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

Sent:                               Friday, November 10, 2017 9:20 AM

To:                                   Becky Jeske

Subject:                          "The Voice" - Weekly Newsletter from Woodridge United Methodist Church





Woodridge United Methodist Church

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weekly newsletter

"The Voice" 

This Sunday has been designated CALL SUNDAY by the Northern Illinois Conference Board of Ordained Ministry.  It is the Sunday where we are encouraged to talk about what it means to be “called” into the service of God.  The hope is that someone might hear the “voice of God” in a new and special way or hear that same voice and no longer be afraid to step forward into God’s service.  God’s call is not limited to the call to ordination, but a call to faithfulness and leadership. 

In our lesson from the Old Testament, Samuel awakes because he “hears voices”.  God is calling the boy into service and Eli suggests that the next time he hears the voice, to respond.  This is partially my story and I will share some of that on Sunday.  Hearing God call is not just for the “clergy professional” but for all people.  So let’s talk about it some more on Sunday.  Please join me 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 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 

  Tuesday, November 14th
- Staff Parish  at 6:30 pm 
- Church Conference at 7:00 pm

  Wednesday,  November 15th
- Wednesday Night Live at 6:00 pm
- Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm
- Advent Study at 6:30 pm

  Thursday, November 16th
- Yoga at 6:30 pm
- Boy Scout Committee at 7:00 pm
- Executive Board Meeting at 7:00 pm
- Boy Scout Meeting at 7:30 pm

   Friday, November 17th
- Cub Scouts Pack Meeting at 6:30 pm

  Sunday,  November 19th
- Worship Services at 9:00 & 10:30 am
- Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
- Choir Rehearsal at 5:00 pm- Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
- Ecumenical Service at 6:00 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


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 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

Every year, our church holds a meeting, usually with the district superintendent present, where we summarize what happened in the past year and talk about goals/objectives for the coming year. We also elect our officers for the coming year and set the lead pastor’s compensation for the year. This year we will meet on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m.. The Staff-Parish Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m.. Reverend Jeffry Bross will be our presiding elder this year as authorized by our district superintendent, Reverend Dick Wisdom. Please plan to be with us


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!!!

All Church Work Day Rescheduled

The all church work day has bee rescheduled for Saturday, November 25th 9 am to noon. Do you want to have fun together working outside? Bring work gloves, rakes, etc.

Portillo’s Fundraiser

Hooray! A no cook night at Portillo's in Bolingbrook on Thursday, November 30, 5:00-8:00. We all love their sandwiches, but don't forget to save room for their chocolate cake. Proceeds will benefit our Family Crisis Fund. Flyers are needed to take get credit for the sale. Find the flyer here or in the Narthex.

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 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 

Preschool Cookbook

Small Miracles is creating a fundraiser cookbook and we need your recipes to make it a success!  Catagories include:  holiday favorites, appetizers, desserts, cookies, main dishes and kid friendly.  You can submit your recipes to the church office or Heather Kostov by Sunday, November 17th.  Contact Heather Kostov with any questions.

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. 

Christmas Gifts for the West Suburban Community Pantry

Pantry clients that live in Woodridge qualify for a program that allow their children to get Christmas gifts from local congregations.  Due to limited supplies many of the children are left out of this program.  We are colleting unwrapped toys for boys and girls from 2 to 12 years old to help meet this need until Sunday, December 4th. Please place them in the designated box in the Narthex.

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 14th - Church Conference

November 19th - Ecumenical Service

November 26th - Hanging of the Greens


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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 10th, 2017, Volume 8, Edition 45



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