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Food Pantry Volunteers Needed

Our church staffs the People’s Resource Center Pantry the 2nd and 4th Thursday evenings of each month. Located in Westmont (map), the PRC provides fresh produce, canned goods, and other food items to clients in DuPage County, as well as offering other services. As a volunteer, you would greet clients, show them what is available,and help with bagging the groceries and getting the food to their car.

If you would be willing to help, as seldom or as often as you’d like, please contact Julie Stone.

Together @10 Worship Service and Pancake Breakfast

Join us for a special service on Sunday, January 21, 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.

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.

Winter/Spring Family Meal Subscription

The first Wednesday family meal of this new year will be Wednesday, January 10 from 5-6:30 p.m.  This is a great time to have a meal and connect with others in the church. The other benefits include not planning a meal and not cooking it!  There are 15 Wednesday meals that you may purchase from January 10 to April 25.

You will notice there are four meals called “Don’s Home Cookin’.”    These are special meals planned and cooked by a wonderful team of chefs here at the church headed up by Don Safford.  Those meals are included when you purchase a meal plan.    If you are only interested in the “Don’s Home Cookin’” meals, then you will need to just email or contact me a week before the meal (those cost $6/person).  If you have any questions about this wonderful time for fellowship and food (not to mention no planning and meal preparation) please let me know.

See the form below for information on how to get registered for these church meals! Please register by January 7 if you plan on joining us on January 10.

Contact John Smoke at john@dgfumc.org with any questions.

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.

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.

Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata - Glad Tidings

Gather your friends and family 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 service will also feature carol inspired, real-time visual art created by Jocelyn Danalewich.

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!

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