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Woodridge United Methodist Church

Join us on Sunday for worship services
at  9:00 am & 10:30 am.
5th Sundays have just one service at 10:00 am.

Professional nursery care available for the little ones.
All are Welcome!







"Disability Awareness"

This week marked the 1 year mark for having my knee replaced.  During that time of recovery and rehab I discovered just a fraction of what it is like to be differently-abled.  Places that profess to be "accessible" really turn out to be far from it!!  And worse yet is the rudeness exhibited by others in so many ways!!!

It is hard to imagine how life must have been for the woman described in this week's passage in Luke 13:10-17.  Restrictions everywhere.  People ignoring and/or not acknowledging her.  But her disability did not block her availability and openness to experience the touch of Jesus.  

Sometimes we are not aware of our own disability when it comes to experiencing the true touch of Jesus in our lives. Our being unavailable to see and experience Jesus is in fact our disability.  So we need to work on our DISABILITY AWARENESS.  How can we be more open and aware of the presence of Jesus in our lives?  Let's see if we can't figure out some ways to become more aware.  Join us on Sunday at 9 or 10:30 a.m..  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.      





Sunday, August 25th

  • Worship Services at 9:00 & 10:30 am
  • Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
  • A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm 
  • Cub Scout Committee at 7:00 pm

Monday, August 26th

  • Church Office CLOSED

Tuesday, August 27th

  • Church Office CLOSED
  • Committee Meetings at 7:00 pm

Thursday, August 28th

  • Preschool Parent Orientation at 6:30 pm
  • Boy Scouts at 7:00 pm

Sunday, September 1st

  • Worship Services at 9:00 & 10:30 am
  • Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
  • A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm 





Blessing of the Backpacks
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.

The church office will be CLOSED Monday, August 26th & Tuesday, August 27th.

Summer 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.

Young Adults
Keeping n Touch with Our College Students
Keeping in 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 ( or the church office ( with the following information. There is an online form
--address (at school)
--favorite snacks
--any fast food places nearby (Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Chipotle, etc.)
--favorite colors
-- school name and colors
-- school mascot

Small Miracles Preschool Parent Orientation
We are 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 family.

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 and greet!
    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
Woodridge UMC 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.

It's 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 Wednesday, 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.

Our desire to explore and attempt to better understand our sacred text is nigh inextinguishable. That’s why we call our ongoing bible study, “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 to consider. 

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 making disciples
ï‚·    Creating an intentional discipleship system that works for your church
ï‚·    Equipping your disciples wit the right heart and motivation
Register at Questions ? Please contact Laura Lopez at or 312.346.9766 ext.724 with registration questions. Training questions can be directed to Rev. J. Martin Lee at or 312.334.0708

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.  

Please RSVP 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! Register today!

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.


Did 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. 

How is 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 usefulness.

How does “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 clothing. 

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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Looking Ahead        

September 29th - ONE Worship Service at 10 am 


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August 23rd, 2019, Volume 10, Edition 34











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