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Subject:                                     "Give Thanks, Lose Sleep" - 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!







"Give Thanks, Lose Sleep"

This time of year, how often have you had this exchange:

“Happy Thanksgiving!”

“You mean, ‘Happy New Year!’”

“What?! No, it’s ‘Happy Thanksgiving!’”

“Thanksgiving is past, now it’s ‘Happy New Year!’ time.”

“What are you talking about?? It isn’t even December yet!”

“Ah, true, however, this is the start of Advent — and thus the first day of the new year…on the church season calendar.”

“No one likes a smart aleck.”


Happens all the time, right??


Seriously though, so often this week feels like an odd juxtaposition: we’re still thinking about Thanksgiving — and even still enjoying the leftovers. But so much of the culture around us has already jumped ahead to Christmas Day. Meanwhile, here at church, this Sunday is the beginning of Advent which is also the beginning of the new liturgical year wherein we anticipate the Incarnation at Christmas but aren’t there yet. Can we hold all these realities in tension?


To be honest, our textual guides this week don’t exactly scream Advent: in Isaiah 64 it seems to be arty, crafty time as God is compared to a potter molding clay. Over in the gospels, we’ve jumped to the middle of Mark 13 for…parables about a fig tree and a guy taking a trip? We can’t even hardly leave our houses right now — what does this have to do with anything?


Turns out, Mark’s gospel has some advice worth heeding that we could call apocalyptic pastoral care. What might that be? When might that be? Just how much waiting can be expected of us? Why is Jesus so determined to keep us awake?


Pastor Dave will consider these questions and more this Sunday, November 29th, in his sermon, “Give Thanks, Lose Sleep.”


Worship with us Sunday at 10:00AM on our Woodridge UMC channel on YouTube.


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.      





Sunday, November 29th

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

Tuesday, December 1st

  • 10:30 am Bible Study (Online)
  • 7:00 pm Return Committee (Remote)

Wednesday, December 2nd

  • 6:00 pm Bible Study (Online)

Thursday, December 3rd

  • 7:00 pm Boy Scouts

Friday, December 4th

  • 6:45 pm Boy Scouts

Sunday, December 6th

  • ONLINE Worship Service at 10:00 am
  • Youth Group on Zoom at 1:30 pm
  • Filipino Baptist 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 with music starting around 9:50 am. 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.

See below for information about donating in 2021.


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.


Special Thanksgiving Office Hours are in effect this next week. 
Mondays & Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. - noon
Wednesday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 pm

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





Stewardship for 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc in our lives and most definitely in our personal economics.  Many have lost loved ones and jobs, while others had to deal with isolation and depression.  In the midst of it all, the church has continued to be the place of solace and stability to keep us grounded and to be the witness to the community of our faith.  

Thank you for being a part of the ongoing ministry of this church.  You are invited to renew your commitment to join us in 2120 by completing the Estimate of Giving Form (by following this link) as our church family continues its work for justice and peace in this community.

Thank you again for your faithfulness in the past and we look forward to you joining us in the future.

Bible Study - Via Zoom


Join us Tuesday mornings at 10:30am on Zoom for our Advent Study, Almost Christmas.
Reading Assignment for Tuesday, December 1st:
The Introduction and Chapter 1 of Almost Christmas.
Questions to consider:
—Which of the 25 questions offered in the Introduction engage you the most?
—Reflect on the questions at the end of Chapter 1 (p. 36).
—What questions does the chapter raise for you?
Due to the pandemic, 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 is at 6:00 pm and starts the Advent study this week on December, 2nd.   The Advent study is Almost Christmas (A Wesleyan Advent Experience) by Magrey deVega, Matt Rawle, April Casperson, Ingrid McIntyre. If you want to be a part of the Wednesday class or are having trouble purchasing the book, please contact Pastor Danita. 



Firepit Needed

The church would like to borrow a firepit for our Christmas Eve Fireside and Candlelight Services.  That means you would need to be to bring it to the church by Christmas Eve.  Contact the Pastor Dave if you have one to loan us.

Santa Comes to Woodridge

Santa Comes to Woodridge is sponsored by the Woodridge Special Events Committee. On Saturday, December 5th from 11:00 am to noon kids can drive by to see Santa and Mrs. Claus.  They will be at St. Scholastica Church 7800 Janes Avenue.  The first 200 kids will receive a free gift bag!  View the flier here.

Youth Ministry Fall of 2020

No Youth Group Zoom this week, November 29th.

Youth Group Zoom returns next week, December 6th at 1:30pm.


All 7th-12th grade students are welcome to join our Youth Group Zoom. Contact Pastor Dave for the Zoom link.

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


Please Note: Due to the surging COVID cases in our area and the necessary mitigations, our Sleep out Saturday event is cancelled.


DuPage County Continuum of Care

Coronavirus Relief Funds are available to eligible DuPage County residents to avoid eviction, foreclosure, or homelessness. Eligible households must meet income guidelines and demonstrate a housing crisis resulting from an adverse COVID19 impact. Services offered may include: 

  • Rent 
  • Association Fees
  • Security deposit 
  • Mortgage, where forbearance has ended

Requests for assistance are being accepted starting Wed., 11/18 through Wed., 11/25 or until maximum capacity has been reached. Apply online at: 

Households requesting assistance will need to complete a full application via a network of community agencies to be considered for assistance. 
The details of the funding is presented in this short power point presentation. Please review and share with members who are in contact with people seeking assistance. Thank you. 
Helping the Homeless and Those "At Risk"
Funds are limited so do not delay. 


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.

Discount on Disposable Face 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.

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.

December Birthdays
1     Dianne Marcell
3     Joann Buerstetta
5     Pam Kabella
6     Monica Copeland
7     Jason Shubert
       Tom Strong
14    Gwenn Edman
        Linda Nealis
15    Erik Borgehammar
18    Karen Novak
22    Declan Manderscheid
23    Trudee Manderfield
25    Morna Stewart

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.

November Outreach Offering:
Tree of Life Ministry

The Lakota in South Dakota are the poorest racial group in the USA. They are forced to live in unhealthy dwellings, which is coupled with acute poverty marked by 80% unemployment. The people lack access to a proper diet and suffer from high alcoholism rates and suicide rates as high as eight times the national average. In 1985, Tree of Life Ministry was created to provide free repairs to the homes of impoverished families. This ministry has grown from repairing three homes to 50+ homes each summer. The ministry added a food pantry so that no child would go to bed hungry. The meal program developed into a Food Pantry that grew from assisting 25 families a week to 1,000 families each week. They also participate with the tribe in special programs, such as remedial reading, dental-care, eyeglasses program, nurse-care, suicide prevention, and alcohol recovery.

Tree of Life Ministry has worked hard to overcome the negative attitudes held between cultures, and has become a respected Christian voice among the Lakota people that continues recruiting and training Native Americans to serve in the ministry to their people, and to provide future uninterrupted leadership in this 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.

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:


Looking Ahead

2020 Meeting Dates

Ad Council (9:00 am)            Finance (7:00 pm) 
December 12th                       December 15th

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

Ways to Connect

Aurora District News

To subscribe to the biweekly newsletter for our district (the Aurora District of the Northern Illinois Conference), please click here.   

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

November 27th, 2020, Volume 11, Edition 48











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