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

Sent:                                           Friday, March 30, 2018 8:00 AM

To:                                               Colleen Erbach

Subject:                                     "Celebrating Resurrection" - Weekly Newletter 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

professional nursery care for the little ones.

All are welcome!





weekly newsletter

"Celebrating Resurrection"  


EASTER SUNDAY CELEBRATION!!!  In a world full of Good Friday experiences that jar our foundations and leave us empty and devoid of faith, we need to be reminded of God’s gracious love and mercy.  The Resurrection of Jesus is one of the foundational truths of our faith.  We gather every year to be reminded of the ultimate triumph of love and hope over death, hate and despair.

Join us this Sunday as we celebrate and remember the Resurrection of Jesus.  There will be awesome music and communion as a part of our celebrations.  At 9:00 a.m. Pastor Dave will help us focus on the story of the empty tomb as told by the women found in John 20:1-18 as we are “RUNNING DOWN A DREAM”.  At 10:30 a.m. Pastor Danita will also help us focus on the resurrection story through the eyes of Peter as we are reminded that there is “LIVING PROOF” for this event.

ALL are welcome.  We look forward to greeting you at 9:00 and/or 10:30 a.m. this 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,  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  

  Monday, April 2nd
- Church Office CLOSED  
- Girl Scouts at 6:00 pm   

  Tuesday, April 3rd
 - LifeLine Screening at 8:30 am

  Wednesday,  April 4th
- WNL at 6:00 pm
- Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm      

  Thursday, April 5th
- Yoga at 6:30 pm
- Irshad at 7:00 pm       
- Boy Scout Meeting at 7:30 pm   

  Friday, April 6th
- First Friday Lunch at 12:00 pm 

  Saturday, April 7th
- Chapter Meeting at 9:00 am
- Irshad at 7:00 pm

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




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:
-Friday, March 30, 5:30-6:30pm Rehearsal 
-Sunday, April 1, 8:00am Call (Easter Sunday, sing for both services) 

Worship Band:
-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 flowers 2017

Please take your flowers home after 2nd service or come back Tuesday (or later) to pick them up. The church office is closed on Monday. See Judy Krohn, with questions.


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 farewell celebration for Reverend Wisdom has not yet been announced.  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!!! 

Our new superintendent will be the Reverend Jeffry Bross.  He is currently the pastor of the Flowing Grace United Methodist Church and was the presiding elder for our church conference this past year.  His appointment will begin July 1, 2018.  Our prayers are also with him during this transition period.



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



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 via email.

First Friday Lunch

The next First Friday Lunch is on April 6th 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!

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; abdominal aortic aneurysms; hardening of the arteries in the legs; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat; and a bone density screening, for men and women. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount - contact the office). 

Spring Bible Study

This spring, we will explore another book by Adam Hamilton entitled UNAFRAID: LIVING WITH COURAGE AND HOPE IN UNCERTAIN TIMES.  Drawing on recent research, inspiring real-life examples, and fresh biblical insight, Hamilton shows how to untangle the knots we feel about disappointing others, failure, financial insecurity, loneliness, insignificance, and aging. Then he helps readers understand and counter fears related to such outsize perils as terrorism, death, and the apocalypse.  Writing with generosity and intelligence, Hamilton shows how believer and unbeliever alike can develop sustaining spiritual practices and embrace Jesus’ recurring counsel: "Do not be afraid." For anyone struggling with fear or wondering how families and communities can thrive in troubled times, Unafraid offers an informed and inspiring message full of practical solutions.  Join us on Tuesdays (beginning April 10th) at 10:30 a.m. or on Wednesdays (beginning April 11th) at 6:30 (dinner with the youth/class at 7).   There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex.


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 


Last Chance for extra donations!

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 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 30th, 2018, Volume 9, Edition 13



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