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Subject:                                     "Don't Hold Me Back" - Woodridge United Methodist Church Newsletter


            Woodridge United Methodist Church

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"Don't Hold Me Back"

Here we are at the edge of our seats.!!  The drama has been unfolding for at least 40 days now!  It's almost time.......Yes, the Resurrection Celebration is almost here!!  Join us on this Sunday either in person or online as we celebrate the victory of love over hate...of God's miraculous powers through Jesus.


But as we gather, remember that our task as messengers of Good News is constant.  We do not celebrate Easter Sunday to hold it back for keep it safe so that we can look back and remember it when life becomes difficult.  No, we receive the reaffirmation on Easter Sunday as a sign that the message of love, hope and God's grace is always available to everyone.  Our message to the world is that every morning is Easter morning from now on.  Don't hold back the awesome possibilities that the day shows us.  Don't hold back the promises that come to pass daily.  Don't hold back on extending the love and grace we have received to others. 


Join us on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. in person (please register at our or online on our Woodridge UMC YouTube Channel as we celebrate the Resurrection together.


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, April 2nd

  • Church Office CLOSED
  • Noon Lunch on Zoom
  • 6:00 pm ONLINE Good Friday Service
  • 6:45 pm Boy Scouts
  • 7:00 pm OUTDOOR Good Friday Service

Sunday, April 4th

  • 10:00 am Easter Worship Service
  • Noon Communion
  • 4:00 pm Filipino Baptist 

Monday, April 5th

  • Church Office CLOSED

Tuesday, April 6th

  • Church Office CLOSED
  • 10:30 am Bible Study Online
  • 7:00 pm Return Team

Wednesday, April 7th

  • Church Office CLOSED
  • 6:00 pm Bible Study Online

Thursday, April 8th

  • 7:00 pm Boy Scouts

Friday, April 9th

  • Noon Lunch on Zoom
  • 6:45 pm Boy Scouts

Sunday, April 11th

  • 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:
here 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 worship, please email the Pastor Danita at by 8:00 am on Sundays.



Palm Sunday          10:00 am online and in person
Maundy Thursday    6:00 pm online and 7:00 pm in the parking lot
Good Friday             6:00 pm online and 7:00 pm in the parking lot
Easter Sunday        10:00 am online and in person

For the last couple of years we have had a large cross covered in flowers on the parkway facing 75th Street to remind passersby the JESUS IS ALIVE!  Please drop off a bouquet of flowers to be used in assembling the Flower Cross.  There will be a bucket with some water in it just inside of the narthex doors on the south side of the building.  Please have them at the church before noon on Saturday, April 3rd.


SPECIAL Church Office Hours:
Monday -  Wednesday OFFICE CLOSED

Thursday & Friday 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, April 6th
Chapter 15-16 of the book of Mark, plus any notes your bible provides.

Questions to consider:

—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 Jesus?
—More faithful women present when most of the men had run away. How did the church go from this to fully embracing patriarchy?
—Why do you think Mark ended his gospel as he did in verse 8?
—Why do you think others added the additional material of v9-20?
—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 ( 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.


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.

Employment Opportunity

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


Youth Ministry Winter/Spring of 2021

No Youth Group on Zoom today. Happy Easter!

Youth Group on Zoom returns next Sunday, 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 complete.  There 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


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.

Billy 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 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 later.
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 for the announcement of our outdoor season!


Outreach Opportunities

Family of 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 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 advance!

Read the full letter from Rev. Hyo Sun Oh and District Superintendent Rev. Jeffrey Bross here.

Reconciling Ministries Network

Reconciling 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: 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 
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.

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  

April 2nd, 2021, Volume 12, Edition 14











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