Recent News

Open Preschool Registration

The last chance to register for next year's 2011/2012 Preschool will be on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 from 3 to 4pm. A $100.00 non-refundable registration fee and completed application is required to secure a space. A certified copy of the birth certificate is now required by DCFS.

Contact the church office for more details.

Lenten Devotionals

It may be difficult to start thinking about Lent when Advent hasn’t yet begun, but the Adult Education Work Area is thinking about it. We are preparing a Lenten devotional for the congregation to use during Lent.

We are seeking submissions from the congregation for this “Upper Room”-style devotional. Please include a prayer and scripture to accompany your meditation. While we don’t seek to limit your meditation, please keep it to 400 words or less.

We want to hear from a wide variety of people in the congregation. Ask God to guide your thinking and let the Spirit speak through you.

This is the last opportunity to submit a devotional. Please contact the Church Office with your submissions.

Book Donations

Thanks to all of you who have donated books to the church library in recent months. Many of them have been added to the library collection and the others will be given to the Downers Grove AAUW used book sale. Book donations are always welcome, particularly those with a religious theme. All church members are encouraged to use the library and check out anything of interest. Please don't keep the books too long or you'll receive a gentle reminder from the church librarian!

Questions? Contact Mary Beth Weeks.

Pampered Chef Youth Ministry Fundraiser

Pampered ChefYes, winter is upon us, but the Youth Group and Chapel Choir have Spring Break and even Summer on their minds already. Why? Because of Choir Tour and Mission Trips! Why now? Because we’re trying to figure out how to afford them! How can you help? One easy way is to support our Pampered Chef® Fundraiser for Youth Ministry. Shop online starting now or visit the display tables in the parlor on December 5. Choose from a great selection of gift ideas and helpful tools for your kitchen just in time for Christmas baking and entertaining. 

To order online, simply visit . Click SHOP ONLINE, enter FUMC as the Organization under Option #1, and begin shopping. If you have any questions or prefer to order by phone, please call Kelley Hook at 630-852-2433. Orders must be placed by Sunday 12/12 and will be available for pick up at church on Sunday 12/19. Out of town friends and family can order online and have orders shipped directly to them in time for Christmas.

This year, skip the mall and do your shopping at home or at church! All proceeds support our Youth program. Thank you for your help!

Interfaith Youth Program in the news

The Downers Grove Patch has a great article about the Interfaith Youth Program that our youth are participating in.

The Giving Tree

The Giving TreeThe Giving Trees are now in the Parlor. You have the opportunity to choose tags from several agencies in order to purchase gifts for both children and adults. The tags are marked with the name or initials of the agency.

Please select tags and put your name on the sign-out sheet. Please read the note on the tag to see which kind you have chosen.

  • All gifts going to PADS should be UNWRAPPED, but with the tag firmly attached
  • All gifts for Marcy Newberry and Head Start should be wrapped.
  • Child Serv gifts should be unwrapped.

Please don’t wrap gifts marked “unwrapped” or volunteers will have to unwrap them before giving them to the agency.

The gifts for all the agencies other than PADS should be returned with the tags firmly attached no later than noon on Sunday, December 5. Gifts for PADS will continue to be collected into December.

The Children and Family Ministries Work Area and the Church and Society Work Area sponsor the Giving Tree project. Over 300 gifts go to needy children, youth, and adults in our township and across the Northern Illinois Conference. We hope that you will be able to help.

Thank you!

Camp and Mission Trip Dates for 2011

Mark your calendar.

  • June 27-July 1, Church Camp at Wesley Woods in Williams Bay WI
  • July 17-21; Jr High Mission Trip to United Church of Rogers Park
  • July 23-28; High School Mission Trip to UCRP
  • July 29-August 8; PHYG Mission Trip to Putney, London

Much more info after the first of the year!!!


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