Tickets available for purchase in the church office.

Location: 
Sanctuary
Date: 
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

2018-19 Preschool Registration

It is soon time to register your child for the First United Methodist Preschool for the 2018-2019 school year. Our preschool is for children who will be either 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2018. Classes meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings or afternoons from early September to mid-May. Register in Room 101 on Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. and on Tuesday,  December 5, 2017 from 3:00-3:30 p.m. A $100.00 non-refundable registration fee and completed application are required to secure a space. This registration is for church members who have taken the Membership Class and joined First United Methodist Church. Open registration for the general public and non church members begins Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. 

A certified copy of the birth certificate is now required by DCFS. If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Bifulco at 630.968.7120 ext 215 or nancy@dgfumc.org.

Location: 
Room 101
Date: 
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 10:30am

Feed My Starving Children Ministry

This holiday season the Children and Family Work Area would like to invite you to take a moment from the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas to serve in a ministry of giving to others in need at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora. This Christian organization runs high-energy sessions where we pack food for the neediest children around the world.

Everyone from church is invited to sign-up to serve in this special ministry. Register online at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora (fmsc.org) with our church code - 1222182. You may also register by contacting Pastor John Smoke at john@dgfumc.org.

Please plan to arrive at 11:10 a.m. so that we may be ready to work at 11:30. Sorry, no children under 5.

Location: 
Feed My Starving Children - 555 Exchange Court Aurora, IL
Date: 
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 11:30am

Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata - Glad Tidings

Gather your friends and families who like to sing and come enjoy the Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata on Sunday, December 3. The service will feature our favorite carols in lush symphonic arrangements by Randol Alan Bass and will have opportunities for the congregation to join us in song.

John Smoke, our Christian Education Director, will narrate the Christmas story for children of all ages as told
in these cherished carols.

The 55-voice Chancel Choir and 24-piece guest orchestra will be conducted by Ms. Diane Hires.

As a start to the Advent season,
Oh, come, let us adore him!

Annual UMW Christmas Tea

We continue to encourage all women of our church to be a part of the UMW by either participating in one of the Circles that meet monthly or participating as a “general member." Plan to join us in fellowship at our annual Christmas Tea. This year the meeting and program will be in the evening to enable many of our working women to attend. Hosted by the Sarah and Rachel Circles, the tea will feature a tasty buffet of fruit, cheese & crackers, and cookies and will include a brief meeting to install our officers for 2018 followed by a holiday program. The program will be a delightful musical presentation by the Downers Grove South Madrigal singers.

Truly a great evening is in store for us so make plans to attend. If you are in need of a ride that evening, please contact either Shelly Davenport at 630.512.0370 or our Outreach Coordinator, Wendy Nystrom, at 630.330.0581 or your circle coordinator and a ride will be arranged for you. Come get in the holiday spirit and share in the fellowship with other women in our church.

 

Date: 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 6:30pm

UMW Bake Sale

The UMW will host our annual holiday fundraiser bake sale on Sunday, December 3. Plan to stop by to purchase some tasty baked goods provided by our many Circle members. As always, the proceeds go towards the many mission projects, both local and global, supported by United Methodist Women. Your support is appreciated and you get to enjoy some tasty holiday goodies. We will again provide the baked goods in smaller packages, what we call “Grab & Go” so you can choose many items to share with your family and/or friends. See you in the Parlor on December 3rd!

Date: 
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 9:00am

UPAVIM Visit

Our visitors from UPAVIM, Guatemala, will be arriving on Wednesday, November 8. There will be five women along with Brian Tyler, from Sister Parish. During their visit from Wednesday, November 8 to Thursday, November 16 they will be staying in church members' homes and we have planned a variety of activities to help them get to know our congregation and community, and to have fun. Their photos and biographies are on the notice board in the narthex along with the schedule of events, which is also posted below. Take a look and let the church office or Ina Osborn know if you'd like to participate in any of the activities.

They will be joining us for worship on Sunday, November 12, sharing treats and selling crafts in the Parlor, before joining us for Messy Church in the gym. On Wednesday, November 15, they will help prepare our special family meal and teach us how to make tortillas! If you would like to join us for Messy Church lunch at noon on Sunday or Wednesday's dinner, please call the church office and let us know so that we prepare enough food. Do come!

Sr. High Winter Retreat - Winter Blast

The Senior High Winter Retreat will be held at Grace Adventures Camp in Silver Lake, Michigan.

8th Graders are Invited to join us this year.

DATE:   January 5-7, 2018
(Departure will be between 12-12:30pm, returning approx. 6pm on Sunday)

An official camp medical release form, along with further information will be provided as we get closer. Please call the church if you have any questions.

Registration Form due December 3!

Location: 
Grace Adventures Camp, Silver Lake, Michigan
Date: 
Friday, January 5, 2018 - 12:00pm

Ignite Youth Blankets Service Event

Bring a good pair of scissors.

And bring money for Subway lunch and $5 to help toward the materials purchased.

Please contact Maria Lippert at cosmosofkerr@yahoo.com for more information.

Location: 
Open Door Youth Center
Date: 
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 10:00am

Sr. High Youth Bible Study

Want to go deeper?

Sr. High Youth Bible Study, Wednesdays, 6pm

Grab some food and join us in the Youth Center as we go deeper into faith issues in God's Word.

Location: 
Open Door Youth Center
Date: 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

Ignite Youth Group

 

Ignite Youth Group meets at 6-8pm in the Open Door Youth Center with snacks at 6:30pmIgnite is for youth in grades 7-12

Please contact Howie Snyder, Director of Youth Ministries for more information.

Location: 
Open Door Youth Center
Date: 
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 6:00pm

Fit & Feast

Begins Wednesday, September 27
6:15 p.m.

Start your New Year’s Resolution early. Give yourself the gift of a better life!

Fit and Feast will meet once a month from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. during the Family Fellowship dinner, childcare provided upon request. During that time you will meet with a group leader to choose a goal to commit to for a month in each of four areas; physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

For example, you may choose from a list to commit to - exercise 15 minutes a day, look for a silver lining in stressful events, have a weekly chat with a friend, apologize when you wrong someone - simple things that can make a difference over time.

Each month we will discuss how your commitments went and you can choose to renew or change your goals for the next month. Sign-up in the church office and/or look for more information in the parlor and in the bulletin soon.

Location: 
TBD
Date: 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 6:15pm

Hearing Loop System Available on the Main Floor of the Sanctuary

DGFUMC is pleased to provide the Hearing Loop System for use on the main floor of the Sanctuary.

A hearing loop is a wire that circles a room and is connected to a sound system. The loop transmits the sound electromagnetically. The electromagnetic signal is then picked up by the t-coil in a hearing aid or cochlear implant.

Users with a t-coil in their hearing aid can now listen to the service directly through their hearing aids. Please check with your hearing care professional to see if your hearing aid is equipped with a t-coil and properly adjusted. Non-hearing aid users can pick-up a headset to use at the sound board.

To learn more about the Hearing Loop System, please see the flyer below..

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