Mission

The Rainbow Covenant

Rainbow CovenantOne of the benefits of being United Methodist is the way we work together to be in mission all around the world.

The first, foundation level of mission outreach is through the “apportionment” giving that is a part of our regular church budget. Through apportionments, a portion of our offerings are used throughout the year to minister through the World Service and Conference Benevolence Funds. The World Service Fund enables our church’s world-wide mission outreach. All United Methodist churches share together in contributing to the World Service Fund. The Conference Benevolence Fund directs a portion of our offerings to mission and ministries within our Northern Illinois Conference, from the inner city neighborhoods of Chicago to the rural areas of western Illinois. All the United Methodist Churches in our Conference in our Conference share financially in our Conference Benevolences.

The second, “extra” level of mission giving is through the “Rainbow Covenant.” The Rainbow Covenant allows us as a congregation to select specific ministries and mission projects for our congregation’s support. There are nine color “bands” of the Rainbow Covenant. To be a Rainbow Covenant church, a congregation first needs to pay its apportionments in full, and then give at least $25 to a mission in each of the color “bands” of the Rainbow.

The various colors each support an area of mission. They are:

  • Burgundy— International
  • Red—U.S.A
  • Orange—United Methodist Committee of Relief
  • Yellow—Children and Youth
  • Green—Northern Illinois Conference
  • Blue— District
  • Indigo—Missionary Support
  • Purple—Local Benevolences and Special Sundays
  • White—Sister Church Relationships.

African Children's Choir Live in Concert

We are delighted to announce that the world famous African Children’s Choir will be performing at DGFUMC on Wednesday September 25 at 7:00 p.m. This family friendly, immersive experience will leave you inspired as the Choir performs your favorite hymns with African cultural sounds in their new program.

The children melt the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The program features well-loved songs, Gospel spirituals and contemporary favorites. In spite of the tragedy that has marred their young lives, the children are radiant with hope, musically gifted and wonderfully entertaining.

The primary goal of the African Children’s Choir is to raise awareness of the need of destitute children in Africa and to raise funds for continued development and support of the African Children’s Choir programs. The Choir’s international educational endeavor provides unique training for the children. With a focus on education as a means for change, the Choir is currently caring for underprivileged and destitute children throughout Africa. These are children who could have lost all hope, but have overcome their circumstances and now are making a positive impact on society. Once Choir members have completed a concert tour, they
will return back to Uganda with the tools necessary for bettering their future.

Location: 
Sanctuary
Date: 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

African Children's Choir Live in Concert

We are delighted to announce that the world famous African Children’s Choir will be performing at DGFUMC on Wednesday September 25 at 7:00 p.m. This family friendly, immersive experience will leave you inspired as the Choir performs your favorite hymns with African cultural sounds in their new program.

The children melt the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The program features well-loved songs, Gospel spirituals and contemporary favorites. In spite of the tragedy that has marred their young lives, the children are radiant with hope, musically gifted and wonderfully entertaining.

The primary goal of the African Children’s Choir is to raise awareness of the need of destitute children in Africa and to raise funds for continued development and support of the African Children’s Choir programs. The Choir’s international educational endeavor provides unique training for the children. With a focus on education as a means for change, the Choir is currently caring for underprivileged and destitute children throughout Africa. These are children who could have lost all hope, but have overcome their circumstances and now are making a positive impact on society. Once Choir members have completed a concert tour, they
will return back to Uganda with the tools necessary for bettering their future.

Delving Deeper: Race & Well-being

On September 14, DGFUMC is hosting an event sponsored by United Voices for Children to engage in important conversations around race and well-being. 

Delving Deeper will feature Dr. Marcus Campbell, Aracely Canchola and Taya Kinzie, LCSW--Evanston Township High School's best--engaging participants in a deeper look at the interconnectedness of race and well-being, reflecting on personal identity and biases, as they related to our relationships with others.

Delving Deeper is the third annual Skin in the Game workshop sponsored by United Voices for Children and the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church seeking to challenge and equip religious and community leaders to overcome the deleterious effects of racism in our communities and our families.

Registration is open here. All church members are welcome to attend.

Date: 
Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 8:30am

All Church Community Hour - Creating Blessing Bags

This summer, we're offering a monthly All-Church  Community Hour after the 10:00 a.m. service to provide new ways for our congregation members to gather in community.

This Sunday, we will make Blessing Bags for the homeless and learn about how our church provides shelter for homeless individuals in our community by hosting PADS once a week. You will be able to sign up to volunteer too!

Join us in the parlor and, together, everyone will make up ziplock bags full of items for homeless individuals. The idea is to keep a ziplock bag in your car so that you can hand it out when you see someone in need.

Date: 
Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 11:15am

Senior High Mission Trip to Atlanta Georgia

Our Senior High group is going on it's annual Mission Trip. This year we are going to Georgia to be a part of DOOR Atlanta (Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection). Through DOOR's Discover program, groups spend time serving with a variety of local agencies and ministries and learning through evening speakers and activities.

Location: 
Atlanta, Georgia
Date: 
Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 5:00am

Downers Grove Garden Walk

Garden WalkSaturday, July 14, 2018

The 12th Annual Downers Grove Garden Walk gives you an opportunity to view some of the most beautiful gardens in the area. All proceeds benefit the DGFUMC Bridge Board in providing transitional housing and mentoring for homeless families.

Tickets are available on Saturday, July 14 at each of the gardens, and at Downers Grove First United Methodist Church from 9:30 to noon in our parking lot.

All Church Mission Trip to Wesley Woods

Getting the Camp Ready for Camp! On a Mission to Wesley Woods

The Mission, Justice and Community Work Area is dedicated to reaching out to serve others and getting as many people as possible to become involved in connecting our members to each other and those in need. This inspired the idea of an All Church Mission Trip, where people of all ages (12 and above) can work, laugh, and live life for a time together while helping others.

After many years of serving children and adults as a home away from home, including hundreds of people from DGFUMC for summer camp over the years, the Wesley Woods Retreat Center in Williams Bay, Wisconsin needs some tender loving care before the 2019 summer camp season begins.

The second annual All-Church Mission Trip to Wesley Woods will provide us an opportunity to give the camp buildings and grounds a much needed fixing up. What will be doing? There are walls that need painting; windows and screens that need cleaning; rotten wood that needs replacing; trails and paths to be cleared, raked and rebuilt; decks and stairs to be pressure washed and stained; mulch that needs spreading; and lights that need replacing. There are many projects and we need many hands to get them done.

Come for few hours, a day, or several days. There are jobs for everyone, regardless of skill level or expertise. This is a wonderful opportunity to put your faith into action by helping make a beautiful camp even nicer.

Together, we will make a difference.
The cost is minimal…only $40 a day, so invite friends and other family members to participate. All tools, supplies, and meals will be provided. Accommodations will be bunk beds. You will need to bring your own linens and pillow.

Location: 
Wesley Woods Retreat and Conference Center, Williams Bay, Wisconsin
Date: 
Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 8:00am

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.

DuPage United Spring Assembly

Come and hear about the work we collectively achieve through DuPage United, an organization that connects many faith-based communities (churches, synagogues, and mosques), at their Spring Assembly on March 10 at 3:00 p.m. In the past, these assemblies have been highly effective in obtaining commitments from our elected representatives to meaningful action. For example, the assembly in November, 2015 received a commitment from State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and a representative from then Sheriff Zaruba’s office to advance Crisis Intervention Training in DuPage County. The county CIT program started in October 2016 and has since trained over 700 officers. The more members that attend this assembly, the greater our influence will be in achieving future goals.

The Spring Assembly will cover:

  • Celebrating the expansion and success of Crisis Intervention Team Training
  • Moving forward on Crisis Stabilization Units
  • Acting on Do Not Stand Idly By: a campaign to reduce gun violence
  • Engaging our local officials to work with us
  • Strengthening our leadership base

State’s Attorney Berlin and Sheriff James Mendrick have agreed to attend to discuss these issues.

This DuPage United event will be held at Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard (map). Please contact Leah Ostwald if you are interested in attending. 

Location: 
Congregation Etz Chaim, 1710 S Highland Ave, Lombard, IL 60148
Date: 
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 3:00pm

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