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Church Events in 2010

This page preserves links to church events that have already occurred in 2010 for reference purposes. Look at the sidebar for archives of previous years.

Christmas Eve Worship Services

Nativity Scene4:00pm

Family Worship

A worship celebration especially geared for children, with music provided by the Chorister, Cherub and Angel Choirs.


Communion & Candlelight Service

Music by the Connection Choir
Message by Pastor Greta McDonald


Traditional Candlelight Service

Music by the Chancel Choir
Message by Pastor Jim McDonald


Communion in the Chapel


Traditional Candlelight Service

Music by the Chapel Choir
Message by Pastor Jim McDonald

Join us for a night of praise, prayer, and glorious music as we remember Christ's birth and our salvation. Bring your family, your guests and your neighbors as we prepare for Christmas day.

Service of Christmas Peace

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Blue ChristmasThis ecumenical service is open to all that are seeking a quiet opportunity to gather a sense of inner peace amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Perhaps 2010 has not been the best year for you or someone you care deeply about. Loss of employment, a severe illness or death, or just simply the burdens of everyday life may be feeling a bit too heavy, this is a place for you. It will be a place of tranquil music, readings and prayer as we try to put it all in perspective with the birth of Jesus Christ.

A Piece of Peace

Sunday, December 19, 2:00-5:00pm

Parents, take the opportunity to grab a Piece of Peace o nSunday, December 19 from 2:00PM– 5:00PM. The church will be open and members of the Children and Family ministries will be entertaining children from the ages of birth to 6th grade with activities and crafts.

Call or visit the church office to sign up. The deadline is December 13th. Thank you! Cost is $5 a child or $10 for 2 or more children.

The Chancel Ringers and
The Westminster Handbell Ensemble

Also featuring Chris Dortwegt, flute
7:00pm Saturday, November 20, 2010

"Bring a torch, Jeanette Isabella!"
"Willie, bring your little drum, Robin bring your fife and come!"

An accompanying narrative will set the scene for our celebration as we play this overture to your season and offer the Hanging of the Greens.

Tickets are $7 in advance; $9 at the door. Child care is provided.

Online Purchase

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After completing the PayPal transaction, please click on the link to return to this web site where you will be asked to provide further registration details. If you don't, we will contact you to request the information.

Cross and FlameAll Church Charge Conference

with Potluck Supper

Sunday, November 14, 2008

Our annual Church Conference is to be held on November 14th at 7:00pm. This annual gathering of the church is meant to be a time to celebrate the past year and prepare for the new. This year's church conference will be led by our district superintendent, the Rev. Diana Facemyer.

There will be a potluck supper before the conference at 5:30pm, to which all are invited.

What to bring
Those whose last names begin with A - H dessert, I - Q main dish, R – Z salad or vegetable

There is a $2 charge per person to cover beverages. Childcare is available. Please let the church office know if you are coming so we can plan accordingly.

The Giving TreeThe Giving Tree

The Giving Tree will be up in the Parlor beginning Sunday, November 14th. You have the opportunity to choose tags from several agencies in order to purchase gifts for both children and adults. The tags are marked with the name or initials of the agency.

The gifts for all the agencies other than PADS should be returned with the tags firmly attached NO LATER THAN NOON ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7th. Gifts for PADS will continue to be collected into December.

Over 300 gifts go to needy children, youth, and adults in our township and across the Northern Illinois Conference. We hope that you will be able to help.

All Saints Day

Sunday, November 7, 2010

All Saints DayWe will honor our recently deceased members, or relatives, of the congregation on Sunday, November 7 at all three services; 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00am. Where available, their pictures will be shown on a screen as the names are read.

Bible SundaySunday, October 24, 2010

October 24 is Bible Sunday. All current 3rd graders will be receiving their Bibles during the 9:30 service. We are encouraging all members, joining in worship that day, to bring their 3rd grade Bibles or favorite Bible from home. Join us in celebrating this wonderful church tradition.

Thursday Evening Bible Study

Starting Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Thursday Evening Bible Study will begin October 21, meeting from 6:30-7:30pm in Room 202. We will be studying the Gospel of John. All teens and adults are welcome. No weekly preparation is required.

Pastor Greta will guide the study.

Methodism comes to America
The Bristol Connection

David Worthington

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
6:30pm Dinner - 7:00pm Presentation

David Worthington, manager of The New Room/ John Wesley’s Chapel (the oldest Methodist Chapel in the world!) and Charles Wesley’s House will telli the amazing story of John Wesley's ministry in Bristol, England, which began in 1739 and continues today.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

This year is the 25th anniversary of the South DuPage CROP Hunger Walk, a 5 walk in support of the international programs of Church World Service (CWS) and local charities, such as our own PADS site. CWS works in more than 80 countries - combating hunger and helping to provide tools of hope that empower people to meet their own needs.

Please join us in helping to alleviate hunger and poverty throughout the world. You can obtain a donation envelope from the sign-up desk in the Parlor on Sundays.

  • PLACE: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Grant & Main
  • TIME: Registration at 1:30pm - Walk at 2pm.

If you cannot walk, please sponsor someone who can. Our senior, associate and youth pastors are all walking this year. You can sponsor them online using the links below.

| Sponsor or join the DGFUMC team |

Sweet Repeat Resale

October 15 & 16, 2010

Clothes resaleCome and shop for clothing, housewares, jewelry, books, etc. Drop into the Sweets 'n Such Café for coffee and homebaked treats. All proceeds benefit the United Methodist Women missions that help women and children around the world.

Sale Times

  • Friday, October 15th, 9am-2pm & 5pm-8pm
  • Saturday, October 16th 10am-12pm: $3 Bag Sale


Gently used items can be dropped off in the church's Fellowship Hall from 9am to 2pm, Monday thru Wednesday, October 11th–13th, and from 5pm to 8pm, Tuesday thru Wednesday, October 12th–13th. Receipts for tax purposes will be available.

Starting September 12, 2010

A new season of the Sunday School for adults, Foundations, will start on September 12 at 9:30am in Room 213. We are hoping that it will be "a place to share, explore and inspire."

Sept. 12: Religion and Culture in American Society
Led by Fred Conger, who served as Senior Pastor at FUMC for 20 years.
Sept. 19: Language as a Social Justice Issue
Led by Donna Adler, who pursues both public interest and for-profit legal work in the areas of immigration and nationality law, labor and employment law, and combines her theological interests with her legal background in the arena of social justice. She received her B.A. in Linguistics in 1981, her J.D. in 1984, her M.A. in Divinity in 1993, her M.A. in Philosophical and Systematic Theology in 1997, and her Ph.D. in Philosophical and Systematic Theology in 2002.
Sept. 26: Understanding the Dark Side of Capitalism
Led by Dr. Adler.
Oct. 3: Stages of Social Development: Cultural Dynamics that Spark Violence, Spread Prosperity, an Shape Globalization.
John Gillham received his divinity degree froLed by John Gillham, who received his divinity degree from Yale in 1961 and served as a Pastor until he retired in 2001.

To honor the 175th Anniversary of First United Methodist Church of Downers Grove and its commitment to community outreach, Second Sunday Quilters present:

Project 175Q

To make and distribute 175 handmade quilts to members of our community who are in need or in distress
By November 1, 2011
By giving quilts to private and community organizations who work with those in need.
What You Can Do
  1. Make a crib, child or lap quilt to donate to the project (download pattern below)
  2. Make a quilt top that SSQ can finish - Tops must be finished by September 4, 2011 (download guidelines below)
  3. Donate quilting cotton or batting to SSQ
  4. Donate 6 1/2 inch quilting cotton squares to SSQ
  5. Contribute toward the purchase of fabric and batting

Contact Kay Frank or Julie Stone if you have any questions. Donations may be dropped off at the church office.

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In the midst of global economic uncertainty, Faith and Your Money is a timely forum that you don't want to miss. Led by theological educator and author, Ched Myers, Faith and Your Money will explore the ways we invest, spend, give, and yes, even waste our money.

Myers will lead us in a thought-provoking discussion about Jesus' teachings and the urgent need to act for local and global economic justice. Divided into three distinct sessions, beginning Friday evening with Jesus, Money and Justice and culminating with the Sunday morning sermon, Myers will enlighten and challenge us as we explore our beliefs and habits about money.

Don't miss this opportunity to evaluate your own perception of money and what it means to make socially responsible investments in both our local and global communities.

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DuPage United Delegate Assembly

Come to learn, listen, relate, and celebrate

7:30-9:00pm, Thursday, October 7

DuPage United is a non-partisan "Organization of Organizations." Individuals participate through organizations to which they belong. Current member organizations include congregations, synagogues, mosques, education associations, and civic organizations. At this evening's event, held at DGFUMC, there are three items on the agenda:

  • DuPage county board chairman candidates Carole Cheney and Dan Cronin will answer questions.
  • DuPage United Listening Action Report on priority issues identified by DuPage United member institutions.
  • Updates on other DuPage United actions: Water commission, College of DuPage, local housing, 10% is enough!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Missions Work Area has reserved 30 places on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 9:00am at Feed My Starving Children, in Aurora, IL. For those of you not familiar with FMSC, they are a non profit organization who's mission is: "Feeding God's Starving Children Hungry in Body and Spirit." It is a very fulfilling and rewarding experience to give the gift of your time to this organization.

FMSC is located at 555 Exchange Court, Aurora, IL 60504. Last year some people car pooled together, and some went directly to the site. If you would like to join us for this event please contact the church office (630-968-7120) with your name and number of people you will be bringing. We look forward to seeing you at this event!

Thank you, Jim Gracey

Starting October, 2010

We are called to be compassionate as our God is compassionate (Luke 6:36). What does the compassion of Christ look like in the modern world? How do I become a more compassionate person? The JustFaith program is an intensive thirty-week program that helps to answer these questions through reflection, study, prayer and community.

Information sessions will be held in September for daytime and evening groups starting mid-October. Contact the church office (630-968-7120) or Claire Marich for details.

UMW General Meeting

Thursday, September 30, 2010

UMWThe next General Meeting of the United Methodist Women is Thursday, September 30th, 2010. There will be a lunch at noon in Chapel Hall followed by the program. Julie Stone and Verla Boyle will present a program titled Creating A Sacred Space based on what they learned at the Northern Illinois Conference UMW spiritual retreat last year. You do not have to be a UMW member to attend. Hostesses will be Mary Elizabeth Circle and Ruth Circle.

Put September 30th on your calendar and plan to spend a couple hours with the United Methodist Women.

Methodist Open Golf Outing

Saturday, September 25, 2010

GolferJoin us for our combined Men's and Women's "Annual Golf Outing." We will have all sorts of fun prizes for golfers of all abilities. You may also wish to invite some of your friends to join us as your guests.

The outing will be held at the Downers Grove Golf Club, with tee-off times beginning at 1:00pm. The Registration Fee, which includes green fees and prize fund, is $25 per person.

Deadline for registration is Thursday, September 16th. You may drop off or mail your registration, payable to Bruce Swanson, to the church office at: First United Methodist Church, 1032 Maple Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515 Attn: Bruce Swanson. Registration forms are available in the church office.

Rally Day

Sunday, September 12, 2010

On Rally Day, we celebrate the return to the Fall, Winter, and Spring schedule of three services at 8:15am, 9:30am, and 11:00am, and the resumption of regular Sunday School at the two later services.

Sunday School

On September 12th, we will be starting a new year of Sunday School. Every child is welcome to attend and we encourage all parents to come and register their children on Rally Day.

Work Area Fair

At 10:30am and noon, there will be a fair in the Gym so that you can see what your church work areas are doing!

Rally Day Lunch

At noon, everyone is invited to come to the Gym to enjoy lunch together. The menu will be hot dogs, fries, fruit, cookies and lemonade. The cost will be $4/adult and $2/child (12 and under). Please sign up in the Parlor or by calling the Church Office by September 5th.

Rally Day Movie

We will finish the day with a movie at the Tivoli. Everyone that attends church and/or Sunday school on Rally Day will receive a free ticket to the movie How to Train Your Dragon that will be shown at 1:30pm. Each child (12 and under) will also receive a coupon for a kid pack (box with popcorn and drink). The concession stand will also be open for anyone wanting to purchase snacks. The doors open at the Tivoli at 1:00pm.

Lend A Hand!

Church-Wide Day of Service

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Lend A Hand!Church and Society, Missions, and Environmental Stewardship Work Areas invite everyone to join in a church-wide Day of Service 8 to noon, Saturday, September 11th, at one of four sites.

People's Resource Center
At People's Resource Center in Westmont, volunteers will serve as "personal shoppers" for PRC clients, guiding them through the food pantry. Others will stock shelves, help clients find parking, or push carts to and from cars. Children 10 and up are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Contact Julie Stone for more information.
(12 Volunteers needed)
Downers Grove Park District
Help improve our local natural resources! From 9 to noon, at a site to be announced the week before, volunteers can help tidy up a local park. Families welcome! Youths 9 to 18 years old are welcome with an adult. All workers should bring gardening gloves, and will need to sign a waiver. Volunteers under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver. Contact Tom Roose with questions.
(15 volunteers needed)
Friendship letter writing
Volunteers will write letters to FUMC members who cannot make it to church, reminding them that they are with us, and we are with them. If your child is a budding artist, this is an event for them! 9 to noon in the parlor.
(7 adults + children needed)
Child Serv
Lend a hand with Fall lawn and garden cleanup and spring bulb planting! Please bring garden gloves and hand tools. Volunteers at this site, a youth home on Highland Ave. in DG, near the Tivoli Theater, must be at least 18 years old.
(6 volunteers needed)

Sign-up sheets will be available before and after services. Please lend a hand in community service!

Wash and Worship

9th Annual Youth Car Wash

August 15, 2010

Bucket and spongeThe 9th Annual Youth Car Wash will take place again on Sunday, August 15, from 8am to 11:30am.

Cost: ANY donation

Proceeds to support the Youth Mission and Chapel Choir.

Young-at-Heart Riverboat Cruise

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Young at HeartThis group of senior adults plans to carpool to St. Charles on Wednesday, August 11th and take a Paddlewheel Riverboat Cruise. During the cruise a chicken dinner will be served buffet style. We will gather in the church parking lot at 10:45am and carpool to Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles. The Cruise will be from Noon to 1:30pm. The cost will be $25.00 per person.

Sign up is in the Parlor on Sunday mornings or by calling Marilou Welch at church (630.968.7120). Come and join the fun and fellowship.

Pakistan Floods

All of us have seen the news reports showing the devastation caused by heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan. It is estimated that over 14 million people have been affected with over 1600 deaths. As the floods have spread southwards down the Indus River, a population already afflicted by poverty and ravaged by conflict is now battling homelessness and water-borne disease.

Please consider supporting the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) who are on the ground providing clean drinking water, food, temporary shelter, and medical aid. They are working in conjunction with the Church of Pakistan, Church World Service, and GlobalMedic.

Beyond flood and natural catastrophe,
we ask for peace and daily bread
for the impoverished people of the Swat Valley
— people who again are without homes,
who again face the future with empty hands,
so soon after last year's war, bloodshed.
A prayer of petition offered by the German NGO Bread for the World, translation by Jim Dwyer

| Donate to UMCOR Pakistan Emergency Relief |

Vacation Bible School

July 27-29, 2010: 9am-Noon

At the Galactic Blast Vacation Bible School, your children will gain a new perspective on our planet Earth, and learn easy "green" earth tips they can practice at home. Children will continue to build their faith while having fun!

Children entering Kindergarten through 6th grade
Cost: $10/child or $25/family with 3 or more children

Please consider volunteering to help; it's fun and the children love having their parents there.

| Registration Form (PDF) |

Our New Facebook Page

Stay Connected!

We have a new Facebook page that will be used by the staff to provide the most up-to-date news from the church. You don't have to be a Facebook member to view it, but we encourage all those who are to click the Facebook Like button so that they can contribute to the online community. Please note that this is not the "group" that was set up a few months ago. The group will no longer be maintained so, if you belonged to it, please take a moment to join ("like") the new page.

For those who prefer tweets, we also have a new Twitter page. News posts to the Facebook page are automatically posted there as well.

Welcome the New Pastors!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

On Sunday, July 4, we will be welcoming our new senior pastors, Rev. Jim and Greta McDonald, to First UMC in a reception in the Fellowship Hall following the 10am service (Note: there will be only one service). Please join us in celebrating the start of their new ministry with us.

Rev. Jim & Greta McDonald

Greta McDonaldJim McDonaldThe Reverends Jim and Greta McDonald have been married since 1977, and each of them has 34 years of pastoral experience. Jim grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He received his BA with a double major in Sociology and History from the University of Manitoba. Greta grew up in northern Illinois, graduated from Dixon High School, received a BS in Communications-Journalism from the University of Illinois at Champaign, and served in 1974-75 as a part-time Senior High youth minister at Downers Grove First UMC.

Greta and Jim met at Iliff School of Theology, a United Methodist seminary in Denver, Colorado, where they both received Masters of Divinity degrees. Following seminary, Jim served the Hanover, Illinois UMC 8 years while Greta served the Elizabeth, Illinois UMC. They were both appointed as associate pastors to Libertyville UMC, where they served for 13½ years. For the past 11 years, they have served as co-pastors of the New Lenox UMC.

They have two adult children. Their daughter, Danica, is a pediatric intensive care nurse at Hope Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn. Her husband, Dave Johnson, is a middle school teacher at Hinsdale, and they are parents of a 20-month old son, Kellen. Danica and her family live in New Lenox (guess what Greta's and Jim's favorite hobby is these days!). Their son, Colin, is completing his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree, at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Graduation CapCollege Scholarships

Deadline: July 1, 2010

College students and High School graduates may apply for The First United Methodist Church of Downers Grove Scholarships. Each applicant must be a member of the choir or youth program. All applications are due by July 1, 2010.

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Summer Camp

Wesley Woods, June 28-July 2, 2010

What Is A Hero?

In the movies and fairy tales, heroes are those who leap tall buildings in a single bound, save damsels in distress, or thwart the powers of evil in climactic, spectacular battles. However, being a hero for God is different, although not nearly as dramatic.

In this year's summer camp, campers will consider the ways in which being a hero for God takes courage and bravery, requiring them to step out in faith and take risks for the sake of others. Being a hero calls them to trust God to use what they can offer and to equip them for welcoming, befriending, including, giving, rejoicing, and sharing the good news. Campers will leave camp knowing that it takes more courage and faith to be one of God's heroes than it takes to simply leap off tall buildings in a single bound!

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Wash and Worship

9th Annual Youth Car Wash

June 26 & 27, 2010

Bucket and spongeThe 9th Annual Youth Car Wash will take place on Saturday, June 26, from 10am to 2pm and Sunday, June 27, from 8am to 11:30am.

Cost: ANY donation

Proceeds to support the Youth Mission and Chapel Choir.

Ice Cream SundaeFather's Day

Ice Cream Sundae

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Join the Membership Development Work Area for our Annual Father's Day Ice Cream Social!

This year it will be combined with the Farewell Reception for Tom and Gayle Ostrander on June 20 in Fellowship Hall at 11:00 am. Enjoy free ice cream which will be served with a piece of delicious cake. Bring the entire family for ice cream!

FarewellFarewell to Our Pastors

Sundays, June 20 & 27, 2010

Rev. Tom Ostrander's last Sunday with us will be on June 20th and Rev. Jonathan Dean's last Sunday with us will be on June 27th. Staff Parish will be sponsoring a farewell reception after both services in Fellowship Hall on both Sundays. Please plan on joining Tom and Jonathan on their respective day and wish them well.

Young-at-Heart Miniature Golf

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Young at HeartYoung At Heart will be enjoying the great outdoors when we will travel to McCollum Park Miniature Golf Course, 6801 S. Main Street, Downers Grove, to play miniature golf on Wednesday, June 9th. Play begins at 11:00am. Cost is $3.00 per person. Afterwards we will have a buffet lunch at Home Run Inn, 7521 Lemont Rd., Darien. Each person attending will pay for their own meal which will be approximately $11.00 for the buffet. This includes tax, tip and one drink.

Sign up is in the Parlor on Sunday mornings or by calling Marilou Welch at church (630.968.7120). Come and join the fun and fellowship.

On Thundering Wings

by Ermalou Roller

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Ermalou RollerOn Thundering Wings by Ermalou Roller has just been published and on June 6th from 11:15am to 12:30pm the Adult Education Work Area will be sponsoring a book signing, discussion, and question and answer period. Coffee and rolls will be served.

On Thundering Wings: Homosexuality, Love and the Church on Trial by Ermalou Roller has just been published. In 1999, Roller’s life intersected with that of Greg Dell, a Methodist minister put on trial by the church for performing union ceremonies for gay members of his congregation. The trial was held in the sanctuary of First UMC of Downers Grove. As Dell's colleague, Roller began to see and to write about the connection between his public ordeal and her own personal trials.

Books will be available for purchase in the office beginning Sunday, May 30th. Roller retired eight years ago from active ministry as a pastor in the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church where she served for 25 years.

Wacky Wednesdays

June 9 to August 18, 2010

The Children & Family Work Area is excited to announce a new summer program for children going into 1st grade through 6th grade called Wacky Wednesdays! The mission of this program is to bring children together for a lot of fun and a good message. Every child is welcome. Invite your children, grandchildren, children in your neighborhood, and children of friends---ALL CHILDREN ARE WELCOME! The program will meet from 6:30 to 8:00 and there is NO cost!


June 9: School is out…let's party!
A Hawaiian Dance! Coach Josh from the park district will be our DJ for the evening. Wear your fun Hawaiian clothes and come ready to party.
June 16: The 2010 Downers Grove Summer Olympics
Come play some fun games, get some exercise and maybe win a gold medal!
June 23: Family Night at the Fire House
Kids of all ages along with their parents/grandparents/guardians are invited to go on a trip to the new firehouse on Main Street. We will meet at the church and walk to the firehouse together.
July 7: Magic Show and Carnival
Magic Matt will be doing a magic show and then making balloons animals for us. There will also be many carnival type games with prizes and yummy treats!
July 14: Mystery Night!
Come to be surprised with a fun evening!
July 21: Family Night and Water Fun
Kids of all ages along with their parents/grandparents/guardians are invited to the church for an evening of fellowship and some fun with water. There will be a dunk tank with Pastor John in it along with other fun water games.
August 4: A Roundup
Every child attending is invited to wear a hat—any kind of hat (if you have a cheese hat – wear it). JD Allen from Minnesota, a cowboy singing guitar player, will be leading our program called "Hats On – Hats Off." The evening will conclude with a campfire and smores!
August 11: An Evening of Storytelling with Oba William King
Mr. King has been a storyteller on the Polar Express event through the park district. All kids will enjoy his great stories!
August 18: Family Night and Picnic
We will have the grill cooking hotdogs and hamburgers. All you have to do is bring a salad or dessert to share. There will be picnic games. Kids of all ages along with their parents/ grandparents/guardians are invited to an end-of-summer picnic!

There is no registration necessary! Come to one Wednesday OR come to them all — Whatever fits your schedule! For more information, contact John Smoke (630-968-7120).

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A New Pictorial Directory

May 25-28 & June 15-19, 2010

Did you know that in 2011 we will mark the 175th anniversary of our church? To kick off our celebration, we are producing a new pictorial directory. That means we need you to get your picture taken.

Lifetouch will be here from May 25th through 28th and June 15th through 19th to take photographs. For every family that has its picture taken, Lifetouch will donate the cost of four meals to the People's Resource Center. In addition, if you bring in a donation to the food pantry when you get photographed, you will get a discount on your order. All participants will receive a complimentary 8 by 10 photo and a copy of the directory.

You can sign up online using the link below, or look out for our sign-up tables on Sunday mornings in the Parlor to make your appointment.

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Chancel Choir

Spring Ring XVIII

Bells on Parade

7:00pm Sunday evening, May 23

The Chancel Ringers
The Westminster Handbell Ensemble

There will be no rain on our handbell parade
Only vibrant rainbows of bell colors!

The Ringers of First United Methodist Church lead us through a rainbow of beautiful bell colors, from Rutter's Angels' Carol to J. S. Bach's My Spirit Be Joyful, Havah Nagilah to The Waltz from Serenade for Strings by Tschaikovsky. William Payn's Visions, Leroy Anderson's rollicking Bugler's Holiday as well as All-American Hometown Band will be featured.

Tickets are $7 in advance; $9 at the door and are available in the Parlor between services or in the church office during the week. Child care is provided.

Will you join us for the festivities? Be sure to buy early. Please call the church 630-968-7120.

FUMC Quartet Concert

Sunday, May 16, 2010

FUMC QuartetThe FUMC Men's Quartet comprised of Ward Feste, Brett Goad, Scott Hudson, and Mark Kostelny will perform their second benefit concert for Bridge Communities on Sunday, May 16th, at 2:30pm with a reception to follow. Tickets are $7 in advance (on sale in the Parlor on Sunday mornings) and $9 at the door.

All proceeds will go to Bridge Communities, an organization devoted to helping homeless families achieve long-term self-sufficiency. The concert will feature both sacred and secular tunes as only our Quartet can do them. An afternoon of wonderful music is guaranteed. Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 16th!

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine:
Grant them eternal rest, O Lord,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.
and may light eternal shine upon them.

Completed in 1985, Requiem by John Rutter is a musical adaptation of the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass. This favorite of the choral repertoire is characterized by lyrical melodies and dissonant harmonies. Requiem contains seven movements in both English and Latin, each with its own distinctive sound; from somber funeral mass to the six-winged seraphim in the heavenly throne-room of God. Arise, Shine and A Clare Benediction, also by Rutter, will complete the musical offering.

Performed by the Chancel Choir in 1994, the group is pleased to revisit this musical treasure on its twenty-fifth year. These performances will be directed by Diane Hires accompanied by an ensemble of flute (member Chris Dortwegt), oboe, cello, harp, glockenspiel, timpani (frequent guest Justin Kono), and organ (organist Pattie Barnes.)

Please come to enjoy this wonderful music … and bring friends!


Christmas Eve

December 24, 2010

Service of Christmas Peace

December 19, 2010

A Piece of Peace

December 19, 2010

Chapel Choir Christmas Concert

December 12, 2010

Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata

December 5, 2010

Hanging of the Greens

November 20, 2010

All Church Charge Conference

November 14, 2010

Giving Tree

November 14, 2010

All Saints Day

November 4, 2010

Bible Sunday

October 24, 2010

Thursday Evening Bible Study

October 21, 2010

David Worthington

October 19, 2010

CROP Hunger Walk

October 17, 2010

Sweet Repeat Resale

October 15, 2010


October 12, 2010

Project 175Q

October 11, 2010

Ched Myers

October 8, 2010

DuPage United Candidate Forum

October 7, 2010

Feed My Starving Children

October 2, 2010

Just Faith

October 1, 2010

UMW General Meeting

September 30, 2010

Methodist Open Golf Outing

September 25, 2010

Rally Day

September 12, 2010

Lend A Hand!

September 11, 2010

9th Annual Youth Car Wash

August 15, 2010

Young-at-Heart Riverboat Cruise

August 11, 2010

Pakistan Floods

July 27, 2010

Vacation Bible School

July 27, 2010

DGFUMC's New Facebook Page

July 25, 2010

Welcome the New Pastors!

July 4, 2010

College Scholarships

July 1, 2010

Summer Camp

June 28, 2010

9th Annual Youth Car Wash

June 26, 2010

Father's Day Ice Cream Social

June 20, 2010

Farewell to Our Pastors

June 20, 2010

Young-at-Heart Golf

June 9, 2010

On Thundering Wings

June 6, 2010

Wacky Wednesdays

June 6, 2010

Picture Directory

May 25, 2010

Spring Ring XVIII

May 23, 2010

FUMC Quartet Concert

May 16, 2010

Rutter Requiem

May 2, 2010

Interfaith Movie Discussion

April 25, 2010

Believe Out Loud

April 24, 2010

Children's Cantata

April 18, 2010

Creation Care 2010

April 17, 2010

Young-at-Heart Bingo

April 14, 2010

Wednesday Faith Forum

April 14, 2010

Chapel Choir Post-Tour Concert

April 11, 2010

Foundations: Mary Magdalene

April 11, 2010

Free Throw Shooting Contest

April 10, 2010

Holy Week

March 28, 2010

Chapel Choir Spring Break tour

March 27, 2010

Mother-Daughter Tea

March 20, 2010

FBG: Alias Grace

March 18, 2010

Geothermal Systems

March 14, 2010

YAH: Buddhist Temple

March 10, 2010

Midwest Mission Distribution Center

March 10, 2010

Rev. Grace Imathiu

March 6, 2010

Interfaith Book Discussion

February 28, 2010

Winging Our Way to Philly

February 28, 2010

My Search for Messiah

February 28, 2010

Lenten Courses

February 24, 2010

2nd Annual Variety Show

February 20, 2010

Ash Wednesday

February 17, 2010

NIU Soup and Sandwich Supper

February 17, 2010

Administrative Council

February 14, 2010

Building Dedication Sunday

January 24, 2010

Fiction Book Group

January 21, 2010

Friday Night at the Movies

January 15, 2010

YAH: Sing Them Over Again

January 13, 2010

Wednesday Faith Forum

January 13, 2010

Haiti Earthquake

January 12, 2010


January 10, 2010

Leadership Training

January 6, 2010

Preschool Registration

January 5, 2010

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