From:                              Woodridge United Methodist Church Communications [cid=174186.db=1275@elexiomail.com] on behalf of Woodridge United Methodist Church Communications [office@woodridgeumc.org]

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Subject:                          "Night School Lessons" - Weekly Newsletter from Woodridge United Methodist Church

 

 

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"Night School Lessons"  

This Sunday we venture over into the Gospel according to John and hear the story of Nicodemus.  A Pharisee who visits Jesus under the cover of darkness, probably in an effort to not be seen by others.  He goes to Jesus with a question that has boggled his mind and surely something that will “trip” Jesus up….”how can someone be born again?”.  Well, in the darkness of night, Jesus shares a lesson with Nicodemus that will change his life!!!

Many of us have the same type of question and don’t know quite how to ask.  What is that answer?  What will change my life for the better?  Those “NIGHT SCHOOL LESSONS” offered by Jesus help us with some of the most difficult questions that life has.  But, we also discover they are never the easiest.  Let’s take a look at those lessons on Sunday.  Join us on Sunday at 9 or 10:30 a.m..  ALL are welcome.

Woodridge UMC is an open and loving United Methodist community striving to:  

Welcoming to all;
Uniting in service toward greater social justice for all;
Moving forward with understanding and acceptance of all peoples;
Creating disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  

Our purpose is to offer a safe place and community to all races, cultures, religions, genders, sexual identities, ethnicities, age groups and other beliefs.    

upcoming events 

  Sunday,  February 4th
- Irshad at 8:00 am
- Worship Services at 9:00 am
- Choir Rehearsal at 11:45 am  
- Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
- A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm  

  Monday, February 5th
- Girl Scouts at 6:00 pm

  Tuesday, February 6th
- Bible Study at 10:30 am

  Wednesday,  February 7th
- Wednesday Night Live at 6:00 pm
- Bible Study at 6:30 pm
- Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm  

  Thursday, February 8th
- Yoga at 6:30 pm
- Irshad at 7:00 pm
- Boy Scout Meeting at 7:30 pm  

  Saturday, February 10th
- Youth Council at 8:00 am
- Girl Scouts at 10:00 am  

  Sunday,  February 11th
- Worship Services at 9:00 am & 10:30 am
- Choir Rehearsal at 11:45 am  
- Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
- A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm   

PASTOR DANITA IS AWAY

Pastor Danita will be leaving Sunday afternoon to go to Sycamore, Illinois and stay through Tuesday night.  She is the chair of the Northern Illinois Conference’s Board of Ordained Ministry which will be interviewing candidates for probationary membership as deacon or elder.  (United Methodism Lesson 101:  a deacon is a person “who has been called to Word, service, compassion and justice”.  You experienced this previously with Deacon Beth!  An elder is a person who has been called to Word, sacrament, service and ordering the life of the church”.  You experience that in Pastor Danita.)  This year, there are 14 candidates to be interviewed.  This is a very stress-filled time for the candidates and for the teams that will be doing the interviews.  Please pray for the candidates, the interview teams, and Pastor Danita over these next couple of days.

Preschool Registration

Registration for Small Miracles Preschool is now open.  Registration forms may be found on the website. Registration fees are $85 for a new student and $50 for a returning student. Church members receive a discount on tuition!  

Lent

Lenten Brunch

The Education Committee will be having a Lenten Brunch following the second service on Sunday, February 18th. Join us for food and fellowship. Look for a sign up in the narthex to bring a dish to come soon. Hope to see you there! 

Lenten Bible Study

Our Lenten bible study will be "Embracing the Uncertain" by Magrey R. DeVega.  Just turning on the news lets us know we are living in uncertain times. Economic instabilities, eruptions of violence, and natural catastrophes can alter the lives and landscapes of entire communities. Our individual lives are often just as unsteady: relationships can break, plans can falter, and confidence can fail.

DeVega invites readers to engage and wrestle with life’s uncertainties, not ignore them. The first six chapters focus on six post-Transfiguration, pre-Passion stories in the Gospels. Each of these stories are signposts in the gospel narrative, pointing down at a world filled with uncertainty, but pointing us forward to a cross that can show us how to follow Jesus with courage, hope, and obedience.

Join us on Tuesday mornings (10:30 a.m. to noon) starting on February 21st or Wednesday evenings (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) starting on February 22nd.  Books cost $10.  The sign up sheet is in the narthex.

LENT AND EASTER MUSIC SCHEDULE

Do you want to join in helping to lead worship through music this Lent and Easter season? We would be thrilled to have you be part of the choir or worship band during this rich and meaningful time in the church year! All levels of experience are welcome. Rehearsals and service dates are below- please contact Katrina Sudmanwith any questions.

WUMC Choir:

-February 4, 11:45am Rehearsal (Prep 2 for Lent)-February 11, 11:45am Rehearsal (Prep 3 for Lent, Prep 1 to sing for Easter on 4/1)
-February 25, 11:45am Rehearsal (Prep 4 for Lent, Prep 2 for Easter)
-March 11, 11:45am Rehearsal (Prep 5 for Lent, Prep 3 for Easter)
-March 18, 8:00am Call (Sing for both services)
-March 25, 11:45-1:30pm Combined Rehearsal (Combined Band/Choir Easter Prep 1
-April 1, 8:00am Call (Easter Sunday, sing for both services)


Worship Band:
-February 11th, 8:00am Call (Play for both services)
-March 4, 11:45am Rehearsal
(Prep for 3/11, and Prep 1 to play for Easter on 4/1)
-March 11, 8:30am Call (Play for both services)
-March 25, 11:45-1:30pm Combined Rehearsal (Combined Band/Choir Easter Prep 2
-April 1, 8:00am Call (Easter Sunday, play for both services)
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SPECIAL MUSIC DATES AVAILABLE

Do you have a musical gift that you would like to share with the church? If so, the following dates are currently open for Special Music.
Please contact Katrina Sudman if interested:  
-February: 18, 25
-March: 4
-April: 8, 15, 29
-May: 6, 27

JOIN US FOR YOGA on Thursdays at 6:30 pm

Please wear comfortable clothing that ensures privacy while allowing mobility. Bring a mat or a large towel. Cost is $5 per person. If you are attending for the first time, please arrive a few minutes early to sign a health waiver and meet the instructor. Any questions, please contact Carrie Santucci at 630-532-7741 or funkylarry@yahoo.com.   

Youth Pizza Sale!!

The youth will make the pizzas fresh on Saturday, February 3th.

You may pick them up that day from 10am-1pm.

Proceeds go toward our 2018 Youth Programs including the Summer mission trip.

Thank you so much for your support!

2018 Laity Convocation

The date for this year’s Laity Convocation is Saturday, February 17th from 9:00 am to 12:45 pm.  The convocation will be held at the Sycamore UMC (160 Johnson Ave., Sycamore Il.).  We are thrilled that the Reverend Doctor Junius Dotson, General Secretary of Discipleship Ministries, will be our keynote speaker and a leader of one of the five breakout sessions.  Dr. Dotson is a dynamic leader and speaker and has introduced a new evangelism tool to
the United Methodist church called “See All The People.”  We also have five breakout sessions, all designed to help local churches to better understand how to reach out to neighbors and bring the way of Jesus to them.  Breakout session will be lead by laity and pastors who have put into action what they will talk about.  All church members are welcome to attend!     

Blood Drive

Sunday, February 25, 2018 8 a.m. -  1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall

Each presenting donor will receive 2 FREE Hollywood Blvd. movie tickets. All participating donors will be entered into a raffle to win a pair of Chicago Blackhawks tickets.  Winner will be notified on March 1.

To schedule your appointment visit donateblood.lifesource.org, login (new donor, existing donor), find your drive from the scroll down list or type in WR27 in Group Code by bottom of page, select time slot.

YES you may be able to donate!  Call regarding CANCER, DIABETES or TATTOOS.  Many medications acceptable! FREE Cholesterol Screening and Blood Typing! Appointments Recommended. 

Join us for a church-wide book discussion of Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

On March 9 at 6:00 pm at Gwenn and Bud Edman’s, join us for a chili supper and discussion of this American classic.  Copies of the book are available at the Checkout Desk of the Woodridge Public Library beginning February 9.  Just tell them the title of the book or that you are part of the Woodridge UMC book discussion.  A valid library card from any local library is acceptable for checkout.  RSVP to Debbie Wordinger at 331 645-7779 by March 6.

How does Confirmation work at WUMC in 2018? Find out April 22nd!

WUMC’s Confirmation program is for students in 7th and 8th grades. The 2018-19 program runs September 2018 through May 2019. All students who will be in 7th and 8th grades in the 2018-19 school year and their parent(s) are invited to a Confirmation Information Meeting on Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 from 12noon-1:00pm (i.e. following the second worship service). 

The Confirmation Information Meeting agenda includes: program particulars and expectations for students and families, curriculum preview, how Confirmation fits into our overall Youth Ministries, meeting the Youth Council, and time for questions. 

February PADS:  Help with dinner service needed.

Our next commitment for PADS is February 20-21. As in the pas,t we will be providing food and volunteers to feed and house the homeless on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning at First United Methodist on Maple in Downers Grove.

Please check the sign up sheet in the Narthex and let me know if you won’t be able to make your usual commitment. We still need help with dinner service and morning clean up.  We could also use overnight backup monitors.  These times are between 10:00-2:00 and 2:00-5:30 on Wednesday morning. If you have any questions, call Debbie Wordinger at 331 645-7779.

Preschool Tower of TP

Small Miracles Preschool Pre-Kindergarten classes will be engaged in creating a "Tower of TP". This is the pre-kindergarten students community outreach project for the Western Suburban Food Pantry. Drop off some "TP" to the preschool starting February 5th through February 22nd and help out our community!!  

 

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Trustees Wish List Projects

There are several projects that the Trustees would like to complete but are lacking the funds. Contribute to the Wish List and as money becomes available, the Trustees will start a project. For those that have already given, Thank You!    

PRISON CLOTHING MINISTRY – EXPANDS

Our Outreach Committee is pleased to announce that our Prison Clothing Ministry is GROWING AND EXPANDING.  We are now able to partner with other participating area churches in the Suits for Success Program.  This non-profit, volunteer organization which was founded by Bill Denwood of Community Methodist Church in Naperville provides, at no charge, gently used clothes to parolees throughout the State of Illinois that are suitable for interviews with prospective employers.   Prior to this time, WUMC’s donations served only the Logan Correctional Facility in Lincoln, Illinois. 

The Suits for Success Program also partners with area dry-cleaners which serve as drop-off points and clean and press the clothes for free.  The participating dry cleaner closest to us is Signature Cleaners, Steve Hirmer, Owner, on Werhli in Naperville.  You may drop off your donations directly with Steve or bring them to WUMC and place in the boxes in the hallway which leads from the Narthex to Fellowship Hall.  THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR DONATIONS!!!!   

Celebrate "Souper" Bowl Sunday

Good News! Good Results! During 2017, Woodridge United Methodist Church (WUMC) gave 500 pounds of food and $1,430 in monetary donations to the West Suburban Community Pantry (Woodridge Food Pantry). This represents a 30 percent increase compared to our 2016 donations. Since 2015, our donations are up over 63 percent. The Food Pantry is celebrating the "Souper Bowl" by collecting hearty soups. Please fill the basket at the entrance to our sanctuary with cans of soup. Your donations help feed the less fortunate in our community! 

 Looking Ahead    

 February 14th - Ash Wednesday Services at noon & 7:30 pm 

 February 18th - Lenten Brunch 11:45 am

 February 25th - Blood Drive at 8:00 am

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Our Mission:  

Welcoming to all;
United in service toward greater social justice for all;
Moving forward with understanding and acceptance of all peoples;
Creating disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.   

Our purpose is to offer a safe place and community to all races, cultures, religions, genders, sexual identities, ethnicities, age groups and other beliefs.   

February 2nd, 2018, Volume 9, Edition 5

 

 

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