Pastor Claude and Pastor Anna Preparing CommunionSummer Camp 2019Children's Sabbath 2019Get MessyEaster Sunday 2019 with Brass EnsemblePastor John's children's sermonS.O.S. Work Group at Maple Avenue ParsonageD.O.O.R. Senior High MIssion Trip to Atlanta, GA serving food on the streetVacation Bible School 2019

Downers Grove Online Garden Walk

Garden WalkJuly 11 to August 8, 2020

The 14th Annual Downers Grove Garden Walk is being held online this year. This virtual Garden Walk will be a “sneak peek” of the gardens for 2021 with a professionally produced video. The sneak peek Garden Walk will remain online through August 8.

The Garden Walk is a fundraiser benefiting the Bridge Board of the Downers Grove First United Methodist Church in providing transitional housing and mentoring for homeless families. No ticket purchase is necessary this year. To donate online in support of our church's Bridge program and the families that we mentor, if you choose to do so, please use the donate button next to the video. We appreciate your generous support of this meaningful mission.

Pastor Claude King's Response to Police Killings

June 2020

To the Downers Grove First UMC Family,

I am deeply saddened and angered by the recent citizen killing of Ahmaud Arbery, and the police involved killings of Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, whose recent murder has sparked the weekend peaceful protests in approximately 100 cities across the country. These protests were also deeply marred by severe injuries and possible death of at least one police officer, the destruction of many small and large businesses, and widespread looting and rioting in many of those same cities.

We have witnessed an ever-growing number of incidences that used deadly force and violent actions recently in many of our nation’s police departments, against people of color, specifically Black African American people. The unnecessary confrontation and shooting of Ahmaud Arbery (age 25) while jogging in Georgia; and the police squad shooting of Breonna Taylor (age 26) in her home at night in Kentucky; and the choking death of George Floyd (age 46) in Minnesota are just a few of the mounting number of Black people who died unjustly at the hands of actual police officers or a former police falsely acting in that capacity.

An article from the Associated Press by Amy Forliti and Steve Karnowski on June 1, has discovered that George Floyd died of strangulation. “An autopsy commissioned for George Floyd’s family found that he died of asphyxiation due to neck and back compression when a Minneapolis police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck until he stopped breathing, ignoring his cries of distress, the family’s attorneys said Monday…The family’s autopsy was conducted by Michael Baden and Allecia Wilson. Baden is the former chief medical examiner of New York City.” The strangulation of George Floyd by the police officer who compressed George’s neck with his knee, even though he was fully restrained by two other police officers holding down his torso and legs, was wrong.

Summer Ministry

Downer's Grove First United Methodist Church - April 23 Update

The church building will remain closed until May 30 in keeping with the Illinois Governor's directives. We will assess the situation as time goes on and keep you updated.

All in-person church activities and events through May 30 are cancelled, including Friday Night at the Movies.

Worship services will be offered online on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. through Zoom. 

All employees will be working from home. Call or email church staff with any questions or needs can also be easily reached via email or cell phones:

Pastor Claude King
Email: claude@dgfumc.org
Phone: 630.297.8574

Pastor Anna Voinovich
Email: anna@dgfumc.org
Phone: 847.504.6782

Pastor Wes Dorr (Youth Ministries)
Email: wesley@dgfumc.org
Phone: 630.968.7120

Pastor John Smoke (Children & Family Ministries)
Email: john@dgfumc.org
Phone: 630.670.3592

Carolyn Donnelly (Office and Giving)
Email: carolyn@dgfumc.org
Phone: 630.244.3723

We are counting on your continued giving to maintain salaries, essential building services, and ministries that allow us to maintain our community. You may mail your contributions to the church or click here for online giving.

DGFUMC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

We understand you may have concerns about how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) may impact our church community. The church community's health and welfare is of great importance to us. Given that the situation is evolving rapidly, sometimes hourly, we are taking measures to prepare and protect you as information becomes available. 

At this time, we are following the school districts in the area and effective immediately, we are: 

• Canceling worship services

• Closing the church office, and

• Canceling all church activities

We will resume activities on Friday, April 3, unless more information becomes available.

We will try to record Pastor Claude's Sunday sermon and encourage you watch for that online and on Facebook. Please login to Facebook and view the post on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dgfucmc.


We suggest that all practice the following recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and other viruses based on information from the CDC and the DuPage County of Health Department.

Follow these simple daily steps to stop the spread of illness:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (This is the length of time it takes to sing or hum the Happy Birthday song twice, or the ABC song once.) Click here for a handout about Cleaning Your Hands.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

IF YOU ARE SICK, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others:

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