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Subject:                                     "A Voice in the Crowd" - Woodridge United Methodist Church Newsletter


            Woodridge United Methodist Church

Join us on ONLINE Sunday for worship services
at  10:00 am.

Instructions can be found below.
All are Welcome!







"A Voice in the Crowd"

This coming Sunday is All Saints' Day where we recognize members of the church who have joined the Church Triumphant.  On our minds (and our list) are three (3) of our charter members.  Persons who were committed to carrying out the message of Jesus Christ here in a fledgling suburb.  Their legacy of mission and ministry..... left in our hands.  Yes, it's now up to us!!!


But in our day and time, that's a very difficult task.  The places where they saw the greatest need are places that have changed tremendously.  Caring for others is not the same or as easy as it used to be.  But their voices, now silenced by the hand of time and space, are still as loud as ever in our hearts and mind.  Yes, we hear "THE VOICE IN THE CROWD".  


As we reflect and remember, we light a candle in their memory and as a reminder to us who still hear their voices, that their light is to show us the way.  Their light reminds us that our task is to brighten the world as we travel through it, finding ways to show God's love to a world that seemingly knows only darkness.


You are invited to have a candle ready to be lit during the worship service Sunday morning as a reminder that there are those who have already paved the way for us, showing us the places that need light.  Let's continue to find ways to walk in that light that brings hope to those who only know darkness.


Please join us Sunday morning at 10:00AM on our Woodridge UMC channel on YouTube and have a candle ready when you begin the worship service.


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.      





Friday, October 30th

  • Lunch in the Parking Lot at noon
  • Boy Scouts at 6:30 pm

Sunday, November 1st

  • ONLINE Worship Service at 10:00 am
  • Communion at noon
  • Filipino Baptists at 4:00 pm 

Monday, November 2nd

  • Cub Scouts at 7:00 pm

Tuesday, November 3rd

  • Remote Bible Study at 10:30 am
  • Return Committee at 7:00 pm

Wednesday, November 4th

  • Remote Bible Study at 6:00 pm

Thursday, November 5th

  • Staff Meeting at 10:30 am
  • Boy Scouts at 7:00 pm

Friday, November 6th

  • Lunch in the Parking Lot at noon
  • Boy Scouts at 6:30 pm

Sunday, November 8th

  • ONLINE Worship Service at 10:00 am
  • Filipino Baptists at 4:00 pm 

The spread of the COVID-19 virus requires our attention and immediate response to how we gather as a community of faith.  While serious, please know that we must refrain from becoming panicked.  Please be cautious and mindful of your own health and the safety of others.  Our Bishop and Annual Conference are regularly updating their website with information and resources for our church.  Please take a look at it for details:






Where to find the YouTube Live Stream
From the YouTube app or on the YouTube web page, search for: Woodridge UMC or follow this
link.  Join us early for Joys and Concerns and the Prelude. Services at 10:00 am.  If you have questions or problems, please contact  Full assistance will be available prior to 10:00 am on Sunday morning.  After 10:00 am, assistance becomes more limited. If you are not available at 10:00 am or cannot get the live streaming to work, a recording of the video will be posted to the Woodridge UMC YouTube page


There are different options for getting your offering to the church while worship services are online.

  • Go to the website & click on the Giving tab at the top of the page or go straight there with this link.
  • Text 630.449.7121 with the amount
  • Drop off in the gold mail slot next to the east door of the church.
  • Mail your offering to the church.



This is the weekend that Daylight Savings Time ends.  Please make sure that your clocks are turned back one hour so that you do not miss worship service.


If you watch the Live Stream, please email the church office at and let us know that you joined us for worship, so that we might record your attendance.


If you want a prayer request shared during online worship, please email the Pastor Danita at by 8:00 am Sunday, August 30th.


Our Regular Office Hours are in effect. 
Mondays & Tuesdays:  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesdays - Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

However, because our building is not ready for full activity, we ask that you call before visiting.  





Bible Study - Via Zoom


Join us Tuesday mornings at 10:30am on Zoom as we explore the book of Ester.

Reading Assignment for Tuesday, November 3rd:
Esther chapters 5-6, plus any introduction your bible provides.
Questions to consider:

- How many instances of coincidence do you find? What meaning do you think they have?

- One commentary suggests this story makes use of literary devices such as: irony, alliteration, repetition, understatement, reversal, and folklore elements. Where do you see those in the story? What do you make of them?

In repose to the COVID-19 outbreak this class is meeting online through Zoom on Tuesday mornings at 10:30AM. Please contact Pastor Dave ( to join the conversation. It is a great way to stay connected and all are welcome.


No prior bible reading or knowledge or expertise needed. No question is dumb and no one is forced to read the bible in one particular way. We will all learn as we go along exploring what the text says, what it leaves unsaid, what history and tradition tell us about the text, and how our own experience influences our reading.



The Wednesday Bible study class on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. on ZOOM. The Wednesday evening group will be studying the lectionary for the next worship service for the next few weeks.  If you want to be a part of the Wednesday class, please contact Pastor Danita.  The advent study will start on December 2nd and will be: Almost Christmas (A Wesleyan Advent Experience) by Magrey deVegaMatt RawleApril CaspersonIngrid McIntyre


Do You Love Hanging Christmas Lights?  We Need You Help!

This Christmas, as the COVID pandemic continues to rage, our presentation of the message of this season of love and hope incarnated must venture outside our building. What better way to do that than through some great looking lights?

We’ve tested all the lights, now we need YOU as part of a team to present them to the world!

Ready to help? Contact Pastor Dave:

Youth Ministry Fall of 2020

All 7th-12th grade students are welcome to join our Youth Group Zoom this Sunday, November 1st starting at 1:30pm. We’ll play Kahoot, talk about All Saint’s Day, and plan our next special event. Contact Pastor Dave for the Zoom link.


Sunday’s at 1:30pm is the new weekly meeting time with which we are experimenting as we continue to adjust to life in the midst of the pandemic.

Fridays - Lunch in the Parking Lot
As long as our church building remains closed, anyone who wishes can meet up in the church parking lot at noon on Fridays for lunch. 
- Bring your own lunch & chair
- We will sit 6 feet from each other
- Masks are required at all times we aren’t in our chairs that are 6 feet apart.
- Check the weather & dress appropriately.

Puzzle Exchange


Every puzzle deserves a second, third, or even fourth shot. Let’s share the wealth!

There is a bin on the northwest side of the building labelled "Puzzle Exchange" by the north narthex doors for easy exchange anytime you would like.  Bring a puzzle.  Take a puzzle.  Please make sure that the bin is closed properly.

Sunday School Opportunities
The Sunday School teachers would like to make sure that it is okay to drop off a craft or small lesson at your home sometimes.  Please contact the church office if you do not want to be included (or if you want to be sure that you are included).  Arrangements can also be made to pick up something from the church office.

We Are Hiring!  WUMC actively seeking Music Director

Our Director of Music provides leadership, direction and supervision of its entire music ministry of the church, including playing the piano and/or organ for worship services.

If you or someone you know is interested in the position — and for the complete job description — please contact the church:

Discount on Disposable Masks
The General Council on Finance and Administration has partnered with a vetted company, On The Go Masks to provide discounts for churches and the company is extending the discount to individuals as well.  Please see the flyer attached here for more information.

Upper Room Devotionals
The Upper Rooms for November - December are in. Contact the church office  or call 630.968.6050 if you would like a copy.  There are a few available in the mailbox.

Morning Prayer with Upper Room
Morning Prayer with The Upper Room via Facebook Live, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11 a.m. (CT). These guided prayer experiences are archived so you may join them at your convenience if you miss it live.

Northern Illinois Conference 
NIC Prayer Network
The Discipleship Task Force invites laity or clergy who enjoy writing to submit a devotion (250 words), including a Bible verse and prayer. Share what is on your heart with the NIC by emailing

Monthly Aurora District Lay Leader Virtual Meetings
There will be monthly Aurora District Lay Leader meetings on the Third Thursday of every month at 7 pm through December. "See" you there! If you are a lay leader and cannot make a meeting, invite another lay person from your church to attend. These meetings are not just for official lay leaders but any lay person who is a leader in a church! Your Zoom video conferencing invitation will be sent by Leola Tucker ( Contact Leola if you would like to join.

Prayer Booklet For Times Like These from Our Conference
Don’t worry about anything? That’s pretty hard to do these days! Yet it is when we pray that we are able to pour our hearts and minds out to God. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, the NIC Discipleship Task Force asked clergy and laity to submit daily prayers, which were shared on the conference social media sites and website. Those prayers have been assembled into an online booklet, "Times Like These – Prayers of the People," for your reflection and devotion.

Click here to view the booklet online
Click here to download

Learning with the Northern Illinois Conference 

The Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) staff, with the assistance of the NIC Communications team and the NIC Office of Congregational Development and Redevelopment, are producing online learning sessions via Zoom on Thursdays at either 10 am or 1 pm with practical information on how to do a variety of ministries during the COVID-19 outbreak. There are also archived training sessions available for viewing such as Intentional Discipleship, How is Your Soul and financial helps.  All of this can be found here:

Outreach Opportunities

Due to the continuing pandemic, DuPage Pads will not be using Downers Grove FUMC or any church to house Pads guests until late 2021.  They will continue to hotel guests at the guidance of the DuPage Health Department for both the Pads guests and the volunteers’ safety. 
DuPage Pads has enough funds to house 70 hotel rooms through March 31, 2021.  Their goal is 115 hotel rooms (approximately 150 guests) per night.  Each hotel room is approximately $45 a night which requires them to raise approximately $450,000.  Additional federal government funding is uncertain at the moment.
Cold weather has arrived, and people are still very much in need. There are several ways you can help:

  1. Food and Toiletry Donations: Please consider donating essential items using this link using curbside drop off boxes located in the DuPage PADS parking lot of 703 W. Liberty Wheaton, IL 60187. Drop off hours are Monday-Friday 8:00am-8:00pm and Saturday-Sunday 8:00am-4:00pm. Please do not leave donations outside of the scheduled times, especially food items overnight.


  1. Monetary Donations: A special fund has been set up for this purpose. PADS is working hard to maintain and add additional housing in hotels for guests, as well as provide them with food. This requires significant financial resources to sustain this long term.  Visit the PADS website here and look at the very top for the link to donate.


  1. Bring Food or Monetary Donations to DGFUMC:  First United Methodist in Downers Grove is collecting microwave meals to bring to PADS guests starting November 5th. Microwave meals may be brought to the church Monday thru Friday 10am-1pm and monetary donations can be made on the church website using the Giving tab. The church is located at 1032 Maple Avenue in Downers Grove.

Please call or email Larry Cash with questions at 630-808-8713.

Midwest Mission has gotten to the point where they are in great need of a collection. The churches (Grace UMC of Naperville) have agreed to do a collection to help get in-kind supplies and donations to Midwest Mission.  They are running into the issue of not being able to buy certain supplies in bulk due to shortages and need help with securing the in-kind supplies. 

Collecting through November 1st: the four most urgent needs (laundry detergent, dish soap, household cleaner, and toothpaste) but people are welcome to bring anything Midwest Mission takes except for bikes and sewing machines at this time due to a backlog. Grace UMC is one of the collection sites. Midwest Mission realizes that during this pandemic some people may not feel comfortable shopping for supplies but still have the desire to give. Monetary donations are always welcome and can still be made physically at collection sites or online at their website.
Please see attached flyer more information.

Blue Jeans for the Homeless (BJFH)
The Village of Woodridge has been helping Mr. Ramon Joson of BJFH /Christ the Servant Church in collecting new/gently used jeans, sweaters, knit caps, scarves, coats, blankets, personal products/wipes, etc.  They are asking us to join in their big push for donations this week.  BJFH is also collecting Ramen Noodle Soup cups, packaged snacks and chocolate candies.  Ramon and his volunteers will pick up any donations. Ramon can be reached at 630.673-3799

October Outreach Offering:
West Suburban PADS


The mission of West Suburban PADS is to transition people from housing crisis to housing stability. West Suburban PADS is the primary provider of service-supported housing in west DuPage County. The PADS Emergency Shelter is at the foundation of our solution to homelessness, which spans six program areas (including housing, prevention, out-reach, employment, & supportive services). The PADS Emergency Shelter provided overnight shelter to over 1200 homeless men, women and families last year. The shelter operates through broad ecumenical support from the community, involving more than 1,000 volunteers and 40 support congregations at 10 rotating sites.

Our congregation supplies meals and over 30 volunteers to operate the shelter at First UMC in Downers Grove and have been for many, many years. This is probably our congregation’s most important mission.

Retired American Flag Recycling
Woodridge UMC now has an American flag recycling box  thanks to the Eagle Scout Project of Jack Kulaga.  Bring all your old American flags to church and put them in the box now located in Bonfal Hall.  When the box starts to get full, the Woodridge VFW Post will be contacted, and they will collect and decommission the flags.

November 2020
3    Derek Manderscheid
4    Lia Kostov
5    Pastor Danita Anderson
6    Tammy McGhee
12   Rick Cihlar
14   Gen Bailey
       Joshua Buerstetta
15   Miriam Cabanas
16   Russ Ahrens
       Austin Arvanis
       Geoff Morman
       Sophia Pauna
19   Amelia Manderfield
21   Pastor Dave Buerstetta
24   Ron Johnson
       Mike Miller
       Mark Pauna
26   Armando Munar
       Diane Siver
27   Kim Crist
28   Logan Miller

Looking Ahead

2020 Meeting Dates

Ad Council (9:00 am)            Finance (7:00 pm)         Trustees (7:00 pm)
--------------------                       November 17th                 November 24th
December 12th                       December 15th

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Ways to Connect

Aurora District News

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Northern Illinois Conference
Find out about upcoming events in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church by clicking this link  

October 30th, 2020, Volume 11, Edition 44











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