Outreach to the Community and World


The Outreach Committee provides opportunities for our church to participate in ministries that reach out to our local community, the nation, and the world. We support United Methodist ministries as well as many local charitable organizations, such as Public Action to Deliver Shelter (P.A.D.S.), the West Suburban Community Pantry, the South DuPage CROP Walk, and our sister congregation, Lincoln UMC.  We also organize holiday food box drives during Thanksgiving and the Holiday season.

Click here to learn more about our Monthly Outreach Offering


Statement from the General Commission on Religion and Race on the Continuing Protests at Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota

Woodridge UMC has a history of mission with the Standing Rock Reservation.  Please read the newsletter from the commission about the United Methodist Church's stance on this important issue.



Women's and Men's Free Clothing Store 

Logan Boutique

Imagine being released from prison and expected to find a job and re-enter society, but you own nothing, not even ordinary street clothes, and nothing suitable for a job interview. Logan Boutique is changing that.

Logan Boutique is a new, free clothing store at Logan Correctional Center, stocked by donations of "lovingly used, freshly laundered" women's clothing and shoes, where women being released can "shop" for an everyday outfit and an interview outfit, free.  Large women's sizes, 3X and 4X are especially needed right now. Unisex clothing is also welcome.

The boutique also receives baby clothes up to size 2T, because it serves both Logan and the minimum security women's prison at Decatur, where newborns can stay with their mothers.

Suggestion: As  you visit garage sales, ask the seller to donate leftovers to you for Logan Boutique.  Most folks will be happy to let  yo pick them up at the end of the sale.

"Almost Home" Men's Free Clothing Store

Lincoln men's prison is adopting the Logan Boutique-style free store for soon-to-be-released men!  There is no official Department of Corrections name, yet, so it is being referred to as "Almost Home".

It is estimated that only one-fifth of clothing donated to various resale shops i the U.S. is sold where it is donated.  The other 80% is usually sold to exporters and dumped in markets of poorer nations where it competes unfairly with local clothing factories, stores, seamstresses and cotton farmers. When you donate goods to Logan Boutique, you know that they will be used right here in Illinois!

Two large boxes, one for Logan Boutique and one for "Almost Home" will be located under the coat rack, just outside of the Narthex. Receipts are available to allow yo to track you tax deductible donation.  Contact Bob Copeland or Debbie Wordinger with any questions.


Why We Can “Imagine No Malaria”

Good News, Malaria is 100% Preventable!

Unlike many other diseases that are awaiting a cure, malaria was eliminated in the U.S. in the 1950’s. However, in Sub-Saharan Africa, malaria continues to kill a person every 60 seconds. But there is hope! Imagine No Malaria is part of a global partnership and together with our partners, our generation can beat malaria once and for all.


What Exactly is Malaria?

Malaria is caused by a parasite, which is transmitted to humans through the bite of the female anopheles mosquito. This mosquito flies and feeds at night (which is why bed nets are an effective prevention tool).

When an infected mosquito bites a person, the parasite enters the bloodstream and heads for the liver, where it multiplies. It then re-enters the bloodstream, attacking red blood cells. Typically, someone with malaria experiences a high fever, chills, joint pain and headaches. Left untreated, symptoms eventually advance to organ failure. Nearly 90 percent of malaria’s victims are children under the age of 5 and pregnant women.


Through Partnership, UMCOR Has Made Extraordinary Progress

In 2007, the World Health Organization estimated there were more than 1,000,000 malaria related fatalities. By 2012, the number had been reduced to 627,000. While that is still a staggering number, a nearly 50% increase in life is worth celebrating! Thanks to the efforts of The United Methodist Church and our partners, we are on our way to beating malaria for good.


How UMCOR is Beating Malaria


Bed nets – UMCOR has distributed over 2,300,000 insecticide-treated nets.

Communication – Over 4,600,000 lives have been impacted by Building new radio stations and providing hand-crank and solar-powered radios will ensure we are reaching great numbers of people with life-saving information.



Health Facilities – There are more than 300 hospitals, clinics, and health outposts operated by the United Methodist Church in Africa. UMCOR is making sure that these facilities have the diagnostic tests and treatment needed to save lives.

Education – UMCOR has empowered over 11,600 local health care workers to train their communities about avoiding malaria. For example, in Sierra Leone, Angola, Zimbabwe and the Republic of Congo, these workers have gone door-to-door to deliver and install bed nets and to teach people how to properly use and care for the nets.


How is Woodridge United Methodist Church Helping?

All money donated toward fresh vegetable sales goes to Imagine No Malaria Northern Illinois Conference has challenged all of its congregations to raise $5000 for Imagine No Malaria over the 3 year period starting in 2014. Woodridge UMC accepted that challenge.

So far we have collected: $1865.57




Woodridge United Methodist Church (WUMC) Donates Food to the: WEST SUBURBAN COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY

Our Church, WUMC, donates food to the West Suburban Community Food Pantry on an ongoing basis.  From January through April 2015, WUMC has contributed 290 lbs. of food.

The West Suburban Community Food Pantry is located in Woodridge, IL at 6809 Hobson Valley Drive, Unit #118, and serves clients that are economically disadvantaged on the following days:  Tuesdays from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm; Thursdays from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm; and Saturdays from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.  Generally, a family may receive 125 lbs. of food monthly.

HOW TO DONATE: Bring non-perishable items to Church and place them in the basket located on the floor on the left side of the middle entrance to our Sanctuary.  There is a sign in front of the basket that reads “Woodridge Food Pantry”.   In addition to food items, the Pantry is always in need of diapers, baby wipes, and household and personal hygiene items.


Please give generously to this most important local mission.  Thank you!



Changing the World Through Food!

Through the sale of egg rolls this past fall we were able to send $300 to the Victoria United Methodist in the Philippines for scholarships for their school and $244 to North Fairview United Methodist, also in the Philippines, for their children’s feeding program.

By stopping by Panera Bread last month, we were able to send $65 to Imagine No Malaria, and an additional $425 as the profits from the fresh vegetable sold in the Narthex last fall.



Thank You from the Outreach Committee for Your Generosity During the Holiday Season!

Thank you for your generosity during the holiday season! Thanks to you we were able to serve P.A.D.S. guests at First United Methodist in Downers Grove on December 15th and 16th. There were approximately fifty overnight guests, including many children.

We were also able to donate the following items:

To P.A.D.S.:

  • 51 pairs of socks
  • 30# of health care products
  • 8# of school supplies

To the children of Woodridge School District 68:

  • 63 pairs of gloves
  • 38 hats
  • 7 scarves

To the families of Joliet served through Trinity United Methodist Church:

  • 21 food boxes
  • 20 hams

To the West Suburban Food Pantry:

  • $715 to supply food to needy families in the area
  • 70 toys for the children of those families
  • 2 bags of stocking stuffers

Thank you for your generosity!

Debbie Wordinger, Outreach Committee Chairperson



Why Do We Support Compassion United Methodist Church?

Fifty years ago when a faith community that would become Woodridge United Methodist Church was forming, people from Lisle United Methodist Church gave their support. That is why for the last two years we have been providing support to the new church community forming in Brookfield, called Compassion United Methodist Church, and its pastor, Reverend Karl Sokol. Supporting Compassion UMC by our presence shows our belief in this new church just as Lisle showed their belief in us fifty years ago.



2,408 Meals Packed for Hungry People

Woodridge UMC youth and leaders served at the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva, IL this past Wednesday. Together they packed 2100 pounds of potatoes and 789.6 pounds of "Meals In The Bag". Today their "MITB" job was minestrone soup, packing each bag with 9 cans, I box pasta, 1 bag dried beans, and instructions. 4 bags goes into each box and they packed up 21 boxes. In total, this group packed up 2,408 meals for hungry people in Northern Illinois!

#ItsAllRightHere #youth #helpie




Woodridge UMC in National Spotlight! Bread for the World interviews Pastor Dave

The following is an excerpt from the Bread for the World Blog: Ask a Pastor: Why Should We Talk to Congress About U.S. Food Aid?

Rev. Dave Buerstetta of Woodridge United Methodist Church in Chicago, Ill., recently added his name to a letter asking his senator to protect food aid. We asked him why he thought it was important for the faith community to be part of the conversation on food aid with Congress. Here is what he said:


Loving God with our whole selves and loving our neighbors as ourselves requires seeking justice. Seeking justice requires trying to change the cultural systems that make, and keep, people poor or hungry or oppressed. So seeking justice – transforming systems to better emulate the Reign of God on earth, for which we pray every single week – requires advocacy.

Click here to continue reading the interview



Imagine No Malaria

Do you remember Nothing But Nets? The United Methodist Church joined hands with the United Nations, the National Basketball Association, and many other groups to fight malaria through the distribution of mosquito nets. Did you know what a great success that program was? Between 2008 and 2012, the number of annual deaths due to malaria was cut in half. But before we as United Methodists collectively pat ourselves on our backs, consider this. Malaria is still the number one killer disease.

This year, 665,000 people will die from malaria. However, the success of Nothing but Nets taught us something very important. Malaria deaths can be wiped from the face of the earth. We now know how to end the scourge of malaria, and the United Methodist Church along with partner organizations has begun to do just that. The program is called Imagine No Malaria. The mosquito net distribution has been expanded to include mosquito habitat elimination, new health care facilities as well as public health communication and education programs. The Northern Illinois Conference is organizing a three year campaign to raise fund for Imagine No Malaria. Over the next few months our church will learn more about the campaign. To learn more, visit www.imaginenomalaria.org.

Here is what you can do NOW!

The United Methodist Church has produced an award winning documentary entitled, “Killer in the Dark,” and given the broadcast rights to NBC. Our local NBC affiliate, WMAQ-TV, needs to be encouraged to broadcast this documentary. Please contact WMAQ-TV and ask them to air the documentary, Killer in the Dark.

Write:    NBC 5 Chicago, WMAQ -TV, 454 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60611
Call: 312-836-5555
Social Media Contact: http://www.nbcchicago.com/contact-us/#ixzz2eh9QTyI4
E-mail Contact: http://www.nbcchicago.com/send-feedback/



Red Bird Mission

The most recently collected Labels and Box Tops for Education were mailed to Red Bird Mission this week. We were able to send 1200 labels plus misc. bonus tops! They consisted of 600 Box Tops for Education,100-5 point Labels for Education, and 500-1 point Labels for Education. Thank you all very much! 

In case you are new, or forgot we collected labels and box tops, there are two collection containers at church -- one in the kitchen by the cross and one in the Narthex on the bookcase with Creative Cutups cards. Keep saving your labels and box tops! Click here for a complete listing of participating products.

About the Red Bird Mission

Red Bird Mission and Clinic have been providing ministries in this region of the Appalachian Mountains since 1921. Today the need remains critical in this isolated, rural distressed area. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and rugged mountainous terrain provide obstacles to a fuller life for the residents of this area. Red Bird Mission and Clinic strives to meet these needs through ministry in five areas: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement.

Learn more here



Trinity United Methodist Church, Our Sister Church in Joliet

For the past two years Woodridge United Methodist has been developing a relationship with Trinity United Methodist.  These are the things we did to assist our friends in Christ at Trinity in the past year:

  • Filled and Delivered Easter baskets for the children of the church
  • Donated and delivered 20 food boxes at both Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Donated and delivered 20 hams and turkeys at both Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Had five people from our church participate in a six week summer tutoring program
  • Sent our Vacation Bible School materials to Trinity after our program was over
  • Donated tables and chairs to their kindergarten
  • Located a projector that was donated for use during their services
  • From our February Outreach collection we sent $900 to Trinity and their food pantry (Ridgewood Community Ministries).

What opportunities are coming up to continue our involvement?  February’s Outreach will be divided between two neighborhood Methodist community services: Humboldt Park Social Services in Chicago and Ridgewood United Community Ministries at Trinity.



Support UMC missions and ministries through prayer

The Outreach Committee asks that you pray for a church and a missionary each month. Click here to learn more.