Recent News

Joanna Circle No Longer Collecting Medicine Bottles

Due to the overwhelming response to the medicine bottle collection, Joanna Circle will no longer be collecting bottles. The Malawi Project, the organization that was receiving the bottles, posted the following notice on their website updating the status of the project.

UPDATE – DECEMBER 20, 2015 – AFTER REACHING MORE THAN 1 MILLION PILL CONTAINERS THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED. The Malawi Project Board of Directors has turned its attention to (1) famine relief, (2) getting medical supplies, including 30 kidney dialysis machines, to Malawi as well as another shipment of over 500 wheelchairs and, (3) gaining the funds from contributors to build a new birthing center south of the capital city of Lilongwe. Thank you for your support of the pill container program and please continue with us on future projects.

To learn more about the Malawi Project, visit

Joanna Circle would like to thank the congregation for their support in making this project a success!

Get On Board To Broadway - Sponsor a Chapel Choir Tour Bus Seat Today!

The 45th Annual Chapel Choir Tour will take place March 26-April 2, 2016 and you can help us cover some expenses by Getting On Board to Broadway and “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 will help 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. Make checks payable to DGFUMC and write ‘Bus Sponsorship’ on the memo line.

Thank you for your support!

Office Closed for New Year Holiday

In observance of the New Year, the church office will be closed on Thursday, December 31 starting at 12:00 p.m. and all day on Friday, January 1. If you need assistance during this time, please contact Pastor Jim at 630.788.3310.

10:00 a.m. Worship Service only on December 27

Please note that on Sunday, December 27, we will hold one service at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Greta will preach on Luke 2:41-55, Jesus: Teenager. 

Poinsettia Orders - Order Yours Today!

Help us to brighten the sanctuary this Christmas by purchasing a beautiful poinsettia!

There are envelopes in the pews to be used for ordering poinsettias. If you would like to purchase a plant for $15, please fill out the information on the front of the envelope and enclose a check. You may indicate on the envelope if you would like it in memory of someone or in honor of someone. Place your order in the offering plate on Sunday or bring it to the church office.

You may also order your Poinsettia online via Paypal. The price will be $15.00 for the plant and $2.00 for the Paypal service charge. If you choose to order via Paypal and would like your poinsettia in memory or honor of someone please send that information to Sheila in the church office.

A Service of Christmas Peace

Christmas Peace

For many, especially those who have lost a loved one, or are in other times of struggle, the Christmas Season is difficult. A special Service of Christmas Peace will be held on Sunday, December 6, at 8:15am in the Chapel.

This service will include time for reflection, remembering those we hold in our hearts and hearing the promise of comfort, hope and peace that Christmas proclaims.

All are welcome.

Thanksgiving Offering

Happy Thanksgiving!

As we enter this season of harvest and gratitude, we are reminded of the importance and power of giving thanks every day of the year. Christians are called to “give thanks in all circumstances,” (I Thessalonians 5:8) and so experience the gifts of God that we might otherwise overlook. Thankfulness is a choice we can make that opens our lives toward greater contentment and joy, and opens our eyes to see our neighbors with God’s love.  

On Thanksgiving Day we are invited to reclaim the story of a meal long ago, shared in love and thankfulness among people who grew from feared strangers to trusted friends, that began our nation’s Thanksgiving tradition. And we are invited to remember those who in this day are in need of food, shelter, compassion, and justice.

One of the ways we as a church show God’s love for our neighbors is through our Thanksgiving offering. The Thanksgiving offering goes specifically to ministries of local outreach and social justice. Our gifts are directed through our congregation’s Mission, Justice, and Community Work Area (combining the former Mission and Church and Society Work Areas); and will be used to reach out to lives, speak out about needs, and work to bring improved circumstances to others through the organizations described on the reverse side of this letter. 

If you haven't received a Thanksgiving offering envelope, they are available in the church office.

May your Thanksgiving be blessed with God’s abundant love.

Pastors Jim and Greta McDonald
Mission, Justice and Community Work Area

Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata - An Alice Parker Christmas

Alice Parker is a living musical legend whose work teaching congregations to sing and music directors to arrange and interpret has inspired thousands around the world. Alice’s arrangements and recordings with the Robert Shaw Chorale served to popularize choral music in our country. The program will feature ensembles and choir, and congregational singing.

Please come and begin your Advent season by listening to and joining the choir in singing favorite Christmas carols.

Sunday Worship Service - Visitors from United Church of Rogers Park

This Sunday at all three services, we will welcome Deacon Wes Dorr and lay leader Sabrina Bermingham from the United Church of Rogers Park, our sister church in Chicago with which we have an on-going connection of supportive giving and annual mission trips. We have an additional connection in that former DGFUMC member Rev. Catiana McKay has been the pastor at Rogers Park since 2007.

During worship Wes and Sabrina will share the Message based on Luke 13:6-9 and describe their congregation’s work in the neighborhood including community meals, after school programs for children and their Peace Circle - conversations with teens and young adults that encourage positive choices in their lives.

We hope you will join us.

UMW Newsletter - The Inner Circle - November 2015

Below please find the November 2015 edition of the UMW newsletter, The Inner Circle.


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