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Subject:                                     "Dreaming with the Team" - Newsletter from Woodridge United Methodist Church





Woodridge United Methodist Church

 All are welcome!

Join us on Sunday for ONE SUMMER worship Service

at 10:00 AM

professional nursery care for the little ones.

All are welcome!





weekly newsletter

"Dreaming With The Team"





Last Sunday, Pastor Dave brought up some old memories about the 1992 Olympic Dream Team which consisted of basketball’s greatest players….Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and our own Michael Jordan!!!  A basketball team filled with talented men who were unstoppable on those basketball courts, beating opponent after opponent to eventually win the gold medal in the Olympics that year.  Following the Olympics, they returned to their respective teams only to continue to rise to become the greatest basketball players in history. 

Pastor Dave reminded those present that we make up the modern day DREAM TEAM for God’s church.  While we have many gifted players on the team, there are still some openings to make us better.  There are still places where we lack the kind of leadership needed to make a greater impact on our world.  We need you to do a little “DREAMING WITH THE TEAM” this Sunday.   During worship, you will have an opportunity to write down your dream for the future of Woodridge United Methodist Church.  Your idea will then be shared with our Vision Team/Ad Council.  No dream is to great or too small.  YOU are a part of the WUMC Dream Team.  Let’s do some dreaming together.  

See you on Sunday at 10:00 a.m..  ALL are welcome to join us!


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.    

Pastor Dave's Blog

Over the last four weeks or so, we've talked with some frequency about the deliberations, statements, and counter-statements stemming from the United Methodist Church's 2016 General Conference. That General Conference appointed a Commission on the Way Forward. After two years of work, that Commission sent proposals to the Council of Bishops. That Council made a statement about its report. Then came the counter-statements, clarifying statements, and a Judicial Council ruling.

If you're not even a little confused by all that...I applaud you. Because I have trouble following it all. In case you do too, I'm attempting to put the original documents here for you. Read on. . .


upcoming events   


  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    


  Tuesday, June 19th 


- Preschool Summer Camp at 8:30 am 



  Wednesday, June 20th  


- Preschool Summer Camp at 8:30 am



  Thursday, June 21st 
- Preschool Summer Camp at 8:30 am 


- Irshad at 7:00 am 


- Yoga at 6:30 pm  



  Saturday, June 23rd  


- Ad Council/Vision Team at 9:00 am       


  Sunday,  June 24th 
- Irshad at 8:00 am 


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



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.  


Please pray for the youth mission trip.


On Saturday, June 23rd, 12 students and five adults leave WUMC for a week of work in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While there, they will partner with Revive225, a ministry of First United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, to do home repair such as roofing, painting, repairing walls, or building ramps for families in need. They will also get to experience South Louisianan food and culture. So please pray for them as they continue our congregation’s journey with Jesus by following his command to love God and love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Specifically, please pray for: Margot, Veronica, Ryan, Jack, Jake, Lia, Gillian, Jaidyn, Krista, Amanda, Rachel, Sarah, Glenn, Kevin, Nikole, Heather, and Pastor Dave.  




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 today. We will have information and sign up for the fall study during the month of August. For now, enjoy your summer reading! 


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).  


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.   


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.      


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   




Peace Pole Re-dedication


Christ the Servant Catholic Church in Woodridge is having a rededication of their peace pole and open house on Sunday, July 8th at 3 - 5 pm. The rededication will focus on uniting across the diversity in faith traditions within our community. We are collecting short prayers (~3 sentences) for peace from different faith traditions to be used in the ceremony. If you would like to submit and/or read it at the ceremony email the office at Please carpool and RSVP if possible. 


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.


UM Foundation Annual Stewardship Summit


Set the tone of Generosity with Testimony. The keynote speaker is Dr. Saul Ebema from the Lombard Bible Church and originally from Sudan. The summit is on Saturday, August 11th at Trinity UMC in Freeport or Saturday, August 18th at FUMC of La Grange at 9 am. Register at Pre-registration is $25 (church groups of 3+ is $75). Cost is increased at the door. 


Colors of Love


A seminar on raising children in a racially unjust world. Practical guidance and resources for clergy, children/youth leaders and parents. Join Dr. Jennifer Harvey and a youth panel on Saturday, August 25th at 8:30 am at the First UMC of Elmhurst. Register online by August 15th for $25 (includes lunch) at 


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. 


Teach a Man to Fish


The 2018 Spiritual Congress of the United Methodist Men on September 14th - 16th in Williams Bay, WI. "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." Featured speakers will be David Holcome and Drew Oakley with Bishop Sally Dyck. Register online at The entire weekend is $174. Two days is $145 and Saturday only is $90. 


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 V




Amazon Smile   


 Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Woodridge United Methodist Church whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.        


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:    


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.       


June 15th, 2018, Volume 9, Edition 24



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