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Ecumenical Thanksgiving Greetings

Typically, our church participates in an ecumenical Thanksgiving eve service hosted by the Downers Grove Ministerium. This year, they are offering a virtual message for all. Watch this link for a Thanksgiving message which includes our pastors!

We are thankful for all of you! 

Update to Church Response to COVID-19 Pandemic - November 11, 2020

Our church community's health and welfare is of great importance to us during the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to offer worship at 10:00 a.m. online through Zoom and have suspended in-person worship at this time. Our church staff is working in the building, as needed.

The office phone is answered at 630.968.7120 during our regular office hours from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The building doors will remain locked at all times during the week. 

Church staff can be reached by using email or phone with any questions or needs you may have. If you need to visit the church office, please call first to make an appointment to ensure that a staff member will be available. 

Masks will be required in the building at all times.

Meetings and Activities
No in-person meetings, activities, or gatherings are allowed in the church building at this time without prior approval. All DGFUMC in-person indoor activities and events, remain canceled until further notice.

When possible to return to the building, a few outside groups that have requested meeting space and are approved by the ReTurn Team will once again meet. They are required to monitor their own groups and agree to follow the established health instructions and guidelines established by our Health Team.

Our preschool is holding classes and the staff closely follows the guidelines set forth by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Ongoing
Updates to in-person worship and other gatherings will depend on improvements of cases of COVID-19 in the local area as well as on applicable state and local guidance. As such, restrictions and guidelines may change. We will continue to provide updates by email, on our website, and by mail.

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.

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