April 2019

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7:00 pm
Next Steps. . . UMC and Me Class

Next Steps. . . UMC and Me Class

Our pastoral team will be leading classes for the next five  weeks (March 11 - April 8) to explore our future as a congregation and as a congregation within the United Methodist Church. Join us as we recap what happened at General Conference, potential options for the future, and how we move forward on a global, national, and community-wide level.

All are welcome to attend. Join us for one week or all beginning on Monday, March 11 in Room 213.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 7:00pm
Monday, March 18, 2019 - 7:00pm
Monday, March 25, 2019 - 7:00pm
Monday, April 1, 2019 - 7:00pm
Monday, April 8, 2019 - 7:00pm
 
 
5:00 pm
Don's Home Cookin'

Don's Home Cookin'

The cooking team of Don Safford, Bill Chalberg, Susan Newman, and Ken Drogemuller 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! If you can't stay....takehomeameal.

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, April 3, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
 
 
 
 
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8:15 am
Service of Holy Communion
8:15am

Service of Holy Communion

Preacher: 
Pastor Claude
Grab Hold of God
Scripture: 
Philippians 3:4b–14

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 Cantata
9:30am

Chancel Choir Cantata

Music: 

Chancel Choir

This service will feature the annual Spring Chancel Choir Cantata, Gabriel Faure's, Requiem and featuring a guest orchestra. All children from Kindergarten through 8th grade start in the Sanctuary for worship and follow Pastor Smoke to Sunday School after the Moment for Children.

 
11:00 am
Chancel Choir Cantata
11:00am

Chancel Choir Cantata

Music: 

Chancel Choir

This service will feature the annual Spring Chancel Choir Cantata, Gabriel Faure's Requiem featuring a guest orchestra. All children from Kindergarten through 8th grade start in the Sanctuary for worship and follow Pastor Smoke to Sunday School after the Moment for Children.

 
7:00 pm
Next Steps. . . UMC and Me Class

Next Steps. . . UMC and Me Class

Our pastoral team will be leading classes for the next five  weeks (March 11 - April 8) to explore our future as a congregation and as a congregation within the United Methodist Church. Join us as we recap what happened at General Conference, potential options for the future, and how we move forward on a global, national, and community-wide level.

All are welcome to attend. Join us for one week or all beginning on Monday, March 11 in Room 213.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 7:00pm
Monday, March 18, 2019 - 7:00pm
Monday, March 25, 2019 - 7:00pm
Monday, April 1, 2019 - 7:00pm
Monday, April 8, 2019 - 7:00pm
 
 
 
 
7:30 pm
Friday Night at the Movies

Friday Night at the Movies

Darkest HourWinston Churchill said: "I have nothing to offer but blood,  toil, sweat, and tears." Churchill spoke these famous words during his first speech to Parliament in 1940 as the Nazis were overrunning Western Europe and threatening to invade Britain.

Our April movie, The Darkest Hour, tells the story of those bleak and difficult days in World War II when Britain stood alone against Nazi tyranny. Incredible to us now, Churchill as the newly-elected prime minister faced fierce opposition against his decision to fight rather than make a peace treaty with Hitler. British soldiers are trapped at Dunkirk. King George VI is not sure he has confidence in this new PM. The story of Churchill's triumph in the face of so much opposition attests to his brilliance as a wartime leader almost without peer.

Gary Oldman plays Churchill in an outstanding performance that garnered best actor wins in several award programs, including the Academy Awards and BAFTA Awards. Rich and Sarah DeMink will lead our discussion.

Sign up soon by phone, email, or in person in the church office. A suggested $2 donation covers snacks, soft drinks and dessert.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 7:30pm
 
8:30 am
S.O.S. - Share Our Skills

S.O.S. - Share Our Skills

Are you looking for a new way to get involved at church?

S.O.S. - Share Our Skills meets on the THIRD Saturday of each month to tackle fix-it projects around the church. The group meets at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and then works from 9:00 to Noon.

Only have an hour that day? No problem, just stop in and stay as long as you can. Many hands make light work.

For more details, contact Don Dunham at don@dgfumc.org.

Location: 
Parlor
Date: 
Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:30am
Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 8:30am
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 8:30am
Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 8:30am
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 8:30am
Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 8:30am
Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 8:30am
Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 8:30am
Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 8:30am
Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 8:30am
Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 8:30am
Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 8:30am
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 8:30am
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 8:30am
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 8:30am
Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 8:30am
 
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8:15 am
Worship Service
8:15am

Worship Service

Preacher: 
Pastor Claude
Praise Jesus and Save Us!
Scripture: 
Luke 19:28–40
Music: 

Anna Voinovich and Kevin Zehme

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.

 
9:00 am
UMW Spa Day

UMW Spa Day

Join us in the Parlor on Sunday, April 14 for UMW Spa Day!

Please bring donations of new nail polish, make-up, lotion, body wash, body spray, etc. to donate to the teens of Teen Parent Connection, one of the UMW mission organizations. We will be making scrunchies.

All are welcome!

Date: 
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:15pm
 
9:00 am
UMW Spa Day

UMW Spa Day

Date: 
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:15pm
 
9:30 am
Worship Service
9:30am

Worship Service

Preacher: 
Pastor Claude
Praise Jesus and Save Us!
Scripture: 
Luke 19:28–40
Music: 

Chapel Choir
Chancel Ringers

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
Worship Service
11:00am

Worship Service

Preacher: 
Pastor Claude
Praise Jesus and Save Us!
Scripture: 
Luke 19:28–40
Music: 

Chancel Choir
Chancel Ringers

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.

 
12:15 pm
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, February 10, 2019 - 12:15pm
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 - 12:15pm
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 12:15pm
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 12:15pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 12:15pm
Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 12:15pm
 
 
 
 
12:00 pm
Maundy Thursday Communion Service
12:00pm

Maundy Thursday Communion Service

At thes Maundy Thursday communion service, we will commemorate the Last Supper when Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples on the night before he was crucified.

There are two opportunities to participate in this service at 12:00pm and 7:00pm.

 
7:00 pm
Maundy Thursday Communion Service
7:00pm

Maundy Thursday Communion Service

At these Maundy Thursday communion services we will commemorate the Last Supper when Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples on the night before he was crucified.

There are two opportunities to participate in this service at 12:00pm and 7:00pm.

 
8:00 am
Church Office Closed Good Friday, April 19

Church Office Closed Good Friday, April 19

In observation of Good Friday, the church office will be closed on April 19. If you need assistance during this time, please contact Pastor Claude at 630.297.8574.

Date: 
Friday, April 19, 2019 - 8:00am
 
7:00 pm
Good Friday Tenebrae Service
7:30pm

Good Friday Tenebrae Service

Music: 

The Chancel Choir

During this solemn Tenebrae Service, the Chancel Choir sings reflective, somber anthems, the lights dim and candles are extinguished as the last words of Christ are read and His death is imminent. The service ends in silence and darkness.

 
9:00 am
Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Grab your favorite basket and hop on over to hunt for eggs inside DGFUMC! All children ages 3-12 are invited to join us. Bring the entire family and a friend or two and enjoy refreshments and fellowship following the hunt.

The fun begins in the sanctuary at 9:00 sharp so don’t be late!

Location: 
Sanctuary
Date: 
Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 9:00am
 
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8:00 am
Easter Worship Service
8:00am

Easter Worship Service

Preacher: 
Pastor Claude
Understand that Jesus Must Rise
Scripture: 
John 20:10–20
Music: 

Chapel Choir

To celebrate Easter Sunday, this service will take place in the Sanctuary. There is no Sunday School during this service.

 
9:30 am
Easter Worship Service
9:30am

Easter Worship Service

Preacher: 
Pastor Claude
Understand that Jesus Must Rise
Scripture: 
John 20:10–20
Music: 

Chancel Choir
Brass Ensemble

This service of hymns, prayers, scripture readings and a sermon is held in the Sanctuary, with music to celebrate Easter by the Chancel Choir and Brass Ensemble. 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
Easter Worship Service
11:00am

Easter Worship Service

Preacher: 
Pastor Claude
Understand that Jesus Must Rise
Scripture: 
John 20:10–20
Music: 

Chancel Choir
Angel Choir
Brass Ensemble

This service of hymns, prayers, scripture readings and a sermon is held in the Sanctuary, with music to celebrate Easter by the Chancel Choir and Brass Ensemble. 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.

 
 
 
5:00 pm
Don's Home Cookin' Family Meal

Don's Home Cookin' Family Meal

The cooking team of Don Safford, Bill Chalberg, Susan Newman, and Ken Drogemuller 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! If you can't stay....take home a meal.

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, April 24, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
 
12:00 pm
United Methodist Women Annual Spring Luncheon

United Methodist Women Annual Spring Luncheon

Join UMW for their Spring Luncheon in Chapel Hall. Julie  Stone will present "Practicing Resurrection: The Gospel of Mark and Radical Discipleship."

This event is hosted by the Mary Elizabeth and Ruth Circles. All are welcome!

Location: 
Chapel Hall
Date: 
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 12:00pm
 
6:30 pm
500 Years - Life in Resistance

500 Years - Life in Resistance

500 Years - Life in ResistanceWe invite all church members to a screening on April 26 of 500 Years - Life in Resistance, a powerful documentary by Pamela Yates that describes the turbulent history of Guatemala from the civil war to the present day. This is a great opportunity to understand the conflict that led to the growth of new communities in Guatemala City, out of which the UPAVIM cooperative was formed. The movie will be preceded by a potluck supper and followed by a discussion led by members of the Sister Parish board, who are meeting at our church. Sister Parish is the organization that links our church to the women of UPAVIM.

The struggle for justice for the 200,000 who died during the violent conflict culminated in the first trial of a former head-of-state for genocide in 2013. General Rios-Montt was found guilty in 2013 in a major victory for the indigenous people who had been targeted by his armed forces in the early eighties, although the conviction was overturned on legal technicalities in a controversial decision by the country's constitutional court. This is an epic story that has been received with standing ovations at many film festivals around the world.

Another delegation from our church is visiting UPAVIM in Guatemala in July this year. If you are potentially interested in going, or if you just want to find out more about the background of the inspiring women of UPAVIM who have visited our church on several occasions, please come to see this movie. Please sign up below or contact the church office if you are thinking of attending.

Location: 
Fellowship Hall
Date: 
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 6:30pm
Sign up for 500 Years - Life in Resistance
 
 
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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.

 
10:00 am
Together@10 Worship Service
10:00am

Together@10 Worship Service

Confirmation
Music: 

Chancel Choir
Chapel Choir

Join us for a special Together@10 Service where the 9:30 and 11:00 services will be combined into ONE service at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate our confirmands.

This is a great time to make new friends, re-connect with old friends and bring guests to visit our church.

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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