Recent News

PADS Workers Needed!

We have filled our entire food donations for the year, however we still have some needs for the shift workers

6-8pm - Prepare and Serve Dinner - need 3
7-9pm - Manage Donations
11pm-3am - Make Lunches, Monitor Guests - need 2 Male
5:30-7am - Prepare and Serve Breakfast, Kitchen Clean-up - need 2
6-7:30am - Clean-up the Gym and the Kitchen - need 2

If you are able to volunteer please contact Renie Curry

Environmental Stewardship Corner

On Sunday, October 9, some of us heard a presentation regarding electrical supply options that you can choose now. In fact, you can pick an electrical supplier that is less expensive and that uses more renewable energy sources than is currently in the mix for the supplier you most likely still have. If you switch electrical suppliers, you still will receive your bill from your current utility, but the place on the bill where you are charge for your energy, will be passed through to the supplier. After you change electrical supplier, you will notice nothing, except probably a less-expensive supply charge and a lower bill.

To evaluate your options, you can go to the website:

We were encouraged to learn that Illinois is requiring all electricity suppliers to have an increasing, albeit still small, fraction of their supply to come from renewable sources. Currently, in Illinois, most of this is from wind turbines. However, beginning in 2016, utilities will be required to start having some of their electrical supply from solar energy. I recently selected a supplier that was more than 15% less expensive than my current electrical supplier and produces most of its energy from renewable wind energy. Also, important to me, was flexibility in my supplier. The electrical supplier that I selected does not have any guarantee period or contract period, so if I want to change my supplier, I can easily change. Selecting an electrical energy supplier with a large portion of its supply from renewable sources will help bring about cost-effective change for all and will help lessen our impact on the environment. 

Household goods needed at Sharing Connection

Sharing Connection's Furniture Bank, a nonprofit organization in Downers Grove, provides furniture and household items to low-income families. They currently have a critical need for cleaning supplies and unopened personal care items such as shampoo, deodorant, and conditioner. Silverware is also needed.

If you can donate any of these items, please drop them off at the SCFB warehouse at 5111 Chase Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515. The warehouse is open to receive donations Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm and Saturday from 9am until noon. Financial donations are also welcome. Their website,, explains what other items are accepted.

S.O.S. Thank You!

We had a lot of fine work done on the 2nd Saturday of the month in October and I want to call it to the congregation's attention. We were able to work hard at the parsonage and got a ton of exterior work done.

We removed 100's of walnuts. We gathered twigs and limbs to burn. We edged and trenched trees in the back yard and planted hostas. We cleaned up and weeded several flower beds. We got 18 old "PADS" matresses thrown away. We got some electrical work done and some work done in the shower areas. We washed about half of the Rent-a Tent chairs. All in all a very busy and productive morning.

We had 17 in attendance....they are Dave Shultz, Terry and Tyler Bleau, Andrea Schwartzers-Polites, Tom and Karen Wagner, Pete Wildman, Don and Devra Dunham, Don Safford, Mark and Ellen Pitstick, Alan DeBral, Scott and Chris Hudson, Ward Feste, and Scott and Renie Curry.

Thanks to all of you for your outstanding efforts. We worked hard and enjoyed each other'scompany and fellowship. Let's keep the ball rolling.....this is the best attendance we have had in several months. Bring family, friends and kids.....we challenge you to be good stewards in SERVICE towards the upkeep and maintenance of OUR church. We meet every 2nd Saturday of the month for continental breakfast, fellowship and designated work from staff, trustees, and SOS coordinators.

During this S.O.S. event we saved the church about $1,000 in labor expenses.


Reception for Nick Nicholas

Nick at the 2010 CROP Hunger WalkOn September 18, Rev. Nick Nicholas, our congregation's youth minister for the past 10 years, announced his plans to pursue other areas of ministry, including teaching at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Nick will continue to lead the Sunday morning Jr. High and Sr. High classes through mid December. In addition, he will continue to lead the Sunday afternoon Jr. High Youth Fellowship through early December, and the evening Sr. High Youth Fellowship through October, and work with the Interfaith experiences that include our church's youth.

So many in our congregation have been especially enriched and encouraged by Nick's ministry, adults as well as youth. There will be an opportunity to celebrate and thank Nick at receptions on December 11, following the morning worship services and also following the Chapel Choir's Christmas concert that evening.

More information will be sent soon about the receptions and a congregational love gift for Nick. 

Laity Sunday

October 16th is Laity Sunday, celebrating the active leadership and involvement of the laity both inside and outside our church. Services will be lead by Julie Stone & Don Dunham with the message given by Terry McDorman. The last service will be followed by the Harvest Fest luncheon.

Interfaith Youth Project 2011

Interfaith Logo

We are excited to begin our 3rd Annual Interfaith Youth Project!

This year's project will be different than what we've done in the past. We are looking for all interested 6th-12th graders to participate. We again are partnering with the youth from the Mohammed Webb Foundation. In the past, youth from the groups have worked together on service projects to raise money for charities. This was wonderful service and a great way to get to know each other.

This year, we tried to plan activities that would be informative, fun and allow the youth groups to spend time together without requiring any extra time or work outside of Sunday mornings. You may participate in as many weeks as you are able, so if you come 3, or 4, or all 5 times - great! The more you come, the more you will get to know the kids from Webb and the more they will get to know you. If you have participated in the Interfaith project in the past, you will see a lot of familiar faces! Parents are always welcome to come along!

Movie Night at the Safford Home Theater

Film ReelIt is that time of the year again to begin the movies. Everyone knows of the Cannes Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, but soon to be world known will be the Slowdance Film Festival. All the other festivals come and go in a few days or a few weeks, but no, the Slowdance Film Festival takes eight to nine months to be held. The movies might be fast and furious, slow and easy, touching or comedic but the discussions by our fabulous leaders are always interesting and the fellowship after the movie is quite wonderful. The Slowdance Film Festival begins in October.

Each month on the Third Friday of the month we host a movie in our home theater. It has been going on for about 10-11 years now and is open to all church goers. There are seats for 25 available by signing up through the church office. Sign-up starts at the beginning of the month each time. We will begin the season in October on the 21st with the movie starting at 7:30 PM. The last date will be in May on the 18th with the grand Golden Gung Ho Chinese buffet dinner before the movie. We ask for a two dollar donation to cover pop/water/popcorn and desserts.

If you would like to bring a friend along that is fine. Even bring a spouse if you would like or a significant other. We are asking that when you sign up to give us/the church your email address so that we can contact you if plans suddenly change for any given movie. We will use the email addresses only for movie info notification or change of date.

The movie titles will be published each month online and in the Bulletin and Tower Bells.

Please join us for a great season of the Slowdance Film Festival.

Don and Caryl Safford

Bridge Board Doings

Bridge CommunitiesYes, the DGFUMC Bridge Board is alive and well! For those of you who may be new to DGFUMC, the Bridge Community Board supports a homeless family in transitional housing and provides mentorship for them as well.

We are very excited to announce that we have a new client family as of April. It is a woman and her two daughters and we are very pleased that the woman has recently become employed! Expert mentorship is being provided by Stan and Maria Clements and Susan Hogan.

Many of you have asked how you can donate to our cause. Gas cards and grocery cards would be just wonderful. Though the Men's Quartet and the Garden Walk proceeds go directly into our family's budget, in this economy these cards would certainly be appreciated.

We are a very cohesive and hard working board and are passionate about our mission. We are looking for others who would like to share this work and passion. In other words we would like to take on new board members. We are friendly and take time for some fun, too. I promise you it is extremely rewarding to have such a positive impact on the lives of those who need help.

Please contact the church if you are interested and they can put you in touch with me. I will be more than happy to provide you with information about our board.

DuPage United Update

DuPage UnitedWhat has DuPage United been doing? Since the June 16th Delegate Assembly with DuPage United, the following has occurred:

  • Billing Signing - Governor Quinn signed the bill allowing county boards to require all appointed commissions to submit financial, contract and personell information.
  • DuPage United awared the Interfaith Unity Award by the Islamic Society of North America for our work in interfaith and justice.
  • Zoning Board of Appeals held a public hearing on the text amendment restricting religious institutions in residential county land. More partners have stepped up on this issues. The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago submitted a formal memo with recommendations to make this amendment less restrictive. DuPage United supported this memo.
  • Action teams have met to continue research and establish strategies: English as a Second Language / Jobs and Job Training; Government Reform/ Forest Preserve; Youth after school programs. TBA: Transportation issue for seniors/ disabled
  • DuPage United was awarded $50,000 grant from Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
  • A team of leaders from DuPage United, Lake County United, United Power for Action and Justice met with Minority Leaders of the IL House and Senate (Rep Cross and Sen Radogna) to discuss a working relationship on our important issues.
  • Starting in September DuPage United will have a full-time intern for 6 months - paid for primarily through the Jewish Funds for Justice.

If you are thinking you want to get involved in DuPage United please contact the Office.


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