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UMC Response to Nepal Earthquake and How You Can Help

United Methodist respond to Nepal EarthquakeMany of you have been asking how our congregation, and the United Methodist Church as a whole, is responding to the devastation caused by the earthquake in Nepal.

For many years, the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church has been in mission with the people of Nepal. This existing relationship positioned UMC to take immediate steps to assist the people of that nation, including providing household and community water filtration units for survivors, and working with United Mission to Nepal, a partner in community-based health and education projects in Nepal for more than 60 years. To read more about these efforts, click here.

Closer to home, the Mission, Justice and Community Work Area of DGFUMC, has approved an immediate emergency gift of $1,000 from our congregation to the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s (UMCOR) Disaster Response in Nepal to support relief efforts.

You can also help with relief efforts. Individual gifts may be sent through UMCOR, using the code Advance #982450. To send a gift electronically, click here.  To donate by check, please make your check payable to Advance GCFA, write the Advance number 982450 on the memo line and mail to:

Advance GCFA
PO Box 9068
New York, NY 10087-9068

To donate by phone, please call 1.888.252.6174.

How to Recycle Alkaline Batteries

Remote controls, radios, clocks, children toys and now even in touchless faucets and keyboards; alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D) have been and will continue to be commonplace in our society. The next time you’re using your remote control to change the channel, stop and think a little about how these batteries work. Using metals and chemical reactions, batteries convert chemical energy to electrical energy to provide power to our electronic devices. But where do these chemicals and metals come from? Where will they go when you’re done with them?

Metals used in batteries are mined from the earth, with steel and zinc being the main metallic components of alkaline batteries. In 1996 the Mercury Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act passed in the United States that phased out the use of mercury in alkaline batteries. With this and other developments over the past few decades, proven cost effective and environmentally safe recycling processes are not yet universally available for alkaline batteries. Except in the state of California, alkaline batteries are currently considered “safe” for general refuse and can go directly from your trash can to a landfill. Many of us take advantage of this and dispose of our A, AA, C, and D batteries from devices around our house routinely in the trash can.

The next time you go to dispose of an alkaline battery in the trash can, please think of this: alkaline batteries account for 80% of the manufacturer batteries in the US and over 10 billion individual units produced worldwide. Add up the disposal of all of these batteries to our landfills over the years and think of the natural resources (steel, zinc, etc.) that can be saved. Think of the potential unreacted chemicals being put into our landfills, into the ground, and into our waterways.

United Methodist Church Earth Day Video

In recognition of Earth Day, the United Methodist Church has produced a video featuring stunning images of Nature along with the beautiful words of a prayer written by United Methodist Bishop Ken Carter when he was a pastor in North Carolina in 2005.

You are encouraged to use this video for personal reflection. To view, visit The United Methodist Church website

Composting? Really?

Q: Why would I want to Compose?

A: There are many good reasons to start composting. It is very beneficial from an agricultural and environmental standpoint. Most significant benefits are:

  1. Improves soil structure, benefits root growth and water retention.
  2. Provides a source of slow-release organic fertilizer for your plants, helps fight diseases.
  3. Reduces 20-40% of the waste that ends up in the landfill. This ALONE is a fantastic reason for composting - why would you throw this organic material in a landfill?
  4. It’s fun and satisfying to know you’re doing your part to conserve earth’s resources

Q: I want to compost, but is it hard and how would I get started?

A: It’s really quite easy and it won’t take you a lot of time to get started. You’ll need a compost bin or an area in your yard for a compost heap, ideally in a sunny or partly sunny spot. You want it easily accessible all year long.

Q: OK, so what do I put in the compost bin?

A: The two main categories of ingredients are “greens and browns.” You will need both of these materials plus water to make compost.

  • Green - Vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds/filters, tea leaves/bags, garden waste, fresh weeds without seeds, fresh grass clippings.
  • Brown - Dry leaves, dry straw and hay, sawdust, woodchips from untreated wood, twigs, dried grass clippings, shredded paper, napkins, newspaper (no petroleum ink, Soy ink is OK)
  • Other - Eggshells (crushed), plain rice, bread, hair, wool, cotton, lint
  • Do not compost - Meats, fish, eggs, dairy products, grease, bones, pet and human waste, glass, plastic/petroleum products, metals, synthetic materials, large branches and wood chunks, wood ashes, lime

Q: Is that all I need to know to get started?

The Sailor's Bible - Children's Cantata

God SavesSunday, May 3
9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

This May the Children’s Choirs present The Sailor’s Bible, a humorous musical, which includes the Bible stories of Noah and the Great Flood, Jonah and the Great Fish and Paul’s Shipwreck. You won’t want to miss it!

Celebrate Earth Day - Oak Trees Available

Sunday Morning, April 26
Parking Lot

In honor of Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 24), the Environmental Stewardship Work Area is giving away oak trees after each service. The trees will be given out by the entrance adjacent to the parking lot.

SEEDLING PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS
1. Soak the tree in water ONE day before planting. 
2. Make sure the area is clear from power lines, other trees, buildings and anything else within 30 feet. 
3. Dig a hole, at least 2 times the width of the root system and turn the soil up to 3 feet in diameter around the tree hole.
4. Place the tree in the hole, with the top of the roots just under the soil line.
5. Partially fill the hole with dirt, firm the soil around the lower roots making sure not to break them.
6. Use water to help reduce air pockets.  Then fill the rest of the hole up.
7. Water the tree and entire planting area with plenty of water. 
8. Place mulch around the tree within 1” of touching the tree.
9. Water your newly planted tree every 7-10 days during the first year.
10. Enjoy your new Oak tree!

The Tiny Home Movement

The Tiny Home Movement – Is Your McMansion Worth it?
While I think it’s unlikely that many of our members are in the market for a Tiny Home – generally agreed to be a residence of 400 ft2 or less – I do think that many of us are considering whether we could at least downsize, simplify and lead lives more aligned with a reduced carbon footprint and respect for the finite nature of water, building materials, energy as well as the impact of our consumption on so many species on our planet. In fact, our buildings in the US contribute nearly 40% of our carbon dioxide output.

Most of us spend 1/3 to ½ of our total income on our homes, with 76% of us living paycheck to paycheck…mostly to meet that burden. Consider that for a moment. It’s a good exercise to look at your monthly expenses and make the connection between them and the roof over our head. Our mortgage is just the beginning. Consider taxes, energy, maintenance, major appliances, insurance, and on and on. It’s estimated that the cost of a $290,000 home over the life of a 30-year mortgage is over $1M! It’s the biggest drain on our pocketbooks of all of life’s expenses short of, perhaps, a catastrophic health challenge, and it doesn’t just impact our financial well-being. Who hasn’t lost sleep considering the burden of a 30-year mortgage? With the recession of 2008 and the major disruption in the residential housing market, many homeowners are continuing to climb out of the devaluation of our primary residences (and only for most of us). And an equal number are considering whether our overly-large homes by most standards are worth that financial – and mental/emotional – burden.

Environmental Stewardship Sunday - What Are We Doing And Why Is It Important

Join us this Sunday as the Environmental Stewardship Work Area (ESWA) hosts Environmental Stewardship Sunday. During all three services, work area members will be delivering the message of “Christian Earthkeepers.” 

The ESWA will also host displays in the parlor before and after the 9:30 & 11:00 services including: 

  • organic cleaning products, including whether they work and whether they come with a really high price tag;
  • saving energy and reducing maintenance by changing to LED lighting;
  • the value and payback of energy assessments;
  • composting; recycling batteries, noting that alkaline batteries are more difficult to recycle that in past; recycling and reusing; water conservation and use and what can be done at your home;
  • retail cost and availability of LED light bulbs for home use;
  • fand other topics from the Environmental Stewardship Work Area members.

Chancel Choir Spring Cantata - Gospel Mass

Sunday, April 19
9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Worship Services

Gospel Mass, a highly acclaimed piece written by midwestern composer Robert Ray and performed throughout the U.S. and abroad, will feature the Chancel Choir, a three piece combo, and guest soloists Jasondra Johnson and James Earl Jones II. Both Jasondra and James Earl have grown up with gospel and are well known today in the Chicago music theatre scene. Plan to join us as we expand our culture in a joyous Gospel celebration!

2015 Easter Offering - Gifts of Hope and Healing

Dear Church Family,

As we anticipate trees quietly beginning to blossom and flowers stretching towards the emerging sun, we are reminded that Easter will soon be here. On Sunday, April 5, we will worship with full hearts, proclaiming to the world that “Christ is alive!”

Easter is a wondrous celebration of Christ’s Resurrection and the promise of eternal life. And it is a time to remember that Jesus came to heal and provide hope to all. Each year we invite our congregation to help carry out this mission of hope and healing by participating in our Special Easter Offering.

This annual offering helps fund the outreach of our congregation’s Missions, Justice & Community Work Area, which takes seriously its role as stewards of your generosity and compassion.  This year we are asking that you consider enhancing your Easter giving so that, as a church body, DGFUMC can increase its outreach in a more impactful way. The resources gathered on Easter Sunday will make a critical difference in the lives of individuals in DuPage County, as well as in national and international missions programs.

We live out our Easter faith and proclaim the selfless love of God in Christ by using this special offering to support many ministries including (but not limited to) the following:

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