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Subject:                                     "Just Follow the Recipe" - Woodridge United Methodist Church Newsletter

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            Woodridge United Methodist Church

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

Instructions can be found below.
All are Welcome!







"Just Follow the Recipe"

As we move into this third week of Lent, we can't help but remember back a year ago and the condition of this world.  We have made all kinds of changes in our lives and yet our readings for the day remind us that we still have to adjust our focus.  We cannot continue to follow the directions that we desire without regard to others.  We must re-orient ourselves and re-focus our lives to be in closer relationship with God and neighbor.  


That's probably why our scripture passages for this week highlight the Ten Words given to Moses for us, Jesus tossing the merchants out of the temple and the foolishness of preaching.  They are just reminders to us of the times we want to "do our own thing" all God wants of us is to "JUST FOLLOW THE RECIPE".  There is no need to try to re-write or alter what has already be given and proven!!  But maybe we need to talk about that a bit.  Join me on Sunday morning at 10:00AM on our Woodridge UMC YouTube Channel and we can see what we come up with.


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, 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 

Tuesday, March 9th

  • 10:30 am Bible Study Online
  • 7:00 pm ReTurn Team

Wednesday, March 10th

  • 10:30 am Staff Meeting
  • 6:00 pm Lenten Study Online

Thursday, March 11th

  • 7:00 pm Boy Scouts

Friday, March 12th

  • Noon Lunch on Zoom

Sunday, March 14th

  • 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.




Pastor Danita's Vestment

Many people have asked about the purple vestment that Pastor Danita wears during the season of Lent.  It was a gift from her friend, Reverend J. Jeannette Cooper, retired clergywoman in South Carolina, which Pastor Danita wore as a part of Reverend Cooper's wedding ceremony.  It was handmade in Ghana, Africa and the symbol on the sleeve Means "believe in God".  There are only 12 of these vestments which were made exclusively for Reverend Cooper's Sisters in Spirit (S.O.S.) who served communion at the wedding ceremony.

Memorial Page Added

Please check the church's website to view a new page in memory of our beloved Jorie Manderfield.  Jorie was such an intricate part of the life of this church, we thought it only fitting to have a tribute to her life on our church's website.  You can also donate to the memorial fund set up in Jorie's memory on that same page.  The family will decide at a later date how the funds will be used.

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 7th
Chapter 12 of the book of Mark, plus any notes your bible provides.

Questions to consider:

—Two of the more enigmatic parables (which is saying something) here. What do you make of them?

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

—Regarding giving, is it all about percentages? if not, what else does Jesus ask of us?

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


Gift Cards to Feed People Experiencing Hunger

It’s an all star lineup: our Outreach Committee, the West Suburban Community Pantry, our Youth Ministries, and YOU!

Collecting food boxes for people experiencing hunger has been a staple of our Outreach effort for years. The pandemic meant we couldn’t do that in 2020. So, a new approach! For the next couple weeks, in lieu of food boxes and Easter baskets, we are collecting gift cards to donate to our neighbors in need at our sister church in Joliet, Trinity UMC, and at the Community Pantry.

Bonus: If you purchase gift cards through this program, you help our Youth Ministries at the very same time!

NOTE: If you purchases some gift cards to donate and some for personal use, please use separate forms marked [Your Name]/Outreach and [Your Name]/Personal Order. You still only need to write one check for the full order. Find the order form here and as an attachment to this email.

Orders due to the church office by Thursday, March 18th at 2:00pm.

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:

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, March 7th at 1:30pm. All 7th-12th grade students are welcome. Contact Pastor Dave ( for the zoom link.

Youth Group on Zoom continues March 14th, & 28th.

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.


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

March Outreach Offering: UMCOR

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church, operated under the auspices of the General Board of Global Ministries.
Vision: As the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church, UMCOR strengthens and transforms people and communities.
Mission: Compelled by Christ to be a voice of conscience on behalf of the people                   called Methodist, UMCOR works globally to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing.

UMCOR’s work can be categorized into three major areas
1) Humanitarian Relief / Disaster Response 
2) Sustainable Development
3) Global Health (in collaboration with Global Ministries)

The United Methodist Committee on Relief exists to assist United Methodists and churches to become involved globally in direct ministry to persons in need through programs of relief, rehabilitation, and service, including issues of displaced persons, hunger and poverty, disaster response, and disaster risk reduction; and to assist organizations, institutions, and programs related to annual conferences and other units of The United Methodist Church in their involvement in direct service to such persons in need.

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  

March 5th, 2021, Volume 12, Edition 10











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