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Subject:                                     "Freedom, Frederick, and Fireworks" - Woodridge United Methodist Church Newsletter

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            Woodridge United Methodist Church

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"Freedom, Frederick, and Fireworks"

Anniversaries can be an excellent opportunity to celebrate successes and obstacles overcome. Or anniversaries can be a time to assess where we are and reassess where we want to be. And, If we are honest with ourselves, anniversaries can be a time to mourn our losses. Perhaps the national anniversary we celebrate this Sunday is no different?


In his letter to the church at Corinth, Paul reminds us we can be “at peace in any weaknesses…for the sake of the Anointed because when I am at my weakest, He makes me strong.”


Meanwhile, the author of Mark’s gospel shares a story that still rings true today: sometimes it is hard to go home again. Yet, in the midst of rejection, Jesus sends his followers out into the world with a message of healing and hope.


Of course it is true that the church is not the nation and the nation is not the church. Still, maybe we who strive to follow God in the Way of Jesus can use this holiday to consider:

•    In what ways have we succeeded in heeding God’s call to be people of healing and hope?

•    What weaknesses of ours might God turn into strengths?

•    And perhaps the most important question on any anniversary: What’s next?


Pastor Dave will wrestle with those questions and more this Sunday, July 4th, in his sermon, “Freedom, Frederick, and Fireworks.”


Worship with Woodridge UMC Sundays at 10:00 a.m. either in person — we’re singing again (behind our masks)! — or online via our 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, July 2nd

  • Noon Lunch in the Parking Lot

Sunday, July 4th

  • 10:00 am Worship Service
  • 4:00 pm Filipino Baptist 
  • Happy 4th of July!!

Monday, July 5th 

  • Church Office CLOSED

Friday, July 9th

  • Noon Lunch in the Parking Lot

Sunday, July 11th

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




Worship Services

In Person

We miss you and want to see more of you for worship in person Sundays at 10:00 a.m.! No registration needed, just walk in the door! As a way to keep the most vulnerable among us safer, we request you continue to wear a mask while in the building. Here are our updated safety guidelines: 

  • Please conduct a wellness check before your arrival.  If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
  • The Sunday morning worship service will continue to be recorded “live” for YouTube.  In preparation for the service, there will be sound, voice and light checks.
  • Masks/face coverings are required in the building.
  • Please no food or drinks in the building.
  • Sanctuary seating is available in every other pew.


Where to find the YouTube Live Stream

The worship service is live-streamed every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. on our Woodridge UMC YouTube Channel. All available worship service recordings are on our channel too.



Sharing the peace of Christ with one another is an important part of our worship life and we are looking for some creative ideas on how to do that.   Then during the worship service, our camera crew will pan out the camera and everyone will wave to the camera.    Let's try something new and have fun with it!!!!!

For ease of access, you can now the weekly worship guide attached to this email. 


There are different options for getting your offering to the church.

  • 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.



The Church Office will be CLOSED Monday, July 5th for Independence Day. 
The Office will also be CLOSED Monday, July 12th through Friday, July 16th.

Church Office Summer Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. – noon

Summer Hours run from June 1st through September 3rd

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





Technology Resources Available at the Library: Walk-Ins Welcome
The Library welcomes our friends and neighbors affected by the recent tornado to make use of the library building and resources, and we offer our heartfelt support as you work to recover from its impact.
A library card is not required to use technology resources and walk-ins are welcome. Wi-Fi and computers, along with copier, fax, and scan to email/print services are available.
Please reach out to staff with questions you may have about access to computers/the internet or other resources at 630-964-7899 or

Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
Gary United Methodist Church will host a COVID-19 vaccination site, with the first dose on Wednesday, June 23, 3-7 p.m., and the second dose on Thursday, July 14, 9 a.m. -2 p.m. The clinic will have the Pfizer vaccine, so anyone ages 12 and older may sign up. Register on or call 630-668-3100. Gary UMC is located at 224 North Main Street in Wheaton.
Faith United Methodist Church will host a COVID-19 vaccination site on Wednesday, July 14, 3-7 p.m. The clinic will have the Pfizer vaccine, so anyone ages 12 and older may sign up. Register
here. Faith UMC is located at 815 Finley Road in Lombard.


Save The Date!! Sunday, July 25, 20211 at 3pm

Katrina and Vincent are coming to America for a visit.  They have agreed to perform a concert for us at The First United Methodist Church of Downers Grove, located at 1032 Maple Avenue, on Sunday, July 25th, 2021, at 3 pm.  We are so grateful that the Downers Grove Church has offered the use of their Grand Piano and are thrilled to present this FREE concert jointly with our Church.
The concert title is “Symphonic Masterpieces at the Piano” and will include movements of Liszt’s rarely performed arrangements of Beethoven’s Symphonies no. 5 and no. 6 for piano solo, a four-hand symphony by Debussy, and the beloved “Peer Gynt” suite by Grieg.
Come experience this enchanting, entwining of the piano and the orchestra, and congratulate Katrina and Vincent on their recent marriage.

Youth Ministry Summer 2021

Youth Ministries at WUMC in July, and August:

•   Opportunity to help children in need! Monday, July 26th from 4:30-6:00pm, we are serving at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora. Space is limited, contact Pastor Dave ( to reserve your spot!

•   Arriving this fall: the Return of the Confirmands! Working title for this year: “Confirmation Problems” If you or a family member or a friend are in 7th, 8th, or 9th grade for school year 2021-22, Confirmation is for you. More details to be announced…


Moving Forward Together Classes

Love Christian Clearinghouse is holding free Moving Forward Together classes on Thursday evenings beginning this September.  The program is designed to help people who are struggling with everyday life and who seek to make lasting change to achieve their potential.  Click here for the Moving Forward Together participant flyer. Interested participants must sign-up for orientation between July 2nd and August 5th, by calling 630-512-8665. Anyone interested in a volunteer position should contact Donna Adler, Transformational Ministry Coordinator and plan to attend Volunteer Training on August 14th.
We are committed to this content, however, the timing of the course offerings will be fluid and will be based on the needs of the participants, and the availability of the volunteers who come forward to teach the classes. Together we will transform lives and communities in the name of Christ!


Outreach Opportunities

Want to Help Those Affected by the Tornado?

Gift cards are an easy way to help our neighbors affected by last week’s tornado. Especially gift cards for grocery stores, restaurants, hardware stores, and other essential needs. Due to the immediate need, this is a quick, two-week opportunity. Gift card orders collected until next Sunday, July 4th and returned July 11th. Find the form here.

We are also working on offering Personal Dignity Kits (and hopefully other needed materials) from the Midwest Mission Distribution Center to tornado victims. More on that soon…


As we begin to gather together for worship and slowly open our building, there are some ongoing opportunities that we want to "revive".  We will get more details from our Outreach Committee at a later time about these and other opportunities.

Suits for Success

There are donation boxes in the hallway by the coat rack just outside the narthex for both men and women's clothing.  The clothes are picked up, dry cleaned and then taken to area men and women's prisons for people being released.  NO belts, shoes, underwear or ties.


"Goin' Green" Shoes & Clothes Recycling Box

Located in the northeast corner of our parking lot, this receptacle is a convenient place to recycle any shoes and your clothes that are at or near the end of their usefulness.

Did you know discarded clothes account for more total landfill space than any other waste item? The “Goin’ Green” Box helps us reduce our waste.

How is this different from our “Suits for Success” ministry?

The big difference is that “Suits for Success” cannot accept shoes of any kind, nor can they accept belts, ties, or underwear. “Goin’ Green” accepts all shoes and clothes.

In summary: Keep bringing your gently used clothing donations to the “Suits for Success” collection boxes in the hallway.

For all shoes and any other clothes, instead of throwing them in the trash, put them in the “Goin’ Green” receptacle in the northeast corner of the parking lot.

West Suburban Food Pantry

We have a basket that we "inherited" from the Faith, Lisle church that is waiting for donations.  It sits in the narthex, usually near the sanctuary doors.  They did not stop operating during the pandemic and there is pending legislation in our state and nation that might cut their corporate donations in large amounts.  Let's replenish our basket!!!


Used Eyeglasses
There is a basket also in the narthex for collecting used eyeglasses.  Jorie would see that her sister, Kendra, got the eyeglasses and that they are recycled to the Lions Club and Gift of Sight groups.  Kendra is continuing this important mission. (Prescription eyeglasses only).

July Outreach Offering

Grace Children's Hospital and Pediatric Clinic, Haiti

Grace Children’s Hospital, founded in 1967, is recognized as Haiti’s leading medical facility dedicated to the treatment of children with tuberculosis (TB). Each year, the hospital receives thousands of children who are suffering from TB, HIV, and other diseases. The earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010 forever changed the nation of Haiti, and severely damaged the Grace Children's Hospital campus. The hospital has rebuilt transitional facilities that continue to serve the people of Haiti, and have new outreaches to the tent communities near the hospital. Even in the aftermath of the earthquake, hospital operations were only halted for a few days, and care for the children staying at the hospital never ceased.

Inpatient Ward
The staff members at Grace Children’s Hospital care for hundreds of children a year at the hospital’s inpatient ward. During their stay, which averages three months, Grace Children’s Hospital provides a place of healing and solace to these suffering children.
The children receive excellent medical care from professional doctors and nurses, nutritious meals to help them grow healthy and strong, and comfort from the dedicated and loving mamans (nurses’ aides). Once a child is on the road to recovery, he or she can also attend school at the hospital. For some, this is the first and only time they will ever experience a formal education.
All of Grace Children’s Hospital’s programs fees for services are determined by a sliding scale based on the patient’s income. No one is ever turned away because they are unable to pay. For more information check their website at


Northern Illinois Conference 
NEW Prairie Central District
The new names of the districts, which go into effect July 2021, are Lake North, Lake South, Prairie Central, Prairie North, and Prairie South. We will be in the Prairie Central district.  Click here to read the list of churches in each district. Find the new district webpage here.

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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  

July 2nd, 2021, Volume 12, Edition 27











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