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

Sent:                               Friday, January 5, 2018 9:24 AM

To:                                   Colleen Erbach

Subject:                          "Recalculating. . . . ." - Weekly Newsletter from Woodridge United Methodist Church





Woodridge United Methodist Church

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weekly newsletter

"Recalculating. . . . . . "




Finally, the Wise Men arrive with gifts for the Christ child!!!!  So now we can put away all of those decorations and stuff.  But, not so fast..  One of the foundations of our faith as a Christian has just occurred and we are ready to move on to the “next thing”.  After all, the stores and radio stations have already started to put up their spring displays and we must keep up.

On this first Sunday of the new year we will celebrate EPIPHANY, the arrival of the Wise Men and the enlightenment of this entire Bethlehem-event.  Sometimes our journey of faith takes twists and turns and we get reminded that “another route” would be preferable.  We find ourselves having to do some recalculation and make adjustments.  We will review the importance of sometimes doing that “RECALCULATING” as we reflect on the “why” of the event and our part of the legacy.   Maybe we will be a little less hasty in taking those decorations down and “putting away” Christmas!!

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


  Monday, January 8th
- Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm
- Trustees Meeting at 7:00 pm  


  Tuesday, January 9th
- Committee Meetings at 7:00 pm
- Preschool Board Meeting at 7:00 pm  


  Wednesday,  January 10th
- Wednesday Night Live at 6:00 pm
- Bible Study at 6:30 pm
- Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm  


  Thursday, January 11th
- Yoga at 6:30 pm
- Boy Scout Meeting at 7:30 pm  


  Friday, January 12th
- Cub Scout Lock-In at 6:00 pm 


  Saturday, January 13th
- Leadership Team Breakfast at 9:00 am
- Boy Scout Lock-In at ~5:00 pm 


  Sunday,  January 14th
- 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. 


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!! Sign-up sheet is in the narthex. 


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




Adventurers will be ringing in the new year (again) on Saturday, January 20 at 5:00 pm with a pot luck at the home of Bud and Gwenn Edman, 1615 Golfview, Darien. Join us for a relaxed evening of fun and easy conversation. Please bring a dish to share and your favorite beverage. RSVP by January 18 to or 630.985.3974.



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. Registration deadline is JANUARY 6th.


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 non-violent 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. 



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!  


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.   


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   


 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.  


January 5, 2018, Volume 9, Edition 1




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