From:                              Woodridge United Methodist Church Communications [] on behalf of Woodridge United Methodist Church Communications []

Sent:                               Friday, October 27, 2017 9:24 AM

To:                                   Becky Jeske

Subject:                          "The Best is Yet to Come" - Weekly Newsletter from Woodridge United Methodist Church





Woodridge United Methodist Church

 All are welcome!

Join us on Sunday mornings for worship

at 10:00am.

Sunday School for children

ages 3 through 6th grade,

and professional nursery care for the little ones.

All are welcome!





weekly newsletter

"The Best is Yet to Come" 




This Sunday we will have our annual observance of All Saints’ Day where we remember our loved ones who have died this past year.   In our church family, Carmella Staudacher is remembered as one who was committed to the work of the Food Pantry.  Her warm smile and personality invited others to remember that we are all God’s creation.  Our journey through life touches other lives in many different ways and as we remember those we love this Sunday, we can surely sense their presence.


Our lessons from Revelation and from the first letter of John remind us that we have not seen all there is.  The BEST IS YET TO COME!!  Who we are now is no comparison for the future.  That’s a nice thought but what does that all mean and why is it important?  Good questions.  As we look at our texts for this Sunday from Revelation, I John and Matthew, we may see a glimpse of what that all means and why it is important.  Join us at 9 or 10:30 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,  October 29th
- Worship Band at 8:15 am
- ONE Service at 10:00 am
- Harvest Fest at 11:15 pm
- Choir Rehearsal at 11:45 am
- Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
- A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm 


  Wednesday,  November 1st
- Wednesday Night Live at 6:00 pm
- Bible Study at 6:30 pm
- Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm


  Thursday, November 2nd
- Yoga at 6:30 pm
- Boy Scout Meeting at 7:30 pm  


  Friday, November 3rd
- First Friday Lunch at 12:00 pm 


  Saturday, November 4th
- All Church Work Day at 9:00 am 


  Sunday,  November 5th
 Worship Band at 11:45 am
- Worship Services at 9:00 & 10:30 am
-Choir Rehearsal at 11:45 pm
- Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
- A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm 


 Click here to view the full calendar of events and meetings 


October is Clergy appreciation month 


There will be ONE Service at 10am on Sunday, October 29th. 


e-Giving Changes


Please note that e-Giving has changed.   The old portal is no longer available.  Links on the church website have been updated.  You will need to go to the church website to get to the new portal. Please delete any of your old bookmarks.


Donate to UMCOR


To assist the U.S. territories impacted by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, give to the U.S. Disaster Response & Advance #901670 . 


 To keep relief supplies in stock, give to Material Resources Advance #901440. 


 To help those affected by disasters outside the U.S. donate to Disaster Response, InternationalAdvance #982450.


 For the latest information follow the NIC Disaster Response Facebook page: 


2017 Harvest Celebration.


Join us for on Sunday, October 29th after the SINGLE 10am service for lunch, carving pumpkins, and our traditional cake walk! One pumpkin will be provided per family. Please bring your own carving set. Food sign up sheets are in the Narthex. Please bring a side dish to share. We will provide the main dish. We invite kids and adults to wear your "church appropriate" Halloween costumes!! Also on October 29th in the morning we will be having a bake sale. If you would like to bake items for the bake sale please sign up in the Narthex. Each item will be priced at $1, so please portion your items accordingly. PLEASE REMEMBER ALL ITEMS NEED TO BE NUT FREE. Thanks.


Join us for Yoga Thursdays at 6:30 pm


Yoga is one way to create strength, balance, and flexibility in the body's also a time to practice stillness and develop patience. 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


 First Friday Lunch

First Friday Lunch on November 3rd at noon. Join us for a relaxing hour of smiles and  conversation. Just bring your lunch and if you wish, a dish to share. Everyone is welcome!












All Church Work Day


Do you want to have fun together working outside? On Saturday, November 4th 9 am to noon we are having a work day. Bring work gloves, rakes, etc. 


Sleep Out Saturday


Sleep Out Saturday 2017 is November 4th. To help families experiencing homelessness, WUMC is again joining Bridge Communities by participating in its annual Sleep Out Saturday event, an all-night experience to build understanding and awareness of homelessness, while raising money for Bridge Communities’ transitional housing programs. Please support our Youth as they strive to raise awareness homelessness in DuPage County and donate on their donation page.  

Birthday Party for Pastor Danita

This year my birthday falls on the first Sunday of November and what better time to have a party than right after church!!!!! Join me for my Birthday Brunch on Sunday, November 5th around 11:45 am in Fellowship Hall.

Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service Choir Rehearsal Schedule

 Sunday, November 5th: Prep Rehearsal 2 after 2nd Service (~11:45 am)
Sunday November 12th: Prep Rehearsal 3 after 2nd Service (~11:45 am)
Sunday, November 19th: Large Group Rehearsal (at 5:00 pm before 6 pm service)


Annual Church Conference


The annual Church Conference will be on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.  Please join us.  All are welcome!  

Love Christian Clearinghouse in Concert

A country musical salute to veterans on Saturday, November 11th at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. It will feature Darryl Worley with special guest Andrew Salgado. There will be a silent and live auction that includes autographed items from the stars. Doors open at 5:30 pm & the show starts at 7:00 pm. To purchase tickets go to 

Community Thanksgiving Worship Service

Sunday, November 19th at 6:00 p.m. the churches of Woodridge will gather for their Annual Community Worship Service here in our building!!!! This time of worship together includes St. Scholastica Catholic Church, Christ the Servant Catholic Church, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Woodridge United Methodist Church, and this year, the Church of the Latter Day Saints!!!! Please plan to join us. There will be refreshments following the service. Christine Darflur ( is coordinating the refreshments and Katrina Sudman ( is coordinating the music. Please see/contact either of them for further instructions. We will also need ushers and greeters. Please find a place to help us show radical hospitality!!!


Soup Label Changes


Redbird Mission will no longer be accepting Campbell's Labels for Education after December 1. Please have all your labels in the red box in the Narthex by November 15. Thank you for your years of participation in this worthwhile project. 


Support WUMC Youth with gift card orders.

A percentage of all sales goes to Youth Ministries. Please remember to keep the WUMC Family Crisis Fund in mind. Gift cards are incredibly helpful for those in the community who need financial assistance. Find order forms here or in the Narthex. 

Future dates are:    Orders Due               Pick Up Date
                               November 12th        November 19th
                               December 10th         December 17th 

Thanksgiving Food Boxes and Turkeys for Trinity UMC


Sign-up in the Narthex to donate food boxes and turkeys for families at our sister church, Trinity United Methodist in Joliet.  Your donation provides a holiday meal for a family who would otherwise do without.  Pick up a list of items to include in each food box at the Outreach table in the Narthex.  Turkeys and food boxes are due back in the church kitchen by 5:00 pm Friday, November 17.


The Mitten Tree is Back!


Bring in child size mittens, gloves, hats and scarves to decorate our tree. All donations will go to Woodridge School District 68 for the needs of local students. We will make a delivery in early December and then again after Christmas break.


Trustees Wish List Projects


There are several projects that the Trustees would like to complete but are lacking the funds. Contribute to the Wish List and as money becomes available, the Trustees will start a project. For those that have already given, Thank You!   


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




At the end of her sermon each week, Pastor Danita asks us “to think about (our) lives” and live into our faith as we go forward with our daily lives.
Last week on Tuesday, October 17th through Wednesday, October 18th, many members of Woodridge United Methodist Church (WUMC) did just this as they provided food for, and served nearly 60 homeless guests at the Downers Grove Methodist Church.  Many stories were shared about how our volunteers felt that they received much more than they believed the guests were receiving.  This reminded me of something that I had read by Karen Armstrong which I’d wanted to share:
Sometimes it’s the very otherness of a stranger, someone who doesn’t belong to our ethnic or ideological or religious group, an otherness that can repel us initially, but which can jerk us out of our habitual selfishness, and give us intonations of that sacred otherness, which is God.  It is a beautiful and joyous thing to observe, and be part of---practicing Christ likeness; putting emphasis on Love---Love for God, neighbor, stranger, outcast, outsider---RECIPROCAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD FELT AND EXPERIENCED---AMAZING GRACE.  “Thank You” to all who participated; and I hope and pray that others will put their devotion into action and be inspired to serve in the future!  Patricia (Pat) DelRosso




Our Outreach Committee is pleased to announce that our Prison Clothing Ministry is GROWING AND EXPANDING.  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!!!! 




Are you scratching your head, saying “WHAT BASKET?”  It’s the one that sits on the floor on the left side of the middle entrance to our Sanctuary.  PLEASE LOOK FOR IT, AND DON’T FORGET TO BRING A DONATION TO CHURCH TO FILL THE BASKET FOR THE WEST SUBURBAN FOOD PANTRY (WOODRIDGE FOOD PANTRY)! 


Woodridge United Methodist Church (WUMC), our Church, partners with the West Suburban Food Pantry in providing food for the economically disadvantaged of our community.  


• Canned Tuna and Chicken
• Peanut Butter and Jelly
• Cereal
• Hamburger Helper
• Pancake Mix and Syrup
• Canned Vegetables, Fruit and Tomato Products
• Pasta
• Sizes 3, 4 and 5 Diapers 


Looking AheaD 


October 29th - One Service 


October 29th - All Saints Day 


October 29th - Harvest Fest


November 4th - All Church Work Day


November 4th - Sleep Out Saturday


November 5th - Pastor Danita's Birthday Party


November 14th - Church Conference




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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. 


October 27th, 2017, Volume 8, Edition 43



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