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
Assignment for Tuesday, October 5th:
Chapter 6-7 of Romans, plus any notes your bible provides.
—What is Paul’s main argument in theses
chapters? How does his use of “slavery to sin” as a metaphor
for the human condition help or hurt his argument?
—When have you experienced what Paul describes
—Perhaps Paul is saying following the law is
good and helpful but doing so doesn’t make you right with
God. What are some contemporary versions of this?
Please contact Pastor Dave (email@example.com) 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.
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
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.
Youth Gift Card Sale is BACK!!
Support WUMC Youth with gift card orders with
three opportunities to participate. Orders forms are due October 24th
and will be available for pick-up October 31st.
A percentage of all sales goes to Youth Ministries. Please
remember to keep the WUMC Family Crisis Fund in mind.
Gift cards are incredibly helpful for those in the community
who need financial assistance. Get your form here or in the narthex.
Order by 11/20 - Delivered 11/28
Order by 12/12 - Delivered 12/19
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
$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
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
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.
October 17, 2021
Off: 2:00 p.m.
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
Crop Walk Panera Fundraiser
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
Youth Ministries at WUMC in September &
TODAY, Sunday, October 3rd at 11:00am Confirmation Class and High School Youth Group.
Meet in the Youth Room after the worship service ready to
paint, as our Youth Room updates continue. Our (admittedly
ambitious) goal is to be done by Sunday, October 17th!
— Sunday, October 17th: WUMC Anniversary after worship. And, from
1:30-4:00pm, CROP Walk.
— Sunday, October 24th: Harvest Celebration after worship.
Sleep Out Saturday returns! Possibly Nov.
6th, date to be finalized soon.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Your name and contact information (for
- Individual’s/Family’s Name (if
- Location (last seen)
- General Description
Mission Assistance for Disaster Relief and Afghan
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
In summary: Keep bringing your gently used clothing
donations to the “Suits for Success” collection boxes in the
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!!!
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).
October Outreach Offering
The mission of West Suburban PADS is to
transition people from housing crisis to housing stability.
West Suburban PADS is the primary provider of
service-supported housing in west DuPage County. The PADS
Emergency Shelter is at the foundation of our solution to
homelessness, which spans six program areas (including
housing, prevention, out-reach, employment, & supportive
services). The PADS Emergency Shelter provided overnight
shelter to over 1200 homeless men, women and families last
year. The shelter operates through broad ecumenical support
from the community, involving more than 1,000 volunteers and
40 support congregations at 10 rotating sites.
Our congregation supplies meals and over 30 volunteers to
operate the shelter at First UMC in Downers Grove and have
been for many, many years. This is probably our
congregation’s most important mission.
Northern Illinois Conference
the Date: All-Conference Worship Service
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.
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 UMC.org/ComeToTheTable and the UMC
YouTube channel. For details, click
Central Lay Academy
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.
Lay Servant Ministries Course
Lay Servant Ministries course: Rediscovering Our Spiritual
(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.
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.
Central Monthly Lay Meetings
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
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