From:                                         Woodridge United Methodist Church Communications <>

Sent:                                           Friday, April 16, 2021 9:39 AM


Subject:                                     "Show, Don't Tell" Woodridge United Methodist Church Weekly Newsletter

Attachments:                          16185838174.18.21_Worship_Guide.pdf


            Woodridge United Methodist Church

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

Instructions can be found below.
All are Welcome!







"Show, Don't Tell"

We like to understand people and the world around us. No, it’s more than that. We long to understand people and the world around us. For instance:


•   Why do our next-door neighbors make the choices they do with their homes, their loved ones, their jobs?

•   Why do some proposed community projects come and go without anyone hardly noticing — while others compel thousands of comments and reasons both for and against?

•   Why are some countries so much better at ____ (fill in the blank with what moves you: educating their children, taking days off to rest, feeding their people, combating a pandemic…)?


Probably for as long as there have been people, we’ve used stories to try to answer those and all of life’s most pressing questions. What kind of stories best help you flesh out those demanding questions?


Now, what does any of this have to do with this week’s readings and worship? Hopefully, more than we might initially think. The first letter by John tells us that we are Children of God and thus sin is not to be part of our program. Then, the gospel of Luke shows us that the resurrection is far more than just a promise of life after death. Instead, it is a challenge to all the things that bring death into our world.


So where does that leave us?

Do you know — really know deep in your soul — that you are a child of God?

Can we as a congregation, as a people, live in such a way as to make the resurrection truly sing in the world?

How might we do that?


Pastor Dave will tackle those questions and more this Sunday, April 18th, in his sermon, “Show, Don’t Tell.”


Register to worship with us in person Sunday at 10:00 a.m. OR join us online as we live stream worship on our Woodridge UMC YouTube Channel.


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 16th

  • Noon Lunch on Zoom
  • 7:00 pm Pack Meeting (parking lot)

Sunday, April 18th

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

Monday, April 19th

  • 10:30 am Bruton Funeral (Private)

Tuesday, April 20th

  • 7:00 pm Return Team Meeting (Online)
  • 7:00 pm Troop Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 21st

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

Thursday, April 22nd

  • 7:00 pm Boy Scouts

Friday, April 23rd

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

Sunday, April 25th

  • 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 to how we gather as a community of faith.  Please be cautious and mindful of your own health and the safety of others by following out in person worship guidelines.  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.



SPECIAL Church Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – noon

Tuesday, 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


Our Tuesday bible study is off this week (April 20th), returning next Tuesday, April 27th at 10:30am.


Wednesday bible study meets at 6:00 pm on Wednesday evenings.  Our current study began 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 Spring of 2021

Youth Group on Zoom this Sunday, April 18th at 1:30pm. Contact Pastor Dave for the Zoom link. What do we do? Try out some prayer practices, play a game, encourage each other, share ways we continue to cope with this pandemic.

Looking ahead:

Get ready for our next in person, outdoor, all church event on Sunday, May 16th at 1:30pm: Blessing the Wheels. Bring your bikes, scooters, roller blades, skateboards, car — anything with wheels — as we pray over them and you. Then stick around to ride around the parking lot and share a snack.

While the pandemic means we are unable to hold a traditional mission trip this summer, we are working on alternative opportunities. Stay tuned!

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.

Upper Room Devotionals
The Upper Rooms for May-June 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 and in the narthex.

Outreach Opportunities

April Outreach Offering: 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 
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 16th, 2021, Volume 12, Edition 16











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