Woodridge United Methodist Church
us on Sunday for worship services
at 9:00 am & 10:30 am.
5th Sundays have just one service at 10:00 am.
Sunday, May 5th, has only one service at 10:00 am
Professional nursery care available for the little ones.
All are Welcome!
We’re used to
describing Thomas as the one disciple who struggled with
believing Jesus could actually be resurrected. So much so
that we likely know him best as “Doubting Thomas.” But,
it turns out, he wasn’t alone. Jesus’ one post-Resurrection
appearance in the gospel of Matthew gives us this:
“The eleven disciples, having
spoken to the Marys, headed to Galilee, to
the mountain where they were to meet Jesus. When the
disciples saw Jesus there, many of them fell down and
Mary and the other Mary had done. But a few
hung back. They
were not sure.”
As Matthew’s story
concludes, Jesus is certain but his followers are not.
Isn’t that at least somewhat comforting? To know we
aren’t the first followers to be unsure of how to respond
What are we to do
when everyone around us seems certain about their faith
but we’re not?
Where in the life of
the community at Woodridge UMC do we have safe space to
doubt, to question, to wonder, to disagree?
How might we best
live into the “big tent” idea that has infused the
Methodist movement since its inception?
Pastor Dave will
wrestle with these ideas and more this Sunday, April
28th, in his sermon, “Doubting in Good Faith.”
All are welcome!
Woodridge UMC is an open and loving United
Methodist community striving
Welcoming to all;
in service toward greater social justice for all;
forward with understanding and acceptance of all peoples;
disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the
Our purpose is to offer a safe place and
community to all races, cultures, religions, genders, sexual
identities, ethnicities, age groups and other
Sunday, April 28th
- Worship Services at 9:00 & 10:30 am
Class at 11:30 am
- Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
- A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, April 30th
Wednesday, May 1st
Night Live at 6:00 pm
Scouts at 6:30 pm
Study at 6:45 pm
Thursday, May 2nd
Saturday, May 4th
Scout Plant Sale at 6:00 am
- Sorority Meeting at 9:00 am
Sunday, May 5th
- ONE Worship Service at 10:00 am
- Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
- A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm
The Council of Bishops is
inviting the people of The United Methodist Church to be in
prayer for the Judicial Council, which was in session this
week in Evanston. The Judicial Council is discussing
the constitutionality of matters related to the Special
Session of the General Conference held in February.
We lift these elected members of the Judicial Council
in prayer, as the events of this week help us to take the
next step as people who seek to do justice, love mercy
and walk humbly with God (Micah 6. 8)," Bishop Ken
Carter, President of the Council of Bishops, said in a
No oral hearings were scheduled, and the court's
rulings will be posted on its website at some
point after the session concludes.
OUR PASTOR IS
Pastor Danita is away attending the retirement weekend
activities for her clergywoman-friend Rev. Ouida Lee in
Dallas, Texas. She will be returning Monday night.
Please pray for safe travels.
Confirmation Sunday is Sunday,
May 5th. There will be ONE Worship Service at 10am.
Recognition Sunday is Sunday, June 9th at both services.
FOR CURIOUS PEOPLE CONTINUES ON TUESDAYS
desire to explore and attempt to better understand our sacred
text is nigh inextinguishable. That’s why we’re calling our
ongoing bible study, “The Bible for Curious People.” The
class meets on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am through May 28th.
All are welcome. No prior bible reading or knowledge or
expertise needed. We will all learn as we go along exploring
what the text says, what it leaves unsaid, what history and
tradition tell us about the text, and how our own experience
influences our reading. Having a study bible really helps. We
have some available to borrow, just ask!
Reading assignment for April 30th:
-Whatever introduction to the book your bible provides.
-Joshua chapters 10-19, including any notes your bible
What questions does this text raise in you?
What are we to make of all the violence?
Who is God according to this text and how do we respond to
Day of Prayer
annual National Day of Prayer, DuPage County Observance, will
be held on Thursday, May 2nd, from 12 noon until 1 pm in the Naperville
Municipal Building, 400 S. Eagle Street, Naperville
Pastors and community leaders will lead prayers in 8
areas. There will also be special music, scripture
reading, and hymn signing. Parking is free on the upper
level and in the parking structure on Water Street.
Admission is free and open to all ages.
Join us for
comfortable clothing that ensures privacy while allowing
mobility. Bring a mat or a large towel. There is NO YOGA on Thursday, May 1st and the
last yoga class for the season is Thursday, May 23rd.
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 at 630-532-7741 or email@example.com.
For Kids Comedy Night
having a fundraiser on May 16th, at the Greenhouse Theater in
Chicago!Join us for a night of fun and laughs, featuring
three Chicago comedians, WGN's Patti Vasquez, Dwayne
Kennedy and Rocky LaPorte! Tickets are $55 and
include dinner, drinks and an event t-shirt and all
proceeds help our children to reach their potential!Last
year's event sold out, so get your tickets now at www.childserv.org!
FROZEN YOGURT WEEKEND
Small Miracles Preschool families at Menchies in Downers
Grove (75th & Lemont Rd) for a full weekend of frozen
yogurt treats on May 17th through May 19th. Flyers
coming soon! Present the flyer with your payment and
Menchies will donate 20% of your bill to the preschool.
gathering will be on Saturday May 18th at Chuck’s
Southern Comfort Cafe, 8025 Cass Avenue, Darien. Our
reservation is at 5:00, and they will give us separate
checks. Please RSVP to Dave and Mary Beth Elgass by Sunday
Back to the Future at the 180th session of the Northern
Illinois Annual Conference. We will be recalling,
re-imagining, and reclaiming our history for a hopeful
● Dates: June 2-4
● Location: Renaissance Schaumburg
Convention Center and Hotel, 1551 N. Thoreau Dr., Schaumburg.
● Online registration: opens April 2
For more Annual Conference details, visit the website.
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. at
the Carmelite Spiritual Center in Darien. Invite a friend to
hold the date as well. See the flyer here.
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 www.wscpantry.org or contact Lisa Spaeth for more information
Northern Illinois Food Bank's 6th Annual
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 location:
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!
volunteer, or donate to help us feed hungry neighbors in Northern
HUNGER FOOD DRIVE - MAY 11
11 marks the 27th anniversary of one of America's great
days of giving - the National Association of Letter Carriers
Stamp Out Hunger Food drive. Each year on the second Saturday
in May, letter carriers across the country collect
non-perishable food donations from their customers. These
donations go directly to local food pantries to provide food
to people in Woodridge/Downers Grove who need help.
Participating in this year's Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger
Food Drive is simple. Just leave a non-perishable food
donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 11 and
your letter carrier will do the rest. Please consider helping
in their fight to end hunger, as they celebrate their 27th
anniversary year in America's great day of giving.
Mission Challenge for Annual Conference
mission challenge at Annual Conference will be to collect
bulk items for Dignity Kits for the Midwest Mission
Distribution Center, our United Methodist disaster relief
supply center just south of Springfield, Ill. All items
must be new and can be bought at Dollar Tree. We will start a
The Aurora District (that’s us) is assigned to bring:
Toothpaste 2.5 oz/larger
ANNIVERSARY PARADE AND CALL FOR PHOTOS
Did you know?
The Village of Woodridge and Woodridge Park District are
celebrating their 60th and 50th Anniversaries in 2019. An
Anniversary Parade is planned for Saturday, September 28. Local businesses or residents can participate,
please fill out the application. In addition, we're looking
for historic photos. If you have any you'd like to share,
please submit them online.
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