Recent News

A Sunday Morning with Alice Parker

DGFUMC is hosting international choral celebrity, Alice Parker, the woman who shaped the face of choral music in America, and who will lead the congregation in discovering the beauty in hymn singing on Sunday, November 6 at our 11:00 a.m. worship service. She will build the musicality of each and every person present; and this service is one you will remember for years to come. At 90 years old, Mrs. Parker is making her victory lap, and this trip to the Midwest is to be one of her last out of her home state of Massachusetts.

Join us as we learn from this internationally renowned composer, conductor and teacher, as she leads the congregation in a Community Sing Service featuring beloved hymns both old and new. 

Please invite your friends and neighbors to a special morning of singing.

All Are Welcome!

United Methodist Committee on Relief Responds to Hurricane Matthew

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is currently engaged in Hurricane Matthew relief efforts in Haiti, the Bahamas, and the southeastern United States. To learn more about how you can help, click here.

Rally Day - Together @ 10 Service

Please join us on Rally Day as we kick-off our new year of Sunday School and prepare to express our love as a congregation in the coming season. At this time, we will return to our 8:15 a.m. worship service in the Chapel.

We will be combining our 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services into one Together @ 10 service at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. There will be no Sunday School this day as families are encouraged to worship together. Sunday school will begin on Sunday, September 18 at both the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services.

Messy Church will also be held this day starting at 11:00 a.m. All are invited to join in a family friendly worship time with crafts and lunch.

We will continue our fellowship after services as the Children & Family work area has reserved the Tivoli Movie Theater for our Rally Day celebration. Everyone is invited to attend The Peanuts Movie, which will be shown at 1:30 p.m.
Each child (12 and under) who attends church that morning will receive a coupon for a Kiddie Combo (box with popcorn, snack and drink). The concession stand will also be open for anyone wanting to purchase snacks. The doors open at the Tivoli at 1:00 p.m.

The movie is free for ALL (you don’t need a ticket) so please invite your friends and neighbors to come to church in the morning and to the movie in the afternoon!

Children's Sabbath Service & Blessing of the Backpacks at Fishel Park

On Sunday, August 28, please join the United Methodist Women in celebrating children and youth all over the world with a special outdoor worship service at Fishel Park (weather permitting!). Children and youth from our congregation will be greeters, lay readers and ushers, and they will provide special music along with Osvaldo Vena and the Still a Dream Band.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Some seating will be provided.


Also on this day children of all ages are asked to bring their backpacks (or briefcases) to worship and John Smoke will give a Blessing of the Backpacks to get the new school year off to a great start!

Gym Painting Completed

A big Thank You to all who gave their time and energy to paint the gym. With all the effort, we completed the task in just four paint days! It looks great and is ready for another few years. Thank you for your donation of time to our church!

Fall 2016 Preschool Openings

The First United Methodist Preschool has had a few spots open up for fall in our morning 3’s class, which runs from 8:45 to 10:45 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. We also have a few openings in our afternoon 3’s and 4’s classes. 
If you are interested, please contact Nancy Bifulco at 630.968.7120 ext 215 or

Sonshine Youth Choir Summer Tour 2016

Join us Sunday, July 17 as we welcome the Sonshine Choir from Brentwood United Methodist Church in Tennessee as they lead us in worship with their 2016 Summer Tour program Nothing in All Creation Can Separate Us from God’s Love. The 80 voice choir, made up of youth from 10th - 12th grade, is making stops this summer in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Tennessee. We hope to see you there!

A Word from Our Denomination

As United Methodist Christians, we mourn with the victims and families of those wounded and killed in the shootings on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. We may even pray and wonder if anything could have been done to avert this heinous act.

But should we do more? Is there anything that can be done to keep something similar from happening in the future?

While we may not agree on a solution, many of us agree there is a problem. What can we do?

In the aftermath of the worst mass shooting incident in U.S. history, church leaders say United Methodists must speak up about the contributing factors — bigotry, hatred and the availability of military-style guns.

“I hope United Methodists will see this as an opportunity to speak up and speak on behalf of what is at the core of our DNA — love God and love neighbor,” Bishop Bruce Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, told United Methodist News Service. “Wesley was pretty clear that that’s the mark of who we are.”

In May, the United Methodist General Conference, the denomination’s top legislative body, approved “Our Call to End Gun Violence” legislation, which includes eight ways United Methodists may prayerfully address gun violence including advocating for universal background checks on all gun purchases and a ban on large-capacity ammunition magazines and weapons designed to fire multiple rounds.

You may read the legislation in its entirety below.


Excerpts from: Speaking up after Orlando shootings by Linda Bloom and Sam Hodges.

S.O.S. - Share Our Skills Goes Green

This Saturday, June 11

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The yard waste dumpster has arrived and so have the weeds! The Board of Trustees and the Environmental Stewardship work area invite you to help clean up the church grounds this Saturday morning for the June Share Our Skills (S.O.S.) event. Bring your favorite garden and lawn tools and join with other church members for a time of fellowship and outdoor work. 

We'll gather in the parlor between 8:30-9:00 and then divide into teams to spruce up the church and parsonage grounds.


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