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Thanksgiving Appeal

Help Support Organizations Making a Difference

Although it’s been another difficult year, we still have many blessings for which to give thanks to God. Thanksgiving is also a good time to remember others who have less with our gifts. To find out more about the work of our Mission, Justice, and Community Work Area, please read the special Thanksgiving letter here.

To make a donation, please add Thanksgiving appeal to the memo line of your check before mailing your donation or make an online donation by clicking here, and selecting Outreach, and then Thanksgiving as your giving option.

Happy Thanksgiving and thank you!

Thanksgiving Community Service of Gratitude

Hymns and messages of gratitude from churches in Downers Grove and the surrounding communities.

2022 Annual Giving Commitment

Thank you for your gifts to God through Downers Grove First United Methodist Church in 2021!  Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our church has remained faithful with recurring gifts that have made all of our programs, ministries, missions, and community connections impacted by the world possible and viable. Thanks to your contributions in the name of God, our church and community have been Growing Our Gifts for New Life Together in vibrant new ways. Our church has gone through so many changes, yet our core values of Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors (in person and online) remain constant.

This October, we explored our membership vows of presence, prayer, service, gifts, and witness. On Commitment Sunday (October 24) we celebrate the exciting opportunities for the church as we stream forward with new technologies that we can utilize now and in the future.

Christ is always with us, and our church is always there for us as well. Our youth ministries, inspirational music programs, dedicated staff, and most of all, our finest traditions of relishing the glory of God in our lives, are still there but look a little different.

The activities of our church require a large financial investment for our beautiful, but old, church building, the spiritual leaders of our youth and music programs, and our mission work. By making this investment, you commit to the success of the church’s overall mission of enriching the spiritual lives of the congregation and the community. Every gift, no matter how big or small, furthers that mission and helps bring the message of Jesus to the world striving to provide full inclusion recognizing our strengths and our diversity.

Join us for Sunday Worship at 10:00 a.m. Online and In Person

Join us Sundays at 10:00 a.m. for worship in person and live-streaming on YouTube! Click here to join us! 

Online Worship
Our live-streamed worship service will be available for viewing on YouTube.

Join us in worship

In-person Worship
We have made the following changes to our policy in response to the recently revised CDC and State of Illinois guidelines:

  • No registrations are required to attend in-person worship, just join us in the sanctuary!
  • Masks are once again required in the church and during worship according to recent CDC and State of Illinois Health Department updates, even for those who are fully vaccinated.
  • For those who have not received a complete COVID-19 vaccine yet, wearing a mask and maintaining six feet of social distance are still required.
  • There will be no tracking method for checking vaccination records. We encourage everyone to become familiar with CDC guidelines and use best judgment.
  • We are now singing indoors during the service, but only after children have left for Sunday School.

All are welcome!

Can't Make it Sunday Morning?
Our live-streamed worship service will continue to be available for viewing on YouTube at any time. Recordings of past worship services on Zoom are available on our website here.

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