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Subject:                                     "Attitude & Effort" - Weekly Newsletter from Woodridge United Methodist Church


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Attitude and Effort

Our look at Jesus’ most extended and essential teaching continues this week. Commonly called The Sermon on the Mount (because the text tells us Jesus went up on a mountain to speak), these three chapters (5-7) in the gospel of Matthew are best understood as the epitome of how best to follow Jesus according to Jesus. This Sunday, February 10th, we consider chapter 7, the conclusion of Jesus’ Kin-dom Manifesto.

While it is perhaps a bit less familiar than the Beatitudes (i.e. the series of blessings with which Jesus begins his sermon), chapter 7 offers thoughts we’ve likely encountered somewhere. But those thoughts tend to sound a bit…weird to our ears.

Logs and planks? Pearls and pigs? Bread and stones (Hey! Didn’t we see that connection somewhere recently??) Fish and snakes?

What in the world is Jesus talking about here? And what does all this have to do with best practices in home building?

Perhaps pigs and fish and snakes (oh my!) can help us contemplate just what is actually in our control?

Perhaps, in the midst of the weirdness, this text can reveal some truths about ourselves and how we go about our daily living?

Perhaps Jesus’ teachings can jolt us out of our normal way of thinking and being in the world enough to make a difference in our lives and in the lives of our neighbors?

Be in worship this Sunday, February 10th, to see what we can make of all this in Pastor Dave’s sermon, “Attitude and Effort.”

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, February 10th

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

Monday, February 11th

  • Cub Scouts at 7:00 pm

Tuesday, February 12th

  • Bible Study at 10:30 am
  • Preschool Board at 7:00pm

Wednesday, February 13th

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

Thursday, February 14th

  • Yoga at 6:30 pm
  • Boy Scouts at 7:30 pm

Friday, February 15th

  • Church Office CLOSED

Saturday, February 16th

  • Cub Scout NOVA Workshop at 8:00am
  • Ad Council Meeting at 9:00 am

Sunday, February 17th

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




The Church office is CLOSED Friday, February 15th

Pastor Dave's Blog 

#GC2019 Primer no.5

This is the fifth in a multi-week series to help us be informed about -- and prepared for -- the Special Session of the General Conference (aka #GC2019) to be held February 23-26, 2019 in Saint Louis, MO.

Today, I’ll follow up (as promised in last week’s post) on a way in which our Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) is leading the denomination in preparing for #GC2019. Plus, I received my first question about this series! So I’ll respond to that as well.

Speaking of questions…you too can submit a question about any of this and I will respond in a future post.
Read on...

Electronic Giving  

If you use electronic giving and have save the link, the website address has changed. Please visit our website and follow the e-Giving link at the bottom of the page to the web address or go here. 

Caring for Our College Students
We have been trying to collect the addresses for our students who are away in college in order to be in touch with them.  We invite you to join us in our efforts.  The names and addresses that we have are in the narthex.  Take a name and be in touch with that student, especially around Valentine's day.  Need ideas?  Go to your Amazon Smile account and search for "college care packages" or go to  I am sure they will appreciate whatever you choose to do.  We want our students to know that they are being thought of and certainly prayed for as they pursue their higher education.





We have a bulletin board in the hallway that has been maintained by Marilyn Lawrence for many years.  The theme for the board has generally been seasonal (sometimes integrating the church seasons as well) and sometimes has included her own artwork.  However, because of Marilyn's failing health, she will no longer be able to maintain it.  We are in need of someone to take on this task.  If you are interested, please contact Becky Jeske in the church's office and let us know.  She can be reached at (630) 968-6050 or via email.  Thanks for your help.

Answering those questions is important but takes us rather deep in the weeds, so apologies for multitudinous UMC geekery. The shortest answer is: #GC2019 matters because the future of our denomination is at stake.

Here’s a summary with a little more information:
The Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church is February 23th-26th in St. Louis, MO. The purpose is to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the recommendations of the Council of Bishops. The Commission was authorized to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and to explore options to strengthen church unity.

Pastor Dave is writing a series of posts unpacking all that terminology and offering resources for understanding what could happen at #GC2019 and how it could affect WUMC. This week was number five in the series. Access them on Pastor Dave’s
blog on our church website:

Boy Scout Spaghetti Dinner
Our Boy Scout Troop 109 (along with Troop 512) is having a Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday February 24th from 1-6 pm at St. Scholastica’s Activity Center.  Tickets are $10 per person and $30 per family and on sale in the Narthex on Sunday, February 10th between services.  Questions can be directed to 630.908.0793.  See the bulletin inert for more details.

2019 Aurora District Spring Lay Academy
Lenten Season, Five Sundays, 2:00 -5:00 pm on March 10, 17. 24, 31 and April 7, 2019 at Channahon UMC, 24751 W Eames, Channahon, IL. Registration Fee $40 by March 1, 2019.

Course Offerings:
●    Introduction to Lay Ministry: the Basic Course
●    United Methodist Polity
●    Lay Servants as Christian Transformational Leaders
●    Leading Prayer

To Register Online:

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

On Saturday, February 23rd, The Adventurers will go to Islamorada Fish Company restaurant located inside the Bass Pro Shop at the Bolingbrook Promenade. Please note, this is the 4th Saturday and not the 3rd Saturday as is customary. We will meet at 5pm.  They also serve meat, chicken and pasta.  Please let Tom or Carole Strong know by February 20th if you are able to attend or not.N

Small Miracles Preschool
Small Miracles Preschool Pre-Kindergarten classes will be engaged in creating a “Tower of TP”.  This is the pre-kindergarten students community outreach project for the West Suburban Food Pantry.  Drop off some “TP” to the preschool starting February 3rd through February 21st and help out our community!!

The Wednesday evening Bible study class is examining the book by Adam Hamilton entitled CREED, What Christians Believe and Why.  We are moving through the study at a slower pace than anticipated so if you thought it was too late.......NOT!!!!  Join us on Wednesdays 6:20 p.m. if you want to join the youth for dinner or 7:00 p.m. for class.  ALL are welcome.

The Bible for Curious People - a Tuesday Morning Study

How did the bible come to be in the form we have?
Why are there so many different versions and translations in English?
What is the overall story of the “Old Testament”?

These are some of the questions we will explore together Tuesday mornings from 10:30am-12:00noon. No prior bible reading or knowledge or expertise needed. We will all learn as we go along. All are welcome. Classes start this week, Tuesday January 15th.

ASSIGNMENT For February 12th
Read Genesis 6:5-9:17 (Noah and the flood) and any notes your study bible has about these stories.

● Why do you think these stories of Noah and the flood were told?
● Why did they matter so much?
● Why did these stories endure enough to be written?
● How do the contradictions strike you?

In order to read the two flood narratives separately, read the first in this order:
6:5-8; 7:1-5; 7:7; 7:10; 7:12; 7:16b-17; 7:22-23; 8:2b-3a; 8:6; 8:8-12; 8:13b; 8:20-22.

Read the second narrative in this order:
6:9-22; 7:6; 7:8-9; 7:11; 7:13-16a; 7:18-21; 7:24; 8:1-2a; 8:3b-5; 8:7; 8:13a; 8:14-19; 9:1-17.

● What differences stand out?
● What seems significant about those differences? How do they affect your understanding of the story?

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...................


The mitten tree is available in the Narthex to accept your donations of children’s mittens, gloves, warm hats and scarves. The donations are going to Woodridge School District 68. They give them out to children who don’t have appropriate gear for the winter weather. We’ll be harvesting the tree a couple of times. Please donate as you can.

PADS - Our Church's Role in Ending Homelessness


Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) is one of our Church’s most important local missions.  We are committed to serving the homeless guests at the Downers Grove First United Methodist Church, 1032 Maple Avenue, on the third Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning for the months of October, December, February and April.

In December, we experienced an increase in the number of guests at the shelter, and with the current frigid temperatures, we are anticipating the same.



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Looking Ahead        

February 17th - Scout Sunday
March 6th - Ash Wednesday
March 17th - Lenten Brunch
April 13th -  Church Easter Egg Hunt



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