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Subject:                                     "Making Breakfast, Leaving Legacies" - 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.

Professional nursery care available for the little ones.
All are Welcome!







Making Breakfast, Leaving Legacies

How will you be remembered?

How will we — the congregation of Woodridge United Methodist Church — be remembered?

To paraphrase the world’s biggest, best musical: “Who tells our story? Will they tell our story?”

Granted, these type of questions tend to get asked after a death — and WUMC is not dead or dying! But a little introspection is good for the soul:

•    Who do we want to be?

•    In what ways are we living up to who we want to be?

•    In what ways are we not? How might we change those ways?

To answer those questions, perhaps we can take a cue from this week’s gospel lesson from John 21. It’s another delightfully weird story that also manages to be poignant and insightful…even in the context of fixing and sharing a meal.

Identity, story, death, resurrection, impact, and moms: that’s a lot of strings, but Pastor Dave will attempt to pull them all together in his sermon, “Making Breakfast, Leaving Legacies,” this Sunday, May 12th.

WUMC worship services are Sunday mornings at 9:00am and 10:30am. 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, May 12th

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

Monday, May 13th

  • Cub Scouts at 7:00 pm

Tuesday, May 14th

  • Cub Scouts at 6:00 pm

Wednesday, May 15th

  • Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm

Thursday, May 16th

  • Yoga at 6:30 pm
  • Boy Scouts at 7:00 pm

Sunday, May 19th

  • Worship Services at 9:00 & 10:30 am
  • State of the Youth Ministries Address at 11:45 am
  • Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
  • A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm 



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 May 14th:
     - The Hebrew Scriptures book of the prophet Amos (it’s only 9 chapters!).
     - The introduction to the book and any other notes your study bible provides.

Questions to consider:
    What questions does this text raise in you?
    Who is God according to this text and how do we respond to that vision?
    Amos has been described as “an antidote to a feeble faith, a tonic for a rigid or repulsive religion, a cure for a church life gone vapid.” In what ways do we need to hear from Amos today?
    “Those who confront the state and its power will always be accused of conspiracy.” How might we learn from Amos’ witness to speak truth to power whenever injustice reigns?

Join us for Yoga
Please wear comfortable clothing that ensures privacy while allowing mobility. Bring a mat or a large towel.  The last yoga class for the season is Thursday, May 16th. 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

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 are here!  Present the flyer with your payment and Menchies will donate 20% of your bill to the preschool. 

Prince of Peace is having its annual garage sale on Thursday, May 16th from 9 am to 2 pm, Friday, May 17th from 9 am to 2 pm and Saturday, May 18th from 9 am to Noon.  There is a bake sale in conjunction with the garage sale. Don't miss the chance to buy delicious Homemade baked items!  The bake sale will be all three days of the Garage Sale.

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 THIS 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.
Ź    Dates: June 2-4
Ź    Location: Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Hotel, 1551 N. Thoreau Dr., Schaumburg.

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. See the flyer here.There will be an information table in the narthex starting next Sunday.


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 a stunning 5K race 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.


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        

June 8th - Women's Retreat 
June 9th - Senior Recognition Sunday at both worship services


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May 10, 2019, Volume 10, Edition 19







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