The Rainbow Covenant

Rainbow CovenantOne of the benefits of being United Methodist is the way we work together to be in mission all around the world.

The first, foundation level of mission outreach is through the “apportionment” giving that is a part of our regular church budget. Through apportionments, a portion of our offerings are used throughout the year to minister through the World Service and Conference Benevolence Funds. The World Service Fund enables our church’s world-wide mission outreach. All United Methodist churches share together in contributing to the World Service Fund. The Conference Benevolence Fund directs a portion of our offerings to mission and ministries within our Northern Illinois Conference, from the inner city neighborhoods of Chicago to the rural areas of western Illinois. All the United Methodist Churches in our Conference in our Conference share financially in our Conference Benevolences.

The second, “extra” level of mission giving is through the “Rainbow Covenant.” The Rainbow Covenant allows us as a congregation to select specific ministries and mission projects for our congregation’s support. There are nine color “bands” of the Rainbow Covenant. To be a Rainbow Covenant church, a congregation first needs to pay its apportionments in full, and then give at least $25 to a mission in each of the color “bands” of the Rainbow.

The various colors each support an area of mission. They are:

  • Burgundy— International
  • Red—U.S.A
  • Orange—United Methodist Committee of Relief
  • Yellow—Children and Youth
  • Green—Northern Illinois Conference
  • Blue— District
  • Indigo—Missionary Support
  • Purple—Local Benevolences and Special Sundays
  • White—Sister Church Relationships.

Senior High Mission Trip to Red Lake, MN

Our Senior High group is going on it's annual Mission Trip. This year we are going to Red Lake Reservation, Minnesota, through Group Workcamps. At Workcamps, teenagers come together to serve individuals and communities while building strong, long-lasting relationships with their friends and youth leaders. In six short days, hundreds of teenagers from youth groups across the country repair and transform homes while growing closer to Jesus.

See the attached registration form for more details.

Red Lake Reservation, Minnesota
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 5:00am

A Real Exercise in True Democracy

DuPage United, an organization that connects many faith-based communities (churches, synagogues, and mosques) and other non-profit agencies to produce action on issues that urgently need addressing in the public arena. DGFUMC has been one of those faith communities for many years, coordinated through the Mission, Justice and Community Work Area.

On March 11, DuPage United is helping to organize a forum, to which all the candidates for Attorney General in this year's Illinois elections have been invited, providing us with an opportunity to find out where they stand on a number of topics, such as:

  1. Ending the incarceration of innocent people experiencing addiction and/or mental illness
  2. Building affordable and accessible housing for  individuals, families, and young adults
  3. Insuring humane and legal treatment of immigrants and refugees throughout Illinois
  4. Demanding accountability from gun manufacturers on development of “smart” guns and sales to “crime-gun” dealers

This is the first election in 15 years that is truly open, so this is an excellent opportunity to ensure that whoever wins is aware of our concerns and to persuade them to act in ways that honor our commitment to social justice and protect the most vulnerable in our community.

The forum will be in Maine East High School in Park Ridge (map). If you are interested in attending this forum, please register so that we can keep you updated on the event and organize transport if you need it.

Maine East High School, 2601 E Dempster Street Park Ridge, IL, 60068
Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 4:00pm

"Watts of Love" Lunch Talk

The Mission, Justice and Community Work Area invites you to come hear church member Maggie Roth share her experience of traveling to Haiti with Watts of Love! More than one billion people in the world live without any electricity. Families in extreme poverty around the world are forced to depend on kerosene to light their lamps at night. As well as being a major household expense, kerosene is toxic and flammable, causing many injuries from burns and health issues from toxic soot. 

Watts of Love has, as its central mission, the goal of bringing safe light to families in the developing world. Starting with its first project in the Philippines in 2013, this organization has sought to free communities around the world from the harm caused by kerosene and help sustain them economically by enabling work outside daylight hours. 

Maggie Roth has been working with Watts of Love for the past year and traveled with a team to the Central Plateau region of Haiti from January 2 to 9 this year, to deliver safe lighting to impoverished communities. Please come and hear her story and view photos as she relates her experiences on that trip.

Lunch will be provided by MJC. Please sign up below or contact Sheila in the church office if you plan to come, so that we can estimate numbers.

Fellowship Hall
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 12:15pm

Food Pantry Volunteers Needed

Our church staffs the People’s Resource Center Pantry the 2nd and 4th Thursday evenings of each month. Located in Westmont (map), the PRC provides fresh produce, canned goods, and other food items to clients in DuPage County, as well as offering other services. As a volunteer, you would greet clients, show them what is available,and help with bagging the groceries and getting the food to their car.

If you would be willing to help, as seldom or as often as you’d like, please contact Julie Stone.

Alternative Gift Fair

What do you buy the person who has everything? How about a goat, a colony of honeybees, or a beautiful handmade craft?

The Advent season is filled with many warm traditions, and one of those traditions at Downers Grove First United Methodist Church is the Alternative Gift Fair. Many of you are familiar with the beautiful crafts handmade by the artisans of the UPAVIM (United for a Better Life) cooperative in Guatemala. These are gifts that give twice - first, your family and friends will enjoy receiving these lovely items. Second, you will also be empowering the women of La Esperanza in Guatemala City by giving them an opportunity to improve the quality of life for themselves and for their families through access to education, employment opportunities, daycare services for their children, health care services, and programs for personal and professional development. Choose from a large selection of colorful bags, scarves, Christmas ornaments, kitchen accessories, jewelry, and more.

Heifer International works with communities to find sustainable solutions to end world hunger and poverty. In the past, many of you have donated to Heifer's Living Gift program and some will recall the plaques that hang in the west stairwell recognizing DGFUMC for a high level of donations. This Advent season, MJC will partner with John Smoke to Fill the Ark in the hopes of once again reaching an impressive level of giving in our congregation. To learn more, visit our table in the parlor Sunday morning.

Best of all, you’ll be able to check off a few more names on your holiday gift-giving list while making a difference in our world. What a perfect way to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas!

Please come visit us in the parlor after each service during the Advent season.

Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 9:00am


Our visitors from UPAVIM, Guatemala, will be arriving on Wednesday, November 8. There will be five women along with Brian Tyler, from Sister Parish. During their visit from Wednesday, November 8 to Thursday, November 16 they will be staying in church members' homes and we have planned a variety of activities to help them get to know our congregation and community, and to have fun. Their photos and biographies are on the notice board in the narthex along with the schedule of events, which is also posted below. Take a look and let the church office or Ina Osborn know if you'd like to participate in any of the activities.

They will be joining us for worship on Sunday, November 12, sharing treats and selling crafts in the Parlor, before joining us for Messy Church in the gym. On Wednesday, November 15, they will help prepare our special family meal and teach us how to make tortillas! If you would like to join us for Messy Church lunch at noon on Sunday or Wednesday's dinner, please call the church office and let us know so that we prepare enough food. Do come!

Neighbors Helping Neighbors - Special S.O.S.

We once again have a unique opportunity to join together for a special one-day off-site S.O.S. mission trip on Saturday, October 21 to Berry United Methodist Church in Chicago.

Last November, a DGFUMC contingent spent a day at Berry doing landscaping, painting, electrical and other small carpentry and hand-on projects, alongside their own church members.  It was a wonderful experience, so the DGFUMC Board of Trustees and Missions, Justice and Community Work Area are going back this fall.

Possible jobs this time Include:

  • painting a basement corridor,
  • repairing pews in the sanctuary,
  • changing out some light fixtures,
  • addressing some plumbing issues,
  • fixing a small garden fence,
  • several other miscellaneous projects.

Located in the vibrant and diverse Lincoln Square community, Berry UMC is a struggling urban church which has many maintenance and repair needs.

Everyone is invited to participate. Bring your family and friends or come by yourself. We will meet at 8:00 a.m. and carpool to Chicago. We will plan on returning by 4:00 p.m.

Contact Don Dunham at don@dgfumc.org  if you are able to attend or want more information. Some painting supplies, tools and other materials may be needed.

Berry United Methodist Church - 4754 N. Leavitt, Chicago
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 8:00am

Disaster Relief

In response to Hurricane Irma, the Mission, Justice and Community (MJC) work area is issuing a new matching grant challenge to encourage continued support for the areas devastated by Hurricane Irma, particularly the U.S. Virgin Islands. MJC will again match donations up to $2,500 through the month of September in support of United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) relief efforts in devastated areas.

To give, you may drop your donation in the collection plate, the church office or at the MJC table in the parlor Sunday morning. Please indicate “Hurricane Relief” in the memo line or on the envelope. You may also donate online at dgfumc.org. Click here to go directly to the site.

Thank you to those who made our first challenge grant such a success. Your response was overwhelming with over $7,100 in donations. Thank you for your continued support

PADS Sign-Up for 2017-18 Season

The PADS season this year will begin on September 19, 2017 and run through May 19, 2018. DGFUMC is responsbile for providing food and volunteers on the first Tuesday of each month beginning October 3. Volunteer duties are split in half for the year with the Loaves team responsible for October, December, February and April and the Fishes team for November, January, March and May. Each team has opportunities for volunteers for set-up, dinner, overnight, and clean-up the following morning as well as for food donations.

To sign-up to volunteer or to learn more about the PADS program, visit the parlor starting Sunday, September 3. If you are not available on the first Tuesday of the month, we do host every Tuesday and have volunteer opportunities available.

Please contact Sheila in the church office at 630.968.7120 or sheila@dgfumc.org for details. 


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