Chapel Choir

Chapel Choir Tour 2012 - New York City

Chapel Choir 2011

The 41st Annual Chapel Choir Spring Break Tour will take place March 24-31, with New York City as the destination. The title of this year’s musical mission trip, “Outside My Own Little World,” will feature music about faith, hope, compassion and those around us who are less fortunate. A total of 41 youth and seven adults will participate.

Directed by Chad Goetz and accompanied by Bobbi Mielcarski, the choir will have the unique opportunity to perform at and tour the United Nations headquarters while in New York City. They will also ride the Staten Island Ferry, visit the 9/11 Memorial, attend a Broadway show, take a Behind the Scenes tour of NBC Studios and do other sightseeing.

They will present a pre-tour concert on Sunday, March 18 at First Church of the Nazarene in Lemont at 7:00 p.m. and two home concerts on Sunday, April 1 at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.

The Chapel Choir is very appreciative of the continued support provided by members of this church.

41st Chapel Choir Annual Spring Break Tour

Sunday, March 18 – Pre-Tour Concert
First Church of the Nazarene
12725 Bell Road
Lemont, IL

Saturday, March 24
Hope Ridge UMC
Mentor, OH

Sunday, March 25
Sing at Mentor UMC 9:00 worship service
Mentor, OH

Overnight and evening performance at
St. Paul’s UMC
State College, PA

Monday, March 26
Chatham UMC
Chatham, NJ

Tuesday, March 27 – Wednesday, March 28
Staying at Holiday Inn Manhattan
New York City

Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 6:00am

Thanks from the Chapel Choir

Thanks to the 137 people who came to the Mongolian Grill on Jan. 31st in support of the Chapel Choir. A total of $868 was raised between the $3 donation per plate from the restaurant and the generous tips left by patrons. Sincere appreciation is also expressed to our six guest grillers: Joette Conger, Chad Goetz, JJ Mannschreck, Bobbi Mielcarski, Rev. Jim McDonald, and Bruce Ritter.

Chapel Choir Fundraiser at B.D.'s Mongolian Grill!

bd Mongolian GrillCome help support the DGFUMC Youth Ministries program at Mongolian Grill in Bolingbrook on January 31st, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

It's easy! Just tell your server that you are there for the DGFUMC Fundraiser and youth ministry will get $3 per person.

This event will feature 5 Guest Grillers from DGFUMC! The Guest Grillers will prepare your food just like the pros! Please bring extra money to tip your favorite Griller as all tips generated are ours!

Proceeds will help fund the 41st Chapel Choir Tour to New York City, March 24th - 31st.

So, bring your friends, family, and anyone that enjoys a good meal and wants to support our Chapel Choir!

B.D.'s Mongolian Grill
619 E. Boughton Rd. Suite 150, Bolingbrook, IL, 60440
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 3:00pm

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.

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Christmas Eve Services

Christmas Eve Services

Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 4:00pm

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.

Chapel Choir Christmas Concert CDs

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

Chapel Choir Christmas Concert

Follow the Light

Join the DGFUMC's high school choir, led by Chad Goetz, on Sunday, December 11, as they celebrate Advent with sounds of the season.

Tickets are $7 each, available from the church office, from members of the Chapel Choir, or at the door.

First United Methodist Church Sanctuary
Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 7:00pm

Choir Dedication Sunday

Angel, Cherub, Chorister, Connection, Chapel and Chancel choirs will all join voices in the 9:30 and 11:00 services for Choir Dedication Sunday. Choir members and parents will receive specific instructions from their directors regarding rehearsals. Please come to celebrate the wonderful music legacy we enjoy in our church. Combined choirs will be featured on “How Can I Keep From Singing”, arranged by Gwyneth Walker, and Chapel and Chancel choirs will join efforts on “Dona Nobis Pacem” by Giulio Caccini.

Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 9:30am


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