From:                                         Woodridge United Methodist Church Communications <> on behalf of Woodridge United Methodist Church Communications <>

Sent:                                           Friday, June 8, 2018 9:48 AM

To:                                               Becky Jeske

Subject:                                     "The First Dream Team" - Weekly Newsletter from Woodridge United Methodist CHurch





Woodridge United Methodist Church

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"The First Dream Team"

How do you know when you have the right team for the job?

That depends on the job, of course. 

What if the job is making Outsiders into insiders? Making those who can’t belong into those welcomed with open arms? What sort of team would you assemble? One that would appeal to those whom you are trying to reach? 

As our exploration of the Acts of the Apostles continues —this week we consider Acts 13 — we just might find that the answers the earliest church came up with surprise us. 

* What might we contemporary followers of Jesus learn from the example of our first spiritual ancestors?

* What myths and/or misconceptions do we have about how the early church got started?

* Have you had a moment of Holy Spirit-fueled courage confronting evil like Paul in this story?

* What evil needs confronting today? How should we do so?

Join us this Sunday, June 10th as Pastor Dave contemplates these questions and more in his sermon, “The First Dream Team.”

We are on our Summer Worship Schedule: one gathering every Sunday morning at 10:00 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,  June 10th 

- ONE Worship Service at 10:00 am
- Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
- A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm


  Tuesday, June 12th

- Preschool Summer Camp at 8:30 am 


  Wednesday, June 13th 

- Preschool Summer Camp at 8:30 am

- Mission Trip Meeting at 7:00 pm

  Thursday, June 14th 
- Preschool Summer Camp at 8:30 am
- Yoga at 6:30 pm  


  Friday, June 15th 

- Irshad at 7:00 am      

  Sunday,  June 17th 
- Irshad at 8:00 am

- Worship Band Rehearsal at 8:30 am

- ONE Worship Service at 10:00 am
- Choir Rehearsal at 11:15 am
- Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
- A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm  


Please keep Pastor Danita in your prayers. She is away on vacation this weekend in New York City. She will be back in the office on Wednesday. If there is a pastoral emergency, please contact Pastor Dave.

Electronic Giving

If you use electronic giving and have save the link, the website address has changed. Please visit our website and follow the e-Giving link at the bottom of the page to the new web address or go here.

Summer Worship Schedule 2018 

For June 3rd through September 30th, we will have one single worship service at 10 am.  The regular two service schedule will return in October.   

Farewell to Susan Blanchard

This Sunday, June 10th we will say farewell to Susan Blanchard as she moves to Delaware to be closer to her family. And of course we will have cake!!!! Please plan to be present with us as we send her off with our love and best wishes. 


In an effort to allow more people to be involved, to provide greater coordination of efforts and not be inundated with meetings, we have streamlined our meeting schedule for some of the church’s organizations.  Many of the groups are meeting approximately once per quarter with a few exceptions.  Here is the schedule for the next few months:   

JUNE:  Saturday, June 23rd – 9:00 a.m. – Ad Council/Vision Team 

July:   Tuesday, July 24th - 7:00 p.m. - Trustees

           Saturday, July 28th - 9:00 a.m. - Staff Parish 


Beginning Tuesday, September 4 and Wednesday, September 5th we will begin a new season of Bible study classes on WAY OF LIFE by Brian McLaren. This study is based on the book by Brian McLaren entitled THE GREAT SPIRITUAL MIGRATION. Pastor Danita and Pastor Dave are encouraging each person who plans to participate in the Fall Bible study classes to read THE GREAT SPIRITUAL MIGRATION over the summer. The book is available through Cokesbury and Amazon including a Kindle version. If you would like assistance in ordering the book in paperback or hard cover, contact Becky in the church office. Please do so no later than June 15th. (That's next Friday). We will have information and sign up for the fall study during the month of August. For now, enjoy your summer reading! 

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. Yoga will run through June.    

Farewell Celebration for Dick Wisdom 

Please join us for a celebration to express our appreciation to Dick Wisdom as he concludes his time as District Superintendent and transitions into local church ministry on Sunday, June 10th at Grace United Methodist Church with an Open House at 2 pm and a Recognition Celebration at 2:45 pm. Light refreshments will be served.  

Service of Installation for Jeffry Bross 

Please join us for the Service of Installation for Jeffry Bross as District Superintendent on Sunday, September 16th at Grace United Methodist at 2:00 pm with a Dessert Reception to follow. 

Prince of Peace Vacation Bible School: 

This year, Prince of Peace will be bringing a global fair to the kids at our Vacation Bible School "Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God's World Comes Together!" Your children will become neighbors at Everywhere Fun Fair as they explore God's welcoming love and discover how Jesus teaches us to be great neighbors. 

Dates: June 25th through June 29th 

Time: 6:00pm until 8:00pm 

Cost: $10 per child - $15 per family 

Ages: 4 yrs. thru 5th grade   

United Methodist Women Mission U 

Mission U is an opportunity to study current issues impacting society based on current mission study topics with particular attention to the responsibilities of women in fulfilling the mission work of the church. Participants grow in understanding the mission of the church in the current world context; conference events are open to members and non-members of United Methodist Women.  In the Aurora district Summer mission U runs from July 12 -July 15 (Pastor Danita is a speaker) and the One Day Event is on July 21.  Everyone is welcome: women, men, children and youth! See the bulletin board in the narthex for more details.

Photos Needed

We would like to decorate our newly named rooms. Please send copies of any photos of Bonfal Church or Friendship Church in the Philippines, Trinity Church in Joliet, Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota or of Jack Sipley to the office so that we might make a display. (We will return your originals). 

Notary Needed 

As part of our mission trip preparations, our paperwork needs to be notarized. If you are a Notary or know of one, please contact Pastor Dave. We are especially looking for a Notary who can attend our meeting on June 13th at 7:00 pm.

Summer Sunday School Teachers Needed

Looking for an opportunity to help out this summer? Looking to meet some of the kids in the church? Sign up to teach summer Sunday School. Lessons are available in the narthex. We need to have one teacher each week to teach Sunday School. This gives all the amazing teachers we have during the year a nice break. Men, women and youth are welcome to sign up to teach. Please see Jorie Manderfield if you have any questions.  

Coordinator for WUMC’s participation in PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) 

In order for our church to continue to participate at PADS a WUMC PADS coordinator is needed. That person acts as the liaison between DuPage PADS and First United Methodist Church in Downers Grove where we serve. Other tasks include recruiting volunteers each fall to donate food and to volunteer at PADS on the nights we act as host, maintain and post the volunteers lists, send out reminder emails and bulletin articles each time it is our time to serve. For more information please contact Debbie Wordinger 331 645-7779. Inquiring about the position doesn’t mean you are on the hook for it! But if you are considering if this is a job you can do, give Debbie a call.  



HALLELUJAH AND AMEN BROTHERS AND SISTERS!!! AND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS OF 100 CHILDREN’S BOOKS FOR OUR SISTER CHURCH IN JOLIET, ILLINOIS, TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ("TRINITY"). These books will serve economically disadvantaged children who do not have geographic access to the local library. This is particularly important during the summer months when the children are out of school. The books were transported to Trinity this week. 

Note: Donation of a bicycle and helmet will be transported as soon as we find a volunteer who has a truck or SUV, and will serve a Veteran in need of transportation. Thank you for this generous donation as well! 

Prayer Chain and Prayer Request Cards  

Our prayer chain is a group of caring people who believe in the power of prayer. We are dedicated to praying for your concerns and joys. Prayer requests will be shared with the church’s prayer chain, honoring your confidentiality. If you are interested in being a part of the church’s prayer chain ministry, please contact our coordinator, Sharon Place (630) 852-4172 or  

If you are seeking prayer and in the church building, we invite you to fill out a prayer request card from the pew or from an usher, return it to the usher moving through the sanctuary during the first hymn or place it in the brass prayer request box located near the coffee in the narthex.  

If you are not in the church building, please contact the prayer chain coordinator, Sharon Place (630) 852-4172 ( or one of the Pastors through the Church Office ( We will list persons with prayer concerns in the expanded bulletin.  

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AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.  Support WUMC by starting your shopping here.        


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!!!!      

 Looking Ahead      

June 23rd - July 1st - Youth Mission Trip 

July 29th - Summer Extravagandza 


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Our Mission:    

 elcoming 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.      

June 8th, 2018, Volume 9, Edition 23



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