From:                                         Woodridge United Methodist Church Communications <>

Sent:                                           Wednesday, July 3, 2019 2:51 PM


Subject:                                     "The Reckless Love of God" - Weekly Newsletter of 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!







The Reckless Love of God

On June 22nd, 14 youth and adults left behind the comfort of their homes, their families, their friends, and their routines to spend the week sleeping on a floor, with almost no control over when they eat, shower, work, and rest. And that is easily the least impressive part of our week. 
God's Holy Spirit is at work in and through the people of Long Island as the recovery from SuperStorm Sandy continues. We simply had the privilege of being a small piece of what is already happening there. We got to meet, talk with, and help some extraordinary people and organizations. 
How did we see God at work?
Who did we meet and why were we so moved by their stories?
What is so special about Long Island? 
In order to hear our reflections on these questions and our other experiences from our mission trip, you need to be in worship this Sunday, July 7th when the youth and adults proclaim their message, “The Reckless Love of God." 


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, July 7th

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

Thursday, July 11th

  • Boy Scouts at 7:00 pm
  • Limited Church Office Hours

Friday, July 12th

  • Church Office CLOSED

Saturday, July 13th

  • Staff Parish Meeting at 9:00 am

Sunday, July 14th

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

Thursday, July 18th

  • Youth Summer Birthday Celebration

Friday, July 19th

  • Church Office CLOSED

Saturday, July 20th

  • Ad Council Meeting at 9:00 am

Sunday, July 21st

  • 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.



The Church Office will be CLOSED:
Thursday, July 4th
Friday, July 5th
Friday, July 12th
Friday, July 19th

There will be Limited Office Hours:
July 11th & July 15th - July 18th: 10 am - 1 pm
If there is an emergency outside of these hours,
call one of the pastors directly.
If there is a pastoral emergency,
the office will not be staffed. 


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.  ï‚·    

·         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.



Upper Room Devotionals
Do you enjoy seasonal devotionals?  Did you know that we have Upper Room Magazines (a bimonthly devotional) are always available for purchase in the narthex?  They are located next to the prayer request mailbox by the bulletin boards.  Large print booklets are $1.50 and the smaller booklets are $1.00.  Please place your donations in the labeled box next to the display.


Dining Out in July with Pastor Danita
A few weeks ago in response to the preaching of our pastors, some of us gathered for a meal in places that were "different" for us (pushing us beyond our comfort zones). 
This week, on Wednesday, July 10th from 5 pm to 7 pm  we will gather at Los Arcos, 7451 Woodward Ave #105, Woodridge, IL 60517  for Mexican food.  Los Arcos is located just north of the Mobil gas station on Woodward and 75th Streets.  It would be helpful to let Pastor Danita know if you will be joining us but it is not mandatory.   Let's have a good time and try something new!!

Friendship UMC Movie Nights
In order to foster conversation & education, Friendship UMC invites you to watch 2 movies that highlight some of the social issues facing churches today.  Stay for a short discussion following the feature.  Older youth are also welcome. Safe space guaranteed!  Let’s talk!

“Fish Out of Water” - July 17th & 19th at 7pm 
This documentary tackles the 7 bible passages used to discriminate against marriage equality with humor and animation.

“An Act of Love” - July 31st & August 2nd at 7pm 
In 2013, a pastor of the UMC was put on trial for officiating his son’s same sex wedding.  This documentary chronicles the family’s struggle & the movement for LGBTQ equality in the Methodist church.
For more information go to

You're Invited to the 21st Annual Hunger Scramble Golf Outing presented by West Suburban Bank!
Join us at Cantigny Golf Club on August 27 for a full day of golf, food and drinks and networking! This fun, scramble-style outing features on-course tastings, giveaways and scenic views. Stay for the 19th Hole Reception at the Clubhouse, where you'll enjoy food, an open bar, a silent auction and raffle prizes. Your support will help provide groceries for our hungry neighbors in Northern Illinois. This event will sell out quickly - register now to save your spot!

Run 4 Home: 10K & 5K Run, 5K & 1K Walk
Saturday, September 21st - 8:00am 703 W Liberty, Wheaton
Bring your family, friends, congregations and co-workers to DuPagePads 15th Annual Run 4 Home. Organize your group and take a step to end homelessness today! After enjoying a scenic run/walk through downtown Wheaton, join us for a festive celebration! The largest participating congregation and organization will receive awards during the ceremony! Register today!

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.


Update for Suites for Success
Thank you to all clothes donors & monetary contributors.  A special thanks goes out to the participating dry cleaners of the Illinois Professional Dry Cleaners & Launders Assn. These participants have cleaned 16,000 clothes in the past two & a half years.
We have delivered over 32,000 clothes to the Illinois State prisons in Illinois.  No longer are we using our volunteer’s vehicles, but we are renting a truck and taking over 2000 clothes at a time.  Each year we have more than doubled our deliveries.
The dry cleaners have donated in excess of $90,000 at their cost of materials, labor & equipment. They can no longer afford to do this for free & are asking that 50% of their costs be covered by ‘Suits”. If trends continue, we will have to find a storage facility to hold clothes collected between deliveries.  Please, if you can, even though you have been more than generous, would you make a donation for our efforts? Thank you all, - The “Suits for Success team”

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        

September 29th - ONE Worship Service at 10 am 


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July 5th, 2019, Volume 10, Edition 27







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