Mission

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.

Downers Grove Garden Walk 2017

Garden WalkSaturday, July 15, 2017

The 11th Annual Downers Grove Garden Walk gives you an opportunity to view some of the most beautiful gardens in the area. All proceeds benefit the DGFUMC Bridge Board in providing transitional housing and mentoring for homeless families.

Tickets, at $20 in advance, may be purchased online or at various Downers Grove locations.

Ticket sales begin June 5 at these locations:

  • Anderson’s Bookstore
    5112 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL - 630.963.2665
  • Avec Panache
    1010 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove, IL - 630.963.1010
  • Community Bank of Downers Grove
    1111 Warren Avenue, Downers Grove, IL - 630.968.4700
  • Downers Grove First United Methodist Church
    1032 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove, IL - 630.968.7120
  • Growing Place
    25 Plank Road, Naperville, IL - 630.355.4000
  • Phillip’s Flowers and Gifts
    528 N. Cass Avenue, Westmont, IL - 630.719.5212

DuPage United/Fox River Valley Initiative Combined Assembly

The Missions, Justice and Community Work Area invites you to join DuPage United and the Fox River Valley Initiative as they host an evening of discussions with elected officials regarding DuPage United’s criminal justice reform strategy of expanding CIT training, Crisis Diversion Centers and affordable housing across DuPage and Kane Counties.

To learn more and to RSVP to the event click here.

If you are interested in carpooling with other church members to the event, please contact the church office at 630.968.7120.

Location: 
Benedictine University Goodwin Hall Auditorium - 5700 College Rd. Lisle, IL 60532
Date: 
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 7:00pm

School Supplies Drive for Hope's Front Door

This Back to School season DGFUMC is collecting school supplies to support local children in need to help ensure that they are prepared to learn on day one. All donations will go to Hope's Front Door who will distribute the supplies beginning August 7. 

To participate in this important ministry, simply drop off your school supply donations in the parlor on Sunday mornings July 23 and 30 or in the church office through August 3. Thank you for your support!

Supplies needed include:
- Crayons (24 pack)
- Pencil Case
- Loose Leaf Paper (wide and college ruled)
- Pencils
- Plastic Rulers
- Notebooks (wide and college ruled)
- Backpacks
- Scissors
- Erasers
- Hand Sanitizer
- Pens (red, blue & black)
- 3 Ring Binders
- Colored Pencils
- Highlighters
- Composition Books
- Pencil Sharpeners
- Pocket Folders
- Mechanical Pencils
- Washable Broad Tip Markers
- Dry Erase Markers
- Post-It Notes
- Glue
- Glue Sticks

Paul Webster

Paul WebsterPaul Webster, a United Methodist missionary in Zambia, will be with us this Sunday to share about the Mujila Falls Agricultural Center, a project that our congregation has been connected with through our special mission offerings.

The Center works to improve nutrition and increase income among the Lunda people of extreme North West Zambia. They have the highest infant mortality rate and lowest life expectancy of all the tribes in Zambia. The Center helps the Lunda people through egg and milk production, planting soybeans and corn, and community and educational efforts. The food production offers better nourishment for the people, and the small incomes made possible through improved farming allow families to send their children to school.

Paul will speak briefly about this world-impacting work in our worship services on Sunday, and all are invited to hear him share more fully about the Agricultural Center at a luncheon in the Fellowship Hall at 11:15.

Location: 
Fellowship Hall
Date: 
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 11:15am

6th Annual DuPage Human Race

The Human Race is a 5k Run/Fitness Walk. A family friendly, ‘feel good’ community event & fundraiser that benefits over 70 non-profit organizations serving DuPage County. DGFUMC is a proud sponsor of this event. For event details and to register, visit dupagehumanrace.org.

Location: 
The Esplanade at Locust Point, 1901 W. Butterfield Road, Downers Grove
Date: 
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:00am

Annual Spring Cleaning Bucket Drive

Bucket pick-up Sundays, April 2 and 9

Bucket drop-off Sundays, April 23 and 30.

The Missions, Justice & Community Work Area is sponsoring a Cleaning Bucket Drive to help support families served by the People's Resource Center and Sharing Connections.

We will be handing out buckets on April 2 and 9. We ask you to take a bucket and fill it with cleaning supplies. Each bucket will have a list of suggested supplies in it. Please return the filled buckets to the church on Sundays April 23 or 30.

Thank you for your support!

All Church Mission Trip

The Mission, Justice and Community Work Area is dedicated to reaching out to serve others and getting as many people as possible to become involved in connecting our members to each other and those in need. This inspired the idea of an All Church Mission Trip, where people of all ages (12 and above) can work, laugh and live life for a week together while helping others less fortunate. We will work as teams, growing bonds of fellowship and respect.

This July we will be traveling to inner-city Detroit to support Cass Community Social Services whose motto is: “Fighting Poverty. Creating Opportunity.” Started as an outreach ministry of Cass Community United Methodist Church, Cass Community Social Services (CCSS) works across the city in areas of concentrated poverty providing programs for food, health, housing and jobs.

Location: 
Cass Community Social Services, Detroit, Michigan
Date: 
Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 8:00am

Benefit Concert for Syrian Refugees

Sunday, February 19 at 5:00 p.m.
Gary United Methodist Church
224 N. Main St., Wheaton

St. Andrew UMC Immigration Ministries is working with partners Gary UMC, World Relief, and other Syrian groups to hold a fundraising concert for Syrian Refugees on Sunday, February 15. Admission is $10. All proceeds above costs will go towards the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and World Relief. Funds for UMCOR will go towards international relief efforts and funds for World Relief will go towards resettling Syrian Refugees in this area.

Noted area musicians will present works ranging from brilliant and well-loved classical instrumental and vocal works to exciting jazz movements.

To purchase tickets, click here.

All Church Mission Trip Informational Luncheon

Learn about an exciting new opportunity to put our faith into action and get to know one another by attending an informational lunch meeting at noon on Sunday, February 26 in Fellowship Hall, sponsored by the Mission, Justices and Community Work Area, 

An All Church Mission Trip to Cass Community Social Services in Detroit will take place July 15-22.  Started as an outreach ministry of Case Community United Methodist Church in Detroit, CCSS works across the city in areas of concentrated poverty providing programs for food, health, housing and jobs.

Come to the meeting to find out about the exciting work and ministries we will be doing side-by-side with other families and members of DGFUMC.

• We may help pick up and clean discarded tires that will be made into sandals and mud mats.
• We may help build tiny houses.
• We may pick vegetables and prepare meals.
• We may paint, landscaping or even some demolition.
• We may help with a children’s program or assist at a center for developmentally disabled adults. 

This mission trip is open to anyone 13 years or older.

To learn more about Cass Community Social Service, click here.

Please RSVP to Don Dunham by February 23 at don@dgfumc.org or 630.968.7120 ext 210.

Location: 
Fellowship Hall
Date: 
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 12:15pm

Pages

Subscribe to Mission

Copyright © 2017 First United Methodist Church, Downers Grove. Please report any problems to webmaster@dgfumc.org.