THIS Sunday, August,
25th we will be have a blessing of the
backpacks for all our students returning to school. We
would like to pray for you to have a successful, safe and
joyful school year. Please
bring your backpack with you to worship service THIS Sunday.
office will be CLOSED Monday, August 26th & Tuesday,
Office Hours are now in effect. Please call the church
office first if you are planning on coming in.
Upper Room Devotionals
Do you enjoy
seasonal devotionals? Did you know that we have Upper
Room Magazines (a bimonthly devotional) are always available
for purchase in the narthex? They are located next to
the prayer request mailbox by the bulletin
boards. Large print booklets are $1.50 and the
smaller booklets are $1.00. Please place your donations
in the labeled box next to the display.
n Touch with Our College Students
Touch with Our College Students
Are you going to college this fall? Is your young adult
off to college? We here at Woodridge UMC would like to
be in touch with our college students throughout the school
year and not just to see you/them on breaks and
holidays. Please provide Jane Borgehammar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or the church office (email@example.com)
with the following information. There is an online
--address (at school)
--any fast food places nearby (Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts,
-- school name and colors
-- school mascot
Miracles Preschool Parent Orientation
looking for volunteers to represent Woodridge UMC at the
Small Miracles Preschool Parent Orientation on Thursday, August
29th at 6:30 pm. We need help greeting
and directing parents as well as handing out flyers for our
Police Roll Call event. Volunteers should let Pastor
Danita or the church office know that they are available and arrive half an
hour early to the the event. Please
come make our preschool parents feel welcome and part of our
OPENING? JUMP IN!
No, we’re not
talking about a swimming pool. (Although, with summer in its
final weeks, jumping in a pool is almost always a good
choice.). As we continually strive both to live into our
mission to love all neighbors and to live into our vision to
be welcoming to all, we need everybody to know that you are
empowered to fill in — right then and there — whenever a gap
in coverage appears:
Is there a door without a greeter? Jump in
Even the east door? Jump in and greet!
Is it Offering time but there aren’t enough
ushers? Jump in and, um, ush? Jump in and help!
Are there fewer than five people walking
up to serve communion? Jump in and serve!
In other words (to borrow a phrase) we need you! Yes, you.
And you over there. Yep, you in the back, too. Let’s continue
to be the church God calls us to be.
Eat Out in
August with Pastor Danita
During the month
of August, we are going to do something a little
different. We have been trying different cuisines
located in Woodridge for dinner, but for August, we are going
to do breakfast together. For each Saturday in
August, I invite you to join me at Jam N
Jelly on Route 53 in Seven Bridges from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30
a.m.. I know it's kinda early, but
all of us have stuff to do on Saturdays. This way
we can have some time to fellowship together over a meal and
get on with the day. Again, let me know if you
will join us so that I can get a space for
us. Join me!
Community Roll Call
together with the Woodridge Police Department are sponsoring
a Community Roll Call on September 4th at 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in
the parking lot (In case of rain, the roll call will be in
Bonfal Hall). Meet the officers that serve your
community. Learn about public safety and crime
prevention. There will be squad car demonstrations for
the kids. See
the flyer here.
FALL BIBLE STUDY - WEDNESDAY NIGHT
coming!!!!! our fall Bible study class will be
FAST TRACK DISCIPLE: Remember Who You Are focusing on the
prophets of the Old Testament. Class will begin on
September 4, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.. It
is a 12 week study that will end just before Thanksgiving. This
year there will be NO
DINNER. Our youth are meeting at
another time. Be sure to sign up in the narthex
and let us know you will be joining us. The study
guide (which costs $15 each) will be available shortly.
THE CURIOSITY RETURNS
Our desire to
explore and attempt to better understand our sacred text is
nigh inextinguishable. That’s why we call our ongoing bible
“The Bible for Curious People.” The group
meets on Tuesday
mornings at 10:30am beginning September 3rd.
All are welcome. No prior bible reading or knowledge or
expertise needed. We will all learn as we go along exploring
what the text says, what it leaves unsaid, what history and
tradition tell us about the text, and how our own experience
influences our reading. Having a study bible to read really
helps. We have some available to borrow, just ask!
The first book to study this fall season is the apostle
Paul’s seminal work in his Epistle to the Romans. Watch this
space in future weeks for the reading assignments and questions
Discipleship Systems Training
Making and growing
disciples is one of the highest priorities of the Northern
Illinois Conference and a pillar of our strategic goals.
Don’t miss this session of the conference-wide training
to help leaders become more intentional about making
disciples in their ministry setting. The Aurora District’s
session is on
Thursday, September 12th at 2:00 – 5:00 pm at
Grace UMC in Naperville.
Our speaker is Jeff Campbell. Rev. Campbell serves as the
Associate General Secretary for Strategic Programming. Jeff
is an ordained elder of the Greater New Jersey Annual
Conference. He will be covering:
ï‚· Clarifying the what, how & why of
ï‚· Creating an intentional discipleship
system that works for your church
ï‚· Equipping your disciples wit the right
heart and motivation
Register at www.umcnic.org/news-being-intentional-about-making-disciples. Questions ? Please contact Laura Lopez
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.346.9766 ext.724 with
registration questions. Training questions can be directed to
Rev. J. Martin Lee at email@example.com or 312.334.0708
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE RETURNS! NOW ON…SUNDAY
That’s right! New
day, new time…and (eventually) a new name for our weekly
Youth Group gatherings. WNL had a terrific 15-year run, but
now it is time for a reboot. Beginning Sunday, September 15th, our
weekly Youth Group gatherings are now Sunday afternoons from
12noon-1:30pm. The 2019-20 School Year does
not include Confirmation, so all students in 7th-12th grades
are invited and welcome. Bring a friend!
Sharing a meal is sacred time. Building community feeds our
souls just as food feeds our bodies. Having lunch together is
a weekly practices that does both. So, after second worship
service ends meet in the kitchen for lunch — parents are
invited too. To volunteer to provide a meal, visit our Meal Train site.
As we did with WNL after the meal we will play games and
learn about and from each other regarding the life of faith
and just life in general. No topic is out of bounds. One of
our first tasks will be to come up with a new name. See you
on September 15th!
All Church Work Day
There will be an
all church work day on
Saturday, September 14th at 8:00 am. We
will be trimming hedges and bagging the trimmings.
Bring work glove, trimmers and any other equipment you
would like to help with these jobs.
Swing for Housing Gold Invitational
DuPage Habitat for
Humanity announces its Annual Swing fore Housing Golf
Invitational at Seven Bridges Golf Club in Woodridge,
Illinois on Thursday,
September 19th. This golf outing is a Liberty
Mutual Invitational, one of sixty-six events played across
the country. We offer our golfers a superior playing
environment, excellent prizes, upgraded giveaways and an
invitation for the winning foursome to play in the National
Finals at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina,
home of The Ocean Course. A challenging day of
golf will be capped off with a reception, an awards luncheon,
and silent auction. You won't want to miss the opportunity to
bid on our unparalleled auction items.
100% of the proceeds raised by the Annual Swing fore Housing
Invitational will continue to go directly to helping families
build strength, stability and self-reliance through safe and
affordable housing. Please contact Nina Fuentes or call 630-510-3737 ext. 310
for additional information.
Adventurers Is Back!
Adventures is a
group that meets once a month to enjoy our area's dining
choices, live entertainment, or a gathering at a host's home.
If you are looking for a leisurely evening of
easy conversation, please join us. EVERYONE IS
WELCOME! We generally meet on the second or third
Saturday of the month, but this year we will begin our season
with a pot luck at the home of Bud & Gwenn Edman, 1615
Golfview Drive, Darien, on Sunday, September 22. Fried
chicken will be provided, but please bring a dish (appetizer,
salad, or dessert to pass) and your beverage of choice.
by September 18 to Gwenn Edman.
Run 4 Home: 10K & 5K Run, 5K & 1K Walk
Saturday, September 21st - 8:00am 703 W Liberty, Wheaton
Bring your family, friends, congregations and co-workers to
DuPagePads 15th Annual Run 4 Home. Organize your group and
take a step to end homelessness today! After enjoying a
scenic run/walk through downtown Wheaton, join us for a festive
celebration! The largest participating congregation and
organization will receive awards during the ceremony!
60th/50th ANNIVERSARY PARADE
Did you know? The
Village of Woodridge and Woodridge Park District are
celebrating their 60th and 50th Anniversaries in 2019. An
Anniversary Parade is planned for Saturday, September
28. Local businesses or residents such as our
church can participate, We are looking for people to
represent Woodridge UMC in the parade.
SOMETHING GREEN IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
you notice a new addition to the northeast corner of our
parking lot? Just this week we added a new “Goin’ Green” recycling receptacle
for clothes and shoes.
Did you know 12 million tons of clothing ends up
in North American landfills every year? That’s 68 pounds per
person! Discarded clothes account for more total landfill
space than any other waste item. The “Goin’ Green” program
aims to change that by providing a convenient place to
recycle your unusable shoes and clothes.
this different from our “Suits for Success” ministry?
The big difference is that “Suits for Success”
takes gently used clothes to give to parolees to help them
succeed on job interviews. “Suits for Success” cannot accept
shoes of any kind. Meanwhile, “Goin’ Green” is for your
clothes and shoes that are at or near the end of their
“Goin’ Green” help the environment?
In addition to keeping the clothes and shoes out
of landfills, the items in the receptacle are collected and
shipped to a warehouse where they are inspected and sorted.
Reusable items are shipped to places where affordable
clothing is needed. Items that cannot be reused are converted
to shop rags for industrial applications or recycled to base
fibers to be used again in the production of new
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.
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