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Subject:                                     "Plans and Promises" - 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!







"Plans and Promises"

We are at the 2nd week of the season of Lent, taking a journey into some unfamiliar territory.  The number of days didn't change but the scenery sure did!!  Those who previously walked with us side-by-side now walk with us in spirit.  We have added some travelers on the way who have brought new ideas and insights for the journey.  Yet we are all on our way to Jerusalem.  ..the place where all the action takes place.   


But of course along the way we have a few reminders of what the journey is all about.  We are reminded of the unbroken promises that God has made to us.  Promises that remind us of God's love and mercy.  Promises that are unchanging, undeserved and everlasting that require us to re-orient our lives and believe in the Good News of the Gospel.


This week we will learn about the "PLANS AND PROMISES" that can change our lives so radically that even our names are changed and our lives are given new direction.  How do senior citizens throw a gender reveal party for the new addition they are expecting!!!  Let's try to get some answers to this dilemma.


Join me on Sunday morning at 10:00AM on our Woodridge UMC YouTube Channel. All are invited to join us.


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, February 26th

  • Noon Lunch on Zoom

Sunday, February 28th

  • 10:00 am Worship Service
  • Noon Communion
  • 1:30 pm Youth Group
  • 4:00 pm Filipino Baptist 

Tuesday, March 1st

  • 10:30 am Bible Study Online

Wednesday, March 2nd

  • 6:00 pm Lenten Study Online
  • 7:00 pm Patrol Leader Meeting

Thursday, March 3rd

  • 7:00 pm Boy Scouts

Friday, March 4th

  • Noon Lunch on Zoom

Sunday, March 5th

  • 10:00 am Worship Service
  • Noon Communion
  • 1:30 pm Youth Group
  • 4:00 pm Filipino Baptist 


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

We are now ready to welcome a limited amount of persons in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings. You must register to let us know you will be attending.  The link for registering is:
register for worship.  Please be sure to register no later than Friday at noon.  Should you change your mind after you have registered, you may cancel your registration at any time. When you register to attend, you will receive the guidelines that all must follow for everyone's safety and well-being. 

For ease of access, you can now find both formats of the weekly worship guide attached to this email.  This will take the place of the Saturday Connections email.


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.



If you watch the online service, 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 on Sundays.


Church Office Hours: Mondays & Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. – noon
                                     Wednesdays - Fridays 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Our building is not ready for full activity, so we ask that you call before visiting.




Bible Study - Via Zoom


Join us Tuesday mornings at 10:30am on Zoom as we explore the Gospel of Mark.
Reading Assignment for Tuesday, March 2nd
Chapter 11-12 of the book of Mark, plus any notes your bible provides.

Questions to consider:

—We’ve reached the Palm Sunday portion of Mark. Can you notice anything new rereading this familiar story?

—Why does Jesus curse the fig tree? Isn’t that just mean?

—Why do you think Jesus reacts as he does to the market at the Temple?

—So many trick questions. Why? What were the religious leaders hoping for?

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.


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 at 6:00 p.m..  The book is available at and Amazon in hard copy or Kindle/e-reader versions.  Please join us on ZOOM for the study.


Employment Opportunities 

Small Miracles Preschool is Looking for an Office Assistant

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  No phone calls please.    

Small Miracles Preschool Open Director Position
Woodridge 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

InterVarsity Press
InterVarsity 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)
Marketing Copywriter (Part-Time)


Opportunity to Help the Manderfields with Meal Train
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. is a free meal calendar tool that makes planning meals among a wide group easy and less stressful.
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:


Vaccine Event for Seniors: Pre-Registration Required
The Village of Woodridge is partnering with School District 99 who is hosting a vaccination clinic on Sunday, February 28 from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM. There is a very limited supply of doses. A portion of these limited doses have been reserved for Woodridge residents who are 65 and older. In order to ensure that only eligible individuals are included in the clinic, you must first complete this pre-registration form.

This clinic is for the Pfizer vaccine and you must commit to having both shots administered. The first shot is this Sunday, February 28, and the second is on Sunday, March 21. By signing up you are agreeing to attend both clinics on those dates at a time you register for between 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Please pre-register only if you are a resident of the Village of Woodridge, and are 65 years of age or older. Proof of age and residency will be verified at the event.
Access to this form will close at 8:00 am on Friday, February 26. Please call 630-719-4705 if you need assistance.

Additional information available on the Village's website

Coming Soon: WUMC Eggstravaganz
What’s an Eggstravaganza?? It’s our inaugural Easter Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, March 21st at 1:30pm. Just for fun, in-person gathering for the whole family. Masks and social distancing required.

Racism Awareness Zoom Workshop
Free Woodridge All Community Event
(Given by the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate Anti-Racism Committee (ARC)
Sponsored by St. Scholastica Parish
Supported by Village of Woodridge Mayor, Gina Cunningham)

Saturday, March 20, 2021 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
GOAL: To engage residents in nondenominational dialogue and educational initiatives that result in awareness of racial and social inequities. 
See attached flyer for details and how to register.

DuPage County 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). 
Please note: 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 vaccine supply.
  • Eligible 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 28th at 1:30pm. All 7th-12th grade students are welcome. Contact Pastor Dave ( for the zoom link.

Youth Group on Zoom continues throughout February. But watch for special events and opportunities for safe in-person gatherings.

Special Event: Eggstravaganza! An Easter Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, March 21st at 1:30pm. Just for fun, in-person gathering for the whole family. Masks and social distancing required.


DuPage Pads 15th Annual Taste of Hope

March 4th – 11th, 2021 - Reserve your tickets today! 
The 15th 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 interactive activities.

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.

Puzzle Exchange (New Location)


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 Opportunities

February 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:

  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.


Northern Illinois Conference 
Bishop John Hopkins Lenten Video

In a new 6-minute video, Bishop Hopkins greets all NIC churches while reflecting on the meaning of the Lenten season. Click here to view the video. 

 A transcript of the video 
is also available. 

Get to Know Interim Bishop John Hopkins
With 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 Meetings

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 ( Contact Leola if you would like to join.

New 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.

2021 Laity Convocation

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

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

February 26th, 2021, Volume 12, Edition 9











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