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Subject:                                     Welcoming New Neighbors" - Woodridge United Methodist Church Newsletter

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    Woodridge United Methodist Church

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at  10:00 am.

Instructions can be found below.
All are Welcome!








"Welcoming New Neighbors"

This is the season of the year where families are moving.  Especially in the United Methodist Church, pastors and their families begin the process of "closing" ministry in one church related setting preparing to move to the next.  This is known  as itinerancy.  We, clergy types take a vow at our ordination (which for me happened in 1983!) to support the itinerant ministry of the United Methodist Church. This means that we agree to go where we are sent (not where we apply or are "called" as in other denominations).  The practice of itinerant ministry dates back in our history to the 1800's where Methodist clergy, known as circuit riders, would travel (usually on horseback) from town to town either starting new churches, visiting existing churches, conducting baptisms and serving communion.  Us modern day Circuit Riders usually begin preparing to move to another town about this time of year, getting ready for the next adventure!!
Many families experience this same process of moving from one home to another around this time of year.  Some parents are looking at these next several weeks as a time to prepare a son/daughter to move to a college campus.  Even couples looking forward to moving to a home.  Lots of transition during this time of year.
What does it mean to us as believers to hear that our God has "moved into the neighborhood" (according to The Message translation)?  What kind of welcoming committee will be there for that initial greeting?  Will we look like that Staff-Parish Committee that comes on "moving day" to greet (and sometimes inspect) the new Circuit Rider?  Will the approach be similar to looking for a college roommate or the courtship of a new spouse?
I invite you to think about "WELCOMING NEW NEIGHBORS" and what our approach should be based on the Gospel writer's perspective.  He writes that the instruction of Jesus was to "love one another".  A true "welcome" comes from the heart and extends to others as we would want to be welcomed!!  Let's talk some more about this on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Join us in person or on YouTube 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 14th

  • 9:00 am All Church Word Day

Sunday, May 15th

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

Monday, May 16th

  • 7:00 pm Den 3
  • 7:00 pm Den 5

Tuesday, May 17th

  • 10:30 am Bible Study
  • 7:00 pm Finance Meeting
  • 7:00 pm BSA Committee

Wednesday, May 18th

  • 6:00 pm Bible Study

Thursday, May 19th

  • 7:00 pm BSA

Friday, May 20th

  • 6:30 pm Pack Meeting

Sunday, May 22nd

  • 10:00 am Worship Service
  • 11:00 am Confirmation/Youth Group
  • Noon Communion (online)
  • Noon Cub Scout Car Wash
  • 4:00 pm Filipino Baptist
  • 6:30 pm CSA Committee




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).


THIS WEEK SPECIAL Church Office Hours: 
Monday & Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - noon.

Tuesday & Thursday & Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
We ask that you call before visiting.

Summer Hours start June 1st and run through Labor Day:
Wednesday - Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm




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.


Safe Sanctuaries Training - Sunday, June 12th at 11:00 am

Safe Sanctuaries is an overt expression in making congregations safe places where children, youth, and elders may experience the abiding love of God and fellowship within the community of faith.  It is very important that any church employee or volunteer who will be supervising children, youth, or vulnerable adults during church related ministries complete this training, and it affects our insurance coverage if persons do not go through the training. The Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) of the United Methodist Church is requiring all of these people to complete annual training by August 31st of each year. We will be having onsite training on Sunday, June 12 at 11:00 am.  Other members of the congregation are also welcome to become certified. 
If you are unable to make that session the NIC is offering in person and Zoom sessions on:

  • June 23rd at 6:30 pm at Plainfield UMC
  • June 29th at 6:30 pm at Plainfield UMC
  • July 16th at 1:00 pm at Des Plaines: First UMC
  • July 30th at 10:00 am at Plainfield UMC
  • Aug 6th at 10:00 am at Plainfield UMC

For more information click here and to register for these sessions go to

Youth Ministry 2021-2022

Sunday, May 15th: Confirmation and HS Youth Group at regular time, ~11am-12noonConfirmands are working on translating their vows.

Sundays, May 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 17th

1 Thessalonians chapter 2 and any notes your bible provides.
Questions to consider:

  • In chapter 2 what does Paul describe as “God’s word”?·  
  • How does the tone of this chapter strike you? Has it changed from the beginning?
  • What themes emerge from this 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.


Bob Keller Celebration of Life 
A Celebration of Life for Pastor Bob Keller will be held at First UMC, 516 Church Street, Evanston, IL on Sunday, June 5th at 3pm.  A reception will follow at the church.  (Also, live-streaming video will be available). All are welcome and invited to attend!  (Parking is available in the self-park garage across the street or, free parking on the street on Sundays). 
The family has requested contributions be made to Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and/or Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to Jennifer Keller, 500 S. Edwards Blvd #39, Lake Geneva, WI 53147.

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.


All Church Workday
Green thumb?! Black thumb?!  Any kind of thumb!!  All levels of skill are welcome!   On THIS 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 ( by Wednesday, May 18th with the graduate’s name, the school from which they are graduating, their plans for the fall, and a photo of your graduate (if you’d like one included in the presentation).  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.

Electronics Recycling/Textile & Book Collection
Is occurring in the Christ The Servant parking lot on Saturday, May 28th from 8:30 to 11:30 am.  Proceeds to benefit the developmentally disabled.  Co-sponsored by eWorks ESI  & CTSW Green Team.   One box of books per car. Textiles in plastic bags only. There is a disposal fee for televisions and monitors.  Do not get out of your car.  Space cars out. Exact change only. Do not sign credit card receipts.  See flyer here for more information.

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.


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.

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 13th, 2022, Volume 12, Edition 19











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