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Subject: "Wild, Wild Wind" - 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!







Wild, Wild Wind

This Sunday, June 9th, is Pentecost Sunday, when, according to the story from Acts of the Apostles, Gods Holy Spirit ignites a brand new day: some speak like never before, others hear in ways they never thought possible. Questions and wonderment abound!
Perhaps strangest of all, the
Holy Spirit shows up in a loud wind and a spreading firewhat might it mean that Gods Holy Spirit manifests herself in forces of nature that are simultaneously vital to our survival and that seem to have an animated mind of their own?!?
Other questions remain as well:

  • How is the Holy Spirit still speaking today?
  • What might move us, like those first followers of Jesus, to spill into the streets proclaiming good news?
  • What signs of the Spirit are emerging in your life and in our community?
  • How might the iconic Cross and Flame symbol of The United Methodist Church help illuminate this familiar story?

Pastor Dave will consider all this and more in his sermon, Wild, Wild Wind.
red is the color of the day. So find some red in your wardrobe and come ready to celebrate the Holy Spirit at work!
See you Sunday morning at 9:00 and 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, June 9th

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

Tuesday, June 11th

  • Bible Study at 10:30 am
  • Outreach Meeting at 7:00 pm

Saturday, June 15th

  • Aravanis Family at 9:00 am

Sunday, June 16th

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









Summer Office Hours are now in effect.  Please call the church office first if you are planning on coming in.

THIS Sunday, June 9th, we will recognize our high school graduates at both worship services by praying for them and giving them a gift as a small token of our love for them. Big thanks to Jane Borgehammar for organizing our celebration!

Sunday, June 30th is a fifth Sunday.  There is ONE Worship Service at 10am that day with fellowship to follow.

We have had many conversations (both in committee meetings and in the parking lot) about having one (1) worship service and especially in the summer. So why are we sticking with our usual two services schedule?

         We looked at the attendance records for the past couple of years (a graph is available upon request) and our numbers show that we experienced a decrease in attendance when there was one (1) service, instead of the intended increase.

         For the persons who "spoke up," the 1 worship time was equally too early for some as it was too late for others.      

         While your pastors love to preach anyway, preparation does not take any less time if there is 1 service.      

         We will still print the same number of bulletins and of course the technology does not change.    

         Most importantly, for the persons we are trying to reach (as opposed to us who are already here) having 2 worship experiences gives them choices. We have watched as families have come at the "usual" time frame for worship (10:30-10:45) only to walk away at the discovery that the 1 worship service was nearly over.      

So, in light of our findings, the Administrative Council decided we will continue with our 2 service format for the time being.  We will continue to have one (1) worship service on the 5th Sundays following it with a fellowship meal.


Our desire to explore and attempt to better understand our sacred text is nigh inextinguishable. Thats why were calling our ongoing bible study, The Bible for Curious People. The class meets on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am through June 11th.

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 June 11th:
-Continuing our exploration of lesser known books of the New Testament, read 2 Timothy.
-Also read 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?
    How would you sum up the advice Paul offers Timothy this time?
    What threads do you find continuing from 1 Timothy to 2 Timothy? 
    How do the two letters differ from each other?

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. It's  not too late! Contact Charlotte Ashworth right awayif you are interested.


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

On Tuesday June 11th, the DuPage County Prevention Leadership Team (PLT) will be sponsoring a youth-based event at the College of DuPage Student Resource Center (Room 2000) from 10:45am 1:30pm. The Philanthroparty is a party with a purpose, where high school students can learn more about how to create positive change in their community. Our theme this year will be mental health and will include the following:
 Therapy dogs
 Pizza
 A presentation from local teen activist Abbey Malbon, a recent high school graduate. Abbey will share how she took an idea for positive change into action, and how other teens can too.
 A visit from State Representative Terra Costa Howard
 An opportunity to create kind messages that will be displayed in DuPage County schools



Swing for Housing Gold Invitational
DuPage Habitat for Humanity announces its Annual Swing fore Housing Golf Invitational at Seven Bridges Golf Club in Woodridge, Illinois on Thursday, September 19th. This golf outing is a Liberty Mutual Invitational, one of sixty-six events played across the country. We offer our golfers a superior playing environment, excellent prizes, upgraded giveaways and an invitation for the winning foursome to play in the National Finals at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina, home of The Ocean Course.  A challenging day of golf will be capped off with a reception, an awards luncheon, and silent auction. You won't want to miss the opportunity to bid on our unparalleled auction items.  

100% of the proceeds raised by the Annual Swing fore Housing Invitational will continue to go directly to helping families build strength, stability and self-reliance through safe and affordable housing. Please contact
Nina Fuentes or  call 630-510-3737 ext. 310 for additional information.

Job Opportunity

Small Miracles Preschool Director
Woodridge United Methodist Church's Small Miracles Preschool is seeking a Preschool Director to start for the 2019-2020 school year. The Director is responsible for maintaining the daily operations of Small Miracles  Preschool, a warm and friendly environment, and a quality Christian-based, child-centered program. The Director must meet and maintain the minimum State Licensing Requirements of Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) for the State of Illinois, and lead and support the staff through teamwork and mutual respect to achieve individual and classroom goals. The Director reports to the Small Miracles Preschool Board of Directors with day-to-day accountability to the Lead Pastor of Woodridge United Methodist Church. You can find the requirements and how to apply here.


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 22nd - Youth Mission Trip
June 30th - ONE Worship Service at 10 am with fellowship afterwards


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June 7, 2019, Volume 10, Edition 23







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