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Poinsettia Orders - Order Yours Today!

Help us to brighten the sanctuary this Christmas by purchasing a beautiful poinsettia!

There are envelopes in the pews to be used for ordering poinsettias. If you would like to purchase a plant for $15, please fill out the information on the front of the envelope and enclose a check. You may indicate on the envelope if you would like it in memory of someone or in honor of someone. Place your order in the offering plate on Sunday or bring it to the church office.

You may also order your Poinsettia online via Paypal. The price will be $15.00 for the plant and $2.00 for the Paypal service charge. If you choose to order via Paypal and would like your poinsettia in memory or honor of someone please send that information to Sheila at sheila@dgfumc.org in the church office.

Please note that all orders are due by Friday, December 8.

The Giving Tree

The Giving Trees, which are now in the parlor, gives you the opportunity to purchase gifts for needy children, youth and adults in our community. This year, we are supporting ChildServ, PADS, and the People's Resource Center (PRC). Just choose a tag marked with the name or initials of these agencies and sign it out on the sheet next to the trees. (No need to sign out PADS tags)

The gifts for ChildServ and PRC must be returned with the tags firmly attached by Sunday, November 26 at noon. Gifts for PADS will continue to be collected into December. Contact Nancy Bifulco at nancy@dgfumc.org, if you have any questions.

Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata - Glad Tidings

Gather your friends and families who like to sing and come enjoy the Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata on Sunday, December 3. The service will feature our favorite carols in lush symphonic arrangements by Randol Alan Bass and will have opportunities for the congregation to join us in song.

John Smoke, our Christian Education Director, will narrate the Christmas story for children of all ages as told
in these cherished carols.

The 55-voice Chancel Choir and 24-piece guest orchestra will be conducted by Ms. Diane Hires.

As a start to the Advent season,
Oh, come, let us adore him!

UPAVIM Visit

Our visitors from UPAVIM, Guatemala, will be arriving on Wednesday, November 8. There will be five women along with Brian Tyler, from Sister Parish. During their visit from Wednesday, November 8 to Thursday, November 16 they will be staying in church members' homes and we have planned a variety of activities to help them get to know our congregation and community, and to have fun. Their photos and biographies are on the notice board in the narthex along with the schedule of events, which is also posted below. Take a look and let the church office or Ina Osborn know if you'd like to participate in any of the activities.

They will be joining us for worship on Sunday, November 12, sharing treats and selling crafts in the Parlor, before joining us for Messy Church in the gym. On Wednesday, November 15, they will help prepare our special family meal and teach us how to make tortillas! If you would like to join us for Messy Church lunch at noon on Sunday or Wednesday's dinner, please call the church office and let us know so that we prepare enough food. Do come!

Together @ 10/Choir Dedication Sunday/Pancake Breakfast

Join us this Sunday, October 29, for a special service where the 9:30 and 11:00 services will be combined into ONE service at 10:00 a.m. This is a great time to make new friends, re-connect with old friends and bring guests to visit our church. This Sunday is also our Choir Dedication Sunday. Each choir (bells, too!) will be presenting special music for the congregation.

Stop by the gym before or after the 10:00 service to continue in fellowship and enjoy a Pancake Breakfast served by the youth.

Please note the 8:15 a.m. service will still be held in the Chapel.

RESCHEDULED - Church Parking Lot Resurfacing

Due to the rain, our parking lot resurfacing was rescheduled.

The project will now begin on Saturday, October 28. On this day, the asphalt will be removed and parking will not be allowed in the south lot. Parking will be allowed on Sunday, October 29, however, please note that the surface will be rough. Those who need assistance may park on the east side of the church and enter through the lower Chapel Hall entrance.

On Monday, October 30 the lot will be resurfaced and on Tuesday, October 31 the lot will be striped. The south parking lot will be closed to parking on those dates.

Please note these dates are weather permiting.

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During the parking lot resurfacing, the main church parking lot off Maple Avenue will be closed. Only the Grove Street entrance will be accessible and available parking will be limited to the north lot. Please plan accordingly as this will significantly reduce the number of spaces.

We are sorry for the temporary inconvenience, but looking forward to having new asphalt and striping.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

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!

Rally Day - Together @ 10 Service

Please join us on Rally Day as we kick-off our new year of Sunday School and prepare to make a difference as a congregation in the coming season. At this time, we will return to our 8:15 a.m. worship service in the Chapel.

We will be combining our 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services into one Together @ 10 service at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. There will be no Sunday School this day as families are encouraged to worship together. Sunday school will begin on Sunday, September 17 at both the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services.

Messy Church will also be held this day starting at 11:00 a.m. All are invited to join in a family friendly worship time with crafts and lunch.

We will continue our fellowship after services as the Children & Family work area has reserved the Tivoli Movie Theater for our Rally Day celebration. Everyone is invited to attend Sing, which will be shown at 1:30 p.m. Each child (12 and under) who attends church that morning will receive a coupon for a Kiddie Combo (box with popcorn, snack and drink). The concession stand will also be open for anyone wanting to purchase snacks. The doors open at the Tivoli at 1:00 p.m.

The movie is free for ALL (you don’t need a ticket) so please invite your friends and neighbors to come to church in the morning and to the movie in the afternoon!

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

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. 

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