Bible Study - Via Zoom
THE BIBLE FOR
Join us Tuesday mornings at 10:30am on Zoom as
we explore the Gospel of Mark.
Assignment for Tuesday, February 23rd
Chapter 10 of the book of Mark, plus any notes
your bible provides.
—Why do you think Mark’s Jesus talks again about
children and greatness?
—Is Jesus good? Does Jesus say if he is good?
—What do camels and needles even have to do with
each other? Bring your best theories!
—What makes “Blind Bartimaeus” special?
Due to the
pandemic, this class is meeting online through Zoom on
Tuesday mornings at 10:30AM. Please contact Pastor Dave (email@example.com) 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.
BIBLE STUDY ON ZOOM
This year our Wednesday Lenten study will be SAVIOR: What
the Bible Says About the Cross by Magrey
Devega. Please join us on Wednesday nights beginning Wednesday,
February 24, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.. The
book is available at Cokesbury.com and Amazon in hard copy or
Kindle/e-reader versions. Please join us on ZOOM for
Small Miracles Preschool is Looking for an
We are in need of a person for 2-4 hours per
week for a temporary position with possibilities of long
term. Responsibilities are very minimal and include but
are not limited to answering/making phone calls and emails,
updating and managing website and other social media.
Must have high school education. If interested, please send
letter indicating such to PastorDanita@woodridgeumc.org. No phone calls please.
Miracles Preschool Open Director Position
United Methodist Church's Small Miracles Preschool is seeking
a Preschool Director to start immediately in preparation for
the 2021-2022 school year. The Director is responsible for
maintaining the daily operations of Small Miracles Preschool,
a warm and friendly environment, and a quality
Christian-based, child-centered program. The Director must
meet and maintain the minimum State Licensing Requirements of
Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) for the
State of Illinois, and lead and support the staff through
teamwork and mutual respect to achieve individual and
classroom goals. The Director reports to the Small Miracles
Preschool Board of Directors with day-to-day accountability
to the Lead Pastor of Woodridge United Methodist Church. You
can find the requirements and how to apply at https://www.woodridgeumc.org/small-miracles-preschool/.
Press is pleased to let you know that we have two job
openings available. Below are the titles along with the
link to each job description:
Event Marketing Coordinator (Full-Time)
Opportunity to Help the Manderfields with Meal
We all love
the Manderfield family! They have done so much for so many
people... Now it's our turn to be there to help support them
during a most difficult
time. Mealtrain.com is a free meal calendar
tool that makes planning meals among a wide group easy and
But it's also more than that! Meal Train allows you to cook
and deliver a meal, or to make a monetary donation the family
can use for dinners, groceries, or anything else they might
need right now. And it also allows Kathy to let us know, via
the calendar tool, when she needs any other assistance...
errands run, a ride somewhere, a visit from friends, etc.
There are so many ways to show your support! Here is
where to go: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/0ooz73.
COUNTY CDC COVID VACCINE REGISTRATION
CDC has set up a COVID Vaccine
Registration page on its website as
they transition to Phase 1b of the vaccination plan
(adults age 65+ and front line workers).
you will not be able to schedule an appointment until the
time is right! Signing up here allows DuPage County
CDC to contact you with specific information when appointments
or clinics are available. If you want to register
please click here.
- Vaccination is by appointment
only and dependent on
individuals will be asked to provide verification of
their eligibility through either photo ID to confirm
age-based eligibility or employment verification
(Employee ID Badge, check stub, state licensure or
certificate) to identify occupational eligibility.
Youth Ministry Winter/Spring of 2021
Youth Group on Zoom this Sunday,
February 21st at 1:30pm. All 7th-12th grade
students are welcome. Contact Pastor Dave (firstname.lastname@example.org) for
the zoom link.
Youth Group on Zoom continues throughout
February. But watch for special events and opportunities for
safe in-person gatherings.
DuPage Pads 15th Annual Taste of Hope
March 4th – 11th, 2021 - Reserve your tickets today!
Annual Taste of Hope has transformed in
the face of the pandemic to a virtual week filled with
delicious and delightful entertainment. Support DuPagePads by
ordering from participating restaurants, with access to
unique dining offers from some of the area’s leading
restaurants. Bid on exclusive online auction items and raffle
prizes. Join us throughout the week for one or all of the
virtual presentations, cooking demonstrations, and
Your generous support strengthens client successes connecting
more families and individuals to the proven solution of
housing, coupled with support services and employment support
to end homelessness.
Exchange (New Location)
WUMC has started a PUZZLE EXCHANGE.
Every puzzle deserves a second, third, or even
fourth shot. Let’s share the wealth!
Due to the snow the bin is now on the
east side of the building by the main entrance 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.
Upper Room Devotionals
The Upper Rooms for March - April 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.
Outreach Offering: Black College Fund
Between 1866 and 1882,
following the Civil War, the former Methodist Episcopal
Church organized the Freedmen’s Aid Society to help educate
black people newly freed from slavery. Between 1866 and 1882,
the society established more than 70 schools in the U.S.
South and Southwest.
In 1972, The United Methodist Church established the Black
College Fund to provide a constant reliable way to support
United Methodist-related historically Black colleges. Today
we support more historically Black colleges and universities
than any other religious denomination.
One of the 7 General Apportionment Funds that would have
previously been funded through the churches general
apportionments payments, this fund supports the programs
and ministries of 11 historically black colleges and
universities, including one medical school. These gifts
reflect the value our Church has on education, especially
those who have been historically excluded. The Black
College Fund is raising up the leaders who are impacting
lives and shaping communities.
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:
and Toiletry Donations: Please consider
donating essential items using
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.
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.
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 dgfumc.org using the Giving tab. The
church is located at 1032 Maple Avenue in Downers Grove.
call or email Larry
Cash with questions at
Northern Illinois Conference
John Hopkins Lenten Video
new 6-minute video, Bishop Hopkins greets all NIC churches
while reflecting on the meaning of the Lenten season. Click here to view the
A transcript of the
video is also available.
Get to Know
Interim Bishop John Hopkins
the new year, we welcome retired Bishop John L. Hopkins, who
is serving as the interim bishop for the Northern Illinois
Conference through 2021.
Typically we would host a meet-and-greet event or a formal welcome,
but because COVID-19 prevents us from gathering we are
introducing him through a Zoom interview.
Did you know Bishop Hopkins served in campus ministries? NIC
Dir. of Communications Anne Marie Gerhardt "sat
down" with Bishop Hopkins to ask a few questions about
his background and ministry to help all of us get to know him
a little better.
Watch this video.
Monthly Aurora District Lay Leader Virtual
There will be monthly Aurora District Lay Leader
meetings on the Third Thursday of every month at 7 pm
through May. "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 (email@example.com). Contact Leola if you would like to join.
District Boundaries Set
The new names
of the districts, which go into effect July 2021, are Lake North, Lake
South, Prairie Central, Prairie North, and Prairie South.
Click here to read the list of churches in each district.
Aurora District Lay Academy
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