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Subject:                                     Workin' 9 to 5 or Labor of Love" - Woodridge United Methodist Church Newsletter

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    Woodridge United Methodist Church

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"Workin' 9 to 5 or Labor of Love"

Many people view the Labor Day weekend as the last "summer holiday".  School starts, church activities "begin again", pools are covered/closed for the coming season and pumpkin spice everything appears in full force!!!!  It used to be that all of your white clothing was also stored away, but with the newer fashion trends, this tends not to be fully the case!
This weekend actually pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century.  At that time, it was common for people to work 12 hour days and 7 days a week.  While a lot has changed within the labor force, there are still some glaring disparities.  I'll mention a few on Sunday!
There are many "jobs" that are unrecognized and under-supported.  Some that are considered more "reputable" "distinguished" while others are considered minimal and not worth the effort.  During the time of Jesus, tax collectors were considered to be the most despicable of all occupations.   Yet, in our scripture lesson for this week, Jesus chooses not only to go to Zaccheus' home but to even have dinner with Zaccheus' family!!  What a change of heart, mind and soul occurred for all involved and even us as the modern day readers!!
Join us on Sunday at 10:00 a.m., in person or virtual on our
Woodridge UMC YouTube Channel, and let's take a look at this weekend and how Zaccheus sizes up and what it says for all of us!!!!  


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.      





Sunday, September 4th

  • 10:00 am Worship Service
  • 11:00 am Communion (in person)
  • 4:00 pm Filipino Baptist

Thursday, September 8th

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

Saturday, September 10th

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

Sunday, September 11th

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


Pastor Dave's Blog Post

Refute and Resist White Christian Nationalism

“Who do you say that I am?” 
Jesus asks his followers that question in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Jesus asks that question of we who would follow him today. 
White Christian Nationalist respond to that question by declaring that Jesus is the one who ordains that White Christian men should be in charge of America, and are willing to use violence to achieve that.
And that is an idea that demands refutation and resistance by all Christians of goodwill. 
But let’s back up a pace or two…

[read the rest of Pastor Dave’s blog post here]





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 Office Hours: 
Monday & Tuesday: 9:00 - noon
Wednesday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

We ask that you call before visiting.



Celebration of Life for Jim and Cleo Carpenter
On Saturday, September 17th at 1:00 pm there will be a Celebration of Life for long-time members Jim and Cleo Carpenter who moved out of state after retiring.  Both Jim and Cleo passed on in the last year.  The service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wheaton (515 S Wheaton Ave.).  Please RSVP to their daughter Diane Gioia by September 15th. The church office has her contact information and it is posted in the narthex.

More Help Wanted
Another one of the fun events of our church "pre-COVID" was our Hanging of the Greens time.  What's that you say??  It is the time we set aside to "begin decorating" the inside of the building for the Advent/Christmas season.  This always occurs on the 1st Sunday of Advent which usually falls on the Sunday after Thanksgiving!!!  Over the years we have done a number of things, knowing it is a difficult weekend for those who may be traveling and/or with family.  Hanging of the Greens is usually supervised by our Worship Committee. However we are in need of persons to coordinate with the Worship Committee chairs our event for this year.  The date is Sunday, November 27th.  The time is to be determined by the coordinator(s).  Please let one of the pastors or Karen Miller know if you are interested and/or need additional details. 


Sunday School Resuems September 11th

Inspiring stories, creative crafts, and fun games—all done with guidance of loving, dedicated teachers. What’s not to love about Sunday School here at Woodridge UMC?! Well, Sunday School for Preschool and Elementary School-aged children is back every Sunday starting September 11th! Sunday School begins after the ‘Blessing Our Children’ time in the worship service.

Here’s our process: Children are invited to begin the worship service in the sanctuary with their family. Following the prayer time, the children will be invited up to the chancel steps for conversation with the pastors. Then the Sunday School teacher will meet the children in the Narthex.

Crop  Walk
Are you looking for a concrete way to help neighbors experiencing hunger both locally and globally? Then the CROP WALK is for you! On Sunday, October 16th starting at 2:00pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Downers Grove, people from all over the south suburbs walk together to raise awareness, funds, and food to help people who are hungry and hurting. Registration available soon!
Thank you, Karen for volunteering to be our CROP WALK Team Captain!

Youth Ministry 2022-2023

Youth Group returns with a special kickoff event the evening of Wednesday, September 21st. More details soon! Woodridge UMC’s Youth Ministries are designed for students in 7th-12th grades.

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.
Reading assignment: 1Peter chapter 1 and any introduction your study bible provides.
Contact Pastor Dave ( to learn more or to join in the adventure.

Wednesday Bible Study
Our Wednesday night Bible study class will begin on Wednesday, September 21st at 6:00 p.m. (a little later than previously announced).  We will be using the resource "JESUS REVEALED" by Matt Rawle.  Through this study we will examine the "I AM" sayings of Jesus as found in the Gospel of John.  If you are interested in joining us, please let Pastor Danita know.  This class will be in-person and via ZOOM simultaneously.

Upper Rooms
Upper Rooms for September-October are now available in the narthex with a limited number in the mailbox.

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

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).

September Outreach Offering

African University

Africa University, located in Zimbabwe, is the first fully accredited United Methodist-related institution on the African continent. The University promotes independence and empowerment through a diverse student body from across the continent.

Ministerial Education Fund

Another one of the 7 General Apportionment Funds that would have previously been funded through the churches general apportionments payments, the Ministerial Education Fund provides funds for recruitment of clergy candidates and provides financial support for 13 United Methodist seminaries including Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston and Pastor Danita’s alma mater, Gammon Seminary.


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  

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