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

Sent:                                           Friday, April 6, 2018 11:24 AM

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Subject:                                     "Now What?" - Weekly Newsletter from Woodridge United Methodist Church





Woodridge United Methodist Church

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weekly newsletter

"Now What?"  

 Last Sunday we celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The message about the love of God through Jesus Christ!!! And what a grand celebration it was!!!  Now, a week later it seems as though the disciples have gone back to their old routines asking the question “NOW WHAT?”  Many times in our own lives we have asked this same question…..the death of a loved one….a troubling medical diagnosis…..a change in lifestyle…NOW WHAT? 

While Thomas is one of the characters of this “Sunday after Easter” saga, Peter and John are also trying to figure out what happens next.  And they turn to a prayer that creates a “disturbance”.  They were compelled to continue to share the story with a courageous confidence they had not felt before.  It was the uniting force that was needed for the community of believers after the resurrection experience.  Not only were they united in sharing the story of the resurrection, but also in the care of others.

Do we have that same courageous confidence to share our experiences of God’s grace in our lives?  Imagine the difference in our world if we had that same kind of enthusiasm and excitement as if it were the first time we experienced “resurrection”?  So, let’s talk about it 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,  April 8th
- Irshad at 7:00 pm       
- Worship Services at 9:00 am & 10:30 am
- Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
- A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm  

  Monday, April 9th
- Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm   

  Tuesday, April 10th
- Bible Study at 10:30 am
- Preschool Board Meeting at 7:00 pm      

  Wednesday,  April 11th
- WNL at 6:00 pm
- Bible Study at 6:30 pm
- Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm      

  Thursday, April 12th
- Yoga at 6:30 pm
- Irshad at 7:00 pm       
- Boy Scout Meeting at 7:30 pm   

  Sunday,  April 15th
- Irshad at 7:00 pm       
- Worship Services at 9:00 am & 10:30 am
- Worship Band at 11:45 am
- Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
- A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm   

Easter flowers 2017

Please pick up your Easter Flowers.  Check with the church office.  See Judy Krohn, with questions.


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!

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 with class at 7).   There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex.

 April Adventurers

Adventurers will meet at Jameson's Charhouse at 1001 75th Street in Woodridge (75th and Lemont) on Saturday April 21 at 5:00 p.m.  Contact Mary Beth Elgass (630) 886-0913 if you are joining our fun-loving and adventuresome group. They will give us separate checks, so please join us. RSVP to Mary Beth by Sunday April 15.

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.   

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

DuSable Museum of African American History

The Outreach Committee is hosting a visit to the DuSable Museum of African-American History in Chicago on Sunday, April 29, 2018. Just a couple of the current exhibits:

Rewriting History: paper gowns and photographs – An inquiry into social change, it’s a haunting photographic essay and paper sculptures styled to mimic garments worn by female European nobility between the 15th – 19th centuries. As part of a developing master series of paper gown sculptures, the series speaks to the shocking treatment of Blacks throughout history and the trauma inflicted on their bodies as juxtaposed with the abstract idea of Black freedom. Simultaneously, the body of work engages with a vision of the future – one of hope, strength, resilience, and beauty.

Clearing A Path For Democracy: Citizen Soldiers of the Illinois Fighting 8th – National guardsmen are the quintessential citizen soldiers, and the men of the 8th Infantry Illinois National Guard demonstrated the best qualities of this segment of American society. This Illinois regiment was unique in American history. It was deployed in two foreign wars with a complete complement of African American officers. It was designated the 370th United States Infantry during World War I, and the regiment was awarded more citations than any other American regiment that fought along Europe’s Western Front. 

If you’re interested in seeing what else is going on at this Smithsonian quality museum, visit their website at See the sign-up sheet in the Narthex for more details. Contact Bob Copeland if you have any questions. Come on out with us. I going to be a fun and educational day!

Afternoon of Spring at the ARC 

On Sunday, April 29 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm the Janes Avenue Neighborhood Outreach (JANO) will be having their first event of the year.  The afternoon will include lunch from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm, and activities on the basketball court and turf field from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm.  We will need volunteers to assist with setup (arrive by 12:30 pm), serve lunch, and cleanup.  All of you are welcome and encouraged to participate in the activities with the kids as well.

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.

Champions of Hope Golf Outing

On May 21, 2018 we will be holding our Champions of Hope Golf Outing at Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton. The day will include lunch, an 18 hole scramble tournament, dinner, a program and a slient auction to benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). We are able to provide advocacy to 100% of the children in the DuPage County court system thanks to you.
In order to do this, we are kindly asking for your help in two ways. First, we are looking for partners for the event. Partnerships range between $300 and $5,000. In addition, we are looking for items for the silent auction. Please take a minute to think of any connections you have in the area to help us secure partnerships and/or contributions such as:

• Tickets to sporting events
• Rounds of golf at area courses
• Tickets to theatre or concert venues
• Restaurant gift cards

Please visit the Champions of Hope Golf Outing website to register or sponsor the event. Contact or 630-221-0889, ext. 304 with any questions or ideas you might have.

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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     

  April 29th -One Service at 10 am

  May 13th - High School Senior Recognition at both services


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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.    

April 6th, 2018, Volume 9, Edition 14



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