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    Woodridge United Methodist Church

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"It's Not What You Think, It's What You Know"

Easter is over so let's get on with our lives!!  ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!  Every morning should be viewed as Easter morning!!  Every day is an opportunity to share with the world the hope and promise of God's love for humanity.  But many times some just mark the day on the calendar and go back to their everyday activities..... thinking of Thomas and the other disciples..


This week we want to take a step further into carrying out the task of reaching others.  But first we need to be clear about the difference between what we think and what we know.  Knowing that difference can affect the outcome.  People seeking a fulfillment of the emptiness they experience are not looking for our ideas and assumptions.  They want to know if what we are sharing is something we know and have experienced for ourselves.  When the chips are down or the rubber has met the road, "It's Not About What We Think, It's What We Know".  How sure are we of what we say about our God-encounters?  Have we had encounters that leave us with rock-solid proof? Think on these things and let's talk some more on Sunday.  Join us in person or on YouTube at 10 a.m. 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.      





Saturday, May 7th

  • 8:00 am Confirmation Retreat
  • 9:00 am Sorority

Sunday, May 8th

  • 10:00 am Worship Service
  • 11:00 am Confirmation/Youth Group
  • Noon Communion (online)
  • 4:00 pm Filipino Baptist

Monday, May 9th

  • 7:00 pm Den 2

Tuesday, May 10th

  • 10:30 am Bible Study

Wednesday, May 11th

  • 6:00 pm Bible Study

Thursday, May 12th

  • 7:00 pm BSA
  • 7:30 pm Toastmasters

Saturday, May 14th

  • 8:00 am Confirmation Retreat
  • 9:00 am Sorority

Sunday, May 15th

  • 10:00 am Worship Service
  • 11:00 am Confirmation/Youth Group
  • Noon Communion (online)
  • 4:00 pm Filipino Baptist




Worship Services

In Person

WUMC considers the good health and well-being of not only our members, but also our community, an act of Christian stewardship. We continue to seek to avoid harm and do good as we attend to the practices that help us grow in the love of God as the COVID-19 Pandemic continues toward an endemic status. As a result of guideline changes from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, we have updated our COVID Safety Guidelines:

  • For worship services and Sunday School, masks are optional but strongly encouraged.
  • Nursery attendants and Sunday School teachers are required to wear masks.
  • Masks are encouraged, but not required for all other meetings, gatherings, or groups. We recommend each group consult with each other on how to do good and avoid harm as a group in consideration of each other's needs and desires.
  • We will continue to practice COVID-19 safety best practices throughout our building including cleaning protocols and air circulation.

If you are feeling sick, please stay home and join us via livestream on YouTube. If community transmission spikes in our area, we may return to mask requirements for all activities.


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.


The weekly worship guide is attached to this email for ease of access. 



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.

Since Advent, Pastor Dave and I have utilized a new "arrangement" of scripture lessons.  We have been using "A Women's Lectionary for the Whole Church, Year W" by Dr. Wil Gafney.  While there are some texts that have been challenging, the majority of it has been refreshing.  We are not "abandoning" this lectionary, but are planning to be a bit more flexible in our choices from week to week, especially with summer approaching and our inclination to be more thematic (following a particular theme).  We will share those details each week in the "sermon blurb" portion of the e-news.

We will be celebrating the Sacrament of Communion in person on the first Sunday of each month immediately following the livestream of our worship service. We will need a few moments to set up our ZOOM link for those who are not able to be with us in person.  Please remain seated following the postlude on the Sundays that we are serving communion.  Please remember that communion is available every Sunday via ZOOM.  Please contact the church office or Pastor Danita for the ZOOM link.


Starting on Easter Sunday we will no longer share specific joys and concerns during the livestream of the worship service.  We are planning a new entrance for the beginning of the worship service and need to make some adjustments.  Our joys and concerns will be printed and placed on the table in the narthex as you come into the sanctuary.  We will continue to do this going forward.  Therefore, all joys and concerns must be emailed to Pastor Danita ( no later than 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.  If joys and concerns are received after that, they will be sent on Monday to the Prayer Ministry Team.  Thank you for your flexibility as we make updates to our worship services.

(There have been requests that we include full names and/or more detailed information for people on our list of Joys & Concerns.  Please remember our services are broadcast on YouTube and are available to anyone who has internet access. Details are shared with our Prayer Ministry Team on Monday mornings.  You are invited to join them in prayer and share in this information by contacting the church office).


Church Office Hours:  Monday - Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - noon.
                                       Wednesday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
We ask that you call before visiting.




Pastor Dave's Blog Post 

Who is Hungry?
UPDATE! Hello again, Meant to include these links in what we put in the eNews rather than just in the post in case people don’t get to the post:
As we saw last week, advocacy works. Advocacy is important and necessary because it is effective. If we aren’t using our voice to make our neighbors’ lives better (which also makes our lives better), we are leaving a vital tool locked away in a shed. 

Over the last two weeks we sent 30 letters to Congress! That’s wonderful! THANK YOU!

It is, however, also quite a few less letters than we had people at church and watching worship on our YouTube channel. 

Perhaps you emailed your letter but forgot to let me know you did so. If this is you, thank you for sending the letters! Now please take a moment to send me an email: to let me know you sent them. It can be as simple as “Letters sent.” (Heck, you don’t even have to use capitalization or punctuation if you don’t want to!) 

Perhaps you've been meaning to send your letters but haven't had time. It's not too late! Here are those links again:

Click here to email Congress about preventing malnutrition for the 800 million people across the globe who don’t have enough to eat

Click here to email Congress about feeding the 12 million USAmerican children experiencing food insecurity

Perhaps you are intrigued by the idea of writing a letter, but you want more information? Fair enough! Let's see what we can do about that...
Click here to continue reading Pastor Dave’s blog post


Special Gifts 

Maintenance and Upgrade to AV System

Our audio visual system is in desperate need of some maintenance and upgrades.  Some of the areas of concern include:  the aging of our projector and screen and computer replacement and upgrades that are needed.  These items are not in the budget we approved last week but are greatly needed very soon.  The total cost of this project is $10,000.  This includes 2 new 85" tv's to replace our current screen and projector at a cost of between $1,500 and $2,000.  We invite you to help us with this effort through your gifts.  Please make sure to specify "media ministry" on your gift, whether it is a check or through electronic giving.  If you are interested in purchasing one of the 85" tv's needed, please contact Pastor Danita for specific model information and yes, it can be ordered through AmazonSmile (which gives an additional donation to the church).  We need your help in making this happen.  We would like to complete this project during the next couple of months.  Any questions, please contact Pastor Danita or Kevin Read.

Native American Ministries Sunday, May 1st

Native American Ministries Sunday serves to remind United Methodists of the gifts and contributions made by Native Americans to our society and in our communities. With more than 20,000 Native Americans within the denomination, this Special Sunday helps to ensure that Native American United Methodist leaders are recognized and to celebrate their special voice in The United Methodist Church.

This Special Sunday was officially recognized in 1988 and has been celebrated on the Third Sunday of Easter since 1989. An offering is taken on this day and is used to develop and strengthen Native American ministries in the annual conferences, and Native American rural, urban, reservation ministries and communities. It also provides scholarships for Native Americans attending United Methodist schools of theology.

Donations support vital ministries and churches in the Native American communities and allow The UMC to partner with existing native ministries to develop new programs on behalf of Native Americans. Half of the donations collected remain within the Annual Conference to provide hope to children and youth, hope for a brighter future in impoverished communities and a voice to those who have felt voiceless for years. This fund is distributed by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

There is still time to give


Youth Ministry 2021-2022

Saturday, May 7th: Confirmation Retreat! Meet at Nelson’s at 8am; pick up there 9pm. Be sure to sign the online waiver and bring gym shoes, gloves, and bandana or cap. 

Sundays, May 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th: Confirmation and HS Youth Group at regular time, ~11am-12noon.
Sunday, May 22nd: Graduate Recognition! During the worship service we’ll take time to honor all our graduates and hear from them: a favorite HS memory and what’s next for them.

Sunday, June 5th: Confirmation Sunday! This will be built into the regular 10AM worship service.
Tuesday, June 14th: Serve at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora! Meet at FMSC at 8:45am. 555 Exchange Ct., Aurora 60504. After our packing session, we’ll get an early lunch together — our treat! — finishing about 12noon. Contact Pastor Dave to reserve your spot (

The Bible for Curious People 
Our Tuesday bible study meets at 10:30am on Zoom. This study is open to all. Email Pastor Dave for more information and the Zoom link:
Reading Assignment for Tuesday, May 10th
1 Thessalonians chapter 1 and any introduction your bible provides for the book and for Paul’s letters.
Questions to consider:

  • Where was Thessalonica?
  • Approximately when was this letter written?
  • Chapter 1 also mentions Macedonia and Achaia. Where were they and what does their inclusion suggest to us?
  • What are your initial impressions of this letter? e.g. In what tone does the letter seem to be written?
  • Do any themes emerge from this first chapter?

Wednesday Bible Study
The Wednesday Bible study class with Pastor Danita is at 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and is a hybrid class (in person and ZOOM simultaneously).  We are studying Hebrews:  Grace and Gratitude by David A. de Silva.  You are invited to join us on this journey.  If you wish to participate via ZOOM, please contact Pastor Danita ( for the ZOOM link.

Radical Hospitality Volunteers
We are in need of volunteers to practice our church's radical hospitality and make the family and friends of our sisters and brother in Christ feel welcome. We are in need of your smiling face and cheerful spirit for the following Memorial Services:

Friday, June 17th:  we will be celebrating the life of Florence Wentworth.  (A meal will also be included with this service.)

Please let either Pastor Danita or the church office know if you will be available for any of these dates.


Worship Band

The Worship Band performance has been postponed.  The performance date will be announced once it is available.

All Church Workday
Green thumb?! Black thumb?!  Any kind of thumb!!  All levels of skill are welcome!   On Saturday, May 14th, we will do weed and debris removal, complete transplantings and install mulch and herbicide.  These events have been setup on Facebook under the name of Angelique Drzik-Edman for the public to view. Attendees are requested to come dressed to get dirty and bring gloves, a bucket, a hand trowel and a weeder or old screwdriver (and a scooping shovel and wheelbarrow on mulch installation day).  Tools will also be provided to attendees who do not bring their own.  The events are from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, but come anytime, for any amount of time-any and all help is welcome! Snacks and water will be provided.  A perfect opportunity for service hour completion!  Please contact Angelique Edman at 630.267.4591 or with questions or for further information.  See you there!

Graduate Recognition May 22nd
During the worship service on Sunday, May 22nd we will honor all our graduates: high school, college, and beyond. If you or a family member are graduating this spring let us know so we can include you! Please email the church office ( with the graduate’s name and the school from which they are graduating. We’ll spend a little extra time that morning with our high school graduates, asking them to share a favorite memory and what’s next for them.

Upper Rooms
A few Upper Rooms for May-June are still available in the narthex.

Woodridge Jubilee
Summer doesn’t begin until you attend the Woodridge Jubilee! The annual summer festival, organized by the Woodridge Park District and the Village of Woodridge, will take place Wednesday, June 15 - Sunday, June 19 at Town Centre (corner of Woodridge & Center Drives). Featuring free admission, carnival rides, live music and a variety of food, the Jubilee is sure to please every type of crowd.



May Birthdays

2       Robert Kettell
4       Deb Cortez
6       Karen Smith
10     Amanda Smith
11     Jean Lamorena
12     Marisa McGinty
14     Larry Cash
18     Charlotte Ashworth
21     Kathy Manderfield
22     Dione McConnell
23     Velma Getty
23     Robyn Harris White
25     Drew Byczynski


Outreach Opportunities

Drive to End Hunger
The 9th Annual West Suburban Community Pantry Golf Outings is Wednesday, June 22nd at Seven Bridges Golf Club.  Check In is at (8:00 am and the shot gun start is at 9:00 am.  Register by June 1st to lock in early birdie pricing (includes greens fee and cart, breakfast, lunch, drinks and more).  Register at


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 or underwear.


"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).

May Outreach Offering

The Reconciling Ministries Network

Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love. Website: RMN works to influence the UMC to be more inclusive and resources and empowers local churches to participate in this ministry. The network has a presence in all jurisdictions of the UMC.
The Reconciling Ministries Network is made up of over 700 Reconciling communities and over 34,000 individuals…
Reconciling Ministries Network equips and mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.
Reconciling Ministries Network envisions a renewed and vibrant Wesleyan movement that is biblically and theologically centered. As committed disciples of Jesus Christ, we strive to transform ourselves and the world by living out the Gospel’s teachings of grace, love, justice, and celebration of all of God’s children.


Northern Illinois Conference
General Conference Postponed until 2024

Statement from Bishop John L. Hopkins
The Commission on the General Conference has announced the further postponement of the 2020 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. The next General Conference will be in 2024.
In response to the decision, Bishop John L. Hopkins said:
I want to express appreciation to the Commission on General Conference that is made up of elected delegates. They were entrusted to represent General Conference and have consistently upheld the principle of having everyone at the table.
If we believe in a church with a strong democratic foundation, we need to support the decision to meet in 2024 whether we agree with it or not. God does not stop working when we cannot gather at a General Conference and neither should we.
There are many questions about a General Conference in 2024 that we cannot answer at this time. Between now and our annual conference, we will know more about the possibility of electing bishops, changing representatives on church agencies, resetting the general church budget, and how a postponed 2020 conference and a 2024 conference can be held at the same time.
Do not let the news of General Conference being postponed take your attention away from the suffering of our United Methodist churches in Ukraine. I have gathered, sung, and prayed with our United Methodists brothers and sisters in Kyiv and in Moscow who are both led by Bishop Eduard Khegay. Support them with your prayers, offerings, and actions. Your gifts can be received through your local church and designated to Ukrainian assistance.
In the meantime, keep thinking globally and acting locally to serve Jesus and his Church. Use this Lenten Season to focus on what is most important and pray for peace.
~Bishop John L. Hopkins

Read Commission on General Conference Statement
Read Council of Bishops Statement

Ukrainian Assistance

The 2022 Northern Illinois Annual Conference Bishop's Appeal special offering will go toward Ukraine assistance, as the needs will be long term. Stay tuned for more details but in the meantime, you are encouraged to give through your local church designating gifts “Ukraine Assistance."

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 the district superintendent and your lay colleagues in the PCD every SECOND Thursday of the month beginning on January 13th 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.  So, please share this with anyone in your church who is a lay "leader" and might like to join us on Zoom.  Call 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  

May 6th, 2022, Volume 12, Edition 18











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