The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree for PADS is still up in the Parlor. We will continue to collect gifts for PADS throughout December.  

Thank you for your participation!

Alternative Gift Fair

What do you buy the person who has everything? How about a goat, a colony of honeybees, or a beautiful handmade craft?

The Advent season is filled with many warm traditions, and one of those traditions at Downers Grove First United Methodist Church is the Alternative Gift Fair. Many of you are familiar with the beautiful crafts handmade by the artisans of the UPAVIM (United for a Better Life) cooperative in Guatemala. These are gifts that give twice - first, your family and friends will enjoy receiving these lovely items.  Second, you will also be empowering the women of La Esperanza in Guatemala City by giving them an opportunity to improve the quality of life for themselves and for their families through access to education, employment opportunities, daycare services for their children, health care services, and programs for personal and professional development.  Choose from a large selection of colorful bags, scarves, Christmas ornaments, kitchen accessories, jewelry, and more.

Through Heifer International, you can also purchase livestock to help families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant. You’ll receive a special greeting card to share with the person(s) whom you honor through this donation.

Best of all, you’ll be able to check off a few more names on your holiday gift-giving list while making a difference in our world. What a perfect way to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas!

Please come visit us in the parlor after each service during the Advent season.

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 9:00am

Imagine No Malaria - Second Sunday Collection

Imagine No MalariaLast month we had a special Imagine No Malaria collection on the second Sunday. Students in the 9:30 Sunday School poured their IMN cans' coins into the giant jar during the opening time in the Chapel, and families at the 11:00 Messy Church did the same in the gym.

This Sunday is the second Sunday in October so once again we are invited to bring our INM cans to church and combine our offerings to stop the spread of this disease. Adults will be able to add their INM collection to a container in the narthex.

Global Ministries workers in Africa have shared that the improvements made in health facilities and community care through the INM donations so far have equipped them to also reach out more effectively to those who are in areas affected by Ebola.

Hunger in Northern Illinois

The DGFUMC Missions Work Area recently made a $1,000 donation to the Northern Illinois Food Bank as part of September – Hunger Action Month. That donation will enable $8,000 worth of food for our neighbors. 

A new study by the Food Bank and Feeding America shows that nearly 600,000 people in northern Illinois turn to food pantries and meal programs to feed themselves and their families – 71,000 people each week.

• Children under age 18 make up 36 percent of our hungry neighbors, while seniors age 60 and older make up nine percent.
• 66 percent of households that use the Food Bank’s services have incomes that fall at or below the federal poverty level.
• 77 percent had to choose between paying for food and utilities in the past 12 months
• 62 percent had to choose between food and paying for medicine/medical care in the past 12 months. 

See below for more information about the Hunger in America 2014 study and to learn about hunger in our community and the United States:

Hunger In America 2014 – The National Report

Winter Blessing Bags Assembly and Dinner

Care Package AssemblyUnsure how to help when you see homeless individuals at traffic lights or at the train station? Our congregation will be making winter blessing bags on Wednesday, October 22, in the gym. The bags may be kept in cars and handed to people at intersections.

Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. and bag assembly will begin at 6:30 p.m. All ages welcome! No cost! Join us as we enjoy a time of fellowship and assemble Ziploc bags full of helpful items. 

The following items are needed to fill the bags:

  • Travel size lotions, individual packets of peanut butter or cheese crackers.

Items may be dropped off in the church office or at the purchase with a purpose table.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 6:00pm

Pastors' Friday Reflections

Two grade-school aged brothers brought their Imagine No Malaria (INM) can to me last Sunday, Rally Day. It was filled to the top with coins they had collected over the summer, and they were eager to turn their money in so it could begin to do the life-saving work for which it was intended.

There are many other children, teens, and adults in our congregation who share that eagerness of pooling our saved incidental money for INM. This Sunday, September 14, we'll do just that!

Imagine No Malaria

Imagine No Malaria

The United Methodist Church has worked in Africa for nearly 200 years operating churches, school, hospitals and clinics across the continent in places where no one else will go. For this reason, the UMC was invited into a global partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations Foundation to help lead the effort to end malaria on that continent. Going beyond distributing bed nets, the Imagine No Malaria comprehensive plan includes ongoing prevention, education, treatment and communications to end preventable deaths by malaria.

However, malaria is only a preventable, treatable and beatable disease IF resources are available.

Give NowA gift of $100 saves a life – will you save at least one life?

Pause and consider...

Care Packages for the Homeless

Unsure how to help when you see homeless individuals at traffic lights or at the train station? On May 21, our congregation will be making homeless care packages that may be kept in cars and handed to people at intersections. Pizza will be served as we enjoy a time of fellowship in the Gym, starting at 6pm, and assemble Ziploc bags full of helpful items.

During May we will collect the following items in the church parlor:

  • Care PackageGallon size Ziplock storage bags
  • Socks (Men and women)
  • Rain Poncho
  • Chapstick
  • Comb
  • Individual Kleenex packets
  • Non-perishable foods such as Tuna Salad with pop-tops
  • Fruit cup or applesauce snack
  • Crackers with peanut butter or cheese
  • Granola or cereal bar
  • Juice boxes

Look for the Homeless Care Kit collection box at the UMW table in the parlor.

Please register below so we know how many supplies are needed. If you need any more information, contact: Ina Osborn

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 6:00pm

Spring Tornadoes

Spring tornadoesAs you know, several communities, particularly in Oklahoma and Arkansas were hit by devastating tornadoes last weekend and are in need of our prayers. As with all such disasters, UMCOR is on the scene responding to those in need. If you wish to support their work, you can visit  the UMCOR Disaster Response Advance #901670 and click on the "Give Now" button.

Rogers Park Mission Trip

Our annual trip to United Church of Rogers Park is this week. We will be helping with the Kids Club.

Open Door, UCRP
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 12:00pm


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