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Subject:                                     The Jesus Wars Get Loud" - Woodridge United Methodist Church Newsletter

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    Woodridge United Methodist Church

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"The Jesus Wars Get Loud"

Jesus gathers his friends and asks them an inescapable, vital question: “Who do you say that I am?” We’ve heard the version of this story from the gospels of Matthew and Mark and this week we hear it from Luke.


But why? Why read the same story three weeks in a row? There are a plethora of reasons, including:

—We almost never do this, so reading scripture this way is akin to working out a muscle group with a different exercise than you usually use. (Think: biking when you normally run or doing dumbbell floor press instead of your typical barbell bench press.) A new challenge can create a new stimulus, producing a new result.


—This gives us a direct, first hand experience with both the similarities and the differences (subtle though some may be) that exist in the various gospel accounts. And that in turn can help us remember what a glorious gift it is to have four distinct gospels in our biblical cannon.


—Spending this much time with a story forces us to truly wrestle with the text—and all the questions, concerns, celebrations, and insights that the text engenders.


—In this particular case, figuring out our response to Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?” just might be the most significant way to live our faith in a way that leads to transformation for us and our neighbors.


So one last time (for now!), we look some of the most attention-grabbing responses to Jesus’ question—and consider why they are so frequently connected to racist ideas. In other words, who put the White in White Christian Nationalism and why?


Pastor Dave considers these questions and more this Sunday, August 28th, in his sermon, “The Jesus Wars Get Loud.”


N.B. Again, an action of resistance you can take right now is adding your name to this statement by Christians Against Christian Nationalism.


Worship with us Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in person or online via our Woodridge UMC YouTube Channel. All are welcome!


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, August 27th

  • 1:00 pm Cub Scout Recruitment (Parking Lot)

Sunday, August 28th

  • 10:00 am Worship Service
  • 4:00 pm Filipino Baptist
  • 6:30 pm CSA Committee

Thursday, September 1st

  • 7:00 pm BSA

Saturday, September 3rd

  • 9:00 am Chapter Meeting
  • 1:00 pm Executive Committee

Sunday, August 28th

  • 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 is Away
Pastor Danita is away this weekend attending the 50th Anniversary of the Midwest Regional Conference of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc..  She will be returning home on Sunday.  Please keep Pastor Danita and the other sisters in the Sorority in your prayers that they might have a good time of learning.

Youth Ministry 2022-2023

Enjoy the beginning of the school year! Youth Group returns with a special kickoff event the evening of Wednesday, September 21st. More details soon!

The Bible for Curious People 
This bible study meets Tuesday mornings at 10:30am on Zoom. The Bible for Curious People returns Tuesday, September 13th to begin reading the epistle 1 Peter. Contact Pastor Dave ( to learn more or to join in the adventure.

Wednesday Bible Study
The Wednesday Bible study class meets at 6:00 pm  in person and online returns Wednesday, September 7th. Email Pastor Danita ( if you are interested. 

Crop Walk
Are you looking for a concrete way to help people locally and globally? Are you awaiting a new challenge? Then we have an opportunity for you!
It is CROP WALK time! Well, ok, more accurately it is CROP WALK planning time. While the CROP WALK itself isn’t until Sunday, October 16th at 2:00pm, planning is under way and we could use some help. After many many years of faithful service as our CROP WALK Team Captain, Monica is not able to do so this year. Thank you, Monica for all your time and energy organizing and promoting all these years!
Now, who is ready to be like Jesus and care for neighbors near and far that are experiencing hunger and poverty? Contact Pastor Dave ( or the church office ( to be the CROP WALK hero we need. 

DATE: Saturday August 27
TIME: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
LOCATION: West Suburban Food Pantry, 6809 Hobson Valley Drive, Suite 109.

The Rally will include details about the Walk and review procedures for online donating and check/cash donations. We will learn about Church World Service programs benefited by CROP Hunger Walk proceeds.  There will be materials for recruiting and registering your team. Please let us know if you have Crop Hanger Walk advertising yard signs from last year. They would appreciate your confirmation that you will attend the August 27 Rally. Please RSVP  at

Help Wanted
One of the fun events of our church "pre-COVID" was our Harvest Fest.  However we are now in need of a person (or persons) to coordinate our event for this year.  (Yes, that was one of those things around here that fell into the category of "Jorie used to do that"!!)  In the past the Harvest Fest has had components like pumpkin carving, games, costumes or no costumes, indoors or outdoors and a chili cook-off.  It can include any, all or new components... your choice!! The date is October 30th at 4:00 p.m.. Please let one of the pastors know if you are interested and/or need additional details.  

Get Ready to Welcome Our Guest Speaker on September 11th
Cynthia Changyit Levin will share the message Sunday, September 11th. Among other hats she wears, Cynthia is an author, a mom, and (like her friend, Pastor Dave) a Bread for the World member.
Cynthia is the author of From Changing Diapers to Changing the World: Why Moms Make Great Advocates and How to Get Started. A non-partisan activist working across a variety of issues, Levin coaches volunteers of all ages to build productive relationships with members of Congress. She advocated side-by-side with her two children from their toddler to teen years and crafted a new approach to advocacy based upon her strengths as a mother. She is currently a volunteer with
RESULTS, the ONE campaign, Bread for the World, CARE, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, MomsRising, and the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign.
Levin, says, “An everyday citizen who learns the skills to advocate to our elected officials is democracy at its finest. To save lives with those skills is humanity at its finest."

Life Line Screening
There is a simple, convenient way for you to get preventive health screenings and learn your risk for stroke, heart disease and other chronic conditions.  These painless screenings go beyond your regular checkup to identify dangerous plaque buildup or blockage, a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease. The screenings are accurate, affordable and will give you valuable information about your health that you can share with your doctor. 

We are pleased to host Life Line Screening, who will be on site on Wednesday, September 28 at Woodridge United Methodist Church to conduct these valuable screenings.  These 5 vital screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  Register by calling toll free 1-888-653-6441, text the word "circle" to 797979 or online at

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



September Birthdays
2    Dee Dee Siver
6    Jaimie Morton
9    Tim Waynick
11   Bob Bonaguro
12   Patricia DelRosso
       Keaton O'Leary
13   Martine Nelson
       Janice Nitchals
14   Alexis Printz
       Ashley Printz
19   Jeff Lietz
20   Brandon Byczynski
       Ellie Cash
22   Brittany Grosch
23   Sherrill Hultgen
24   Esther Buerstetta


Northern Illinois Conference 

Prairie Central District Informal Gatherings with the District Superintendent
Beginning Thursday, September 8 and every second Thursday through May 11.  Zoom Links (The links will stay the same for all meetings, though clergy links and lay links will be different).  Lay Gathering 7:00 pm link.
Lay persons: This is NOT for Lay Leaders only. It is intended for all lay persons who want to know more about what is going on and be connected.

Online Via Zoom & In Person - Euclid Avenue UMC, 405 S Euclid Ave, Oak Park, IL. Free event with lunch included. More information here.


Outreach Opportunities
Ongoing 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.  Kendra Manderfield Moore makes sure  that they are recycled to the Lions Club and Gift of Sight groups.  (Prescription eyeglasses only).

August Outreach Offering

Nkemba and Mbwizu Ndjungu

The Rev. Nkemba Ndjungu and his wife Mbwizu Ndjungu are missionaries with the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church serving with The United Methodist Church of Cameroon.

They oversee church development and construction, Christian education, health, youth and prison ministries and VIM teams. They also facilitate an intensive pastor’s training program as part of the ordination process.

Born in Malonga, Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C), Rev. Nkemba’s previous appointments have been as a pastor in Kazembe and Lubumbashi and as a District Superintendent in Sandoa, all in the D.R.C. From 1998-2007 he served in Dakar, Senegal, where he was involved in evangelism, church-planting and theological education.

Born in Kasaji, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.), Mbwizu previously served as a midwife in Kazembe and Sandoa, D.R.C., and as coordinator of an "Alphabet Center for Women" in Lubumbashi, D.R.C. Mbwizu and her husband served in Dakar, Senegal, from 1998-2007. 


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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  

August 26th, 2022, Volume 12, Edition 34











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