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

Sent:                               Friday, December 29, 2017 9:24 AM

To:                                   Becky Jeske

Subject:                          "Sing We Now of Christmas (Again)" - Weekly Newsletter from Woodridge United Methodist Church





Woodridge United Methodist Church

 All are welcome!

Join us on Sunday for ONE worship Service

at 10:00aM.

professional nursery care for the little ones.

All are welcome!





weekly newsletter

"Sing We Now of Christmas (Again)"  


Last Sunday was the final day of Advent and next Sunday is Epiphany, which means…This Sunday, December 31st, is the only Sunday we get during Christmastide.

(No, Christmastide isn’t something you spilled on your sweater. It’s the official, churchy name of the Christmas season. You know, that thing that lasts for 12 days. Don’t worry, no collection of birds are involved in worship.)

In other words, this Sunday, December 31st, is a day for us to say:

“We’re in church and we’re singing…we’re in church and we’re SIIINGIIING!!”

Because that’s what we do during Christmas to celebrate Incarnation, God’s ultimate act of solidarity with humanity: we sing!

Oh sure, we will pray, light candles, read scripture, and Pastor Dave will talk a very little bit (What? It’s not impossible for him to talk only a little. It’s Christmas, it’s a time of miracles)…but, mostly, on Sunday at 10:00 a.m., we will sing.

We’ve picked a couple Christmas songs that we missed last week and we’ll leave plenty of time for a hymn sing. That’s right, a time where you, the congregation, get to play hymnal DJ and pick what we sing!

Christmas songs, like all our songs, are full of theological statements. We’ll let them do most of the talking in a special Homily and Hymns time we’re bringing back, called, “Sing We Now of Christmas (Again).”

So this Sunday, December 31st, we have one worship gathering at 10:00 a.m. But wait; there’s more! To celebrate New Year’s Eve we will enjoy a time of food and fellowship following worship with breakfast bites in the Fellowship Hall.

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,  December 31st
- Worship Service at 10:00 am
- New Years Eve Celebration at 11 am
- A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm  

  Monday, January 1st
- Church Office CLOSED

  Tuesday, January 2nd
- Church Office CLOSED

  Wednesday,  January 3rd
- Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm

  Thursday, January 4th
- Boy Scout Meeting at 7:30 pm

  Friday, January 5th
- First Friday Lunch at noon

  Saturday, January 6th
- Chapter Meeting at 9:00 am

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

Snow Shoveler Needed

The Trustees are looking for someone to shovel the sidewalks around the church when it snows on evenings (by 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. depending on meetings that are being held each evening).  We pay $25 for each instance of shoveling - and we have a snow blower available to use! The parking lot is not a part of this assignment.


New Years Eve Celebration

Join us on New Years Eve after our ONE 10 am Service for a New Years Eve Celebration with breakfast bites. Sign up to bring items is in the Narthex.  

First Friday Lunch

The next First Friday Lunch is on January 5th 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!

Bible Study

Our next bible study  will be HALF TRUTHS by Adam Hamilton and will be 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.

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.

The WEDNESDAY class will begin on Wednesday, January 10th. The TUESDAY class will begin on Tuesday, January 16th. The cost is $15.00 per person for the study guide. Please plan to join us!! Signup sheet is in the narthex.


United Methodist Women Mission U Winter Event

Mission U is an opportunity to study current issues impacting society based on current mission study topics with particular attention to the responsibilities of women in fulfilling the mission work of the church. Possible study options are Living as a Covenant Community, Climate Justice and Missionary Conferences of the United States. Conference events are open to members and non-members of United Methodist Women. The Winter mission U event runs from January 19-21st (Pastor Danita is a speaker). See the bulletin board in the narthex for more details. 

ChildServ’s Legacy Banquet

ChildServ will be having a banquet “Prepare for Lent” on Sunday, February 11, 2018   2:00 – 4:00 PM. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Dr. Janet Wolf who is the Children’s Defense Fund, Director of Nonviolent Organizing & the Alex Haley Farm.
Address: “Dislocated by Grace: Listening to Children”
Rev. Dr. Janet Wolf is a nationally recognized poverty rights organizer and United Methodist pastor; college/seminary professor; learner/teacher/animator with think tanks inside prisons. She is engaged in public theology and nonviolent direct action organizing, and is currently working with the Children’s Defense Fund to disrupt, dismantle the cradle to prison pipeline.  To reserve your seat, contact Kim Coffing at or at 773-239-8710. Tickets: $65 per person. 


Summer Associates Needed

Camps Reynoldswood & Wesley Woods need Christian Summer Associates to fill the following paid positions: Counselors, Lifeguards, Aquatics Directors, Shift Cooks, Kitchen Assistants,  and Maintenance Helpers. We need committed Christians to share their faith, encourage youth and staff, and build friendships. These are Summer JOBS, not vacations--candidates  will be expected to work all summer long, including holidays--June 1 through August 16.  Apply online.

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.    

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.   

FREE Classes for Adults Offered by College of DuPage

 English Language Acquisition (formerly ESL) classes developing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills from beginning to advanced levels
 Citizenship classes for those preparing to take and pass the USCIS written and oral citizenship test
 English High School Equivalency classes prepare students in English to pass the high school equivalency test
 Spanish High School Equivalency classes prepare students in Spanish to pass the high school equivalency test
Classes begin on January 20th.  Contact them via email at or by phone at 630.942.3697.  The website is here.

Thank Yous

Christmas Tree
The Christmas Tree in the Narthex was donated by the Scouts and decorated by our very own Cub Scout Pack 104.  Thank you!!

Northern Illinois Food Bank
Thank you - our volunteers, our champions, our most valued supporters - for all that you do throughout the year for us. You make it possible for us to bring nourishment and hope to families in our community this holiday season and throughout the year. On behalf of the entire staff at Northern Illinois Food Bank, we wish you happy holidays.
Warmly,Julie YurkoPresident & CEO


 School District 68
Dear Congregants,
On behalf of the students, staff, and families of Woodridge School District 68, I would like to express our sincere thanks again for your generous donation of warm hats, scarves and mittens. They are definitely put to good use! We appreciate your thoughtfulness and support of our students and community.
Warm Regards,
Amy Melinder
Director of Community Engagement

West Suburban Community Pantry
Woodridge United Methodist Church,
Thank  you very much for hosting a toy drive on behalf of WSCP! We appreciate the generosity, and we’re excited to stock the Christmas toy shelves with them!!
Have a great holiday,
West Suburban Community Pantry

Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON)
Dear Woodridge United Methodist Church,
Your gift has already made an impact…our lawyer and paralegal have been working almost non-stop to provide free legal counsel to immigrants.  Our Country’s immigration system is not simple and now it is an ever changing environment. Your generosity helps us focus on providing the excellent, free legal counsel to vulnerable immigrants n the communities we serve.

Thanks you for your generous gift of $1123 to Northern Illinois JFON on November 7, 2017.

As the Chair of Development, I would like to personally than you for making our work possible.  Your kindness supported our attorney in meeting with immigrants eager to be in the United States with the appropriate documents.
Our current and future success of providing excellent and free legal advice to immigrants I made possible by the continued generosity of our supporters.
With deep gratitude,
Melissa Earley

From Love Christian Clearinghouse
Dear Woodridge United Methodist Church,
May you be blessed with a beautiful Christmas season and a wonder-filled New Year!

From West Suburban Community Pantry
Thank you for your donation that we received on 12/4/2017! [from the Ecumenical service offering] Because of you, we can provide food and services to people in need in our community who struggle to make ends meet.

You help the single mother who finally left an abusive relationship and needs to start over; the construction workers who have their hours cut as a project ends. Because of you, our neighbors in need can put their precious resources towards other things, such as childcare, keeping the heat on and putting gas in their car to get to work.

It’s because of generous supporters like you that our clients do not need to worry about whether or not they’ll have dinner tonight.

Thank you. Many organizations are asking for your support at this time of year, and we are humbled hat you chose to invest your dollars in WSCP. We could not provide access to healthy food, deliver grocery boxes to senior citizens, or offer any other services essential to families living in poverty without your generous contributions.
Warmest regards,
Laura Traut-Coyle
Executive Director 

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!!!!  


 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   

 December 31st - ONE 10:00 am Service

 December 31st - 11:00 am New Years Eve Celebration

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


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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.  

December 22nd, 2017, Volume 8, Edition 51



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