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Subject:                                     Our Mission to the World" - Woodridge United Methodist Church Newsletter

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    Woodridge United Methodist Church

Join us on Sunday for worship services
at  10:00 am.

Instructions can be found below.
All are Welcome!








"Our Mission to the World"

In our day and time a lot has been made about individualism and "looking out for me" type attitudes.  From every aspect of life, we are encouraged to only look out for ourselves with no regard to others.  An attitude and perspective that leans toward exclusion and elitism.


Our passages for this Sunday remind us that the current attitudes of our society are not the same attitudes of those who follow Jesus or sometimes viewed as directly opposite.  What a difficult place to find ourselves!!!  And yes, it makes our lives so difficult!!!


The reminders we see in our scriptures let us know that the task is not impossible.  It is "OUR MISSION TO THE WORLD" that encourages us to see the world through a different set of lens.  So let's see how we can re-focus our perspectives on how we live and how we treat one another.  Maybe there will be some suggestions on Sunday! So join us on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in person or online via our Woodridge UMC YouTube channel and see if we can find a few.


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, June 25th

  • 10:30 am  Koopman Visitation
  • 11:00 am  Koopman Memorial
  • Noon Koopman Luncheon

Sunday, June 26th

  • 10:00 am Worship Service
  • Noon Communion (online)
  • 4:00 pm Filipino Baptist

Tuesday, June 28th

  • Election Day

Thursday, June 30th

  • 7:00 pm BSA

Sunday, July 3rd

  • 10:00 am Worship Service
  • 11:00 am Communion (in person)
  • 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.  We follow the CDC guidelines.


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.



Our joys and concerns are announced during worship service and 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 Summer Office Hours: 
Wednesday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Summer Hours run through Labor Day
We ask that you call before visiting.

Pastor Danita Away

Pastor Danita will be away on vacation from Tuesday, June 28th through Tuesday, July 5th.  If an emergency should arise, please contact Pastor Dave or the church office during office hours.  Prayers that Pastor Danita has a safe and restful vacation.




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 recently approved but are greatly needed very soon.  The total cost of this project is $10,000.  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. 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.


Cultural Exchange / Host an Exchange Student
STSF is a Department of State designated sponsor responsible for all aspects of the J1 Visa high school exchange program. We work with high schools throughout the US and seek host families and individuals to be matched with an exchange student preparing to attend the 2022-2023 school year.

We are proud to offer American families the opportunity to become citizen diplomats by welcoming an international high school student into their home. Currently, STSF has male and female exchange students coming from over 20 different countries. Our students have all types of interests that match a host family; from music abilities, sports, theater, outdoor interests, and many many more! By living as a household member, the student learns about an American way of life and the host families, church, school, and community also benefit and experience a new culture. An exchange student provides an immense perspective and expands its high school's students and community's cultural appreciation. 

If you are interested in becoming a host family see
this flyer or go the the STS Foundation website.

Summer Sunday School Volunteers
School’s out!  That means Summer Sunday School starts on Sunday, June 5th.  We are looking for a couple of summer Sunday school teachers to help fill in during Sunday School teachers’ vacations and work travel.  Lessons will be provided.  Please contact the church office or Pastor Danita if you are interested.

Safe Sanctuaries Training 

THANKS to all who participated in last week’s training. And a big THANK YOU to Karen Miller for leading us.
If you missed our onsite training, 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 2022

Weekly Youth Group is on summer break. Look for periodic fun and/or mission events throughout the summer.

The Bible for Curious People 
…is on summer break. However, we do have a couple check-ins planned, including on Tuesday, August 9th at 10:30am on Zoom.
This Tuesday Bible Study will return in the Fall.


Wednesday Bible Study
The Wednesday Bible study class meets is also on summer break and will return in the Fall.

Race, America, and the Church
A Speaker Series from the Northern Illinois Conference on the History, Causes and Effects of Racism and the Role of the Church in America
This 4-part series that extends into December and includes a 6-week book study in the fall, we will journey together to prayerfully learn, engage, and tackle our personal and corporate role in addressing racism.

The journey continues with:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2022, 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Rev. Chebon Kernell shares insights and learning related to indigenous communities’ history, present work being done, and how we can be in solidarity as we prepare for the future. In-person and via Zoom
Speaker: Rev. Chebon Kernell, UMC Native American Comprehensive
Moderator: Rev. Pamela Pirtle

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2022, 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Dr. Hart addresses what the local church can do to combat the continuation of racism in the church and in society. In-person and via Zoom
Speaker: Dr. Drew G.I. Hart
here for more information



July Birthdays

1     Susan O'Leary Bianucci
2     Glenn Nelson
       Ethan Novak
3     Lynn Balamut
       Lex Supataraporn
4     Bud Edman
6     Jack Adams
10   Troy Smith
       David Smith
11   Becky Jeske
       Richard Rice
15   Loel Palomo
16   Jaidyn Spears
17   Jake Kostov
18   Julie Palomo
22   Christine Darfler
23   Rachel Jeske
26   Vann Harris
31   Greg Morton


Outreach Opportunities


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).

June Outreach Offering

Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON)

The ministry of Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON), initiated by the General Board of Global Ministries in 1999, has served thousands of immigrants across the United States. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) sponsors this program, working in 27 “clinics” in several regions of the United States.

JFON was created to respond to complicated immigration regulations arising from the Immigration Reform Act of 1996. The events of September 11, 2001 and the Patriot Act have worsened the situation, causing many delays in existing and new applications and increasing the number of deportation orders.

The JFON network effectively provides services to the community and a strong forum for advocacy.

This organization, which has visited our congregation, fills a critical role by aiding our neighbors who have immigration status issues. In these times especially, they are most deserving of our support.

Rosecrance - Kinley Charity Care Fund

Founded in 1916 as an orphanage by Methodists, Rosecrance now provides addiction and mental health treatment services to thou-sands of individuals and families each year…many of whom do not have the means to pay for services. The inability of State government today to provide an adequate safety net to meet the growing needs of those neediest families is at a crisis level. Rosecrance is committed to serving these families by redoubling our efforts to increase charity care funded by the generosity of individuals, churches and others.  Website:


Northern Illinois Conference
Annual Conference Videos

If you were unable to attend Annual Conference, missed any moments or want to share portions with your congregation, most of the videos are posted on our Vimeo channel. You'll also find some videos that we ran out of time to show.

Click on this Vimeo Showcase to find the Memorial Service, Bible Study with Rev. Jane Eesley, Bishop John L. Hopkins' Episcopal Address, Laity Address from Eugene Williams, and more. The Commissioning and Ordination Service is available on the NIC YouTube channel here. To view photos from the three days, click here. For Ordination photos, click here.

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

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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  

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