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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.


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.


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.


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.

Save the date! Mother-Daughter Tea

Tea ServiceOur annual Mother-Daughter Tea will be held on Saturday, March 19 from 2:00 to 4:00PM in the gym. Cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Mark your calendars now!

Wanted: Aprons

The theme of the Mother-Daughter tea this year is APRONS. Do you have an apron that has a story or a history about it? Would you be willing to share it with us? We are looking for aprons in a variety of styles and from different time periods. Also, we are looking for dress forms to use to display them. If you have an apron or dress form you would be willing to loan to us, please contact Nancy Bifulco.

Fifth Sunday Appeal

United Voices for ChildrenThis Sunday, January 30, there will be an offering envelope in the bulletin for the United Voices for Children – Fifth Sunday Appeal. UVC is a coalition of groups and individuals within the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church. Your gift will help with the work of ChildServ, United Methodist Youth Services, Marcy-Newberry Association and Rosecrance Health Network.

For more advocacy information, check out the web site at:

Guatemala Connection

UPAVIMasDuring Advent last year, many of you stopped by our table in the Parlor to look at and purchase some of the beautiful handmade crafts made by the women of UPAVIM. It was also a wonderful opportunity for those of us selling the crafts to share our experiences of our visits to Guatemala City and our relationship with these women. Some of you were able to purchase something made by one of the women you’d met when they visited us in November 2009. I hope that you and your friends who received these gifts are enjoying using them knowing that they have made a difference in the lives of the people of La Esperanza, a slum on the outskirts of Guatemala City where UPAVIM runs its cooperative. For many of the women, the income from the craft making is the only support for their families.

Thank you for your support in raising $2,500 toward our mission.



The Open Door

The youth group has a new name! And so does its home!


The youth group is now called Ignite, with the goal of being the spark that starts the fire. Our hope is that being a member of Ignite will change kids' lives and move them to help change the lives of their friends. The purpose of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples for Jesus Christ. Ignite will help to do that by building community through fun, fellowship and service.

The Open Door

The youth center is now called The Open Door to show that everyone is welcome. OK, the big joke is that The Open Door is locked most of the time. As we have found in the last few months, if the door is unlocked, furniture and equipment walks off and vandalism happens. But we are having fun in The Open Door. Movie nights, two weeks of watching the Bears in the NFL Playoffs, OB classes, playing pool and air hockey. 

Our latest improvement to The Open Door is to install black-out shades so the video system can be used during the day. So far the Youth Ministries Work Area has spent $525 buying them. If any one would like to help offset that cost the youth are happy to accept donations!

Car needed!

Can you help??

A low-income family of 5 has had their car stolen. They didn’t have full-coverage insurance and can’t afford another vehicle. The dad works 3 jobs, so transportation is a necessity! If you or anyone you know has a safe, running car to donate, please contact the church office.

Questions? Contact Julie Stone.

Environmental Stewardship Corner

Environmental StewardshipFor eight days this January, a group of students and I experienced the rain forest, cloud forest and volcanic regions of Costa Rica. This small country covers only 0.03% of the earth's surface, and holds more than 5% of all life forms. The effects of global warming are dramatic in this country. Species are moving higher in elevation and ecosystems are changing. Plant and animal species are becoming rarer and possibly extinct. Consequently, it is not surprising that Costa Rica has lofty sustainability aspirations, wanting to be the first developing country to become carbon neutral, i.e., have zero net output of carbon dioxide by 2021. Costa Rica is moving toward achieving that goal by having 95% of its electrical energy from renewable sources and protecting its rain forests. One person can make a difference. I strongly encourage you to visit the website: to see what you can do to move the U.S. toward sustainability. Don’t forget the 3 R’s: Reduce, Recycle and Reuse.


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