An October to Remember and Celebrate:
ANNIVERSARY — SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17TH, 10:00AM
Which anniversary is it? Well, while it isn’t one of those
fancy, divisible-by-five anniversaries that gets all the
attention, it is still a year worth celebrating! We’ll do
just that during the worship service on Sunday, October 17th.
Plus: we’ve done some refurbishing in many of our rooms so,
after the worship service, take the Anniversary Tour
throughout the building to see what’s new!
HARVEST FEST — SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24TH, 11:00AM
Carve pumpkins! Eat pizza! All kinds of fun under the tent!
This long-running, annual event for all ages returns Sunday,
October 24th, after the worship service.
ALL SAINT’S DAY — SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31ST, 10:00AM
This is a time during the worship service when we recognize
and celebrate the loved members of this congregation who have
died this past year and how their lives have impacted
ours. Immediately following the worship service this
year, we will go to the Trinity Room to share in a dedication
prayer for Jorie's Corner where a more child-friendly space
has been created in Jorie's memory.
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 12th:
Chapter 8-9 of Romans, plus any notes your bible provides.
—In what ways does Paul’s use of the metaphor of
family as a way to understand redemption resonate with you?
—The end of chapter 8 is glorious and we read it
at most funerals. What is Paul saying before that about how
we get to that glorious end?
—How do you respond to the determinism Paul
demonstrates in chapter 9?
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
Youth Ministries at WUMC in October &
TODAY, Sunday, October 10th at 11:00am Confirmation Class and High School Youth Group
meet in the Youth Room after the worship service ready to
paint. Our Youth Room updates continue with the (admittedly
ambitious) goal of being done by next Sunday, October 17th!
Also, our gift card order forms are due October
24th and will be available for pick-up October 31st. A
percentage of all sales goes to Youth Ministries.
— Sunday, October 17th: WUMC Anniversary after
worship. And, from 1:30-4:00pm, CROP Walk.
— Sunday, October 24th: Harvest Celebration
— Sleep Out Saturday returns! Possibly Nov. 6th,
date to be finalized soon.
Upcoming Dates to Remember
Sunday, November 7 – Birthday Lunch for Pastor
Sunday, November 21 – Birthday Celebration for Pastor Dave
Sunday, November 28 – 1st Sunday in Advent/Hanging
of the Greens
Friday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Worship Services at 5:00
and 11:00 pm
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
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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