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Downer's Grove First United Methodist Church - September 21 Update

Our church community's health and welfare is of great importance to us during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Downers Grove First United Methodist Church's (DGFUMC) building remains closed until Sunday, September 27. At that time, we will open for worship on Sundays, but the building will remain locked and closed at all other times.

Other than worship, there will be no in-person meetings, activities, or gatherings allowed at DGFUMC without prior approval. All in-person indoor activities and events remain canceled, including Friday Night at the Movies.

The preschool began holding classes on September 1 and the staff closely follows the guidelines set forth by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

We have a Return Team and a Health Team in place to make decisions. We continue to monitor the situation in following the Illinois Department of Public Health, Dupage County Health Department, and State of Illinois guidelines and will keep you updated on the website and by email.

Worship services also will continue to be offered online on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. through Zoom. 

 

How to Contact Us

Our church staff is working hard to ensure the essential work of the church is completed on behalf of the congregation and community and will be in the building as needed.

The office phone (630.968.7120) is answered during our regular hours from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The building doors will remain locked during our office hours. If you need to visit the church office, please call first to make an appointment to ensure that a staff member will be available in their office. Masks will be required in the building at all times.

Church staff can also be easily reached by email or phone with any questions or needs (see below). Your suggestions and encouragement are greatly appreciated!

Pastor Claude King's Response to Police Killings

June 2020

To the Downers Grove First UMC Family,

I am deeply saddened and angered by the recent citizen killing of Ahmaud Arbery, and the police involved killings of Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, whose recent murder has sparked the weekend peaceful protests in approximately 100 cities across the country. These protests were also deeply marred by severe injuries and possible death of at least one police officer, the destruction of many small and large businesses, and widespread looting and rioting in many of those same cities.

We have witnessed an ever-growing number of incidences that used deadly force and violent actions recently in many of our nation’s police departments, against people of color, specifically Black African American people. The unnecessary confrontation and shooting of Ahmaud Arbery (age 25) while jogging in Georgia; and the police squad shooting of Breonna Taylor (age 26) in her home at night in Kentucky; and the choking death of George Floyd (age 46) in Minnesota are just a few of the mounting number of Black people who died unjustly at the hands of actual police officers or a former police falsely acting in that capacity.

An article from the Associated Press by Amy Forliti and Steve Karnowski on June 1, has discovered that George Floyd died of strangulation. “An autopsy commissioned for George Floyd’s family found that he died of asphyxiation due to neck and back compression when a Minneapolis police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck until he stopped breathing, ignoring his cries of distress, the family’s attorneys said Monday…The family’s autopsy was conducted by Michael Baden and Allecia Wilson. Baden is the former chief medical examiner of New York City.” The strangulation of George Floyd by the police officer who compressed George’s neck with his knee, even though he was fully restrained by two other police officers holding down his torso and legs, was wrong.

DGFUMC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

We understand you may have concerns about how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) may impact our church community. The church community's health and welfare is of great importance to us. Given that the situation is evolving rapidly, sometimes hourly, we are taking measures to prepare and protect you as information becomes available. 

At this time, we are following the school districts in the area and effective immediately, we are: 

• Canceling worship services

• Closing the church office, and

• Canceling all church activities

We will resume activities on Friday, April 3, unless more information becomes available.

We will try to record Pastor Claude's Sunday sermon and encourage you watch for that online and on Facebook. Please login to Facebook and view the post on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dgfucmc.

 

We suggest that all practice the following recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and other viruses based on information from the CDC and the DuPage County of Health Department.

Follow these simple daily steps to stop the spread of illness:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (This is the length of time it takes to sing or hum the Happy Birthday song twice, or the ABC song once.) Click here for a handout about Cleaning Your Hands.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

IF YOU ARE SICK, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others:

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