From:                                         Woodridge United Methodist Church Communications <>

Sent:                                           Friday, September 24, 2021 8:58 AM


Subject:                                     Salted Christians" - Weekly Newsletter from Woodridge United Methodist Church

Attachments:                          163249182809.26.21_Worship_Guide.pdf


            Woodridge United Methodist Church

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"Salted Christians"

This week we continue to hear Mark give an account of Jesus reminding the disciples of their job while they are busy trying to decide who should be "in" and who should be "out".  Sometimes we wonder, as we overhear these conversations, what in the world are they thinking?  Why can't they stay focused on the task at hand?  So Jesus has to resort to a commodity that is very familiar...salt.  What good is salt if it loses its zest?  


We are familiar enough with salt ad know its challenges and its importance in many areas of life.  Maybe one of the most important commodities we know.  But Jesus lets the disciples know (and us as the modern day disciples) about how important we are in spreading the Good News.


But what happens and what makes us lose our "saltiness"?  God is in need of "SALTED CHRISTIANS" to keep the message going.  But sometimes life tries to take away the "zest" and we lose our saltiness.  Let's talk about how to stay salted on Sunday.  Join us at 10 a.m. in person or online via 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.      





Sunday, September 26th

  • 10:00 am Worship Service
  • Noon Communion (online)
  • 4:00 pm Filipino Baptist 
  • 6:30 pm CSA Committee Meeting

Monday, September 27th

  • 7:00 pm Den 2

Tuesday, September 28th

  • 10:30 am Bible Study (online)

Wednesday, September 22nd

  • 11:30 am Staff Meeting
  • 6:00 pm Bible Study (Online & In Person)

Thursday, September 23rd

  • 7:00 pm BSA

Sunday, October 3rd

  • 10:00 am Worship Service
  • 11:00 am Communion (tent)
  • 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.
  • Socially distanced seating is available on the north side of the sanctuary.


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.



We recently implemented new ways to share the peace of Christ and have some fun doing so. Now that you’ve been through the full cycle, how was your experience of this? What ideas has it inspired in you that we could try? Let Pastor Dave know (!

As a reminder, this is the current Passing the Peace schedule:

•   First Sunday fans

•   Second Sunday sign language 

•   Third wave movement Sunday

•   Fourth Sunday fist bumps

•   Fifth Sunday mystery

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

On the 1st Sunday in October we will have in-person communion outside under the tent following the morning worship service. We will then resume communion on ZOOM for the remaining Sundays in October.

World Communion Sunday
On October 3, we will celebrate World Communion Sunday. Please mark your calendars to celebrate this Special Sunday. We look forward to this celebration each year when we participate in holy communion together and share our gifts to support racial-ethnic students and trainees in their quest to become leaders who embody the mission of The United Methodist Church. Your gifts provide scholarships for ethnic students and trainees from the U.S. and around the world. For all that you will give and have already given, we say "Thank you!!!”



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.



Church Office Hours:   Monday & Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - Noon

                                        Wednesday – 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.





The Bible for Curious People
This study is open to all and meets Tuesday mornings at 10:30am. We meet in person the first Tuesday of the month, on Zoom the other Tuesdays.
Reading Assignment for Tuesday, September 28th:
Chapter 4-5 of Romans, plus any notes your bible provides.
Questions to consider:

—Paul continues to address the question, “How does one become right with God?” What is his answer to that question based on this chapter?

—In chapter 5, Paul uses the metaphor of reconciled enemies to describe our relationship with God. In what ways is that metaphor helpful or life-giving? In what ways is it harmful and misused?

— According to Paul, how is it that God can be God of both Jews and gentiles?

Please contact Pastor Dave ( for the Zoom link.
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
This fall, we have our Wednesday Bible study (obviously on Wednesday) from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  We will meet in person (those who wish to) as well as via ZOOM (for those not able to be in person).  Our study guide is entitled "We Are the Church....Let's Act Like It" by Linda Tower Pevey.  It is a study on the Book of Acts and will last through the end of October.  
FOR THOSE JOINING IN PERSON:  Our class will meet in the narthex (right outside of the sanctuary).  Please continue to wear your mask while we are inside of the building.  Also, please park and enter at that end of the building.
FOR THOSE JOINING VIA ZOOM:  You will be connected and able to verbally participate as in a regular ZOOM call. Contact Pastor Danita or the church office for the link.


Join the 2021 South DuPage Crop Walk

Make a Difference:
Every dollar donated to the CROP Hunger Walk is powerful in the fight to end hunger. Here is an example of what your gift could mean to a community in need:
$22 = 200 BABY FISH Provides a great source of nutrition
$90 = COFFEE BEANS Equips farmers with a resilient coffee crop
$250 = BEEKEEPING SUITS Two suits to protect beekeepers while tending to the hives and collecting honey
$950 = SEEDLINGS Coffee beans, cocoa beans and several types of resilient fruit and tree seedlings for two community nurseries

How can you help?  Join the South DuPage CROP Walk!  This year the CROP Walk will take place on Sunday, October 17, 2021.  This annual event is a 6 km walk to raise funds for hunger programs of Church World Service (the outreach arm of the National Council of Churches).  25% of all funds raised go to local hunger agencies, including Woodridge Community Pantry, Downers Grove FISH, Lisle Township Food Pantry and the Northern Illinois Food Bank as well as PADS sites.
When:                   October 17, 2021
Registration:         1:30 p.m.                     Step Off:  2:00 p.m.
Where:  Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at Grant & Main Street, Downers Grove (across from Downers Grove North High School).
Sign up in the Narthex today or contact Monica Copeland at (630) 728-5359.



Crop Walk Panera Fundraiser

On Wednesday, October 6th from 4:00 – 8:00 pm, he Panera (160 Odgen Ave.) in Downer Grove is having a fundraiser for Crop Walk.  A percentage of all purchases will go to Crop Walk if you bring the flyer here.  If you order online, enter PRFUND at checkout.

Confirmation Has Begun

If you, a family member, or a friend are in 7th, 8th, or 9th grade for school year 2021-22, Confirmation is for you — it’s not too late.

Confirmation Class meets Sundays at 11:00am in the Youth Room. Please contact Pastor Dave ( to register and/or for more information. Or simply meet us in the Youth Room today at 11:00am (aka after the worship service).

Youth Ministry 2021-2022

Youth Ministries at WUMC in September & beyond:

TODAY, Sunday, September 26th at 11:00am Confirmation Class. Meet in the Youth Room after the worship service.

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.


Also TODAY Sunday, September 26th at 11:00am: High School Youth Group! Faith exploration geared for sophomores through seniors. No question is out of bounds. Meet in Youth Room after the worship service.




4    Linda Hedborn
5    Jason Kabella
       Ryan Novak
6    Chit Shain
8    Davina Anderson-Burnett
10    Kendra Moore
11    Jay Jeske
12    Alice Marianyi
        Beth Printz
13    Robert Saner
15    Romy Viernes
16    Gavin Krughoff
17    Daniel Grosch
        Dave Miller
19    Joan Kettell
20    Faye Hoffman
24    Kaylee Ford
25    Krista Waynick
26    Haley Lietz
27    Kevin Read
28    Carol Todd
30    Molly Manderfield
        Kayleigh Smith
31    Olivia Cash

Outreach Opportunities

DuPage Pads: Did You Know?

DuPagePads operates a Street Outreach call line for anyone who observes someone unsheltered or in need of services. Please notify our Street Outreach team at 630-682-3846, option 2, or email with the following information: 

Your name and contact information (for possible follow-up) 

  • Individual’s/Family’s Name (if known) 
  • Location (last seen) 
  • General Description

Midwest Mission Assistance for Disaster Relief and Afghan Refugees
From flooding in Michigan in the North to the wildfires in the West, now the hurricane devastation in Louisiana and flooding in Tennessee, we have exhausted our cleaning kit inventory. We need your help!
To donate text MMDC to 91999, mail in a check or collect supplies and take to your nearest
collection site.
We have an immediate need so we can continue to help those in disaster situations and assist the Afghan refugees that are being placed.

September Focus: Cleaning Supplies

We are in urgent need of :

  • Liquid Dish Soap 14-32 oz
  • Liquid Household Cleaner 16-40 oz
  • Liquid Laundry Soap 32-64 oz
  • Diapers (for adults & children)
  • Monetary Donations to buy kit items in bulk

Please visit our website to see a full list of Midwest Mission supply needs.

World Communion Sunday
World Communion Sunday is October 3rd. United Methodists will join Christians around the globe on this day to recognize oneness in Christ and celebrate World Communion Sunday. In The United Methodist Church, donations to the World Communion Special Sunday support scholarships to equip U.S. students of color and international students to transform the church and their communities as both laity and clergy. Click for resources and how to give.

Ongoing 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).


September Outreach Offering

Ministerial Education Fund


Another one of the 7 General Apportionment Funds that would have previously been funded through the churches general apportionments payments, the Ministerial Education Fund provides funds for recruitment of clergy candidates and provides financial support for 13 United Methodist seminaries including Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston and Pastor Danita’s alma mater, Gammon Seminary.

Africa University

Africa University, located in Zimbabwe, is the first fully accredited United Methodist-related institution on the African continent. The University promotes independence and empowerment through a diverse student body from across the continent.


Northern Illinois Conference 
Save the Date: All-Conference Worship Service
The Northern Illinois Conference will be having an All-Conference Worship Service - Sunday, November 14th at 3:30 pm at Our Saviour's UMC in Schaumburg. Guest preacher will be Rev. Olu Brown, Senior Pastor Impact Church in Atlanta, GA with the theme "Tending to the Harvest." Livestream will be available. More details coming soon.

Discussion Series
Discussion Series Explores What it Means to be United Methodist - (Oct. 5 - Dec. 21) “Tuesdays at the Table: Should I stay? Or should I go?” is a new discussion series for United Methodists, presented by the Connectional Table (CT) in cooperation with general agencies and contributors. Weekly segments will explore topics aimed at helping viewers better understand their faith, their church and themselves. The sessions will premiere every Tuesday at 10:00 am CT on Facebook, and will also be available for later viewing at and the UMC YouTube channel. For details, click here.

Prairie Central Lay Academy
The Prairie Central District is having a Lay Academy - (Nov. 6 & 13) 8 am - 4 pm. at Plainfield UMC. Cost: $40. Click here for details and registration.

Online Lay Servant Ministries Course
Online Lay Servant Ministries course: Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts - (Oct. 4 - 15) Cost $75. Participants will interact via online discussions, journals, and videos throughout the two weeks. Participants are also expected to read the Discipleship Resources book, "Each One a Minister," by William J. Carter, and "Spirit Gifts," by Patricia Brown. Click here to register.

Prairie Central District
The new names of the districts, which went 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.

Prairie Central Monthly Lay Meetings
Please join our District Superintendent, Jeffrey Bross and your lay colleagues in the PCD every SECOND Thursday of the month beginning on September 9 and ending on May 12 at 7pm.  We will share news, have some prayer and devotion, hear the call story of a colleague and laugh with your friends.  We try to keep it to an hour but if something is really important and we need some extra time, we can do so.  This is a no-stress way to stay connected and get lifted up and know you are not alone.  
Please note that ALL lay persons who are in leadership at their churches are invited. This is not just for designated "lay leaders" but anyone who has an interest in the church and gathering with other lay persons.  
Hope to see you there.  Contact the church office for the link.


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  

September 24th, 2021, Volume 12, Edition 39











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