Happy Birthday Pastor Dave
celebrating Pastor Dave's birthday this Sunday,
November 21st after worship service in Bonfal
Hall. There will be CAKE!!
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, November 23th:
Genesis 16:7-13 and Luke 1:26-38, our texts for
the first Sunday of Advent. Plus, as always, any notes your
Questions to consider:
— To what conditions is Hagar asked (commanded?)
to return? Why would God’s messenger ask such a thing?
— God’s messenger again appears in Luke. Compare
the messages shared and their tone. What accounts for the
similarities and/or differences you see?
Bible study that meets from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. is
taking a few weeks off. We will meet in person (those
who wish to) as well as via ZOOM (for those not able to be in
person) starting again on December 1st.
We will be studying this Advent’s lectionary scripture
lessons. Please join us.
Gift Card Sale is BACK!!
Youth with gift card orders with three opportunities to
participate. Orders forms are due THIS Sunday,
November 21st and will be available for pick-up next
Sunday, November 28th. 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 12/12 - Delivered 12/19
Each year, we gather with our district
superintendent to review the past year, elect officers,
celebrate persons who have acknowledged a call to ministry
whether as lay servants, licensed, or ordination and vote on
the appointed pastor's compensation. and take a look at where
we plan to go in the future. This year, our church
conference will take place TOMORROW, Saturday, November
20th at 10:00 a.m. Staff-Parish Committee meets at 9:15
a.m. Every member of the church is
invited to be present. This year, we will hear reports
from our Finance Committee and updates regarding the future
of the Boy Scouts in relation to our church. Please
come out and be with us.
This year, as in most years, the Sunday after
Thanksgiving is also the first Sunday of Advent. Yes, that’s
kind of annoying. Yet, we must live in the world as it is
even as we seek to partner with God to create the world as it
is meant to be. So, here we are, might as well make the best
of it. That’s exactly what we plan to do!
Join us as together we prepare the sanctuary for
arrival of the Christ Child during the worship service on
Sunday, November 28th…with a few accommodations for the pandemic of
course. Maybe you too can be part of the Advent action that
Sunday: United Methodist Student Day 2021 (Nov. 28)
Methodist Student Day (last Sunday of November) furnishes
scholarships and loans for students attending United
Methodist-related and other accredited colleges and
universities. This offering helps provide for more than 70
scholarships available for United Methodist students to
further their education and enrich the life of the Church.
The fund is administered by the General Board of Higher Education
and Ministry. You can give online here.
Youth Ministries at WUMC in November &
TODAY, Sunday, November 21st: Confirmation Class
and High School Youth Group at regular time: 11:00am-12noon. How often do we say ‘thank you’ and actually
mean it? For what are we truly thankful?
Nov. 28th: Help with Hanging of the Greens during and
Dec. 5th & 12th: Confirmation and Youth Group at regular time
Upcoming Dates to Remember
Sunday, November 28 – 1st Sunday in
Advent/Hanging of the Greens
Sunday, December 12th - 2nd Annual Light Up the Night Event
Friday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Worship Services at 5:00
and 11:00 pm
for Tots at the Village of Woodridge Through Dec. 10th
On the heels
of Veteran's Day, the Village of Woodridge is once again
collecting items for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
Toys for Tots will accept new, unwrapped toys for boys and
girls from infants to age 12. Please avoid stuffed animals,
clothing, food, and gift cards. Monetary donations can be
made via credit card here.
box is located at Village Hall (5 Plaza Drive), and toys can
be dropped off until
December 10. Since 1947, the U.S. Marine
Corps have looked after America's needy children through
their Toys for Tots program.
See Santa & Mrs. Claus
Saturday, Dec. 4th (11am-1pm)
Special Events Committee is once again sponsoring the Annual
Santa Comes to Woodridge event. Free Gift Bags will be given
to the first 200 children to see Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday December
4th at the St. Scholastica Parish Activity
Center. Please wear your masks. Santa and Mrs. Claus will
arrive via Woodridge Police escort. Children will not sit
with Santa or Mrs. Claus - they will however be able to pose
in front of Santa and the decorated stage so parents can take
any photos they wish to capture. As has been the practice for
over 50 years - this event is FREE and letters to Santa will
be happily accepted.
Did you know? 80% of strokes are
preventable according to the American Heart Association
Life Line Screening provides valuable health screenings to
detect the risk of stroke and
You can take advantage of these health screenings
today by signing up for the complete stroke screening package
(which includes 5 screenings for vascular disease and an
osteoporosis screening) for $139 when Life Line Screening
comes to Woodridge UMC on Tuesday, December 7th.
With the number of people already signed
up, appointment spaces are very limited so please don’t
miss your chance to confirm your appointment today before the
event is full! Pre-registration is required. Sign up
now by calling toll free to 1-888-653-6441 or text
the word circle
or visit https://llsa.social/HSC
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).
November Outreach Offering
Tree of Life
The Lakota in South Dakota are the poorest
racial group in the USA. They are forced to live in unhealthy
dwellings, which is coupled with acute poverty marked by 80%
unemployment. The people lack access to a proper diet and
suffer from high alcoholism rates and suicide rates as high
as eight times the national average. In 1985, Tree of Life
Ministry was created to provide free repairs to the homes of
impoverished families. This ministry has grown from repairing
three homes to 50+ homes each summer. The ministry added a
food pantry so that no child would go to bed hungry. The meal
program developed into a Food Pantry that grew from assisting
25 families a week to 1,000 families each week. They also
participate with the tribe in special programs, such as
remedial reading, dental-care, eyeglasses program,
nurse-care, suicide prevention, and alcohol recovery.
Tree of Life Ministry has worked hard to overcome the
negative attitudes held between cultures, and has become a
respected Christian voice among the Lakota people that
continues recruiting and training Native Americans to serve
in the ministry to their people, and to provide future
uninterrupted leadership in this mission.
Northern Illinois Conference
Central Winter Lay Academy
Central District is having a Lay Academy - (Jan. 8 &
15) 8 am - 4 pm. at Plainfield UMC
breakfast and lunch provided. Cost: $40. Register by January
The two Saturday event from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. will offer
Leading Public Prayer
Heritage of United Methodism
Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts
Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition
Everyone interested in learning more about their faith,
seeking support as they consider leadership positions, and
enjoying fellowship with other believers are welcome.
Lay Academy’s goals are to enrich the individual as well as
support the clergy of the local church. Click here
for details and here
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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