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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.

Housing Needed For Visiting Youth Choir

The saying is that everything is bigger in Texas and the Custer Road UMC Revelation Choir is a great example. The 125-member high school choir will present a concert in our sanctuary on Tuesday, June 14 and we are soliciting housing for as many of the youth and their chaperones as possible. While they are prepared to roll out sleeping bags on the gym floor and use our showers if necessary, we would like to provide homes for as many of their group as possible. Home stays have always been a memorable part of our Chapel Choir tours. Host families will need to provide breakfast on the 15th. Please check your calendar and contact Don Dunham regarding how many youth you are willing to host, if you have pets and whether you have a gender or age preference.

40th Annual Chapel Choir Tour

The Chapel Choir started their 40th Annual Spring Break Tour on Sunday evening at Gary Memorial UMC in Wheaton. It was a great night. The youth group at Gary Church greeted us warmly with a pizza dinner. They sat at table with our students and strangers became friends. It felt like we were really on tour.

On Saturday, March 26 we will pack two 45 passenger motor coaches, the technical term for buses, and head east!

  • First stop the University of Michigan for lunch and tee shirts. Then to the Pontiac MI area, a concert at Waterford Central UMC Saturday evening.
  • Worship at both Grace & Peace UMC and Four Towns UMCs on Sunday and an afternoon at the Henry Ford Museum.
  • Monday we cross the border at Sarnia ON, Lunch in London and singing at St Paul’s United Church in Oakville ON.
  • Tuesday we play in Niagara Falls.
  • Wednesday we arrive in Toronto for a concert at Humber Valley United Church.
  • For years, the choir has wanted a beach, so on Thursday we’ll goback to Niagara Falls and spend the morning at an indoor water park. A concert at First Baptist Church of London ON Thursday evening will be our last in Canada.
  • On Friday, we enter the USA at Port Huron MI. Our last tour concert will be at First UMC Birmingham MI.

Watch for updates on the DGFUMC web site!!

Come see the Chapel Choir perform their tour concert here at home on Sunday, April 3 at 4:00pm and 7:00pm.

PADS Help Needed For April 5

We are in need of someone to help out with the 11pm-3am shift for PADS on the evening of April 5. If you are available and willing, please contact Diane Kerr in the church office (630.968.7120).

THANK YOU!!

Environmental Stewardship Corner

Environmental StewardshipWe’ve all seen wind turbines as we drive through the Midwest. Yet renewable energy comprises only about 3% of the electricity generated in our country. A 2008 study by the American Council on Renewable Energy indicates that using currently available renewable technologies such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass that we could readily achieve 25% renewable generation by 2025. Other studies indicate that investments in renewable energy technologies create about 4 times as many jobs per dollar invested than expanding coal, oil or gas investments. Clean renewable energy technologies not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also replace acid gas and toxic air emissions from coal-fired generation, saving lives and reducing health care costs. As our elected officials debate legislation for economic recovery and future energy policies for our country, please take the time to share your views on the direction we should proceed, keeping in mind God’s call to protect and preserve all of God’s creation.

Long Time Members Sought

The 175th Anniversary Committee is compiling a list of everyone who has been a member of DGFUMC for at least 50 years. If you or someone you know joined the church before 1962, please contact Don Dunham.

Housing Needed For Visiting Youth Choir

The saying is that everything is bigger in Texas and the Custer Road UMC Revelation Choir is a great example. The 125-member high school choir will present a concert in our sanctuary on Tuesday, June 14 and we are soliciting housing for as many of the youth and their chaperones as possible. While they are prepared to roll out sleeping bags on the gym floor and use our showers if necessary, we would like to provide homes for as many of their group as possible. Home stays have always been a memorable part of our Chapel Choir tours. Host families will need to provide breakfast on the 15th. Please check your calendar and contact Don Dunham or 630.968.7120, ext. 210 regarding how many youth you are willing to host, if you have pets and whether you have a gender or age preference.

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