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Using Local Produce - Recipes

Summertime! How fortunate we are to enjoy the blessings from our Creator during the days of blue skies, rainbow-colored flowers and garden=fresh vegetables. Whether from our own back yards or from a local farmer’s market, the bounty of organic produce available gives us grateful hearts. When that zucchini comes in, though, Yikes! If you aren’t one to leave it on your neighbor’s doorstep, here’s a healthy cool soup to try yourself.

Chilled Zucchini and Avocado Soup Serves 2-4

4 small or 2 medium zucchini, coarsely chopped 2 avocados, peeled, coarsely chopped

3 green onions or scallions, chopped 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved

½ tsp. Chili powder

½ tsp. coriander seeds, crushed

1 cup plain yogurt Salt and pepper to taste

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Put first six ingredients in to a food processor and processor until smoothly combined.   Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl, then stir in the yogurt. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with chopped cilantro. 

Roasted Tomato Basil Pesto

2 pre-roasted tomatoes or 1 large fresh tomato

2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved

3 Tbls. Pine nuts

2 Tbls. Extra virgin olive oil

1 cup whole basil leaves

½ cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

2 Tbls. Soft butter Salt and Pepper

Combine first 6 ingredients in blender and process until just combined.  Add basil to small amounts until all is combined. Stir in Parmesan cheese and butter and season with salt and pepper to taste. Good on pizza, roasted vegetables, or an omelet. Variation: use cilantro instead of basil.

From “Farmer John’s Cookbook”

Letter/Prayer Mission Delegate to Guatemala Opportunity

Be a Letter or Prayer Mission Delegate to Guatemala.

We are sending seven delegates to Guatemala City from July 13-21 to continue to deepen our relationship with the families of UPAVIM, our hermanamiento facilitated through Sister Parish, an organization that pairs communities of faith in Central America with churches in North America. As we work together to build the Kingdom of God on earth, we share each other’s experiences so that we can better understand and overcome the sources of injustice and oppression, promoting mutual respect and dignity for all people, advocating for human rights and working for social and economic justice for all.

You can participate in this delegation by being a letter or prayer sponsor. It is important for the delegates to know that they represent our church community and that they carry with them your thoughts, blessings, and hopes for a safe and meaningful experience.

To be a letter sponsor, simply write a note of encouragement that the delegates can open and read each day they are there. Notes need to be turned into the church office by July 9. You may also email your letters to Sheila at sheila@dgfumc.org to have her print your note for the delegates. To be a prayer sponsor, commit to pray for our delegates on any of their mission days. This year’s delegates are Dale and Jessie Faber, Penny Fox, Michelle Loconte, Ray Osborn, Claire Pitstick and Samantha Snyder.

They will be commissioned during the 10:00 a.m. worship on Sunday, July 12.

Voice Your Support for Supportive Housing Services in Illinois

What is the Issue?
Governor Rauner’s FY16 proposed budget would cut supportive housing services by $12.7 million. This would devastate the community safety net in Illinois.

Why Does it Matter?
Homelessness causes illnesses and makes existing mental and physical illness worse, leading to expensive treatment and medical services.
Supportive Housing improves physical and mental health, which reduces the need for these services, particularly expensive inpatient mental healthcare and hospitalization.
More affordable than housing in state hospitals, prisons or nursing homes:
Supportive Housing is an investment – not an expense.

What is the Solution?
We can’t cut ourselves out of the fiscal crisis. A revenue solution is needed to balance the budget and protect services that save lives and save money.

How Can I Help?
The budget is still being debated in the legislature and there is still time to voice your support for these programs. Click here for links to contact Gov. Rauner and your state legislators or stop by the parlor on Sunday morning to sign a petition.

Supportive Housing ends homelessness.
Together, our many voices will send a single strong message to our legislators.

Downers Grove Garden Walk Tickets Now on Sale!

Tickets for the 9th Annual Downers Grove Garden Walk are now on sale.  

Click here learn more about the gardens, buy your tickets online or for ticket locations.

Ignite Youth Group Summer Program

The Combined Jr & Sr High Youth Group are meeting for the summer on Sundays from 6 to 8pm. This is for all youth who are entering the 6th Grade in the Fall through graduated Seniors.

Come join us to play Gaga Ball & Jungle Pong!

Check the Youth Calendar for the dates.

Summer Worship Hours

Our Summer Sunday Worship Schedule, with two services, 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., are now in effect until the Sunday after Labor Day. Both services are held in the sanctuary.

Nursery care is provided during each service and Sunday School is held during the 10:00 service.

2015 Spring Ring Handbell Concert DVDs and CDs Now Available

Revisit the bronze adventure of Handbell Expedition 2015, an exciting evening to remember!  $12 per DVD or CD.

Contact Pattie Barnes  at 630.953.0146 or pattiebarnes@gmail.com.

Church Office Closed Monday, May 25

In observation of Memorial Day the church office will be closed on Monday, May 25. If you need assistance during this time, please contact Pastor Jim at 630.788.3310.

Together @ 10 Worship Service - 10:00 a.m. March 26

Join us Sunday, March 26, for a special worship service where the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. 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.

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

World Thank Offering

Sunday, May 10

The World Thank Offering is an opportunity for individuals to respond to God's abundance and grace with spontaneous gifts of gratitude.  The funds are used in the total program of mission carried on through United Methodist Women around the world. On World Thank Offering Sunday, your gifts will enable United Methodist Women to support programs that improve the health, education and welfare of women, children and youth both near and far.

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