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Subject:                                     "How Will they Know" - Newsletter from Woodridge United Methodist Church


Woodridge United Methodist Church

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How Will They Know

This has been a very difficult week to be a United Methodist!  Our Bishop has been very clear that the churches in the Northern Illinois Conference (of which we are one) must continue to focus on the task of the church which is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  We transform the world by showing God's love to ALL people.  I am working on a statement to share with you on Sunday as to where I feel we should focus as a congregation.


Interestingly enough this Sunday is called TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY, an experience recorded by the disciples where they observe a "radiant" transformation of Jesus. Certainly there needs to be some "changing" going on in a lot of places!!  But the question remains 'HOW WILL THEY KNOW".  If there has been a change, how will the world know that there has been a change. Will our words, our actions make a difference in the world?  How does that happen, when and where does it happen?


Let's see if we can come up with some answers together on Sunday.  Join us at 9:00 or 10:30 a.m..  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 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 

Monday, March 4th

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

Tuesday, March 5th

  • Bible Study at 10:30 am

Wednesday, March 6th

  • Ash Wednesday Service at noon
  • Wednesday Night Live at 6:00 pm
  • Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm
  • Ash Wednesday Service at 7:30 pm

Thursday, March 7th

  • Staff Meeting at 10:30 am
  • Yoga at 6:30 pm
  • Boy Scouts at 7:30 pm

Sunday, March 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 




Lent starts next week, March 6th with Ash Wednesday. Worship services are at 12 noon and 7:30 PM. As is our tradition, our 7:30 PM service is planned and led by our confirmation class. 

The Tuesday Lenten study begins 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 begins 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 on Sunday, March 17.  Please join us for food and fellowship.  Look for the signup sheet in the narthex.  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!






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.

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.

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!

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.


·         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

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


"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. 

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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March 1, 2019, Volume 10, Edition 9







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