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Lenten Season Parables Study

Join us for a short study of a few of Jesus' parables during this Lenten Season!

Each week we will be invited to focus on one of Jesus' parables. Each week's parable will be available on Sunday mornings and will include a few questions to get you thinking. The parables and questions will also be available online at

You may contemplate the questions individually, share comments with others on our DGFUMC Facebook page and/or continue the conversation in a group setting offered during Lent. Conversations will be offered on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the library (beginning February 14), during Wednesday dinners and each Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. in Room 213 (beginning February 17). All sessions will run a half hour long.

February 14 - The Good Samaritan - parable and questions available below. Please note, a children's version is on the back
  Luke 10:30-37
  Theme - Reversal, Others, Neighbors

February 21 - The Mustard Seed - parable and questions available below. Please note, a children's version is on the back
  Matthew 13:31-32; Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13:18-19
  Theme - Growth

February 28 - Lost Sheep - parable and questions available below. Please note, a children's version is on the back
   Luke 15:1-7
   Theme - Treasure, Importance of Each Soul

March 6 - Workers in the Vineyard - parable and questions available below. Please note, a children's version is on the back
  Matthew 20:1-16
  Theme - Preparedness, Entitlement

Church Budget Update - January 31, 2016

Since last week we have raised $5,100 of the needed $18,000 to close our budget gap. Additionally we have received $17,400 of the $30,000 in outstanding pledges.

We are grateful for this additional giving and ask any members who have not yet given to consider a special extra gift or pledge. One way the gap can be closed is if 120 households give an extra $150 for the year. You may use the form below to indicate your desire to contribute an additional gift.

Sacred Jazz Sunday

Please join us for this special Sunday, February 7, as we welcome the Downers Grove South Jazz Ensemble to our 9:30 & 11:00 worship services.

Together @ 10 Worship Service

Join us Sunday, January 31 for a special service where the 9:30 and 11:00 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.

Stop by the gym before or after the 10:00 service to continue in fellowship and enjoy a Pancake Breakfast served by the youth. All donations help support the 2016 Spring Break Chapel Choir Tour.

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

Joanna Circle No Longer Collecting Medicine Bottles

Due to the overwhelming response to the medicine bottle collection, Joanna Circle will no longer be collecting bottles. The Malawi Project, the organization that was receiving the bottles, posted the following notice on their website updating the status of the project.

UPDATE – DECEMBER 20, 2015 – AFTER REACHING MORE THAN 1 MILLION PILL CONTAINERS THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED. The Malawi Project Board of Directors has turned its attention to (1) famine relief, (2) getting medical supplies, including 30 kidney dialysis machines, to Malawi as well as another shipment of over 500 wheelchairs and, (3) gaining the funds from contributors to build a new birthing center south of the capital city of Lilongwe. Thank you for your support of the pill container program and please continue with us on future projects.

To learn more about the Malawi Project, visit

Joanna Circle would like to thank the congregation for their support in making this project a success!

Get On Board To Broadway - Sponsor a Chapel Choir Tour Bus Seat Today!

The 45th Annual Chapel Choir Tour will take place March 26-April 2, 2016 and you can help us cover some expenses by Getting On Board to Broadway and “sponsoring a bus seat” for $25. The cost of transportation is one of the largest line items in the tour budget, so offsetting some of the cost through seat sponsorships will help reduce the individual tour fee for choir members.

You can direct your sponsorship to a particular student or have it applied to the tour fund. Make checks payable to DGFUMC and write ‘Bus Sponsorship’ on the memo line.

Thank you for your support!

Office Closed for New Year Holiday

In observance of the New Year, the church office will be closed on Thursday, December 31 starting at 12:00 p.m. and all day on Friday, January 1. If you need assistance during this time, please contact Pastor Jim at 630.788.3310.

10:00 a.m. Worship Service only on December 27

Please note that on Sunday, December 27, we will hold one service at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Greta will preach on Luke 2:41-55, Jesus: Teenager. 

Poinsettia Orders - Order Yours Today!

Help us to brighten the sanctuary this Christmas by purchasing a beautiful poinsettia!

There are envelopes in the pews to be used for ordering poinsettias. If you would like to purchase a plant for $15, please fill out the information on the front of the envelope and enclose a check. You may indicate on the envelope if you would like it in memory of someone or in honor of someone. Place your order in the offering plate on Sunday or bring it to the church office.

You may also order your Poinsettia online via Paypal. The price will be $15.00 for the plant and $2.00 for the Paypal service charge. If you choose to order via Paypal and would like your poinsettia in memory or honor of someone please send that information to Sheila in the church office.

A Service of Christmas Peace

Christmas Peace

For many, especially those who have lost a loved one, or are in other times of struggle, the Christmas Season is difficult. A special Service of Christmas Peace will be held on Sunday, December 6, at 8:15am in the Chapel.

This service will include time for reflection, remembering those we hold in our hearts and hearing the promise of comfort, hope and peace that Christmas proclaims.

All are welcome.


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