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Sending Light to Guatemala

On Sunday, March 3, Maggie Roth will be flying to Guatemala with with a team from Watts of Love to bring clean, renewable, solar light to families who live in ultra-poverty. Watts of Love is a Downers Grove-based charity that has developed portable solar lights that they distribute to communities all over the world, including Haiti (see right), Nepal, the Phillipines, and many parts of Africa.

Solar lighting is much safer then the kerosene lamps typically used, provides protection for families at night, and helps children with their studies. According to a World Bank study, students attain nearly two years more of formal education when they have access to light.

  • If you'd like to support Maggie on her trip to Guatemala, you can donate here.

Results of UMC General Conference

All church members are invited to continue to pray for the UMC moving forward in regards to the inclusion of the LGBTQ community. The Special General Conference held in St. Louis, MO voted for the Traditional plan and the future of the organization of the United Methodist Church is uncertain. The resulting decisions could affect the United Methodist Church in profound ways and the Special General Conference outcomes will be determined in the days to come. In the meantime, please view the following websites for more information: 

Join the Bucket Brigade!

It’s time to fill a spring cleaning bucket! Please pick up an empty bucket in the parlor on Sunday, March 3, 10, or 17 and fill it with cleaning supplies for families served by the People’s Resource Center, Sharing Connections, and Bridge Communities.

  • Bucket pick-up Sundays, March 3, 10, or 17
  • Bucket drop-off Sundays, March 24 or 31

A list of suggested supplies is included in the bucket including an option for "green cleaner." Return the filled buckets to the parlor on Sunday, March 24 or 31 and MJC will coordinate delivery.

Thank you for your support!

Sponsor a Chapel Choir Tour Bus Seat Today!

The 49th Annual Chapel Choir Tour will take place March 23 - 30 to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. You can help choir members cover some tour expenses by Sponsoring a Bus Seat for $25. The cost of transportation is one of the largest line items in the tour budget, so offsetting  some of the cost through seat sponsorships helps reduce the individual tour fee for choir members.

You can direct your sponsorship to a particular student or have it applied to
the tour fund. Please complete the form below and drop it off in the church office. Make checks payable to DGFUMC and write ‘Bus Seat Sponsorship’ on the memo line. 

Thank you for your support!

Weather Cancellations

Please note that ALL church events on Wednesday, January 30, have been cancelled due to the frigid temperatures. These include:

  • Preschool (Thursday too!)
  • Women's Bible Study
  • Children's Choir rehearsals
  • Family dinner
  • Onward Bound classes
  • Chapel Choir rehearsal

The Administrative Council meeting rescheduled for Tuesday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. will be held as planned.

Bell Choir Rehearsal for Wednesday evening will be determined on Wednesday morning.

The Church Office will be closed on Wednesday, January 30 also, but will be open as usual on Thursday, January 31. 

Staff may be contacted by email and voicemail if needed. Access staff voicemail by calling the Church Office at 630.968.7120. Stay safe, warm, and dry!

Together@10 Worship Service and Pancake Breakfast

Please join us on Sunday, February 3 as we share a Together @ 10 service, which combines our 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services into one.

Please note that our 8:15 a.m. worship will still be held in the Chapel.

Stop by the gym to enjoy food and fellowship at the Pancake Breakfast hosted by our youth from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to Noon.

Volunteers are needed! Click here to sign-up for a volunteer shift!

Donations received from the breakfast will help support our Youth Ministries.

Church Server and Computer Upgrades This Weekend!

The church office will be unable to receive or send email from Friday, January 18 at 3:00 p.m. until Tuesday, January 22 at 8:00 a.m. We anticipate that wi-fi and other internet services may also be affected. Thank you for your patience!

Recycling Event: #6 Foam Products January 13

The "Green Team" will host a recycling event for foam #6 products on Sunday, January 13. Bring your recycling to the Parlor before or after church services on this date in clear plastic bags and our wonderful Green Team members will take it to the recycling facility for you! It couldn't be easier.

Please place #6 foam cups, plates, take-out containers, and egg  cartons in a clear plastic bag. Be sure to rinse all items. Do not include straws or lids, foam insulation, or packaging peanuts.

In a separate bag you may include molded foam that is used to package electronics. It's important it be in a separate bag because it is dropped off at a different location.

Thank you for helping us to keep #6 foam products out of our landfills.

Wednesday Evening Meal Subscription

Join us on Wednesday evenings for fun, fellowship, and a delicious meal!

To sign up, print out the Meal Subscription Form on the Family Fellowship page and turn it into the church office in person or by mail (First UMC, 1032 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515) along with payment by or on January 6. The office is open this week on January 2, 3, and 4 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. You may also drop it off on Sunday, January 6 before or after the service or email John Smoke at to reserve a spot.

The meal schedule and payment information is on the Family Fellowship page.

Happy New Year!


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