December 2018

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8:15 am
Worship Service
8:15am

Worship Service

This service, which is in the intimate setting of the Heartt Memorial Chapel, consists of hymns, prayers, scripture readings, and a sermon. There is no Sunday School during this service.

 
9:30 am
Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata
9:30am

Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata

Caroling Around the World
Music: 

Chancel Choir

Gather your friends and families who like to sing and come enjoy the Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata on Sunday, December 2. The service will feature 20 short carols from around the globe and will have opportunities for the congregation to join us in song.

John Smoke, our Christian Education Director, will narrate.

The 55-voice Chancel Choir will be conducted by Ms. Diane Hires.

 
11:00 am
Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata
11:00am

Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata

Caroling Around the World
Music: 

Chancel Choir

Gather your friends and families who like to sing and come enjoy the Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata on Sunday, December 2. The service will feature 20 short carols from around the globe and will have opportunities for the congregation to join us in song.

John Smoke, our Christian Education Director, will narrate.

The 55-voice Chancel Choir will be conducted by Ms. Diane Hires.

 
 
 
9:00 am
Wednesday Morning Women's Advent Book Study

Wednesday Morning Women's Advent Book Study

The Wednesday Women’s Bible Study group will begin an Advent book on Wednesday, December 5, titled The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs. All women are welcome to join us each Wednesday in Advent at 9:00 a.m. in Room 213.

Books are available at the first meeting or in the church office for $11. The study will be facilitated by Pastor Anna Voinovich and Maggie Roth. Childcare is provided. Drop-ins are always welcome. Email Maggie Roth at mthurmanroth@gmail.com with any questions.

Date: 
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 9:00am
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 9:00am
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 9:00am
 
7:00 pm
Onward Bound

Onward Bound

Onward Bound is our Confirmation Preparatory Program for 7th & 8th Grade students.

Please contact Anna Voinovich, Associate Pastor at anna@dgfumc.org for more information.

Location: 
Gym, Open Door Youth Center, Room 215, Room 218
Date: 
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm
 
 
6:00 pm
Ignite Youth Christmas Party

Ignite Youth Christmas Party

The Ignite group will be having a Christmas party from 6 - 8 pm - Food, games,...

Bring a White Elephant Gift to Exchange. (A White Elephant Gift is something you have around the house that you do not want - hopefully something funny. Please do NOT purchase anything for this gift exchange.)

Please contact the Director of Youth Ministries for more information.

Location: 
Open Door Youth Center
Date: 
Friday, December 7, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
 
 
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8:15 am
Worship Service
8:15am

Worship Service

Preacher: 
Pastor Claude
Preparing for God
Scripture: 
Luke 3:1–6
Music: 

Ryan Sanhamel, solo

This service, which is in the intimate setting of the Heartt Memorial Chapel, consists of hymns, prayers, scripture readings, and a sermon. There is no Sunday School during this service.

 
9:30 am
Service of Holy Communion
9:30am

Service of Holy Communion

Preacher: 
Pastor Claude
Preparing for God
Scripture: 
Luke 3:1–6
Music: 

Chapel Choir
Chancel Ringers
Chris Dortwegt, flute; Amy Vogt, oboe; Meghan Lyda, cello

This service of hymns, prayers, scripture readings and a sermon is held in the Sanctuary, with music of a more contemporary flavor performed by the high school Chapel Choir. All children from Kindergarten through 6th grade start in the Sanctuary for worship. After the Moment for Children, 1st-6th graders may go with Pastor John to Sunday School. All 1st-3rd graders need to be signed-in on the sheets located just outside the sanctuary. Children may be picked up in rooms 212-218 following the service.

 
11:00 am
Messy Church
11:00am

Messy Church

Messy Church is a new kind of service on the second Sunday of the month for parents and children to share. There will be a time to make crafts as a family, a short (and lively) time of gathering, and a family friendly lunch. This time will be about building community along with thinking about that greater power that is creator and love of all. It takes place in the church gym. Please register in advance so that we can prepare food and supplies.

 
11:00 am
Service of Holy Communion
11:00am

Service of Holy Communion

Preacher: 
Pastor Claude
Preparing for God
Scripture: 
Luke 3:1–6
Music: 

Chancel Choir
Chancel Ringers
Chris Dortwegt, flute; Amy Vogt, oboe; Meghan Lyda, cello

This service of hymns, prayers, scripture readings and a sermon is held in the Sanctuary, with music performed by the Chancel Choir. All children from Kindergarten through 6th grade start in the Sanctuary for worship. After the Moment for Children, children may return to their families for worship or go with Pastor John to Sunday School. All 1st-3rd graders need to be signed-in on the sheets located just outside the sanctuary. Children may be picked up in rooms 212-218 following the service.

 
11:15 am
Membership Exploration Class

Membership Exploration Class

Interested in becoming a member or just curious about who we are? Learn more about Downers Grove First United Methodist Church in a casual setting at our Membership Exploration Class. Join us to get acquainted with our pastors, ask questions, and meet new people.

Location: 
Room 202
Date: 
Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 11:15am
Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 11:15am
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:15am
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 11:15am
Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 11:15am
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 11:15am
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 11:15am
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 11:15am
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 11:15am
Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 11:15am
 
 
6:30 pm
Annual UMW Christmas Tea

Annual UMW Christmas Tea

We continue to encourage all women of our church to be a part of the UMW by either participating in one of the Circles that meet monthly or participating as a “general member." Plan to join us in fellowship at our annual Christmas Tea. This year the meeting and program will be in the evening to enable many of our working women to attend. Hosted by the Sarah and Rachel Circles, the tea will feature a tasty buffet of fruit, cheese & crackers, and cookies and will include a brief meeting to install our officers for 2019 followed by a holiday program of delightful music by the Downers Grove South Chamber Singers and Treble Ensemble.

Truly a great evening is in store for us so make plans to attend. If you are in need of a ride that evening, please contact either Shelly Davenport at 630.512.0370 or our Outreach Coordinator, Wendy Nystrom, at 630.330.0581 or your circle coordinator and a ride will be arranged for you. Come get in the holiday spirit and share in the fellowship with other women in our church.

 

Location: 
Fellowship Hall
Date: 
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 6:30pm
 
6:30 pm
UMW Christmas Tea

UMW Christmas Tea

Date: 
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 6:30pm
 
9:00 am
Wednesday Morning Women's Advent Book Study

Wednesday Morning Women's Advent Book Study

The Wednesday Women’s Bible Study group will begin an Advent book on Wednesday, December 5, titled The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs. All women are welcome to join us each Wednesday in Advent at 9:00 a.m. in Room 213.

Books are available at the first meeting or in the church office for $11. The study will be facilitated by Pastor Anna Voinovich and Maggie Roth. Childcare is provided. Drop-ins are always welcome. Email Maggie Roth at mthurmanroth@gmail.com with any questions.

Date: 
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 9:00am
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 9:00am
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 9:00am
 
 
 
 
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8:15 am
Worship Service
8:15am

Worship Service

This service, which is in the intimate setting of the Heartt Memorial Chapel, consists of hymns, prayers, scripture readings, and a sermon. There is no Sunday School during this service.

 
9:30 am
Worship Service
9:30am

Worship Service

Music: 

Chapel Choir

This service of hymns, prayers, scripture readings and a sermon is held in the Sanctuary, with music of a more contemporary flavor performed by the high school Chapel Choir. All children from Kindergarten through 6th grade start in the Sanctuary for worship. After the Moment for Children, 1st-6th graders may go with Pastor John to Sunday School. All 1st-3rd graders need to be signed-in on the sheets located just outside the sanctuary. Children may be picked up in rooms 212-218 following the service.

 
11:00 am
Worship Service
11:00am

Worship Service

Music: 

Chancel Choir

This service of hymns, prayers, scripture readings and a sermon is held in the Sanctuary, with music performed by the Chancel Choir. All children from Kindergarten through 6th grade start in the Sanctuary for worship. After the Moment for Children, children may return to their families for worship or go with Pastor John to Sunday School. All 1st-3rd graders need to be signed-in on the sheets located just outside the sanctuary. Children may be picked up in rooms 212-218 following the service.

 
4:00 pm
Chapel Choir Christmas Concert

Chapel Choir Christmas Concert

Please join the Chapel Choir as they present their Christmas Concert, A Little Bit of Hope. This program of uplifting holiday sounds will be directed by Nick Loos and accompanied by Kevin Zehme.

Admission is free, but donations are sincerely appreciated. All money raised supports the Chapel Choir program and their Spring Break Tour as they share their gift of music and spread the word of the Gospel through their music. 

We encourage you to invite family, friends, and neighbors as we rejoice in the birth of our Lord and Savior with this program of holiday music.

Location: 
Sanctuary
Date: 
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 4:00pm
 
 
 
9:00 am
Wednesday Morning Women's Advent Book Study

Wednesday Morning Women's Advent Book Study

The Wednesday Women’s Bible Study group will begin an Advent book on Wednesday, December 5, titled The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs. All women are welcome to join us each Wednesday in Advent at 9:00 a.m. in Room 213.

Books are available at the first meeting or in the church office for $11. The study will be facilitated by Pastor Anna Voinovich and Maggie Roth. Childcare is provided. Drop-ins are always welcome. Email Maggie Roth at mthurmanroth@gmail.com with any questions.

Date: 
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 9:00am
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 9:00am
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 9:00am
 
5:00 pm
Don's Home Cookin' Family Meal

Don's Home Cookin' Family Meal

The cooking team of Don Safford, Bill Chalberg, and Susan Newman will be back for a Home Cookin' meal. All are invited to join us for this special family meal between 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. This meal is always awesome and the fellowship is fantastic!

Cost is only $6 a meal...the great fellowship is free! Please register by emailing John Smoke at john@dgfumc.org. You may pay that day.

Location: 
Gym
Date: 
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
 
4:30 pm
Holiday Cheer in Rogers Park

Holiday Cheer in Rogers Park

Thursday, December 20, meet at the church at 4:30 p.m. and we'll be back around 9:30 p.m. Bring a snack! Help us with serving a meal and the love of Christ with the neighborhood folks of the United Church of Rogers Park.

Please contact the Director of Youth Ministries for more information.

Date: 
Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 4:30pm to 9:30pm
 
 
9:00 am
Feed My Starving Children Ministry

Feed My Starving Children Ministry

This holiday season, the Children and Family Work Area would like to invite you to take a moment from the hustle and bustle of Christmas to serve in a ministry of giving to others in need at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora. This Christian organization runs high-energy sessions where we pack food for the neediest children around the world.

Everyone from church is invited to sign-up to serve in this special ministry. Register online at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora (fmsc.org) with our church code - B7K4KV. You may also register by contacting Pastor John Smoke at john@dgfumc.org or sign up in the parlor following services in early December.

Please plan to arrive at 8:30 a.m. so that we may be ready to work at 9:00. Sorry, no children under 5.

Location: 
Feed My Starving Children - 555 Exchange Court Aurora, IL
Date: 
Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
 
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8:15 am
Worship Service
8:15am

Worship Service

This service, which is in the intimate setting of the Heartt Memorial Chapel, consists of hymns, prayers, scripture readings, and a sermon. There is no Sunday School during this service.

 
9:30 am
Worship Service
9:30am

Worship Service

Music: 

Chapel Choir

This service of hymns, prayers, scripture readings and a sermon is held in the Sanctuary, with music of a more contemporary flavor performed by the high school Chapel Choir. All children from Kindergarten through 6th grade start in the Sanctuary for worship. After the Moment for Children, 1st-6th graders may go with Pastor John to Sunday School. All 1st-3rd graders need to be signed-in on the sheets located just outside the sanctuary. Children may be picked up in rooms 212-218 following the service.

 
11:00 am
Worship Service
11:00am

Worship Service

Music: 

Chancel Choir

This service of hymns, prayers, scripture readings and a sermon is held in the Sanctuary, with music performed by the Chancel Choir. All children from Kindergarten through 6th grade start in the Sanctuary for worship. After the Moment for Children, children may return to their families for worship or go with Pastor John to Sunday School. All 1st-3rd graders need to be signed-in on the sheets located just outside the sanctuary. Children may be picked up in rooms 212-218 following the service.

 
1:00 pm
Ingite Youth - Light of a Luminary

Ingite Youth - Light of a Luminary

December 23, 1-4pm, All Youth are invited to help us create a host of luminaries for the Christmas Eve service. No experience necessary, we will show you how.

Also, we'll be watching Veggie Tales while we work!

Location: 
Parlor
Date: 
Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
 
 
9:00 am
Church Closed for Christmas Holiday

Church Closed for Christmas Holiday

In observance of Christmas, the church will be closed on Tuesday, December 25. If you need assistance during this time, please contact Pastor Claude at 630.297.8574.

Date: 
Tuesday, December 25, 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
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8:15 am
Worship Service
8:15am

Worship Service

This service, which is in the intimate setting of the Heartt Memorial Chapel, consists of hymns, prayers, scripture readings, and a sermon. There is no Sunday School during this service.

 
9:30 am
Worship Service
10:00am

Worship Service

Music: 

Chapel Choir

This service of hymns, prayers, scripture readings and a sermon is held in the Sanctuary, with music of a more contemporary flavor performed by the high school Chapel Choir. All children from Kindergarten through 6th grade start in the Sanctuary for worship. After the Moment for Children, 1st-6th graders may go with Pastor John to Sunday School. All 1st-3rd graders need to be signed-in on the sheets located just outside the sanctuary. Children may be picked up in rooms 212-218 following the service.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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