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Lenten Devotional Thanks

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Lenten Devotional. It is an inspiring piece. If you did not receive your devotional last Sunday during church services, please come to the church office to pick one up.

Love on Trial: A Video Message

For more information concerning the upcoming trial of Amy DeLong and to view other videos supporting her, please visit the Love on Trial website.

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.


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