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Subject:                                     "Ruining Our Good Name" - Weekly Newsletter from Woodridge United Methodist Church





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weekly newsletter

"Ruining Our Good Name"  



What was church like in the first years after Jesus? Who were the leaders and how did they address the issues and problems they encountered? What do we today still need to learn from these spiritual ancestors?

Our sermon series examining the Acts of the Apostles — the New Testament book by the author of the Gospel of Luke that tells the story of the early church — has considered each of those questions. It is surprising how issues the earliest church dealt with are still relevant today.

That phenomenon does not lessen any as we journey with our buddy Peter from his shocking revelation in Caesarea to meet with church officials in Jerusalem in this week’s text: Acts of the Apostles 11:1-26.

• Who is allowed to belong to the church?
• What is required of those who want to join the movement?
• What happens when a prominent leader makes a significant change in how they understand the church?
• What do we do when we discover our self-understanding needs to change: fight, flight, or find a new way?
• If we dare change, what will people think of us?

Pastor Dave will offer thoughts on these questions and more in his sermon, “Ruining Our Good Name” this Sunday, May 13th.

Also this week in worship: celebrating graduates! Worship gatherings are at 9:00 a.m. and 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,  May 13th
- Irshad at 8:00 am       
- Worship Services at 9:00 & 10:30 am
- Choir Rehearsal at 11:45 am
- Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
- A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm

  Monday, May 14th
- Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm

  Tuesday, May 15th
- Bible Study at 10:30 am

  Wednesday,  May 16th
- WNL at 6:00 pm
- Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm     

  Thursday, May 17th
- Yoga at 6:30 pm        
- Irshad at 6:00 pm    
- Boy Scout Meeting at 7:30 pm    

  Friday, May 18th
- Pack Meeting at 6:30 pm  

  Saturday, May 19th
- Committee Meetings at 9:00 am        
- All Church Outdoor Work Day at 9:00 am     
- Irshad at 6:00 pm

  Sunday,  May 20th 
- Worship Services at 9:00 & 10:30 am

- Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
- A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm

Recognizing Graduates Sunday, May 13th.

Did you graduate from high school, college, or beyond this year? Please let the office know so we can include you in our celebration on Sunday, May 13th.  

Special Sunday, May 20th

Next week, Sunday, May 20th is Pentecost.  Everyone is asked to please wear red in honor of this special day in the life of the church.  It is also Heritage Sunday; a day that calls the Church to remember the past by committing itself to the continuing call of God.  This Heritage Sunday celebrates the 50th anniversary of when leaders of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church declared the creation of a new denomination, The United Methodist Church.

Summer Worship Schedule 2018

For June 3rd through September 30th, we will have one single worship service at 10 am.  The regular two service schedule will return in October.


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: 

MAY:  Saturday, May 19th – 9:00 a.m. ---  Education Committee / Fellowship Committee / Youth Council

Tuesday, May 22nd - 7:00 p.m. --- Finance Committee/ Trustees

JUNE:  Saturday, June 23rd – 9:00 a.m. – Ad Council/Vision Team  

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. Yoga will run through June.

Spring Bible Study Extended

Back by popular demand: Unafraid study extends run for one week!
Adam Hamilton’s book, Unafraid proved to have too much good material to cover in just five weeks. So we’re extending the study for another week. All are welcome to attend this Tuesday, May 15th from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Bring one idea or topic from the book that was thus far unexamined. “ Everyone is welcome!

Adventurers - Ted’s Montana Grill

Our next Adventurer’s outing will be on Saturday, May 19th at 5 pm to Ted’s Montana Grill at The Promenade in Bolingbrook.  If you have never eaten a bison burger, theirs are the best.  RSVP to Fay Hoffman at 630.985.2219 by Wednesday, May 16th.

All Church Work Day

Bring your work gloves and gardening tools for an Outdoor All Church Work Day on Saturday, May 19th at 9 am. Look for a Trustee in the parking lot for instructions. 

Prince of Peace Garage Sale

The Annual Prince of Peace Garage Sale is May 17th through May 19th. Hours are 9 am to 2 pm Thursday and Friday and 9 am to noon on Saturday.  There's a Bake Sale too!  All are welcome!

Life Line Screening 

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Monday, May 21, 2018 at Woodridge United Methodist Church. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.

Register online TODAY at and receive your "Community Circle" discount and your Preferred Appointment! 

2018 Northern Illinois Annual Conference

The 179th Northern Illinois Annual Conference will be held June 3-5 at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL. The theme is "Navigating Uncharted Waters" with a focus on Romans 5:3b-4: "trouble produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope."  

 The cost is $95. Registration closes May 20. Onsite registration costs $130. To find the registration link and all AC info visit
 The Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, June 5 at 10:30 am. Please submit names and photos of Lay Members to Annual Conference who have died since June 2017 to Megan Casey at Families, friends, and congregations are invited to attend the service.
 Volunteers needed. If you are interested in ushering, greeting or volunteering during plenaries and worship services, please email Alka Lyall at

United Methodist Women Mission U

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. Participants grow in understanding the mission of the church in the current world context; conference events are open to members and non-members of United Methodist Women.  In the Aurora district Summer mission U runs from July 12 -July 15 (Pastor Danita is a speaker) and the One Day Event is on July 21.  Everyone is welcome: women, men, children and youth! See the bulletin board in the narthex for more details.

Coordinator for WUMC’s participation in PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)

In order for our church to continue to participate at PADS a WUMC PADS coordinator is needed. That person acts as the liaison between DuPage PADS and First United Methodist Church in Downers Grove where we serve. Other tasks include recruiting volunteers each fall to donate food and to volunteer at PADS on the nights we act as host, maintain and post the volunteers lists, send out reminder emails and bulletin articles each time it is our time to serve. For more information please contact Debbie Wordinger 331 645-7779. Inquiring about the position doesn’t mean you are on the hook for it! But if you are considering if this is a job you can do, give Debbie a call.

Volunteer at Rib Fest

The Exchange Club of Naperville is in need of volunteers for this year's Ribfest event to be held Wednesday, July 4th through Saturday, July 7th in Knoch Park in Naperville.

Since the start of Ribfest over twenty years ago, the Exchange Club of Naperville has raised over 16 million dollars, which has been given back to Naperville and surrounding communities to aid in the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence. CASA of DuPage receives a significant amount from the Exchange Club of Naperville each year, in part due to our ability to organize volunteer help for the event each year.  

If you can help out, you can sign up online at here.  Please be sure to specify "CASA" as the agency you are signing up on behalf of, and  let Beth Stremel ( know which shift you will be working.

Bishops Appeal for Annual Conference

Today, more than 65 million people have been displaced by war, persecution, famine, or natural disaster - in the highest number since WWII. By the end of this day, over 28,000 more people will begin their own difficult and treacherous journeys in search of safe haven.

In 2018, we, who make up the Northern Illinois Conference, have a unique opportunity to combine our resources to care for some of the families affected by the Global Migration Crisis. Bishop Sally Dyck invites us to do some local fundraising, to learn about the plight of migrants locally and globally, to consider having a Global Migration Sunday and to bring a special offering to Annual Conference in June as our 2018 Bishop’s Appeal for the denomination’s Global Migration Advance (#3022144).

Offerings brought to the 2018 Annual Conference will be sent to help families affected by the Global Migration Crisis. 75% will go to the Global Migration Advance for international assistance to refugees and migrants. 25% will stay in Northern Illinois to support organizations like Refugee One and World Relief that work with local immigrant and refugee families. For more information contact Rev. Jonathan Crail or Rhodalyne Crail at

2018 Annual Conference Mission Challenge

This year's Mission Challenge is to provide Cleaning Kit items to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC). MMDC provides disaster relief kits and resources as well as educational and medical supplies to those in need locally and internationally. It is related to the North Central Jurisdiction and is a cooperating depot in the UMCOR Relief Supply Network. The 6 districts in our Conference are challenged to bring different items that when combined will make complete Cleaning Kits. To meet the challenge, the Outreach Committee is asking for donations of these items:

 5 Gallon Buckets with re-sealable lid
 Scrub brushes (no long handle)
 Pairs of work gloves (cotton with leather palm or all leather)

The last day for collection is Sunday, June 3rd. That will be the day when our lay leaders  will be taking our donations to conference. The Conference goal is to build 300 Cleaning Kits. Please participate to give any or all of these items to help meet the Mission Challenge.

Needs From Our Sister Church

Trinity United Methodist Church in Joliet is our designated "Sister" Church. This provides an opportunity for our Church to live into the Gospel by extending its care and support in Community outside the walls of our building. Trinity provides care and support to a very economically disadvantaged area of Joliet. 

Recently, Pastor Leona of Trinity expressed a need for help in other ways. We are asking for your help with the following: 

·         DONATE CHILDREN’S BOOKS FOR THEIR COMMUNITY CHILDREN’S LIBRARY – Primarily English, but some Spanish: (box in Narthex)

Note: The local library is geographically not accessible for most local residents, and the schools are, of course, closed during the summer months. 

·         BICYCLES FOR VETERANS –Veterans and their families are in need of bicycles for transportation to get to grocery stores. New/rehabbed housing facilities for veterans have been developed on the site of the old Silver Cross Medical Facility, but places to purchase food are NOT nearby. DONATE USED BIKES; BRING THEM TO WUMC AND PLACE THEM NEAR THE CLOTHING DONATIONS BOXES IN THE HALLWAY.

·         VOLUNTEER FOR THE SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR PRE-SCHOOL/ELEMENTARY CHILDREN: Trinity offers this program 2 days per week from 9 am to noon, from the 3rd week of June through the end of July. You do not have to have an education degree or speak Spanish---All that is required is a caring heart. Sign p to help on the sheet near the children’s book donation box. This would be a great opportunity for youth needing to beef up their academic resumes through community service or a great summer activity for children and their parents.

For more information, call the church office or Pat DelRosso of our Outreach/Mission Committee.

Prayer Chain and Prayer Request Cards 

Our prayer chain is a group of caring people who believe in the power of prayer. We are dedicated to praying for your concerns and joys. Prayer requests will be shared with the church’s prayer chain, honoring your confidentiality. If you are interested in being a part of the church’s prayer chain ministry, please contact our coordinator, Sharon Place (630) 852-4172 or 

If you are seeking prayer and in the church building, we invite you to fill out a prayer request card from the pew or from an usher, return it to the usher moving through the sanctuary during the first hymn or place it in the brass prayer request box located near the coffee in the narthex. 

If you are not in the church building, please contact the prayer chain coordinator, Sharon Place (630) 852-4172 ( or one of the Pastors through the Church Office ( We will list persons with prayer concerns in the expanded bulletin. 

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    

  May 13th - High School Senior Recognition at both services 

  May 19th - All Church Outdoor Work Day at 9 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.     

May 11th, 2018, Volume 9, Edition 19



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