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Subject:                                     "Power and Water and Bread (oh my)! - Weekly Newsletter from Woodridge United Methodist Church


Woodridge United Methodist Church

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at  9:00 am & 10:30 am
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Power and Water and Bread (oh my)!

Political corruption.

Sex scandal.

False imprisonment.

State-sponsored violence against the oppressed.

Grotesque presentation of a mutilated body.

Fleeing family.

Hungry (and grumpy) associates.

Oh, and a possible ghost sighting.


A rundown of WGN news stories this week?

A synopsis of the latest from Stephen King?

A preview from the new season of Game of Thrones?



Just an overview of this week’s gospel lesson from Matthew chapter 14.


Each one of these three stories could easily be its own stand-alone story — so why did Matthew put them together like this?

Why do these stories simultaneously seem so foreign to our experience and yet so familiar?

How might we emulate Peter’s bold faith as we seek to worship and follow Jesus today?


Join us this Sunday, February 24th as Pastor Dave tackles these ideas and more in his sermon, “Power and Water and Bread (oh my)!


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 24th

  • 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  

Tuesday, February 26th

  • Bible Study at 10:30 am

Wednesday, February 27th

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

Thursday, February 28th

  • Preschool Olympics at at 9:00 am & noon
  • Yoga at 6:30 pm
  • Boy Scouts at 7:30 pm

Saturday, March 2nd

  • Youth Council at 8:00 am
  • Sorority at 9:00 am

Sunday, March 3rd

  • 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 
  • Cub Scout Committee at 7:00 pm 




Pastor Dave's Blog 

Time for #GC2019

And then there was one. 

One day, that is, (as I write this) until the Special Session of the General Conference (aka #GC2019) begins. 

Will it be (with apologies to Les Miserables) "one day more to revolution"...will the streets run with (metaphorical) blood?

Or will we find a way to emulate God's unity within diversity -- which we name and celebrate every time we use Trinitarian language?

Truthfully, I don't know and neither does anyone else.
  Read more here.

Pastor Danita is Away
Please keep Pastor Danita in your prayers this week.  She is in St. Louis, Missouri serving as a marshal at the Special Session of the General Conference. Pastor Dave has been writing in his blog about the main topic of conversation at the General Conference which will have a major impact on the life of our denomination.  She will be returning on Wednesday evening.

2nd Appeal to Cover Shortfall 

Thank you to the ten who have already responded to the 2nd Appeal to cover the shortfall. If you have not returned your response, it is critical that you do so as soon as possible. There are forms provided here for your convenience. You may also email your response. Thank you for your consideration of this important matter

Financial Secretary
Walt Read





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.  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:

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 will be 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.

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

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.  Questions can be directed to 630.908.0793.

Preschool No Cook Night at McDonalds
Small Miracles Preschool has rescheduled their Woodridge McDonalds (on 75th Street) no cook night for Monday, February 25th from 4-7 pm.  Mention you are with Small Miracles Preschool when you order and the preschool will earn 10% of the total sale (pre-tax). No flyer is necessary!

Coffee and Conversation
Senator Jon F. Curran and Downers Grove Mayor Martin T. Tully invite you and your friends to join them for a casual conversation over coffee.  Come share your thoughts on community and legislative matters important to you on Monday, February 25th at 8:00-9:15 am at Great Harvest Bread Co. (5117 Main Street in Downers Grove). Talk to them about the issues that matter to you, ask any questions or express concerns you may have about state and local government. 

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 or texting the word circle to 797979.

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:

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!

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 26th
Finish reading Job, still paying attention to any notes your bible provides. 

  •  What do these chapters say about who God is and how God acts? How does that differ from previous chapters?
  •  What do you think this story (as a whole) says about why there is suffering in the world
  • How does the story’s “answer” sit with you?
  • What alternative endings to the story would you write?
  • Why do you think people found this story important to write down? 
  • Why has it endured?

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 CALLING FOR YOUR DONATIONS  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.


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Looking Ahead        

March 6th - Ash Wednesday
March 17th - Lenten Brunch
April  -  Church Easter Egg Hunt



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