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175th Anniversary Celebrations

Log school in Downers GroveOur church was founded in 1836, when Revd Stephen Beggs added Downers Grove to his circuit, only four years after the settlement was first established by Pierce Downer. Throughout 2011, we will be celebrating our heritage as the first organized church in Downers Grove. You can read about some of the key milestones in our history here.

The following events will form a part of our celebrations this year:

January

  • Distribution of the pictorial directory
  • Hymn of the Month in Worship
  • Monthly display in parlor

February

  • Potluck and old fashion hymn sing on February 27th at 4pm.
  • Hymn of the Month in Worship
  • Monthly display in parlor

March

  • Display of the baby quilts and lap quilts being made for charity
  • Hymn of the Month in Worship
  • Monthly display in parlor 

April

  • Bishop Jung bringing the Easter message on Sunday, April at 8:15, 9:30 and 11AM
  • Hymn of the Month in Worship
  • Monthly display in parlor

Project 175Q

QuiltersGoal

To make and distribute 175 handmade quilts to members of our community who are in need or in distress

When

By November 1, 2011

How

By giving quilts to private and community organizations who work with those in need.

What You Can Do

  1. Make a crib, child or lap quilt to donate to the project (download pattern below)
  2. Make a quilt top that SSQ can finish - Tops must be finished by September 4, 2011 (download guidelines below)
  3. Donate quilting cotton or batting to SSQ
  4. Donate 6 1/2 inch quilting cotton squares to SSQ
  5. Contribute toward the purchase of fabric and batting

Contact Kay Frank or Julie Stone if you have any questions. Donations may be dropped off at the church office.

Giving Tree: Thank You!

Thank you to the entire congregation for your contributions to the Giving Tree this year. You gave more than 230 gifts to children of all ages.You supported Marcy Newberry Center, ChildServ and HeadStart programs and made Christmas brighter for so many children.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Welcome Back!

Welcome to the new DGFUMC website. It has been redesigned to create an online community in a way that the old website couldn't. We invite all church members to join us by creating their own accounts using the menu links on the left. You can then add your own comments to news articles, blog entries, and event postings, giving us your own thoughts on what is happening in our church.

Please use your real name as your user name (with spaces; e.g., Jane Doe), to keep spammers out. Your email will not be displayed publicly but, if you choose, you can allow other people to contact you using an online form, without revealing your address.

You can still view event archives and old photo albums by clicking on the links on the left. If you find any problems (missing pages, confusing links, inaccurate content) or have any other comments about how to improve the website, please let us know.

Please join in and stay connected as we enter our 175th anniversary year. Wishing you a blessed Christmas season and God's peace in the New Year.

Altar Flowers Sign-Up

There is a flower board in the narthex.Each month has a sign-up sheet for both sides of the altar. You can purchase flowers in memory of, or in honor of someone. The cost is $20 for a flower arrangement, $27 for a dozen roses, or $11.00 for a single rose.

Please sign your name, phone number and what you would like written in the bulletin. One line represents one side of the altar. If you have any questions, please contact the Church Office.

DGFUMC College Scholarship Fund

College

We know that this is the time of year when everyorganization is asking for donations. Well the DGFUMC college scholarship fund is doing the same thing. What is the scholarship fund and who is helped by it? Three separate funds were started over 20 years ago and those gifts have now been used up, however we continue to want to help college students. In August, we present small gifts to 4 students who have been active in ministries of DGFUMC. If each family would give $5 in honor of each of their children now and $5 on that child’s birthday, we would have thousands of dollars to give out each year. Please consider giving to this fund.

Open Preschool Registration

The last chance to register for next year's 2011/2012 Preschool will be on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 from 3 to 4pm. A $100.00 non-refundable registration fee and completed application is required to secure a space. A certified copy of the birth certificate is now required by DCFS.

Contact the church office for more details.

Lenten Devotionals

It may be difficult to start thinking about Lent when Advent hasn’t yet begun, but the Adult Education Work Area is thinking about it. We are preparing a Lenten devotional for the congregation to use during Lent.

We are seeking submissions from the congregation for this “Upper Room”-style devotional. Please include a prayer and scripture to accompany your meditation. While we don’t seek to limit your meditation, please keep it to 400 words or less.

We want to hear from a wide variety of people in the congregation. Ask God to guide your thinking and let the Spirit speak through you.

This is the last opportunity to submit a devotional. Please contact the Church Office with your submissions.

Book Donations

Thanks to all of you who have donated books to the church library in recent months. Many of them have been added to the library collection and the others will be given to the Downers Grove AAUW used book sale. Book donations are always welcome, particularly those with a religious theme. All church members are encouraged to use the library and check out anything of interest. Please don't keep the books too long or you'll receive a gentle reminder from the church librarian!

Questions? Contact Mary Beth Weeks.

Pampered Chef Youth Ministry Fundraiser

Pampered ChefYes, winter is upon us, but the Youth Group and Chapel Choir have Spring Break and even Summer on their minds already. Why? Because of Choir Tour and Mission Trips! Why now? Because we’re trying to figure out how to afford them! How can you help? One easy way is to support our Pampered Chef® Fundraiser for Youth Ministry. Shop online starting now or visit the display tables in the parlor on December 5. Choose from a great selection of gift ideas and helpful tools for your kitchen just in time for Christmas baking and entertaining. 

To order online, simply visit http://www.pamperedchef.biz/kelleyhook . Click SHOP ONLINE, enter FUMC as the Organization under Option #1, and begin shopping. If you have any questions or prefer to order by phone, please call Kelley Hook at 630-852-2433. Orders must be placed by Sunday 12/12 and will be available for pick up at church on Sunday 12/19. Out of town friends and family can order online and have orders shipped directly to them in time for Christmas.

This year, skip the mall and do your shopping at home or at church! All proceeds support our Youth program. Thank you for your help!

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