Chancel Choir

Ain'a That Good News! The Voice of Spirituals

Chancel Choir Christmas ConcertOn Sunday, December 15, the Chancel Choir will present a program of most beloved spirituals at the 9:30 and 11am services. Hear soloists, chorus and congregation trace our spiritual journeys. Musical themes include Sanctuary, Freedom and Deliverance, Witness and The Coming of the Birth of Christ.

Please plan to make this special service a part of your Advent experience, and bring other music lovers!

Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 9:30am

Chancel Choir Cantata - John Rutter's "Psalmfest"

PsalmfestThe Chancel Choir will be presenting Psalmfest by John Rutter with a special guest orchestra ensemble on Sunday, April 21 at the 9:30 and 11:00 worship services. This cantata contains psalm settings written by Rutter over a twenty year period, with the addition of two settings written especially for this work. They contain some of Rutter's most attractive music, with a mix of rhythmic vitality and melodic beauty, finishing with a sparkling rendition of Psalm 148.

This presentation provides an ideal time to invite family and friends to visit our church and enjoy the beautiful sounds of choir and orchestra.

Do You See What I See? - A Family Service

Advent - our time of waiting and preparing for the birth of Christ - is celebrated by our lighting candles of the Advent wreath during the first four Sundays in December. This year, we look forward to a special service at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Family Services on December 2, "Do You See What I See?" prepared by the Children and Family Ministries and the Chancel Choir. Carols, stories, and gifts for the children will light our way to the true meanings of our journey to the manger.

Everyone is encouraged to bring gifts of food, which the children will proudly deliver to the stable for a People's Resource Center offering.

With music and meditations for all, the whole church family is invited to share in this service as we welcome the Advent season.

Choir Dedication Sunday

Music for worshipOctober 28th - 9:30 & 11:00 Worship Services

Angel, Cherub, Chorister, Connection, Chapel and Chancel Choirs will be singing!

Bells will be ringing!

Please come and enjoy a wonderful service filled with music

IL-ACDA Community/Church Honor Choir

On Saturday, October 20th, several Chancel Choir members attended the Illinois-American Choir Directors’ Association Community/Church Honor Choir held at North Central College in Naperville, IL. The program included 3 hours of rehearsal on Friday evening, 4 hours on Saturday, and concluded with a concert on Saturday at Wentz Hall on the campus of North Central College.

Our Chancel Choir was represented by Melinda Bergstrom, Pennie Crinion, Bill Crowther, Allen DeBraal, Sally DeBraal, Scott Hudson, Jim McDonald, Karen Owen, Jamie Postlewait, and Dave Sandfort. Our own Brett Goad served as Conference Chair for this event, and is very active in the IL ACDA, having served as president of the board last year. The director of the Honor Choir was Paul Rardin, Director of Choral Activities at Temple University and a wonderfully creative and talented director, whom all enjoyed very much. The repertoire was varied and wonderful, from Mendelssohn to "Camptown Races".

Thank you and congratulations to our church choir members who well-represented our church and Chancel Choir and I’m sure had a great time while learning wonderful music and making new friendships.

Choirs have begun!

We had an exciting children's choirs first rehearsal and registration last Wednesday, Sept. 12th. With the Sweet Repeat set up going on we had registation in the Open Door. It was fun to see so many faces full of surprise and wonder at our inviting, spacious, modern Open Door. Maybe we should have registration in there every year so we can show off the space available to our future junior high and high school youth!  Seventy-six children have been registered to sing in our choirs! Woo-hoo!

Chancel Choir Welcome Fellowship and First Rehearsal

Thursday, Sept. 6 - 7:00 p.m. - On the porch (if weather permits otherwise in Fellowship Hall)

Porch then Fellowship Hall
Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 7:00pm

Join A Choir!

“Learning to Walk with Christ Daily” -- Through Music!

DGFUMC choir rehearsals are starting up so join for the first time or come on back! After a summer of Special Music during worship, organized by Pattie Barnes and provided by many talented, generous musicians, our regular services will once again begin on Rally Day, Sept. 9. Regular worship services also means CHOIRS! Choirs mean choir members! There is a choir for you!

Registration and rehearsal information packets have gone out to all church families. Please call the church office if you do not receive one. Or check the website: for current information.

Chapel Choir (High School) – The first rehearsal is Wednesday, August 22nd at 7-8:45PM! Choir Kick Off Supper and Registration is on Wednesday, Aug. 29 – 6:30 pm at the Parsonage (In the Gym if it rains) - No need to sign up – just come! 

Chancel Choir (Adults) – We LOVE new singers! Want to join? Attend the first rehearsal – Thursday, Sept. 6 – 7:00 pm for Welcome Fellowship on the porch and then rehearsal in Fellowship Hall. Normal rehearsal time is 7:30 - 9:10 pm. Contact Diane Hires (DianeHires@, the director, for more information.

Children’s Choirs – There is a children’s choir for all children aged 3 through 8th grade. The first rehearsal and registration is Sept. 12.

Bell Choirs – We have two! Enjoy teamwork and musicianship thru ringing handbells. Call Pattie Barnes 630-953-0146 (

Is this YOUR year to Join a Choir?! Watch for upcoming musical celebrations of the Christmas season at our church!

A Little Jazz Cantata

A Little Jazz Cantata

Come hear our Chancel Choir as they present "A Little Jazz Mass" by Bob Chilcott, with a Jazz trio featuring Stuart Seale on piano, Tim Ipsen on bass, and Nils Hidgon on drums. They will also be performing "Songs of Faith" by Paul Basler, featuring Gary Greene on horn and Accompanist Pattie Barnes on piano.

The Cantata will be featured at both the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services.

Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 9:30am

Sing Into Spring!

Singers who want to join the Chancel Choir Spring Cantata should plan to attend rehearsals at 8:30pm, beginning on Thursday, February 23rd.

The cantata program will include "A Little Jazz Mass" by Bob Chilcott and "Songs of Faith" by Paul Basler.


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