Stewardship for 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc in our
lives and most definitely in our personal economics.
Many have lost loved ones and jobs, while others had to deal
with isolation and depression. In the midst of it all,
the church has continued to be the place of solace and
stability to keep us grounded and to be the witness to
the community of our faith.
Thank you for
being a part of the ongoing ministry of this church.
You are invited to renew your commitment to join us in
2120 by completing the Estimate of Giving
Form (by following this link) as our church family continues its work for
justice and peace in this community.
again for your faithfulness in the past and we look forward
to you joining us in the future.
Food Pantry Needs Your Help
demand has virtually doubled over the past eight
months, and as the holidays are approaching, we are
seeing the need rise again. Help pack the Pantry
and provide nourishment for our neighbors in need
by bringing holiday food items and toys to one of our
socially distanced drop-off sites.
TUE., NOVEMBER 17
- 4:30 PM
THR., NOVEMBER 19
pm - 7:00 pm
THRS., NOVEMBER 19
E. Benton Ave.
- 4:00 PM
FRI., NOVEMBER 20
Sunrise Rotary Club
Chicago Ave. (Naper
- 10:00 am
SAT., NOVEMBER 21
- Athletic Recreation Center
S. Janes Ave.
am - Noon
practice safe social distancing during this drive.
The donation hours allow for a minimum of people to
be at the drop-off location at any one time and all
drop-off locations are outdoors in the parking lot.
Look for the HARVEST WEEK DONATE HERE lawn signs.
MOST NEEDED ITEMS
New Toys (age 0-12
years) | New Books | Turkeys & Hams |
Boxed Stuffing | Boxed Potatoes | Canned or
Instant Gravy | Cranberries / Cranberry Sauce
| Pumpkin Pie filling & other dessert
mixes | Other Holiday food items
Monetary donations are also
greatly needed and appreciated. For every
$5.00 donation, we can secure the equivalent
of 20 meals for those we serve. Click here to donate.
THE BIBLE FOR
CURIOUS PEOPLE - ON ZOOM
Join us Tuesday mornings at 10:30am on Zoom as
we explore the book of Ester.
Assignment for Tuesday, November 17th:
Esther chapters 9-10, plus any introduction your bible
—Why isn’t chapter 8 the end of the story? Do
you wish it did end there?
—What do you make of the repeated emphasis on the Jews
“taking no plunder”?
—Based on these last two chapters, who is more honored,
Mordecai or Esther? Why?
In repose to
the COVID-19 outbreak this class is meeting online through
Zoom on Tuesday mornings at 10:30AM. Please contact Pastor
Dave (firstname.lastname@example.org) to join the conversation. It is a great way to
stay connected and all are welcome.
No prior bible reading or knowledge or expertise
needed. No question is dumb and no one is forced to read the
bible in one particular way. We will all learn as we go along
exploring what the text says, what it leaves unsaid, what
history and tradition tell us about the text, and how our own
experience influences our reading.
WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY ON ZOOM
The Wednesday Bible study class is taking a
couple of weeks off. The advent study will start
on December 2nd and will be: Almost Christmas (A
Wesleyan Advent Experience) by Magrey deVega, Matt Rawle, April
McIntyre. If you want to be a part of the
Wednesday class or are having trouble purchasing the book,
please contact Pastor Danita.
Youth Ministry Fall of 2020
All 7th-12th grade students are welcome to join
our Youth Group Zoom this
Sunday, November 15th starting at 1:30pm. Contact
Pastor Dave for the Zoom link. Sunday’s at 1:30pm is the
weekly meeting time with which we are experimenting as we
continue to adjust to life in the midst of the pandemic.
Save the date for our next special event: Sleep out Saturday,
December 5-6th. 8:00pm-10:00am. More specific details soon.
WUMC has started a PUZZLE EXCHANGE.
Every puzzle deserves a second, third, or even
fourth shot. Let’s share the wealth!
There is a bin on the northwest side of the
building labelled "Puzzle Exchange" by the north
narthex doors for easy exchange anytime you would like.
Bring a puzzle. Take a puzzle. Please make sure
that the bin is closed properly.
School teachers would like to make sure that it is okay to
drop off a craft or small lesson at your home
sometimes. Please contact the church
office if you do not want to be included (or if you
want to be sure that you are included). Arrangements
can also be made to pick up something from the church office.
Hiring! WUMC actively seeking Music Director
Our Director of Music provides leadership,
direction and supervision of its entire music ministry of the
church, including playing the piano and/or organ for
worship services. If you or someone you know is
interested in the position — and for the complete job
description — please contact the church: email@example.com.
on Disposable Masks
Council on Finance and Administration has partnered with a
vetted company, On The Go Masks to provide discounts for
churches and the company is extending the discount
to individuals as well. Please see the flyer attached here for more information.
Rooms for November - December are in. Contact the church office or call 630.968.6050 if you would like a
copy. There are a few available in the mailbox.
Prayer with Upper Room
Prayer with The Upper Room via Facebook
every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11 a.m. (CT).
These guided prayer experiences are archived so you may join
them at your convenience if you miss it live.
Due to the
continuing pandemic, DuPage Pads will not be using Downers
Grove FUMC or any church to house Pads guests until late
2021. They will continue to hotel guests at the
guidance of the DuPage Health Department for both the Pads
guests and the volunteers’ safety.
DuPage Pads has enough funds to house 70 hotel rooms through
March 31, 2021. Their goal is 115 hotel rooms
(approximately 150 guests) per night. Each hotel room
is approximately $45 a night which requires them to raise
approximately $450,000. Additional federal government
funding is uncertain at the moment.
Cold weather has arrived, and people are still very much in
need. There are several ways you can help:
and Toiletry Donations: Please consider
donating essential items
using this link using curbside drop off boxes
located in the DuPage PADS parking lot of 703 W. Liberty
Wheaton, IL 60187. Drop off hours are Monday-Friday
8:00am-8:00pm and Saturday-Sunday 8:00am-4:00pm. Please
do not leave donations outside of the scheduled times,
especially food items overnight.
Donations: A special fund has been set up for
this purpose. PADS is working hard to maintain and add
additional housing in hotels for guests, as well as
provide them with food. This requires significant
financial resources to sustain this long term.
Visit the PADS website here and look at the very top for the
link to donate.
Food or Monetary Donations to DGFUMC: First United
Methodist in Downers Grove is collecting microwave meals
to bring to PADS guests starting November 5th.
Microwave meals may be brought to the church Monday thru
Friday 10am-1pm and monetary donations can be made on
the church website dgfumc.org using the Giving tab. The
church is located at 1032 Maple Avenue in Downers Grove.
call or email Larry
Cash with questions at
MIDWEST MISSION DRIVE
has gotten to the point where they are in great need of a
collection. The churches (Grace UMC of Naperville) have
agreed to do a collection to help get in-kind supplies and
donations to Midwest Mission. They are running into the
issue of not being able to buy certain supplies in bulk due
to shortages and need help with securing the in-kind
November 1st: the four most urgent
detergent, dish soap, household cleaner, and toothpaste)
but people are welcome to bring anything Midwest Mission
takes except for bikes and sewing machines at this time due
to a backlog. Grace UMC is one of the collection sites.
Midwest Mission realizes that during this pandemic some
people may not feel comfortable shopping for supplies but
still have the desire to give. Monetary donations are always
welcome and can still be made physically at collection sites
or online at their website. Please see attached
flyer more information.
November Outreach Offering:
of Life Ministry
Lakota in South Dakota are the poorest racial group in the
USA. They are forced to live in unhealthy dwellings, which is
coupled with acute poverty marked by 80% unemployment. The
people lack access to a proper diet and suffer from high
alcoholism rates and suicide rates as high as eight times the
national average. In 1985, Tree of Life Ministry was created
to provide free repairs to the homes of impoverished
families. This ministry has grown from repairing three homes
to 50+ homes each summer. The ministry added a food pantry so
that no child would go to bed hungry. The meal program
developed into a Food Pantry that grew from assisting 25
families a week to 1,000 families each week. They also
participate with the tribe in special programs, such as
remedial reading, dental-care, eyeglasses program,
nurse-care, suicide prevention, and alcohol recovery.
Tree of Life Ministry has worked hard to overcome the
negative attitudes held between cultures, and has become a
respected Christian voice among the Lakota people that
continues recruiting and training Native Americans to serve
in the ministry to their people, and to provide future
uninterrupted leadership in this mission.
Retired American Flag Recycling
Woodridge UMC now
has an American flag recycling box thanks to the Eagle
Scout Project of Jack Kulaga. Bring all your old
American flags to church and put them in the box now located
in Bonfal Hall. When the box starts to get full, the
Woodridge VFW Post will be contacted, and they will collect
and decommission the flags.
Discipleship Task Force invites laity or clergy who enjoy
writing to submit a devotion (250 words), including a
Bible verse and prayer. Share what is on your heart with
the NIC by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aurora District Lay Leader Virtual Meetings
will be monthly Aurora District Lay Leader meetings on the
Third Thursday of every month at 7 pm through December. "See" you there! If you are a lay
leader and cannot make a meeting, invite another lay person
from your church to attend. These meetings are not just for
official lay leaders but any lay person who is a leader in a
church! Your Zoom video conferencing invitation will be sent
by Leola Tucker (email@example.com). Contact Leola if you would like to join.
Booklet For Times Like These from Our Conference
about anything? That’s pretty hard to do these days! Yet it
is when we pray that we are able to pour our hearts and minds
out to God. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March,
the NIC Discipleship Task Force asked clergy and laity to
submit daily prayers, which were shared on the conference
social media sites and website. Those prayers have been
assembled into an online booklet, "Times Like These –
Prayers of the People," for your reflection and
Click here to view the booklet online
Click here to download
with the Northern Illinois Conference
The Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) staff,
with the assistance of the NIC Communications team and the
NIC Office of Congregational Development and
Redevelopment, are producing online learning sessions
via Zoom on Thursdays
at either 10 am or 1 pm with practical
information on how to do a variety of ministries during the
COVID-19 outbreak. There are also archived training sessions
available for viewing such as Intentional Discipleship, How is Your
Soul and financial helps. All of this can
be found here: https://www.umcnic.org/online-learning
(9:00 am) Finance
(7:00 pm) Trustees (7:00 pm)
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