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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

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.

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.

THANK YOU!!

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, http://www.mwangazachoir.org
  • 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).

Thank You, Jewel Shoppers

Thank you for making the effort to bring your stickers to the church office so that UMW/Sarah circle could buy pots and pans. You may have only had a few to share, but all of them combined, a little over 920, bought a lot of pots and pans. We were able to buy for eleven cents- 5 stock pots and 6 frying pans. The Peoples Resource Center will be delighted to receive our donation.

Thanks again, on behalf of UMW/Sarah circle.

Young at Heart Cancelled

The Young at Heart Pizza Party scheduled for this Wednesday, February 9 has been cancelled due to the weather. Too much snow and too cold!!! The next Young at Heart activity will be in March.

Pictorial Directory

The pictorial directory has arrived! If you had your picture taken, please stop by the Parlor today or next week to pick up your copy.

CHURCH PROGRAMS CANCELLED

Because of the pending snowstorm, all FUMC Programs will be cancelled for Wednesday, February 2, 2011. The church will be back in operation on Thursday morning, February 3, 2011.

URGENT HELP NEEDED

I am in need of a few people willing to come and stay overnight to help out with PADS tonight and tomorrow AM.

We will be sleeping in the Open Door (Youth Center) and the Parlor. This will ensure that we have adequate staff to service the needs of PADS clients over the next 24 hrs. The DG Police Department is asking that the shelter remain open until 12PM tomorrow.

We are also in need of anyone that can come around 9AM and help with the shoveling of walks and free cars from the plow piles.

Following is a list of suggested items to bring along:

Flashlight (in case the power goes out)
Snow Shovel
Inflatable mattress (sofas are available)
Sheets/blanket & pillow

If you can help out with this important mission, please contact: Diane Kerr cell 630-886-4879.

THANK YOU!!

Love on Trial

On April 11, 2011, Rev. Amy DeLong, United Methodist Clergy in the Wisconsin Annual Conference, will be tried for living a larger love than is permitted by the United Methodist Church. Rev. DeLong finds herself on the wrong side of church law because of:

  • Pastoral Care (she officiated at the Holy Union of a loving lesbian couple) and
  • Love (she and Val, her partner of 15 years, share a life-affirming, deeply loving relationship).

In December, the Conference Committee on Investigation, following a required hearing with Rev. DeLong, forwarded the Bill of Charges needed to move into the trial phase of the judicial process. The committee also offered an unprecedented affirming statement:

"Rev. Amy DeLong has shown extraordinary courage to step forward and freely acknowledge her sexual orientation, and her commitment to be in ministry to all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation."

Wisconsin Bishop, Linda Lee, has named Bishop Bruce Blake as the Presiding Officer (judge) for the trial. Rev. Donald Frank has agreed to serve as Counsel for the Church (prosecuting attorney) and Rev. Scott Campbell of MASS. will serve as Amy's Counsel for the Defense (defense attorney); Rev. Ermalou Roller, who is affiliated with our church, serves with Campbell on Amy's Defense Team. A jury pool of Wisconsin United Methodist clergy will now be assembled and, from that pool, 13 clergy will be selected to serve during the trial and subsequent penalty phase.

Rev. DeLong is on a difficult path that has been well-traveled by gay and lesbian Christians and countless others (including women and people from a variety of racial and ethnic groups) who have been told by the Church that their identity and being are unacceptable.

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