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Children's Activities on Palm Sunday

PalmsSpecial Opportunity for Children!

This Sunday, April 17, Palm Sunday, all children (3 year old through 6th grade) are invited to help decorate the wall between Fellowship Hall and Chapel Hall. Members of the Children and Family Work Area will be assisting children to put their handprint on the wall. We will be using different colors of water-based paint.

At 9:30 the 3 year old, 4 & 5 year old, and kindergarten class will begin in their regular classrooms. The 1st-4th grade classes will begin in the parlor. After the procession of palms in the sanctuary, the teachers and shepherds will lead the children down to the gym. The teachers and other adults will assist the children with their handprints on the wall. The 3 year old, 4 & 5 year old, and kindergarten classes will then return to their normal classrooms where parents can pick-up their children following the worship service. The 1st through 4th grade classes will remain in the gym where parents can pick them up.

At 11:00 the preschool through kindergarten class will start in their regular classroom. The 1st-6th graders will meet in the parlor. After the procession of palms in the sanctuary, all children will go to the gym for the handprint project. The preschool through kindergarten class will then return to their classroom. The 1st-6th will remain in the gym.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I look forward to a wonderful Palm Sunday!

Biggest Carbon Loser: Week 2

Biggest Carbon Loser

During this month, commit to as many actions as possible to reduce your energy consumption and in friendly competition see who can score the most points in moving you and your family toward a lower carbon footprint. Report your score using the DGFUMC Contact Form (choose 'Environmental Stewardship' as the category). Here is the list of action items for week 2. Previous weeks can be found on the Going Green page.

Action Items

  1. Adjust your thermostat- recommended heating settings are 65- 68 degrees during the day and 55- 60 degrees overnight.  Recommended cooling temperature is no lower than 78 degrees (setting thermostat at these recommended temperatures can reduce CO2 by 1,500 lb/ yr. - 5 pts.
  2. Do full loads of laundry and dish washing.  Use cold water wash/ rinse for laundry (90% of the energy  in doing laundry goes to heating water and only 10% to powering the machine) - 2 pts Replace all conventional light bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED - 1 pt/ bulb replaced
  3. Turn down  hot water heater temperature to 120 degrees or medium temp. setting - 2 pts.
  4. Install electric outlet insulator pads on all outside walls - 1 pt.
  5. Add perennial and native plantings to the yard to gradually reduce lawn areas - 2 pts.
  6. Install a programmable thermostat to help with (1) above - 10 pts.
  7. Walk to any locations less than one mile - 2 pts.
  8. Turn car off if idling for more than 15 seconds (other than at stoplights)- reduces emissions as well as wear on car - 2 pts.
  9. Accelerate slowly- maintain MPH- can save 1,000 lb/ yr. CO2) - 2 pts.speed limit (20-30% energy savings driving 55 MPH vs. 75
  10. Combine trips- shop at closest stores - 2 pts.
  11. Buy products that use recyclable materials - 2 pts
  12. Avoid buying bottled water- get everyone in the family a water bottle to fill and take along when travelling - 1 pt.

Biggest Carbon Loser: Week 1

Biggest Carbon Loser

Given the ever increasing impact of climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions, we invite everyone to join in a program to reduce our energy consumption, save money and protect the health and well- being of people and our planet - all at the same time.

During this coming month, commit to as many actions as possible to reduce your energy consumption and in friendly competition see who can score the most points in moving you and your family toward a lower carbon footprint.

Here is the list of action items for week 1. Report your score using the DGFUMC Contact Form (choose 'Environmental Stewardship' as the category). More details can be found on the Going Green page.

Action Items

  1. Turn off lights, TV and other electronics whenever you leave the room for more than a minute - 2 pts.
  2. Clean or replace furnace air filter regularly - 2 pts.
  3. Reduce waste generation and recycle all aluminum, glass, plastic, paper, etc. (reducing half of a standard size garbage can per week can reduce about 2,000 lb/ yr. CO2 - 2 pts.
  4. Plant new trees to commemorate births of children/ grandchildren- they not only sequester carbon but also provide shade, retain water and purify the air - 5 pts.
  5. Tune-up furnace/ A/C at least every other year (saves 300 lb/ yr. CO2) - 3 pts.
  6. Replace attic fan with solar powered fan (free energy for life- easier installation) - 10 pts.
  7. Consider organic cleaning products such as vinegar, borax, baking soda - 1 pt.
  8. Eat less meat (for each day of the week switching to vegetarian can save 700 lb/ yr. CO2) - 5 pts.
  9. Buy foods locally - 2 pts.
  10. Remove unneeded heavy objects from trunk to improve mileage - 1 pt.
  11. Combine car trips while you’re out to reduce vehicle miles travelled (with planning most people can reduce VMT 20% saving 1,500 lb/ yr. CO2) - 3 pts.
  12. Use mass transit whenever feasible, especially commuting to work-  5 pts.

Guatemalan Crafts Are Back!

UPAVIM crafts

There’s another chance to buy beautiful handmade crafts made by the women from our hermanamiento, UPAVIM, who live on the outskirts of Guatemala City.  There will be colorful bags, scarves, kitchen items and, for the first time, jewelry.  Stop by our table in the Parlor on Sunday, April 17th and Sunday, May 1st to pick up a gift for Mother’s Day, teacher appreciation, birthdays and graduations, or treat yourself!

The sale of these crafts helps the women to build better lives for themselves and their community funding a school, a clinic, a bakery and soy milk production. The profit we make will help fund a visit to the women in July this year. We have seven people interested in forming a delegation to visit Guatemala City from July 6-14th. Contact Ina and Ray Osborn (630.515.8418) if you are interested in joining us on this mission trip in July.

As part of our continued commitment to be in relationship with the women of UPAVIM, we exchange monthly letters to share what is going on in our lives and in the life of the church.  The following is a recent reply from one of the delegates who visited us in November 2009:

We send a warm greeting from ALL THE WOMEN OF UPAVIM.  Our hearts are filled with joy when we hear that you are well.  How good to know that winter has passed.  It fills us with enthusiasm to know that you support our project with the laboratory.  We trust in God that we can open it to the community soon.  Thank you.  We are here in very hot weather working for our community and our families.  Let’s keep praying together that peace will not cease in the world-- in all that is happening in it.

Wisconsin Trial of United Methodist Clergywoman Postponed

Linda Lee, the resident bishop of Wisconsin, has postponed the trial of the Rev. Amy DeLong indefinitely. DeLong, an experienced and outstanding WI clergywoman is the latest person to be charged with disobeying church law by officiating at the union of two lesbians. She is also charged with being in a loving, committed relationship with her partner of 15 years.

Bishop Lee's reasons for postponing the trial, originally set for April 11, involve the Church (prosecuting) team: the resignation of the Counsel for the Church in mid-February (the 4th to resign), the recusal of the Presiding Officer, Bishop Bruce Blake, early in March and the inability of Bishop Lee to find a new bishop to preside by the April trial date.

On March 24, Bishop Lee stated that, "Rev. DeLong and her counsel have complied with all pre-trial deadlines in a timely fashion." Ermalou Roller, who serves on DeLong's defense team, reports that team's disappointment at the delay. Rev. DeLong has been waiting for more than a year to challenge unjust church law. She has recently been joined by 36 retired UM bishops who are petitioning our denomination to remove all offensive language about gays and lesbians from our Discipline.

For ongoing trial developments, to send Rev. DeLong an encouraging message and/or to contribute to her defense fund, go to http://www.loveontrial.org.

One Great Hour of Sharing

One Great Hour of Sharing

On Sunday, April 3rd, FUMC will join with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with people experiencing need. Our gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development that help people find safe refuge, start new lives and work together to strengthen their families and communities.

With this offering, The United Methodist Church rebuilds lives and communities around the world by helping the United Methodist Committee on Relief keep its promise that 100% of your designated gift goes to specific causes.

So much of what UMCOR does is about restoration: giving sight to the blind, building up farming communities, helping workers to become self-sufficient and reconstructing places destroyed by disaster.  UMCOR has helped to rebuild war-torn Sudan, famers in Indonesia, families in Pakistan, relief in Haiti, and most recently, coordinate help for Japan.

Biggest Carbon Loser

Biggest Carbon Loser

Given the ever increasing impact of climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide (CO2), producing more forest fires, drought conditions, severe weather occurrences, extended heat waves and the spread of destructive pests and disease, all of us need to help protect God’s creation through actions to reduce our energy consumption and thereby to reduce our carbon footprint.  Join in a program to reduce our energy consumption, save money and protect the health and well- being of people and our planet - all at the same time

During the next month, commit to as many actions as possible to reduce your energy consumption and in friendly competition see who can score the most points in moving you and your family toward a lower carbon footprint. Report your score using the DGFUMC Contact Form (choose 'Environmental Stewardship' as the category).

Let’s all work together to see who can be the biggest carbon loser and best protect God’s creation.

How to Support the Lake Titicaca Border Mission

Mision FronterasThe United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries last week announced the new Lake Titicaca Border Mission Advance project number: 3021288. FUMC Downers Grove members Jeff Wasilevich and Debbie Rissing will serve as site hosts and coordinators of this mission site for 18 months, starting in May. All gifts made in support this mission are 100% tax deductible; those made through the church will receive Advance credit for the church and the Annual Conference, and will help the church achieve its Rainbow Covenant goals.

If you'd like to support this mission, checks may be made payable to: Advance GCFA. On the memo line, write: L. Titicaca Border Mission 3021288. Checks may be dropped in the collection basket, given at the church office, or mailed to: Advance GCFA, P.O. Box 9068 GPO, New York, NY 10087-9068 (if you mail your check, please note church number 51918 on your check to ensure FUMC gets Advance credit). To make a credit card gift by phone, please call The Advance at 888-252-6174. To make an online gift, please visit the Mision Fronteras donate page.

To learn more about this mission before Jeff and Deb fly to Lima on April 10, please attend one of the information presentations in room 213 on Wednesday, March 30, either from 9 to 9:45 a.m. or 7:30 to 8:15PM. They'll present a PowerPoint presentation on the extreme poverty and dire needs of the people near Lake Titicaca. To receive electronic newsletters from Deb and Jeff, please send your email address to jeffandeb@gmail.com. There is more information on the Mision Fronteras website.

Pacific Emergency

UMCORUnited Methodists and friends are urged to pray for the people of Japan during this crucial hour and support the emergency effort through giving. If you would like to make a donation via check, please make the check out to FUMC and in the memo line put Japan/Pacific Emergency. If you would like to donate via credit card, visit UMCOR's website.

Easter Flowers

It is time to order Easter flowers to decorate our Sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 24. Ordering envelopes will be in your bulletin or you may contact the church office. This year we are continuing to offer flowers in addition to Lilies to enhance the beauty of our Sanctuary.

Easter Lilies ~ $13.00
Tulips ~ $11.00
Azaleas ~ $17.00
Hydrangeas ~ $28.00

We are also taking orders for colorful window boxes for $35. Plants and window boxes may be picked up after the11:00am Worship Service. All orders MUST be in by Sunday, April 17.

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