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

Sent:                               Friday, November 3, 2017 9:20 AM

To:                                   Becky Jeske

Subject:                          "What Took You So Long?" - Weekly Newsletter from Woodridge United Methodist Church





Woodridge United Methodist Church

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weekly newsletter

"What Took You So Long?" 

Many of us have heard the phrase….”when the cat’s away, the mice will play”.  This phrase has been used in different arenas and under different circumstances but basically means that questionable behavior occurs when a person or situation is not being properly monitored.  This is exactly what happened when Moses went up to the mountain to talk with God.  He was gone so long that the Israelites got restless.  They went to Aaron asking him what was going on…..what’s taking so long?

Throughout our lives we find ourselves in countless situations where we ask the same kind of question…..”where is God and what’s taking so long?” for the answers that are desired.  Whether it’s an answer of healing or of peace, we want to ask God “WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?”  There are countless examples of the virtue of patience.  Let’s talk about some of them on Sunday.  Join us on Sunday 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,  November 5th
-  Worship Band at 8:15 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 

   Monday, November 6th
- Girl Scouts (KZ) at 6:00 pm
- Chapter Meeting at 6:00 pm
- Trustees Meeting at 7:00 pm

  Tuesday, November 7th
- Lean In  at 7:00 pm 
- Committee Meetings at 7:00 pm

  Wednesday,  November 8th
- Wednesday Night Live at 6:00 pm
- Bible Study at 6:30 pm

  Thursday, November 9th
- Yoga at 6:30 pm
- Boy Scout Meeting at 7:30 pm  

  Sunday,  November 12th
- 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 


This year we will engage in a church-wide study entitled
SENT: Delivering The Gift of Hope at Christmas by Jorge Acevedo.
There is a children’s component that will be used during Sunday School and a youth component that will be used during Wednesday Night Live.
The options for the adult component are as follows:
Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (November 21, 28, December 5, 12, 19)
Wednesdays, 6:30 (dinner) to 8:00 p.m. (November 15, 29, December 6, 13, 20)
A devotional book is also available and encouraged.


November 26th --  ONE SERVICE – 10:00 a.m. – HANGING OF THE GREENS

December 3RD  --  “JESUS RECONCILES”       9 and 10:30 a.m.  Communion served

December 10TH  --  “JESUS SETS US FREE” 9 and 10:30 a.m.  (Communion at 9)

December 17TH --  “JESUS IS GOD WITH US”   and 10:30 a.m.  (Communion at 9)

Sunday, December 24th , 2017
10:00 a.m. – 4th Sunday of Advent – “Jesus Brings New Life”
4:30 p.m. – Family friendly and candlelighting
10:30 p.m. – Communion and candlelighting

December 31st  --  ONE SERVICE – 10:00 a.m.  followed by
New Years’ Eve Celebration with Breakfast Bites

Please check the announcements and in the narthex.  They include food baskets for our Sister Church, hats and mittens, presents for children and others


 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.

Lean In Meeting

Lean In is a women’s empowerment movement offering a small group networking format for more localized support.The Woodridge chapter is run by Karen Novak and meets at Woodridge UMC.Our members support each other in a way that we can all grow and enhance our lives and the lives of those around us. We have the Power to accomplish our dreams, Faith in ourselves to enable growth and the Compassion to love ourselves through the difficulties. As this Power, Faith and Compassion extends from ourselves to the world, we are able to give support and Lean In together. Join us at the Woodridge UMC on the Tuesday, November 7th at 7-9pm. For more information on Lean In, go to

Preschool No Cook Night

Small Miracles Preschool will be at Chuck E. Cheese’s in Darien on November 9th. 15% of all event sales will be donated to the preschool. Flyers are here.

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  

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!!!

December Adventurers - White Fence Farm

Enjoy a delightful holiday program "Sweet Reminders of Christmas" and a delicious luncheon as we travel to White Fence Farm on Friday, December 8th at 11:15 am. Usher in the most wonderful time of the year with holiday classics and enjoy the beautiful decorations at White Fence Farm. The cost of the show and the famous 4-piece chicken meal will be $36.00 if we have l5 or more attending. Please contact Pam and Jason Kabella at 630-963-8471 or e-mail at if you plan to attend. Everyone is welcome! Please join us and get in the mood for a "Holly, Jolly Christmas".

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 


Small Miracles Preschool "Souper Highway!"

The"Souper Highway!" is a canned soup/food collection for the Woodridge Food Pantry. This year our goal is 250 cans. We will be collecting canned soup and/or canned goods from November 2-17. The "souper highway" will run along the preschool hallway walls and on top of the cubbies.

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.  


 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  

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. 

 November 3rd, 2017, Volume 8, Edition 44



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