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A Tribute to Nick and Belford

Nick and Belford

For over 11 years, the youth ministry at DGFUMC was run by two remarkable people, Nick Nicholas and Belford Hernandez. Nick Nicholas joined our congregation on June 12, 2000, the first day of church camp at Reynolds Wood. Since then, over 400 8th graders have been confirmed in their faith during the Onward Bound program. In addition to church camp, he expanded the number of mission trips each year to include junior, senior and post-high youth. He took the senior high to help rebuild communities from Milwaukee to Pascagoula, and the post-high to build shelters in the Bahamas and restore churches in London and Edinburgh. Locally, he established a particularly close relationship with the community of United Church of Rogers Park.

During this same period, the Chapel Choir was led by Belford Hernandez, a prodigiously talented musician from Venezuela, who was trained in Colombia and Chicago, before joining the music program at Downers Grove South High School. He was as accomplished playing jazz piano with the Worship Band as he was conducting the choir and brought an eclectic range of music to us on Sunday mornings, all played with passion and verve. Along with many wonderful adult leaders, Nick and Belford took the Chapel Choir to NYC, St Simons Island GA, Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta, Boston, Wilmington NC, New Orleans, Washington DC, Philadelphia and Toronto.

During their time with us, Nick and Belford touched the lives of all our youth. Many of those that Nick led are now young adults that he keeps in touch with, officiating at many of their weddings and helping to baptize their children. Belford continues as director and piano collaborator for professional and amateur choirs and vocal ensembles throughout the Chicago area, including the local "Cantores" Community Choir.

On December 23, many of the alumni of the DGFUMC youth programs over the last decade gathered in the Open Door to show their appreciation for the years of service that Nick and Belford gave to our church. Below, you can see the slideshow prepared by Nikki Walters and Louise Osborn, that was presented the night of their good-bye party.

Chapel Choir Christmas Concert CDs

Order yours today for only $10. Order forms are available from the church office or from Chapel Choir members.

Sponsor a Bus Seat

Help the Chapel Choir get to New York this Spring Break by sponsoring a bus seat for $25. You can direct your sponsorship to a particular student or have it applied to the tour fund. Sponsor forms are available in the church office or from Chapel Choir members.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Brunch

Interfaith Youth ProjectHappy Thanksgiving! Everyone from First UMC is invited to the Interfaith Multicultural Thanksgiving Brunch to be held at the Islamic Foundation on Sunday, November 27, from 11am to 1pm. You can find more details here. It is a wonderful experience and I encourage you to come - individuals and families - all are welcome. Because our hosts from the Mohammed Webb Foundation are supplying main dishes we need to give them an RSVP right away. Please contact Laura Temple if you plan to come.

Hope to see you there! Thanks!  

Interfaith Thanksgiving Brunch

Interfaith Youth ProjectHappy Thanksgiving! Everyone from First UMC is invited to the Interfaith Multicultural Thanksgiving Brunch to be held at the Islamic Foundation on Sunday, November 27, from 11am to 1pm. You can find more details here. It is a wonderful experience and I encourage you to come - individuals and families - all are welcome. Because our hosts from the Mohammed Webb Foundation are supplying main dishes we need to give them an RSVP right away. Please contact Laura Temple if you plan to come.

Hope to see you there! Thanks!  

Praise Break! Dinnertime!

Praise BreakDue to popular request, we are expanding the fellowship time after the Sunday night PraiseBreak! service into a full meal! At roughly 5:40pm, there will be a short meal time following the time of worship. Starting on November 20th, there will be a short meal time following the time of worship. All youth 6th-12th grade are invited!

If you would like to help prepare the meals, please contact JJ Mannschreck or the church office for more information. We are in much need of Volunteers! (jj.mannschreck@garrett.edu)

Volunteer Youth Leaders Needed

IgniteAlongside the revitalization of our Youth Programs comes a need for a few volunteer Youth Leaders to be involved on regular weekly basis. Responsibilities would range from setting out snacks and organizing the community meal to chaperoning games and leading bible discussion. If you are interested in getting more involved, please contact the church office or JJ Mannschreck for more information. (jj.mannschreck@garrett.edu)

Volunteer Youth Leaders Needed

IgniteAlongside the revitalization of our Youth Programs comes a need for a few volunteer Youth Leaders to be involved on regular weekly basis. Responsibilities would range from setting out snacks and organizing the community meal to chaperoning games and leading bible discussion. If you are interested in getting more involved, please contact the church office or JJ Mannschreck for more information. (jj.mannschreck@garrett.edu)

Musicians Needed!

We are looking for a drummer and a bass player for the contemporary worship team for the Sunday evening PraiseBreak! services. We play every Sunday evening at 5pm for the Junior and Senior High Youth Groups, and practice once a week. Practice times TBA based on participant’s schedules. Please contact the office or JJ Mannschreck for more information. jj.mannschreck@garrett.edu

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