This Week at WUMC

 Join us on Sunday mornings for worship at 9:00 am & 10:30 am.

Sunday School is available for children ages 3 through 6th grade, and professional nursery care is available for the little ones.

All are welcome!


This Weekend in Worship


"Roman Numerals"




This Sunday we continue our sermon series on Paul’s letter to the Romans.


Fair question. Paul’s prose in this letter is, at once, dense, odd, beautiful, confounding, irritating, dramatic, amazing, and bold…but it certainly isn’t as pleasing to our ears as, say, a story of Jesus teaching a crowd.

However, as we discovered in last week’s part one of this series, the church at Rome struggled with issues that are still surprisingly familiar to us in 2017, especially:

• What does it mean to be Christian? What actions define the faith?
• How do we create and then maintain a purposeful, cohesive body out of people of very diverse cultures and experiences?
• How might we more fully experience ourselves and the world in light of God’s love, from which we can never be separated?

In this week’s sermon, “Romans Numerals”, Pastor Dave will continue to explore those questions, particularly in light of some of Paul’s words that have been, in some of Christianity’s worst moments, used to justify the rejection, exclusion, and abuse of women and anyone who isn’t cis-gendered heterosexual.

Worship gatherings are Sundays at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. All are welcome!


We are an open and loving United Methodist community striving to be:

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.



Coming Up This Week at Woodridge UMC


Sunday, July 23rd

  • Worship Services at 9:00 & 10:30 am
  • Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
  • AA Meeting at 7:00 pm


Monday, July 24th

  • Church Office CLOSED
  • Vacation Bible School at 9:00 am


Tuesday, July 25th

  • Vacation Bible School at 9:00 am


Wednesday, July 26th

  • Vacation Bible School at 9:00 am
  • Youth Lunch & Mini Golf at 12:00 pm


Thursday, July 27th

  • Vacation Bible School at 9:00 am


Friday, July 28th

  • Vacation Bible School at 9:00 am


Sunday, July 30th

  • ONE Worship Services at 10:00 am
  • Blood Drive at 8:00 am
  • Taco Time at 11:00 am
  • Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
  • AA Meeting at 7:00 pm


 Click here to view the full calendar of events and meetings 

The Church Office will be CLOSED on Monday, July 24th. Tuesday through Friday, Lisa D’Ambrose will be in the office. Becky & her family will be away on vacation.


Fifth Sunday

ONE Service: On Sunday, July 30th (the Fifth Sunday) at 10 am.

Taco Time: Come for ONE Service at 10am on Sunday, July 30th and stay for Taco Time afterwards! We will be having a build your own taco luncheon as our Fifth Sunday Fellowship this month. Sign up to bring part of our meal!

Blood Drive: Life Source will have a coach bus in the parking lot on Sunday, July 30th (8am to 1pm). All participating donors will receive a coupon for 2 free movie tickets compliments of Hollywood Blvd. Please schedule your appointment by calling 877.543.3768 and use code WR27 OR register online. Appointments are Encouraged. Walk-ins Welcome! Login (past donors) or Select New Donor (new donor) or Create Login (if they’d like to have an account for future use), Find your drive from the scroll down list or type in WR27 in Group Code by bottom of page and then select time slot.


Vacation Bible School

Save the Date! Come join us for a fiesta VBS at Woodridge United Methodist Church!! It will take place Monday through Friday July 24th-28th from 9am-noon and it will be for ages preschool through 6th grade. There will be wonderful crafts, games, music and snacks each day and lunch will be served for all the children! There will be wonderful crafts, games, music and snacks each day and lunch will be served for all the children! Find the flyer here.


Sixty Plus Retreat

The Northern Illinois Conference Older Adult Ministries is holding a Spiritual Journey into a Deeper Place as a retreat for those aged 60 and above on September 28th & 29th at the Northern Illinois University Hotel in DeKalb. The themes for the session are Living Life to the Fullest, Exercising Your Total Self, The Gift of Stability and The Power Within You. Contact Pastor Rosa Lee (, Pong Javier ( or go to www.facebook/nicolderadultministries for information. Scholarships are available. Please contact James Barry ( for scholarship information. Early Registration discounts end September 20th.


DuSable Museum of African-American History

Rescheduled! The Outreach Committee is hosting a visit to the DuSable Museum of African-American History in Chicago on Sunday, August 20, 2017.
A few of the current visiting exhibits are:

Kitihawa’s Chandelier – A powerful photographic tale that honors the historical, cultural and racial fusion of an African and Native American.
EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean – A pioneering exploration of the influences of Carnival on contemporary performance practices in the Caribbean, North America, and Europe.

If you’re interested in seeing what else is going on at this Smithsonian quality museum, visit their website at

Please join us and bring a sack lunch! We’ll eat after the second service and depart soon thereafter. Cost is $10.00 per person. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex for all interested.

Volunteer Opening to Ensure Our Continued Particpation in PADS

Four times a year Woodridge United Methodist hosts PADS at First United Methodist in Downers Grove. We have a couple of crucial volunteer positions that need to be filled in order for us to continue this important mission. Please contact Debbie Wordinger at 331 645-7779 or for more information.

PADS Coordinator: This position attends one meeting each fall at First United Methodist in Downers Grove. They put out the volunteer lists a month before each time we host and maintain an email list of volunteers, sending out reminder emails as each volunteer time approaches.

Laundry Pick-up: This person picks up clean laundry at Good Samaritan Hospital between 4:00 and 4:30 on the four Tuesdays we host PADS. You need to count out sheets and towels, load them into 8-10 large bags and deliver them to First United Methodist in Downers Grove. You must have a vehicle large enough to carry the bags. Two people working together make this job much easier.

Additional help needed:
• Dinner service and preparation
We could use 2-3 more people for 6:45-8:30 on our Tuesday evening to host PADS.
• Morning Clean Up
We could use 1-2 additional people to work from 5:45-7:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning to pick up pads, fold up and put away tables and wipe down surfaces.
• Laundry drop off
Deliver 8-10 full large bags of laundry from First United Methodist in Downers Grove to Good Samaritan. A vehicle large enough to handle the laundry is required.


Night at the Movies Sermon Series-- Coming Soon to a Church You Attend!!

Yes, August will be our "Night At the Movies" Sermon Series.

Get are the movies for 2017:             


Finding Dory

To Kill a Mockingbird

A “currently showing” movie to be selected

You are encouraged to hold a "viewing party" where several people get together to watch one of the movies. If you wish to host a viewing party and want to advertise it, please let Pastor Danita know when and which movie and we will print it in the bulletin. For the "currently showing" movie, an email and phone tree announcement will be made a few days ahead with time of showing and which theater and we will go to the movies as a congregation. There may even be popcorn involved!!!!!


Skin in the Game: Equipping Congregations to Challenge Racism

Practical guidance and resources for clergy, lay leaders and Christian educators on August 19th at 8:30am-12:30pm at the First UMC of Elmhurst. Register online at Rev. Dr. Felicia LaBoy is the guest speaker.


Christmas in July!!!!

Christmas Eve 2017 occurs on a Sunday and it is less than 170 days away!!!! The Worship Committee has started talking about the worship options for the day. Should we have 4 worship services (2 in the morning as we usually do and 2 in the late afternoon/night as we do on Christmas Eve)? Probably not the best idea.....2 in the morning and 1 at night? 1 in the morning, one in the late afternoon and one at night? 1 in the morning and 1 at night? How about 10 and 10 or 11 and 11? So many options and the Worship Committee is wrestling with the idea of "what's best". THE WORSHIP COMMITTEE HAS NOT MADE A DECISION yet but we are talking about it with the pastors. You are invited to share your ideas and/or opinions with members of the Worship Committee and/or the pastors. It will be here before you know it!!!


Attention: Gently used infant’s and children’s clothing needed!

New Hope Baptist Church in Bolingbrook, IL is holding their bi-annual Clothing Giveaway where anyone can come and “shop” for clothing, shoes, purses and belts on August 19, 2017. They are in need of gently used items of clothing for infants and children. There is a box in the Narthex through July 23, 2017 for any donation items you may have. Thank you for your generosity!


Trustees Wish List Projects

The trustee's would like to set the background for the "Wish List" request today our function is to maintain the church building, parsonage and grounds. In order to do that the trustee Committee was provided a $41,392 budget for 2017 that covers: insurance, church utilities, church maintenance, parsonage utilities & parsonage other. There is no amount set aside for major maintenance.

The Trustees had a budget of $72,100 in 2007. Our budgets since then have been on a steady decline as our current budget of $41,392 reflects - a $30,708 decrease form our high. In other words, the trustees have fewer dollars each year to maintain the aging church building, parsonage and grounds.

92% of the budget for 2017 covers “fixed” costs. The amounts are not negotiable and include some contractual services like the fire alarm monitoring,, copier lease and maintenance, and furnace maintenance. Our budgeted amount of $585 is based on 3-4 snowfalls of over 2 inches! The remaining amount of approximately $3,300 covers the projects that need to be done around our property.

2017 Fixed Costs  
Insurance $12,938
Church Utilities $13,955
Church Maintenance $4,842
Fire Alarm Monitoring $1,418
Copier Lease & Maintenance $3,500
Furnace Maintenance $2,000
Major Maintenance $0
Parsonage Utilities $1,861
Parsonage Other $878
Total $30,808


*Church Maintenance Budget $4,842
Snow Plowing $585
($145 each time)  
Janitorial Supplies $1,211
Other Repairs & Maintenance $2,486
Landscape Maintenance $560

In the Narthex, we have a poster showing the various projects that need attention (some are critical), but can't be done out of our current budget. You will note that a number of projects have already been taken care of by donations to the church. The remaining prioritized projects are larger dollar items that will be done as funds become available.

We appreciate whatever you can do to help your church. All donations to the "Trustees Wish List" should be listed on your giving envelopes. We also request that you DO NOT reduce our normal giving to the general or other funds that you currently give to in order to help pay for these items.

If you have any questions, pleases talk to one of your Trustees: Rick Cihlar, Janice Nitchals, Sam Arvanis, Pat Ford, Frank Bow, Sue or Barry Seago or Tom Strong.


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Logan Correctional's Out in a Week 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.

The 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 you pick them up at the end of the sale.

"Almost Home" men's clothing free store

OK, we know it's not the official Department of Corrections title, but Pastor Linda Walker couldn't resist filling the name gap when the news was announced: Lincoln men's prison is adopting the Logan Boutique-style free store for soon-to-be-released men!

Men's lovingly used and laundered or cleaned clothing - casual, business, work clothing, coats and shoes in all sizes, are needed to launch this great ministry.

We'll tell you the "store" official name as soon as it's announced. Until then, Pastor Linda is calling it "Almost Home!"

It's estimated that only one-fifth of clothing donated to various resale shops in the U.S. is sold where it's 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 they'll 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 the Narthex. Receipts are available to allow you to track your tax deductible donation. Contact Bob Copeland or Debbie Wordinger with any questions.






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. Last year, 2016, our Church contributed approximately 4 Tons of food through our financial contributions and food donations.

A basket sits near the entrance to our sanctuary to accept your food donations; and we graciously accept financial contributions, at any time.  The pantry will not accept expired items.


• Feminine hygiene products, i.e. tampons and sanitary pads
• Laundry detergent and fabric softener
• Household cleaning products
• Paper household products, i.e. paper towels, Kleenex, and toilet paper




Looking Ahead

July 24th - 28th - Vacation Bible School

July 30th - 5th Sunday Fellowship - Taco Bar

July 30th - Blood Drive

August 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th - Night at the Movies Sermon Series 



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