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

Bridge Board Encore Benefit Concert

The Bridge Board invites you to share in a special afternoon of music as we welcome back some of our favorite performers from the past few years for an Encore. Whether you missed these wonderful performances the first time around or you just want to hear them again, now is your chance!

Proceeds help support our Bridge families as we work with them toward self-sufficiency. Tickets can be purchased during the week for $8 in the church office or at the door for $10. Additional donations are always appreciated.

If you are unable to attend the concert and would like to support the work of the Bridge Board, donations are always accepted in the church office.

Refreshments will be served after the program. We hope you will join us!

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 4:00pm

Disaster Relief

In response to Hurricane Irma, the Mission, Justice and Community (MJC) work area is issuing a new matching grant challenge to encourage continued support for the areas devastated by Hurricane Irma, particularly the U.S. Virgin Islands. MJC will again match donations up to $2,500 through the month of September in support of United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) relief efforts in devastated areas.

To give, you may drop your donation in the collection plate, the church office or at the MJC table in the parlor Sunday morning. Please indicate “Hurricane Relief” in the memo line or on the envelope. You may also donate online at dgfumc.org. Click here to go directly to the site.

Thank you to those who made our first challenge grant such a success. Your response was overwhelming with over $7,100 in donations. Thank you for your continued support

Mingling Methodists

Mark your calendars for the next social gathering of the Mingling Methodists (formerly the 40's and 50's group). All are welcome to join us for fellowship with Dana and Rob Murphy as our hosts for the evening. Please bring a beverage and an appetizer to share. Also, consider bringing a guest from church who may be interested in meeting new people. We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions, please contact the church office at 630.968.7120.

Home of Dana & Rob Murphy
Friday, September 22, 2017 - 7:00pm

Welcome Our New Chapel Choir Director

We are very thankful that Nick Loos, a gifted musician and educator, has accepted the offer to serve as Chapel Choir Director starting this school year. You will soon see him directing the Choir at our 9:30 a.m. worship service.

Nick is a 2011 graduate of North Central College who has been a music teacher at several elementary, junior and high schools. He is currently responsible for the music program at Field Elementary School in Wheeling, IL. Nick loves music, choral directing and working with youth.

Nick cherishes this opportunity to lead our Chapel Choir. You may recognize Nick as he has sung in several cantatas with the Chancel Choir as a guest singer. Please welcome Nick when you see him!

Wednesday Family Meal

The cooking team of Don Safford, Bill Chalberg and Susan Newman returns for more Home Cookin’! All are invited to join us for this special family meal between 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Cost is only $6 a meal.

Please register by emailing John Smoke at john@dgfumc.org. You may pay that day.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 5:00pm

Taking Care of Your Loved Ones

We are an aging population and with age comes the need for new ways of living and new services. Homes become harder to maintain and a change to an easier place to live without the need for constant upkeep is often desired. People’s needs for physical care change and help with meals, cleaning, or bathing might be required. Memory can begin to fail and a safer place may become a necessity. Financial resources can be depleted and Medicaid services might become the only fall back for a family with an aging relative who requires 24 hour care. Many options are offered and it behooves those of us who are aging or have relatives who are aging to learn about the options available to us in this area.

On Tuesday, October 3 a panel of four representatives from four different organizations will share information about their facilities.

Susan Neustrom from Adult Day Care located at Gloria Dei in Downers Grove will share information on their services which are offered Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. for adults who cannot safely be left at home

Mary Ferguson from Aspired in Westmont will explain their independent living, assisted living and memory care options.

Becky Mayer from Lombard Place will help us understand the differences between assisted living, transitional memory care and memory care services.

Penny Barsamti from Heritage Woods will share how their assisted living services can stay in place once a person’s financial resources are depleted.

You will have an opportunity to ask questions of each representative about the services available from their organization and to gather information regarding contracts and cost.

Room 216
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 7:00pm

Adult Education Survey

This fall the Adult Education work area would like your input to help with planning classes and groups for the coming year. We ask that you please complete the survey below and return it to the church office or place it in the offering plate on Sunday morning.

Thank you for your help!

Sunday Morning Bible Study

This fall we are pleased to welcome back Osvaldo Vena as the leader of our Sunday morning bible study class. Rev. Vena, a member of our church, is a professor of New Testament Interpretation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston.

To start we will finish studying the book of Revelation. Don’t worry if you did not attend the spring class as our first few sessions this fall will include a catch up on the previous material. After completing our study of Revelation, we will move to the book of Mark and a brief account of Daniel.

Room 213
Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 9:15am

Wednesday Adult Education Book Study

This fall we will be studying Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Basic Questions in Theology - Collected Essays, Volume 1.
This book of essays is from one of the foremost theologians of our day and offers the reader a unique insight into the revelation of God. Pannenberg is Professor Emeritus of Theology at the University of Munich and author of several influential books.

We will only bite off a small section of this book each week, so that the readings will not be a hardship for anyone. Get ready for some interesting discussions around the exciting ideas presented in this book.

Books will be available for sale during class and in the church office for $25.

Room 213
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 11:00am

Friday Night at the Movies

Fall is almost upon us and Friday Night at the Movies is back! Due to some travel plans by hosts Don and Caryl Safford, our kick-off September movie will take place on Friday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. Movie night founder Carol Lysne will kick things off, presenting Hell or High Water, a 2016 dramatic film starring Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, and Ben Foster. The movie tells the tale of two West Texas brothers in a desperate scheme to save the family ranch.  Nominated for 4 Academy Awards, the movie garnered many other awards as well.

We have several presenters lined up for the upcoming months, but we’re always looking for new movie enthusiasts to share their favorite films. Let the Saffords know if you’d like to come on board as a presenter, carylsafford@aol.com. We’re a lively group of film lovers who enjoy a great discussion afterward along with snacks and beverages throughout the evening. Please consider joining us!

Attendance is limited to 20 people, so sign up soon by contacting the church office, 630-968-7120. We hope to see you there!

Safford Home
Friday, September 29, 2017 - 7:30pm

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.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 6:15pm

Shifting Sands Small Group

Begins Monday, September 11
12:45 p.m.

Life changes us over time along with our perspective of ourselves and our relationship with others. In this small group we will explore and discuss how our many-faceted self is changing and how we are meeting the demands of our new realities.

Meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month in Westmont from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. Led by Shelly Zabielski and Carol Lysne.

For more details and/or to register call Sheila in the church office at 630.968.7120.

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 12:45pm

PADS Sign-Up for 2017-18 Season

The PADS season this year will begin on September 19, 2017 and run through May 19, 2018. DGFUMC is responsbile for providing food and volunteers on the first Tuesday of each month beginning October 3. Volunteer duties are split in half for the year with the Loaves team responsible for October, December, February and April and the Fishes team for November, January, March and May. Each team has opportunities for volunteers for set-up, dinner, overnight, and clean-up the following morning as well as for food donations.

To sign-up to volunteer or to learn more about the PADS program, visit the parlor starting Sunday, September 3. If you are not available on the first Tuesday of the month, we do host every Tuesday and have volunteer opportunities available.

Please contact Sheila in the church office at 630.968.7120 or sheila@dgfumc.org for details. 

Wednesday Morning Women's Bible Study

Please join our Wednesday Morning Women's Bible Study at First United Methodist Church as we begin our fall class on Wednesday, August 30. We will be using a guide by N.T. Wright to take a deeper look at the book of John. All women are encouraged to attend this dynamic group. Nothing required… just show up and have an open heart.

The class meets at 9:00 a.m. every Wednesday in room 213. Drop-ins are welcome. Childcare is provided.

Books will be available at the first meeting or in the church office for a suggested donation of $6.

Group is led by Pastor Greta McDonald, Maggie Roth, and Leah Ostwald. Questions? email mthurmanroth@gmail.com.

Room 213
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 9:00am

Preschool Openings

FUMPS Preschool is getting ready for the new school year. Classes start on Tuesday, September 5th. We still have some openings in our afternoon 3's class and a few in our afternoon 4's. Classes are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:10 to 2:10 pm for the 3's and 12:10 to 2:40 pm for the 4's. We are a play-based preschool with themes that change weekly. We start with friends and colors for the 3's and apples and friends for the 4's. Other themes include Fairy Tales, Frogs and Ponds, Community Helpers, Zoo, Caterpillars and Butterflies, and Pets. We have many opportunities for parent and family involvement.

If you are looking for a preschool or know someone who is, please call us at 630.968.7120 ext. 215 or e-mail us at nancy@dgfumc.org. Come Play to Learn!

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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