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Thanksgiving Offering

Happy Thanksgiving!

As we enter this season of harvest and gratitude, we are reminded of the importance and power of giving thanks every day of the year. Christians are called to “give thanks in all circumstances,” (I Thessalonians 5:8) and so experience the gifts of God that we might otherwise overlook. Thankfulness is a choice we can make that opens our lives toward greater contentment and joy, and opens our eyes to see our neighbors with God’s love.  

On Thanksgiving Day we are invited to reclaim the story of a meal long ago, shared in love and thankfulness among people who grew from feared strangers to trusted friends, that began our nation’s Thanksgiving tradition. And we are invited to remember those who in this day are in need of food, shelter, compassion, and justice.

One of the ways we as a church show God’s love for our neighbors is through our Thanksgiving offering. The Thanksgiving offering goes specifically to ministries of local outreach and social justice. Our gifts are directed through our congregation’s Mission, Justice, and Community Work Area (combining the former Mission and Church and Society Work Areas); and will be used to reach out to lives, speak out about needs, and work to bring improved circumstances to others through the organizations described on the reverse side of this letter. 

If you haven't received a Thanksgiving offering envelope, they are available in the church office.

May your Thanksgiving be blessed with God’s abundant love.

Pastors Jim and Greta McDonald
Mission, Justice and Community Work Area

Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata - An Alice Parker Christmas

Alice Parker is a living musical legend whose work teaching congregations to sing and music directors to arrange and interpret has inspired thousands around the world. Alice’s arrangements and recordings with the Robert Shaw Chorale served to popularize choral music in our country. The program will feature ensembles and choir, and congregational singing.

Please come and begin your Advent season by listening to and joining the choir in singing favorite Christmas carols.

Sunday Worship Service - Visitors from United Church of Rogers Park

This Sunday at all three services, we will welcome Deacon Wes Dorr and lay leader Sabrina Bermingham from the United Church of Rogers Park, our sister church in Chicago with which we have an on-going connection of supportive giving and annual mission trips. We have an additional connection in that former DGFUMC member Rev. Catiana McKay has been the pastor at Rogers Park since 2007.

During worship Wes and Sabrina will share the Message based on Luke 13:6-9 and describe their congregation’s work in the neighborhood including community meals, after school programs for children and their Peace Circle - conversations with teens and young adults that encourage positive choices in their lives.

We hope you will join us.

UMW Newsletter - The Inner Circle - November 2015

Below please find the November 2015 edition of the UMW newsletter, The Inner Circle.

Piano Dedication - Sunday, November 8

Please join us this Sunday at both the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services as we dedicate our new sanctuary grand piano. Be ready for some spectacular piano highlights! From solos to duets, you won't want to miss out hearing how both ebony and ivory tickle your musical musings!

Hearing Loop System Available on the Main Floor of the Sanctuary

DGFUMC is pleased to provide the Hearing Loop System for use on the main floor of the Sanctuary.

A hearing loop is a wire that circles a room and is connected to a sound system. The loop transmits the sound electromagnetically. The electromagnetic signal is then picked up by the t-coil in a hearing aid or cochlear implant.

Users with a t-coil in their hearing aid can now listen to the service directly through their hearing aids. Please check with your hearing care professional to see if your hearing aid is equipped with a t-coil and properly adjusted. Non-hearing aid users can pick-up a headset to use at the sound board.

To learn more about the Hearing Loop System, please see the flyer below..

Recycle Reminders – Recycle Responsibly

See the document below for some important Recycling Reminders!

Benefits of Recycling

According to the E.P.A., Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle is very beneficial to our environment. Some of the benefits include saving energy, saving money, reducing the amount of waste sent to our landfills, and allowing products to be used to their fullest extent.

What you may be surprised to learn is that items such as pencils, counter-tops, bicycles, cookware, jackets, carpeting, bridges, and textiles can be made from recycled items.

Ever wonder what happens to your recycled items after they are picked up by the waste management company? Go to and then click on the Recycling tab under the Featured Links heading. Then you need to click once more on the link titled “What Happens to your Recycling after it is picked up?” Here there is a 13 ½ minute video, that explains the process. You can go directly to this video by copying the following web address into your web browser.

Using reusable shopping bags makes a difference too – and – can save you a little bit of money. Stores including Ultra Food and Target will give you 5 cents when you use a reusable bag. If a store you shop at frequently does not offer this service, suggest it to the manager.

Recycling makes a difference. If you need assistance finding a place to take your recyclable items visit

Your participation in Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, makes a difference!

Together @ 10... We are ONE Worship Service and Pancake Breakfast

On Sunday, October 25 join us for a special service where the 9:30 and 11:00 services will be combined into ONE service at 10:00 a.m. This is a great time to make new friends, re-connect with old friends and bring guests to visit our church.

This Sunday is also our Choir Dedication Sunday. Each choir (bells, too!) will be presenting special music for the congregation.

Stop by the gym before or after the 10:00 service to continue in fellowship and enjoy a Pancake Breakfast served by the youth. Proceeds help support Youth Ministries.

Please note the 8:15 a.m. service will still be held in Chapel Hall.

UMW Newsletter - The Inner Circle - September 2015

Below please find the September 2015 edition of the UMW newsletter, The Inner Circle.


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