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Christmas Eve Services

Please join us at one of our services on Christmas Eve as we celebrate Jesus' birth. There are several services to choose from. 

4:00 p.m. - Family Worship

A worship celebration specially geared for children, with music provided by the Children's Choirs. Rev. John Smoke will share the message.

7:00 p.m. - Family Service with Communion

A family worship service featuring the Connection Choir. We will share in Christmas Eve communion as well as a candlelight carol-sing. The message will be given by Rev. Wesley Dorr, our Pastor of Youth Ministries.

9:00 p.m. - Traditional Candlelight Service

A traditional Christmas Eve service with the Chancel Choir and a candlelight carol-sing.

11:00 p.m. - Traditional Candlelight Service

A traditional Christmas Eve service featuring the Chapel Choir and a carol-sing to greet the first moments of Christmas morning.

Brighten the Sanctuary with a Poinsettia - Order Yours Today!

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

If you would like to purchase a plant for $15, please fill out  the envelope found in the pew and enclose a check. You may indicate on the envelope if you would like it in memory of or in honor of someone. Place your order in the offering plate on Sunday or bring it to the church office.

Orders are due next week, by Friday, December 13.

Purchase With a Purpose - Easy Gift Card Shopping

Are you planning to give any gift cards for presents this  year?  Help the United Methodist Women earn money for missions by purchasing your gifts from the Purchase With a Purpose table on Sunday mornings in the parlor.

The plastic gift cards will be delivered to church and available for pick up on Sunday, December 15. eGift cards are available immediately.

Regular orders will be placed weekly through December 15 making it more convenient as the holiday approaches to get that last minute gift card for someone. There are many gift cards in small denominations that make great stocking stuffers.

Preschool Fundraiser

Save yourself a night of cooking and order Take-n-Bake  pizzas, salads, and cupcakes from Home Run Inn. Fill out the form found on the welcome table, in the kiosk, and in the narthex and drop it off at the Preschool or the Church office on or by December 5. Orders will be available for pick up on Thursday, December 12.

Home Run Inn $25 Gift cards are also available to order on the form.

The Giving Tree

This holiday season we are again partnering with several organizations to provide gifts for those in need! Stop by the parlor when you are at church and choose a "giving ornament" from the tree!

You can choose to:

  • purchase gifts for PADS families who stay at DGFUMC. These gifts will be collected throughout December.
  • pick up a "giving ornament" for a $25 Jewel gift card for those served by United Church of Rogers Park this year. You can visit the Purchase with a Purpose table in the parlor on Sundays to buy Jewel gift cards (due by December 15).

Thank you for giving generously!

Spring Habitat for Humanity Trip

This spring, DGFUMC will return to Tutwiler, Mississippi to  serve with Habitat for Humanity! Join us on a mission trip March 28 - April 4 as we build a home alongside the community. This trip is multi-generational and all those who are 10 years old and older are welcome to come. Those who are between the ages of 10 and 12 must have an adult serving with them.

Register for the trip here by January 31 and make a $50 deposit to hold your spot. Have questions that need to be answered before you can sign up? Email Pastor Anna at We hope you can join us!

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New Worship Service Schedule in 2020

Beginning January 5

Our worship schedule will change in the new year. Worship services will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary each Sunday beginning January 5, 2020. The 8:15 a.m. worship service will continue to be held in the Chapel. We'll see you there!

Alternative Gift Fair

Get ahead of the shopping rush by stopping in the parlor after all services on Sundays, Dec. 8, 15, and 22 to see the beautiful handmade crafts from the women of UPAVIM who live on the outskirts of Guatemala City. There will be Christmas ornaments, jewelry, kitchen accessories, and much more. The sale of these crafts helps UPAVIM members build better lives for themselves and their community by funding a school, library, clinic, bakery, and soy milk production.

There will also be a table for Heifer gifts. Heifer International works with farming communities around the world to find sustainable solutions to end hunger and poverty. You can pick up a daily calendar and giving box to make it a family giving project for Advent or make a one-time contribution. 

Chancel Choir Cantata

Gather your friends and family to come enjoy the Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata presenting the popular John Rutter Gloria with exciting brass ensemble and organ.

Familiar Rutter Carols with the Choir, Children's Choirs and chamber orchestra will complete the program and spark your Christmas season!

The 55 voice Chancel Choir is conducted by Diane Hires and accompanied by Pattie Barnes, organist.


9:30 and 11:00 Worship Services

The DGFUMC Pumpkin Patch

Wes and Anna at the Pumpkin PatchThis year, purchase your pumpkins from the Downers Grove First United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch from October 13 to October 31. In addition to many pumpkins of all sizes to choose from, we'll have apple cider, a photo booth, and good fellowship to share!

All of the proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity. First, proceeds will cover construction costs for our church's delegation that will serve with the Tutwiler, Mississippi chapter of Habitat when they go on a Mission Trip this spring. Any additional proceeds will be given for the chapter to use as they need. Halloween cookies will also be on sale to support Habitat for Humanity in the pumpkin patch.

The Pumpkin Patch will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and during special hours on the weekends.  Volunteer help is needed. You can sign up online below!

Celebrate the fall season while supporting a good cause when you purchase your pumpkins from DGFUMC!

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