Recent Posts by John Smoke

All Church Discussion - "A Long Walk to Water"

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park is an inspiring story about the courage of two Sudanese children, Salva and Nya, and their struggles to get one of their most basic needs - water - in a country that has been ravaged by war and beset by drought. In 2008, our church provided funds to build a school in Jombu, South Sudan and we are now in the middle of the Imagine No Malaria campaign. This book continues this connection to Africa and gives us a moving insight into the challenges the Sudanese face every day.

Books speak to all of us in different ways. When we share our thoughts we discover even more about a book.  You are invited to participate in a book discussion about A Long Walk to Water. There are many opportunities, led by different discussion leaders, to talk about this great book. Books will be sold in the parlor on Sunday morning.

Please register for the group you plan to attend by clicking on "Read more" and filling out the form.

Bring your study guides, questions, notes, and insights to one of the following discussion groups: 

 Date - Time - Discussion Leader -  Location
Tuesday, Feb. 10  -  7:00-8:00 PM  -  Jim McDonald  -  Church Parlor
Thursday, Feb. 12  -  10:00-11:00 AM  -  Mary Babler  -  Church Parlor
Thursday, Feb. 12  -  7:00-8:00 PM  -  Sue Thornquist  -  Church Parlor
Saturday, Feb. 14  -  10:00-11:00 AM and 1:00-2:00 PM   -  John Smoke  -  Church Parlor
Sunday, Feb. 15  -  9:30-10:30 AM  -  Ray Krusinski  -  Room 202
Tuesday, Feb. 17  -  1:00-2:00 PM  -  Greta McDonald  -  Church Parlor
Sunday, Mar. 8  -  Youth Group  -  Howie Snyder  -  Open Door

"A Long Walk to Water" Registration

Please let us know which discussion group that you plan to attend. Please provide contact information so that we can notify you if there are any changes.

"Imagine No Malaria" Free Throw Contest

Nothing but netsJoin us on Saturday, March 22 from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. in the Gym as we raise money and awareness for Imagine No Malaria, an extraordinary effort by The United Methodist Church to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa, especially the death of a child or a mother. The church is involved in an extraordinary partnership with other international organizations, such as the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to eliminate this disease.

You can pay for the chance to score the most baskets in your age group, or support someone else. This event, which is organized and sponsored by the 5th and 6th graders, is fun for all the family.

Location: 
Gym
Date: 
Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 1:30pm

Get Messy!

Get Messy!It is sometimes difficult to have children attend church. They don’t like to sit still or be quiet or just listen. Frankly, I don’t blame them. I want children to be who they are…active, creative, and lively!

Get Messy will be an opportunity for children along with their families do just that. It is on the second Sunday of each month from 11:00 AM to about 12:30 PM. The next Messy Church will be on March 9. There will be a time to make crafts as a family, a short (and lively) time of gathering, and a family friendly lunch. This time will be about building community along with thinking about that greater power that is creator and love of all.

Don’t worry about getting messy, or being too loud, or squirming too much…just come and have fun with your family! Everyone is welcome at Get Messy!

There is no cost but those attending will need to register using the form on the Get Messy web page. Contact John Smoke for more information. Get Messy will be in the church gym.

Get Messy!

Get Messy!Get Messy! It is sometimes difficult to have children attend church. They don’t like to sit still or be quiet or just listen. Frankly, I don’t blame them. I want children to be who they are…active, creative, and lively!

Get Messy will be an opportunity for children along with their families do just that. It will be the second Sunday of the month starting in January 2014 from 11:00 AM to about 12:30 PM. There will be a time to make crafts as a family, a short (and lively) time of gathering, and a family friendly lunch. You don’t need to have ever gone to church or know anything about church. This time will be about building community along with thinking about that greater power that is creator and love of all.

Don’t worry about getting messy, or being too loud, or squirming too much…just come and have fun with your family!   Everyone is welcome at Get Messy!


2013 Vacation Bible School

Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God's World Comes Together!

Everywhere Fun Fair takes children to a global celebration with the look and feel of a world's fair. Children will make friends with neighbors around the world and discover that God's love can be found everywhere, including their own neighborhoods!

All children going into kindergarten through 6th grade are welcome to register for Vacation Bible School (VBS). The program will be Tuesday, Aug 6 - Thursday, Aug 8 from 9:00 – Noon each day. Each day will include fun activities with the Bible story, crafts, sports, snack, computer and science. Cost is $10 a child and $25 for families that have 3 or more children.

Please register by July 31st!

Location: 
DGFUMC
Date: 
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 9:00am

March Madness Free Throw Contest

basketball netJoin us as we raise money for Feed My Starving Children in the annual Free Throw Shooting Contest on Saturday, March 16th from 1:30-3:00PM. $10 gets you 10 attempts!

Feed My Starving Children

Vacation Bible School

Operation OverboardOperation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep with God! is an interactive, energizing, Bible-based program that gives children a chance to go deep in their faith.

All children going into kindergarten through 6th grade are welcome to register for Vacation Bible School (VBS). The program will be Tuesday, Aug 7-Thursday, Aug 9 from 9:00 – Noon each day. Each day will include fun activities with the Bible story, crafts, sports, snack, computer and science. Cost is $10 a child and $25 for families that have 3 or more children.

Please register by July 31st! The registration form is online.

Location: 
First United Methodist Church, Downers Grove
Date: 
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 9:00am

Wacky Wednesdays 2012

Wacky WednesdayWacky Wednesdays Are Back!

This is a summer program will begin on June 13 and is for children going into 1st grade through 6th grade! The mission of this program is to bring children together for a lot of fun and fellowship in a church community. Every child is welcome. Invite your children, grandchildren, children in your neighborhood, and children of friends---ALL CHILDREN ARE WELCOME!

The program will meet on Wednesdays from 6:30PM to 8:00PM and there is NO cost! Parents are welcome to drop off their kids OR stay and enjoy the fun! Children are encouraged to bring one non-perishable food item each week to be donated to the Peoples Resource Center!

Location: 
DGFUMC
Date: 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 6:30pm

Shooting for Lives

Basketball Net

$10 a Person - 10 Free Throws

2:30pm Registration
2:30 - 3:45pm Free Throw Shooting Contest
3:45pm Awards

100% of your registration fee will support Feed My Starving Children.

Registration forms are available using the link below. If you cannot participate, consider sponsoring someone for the contest. The mission event is planned and run by the 5th and 6th grade Sunday school class!

Location: 
Gym
Date: 
Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 2:30pm

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