From:                                         Woodridge United Methodist Church Communications <> on behalf of Woodridge United Methodist Church Communications <>

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Subject:                                     "Time's Up" - Weekly Newsletter from Woodridge United Methodist Church





Woodridge United Methodist Church

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weekly newsletter

"Time's Up"  



Today is the beginning of what we know as Holy Week, the last week of the earthly life of Jesus.  It is filled with very difficult scenes for someone who is the Savior of the world.  It includes sitting at the table with friends knowing that one will deny your very existence and another has been paid a tidy little sum to turn you into the authorities whose plan is to kill you.  Standing in front of those in “authority” only to be mocked and questioned about your existence. Then it is followed by the darkest day of all when this Savior of the world is crucified on a cross like a common criminal.  Talk about a week of agony and despair!!!! 

So the week starts out a bit different than it ends up but with a strong message for those of us who live in this Post-Resurrection time period – TIME’S UP!!!  The Gospel of John talks about the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and the crowds that began to gather.  And as soon as members of the crowd begin to inquire, Jesus responds…”Time’s Up!”  Have you ever gone seeking for an answer to a dilemma in your life only to receive the response…”TIME’S UP”?  It could be very discouraging.  But if we look closer, we might hear a different message….one of hope and courage.  Let’s see which one we choose on Sunday.  Join us 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,  March 25th
- Worship Services at 9:00 am & 10:30 am
- Choir Rehearsal at  11:15 am
- Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
- A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm  

  Monday, March 26th
- Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm   

  Tuesday, March 27th
- Bible Study at 10:30 am  
- Trustees Meeting at 7:00 pm

  Wednesday,  March 28th
- Girl Scouts at 6:00 pm
- Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm   
- Lenten Study at  6:30 pm   

  Thursday, March 29th
- Choir Rehearsal at 5:30 pm
- Soup Supper at 6:30 pm       
- Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 pm
- Irshad at 7:00 pm       
- Boy Scout Meeting at 7:30 pm   

  Friday, March 30th
- Church Office CLOSED

- Choir Rehearsal at 5:30 pm
- Good Friday Services & Stations of the Cross at 7:00 pm  

  Saturday, March 31st
- Indoor Work Day at 9:00 am
- Worship Committee Set-up at 10:00 am

  Sunday,  April 1st
- Irshad  at 8:00 am
- Easter Worship Services at 9:00 am & 10:30 am
- Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
- A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm  



Lenten Bible Study 

Our Lenten bible study will be "Embracing the Uncertain" by Magrey R. DeVega.  Join us on Tuesday mornings (10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)  or Wednesday evenings (6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.).  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 Sudman with any questions. 

WUMC Choir:
-Sunday, March 25,
11:15-12:30pm Shorter Rehearsal (Combined Band/Choir Easter Prep 1
-Thursday, March 29, 5:30-6:30pm Longer Rehearsal
-Friday, March 30, 5:30-6:30pm Rehearsal 
-Sunday, April 1, 8:00am Call (Easter Sunday, sing for both services) 

Worship Band:
-Sunday, March 25, 11:45-12:30pm
 Shorter Rehearsal (Combined Band/Choir Easter Prep 2
-Sunday, 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:  
-April: 8, 15, 29
-May: 6, 27  

Easter Egg Hunt

Plan to join us for the annual WUMC Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24th! Children will be divided into groups based on their age to search for the hidden eggs. The event will begin promptly at 10:00 am and will include a short lesson for the children. Refreshments including donuts, juice and milk will be provided after the hunt is completed. Bring a basket to collect your eggs! In the event of inclement weather, we will hold the hunt inside our church classrooms. We look forward to seeing many children! Please remember to invite a friend!

Easter flowers 2017

 A WUMC tradition continues, you can order flowers in memory or in honor of friends and loved ones to decorate our altar on Easter Sunday. We will list the names given in the bulletin that day. On Easter, please take your flowers home after 2nd service or come back Tuesday (or later) to pick them up. Ordering Envelopes are available in the Narthex. Please place your payment in the envelope provided and into the box in the Narthex by Palm Sunday, Mach 25th. See Judy Krohn, with questions.



Sunday, we will welcome members of the Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae Chapter (GEAAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  (Pastor Danita is the chaplain of the sorority.)  They have been meeting in our church on the first Saturday of each month with more than 150 women in attendance for the last couple of years.  The executive committee (called E-Board) meets on the last Thursday evening of each month with approximately 30-40 people in attendance.  Delta Sigma Theta is the largest African American sorority of college educated women.  It was founded in January 1913 at Howard University by 22 women students.  Delta Sigma Theta was founded on Christian principles and is dedicated to public service in five (5) areas:  educational development, economic development, physical and mental health, political awareness and involvement, and international awareness and involvement.  The Glen Ellyn Chapter has almost 300 members and was organized in 1977.

Along with members of the chapter, Mr. Art Norman of NBC/Channel 5 will be joining us.  He is married to one of our chapter members!!!  Once again, we welcome them to our worship service.


We extend our prayers and congratulations to our district superintendent, Reverend Dick Wisdom.  It was announced on Sunday, March 11th that he has been appointed as the lead pastor at the First United Methodist Church of Plainfield beginning on July 1st.  The new superintendent has not been announced yet or the farewell celebration for Reverend Wisdom.  However, he will be preaching and worshipping with us on Sunday, April 29th at 10:00 a.m..  Our prayers and best wishes go out to him on this new journey!!!


In an effort to allow more people to be involved, to provide greater coordination of efforts and not be inundated with meetings, we have streamlined our meeting schedule for some of the church’s organizations.  Many of the groups are meeting approximately once per quarter with a few exceptions.  Here is the schedule for the next few months:

APRIL:  Tuesday, April 24th – 7:00 p.m. ---  Outreach Committee
             Saturday, April 28th – 9:00 a.m. ---  Ad Council

MAY:  Saturday, May 19th – 9:00 a.m. --- Worship Committee /   Education Committee / Fellowship Committee / Youth Council
           Tuesday, May 22nd – 7:00 p.m. --  Finance Committee/Trustees

JUNE:  Saturday, June 23rd – 9:00 a.m. – VISION TEAM (formerly
“Leadership Team”)
           Tuesday, June 26th --  7:00 p.m. – Outreach



NO YOGA THIS Thursday 

There will be NO YOGA THIS Week due to Maundy Thursday services.  Yoga will be back next week!


Special Ad Council Meeting

There will be a brief Special Ad Council meeting on Saturday, March 24th at 8:30 am to approve the budget.  Please plan on being there.


When Children Beat Adults at Seeing the World” is the name of a Wall Street Journal article written by Alison Gopnik.  In this article she speculates that children might be more aware and observant of their surroundings than adults. (A statement that Jesus, our Wisdom Teacher, emphasizes.)  We are presented with a poignant, current example in the Youth response to the murders at the Parkland, Florida high school.

On Saturday, March 24, 2018, kids and their families all over America will take to the streets to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.  During this special season of Lent, WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN IN THE MARCH FOR OUR LIVES IN CHICAGO. 

We even plan to make it easier for you to participate, by renting a comfortable bus, the cost of which is being covered by some anonymous donors.  The bus holds up to 32 people.  Currently, there about a dozen folks who have expressed interest.


Last Supper Performance

Join the Lemont United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 25th at 7:30 pm for their 35th annual performance of the Last Supper (a pre-Easter drama & tableau inspired by Leonardo daVinci’s painting).

ACT to End Racism

Join us in Washington, D.C. on the National Mall as we mark 50 years since the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Registration open to all! The deadline is March 31, to register go here.

Cost: is $175, which includes a sack lunch, water and t-shirt.
Meet at: St. Cletus Catholic Church, 600 W 55th St., La Grange, IL.
Departure time: April 3 at 5pm (no overnight stay in D.C.)
Arrival time back to La Grange: April 5 at 6am
For more information on the rally, go here.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, is pleased to offer a preventive health event at Woodridge United Methodist Church on Tuesday, April 3rd.  Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount).  All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call toll-free 1-888-653-6441 or visit or text the word circle to 797979.

Beautiful U – Girls Conference

We're inviting teen girls to the Beautiful U Girls Conference on April 7 in Troy, IL! You can register today for this great ministry event, designed to help girls get a clearer message of what true success and beauty is all about.

The world sends too many messages and girls need to hear one clear message - they are loved! Not because of looks or status, but because they are a child of God.

Girls will enjoy the speakers, the worship, lunch, refreshments, seminars and experience stations. Students can register and attend on their own, but moms and or female ministry leaders are welcome to join in on the day (and many do)!  For more information, contact us: Harvest Ministry, Tim Price, 618-667-6241

Spring Spectacular 2018


The West Suburban Community Pantry is celebrating an Fresh, New Look at their annual fundraiser on Friday, April 27th at 6:30 pm at the Hilton in Lisle/Naperville. 

Please plan to join us as we celebrate
 Over 25 years of providing food and supportive services to our neighbors in need
 Serving 41,000 individuals annually, including
q 16,000 children and
q 5,000 senior citizens
 Distributing 1.4 million pounds of food annually
 Spending 91% on programs
 Over 32,000 hours of volunteerism annually

Tickets are $125 per guest and cocktail attire is requested.  RSVP by April 17th to

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.   

Grass Cutting Volunteers

It is that time of year again when your Trustees are looking for a little help.  We will be starting to cut grass very soon.  We are still in need of 1 team of 2 (or 3).  You will be required to cut around the church and parsonage one day a month for about 4 months.  It takes about 2-3 hours with 2 people. If you would like to see the equipment and what we do there will be a demo on Saturday, March 31st at 10 am by the garage. If you would be interested in participating in this adventure, please contact Rick Cihlar at 630.969.5958 or on Sunday mornings.

All Church INSIDE Work Day

Please join us in cleaning the Sanctuary and Narthex on Saturday, March 31st morning starting at 9 am.  We will be dusting and vacuuming and even washing the pews.  Feel free to bring you our cleaning supplies.  Help up make the church beautiful for Easter Sunday!

April PADS: 

Help with dinner service needed.
Our next commitment for PADS is April 17-18. 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.

Volunteer at the Woodridge Rotary Club Recycling Extravaganza

We will be volunteering for two hour shifts at the Woodridge Rotary Recycling Extravaganza Saturday morning May 12 at Cyprus Cove. You can volunteer between 7:45-10:00 or 10:00 to 12:15. They will need volunteers to direct traffic, hand out flyers and help with collections.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign the sheet in the Narthex or contact Debbie Wordinger at 630 985-4977.

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 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!!!!    

“Spice Up” Your Neighbors’ Lives
Donate to the West Suburban Food Pantry

Woodridge United Methodist Church (WUMC), our Church, partners with the West Suburban Food Pantry (“Pantry”) in providing food for the economically-disadvantaged of our community.  A basket sits near the entrance to our sanctuary to accept your food donations; and we graciously accept financial contributions, at any time.

This Month the Pantry is in need of items that will assist recipients in enhancing the preparation of their meals:
· -Spices used in cooking and baking, such as, baking powder and baking soda, salt, pepper, garlic salt, dried basil, dill, onion, or “parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme”, etc.;
· -Sugar, flour, corn meal;
·- Oils(Olive and other cooking/baking oils);
·- Vinegar and marinades and sauces, i.e. barbecue, marinara, chipolte, soy sauce, etc.
·- Other condiments, i.e. ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, steak sauce, hot sauce, etc.

Our Neighbors include those who rely on our food pantry for sustenance and nutrition.  So, “Spice Up” your neighbors’ lives by donating generously.  Thank You!

 Looking Ahead     

  March 24th - Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 am

  March 29th - Soup at 6:30 pm & Worship at 7:15 pm

  March 30th - Good Friday Event at 6:30 pm

  April 1st - Easter Sunday Services at 9 & 10:30 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.    

March 23rd, 2018, Volume 9, Edition 12



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