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Chapel Choir Christmas Concert

Please join the Chapel Choir as they present their Christmas Concert, A Starry, Silent Night. This program of uplifting holiday sounds will be directed by Nick Loos and accompanied by Kevin Zehme.

Admission is free, but donations are sincerely appreciated. All money raised supports the Chapel Choir program and their Spring Break Tour as they share their gift of music and spread the word of the Gospel through their words and music. 

We encourage you to spread the word and invite family, friends and neighbors as we rejoice in the birth of our Lord and Savior with this program of holiday music.

Location: 
Sanctuary
Date: 
Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 4:00pm

Home Run Inn - UMW Fundraiser

Please enjoy a wonderful meal and support the United Methodist Women on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien. Between the hours of 11:00 a.m and 9:00 p.m. present the flyer below when paying for your order and 20% of the purchase will go to UMW.

Thank you for your support! We hope to see you there!

Location: 
Home Run Inn - 75th and Lemont Road - Darien
Date: 
Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 11:00am

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, visit our table in the parlor Sunday morning.

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.

Location: 
Parlor
Date: 
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 9:00am

Annual Family Christmas Caroling

Save the Date for Christmas Carol Singing!

Join us December 16 for family caroling to our homebound members. We will meet in the church parking lot at 2:30 p.m. We hope you can join us anytime during the trip. For the schedule and to RSVP, please contact Tom and Rosie Roose at 630.204.1565. We hope to have you join our singing merriment!

Location: 
Parking Lot
Date: 
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 2:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

Stan and Maria Clements will present Lion, a 2016 film about a young Indian boy who gets separated from his family and winds up living in the streets of Calcutta before being rescued and taken to an orphanage. At age 5 he is unable to explain where he came from or to know how to return to his family, so he is ultimately adopted by an Australian couple and taken there to live. Never forgetting about his biological family, after reaching adulthood he sets out to find his origins.  This highly acclaimed film garnered six Oscar nominations, including best supporting actor and actress for stars Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman respectively.Snacks, soft drinks and dessert will be on hand; a two dollar donation is suggested. Sign-up in the church office now for this popular film.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, December 15, 2017 - 7:30pm

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. 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: 
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 3:00pm

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 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.

No Registrations accepted after Dec. 17.

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

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

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.

Location: 
Gym
Date: 
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 5:00pm

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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