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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

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!

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