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
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
- June 29th at 6:30 pm at Plainfield
- July 16th at 1:00 pm at Des Plaines:
- July 30th at 10:00 am at Plainfield
- Aug 6th at 10:00 am at Plainfield
For more information click here and to register for these sessions go to www.umcnic.org/calendar/safe-sanctuaries-training
Sunday, May 15th: Confirmation and HS Youth Group at regular
time, ~11am-12noon. Confirmands are working on translating their
Sundays, May 22nd & 29th: Confirmation and HS Youth Group at regular
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
June 5th: Confirmation Sunday! This will be built into
the regular 10AM worship service.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Bible for Curious People
bible study meets at 10:30am on Zoom. This study is open to
all. Email Pastor Dave for more information and the Zoom
Assignment for Tuesday, May 17th
Thessalonians chapter 2 and any notes your bible provides.
- In chapter 2 what does Paul describe as
- How does the tone of this chapter strike
you? Has it changed from the beginning?
- What themes emerge from this chapter?
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
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 (PastorDanita@woodridgeumc.org) for the ZOOM link.
Bob Keller Celebration of Life
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
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,
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
Friday, June 17th: we will be celebrating the life of Florence
Wentworth. (A meal will also be included with this
Please let either Pastor Danita or the church
office know if you will be available for any of these dates.
All Church Workday
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 email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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.
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.
Drive to End Hunger
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 wscpantry.org/golf-outing.
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.
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).
May Outreach Offering
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: rmnetwork.org.
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 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
evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they
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
Conference Postponed until 2024
from Bishop John L. Hopkins
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
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
Commission on General Conference Statement
Council of Bishops Statement
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
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.
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