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

Sent:                               Friday, January 26, 2018 9:16 AM

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Subject:                          "Power to Serve" - Weekly Newsletter from Woodridge United Methodist Church





Woodridge United Methodist Church

 All are welcome!

Join us on Sunday for worship Services

at 9:00 aM & 10:30 AM

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weekly newsletter

"Power to Serve"  

We are in the midst of the season of Epiphany.....the season of enlightenment about the power and presence of God through Jesus Christ in our lives.  In our society the word "power" makes us cringe because we see so many examples of its negative effect.  But recognizing the power that God gives us is a power that helps, supports, encourages and loves or the "POWER TO SERVE" is radically different in nature and scope.  It also sends us to different places to do different things.  Let's see how we recognize that different perspective on "power" and where it really lies.   

All are invited to be with us on Sunday at 9 and 10:30 a.m..  Please join us and invite someone to come along with you!!  ALL are welcome!  See you on Sunday!             

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,  January 28th
- Worship Services at 9:00 am & 10:30 am
- Worship Band Rehearsal at 11:45 am
- Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
- A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm 

  Monday, January 29th
- Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm
- Nominations Meeting at 7:00 pm 

  Tuesday, January 30th
- Bible Study at 10:30 am

  Wednesday,  January 31st
- Staff Meeting at 10:30 am
- Wednesday Night Live at 6:00 pm
- Bible Study at 6:30 pm
- Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm  

  Thursday, February 1st
- Yoga at 6:30 pm
- Boy Scout Meeting at 7:30 pm  

  Friday, February 2nd
- First Friday Lunch at 12:00 pm 

  Saturday, February 3rd
- Sorority Meeting at 9:00 am 

  Sunday,  February 4th
- Worship Services at 9:00 am & 10:30 am
- Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
- A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm   

Preschool Registration

Registration for Small Miracles Preschool is now open.  Registration opens to the community on January 29th. Registration forms may be found on the website,-tuition,-and-registration Registration fees are $85 for a new student and $50 for a returning student. Church members receive a discount on tuition!  


Lenten Brunch

The Education Committee will be having a Lenten Brunch following the second service on Sunday, February 18th. Join us for food and fellowship. Look for a sign up in the narthex to bring a dish to come soon. Hope to see you there! 

Lenten Bible Study

Our Lenten bible study will be "Embracing the Uncertain" by Magrey R. DeVega.  Just turning on the news lets us know we are living in uncertain times. Economic instabilities, eruptions of violence, and natural catastrophes can alter the lives and landscapes of entire communities. Our individual lives are often just as unsteady: relationships can break, plans can falter, and confidence can fail.

DeVega invites readers to engage and wrestle with life’s uncertainties, not ignore them. The first six chapters focus on six post-Transfiguration, pre-Passion stories in the Gospels. Each of these stories are signposts in the gospel narrative, pointing down at a world filled with uncertainty, but pointing us forward to a cross that can show us how to follow Jesus with courage, hope, and obedience.

Join us on Tuesday mornings (10:30 a.m. to noon) starting on February 21st or Wednesday evenings (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) Starting on February 22nd.  Books cost $10.  The sign up sheet is in the narthex.


Do you want to join in helping to lead worship through music this Lent and Easter season? We would be thrilled to have you be part of the choir or worship band during this rich and meaningful time in the church year! All levels of experience are welcome. Rehearsals and service dates are below- please contact Katrina Sudmanwith any questions.

WUMC Choir:

-February 4, 11:45am Rehearsal (Prep 2 for Lent)-February 11, 11:45am Rehearsal (Prep 3 for Lent, Prep 1 to sing for Easter on 4/1)
-February 25, 11:45am Rehearsal (Prep 4 for Lent, Prep 2 for Easter)
-March 11, 11:45am Rehearsal (Prep 5 for Lent, Prep 3 for Easter)
-March 18, 8:00am Call (Sing for both services)
-March 25, 11:45-1:30pm Combined Rehearsal (Combined Band/Choir Easter Prep 1
-April 1, 8:00am Call (Easter Sunday, sing for both services)

Worship Band:
-January 28th, 11:45am Rehearsal (Prep for 2/11)
-February 11th, 8:00am Call (Play for both services
-March 4, 11:45am Rehearsal
(Prep for 3/11, and Prep 1 to play for Easter on 4/1)
-March 11, 8:30am Call (Play for both services)
-March 25, 11:45-1:30pm Combined Rehearsal (Combined Band/Choir Easter Prep 2
-April 1, 8:00am Call (Easter Sunday, play for both services)


Do you have a musical gift that you would like to share with the church? If so, the following dates are currently open for Special Music.
Please contact Katrina Sudman if interested:  
-January: 29
-February: 4, 18, 25
-March: 4
-April: 8, 15, 29
-May: 6, 27

JOIN US FOR YOGA on 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

If you can't make Adventurers' evening outings, join us for First Friday Luncheons! It's very casual, and all you have to bring is your sack lunch, a beverage, and something to share if you'd like. Join us at noon on Friday, February 2, in the kitchen, for a relaxing lunch

Youth Pizza Sale!!

To place an order:

Simply go to the pizza display in the Narthex. One of our youth will gladly help you.

Cost is:

$6 for a cheese, $7 for sausage or pepperoni, $8 for deluxe (sausage and pepperoni).

The youth will make the pizzas fresh on Saturday, February 3th.

You may pick them up that day from 10am-1pm.

Proceeds go toward our 2018 Youth Programs including the Summer mission trip.

Thank you so much for your support!

2018 Laity Convocation

The date for this year’s Laity Convocation is Saturday, February 17th from 9:00 am to 12:45 pm.  The convocation will be held at the Sycamore UMC (160 Johnson Ave., Sycamore Il.).  We are thrilled that the Reverend Doctor Junius Dotson, General Secretary of Discipleship Ministries, will be our keynote speaker and a leader of one of the five breakout sessions.  Dr. Dotson is a dynamic leader and speaker and has introduced a new evangelism tool to
the United Methodist church called “See All The People.”  We also have five breakout sessions, all designed to help local churches to better understand how to reach out to neighbors and bring the way of Jesus to them.  Breakout session will be lead by laity and pastors who have put into action what they will talk about.  All church members are welcome to attend!    

Faith and Fellowship Night for Special Olympics

Calling all United Methodists to come out for a fun celebration of faith, family, and community as the Chicago Wolves take on the San Antonio Rampage at the Allstate Arena on Saturday, February 17th at 7pm at the Allstate Arena.  Faith-based postgame talk given by singer Wayne Messmer who is Nationally recognized as the "Voice of the National Anthem." This event is dedicated to providing groups of faith an affordable and memorable night of fun, fellowship, and inspiration. Tickets $20. A portion will go toward Special Olympics.

Blood Drive

Sunday, February 25, 2018 8 a.m. -  1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall

Each presenting donor will receive 2 FREE Hollywood Blvd. movie tickets. All participating donors will be entered into a raffle to win a pair of Chicago Blackhawks tickets.  Winner will be notified on March 1.

To schedule your appointment visit, login (new donor, existing donor), find your drive from the scroll down list or type in WR27 in Group Code by bottom of page, select time slot.

YES you may be able to donate!  Call regarding CANCER, DIABETES or TATTOOS.  Many medications acceptable! FREE Cholesterol Screening and Blood Typing! Appointments Recommended. 

How does Confirmation work at WUMC in 2018? Find out April 22nd!

WUMC’s Confirmation program is for students in 7th and 8th grades. The 2018-19 program runs September 2018 through May 2019. All students who will be in 7th and 8th grades in the 2018-19 school year and their parent(s) are invited to a Confirmation Information Meeting on Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 from 12noon-1:00pm (i.e. following the second worship service). 

The Confirmation Information Meeting agenda includes: program particulars and expectations for students and families, curriculum preview, how Confirmation fits into our overall Youth Ministries, meeting the Youth Council, and time for questions.

Upper Room Devotionals

Did you enjoy the Sent devotional over Advent?  Wonderful! Did you miss out on it and wish you had taken part?  There’s a solution! Upper Room Magazines (a bimonthly devotional) are always available for purchase in the narthex.  They are located next to the prayer request mailbox.

Family Crisis Fund

Thank you, church family and friends!  Our fundraiser at Portillo's in November raised $132 for our Family Crisis Fund.  Our next fundraiser will be Monday, March 19 at HomeRun Inn on 75th in Darien. Mark your calendar. 

Preschool Tower of TP

Small Miracles Preschool Pre-Kindergarten classes will be engaged in creating a "Tower of TP". This is the pre-kindergarten students community outreach project for the Western Suburban Food Pantry. Drop off some "TP" to the preschool starting February 5th through February 22nd and help out our community!! 

Make This Easter Special

Now through March 12th, West Suburban food pantry is accepting donations of hams and Easter Baskets for children ages 2-12.  Your donations will provide a child with an added Easter blessing.  Please mar the basked for boy or girl and approximate age.  If you would prefer not to do a whole basket, they are also acetifying donations of individually wrapped candy  and small gift items.

2018 Toiletry Drive.

Now through February 28th, Hope’s Front Door will be holding a toiletry drive to ensure that these items are available to those in need.  For many in our community, the lack of access to toiletry items can prove a real challenge. Finding toiletries at Hope’s Front Door can have an immediate and positive impact on the self-esteem, health and well-being of clients. Hope’s Front Door is currently looking for the following items: bars of soap, toothbrushes, mouthwash, floss, toothbrushes, shampoo & conditioner, lotion, toilet paper, razors, deodorant, toilet paper and feminine sanitary products.
Hope’s Front Door: 1047 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515 (Mon., Wed, Thurs, Friday 10 am to 12 pm)
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church: 1125 Franklin Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515

Bible Study

 Our next bible study  is HALF TRUTHS by Adam Hamilton and is offered on Wednesday evenings (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) and Tuesday mornings (10:30 a.m. to noon). The plan for Wednesday remains to join the youth for dinner at about 6:30 p.m. and then as they go off to their activities, we will go to our class. We will conclude at 8:30 p.m., about the same time as the youth finish.  Classes have already started, but please join us!!

True or false:
1. Everything happens for a reason.
2. God helps those who help themselves.
3. God won’t give you more than you can handle.
4. God said it, I believe it, that settles it.
5. Love the sinner, hate the sin.
All true? Not so fast. We’ve heard these phrases all of our lives, but in Adam Hamilton’s new book, Half Truths, you’ll learn that although they capture some element of truth, when compared to the wisdom found in Scripture, they’re really just popular sayings.

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.     

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!    


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!!!!   

Celebrate "Souper" Bowl Sunday

Good News! Good Results! During 2017, Woodridge United Methodist Church (WUMC) gave 500 pounds of food and $1,430 in monetary donations to the West Suburban Community Pantry (Woodridge Food Pantry). This represents a 30 percent increase compared to our 2016 donations. Since 2015, our donations are up over 63 percent. The Food Pantry is celebrating the "Souper Bowl" by collecting hearty soups. Please fill the basket at the entrance to our sanctuary with cans of soup. Your donations help feed the less fortunate in our community! 

 Looking Ahead    

 February 14th - Ash Wednesday Services at noon & 7:30 pm 

 February 18th - Lenten Brunch 11:45 am

 February 25th - Blood Drive at 8:00 am


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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.   

January 26, 2018, Volume 9, Edition 4



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