From:                              Woodridge United Methodist Church Communications [] on behalf of Woodridge United Methodist Church Communications []

Sent:                               Friday, March 2, 2018 8:52 AM

To:                                   Becky Jeske

Subject:                          "Denial on Trial" - Weekly Newsletter from Woodridge United Methodist Church





Woodridge United Methodist Church

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weekly newsletter

"Denial on Trial"  

Why do so many TV shows and movies involve courtroom trials? Trials (on the screen at least) are inherently dramatic: Adversaries face off in battles of strategy, wit, and knowledge; a winner and a loser is determined; wrongs are righted and justice is served.

We may be only at the mid-point of the season of Lent, but this week’s Narrative Lectionary text (John 18:12-27) speeds us ahead in the story to the time of Jesus’ trial. It is a story that elicits many questions, a few of which could be:

• Who really is on trial here? Is it Jesus or is it the way of life Jesus so often critiqued?
• What might we learn from Peter’s identity crisis?
• How do we respond when courts fail us?
• How does this story of Jesus, Jesus’ disciples, a first century court system, and Peter connect to the larger story of scripture…and to our story as those striving to follow Jesus today?

Pastor Dave will attempt to address those questions and more in his sermon, “Denial on Trial” this Sunday, March 4th.

Worship gatherings are Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 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,  March 4th
- Irshad at 8:00 am
- Worship Services at 9:00 am & 10:30 am
- Worship Band Rehearsal at 11:45 am  
- Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
- Cub Scout Committee at 7:00 pm
- A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm    

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

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

  Wednesday,  March 7th
- WNL at 6:00 pm
- Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm   
- Lenten Study at  6:30 pm   

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

  Saturday, March 10th
- Irshad at 6:00 pm

  Sunday,  March 4th
- 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  



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 11:30 a.m.)  or Wednesday evenings (6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.).  Books cost $10.  The sign up sheet is in the narthex. 


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:
-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:
-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)



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:  
-March: 4
-April: 8, 15, 29
-May: 6, 27  

Easter Egg Hunt

Plan to join us for the annual WUMC Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24th! Children will be divided into groups based on their age to search for the hidden eggs. The event will begin promptly at 10:00 am and will include a short lesson for the children. Refreshments including donuts, juice and milk will be provided after the hunt is completed. Bring a basket to collect your eggs! In the event of inclement weather, we will hold the hunt inside our church classrooms. We look forward to seeing many children!
Please remember to invite a friend!

Easter flowers 2017

 A WUMC tradition continues, you can order flowers in memory or in honor of friends and loved ones to decorate our altar on Easter Sunday. We will list the names given in the bulletin that day. On Easter, please take your flowers home after 2nd service or come back Tuesday (or later) to pick them up. Ordering Envelopes are available in the Narthex. Please place your payment in the envelope provided and into the box in the Narthex by Palm Sunday, Mach 25th. See Judy Krohn, with questions.

Easter Candy 

Once again it's that time of year! The Education and Family Committee is getting ready to stuff eggs for this year's Easter Egg Hunt. There will be a box in the Narthex to drop off donations.  All candy needs to be individually wrapped and small enough to fit in an egg. Also please be sure that when you are at the store this week to look for any Valentines Candy that is marked down.  Thank you for your donations. 

Support WUMC Youth with Gift Card Orders.

The Youth are  having a Gift Card Fundraiser.  Gift cards are a great addition to Easter Baskets! Orders are due March 11th and will be available for pickup on March 18th. A percentage of all sales goes to Youth Ministries.

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 via email

Benefit Concert

Our own Reid Spears leads a fabulous band called Billy Elton, which (as you might be able to tell from the name) celebrates the music of Billy Joel and Elton John.  While you'll find him doing piano and lead vocals, he has an amazing 8-piece band behind him as well.  Over the last 10 years, Billy Elton has performed a concert every other year at Neuqua Valley High School with the purpose of raising money to benefit the memorial funds of three fondly remembered NVHS teachers who passed away while they were still teaching.  The band has raised over $17,600 to date that has gone partially to assist the families, as well as to the scholarship funds that bear their names.  They will be doing another concert on Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Neuqua Valley Auditorium.  Tickets are only $10 (general admission), and can be purchased either through the Neuqua Music website at, or (even easier) just get them directly from Reid on Sundays!  If you are unfamiliar with Billy Elton and would like to get a taste of what lies in store, be sure to check out their demo video on their website at - hope to see you there!  

NEW DATE! a church-wide book discussion:  of Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. 

On March 10 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. 

Love Inc Annual Meeting

You are invited to attend the LOVE Christian Clearinghouse Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 15th at 12:00 pm at Christ Covenant Church in Villa Park.  RSVP by Monday, March 12th 630.512.8673 or


When Children Beat Adults at Seeing the World” is the name of a Wall Street Journal article written by Alison Gopnik.  In this article she speculates that children might be more aware and observant of their surroundings than adults. (A statement that Jesus, our Wisdom Teacher, emphasizes.)  We are presented with a poignant, current example in the Youth response to the murders at the Parkland, Florida high school.

On Saturday, March 24, 2018, kids and their families all over America will take to the streets to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.  During this special season of Lent, WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN IN THE MARCH FOR OUR LIVES IN CHICAGO. 

We even plan to make it easier for you to participate, by renting a comfortable bus, the cost of which is being covered by some anonymous donors.  The bus holds up to 32 people.  Currently, there about a dozen folks who have expressed interest.


Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, is pleased to offer a preventive health event at Woodridge United Methodist Church on Tuesday, April 3rd.  Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount).  All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call toll-free 1-888-653-6441 or visit or text the word circle to 797979

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.  

Crop Walk 

The South DuPage CROP Hunger Walk is looking for some new people to help with the 2018 walk this October. We need 3 individuals who would work together recruiting local business sponsors for the Hunger Walk.  If you are someone who likes talking to people and gets enthusiastic for a good cause, come join our Business Sponsor Subcommittee. This committee would meet approximately once a month April-October, with guidance from a seasoned committee member to recruit small businesses in Darien, Downers Grove, Lisle, Westmont and Woodridge to sponsor CROP Walk.  For further information, please contact Kristin Schultz at or (630)724-0982.

Grass Cutting Volunteers

It is that time of year again when your Trustees are looking for a little help.  We will be starting to cut grass very soon.  We currently have 5 people and are looking for 3 more. The process is 2 people per week.  We divide the month into weekly segments based on Sundays. The first Sunday of the month is the 1st week, the 2nd Sunday is the 2nd week, etc.  Any month with a 5th Sunday is a free week for everybody.
Trustees are looking for any individuals whether it be men, women, older teens, husband and wife, father and son or daughter, mom and son or daughter.  We need 1 team of 2 and one individual.  You will be required to cut around the church and pasonage one day during your week.  It takes about 2-3 hours with 2 people. We will have a training session to familiarize you with the equipment.  If you would be interested in participating in this adventure, please contact Rick Cihlar at 630.969.5958 or on Sunday mornings.

All Church INSIDE Work Day

Please join us in cleaning the Sanctuary and Narthex on Saturday, March 31st morning starting at 9 am.  We will be dusting and vacuuming and even washing the pews.  Feel free to bring you our cleaning supplies.  Help up make the church beautiful for Easter Sunday!

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Our Outreach Committee is pleased to announce that 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!!!!    

“Spice Up” Your Neighbors’ Lives
Donate to the West Suburban Food Pantry

Woodridge United Methodist Church (WUMC), our Church, partners with the West Suburban Food Pantry (“Pantry”) in providing food for the economically-disadvantaged of our community.  A basket sits near the entrance to our sanctuary to accept your food donations; and we graciously accept financial contributions, at any time.

This Month the Pantry is in need of items that will assist recipients in enhancing the preparation of their meals:
· -Spices used in cooking and baking, such as, baking powder and baking soda, salt, pepper, garlic salt, dried basil, dill, onion, or “parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme”, etc.;
· -Sugar, flour, corn meal;
·- Oils(Olive and other cooking/baking oils);
·- Vinegar and marinades and sauces, i.e. barbecue, marinara, chipolte, soy sauce, etc.
·- Other condiments, i.e. ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, steak sauce, hot sauce, etc.

Our Neighbors include those who rely on our food pantry for sustenance and nutrition.  So, “Spice Up” your neighbors’ lives by donating generously.  Thank You!

 Looking Ahead     

  March 24th - Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 am

  March 29th - Soup at 6:30 pm & Worship at 7:15 pm

  March 30th - Good Friday Event at 6:30 pm

  April 1st - Easter Sunday Services at 9 & 10:30 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.    

March 2nd, 2018, Volume 9, Edition




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