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Subject:                                     "Doubting in Good Faith" - Weekly Newsletter from Woodridge United Methodist Church


Woodridge United Methodist Church

Join us on Sunday for worship services
at  9:00 am & 10:30 am.
5th Sundays have just one service at 10:00 am.
Confirmation Sunday, May 5th, has only one service at 10:00 am
Professional nursery care available for the little ones.
All are Welcome!







Doubting in Good Faith

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 worshiped, as 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 to Jesus?

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 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, April 28th

  • 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, April 30th

  • Bible Study at 10:30 am

Wednesday, May 1st

  • Wednesday Night Live at 6:00 pm
  • Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm
  • Bible Study at 6:45 pm

Thursday, May 2nd

  • Boy Scouts at 7:30 pm

Saturday, May 4th

  • Boy 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 




Prayer Request

Prayers for Judicial Council
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 letter. 

No oral hearings were scheduled, and the court's rulings will be posted on its website at some point after the session concludes. 






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.


Graduate Recognition Sunday is Sunday, June 9th at both services.

Our 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 provides.

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 that vision?

National Day of Prayer
The 67th 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 Yoga
Please wear 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

Stand Up For Kids Comedy Night
ChildServ is 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!

Join 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. 

Our next 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 May 12. 

Annual Conference

We're heading 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 future.
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 or contact Lisa Spaeth for more information


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 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!

Register, volunteer, or donate
to help us feed hungry neighbors in Northern Illinois.


Saturday, May 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.

Bishop's Mission Challenge for Annual Conference
This year’s 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 collection soon.

The Aurora District (that’s us) is assigned to bring: 

·             Toothpaste 2.5 oz/larger

·             Adult Toothbrushes

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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Looking Ahead        

May 5th - Confirmation Sunday ONE service at 10 am
June 8th - Women's Retreat 
June 9th - Senior Recognition Sunday at both worship services


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