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Guatemala Mission 2011

Guatamala 2008We are excited to announce that we plan to send a delegation from our church to visit the women of UPAVIM in Guatemala City this summer. The visit will take place from July 6th through the 14th. Ray and Ina Osborn, who participated in the 2008 delegation, will be leading the group and we hope to encourage anyone who is interested in developing our relationship with these remarkable women to join us. Under-18s need to be accompanied by a parent and we already have a family considering this; you do not need to know Spanish as a translator is provided. Most of the cost of the trip is covered by fundraising that we’ve already done, but participants will be asked to fund their own airfare and some expenses, which will amount to around $550.

This is a different kind of mission trip where we offer ourselves and our friendship rather than our building skills and material wealth. During our time in Guatemala, we will spend a few days living in the homes of some of the women, discovering the delights of their culture and the hardships of living on the margins of society. We will witness their courage, strength and faith in God and we will be changed! In the past few years, we have begun to share how we can work together to build a better world and we are working on a joint project to help the women reopen their medical laboratory at the clinic within UPAVIM.

Please give prayerful consideration to the idea of joining us in July. A meeting to share further information for those who are even a little interested will be held on Sunday, March 6th at noon in room 213. Or contact Ina or Ray for more information.

UPAVIM's First Newsletter

UPAVIM Newsletter

The women of UPAVIM in Guatemala City have given us a great new way to keep in touch with them! You can read their first newsletter online with details of their current projects, including the construction of a new floor that will help them set up a new program for the elderly, exciting news of their first college graduate, and new photos.

Lenten Bible Studies

Holy BibleEven if you haven’t taken part in the evening Bible studies so far, you’re invited to try them out just during Lent!

The Wednesday evening study will be taking a look at Jesus’ life, teachings, miracles, death and resurrection, and what it means to follow him today. The Lenten focus will begin March 16, and continue on March 23, 30, April 6 and 13, from 6:30-7:30 each evening.

The Thursday evening study will share the Lenten Study, “The Jesus I Never Knew” by Phillip Yancey, beginning March 10 from 6:30-7:30, and continuing each Thursday night through April 14. Pastor Greta will be guiding both of the studies.

The Steelers Win!

Soup BowlWell, the Packers may have won the Super Bowl, but the Steelers won the Souper Bowl!!

  • Packers: $326.48
  • Steelers: $357.17
  • Total Donation: $683.65

Thanks to everyone who donated! Go Bears!!

Volunteers Needed

We are looking for some volunteers to help bring a couple who are no longer driving to the 11AM church services on Sundays. The couple live near Maple and I-355. Please contact the church office (630.968.7120) for more information if you would be able to assist.

Valentine's Day Cake

Just a reminder: If you ordered a Valentine's Day Cake from the Youth Fundraiser, cakes will be available for pick up on Sunday in the parlor from 9am - 12:30pm.

A Big PADS Thank You!

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped with PADS on February 1-2! Because of your generosity we were able to have the shelter open from 3PM Tues-12PM Wed and keep PADS clients safe during the storm.


New Members

Have you been considering joining our church? We will give you the opportunity to unite with First United Methodist Church, Downers Grove on Sunday, March 13 during the 11:00AM worship service.

Prior to that a Prospective New Member Class will be held at the 1108 Maple Ave. parsonage on Sunday, March 6. We will gather at 6:30PM for an opportunity to get acquainted and a chance to learn about the United Methodist Church and to ask questions. Babysitting will be provided upon request.

If you would like to be a part of this class on March 6 and to unite with the church on March 13, you may do so by contacting either Rev. Jim McDonald or Rev. Greta McDonald. They would be delighted to talk to you about membership.

DuPage United Update

DuPage United

DuPage United came together on January 30th to listen to current member institution’s concerns. Those attending were from churches, mosques, synagogues, non-profit agencies, and associations from the greater DuPage county area. Listening sessions where individuals share societal concerns on behalf of the institution they represented were conducted amongst all attending. This was the first step in determining the topics DuPage United members consider supporting in the coming months. The next time DuPage United members meet will be to determine who will lead issues below and strategize together on how to move forward. Please take a look at the issue list and see if you find yourself called to one or two and consider attending the next meeting. Thank you to all who spoke about issues that concerned you enabling them to be voiced at the listening session. Please stay tune for the next meeting date, place, and time.

  • Job creation and Job retraining
  • DuPage zoning issue around religious institutions
  • Interfaith relations
  • Political reform: transparency and accountability
  • Education quality, accessibility, and method of funding (property taxes...)
  • Fair senior housing (raising property taxes, retirement facilities,...)
  • Teen suicide, drug use, and bullying
  • Health care
  • Managing personal debt
  • Immigration
  • Homelessness

Mwangaza African Children’s Choir

Mwangaza Children's ChoirWe have a wonderful opportunity to be in ministry with and for a children’s choir from Africa. They are touring the USA and will be in Illinois for the month of May. We have the great fortune of being their host for a concert on May 25. They are in need of overnight housing from May 23 to the morning of May 26. 6 homes are needed to host the choir. We understand that 3 nights may be a lot to ask, so if you can host for one or two nights that would be great, too.

Here’s some quick info:

  • You can find information about the Mwangaza Children’s Choir from Uganda, Africa, from their website,
  • Sleeping arrangements will be 2 homes for 3-4 boys and 4 homes for 3-4 girls. One adult chaperone will stay with each group of children in the host homes. Adult chaperones will need a separate room.
  • 2 children sleeping in a double bed is acceptable.
  • We ask that some houses are pet free.

The children will need dinner on May 23 and 24, breakfast on May 24 and 25. Lunches will provided at the Church. Dietary needs information will follow later. In the morning, the children need to be returned to church at 8AM. And picked up at 5:00PM.

These children are a true blessing and we are so honored to be able to house them. If you are willing to open your homes, please contact Nick Nicholas (630.968.7120x203).


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