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Subject:                                     "An Open Invitation" - Weekly Newsletter from Woodridge United Methodist Church


Woodridge United Methodist Church

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An Open Invitation

As we round the bend into the 3rd week of Lent, we come across a parable that truly borders on the mysterious.  Why would the average person turn down an invitation to what was certainly a lavish affair?  All of the finest of everything from food to table settings.  No holds barred.  No expense spared.  Was the king a tyrant of a man who abused his power and his privilege?  Or were people's schedules so booked that they couldn't make space or time?


The parables teach us lessons in what would seem to be a backsided manner.  The message hidden underneath some ridiculous details.  But nonetheless, they are there.  We arextended an invitation, to the social event of the year, we certainly can't pass that up!


Let's see what we discover as we receive "AN OPEN INVITATION".  ALL are welcome to join us on Sunday morning at 9 or 10:30 a.m.


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 24th

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

Monday, March 25th

  • Church Office CLOSED

Tuesday, March 26th

  • Church Office CLOSED
  • Lenten Study at 10:30 am
  • Trustee's Meeting at 7:00 pm

Wednesday, March 27th

  • Church Office CLOSED
  • Lenten Study at 6:45 pm

Thursday, March 28th

  • Executive Board (NIC) 9:00 am
  • Executive Board (Sorority) 6:30 pm
  • Boy Scouts at 7:30 pm

Sunday, March 31st

  • ONE Worship Service at 10:00 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. 

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!

Flower Cross Donations
Please donate fresh flowers for the outdoor flower Easter cross that Nancy  & Tricia Valenta create.  Any kind of fresh bouquets can be dropped off in the kitchen by Saturday morning April 20 or cash donations by Palm Sunday. 






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


5th Sunday of March
YES, there are 5 Sundays in March.  YES, we will have 1 worship service at 10:00 a.m. on March 31st.  NO, we will not have a meal after worship service.  YES, you are welcome to join Pastor Danita at one of the local establishments for brunch after service.  If you are interested, please let her know.  We will decide where to go based on the number of people.  ALL are welcome to attend.

Pastor Danita's Vestment
Many people have asked about the purple vestment that Pastor Danita wears during the Lent season.  It is a gift from her friend, Reverend J. Jeannette Cooper, retired clergy woman in South Carolina, which Pastor Danita wore as a part of Reverend Cooper's wedding ceremony.  It was handmade in Ghana, Africa and the symbol on the sleeve means "believe in God".  There are only 12 of these vestments which were made exclusively for Reverend Cooper's Sisters in Spirit (S.O.S.) who served communion at the wedding ceremony.


Confirmation Sunday is Sunday, May 5th.  There will be ONE Worship Service at 10am.


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

Job Fair at Talley Incorporated
Talley Inc. has a new facility in Woodridge, IL and are excited to announce that they are hosting a job fair on March 26-28 at 9am-3pm in their offices at 2143 International Pkwy Suite 400 in Woodridge. They are a Family owned business that has been in business for 35 years. We are headquartered in California and have a total of 11 facilities. They offer employees’ a great benefits package and competitive wages. Please check them out  There is a flyer posted in the narthex.

There will be no yoga this next week.

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.


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


Youth Gift Cards are Back!!
Support WUMC Youth with gift card orders for Easter baskets, confirmation or other gift giving occasions.  Orders are due April 7th and will be available for pickup on April 14th. A percentage of all sales goes to Youth Ministries. 

Our WUMC congregation, friends and family served over 60 homeless guests at PADS in February.  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. Please check the sign up sheet in the narthex for your contribution information.

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Looking Ahead        

March 31st - ONE Service at 10am
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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