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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.

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. Please note that on Sunday, June 4, our 8:30 service will be held in the chapel.

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.

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

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