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Children's Cantata - Back to the Cross

On May 1, the Children’s Choirs present Back to the Cross: A Kids Musical Adventure Through Time at our 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services. This inventive musical by Christy and Daniel Semsen, is a fun-filled romp through time to discover the message of the Cross. You won’t want to miss it!

Chancel Choir Spring Cantata - Sunrise Mass

The Chancel Choir will be presenting an evocative contemporary cantata, Sunrise Mass, by Norwegian-American Ola Gjeilo on Sunday, April 17 at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services. Gjeilo, widely regarded as an important new composer, has created “a most beautiful and satisfying music for our time, a beacon of hope in the world.” 

The four movements of the piece - The Spheres, Sunrise, The City, and Identity & The Ground - move from transparent and celestial to emotional and dramatic. Projection designs will enhance the listener’s experience. This young composer intends Sunrise Mass to be “a metaphor for human development from child to maturity and a spiritual journey.”

We hope you will join us for this unique and moving musical experience!

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UMW March 2016 Newsletter

Below please find the September 2015 edition of the UMW newsletter, The Inner Circle.

Easter Flowers

Ordering for Easter flowers begins March 1. There are envelopes in the pews to be used for ordering. If you would like to purchase a plant, 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 the flowers 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.

Easter flower options are:

  • Easter Lilies - $15.00 per plant
  • Tulips - $12.00 per plant
  • Azaleas - $20.00 per plant
  • Hydrangeas - $28.00 per plant

You may also order your Easter flowers using the Paypal form below. The price will include an additional $2.00 for the Paypal service charge. If you have any questions, please contact Sheila in the office (630.968.7120).

2016 Adult Mission Scholarship

Interested in giving your time and energy to others in a new meaningful way?

The Missions, Justice & Community work area is offering its fifth annual Adult Mission Scholarship, matching up to $1,000 in mission-related expenses, to a member of our church (age 18+) who wants to embark on a Christian mission trip in the coming year. Guidelines are specified on the application form below. 

Ever think about taking a mission trip somewhere, but don't know how to get started? 

The UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers in Mission) network offers guidance, organization, and training for more than 125,000 volunteers serving with the poor; building churches; and assisting in disaster response, community health and leadership training each year. To learn more about the many different opportunities available to people of all ages, click here to visit umcmission.org. For additional information, contact our Northern Illinois Conference UMVIM coordinator, Lorna Jost, at umvim-ncj@brookings.net.

Applications are due by April 15, 2016.

DGFUMC Summer Camp 2016 - Fearless Faith

What does it mean to be a part of a Christian community? How can the church be a resource that gives campers confidence and courage? Campers will explore how they themselves are a part of the Church and what that means about how we relate to one another and the world. Watch how the strength of Christian community casts out fear and replaces it with hope! The daily guides offer fun and creative ways to explore scripture, experience Christian community, and express joy through worship and song.

DGFUMC is offering this summer camp experience for children and youth from 2nd to 9th grade at the Wesley Woods Conference Center, Williams Bay, WI from June 20-24. The grade listed is the grade the student will be entering in the fall of 2016.

Registration for Summer Camp begins March 1 for DGFUMC members and April 1 for non-members.

Please note:  New this year, there is a registration deadline of June 1.

A $50 deposit is due at the time of registration with payment in full due by June 20.

Space is limited, so register early!

Click below for a registration form or visit the church office for more information.

Lenten Season Parables Study

Join us for a short study of a few of Jesus' parables during this Lenten Season!

Each week we will be invited to focus on one of Jesus' parables. Each week's parable will be available on Sunday mornings and will include a few questions to get you thinking. The parables and questions will also be available online at dgfumc.org.

You may contemplate the questions individually, share comments with others on our DGFUMC Facebook page and/or continue the conversation in a group setting offered during Lent. Conversations will be offered on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the library (beginning February 14), during Wednesday dinners and each Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. in Room 213 (beginning February 17). All sessions will run a half hour long.

February 14 - The Good Samaritan - parable and questions available below. Please note, a children's version is on the back
  Luke 10:30-37
  Theme - Reversal, Others, Neighbors

February 21 - The Mustard Seed - parable and questions available below. Please note, a children's version is on the back
  Matthew 13:31-32; Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13:18-19
  Theme - Growth

February 28 - Lost Sheep - parable and questions available below. Please note, a children's version is on the back
   Luke 15:1-7
   Theme - Treasure, Importance of Each Soul

March 6 - Workers in the Vineyard - parable and questions available below. Please note, a children's version is on the back
  Matthew 20:1-16
  Theme - Preparedness, Entitlement

Church Budget Update - January 31, 2016

Since last week we have raised $5,100 of the needed $18,000 to close our budget gap. Additionally we have received $17,400 of the $30,000 in outstanding pledges.

We are grateful for this additional giving and ask any members who have not yet given to consider a special extra gift or pledge. One way the gap can be closed is if 120 households give an extra $150 for the year. You may use the form below to indicate your desire to contribute an additional gift.

Sacred Jazz Sunday

Please join us for this special Sunday, February 7, as we welcome the Downers Grove South Jazz Ensemble to our 9:30 & 11:00 worship services.

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