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Subject:                                     "Determining Deservedness" - Weekly Newsletter from Woodridge United Methodist Church


Woodridge United Methodist Church

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Determining Deservedness

Our look at some of Jesus’ parables during Lent continues this week with the story of the Laborers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16). That parable offers themes of:

•   Fairness

•   Equality

•   Generosity

•   Entitlement

•   Justice

…Just to name a few.


One common interpretation of this parable posits it is all about who is eligible for heaven after death. But what do our (self-imposed and resurrected from four years ago) Rules of Parable Club have to say about that? Could it be that straight-forward? Or is it more enigmatic than that? What else might be going on here — both in this parable and in Matthew’s gospel narrative? Is this a manual for both employees and employers?


Finally — the question most of are eager to ask most of the time — what might this parable have to say to us as we strive to live faithfully in 2019? (After all, fairness, equality, and entitlement are no longer problems we face…oh, wait…)


Be here this Sunday, March 17th as Pastor Dave tackles these questions and more in his sermon, “Determining Deservedness.”


Worship services are Sunday mornings at 9:00am and 10:30am. All are welcome!


Be part of the discussion at our worship gatherings on Sundays at 9:00 & 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, March 17th

  • Worship Services at 9:00 & 10:30 am
  • Confirmation Class at 11:30 am
  • Lenten Brunch at 11:30 am
  • Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
  • A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm 

Monday, March 18th

  • Girl Scouts at 6:00 pm
  • Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm

Tuesday, March 19th

  • Life Line Screening at 8:30 am
  • Lenten Study at 10:30 am
  • 7:00 pm Boy Scout Committee
  • 7:00 pm Finance Committee
  • 7:30 pm Private Soccer

Wednesday, March 20th

  • Wednesday Night Live at 6:00 pm
  • Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm
  • Lenten Study at 6:45 pm

Thursday, March 21st

  • SMP Spring Fling 10:30 am
  • Boy Scouts at 7:30 pm

Friday, March 22nd

  • Church Office CLOSED
  • Boy Scouts at 7:30 pm

Sunday, March 24th

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




Invitation to Observe a Holy Lent
The Tuesday Lenten study began March 12 and meets from 10:30 AM until noon. This group will follow the Narrative Lectionary look at some of Jesus parables 

The Wednesday Lenten study began March 13 and meets from 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm. This group will follow a study written by our Bishop Sally Dyck about being good shepherds. 

Lenten Brunch
The Education Committee will be having a Lenten Brunch following the second service THIS Sunday, March 17.  Please join us for food and fellowship.   Please join us and bring a dish to share!  The Education Committee will provide egg casseroles. Hope to see you there!

Easter Egg Hunt Donations
Once again it's that time of year!  The Education and Family Committee is getting ready to stuff eggs for this year's Easter Egg Hunt.  There is a box in the Narthex to drop off donations.  All candy needs to be individually wrapped and small enough to fit in an egg.  Thank you for your donations!

Easter Egg Hunt
Plan to join us for the annual WUMC Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13th!  The event will begin promptly at 10:00 am and will include a short lesson for the children.  Bring a basket to collect your eggs! In the event of inclement weather, we will hold the hunt inside our church classrooms. Please remember to invite a friend!

Easter Flowers
A WUMC tradition continues, you can order flowers in memory or in honor of friends and loved ones to decorate our altar on Easter Sunday. We will list the names given in the bulletin that day. On Easter, please take your flowers home after 2nd service or come back Tuesday (the off ice is closed Easter Monday) to pick them up. Ordering Envelopes will available in the Narthex soon. Please place your payment in the envelope provided and into the box in the Narthex by Palm Sunday, April 14th. See Judy Krohn, with questions. 

Items for Easter Baskets Needed!
The Outreach committee is collecting items to assemble Easter baskets for our sister church, Trinity UMC in Joliet. 

We need: 
●    Small toys
●    Individually wrapped candy
●    Baskets
●    Easter grass

Please place your donations in the designated tote in the Narthex or call Bob Copeland if you are interested in donating items.  Items must be in by Friday, April 12. Thank you!

Easter Hams
We are collecting 20 hams for Easter to donate to our sister church, Trinity UMC in Joliet. Please have the hams in the church kitchen by Sunday, April 14. For more information, see our display in the Narthex.  Thank you!






During General Conference 2019 in St. Louis, United Methodist delegates from around the world worshiped together, discussed complex issues and passed legislation regarding same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBTQ+ clergy. Delegates also adopted legislation allowing a "gracious exit" for congregations wishing to leave the denomination. But on March 6, the Council of Bishops filed a request for a declaratory decision from the Judicial Council on the constitutionality of that disaffiliation petition. Click here for the press release. 
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Post-Session Debriefings 

Bishop Dyck invites you to continue the conversation and join one of three debriefings across the Conference:

·         Saturday, March 30 at 9:30 am - Orland Park: Faith UMC, 15101 S 80th Ave., Orland Park.

·         Saturday, March 30 at 2 pm - Barrington UMC, 98 Algonquin Rd., Barrington.

·         Sunday, March 31 at 3 pm - Oregon UMC, 200 S. 4th St., Oregon

The Church Office will be CLOSED Friday, March 22nd through Wednesday, March 27th

There will be ONE Service on Sunday, March 31st as it is a fifth Sunday.  However, due to the proximity of the Lenten Brunch, we will not be sharing a meal on March 31st.

The Adventurers will be going to Suparossa on Saturday, March 23rd at 5:00 pm.  Please contact Rick or JoAnn Cihlar at by Thursday, March 21st, if you are interested in attending. 

YOGA Every Thursday
Yoga is one way to create strength, balance, and flexibility in the body's also a time to practice stillness and develop patience. Please wear comfortable clothing that ensures privacy while allowing mobility. Bring a mat or a large towel.  Cost is $5 per person. If you are attending for the first time, please arrive a few minutes early to sign a health waiver and meet the instructor.  Any questions, please contact Carrie Santucci

Life Line Screening
Life Line Screening will be at Woodridge United Methodist Church on March 19th.  5 screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries; abdominal aortic aneurysms; hardening of the arteries in the legs; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat; and a bone density screening, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package (4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening) from $149 ($139 with our member discount).  All 5 screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  You can register for this event and receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129 by calling toll-free 1-888-653-6441, visiting here or texting the word circle to 797979.

Night with the Chicago Bulls
We are all invited to experience great NBA action of the Chicago Bulls as they play the Portland Trail Blazers at the United Center on March 27 at 7 pm while ALSO supporting the Bishop's Appeal for NIC Youth Camps and bearing witness to God’s loving presence everywhere and in every thing!

On this special night, all Northern Illinois Conference United Methodists can purchase Chicago Bulls tickets at a discount to see the Chicago Bulls vs Portland Trail Blazers. Built into this discount is a $5 donation to the 2019 Bishop’s Appeal for NIC Youth Camps, as well as the 12% city/county tax amusement tax and fees.

Also, if we sell 500 tickets by March 1, our own NIC artist/choir will sing The National Anthem!

Small Miracles Preschool is having a No Cook Night at Baker’s Square in Woodridge on Thursday, March 21st from 7am to 11 pm (all day).  Bring the flyer available in the narthex or here and tell them you are with Small Miracles Preschool.


Northern Illinois Food Bank's 6th Annual Foodie 5K
The Northern Illinois Food Bank is switching things up this year with more food and fun than ever!

Join the for two stunning 5K races at our beautiful locations: Cantigny Park in Wheaton (April 27) and Independence Grove in Libertyville (June 1).

Enjoy scenic views on certified 5K courses through the parks, and then enjoy a fun, family friendly festival after the race. This year our fest area will be full of local chefs, restaurants and vendors offering FREE tastings of food and beverages. Leave your wallet at home and taste some of the great food Northern Illinois has to offer!

We will also have a fun and interactive Kid's Zone at each race, so be sure to register the whole family!

Register, volunteer, or donate to help us feed hungry neighbors in Northern Illinois.

Mark your calendar now!!!  WOMEN'S FIESTA - A day apart for women of all ages!!!  SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 form 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Invite a friend to hold the date as well.. Details to come...................


Drive to End Hunger
The 7th Annual West Suburban Community Pantry Golf Outing is Wednesday, June 12th.  Check in is at 8:30 am and there is a shotgun start beginning at 9:30 am. Early bird registration ends March 22nd and is $175 for an individual and $600 for a foursome.  Go to or contact Lisa Spaeth for more information


"Sticks in a Bundle Cannot be Broken"
---East African Proverb
A true demonstration of this proverb was witnessed as our WUMC congregation, friends and family served over 60 homeless guests at PADS on Tuesday, February 19 through Wednesday, February 20, 2019.  WE JOINED TOGETHER AND MADE A DIFFERENCE!!!  THANK YOU TO ALL WHO DONATED FOOD OR SERVED.  Our next, and last, service dates for this season are:  APRIL 16 – 17, 2019. 

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Looking Ahead        

April 13th -  Church Easter Egg Hunt
April 18th - Maundy Thursday Soup Supper & Worship
April 19th - Good Friday Stations of the Cross & Worship



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