Diane Hires leading the combined DGFUMC choirsIgnite Youth GroupClaire at UPAVIMPastor Greta with the Chorister ChoirGet MessyUPAVIMPastor Jim giving a sermonMision FronterasPastor Greta baptizing a child

Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata - A Carol Trip Around the World

On December 4, the Chancel Choir will present their annual Christmas Cantata. The choir will perform 20 carols from countries across the globe and will include a visual presentation to serve as a road map on this Christmas journey.

Along the way, they will be joined by some of our children's choirs for a rousing Christmas carol. John Smoke will act as guide for both children and adults as we take A Carol Trip Around the World. We hope you will join us!

Wednesday Morning Women's Advent Book Study

Do you want to keep your mind steady amidst the Christmas shopping fever? Are you struggling to remember what this season is actually about? It can be nuts out there and we hear ya.

Why not take a pause and join the Women’s Bible Study group this December for a four-week Advent study? Beginning Wednesday, November 30, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 213, the group will gather to chat, pray, laugh and remember what Advent is truly about.

Participants should stop by the church office and pick up a copy of the book, Prepare the Way: Cultivating a Heart for God in Advent, by Pamela C. Hawkins. Books cost $9. The daily readings begin the first day of Advent, Sunday, November 27, so we recommend you purchase the book ahead of time. The study will be facilitated by Pastor Greta McDonald and Maggie Roth. Childcare is provided. Drop-ins are always welcome. Email Maggie Roth at mthurmanroth@gmail.com with any questions.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 9:00am

UMW Christmas Tea

All women of our church are invited to join in holiday fellowship at the UMW Annual Christmas Tea on December 6. There will be treats served, Christian fellowship and musical entertainment by the Downers Grove South Treble Ensemble.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 1:00pm

2017-18 Preschool Registration Time!

It will soon be time to register your child for the First United Methodist Preschool for the 2017-2018 school year. Our preschool is for children who will be either 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2017. Classes meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings or afternoons from late-August to mid-May.  

Register in room 101 on Sunday, December 4 from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. and on Tuesday, December 6 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 10, 2017 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. A certified copy of the birth certificate is now required by DCFS.

We look forward to watching your preschooler Grow With Us! For any questions, please contact Nancy Bifulco at 630.968.7120 ext. 215.

Room 101
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 10:30am

Alternative Gift Fair

What do you buy the person who has everything? How about a goat, a colony of honeybees, or a beautiful handmade craft?

The Advent season is filled with many warm traditions, and one of those traditions at Downers Grove First United Methodist Church is the Alternative Gift Fair. Many of you are familiar with the beautiful crafts handmade by the artisans of the UPAVIM (United for a Better Life) cooperative in Guatemala. These are gifts that give twice - first, your family and friends will enjoy receiving these lovely items. Second, you will also be empowering the women of La Esperanza in Guatemala City by giving them an opportunity to improve the quality of life for themselves and for their families through access to 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 more.

Heifer International works with communities to find sustainable solutions to end world hunger and poverty. In the past, many of you have donated to Heifer's Living Gift program and some will recall the plaques that hang in the west stairwell recognizing DGFUMC for a high level of donations. This Advent season, MJC will partner with John Smoke to Fill the Ark in the hopes of once again reaching an impressive level of giving in our congregation. To learn more, come talk to Janet Farral in the Parlor about chickens this holiday season!

Best of all, you’ll be able to check off a few more names on your holiday gift-giving list while making a difference in our world. What a perfect way to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas!

Please come visit us in the parlor after each service during the Advent season.

Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 9:00am

Thanksgiving 2016 Newsletter

Greetings, All:

It's Thanksgiving Day in Copacabana, and we’re feeling reflective.

We send our thanks to all of you who have supported us and the communities we serve here, over all these years. This past year has been no exception.

Friday Night at the Movies

Concluding our Fall “Politics in the Movies” theme, We will view Lincoln, a 2012 historical drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, supported by an all-star cast including Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt among others. Covering the last months of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, this movie delves into the difficult issues and politics of the time, including the struggle to enact the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery and to end the Civil War. Day-Lewis won the Oscar for Best Actor for his riveting performance, while the film garnered a total of 12 Oscar nominations.  Kay Mundy and Owen Bates will lead our post-film discussion. 

Sign-up now in the church office at 630.968.7120 or sheila@dgfumc.org.  A $2 donation is suggested.

Safford Home
Friday, December 16, 2016 - 7:30pm

Write for Rights Day

Join us as we make a difference for International Human Rights Day as part of Amnesty International's Write for Rights Campaign on Sunday, December 11. Every year, to mark Human Rights Day, hundreds of thousands of people around the world write letters and sign online petitions to help people they've never met.

You can help change the lives of this year’s 12 cases. When combined with millions of others, your letters help convince government officials to free prisoners of conscience, support human rights defenders, and end other urgent cases of abuse. Together, we can change lives and change our world.

Come hear about the interesting cases, chat with others, or contemplate these cases over a warm drink, and write one or more letters for those who are in need of justice and compassion. You can learn about the cases and sign-up online at write.amnestyusa.org.

Can one person make a difference? Yes! Be a light of hope in a world of darkness. Invite your friends and neighbors as this is an Interfaith community event.

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 10:00am

Christmas Eve Services

Saturday, December 24, 2016 - 4:00pm

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 6-8, 2017
(Departure will be between 2-2:30pm, 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 4th!

Grace Adventures Camp, Silver Lake, Michigan
Friday, January 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

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 - 1002551.

Please plan to arrive at 8:40 a.m. so that we may be ready to work at 9:00. Sorry, no children under 5.

Feed My Starving Children
555 Exchange Court
Aurora, IL

555 Exchange Court, Aurora IL
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 9:00am

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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