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

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Subject:                                     "Building the Team" - Weekly 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

"Building the Team" 

Over the last several weeks, the story of the early church has been unfolding before us.  We have been walking through the Acts of the Apostles and Paul’s first journey to the newly established Christian churches, only to discover that many of the challenges they faced are the same (or very similar) to the ones we face in 2018.  Questions around leadership, why we should believe in the first place, who to believe and the age-old question of who is “in” and who should be kept “out”.  Ancient struggles that have continued into the contemporary. 

But over the last couple of weeks, we have been reminded that we are the DREAM TEAM for the future of the church.  How do we face these continuing challenges?  What should we do to continue to share the Good News about God’s love to future generations?  You were invited to write those dreams down last Sunday.  But, now what happens to them?  Who puts them into action?  

Good question!!!  Maybe we should spend some time talking about that this week as we think about BUILDING THE TEAM.  Who is, in fact, on the “inside” and who should be eliminated?  Where do we need to draw the lines or who should be invited in to help broaden our dream?  Let’s see what we come up with together!  See  you on Sunday 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 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     


  Tuesday, June 26th  

- Paducah Youth Group at 10:30 am 

- Outreach Meeting at 7:00 pm 


  Wednesday, June 27th   

- Preschool Summer Camp at 8:30 am 


  Thursday, June 28th 
- Preschool Summer Camp at 8:30 am  

- Irshad at 7:00 am  


  Sunday,  July 1st
- 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   


THANK YOU from Susan Blanchard

Dear loved ones at WUMC:

Imagine my surprise when the doorbell rang in my new home – and the FedEx man was there with a beautiful PRAYER plant from you! You are responsible for the Tuesday tears (believe me – there are still tears every day). Thank you for the kind words written on the note. 

It has been wonderful to be back "home" where Jack and I grew up….in some ways it makes me feel young again to be going back to the old places…. 

Please tell everyone we arrived safely, as did all our belongings.  I am happy to say that there are cardinals and blue jays singing to me – they bring me joy in the morning with my coffee. 

"Thirty-eight years of singing and praying..

 Thirty-eight years – it goes without saying

 That I will miss you all at WUMC." 




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.   


Please remember to keep in your prayers a few of our members who are not able to get to church as often as they would like because of medical challenges. We have included their addresses here in case you would also like to send a card/words of encouragement:  

Marv and Gen Bailey, 14804 S. Van Dyke Drive, #2245, Plainfield, Illinois  60544 

Mary Ellen Rice, ManorCare, 200 W. Martin Avenue, Naperville, Illinois 60540 

Vi Schobel, Westbury Care, 1800 Robin Lane, Lisle, Illinois  60532 

Joan Kettel, phone calls preferred but please limit the length of the conversation 

Juan Marianyi, 21422 W. Douglas Lane, Plainfield, IL 60544 

Will Grosch, 1261 Cobblestone Court, Naperville, IL 60564 (email


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.     


Beginning Tuesday, September 11th and Wednesday, September 12th 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. 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).    

What does the Church say? 

In its Social Principles, The United Methodist Church recognizes all people, regardless of country of origin, as members of the family of God and opposes policies that separate family members from each other. Read more with this faith and facts download

NO YOGA THIS Thursday    

YOGA HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR THIS WEEK.  That concludes our year.  See you in the Fall! 

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.  

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Our Church, Woodridge United Methodist Church (WUMC), partners with the West Suburban Food Pantry "Food Pantry", located just off 63rd Street, to provide food for the economically disadvantaged members of our community. WE ARE ASKING EACH MEMBER OF WUMC TO BRING A DONATION OF NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS TO OUR CHURCH AT LEAST ONCE, IF NOT EACH WEEK, DURING THE MONTH OF JULY 2018.

The Food Pantry is in great need of the following: 

- Canned Tomato Products

- Canned Tuna and Chicken

- Pancake Mix and Syrup

- Canned Fruits and Vegetables

- Peanut Butter and Jelly 

Church donations having fallen off this year, i.e. our Church’s donations, thus far in 2018, are 43 percent below what we contributed in 2017. PLEASE HELP US MAKE UP GROUND BY BRINGING YOUR DONATIONS TO CHURCH AND PLACING THEM IN OR NEAR THE BASKET THAT SITS ON THE FLOOR ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE MIDDLE ENTRANCE TO OUR SANCTUARY. THANK YOU! 


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.  PLEASE NO SHOES! 


 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 22nd, 2018, Volume 9, Edition 25



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