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

Sent:                               Friday, October 20, 2017 12:04 PM

To:                                   Becky Jeske

Subject:                          "Life's Simple Rules" - Weekly Newsletter from Woodridge United Methodist Church





Woodridge United Methodist Church

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weekly newsletter

"Life's Simple Rules" 


This week we will look at LIFE'S SIMPLE RULES.  My guess is that you have heard this expression before.  You probably are thinking...."Oh my gosh, I can't stand another person telling me how to live my life!".  Well, that's not what we will be doing on Sunday! 

The simple rules of life that we have learned are different for each person because we come from different backgrounds.  Our parents and grandparents taught us valuable lessons as we grew and developed that we have carried through life.  Have we ever examined where those "lessons" came from?  We will take a look at some of those lessons and where they came from and why.  Maybe once we take a look at their origin, we can see the value in them??!!

Let's take a look at those "lessons" and see what we come up with.  Join us on Sunday at 9 or 10:30.  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 22nd
- Service at 9:00 & 10:30 am
- Choir Rehearsal at 11:45 am 
- Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
- A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm 

 Monday, October 23rd
- Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm 

 Tuesday,  October 24th
- Ad Council at 7:00 pm 

 Wednesday,  October 25th
- Wednesday Night Live at 6:00 pm
- Bible Study at 6:30 pm 

 Thursday, October 26th
- Yoga at 6:30 pm
- Executive Board Meeting at 7:00 pm
- Boy Scout Meeting at 7:30 pm  

  Sunday,  October 29th
- ONE Service at 10:00 am
- Harvest Fest at 11:15 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: 

Flood Bucket Collection

The WUMC Youth group will be collecting supplies and donations for assembling Flood Buckets to assist with UMCOR relief efforts following the devastating hurricanes in Texas and Florida. Additional information will be forthcoming. Find a list of specific items that are needed and that can be included in the Flood Buckets here.  Please join us in supporting this important mission! 

Support WUMC Youth with gift card orders.

Orders were due October 15th and will be available for pickup on October 22nd. 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 

2017 Fall Bible Study

Our Bible study for the fall will be CRASH TEST DUMMIES: 


 SURPRISING LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF JUDGES  by Talbot Davis.  It will be offered on Wednesday evenings (6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.). The plan for Wednesday remains to join the youth for dinner at about 6:00 p.m. and then as they go off to their activities, we will go to our class.  We will conclude around 8:00 p.m., about the same time as the youth finish.  The Wednesday class began on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 and last for 6 weeks.  The cost is $10.00 per person for the study guide.  Please plan to join.   

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

New Member Class

If you have been thinking about joining the Woodridge United Methodist Church family, this is for you!!!!  We will hold a time of “getting to know us” on Sunday, October 22 following the 2nd worship service around 11:45 a.m..  If you are interested in being a part of the class, please contact the church office or talk to Pastor Danita.  

Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service Choir Rehearsal Schedule

Sunday, October 22nd: Prep Rehearsal 1 after 2nd Service (~11:45 am)
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)


Adventurers is venturing to an old favorite at 5PM on October 21! Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket, 645 Joliet Road, Willowbrook, still serves great chicken.  If you're looking for a relaxing and easy evening with friends old and new, please join us.  The more, the merrier! Contact Bud and Gwenn Edman at or 630-985-3974 by October 18. 

Thanksgiving Food Boxes and Turkeys for Trinity UMC

Starting on October 22, 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.

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.   

All Saints Day is Sunday, October 29th

Please send in the names of Loved ones who have passed since our last All Saints Day (Nov. 2016-Oct. 2017) to the church office ( by Wednesday, October 25th

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.  

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. 

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!  

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


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


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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 20th, 2017, Volume 8, Edition 42



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