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40th Annual Chapel Choir Tour

The Chapel Choir started their 40th Annual Spring Break Tour on Sunday evening at Gary Memorial UMC in Wheaton. It was a great night. The youth group at Gary Church greeted us warmly with a pizza dinner. They sat at table with our students and strangers became friends. It felt like we were really on tour.

On Saturday, March 26 we will pack two 45 passenger motor coaches, the technical term for buses, and head east!

  • First stop the University of Michigan for lunch and tee shirts. Then to the Pontiac MI area, a concert at Waterford Central UMC Saturday evening.
  • Worship at both Grace & Peace UMC and Four Towns UMCs on Sunday and an afternoon at the Henry Ford Museum.
  • Monday we cross the border at Sarnia ON, Lunch in London and singing at St Paul’s United Church in Oakville ON.
  • Tuesday we play in Niagara Falls.
  • Wednesday we arrive in Toronto for a concert at Humber Valley United Church.
  • For years, the choir has wanted a beach, so on Thursday we’ll goback to Niagara Falls and spend the morning at an indoor water park. A concert at First Baptist Church of London ON Thursday evening will be our last in Canada.
  • On Friday, we enter the USA at Port Huron MI. Our last tour concert will be at First UMC Birmingham MI.

Watch for updates on the DGFUMC web site!!

Come see the Chapel Choir perform their tour concert here at home on Sunday, April 3 at 4:00pm and 7:00pm.

Tents, Tables, and Chairs

Youth In TentFor the past ten tears, our Youth InTent program has served our church and community by renting out tents, tables and chairs for graduation, birthday, anniversary and other summer celebrations, as well as neighborhood block parties, weddings and wedding receptions.

DGFUMC youth take care of delivery, set-up and take-down. In return they receive credit toward mission and choir trips.

Our prices are competitive with commercial vendors and benefit a wonderful program. Without revenue from Heritage Fest parking, our Youth InTent program is the largest fundraiser for our youth program. New York City will be the destination for the 2012 Chapel Choir Tour, so we need to generate as many funds as possible.

For prices and information please see the Youth InTent Reservation Contract at the link below.  Feel free to contact Don Dunham with any questions.

The Steelers Win!

Soup BowlWell, the Packers may have won the Super Bowl, but the Steelers won the Souper Bowl!!

  • Packers: $326.48
  • Steelers: $357.17
  • Total Donation: $683.65

Thanks to everyone who donated! Go Bears!!

Valentine's Day Cake

Just a reminder: If you ordered a Valentine's Day Cake from the Youth Fundraiser, cakes will be available for pick up on Sunday in the parlor from 9am - 12:30pm.

Ignite!

 

The Open Door

The youth group has a new name! And so does its home!

Ignite

The youth group is now called Ignite, with the goal of being the spark that starts the fire. Our hope is that being a member of Ignite will change kids' lives and move them to help change the lives of their friends. The purpose of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples for Jesus Christ. Ignite will help to do that by building community through fun, fellowship and service.

The Open Door

The youth center is now called The Open Door to show that everyone is welcome. OK, the big joke is that The Open Door is locked most of the time. As we have found in the last few months, if the door is unlocked, furniture and equipment walks off and vandalism happens. But we are having fun in The Open Door. Movie nights, two weeks of watching the Bears in the NFL Playoffs, OB classes, playing pool and air hockey. 

Our latest improvement to The Open Door is to install black-out shades so the video system can be used during the day. So far the Youth Ministries Work Area has spent $525 buying them. If any one would like to help offset that cost the youth are happy to accept donations!

DGFUMC College Scholarship Fund

College

We know that this is the time of year when everyorganization is asking for donations. Well the DGFUMC college scholarship fund is doing the same thing. What is the scholarship fund and who is helped by it? Three separate funds were started over 20 years ago and those gifts have now been used up, however we continue to want to help college students. In August, we present small gifts to 4 students who have been active in ministries of DGFUMC. If each family would give $5 in honor of each of their children now and $5 on that child’s birthday, we would have thousands of dollars to give out each year. Please consider giving to this fund.

Pampered Chef Youth Ministry Fundraiser

Pampered ChefYes, winter is upon us, but the Youth Group and Chapel Choir have Spring Break and even Summer on their minds already. Why? Because of Choir Tour and Mission Trips! Why now? Because we’re trying to figure out how to afford them! How can you help? One easy way is to support our Pampered Chef® Fundraiser for Youth Ministry. Shop online starting now or visit the display tables in the parlor on December 5. Choose from a great selection of gift ideas and helpful tools for your kitchen just in time for Christmas baking and entertaining. 

To order online, simply visit http://www.pamperedchef.biz/kelleyhook . Click SHOP ONLINE, enter FUMC as the Organization under Option #1, and begin shopping. If you have any questions or prefer to order by phone, please call Kelley Hook at 630-852-2433. Orders must be placed by Sunday 12/12 and will be available for pick up at church on Sunday 12/19. Out of town friends and family can order online and have orders shipped directly to them in time for Christmas.

This year, skip the mall and do your shopping at home or at church! All proceeds support our Youth program. Thank you for your help!

Interfaith Youth Program in the news

The Downers Grove Patch has a great article about the Interfaith Youth Program that our youth are participating in.

Camp and Mission Trip Dates for 2011

Mark your calendar.

  • June 27-July 1, Church Camp at Wesley Woods in Williams Bay WI
  • July 17-21; Jr High Mission Trip to United Church of Rogers Park
  • July 23-28; High School Mission Trip to UCRP
  • July 29-August 8; PHYG Mission Trip to Putney, London

Much more info after the first of the year!!!

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