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, April 6th
Chapter 15-16 of the book of Mark, plus any notes
your bible provides.
—Who do you find more sympathetic: Pilate for
following the crowd despite knowing it was wrong? Or the
crowd for choosing the violent revolutionary Barabbas over
—More faithful women present when most of the men had run
away. How did the church go from this to fully embracing
—Why do you think Mark ended his gospel as he did in verse 8?
—Why do you think others added the additional material of
—What would you say is Mark’s thesis? Does he succeed in
making the case for that thesis?
Due to the
pandemic, this class is meeting online through Zoom on
Tuesday mornings at 10:30AM. Please contact Pastor Dave (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
Wednesday bible study will not be meeting this
week. Our next study will begin April 14th.
It is I
Corinthians: Searching the Depths of God
by Jaime Clark-Soles. It is available through
Cokesbury, Amazon and on Kindle. Contact Pastor Danita
if you would like to join this study.
Small Miracles Preschool Open Director
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/.
Youth Ministry Winter/Spring of 2021
No Youth Group on Zoom today. Happy Easter!
Youth Group on Zoom returns next
April 11th at 1:30pm. Contact Pastor Dave for the Zoom link.
While the pandemic means we are unable to hold a
traditional mission trip this summer, we are working on
alternative opportunities. Stay tuned!
Life Line Screening
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of
community-based preventive health screenings, is pleased to
offer a preventive health event at Woodridge United Methodist
Church on Monday,
April 26th. Five screenings will be
offered that scan for potential health problems related to:
blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke;
abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured
aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a
strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or
irregular heartbeat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and
a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess
the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package
which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening
from $149. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to
are three ways to register for this event and to receive a
$10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call
toll-free 1-888-653-6441 or visit http://lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle
Vaccine Buddy Program
Seniors who need help navigating the technology
necessary to book an appointment to receive the COVID-19
vaccine can call Jim Hill at (630) 640-0804 to be paired up
with a Vaccination Buddy through a new program offered by
Naperville and Lisle Townships TRIAD and the Naperville
Senior Task Force. This buddy will schedule the senior for a
vaccination appointment and also can provide transportation
to the appointment if needed.
Elton Benefit Concert Cancelled
It is with
much disappointment that we have officially decided to cancel
the Billy Elton benefit concert that was originally scheduled
for Friday, March 13, 2020 at the Neuqua Valley
Auditorium. We had held out hope that we would be able
to announce a rescheduled date for sometime during the
2020-2021 school year. It has become clear that, while
things are beginning to trend in the right direction, it will
not be possible to hold a large-scale concert at an indoor
venue during the next couple of months.
Tickets purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets will
automatically be refunded to the purchaser. For anybody
who purchased physical tickets, please contact Reid Spears at
email@example.com to arrange for your refund. If you choose
not to obtain a refund, your ticket purchase will still be
donated to the causes affiliated with this event.
The good news is that we are fully planning to do another
benefit concert in spring of 2022! If you choose not to
get a refund on your physical tickets at this time, all
physical tickets from the original 2020 date will be honored
at the door. Please keep an eye out for the
announcement of the official date, which will be coming
We are proud of the over $20,000 that we have raised over
previous concerts to support the memorial funds of some very
fondly remembered Neuqua Valley teachers. We sincerely
thank you for your support of the benefit concerts, and we
eagerly look forward to returning to the Neuqua Valley
Auditorium stage in 2022! In the meantime, keep an eye out
for info coming soon on Billy-Elton.com for the announcement of
our outdoor season!
Rev. Joseph Kim
Your support means everything to the
family of Rev. Joseph Kim, as they have been navigating this
painful time. It was a shock to many of us that Rev. Kim, age
55, passed away all of sudden on March 3, 2021 after having
multiple strokes. He was a faithful and active member of the
Northern Illinois Conference since 2009 and served Fenton,
Lockport: First, and Wheaton: Aldersgate. Nothing has
prepared his family and all of us for this immense feeling of
loss and sorrow. Some of you already have reached out and
extended your kindness and sympathy to the family. Thank you!
This time, you and your church are invited to join the
fundraising for the family as they are financially
struggling, not only to pay for the funeral expenses, but
also for the future of the family.
Please help the family by sending funds in any amount you’re
comfortable with to Lemont
United Methodist Church at 25 W Custer Street, Lemont, IL
60439 by April 10, 2021. You may also give it
online at lemontumc.org or using GivePlus App on
your cellphone (find Lemont United Methodist Church and click
Memorial for Rev. Joseph Kim).
Together, as the Aurora District churches and colleagues, we
can share their financial burdens as they’ve been navigating
unchartered water. Thank you so much for your support in
Read the full
letter from Rev. Hyo Sun Oh and District Superintendent Rev.
Jeffrey Bross here.
Reconciling Ministries Network
Ministries Network (RMN) mobilizes United Methodists of all
sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our
Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s
inclusive love. Website: rmnetwork.org. RMN works to
influence the UMC to be more inclusive and resources and
empowers local churches to participate in this ministry. The
network has a presence in all jurisdictions of the UMC.
The Reconciling Ministries Network is made up of over 700
Reconciling communities and over 34,000 individuals…
Living into our shared baptismal covenant, Reconciling
Ministries Network equips and mobilizes United Methodists to
resist evil, injustice, and oppression as we seek justice for
people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Reconciling Ministries Network envisions a renewed and
vibrant Wesleyan movement that is biblically and
theologically centered. As committed disciples of Jesus
Christ, we strive to transform ourselves and the world by
living out the Gospel’s teachings of grace, love, justice,
and celebration of all of God’s children.
Northern Illinois Conference
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
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