Mission

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

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.

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!

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

Senior High Mission Trip

Our Senior High group is going on it's annual Mission Trip. This year we are going to Charlotte, NY, through Group Workcamps.

Location: 
Open Door, Charlotte, NY
Date: 
Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 12:00pm

DuPage United Rapid Response Team Meeting

Worried about the future? So are our neighbors. Now is your time to engage. Come, listen, learn and be a part of the solution. 

The goal of the meeting is to launch a strategy on how to act ahead of and in response to incidents of violence or harm against local Muslim, Latino, African-American, and other minority communities.

Please click here to RSVP or email with your name, institution, city, phone number and email address to admin@dupageunited.org.

Location: 
Sanctuary
Date: 
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 7:00pm

World Relief Refugee Resettlement Good Neighbor Kit

Please remember that supplies for the Welcome Kits are due by this Sunday, February 12. You can drop your items off in the church office during between 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. weekdays or bring them to the parlor on Sunday morning. Thank you to all that participated in this project!

 

World Relief is an organization that partners with local churches to transform communities economically, socially and spiritually, so that the lives of the vulnerable can thrive and grow. As part of their Refugee Resettlement program, World Relief works in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and local church partners to welcome and resettle thousands of refugees referred by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to the United States each year. This year, World Relief Chicago will resettle hundreds of refugees to our area.

Refugees often flee their homes at a moment’s notice. They arrive at a U.S. airport with few belongings, a difficult past and high hopes for the future. An important first step in making them feel welcome is to provide each family with a Welcome Kit. These kits include kitchen supplies, bedding, hygiene and other household items. As we launch our partnership with World Relief to help resettle refugees in our community, DGFUMC has committed to supplying items to complete two Welcome Kits.

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