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

Sent:                               Friday, November 24, 2017 8:00 AM

To:                                   Colleen Erbach

Subject:                          "Eyes Wide Open" - Weekly Newsletter from Woodridge United Methodist Church





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weekly newsletter

"Eyes Wide Open" 


Although it may seem that it started months ago, the season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is probably one of the busiest seasons of the  year.  Family and friends gather from near and far.  Shopping is the priority for so many.  Lights and decorations are everywhere you turn.  And my goodness, the music is playing loud and clear in every venue possible!!!

So, too the church will “get into the spirit” of the holidays.  This Sunday we will share in a time of “Hanging the Greens”.  No, that does not mean that we string up lettuce and kale!!  It means that we will place items in the sanctuary and around to remind us of the connectedness of those items to our faith story.  There will be singing and there will be readings and we will focus our attention on the coming events with our “EYES WIDE OPEN”.  This reminder comes to us from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.  

This week, there will be one worship service to do all this “preparation” at 10:00 a.m..  Please join us.  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 26th
- ONE Worship Services at 10:00 am
- Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
- A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm 

  Monday, November 27th
- Cub Scouts  at 6:30 pm 

  Tuesday, November 28th
- Advent Study at 10:30 am 
- Ad Council Meeting at 7:00 pm

  Wednesday,  November 29th
- Wednesday Night Live at 6:00 pm
- Girl Scouts JE at 6:00 pm
- Advent Study at 6:30 pm

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

  Friday, December 1st
- First Friday Lunch at 12:00 pm

   Saturday, December 2nd
- Craft Vendor Fair at 9:00 am

  Sunday,  December 3rd
- Worship Services at 9:00 & 10:30 am
- Cub Scout Leader Meeting at 7:00 pm
- A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm 

 Click here to view the full calendar of events and meetings 


Thank you a million times over!!!!!  What an awesome time of celebration we had on last Sunday for our Community Thanksgiving Service!!  Whether you set up chairs, prepared or passed out bulletins, brought cookies, served as a greeter, usher, or “smiling face in the crowd” YOU did an outstanding job representing our congregation.  Thank you so much for such a heartfelt time of engagement.  YOU ARE AWESOME!!!


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.  

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.

Salvation Army Concert

The Chicago Staff Band of the Salvation Army along with the Canadian Staff Songsters (of the Salvation Army) are performing a concert on Saturday November 25th at 7:00 pm at the Edman Chapel in Wheaton, IL.  For FREE tickets, contact the Salvation Army, Music Department at or 847-294-2134.  Donations are welcome!

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.

Join us for Yoga Thursdays at 6:30 pm

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 December 1st 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!

World Aids Day Service

Join the NIC HIV/AIDS Task Force on Friday, December 1st at 7 pm at Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church in Chicago for a Service of Remembrance & Celebration marking World AIDS Day. There is a light reception at 6 p.m. Featured speaker is Bishop Julius C. Trimble, chair of the UM Global AIDS Fund. The Chicago Children’s Chorus neighborhood branch will be singing.

Holiday Craft & Vendor Show

Small Miracles Preschool is having a holiday craft & Vendor Fair on Saturday, December 2nd 9 am until 2 pm.  Local vendors will be in Fellowship Hall with an array of wonderful gift ideas for everyone on your list!  Be sure to stop by the Bake Sale and raffle tables, too! See flyer here.

Classical Christmas Concert

What: Katrina Sudman warmly invites you to a Classical Christmas concert she will be performing with her Harp and Piano duo “Ten Pedals." The program will include exquisite works by Debussy, Faure, Tchaikovsky, and more. No tickets are required – donations only.

When: Saturday, December 2, 7:30 PM

Where: The concert will take place in the Dixon Chapel (2nd floor) of the historic First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple in the heart of downtown Chicago (77 W Washington). Parking is available at 172 W Madison or through metered street parking.

Why: Come meet a fellow United Methodist congregation and experience a delightful evening of music with the elegance of the harp and the warmth of the piano!    

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.

December PADS: Help with dinner service needed.

Our next commitment for PADS is December 19th and 20th. As in the past we will be providing food and volunteers to feed and house the homeless on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning at First United Methodist on Maple in Downers Grove.  Please check the sign up sheet in the Narthex and let me know if you won’t be able to make your usual commitment. We still need help with dinner service and morning clean up. We could also use overnight backup monitors. These times are between 10:00-2:00 and 2:00-5:30 on Wednesday morning.  If you have any questions, call Debbie Wordinger at 331 645-7779.

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
                              December 10th         December 17th   

Christmas Food Boxes and Hams 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.  Hams and food boxes are due back in the church kitchen by noon on Friday, December 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 collecting new 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 26th - Hanging of the Greens

December 24th - Advent Service at 10 am

December 24th - Christmas Eve Services at 4:30 pm & 10:30 pm

December 31st - ONE 10:00 am Watch Night Service


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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 24th, 2017, Volume 8, Edition 47



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