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Subject:                                     "Share Your Adventure" - 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!







"Rules for the Road (Epilogue):
Share Your Adventure"

Just when you thought the “Rules of the Road” sermon series was over…we pull you back in! This Sunday, August 11th, Pastor Dave offers his Epilogue to the series with his sermon, “Share Your Adventure.”

Books, magazines, newspapers (remember those??), and websites dedicate millions of pages and pixels to thoughts on traveling: where to go, how to get there, what to do, places to eat — and of course the flip side of all those: where to avoid.

Not all of it is innocuous, but much of those pages and pixels are meant to help others on their journeys. For many of us, after we’ve traveled somewhere new we cannot wait to tell our friends and family (and co-workers and complete strangers) all about the amazing sites we saw or tasty treats we tried or the incredible people we met.

This desire to go and then to share with others about our travels goes at least all the way back to the beginning of the story of the People of God. All the way back to Abraham and Sarah. If it weren’t for those two fighting the urge to stay safe at home, we might not have a faith story at all!

Mark Twain famously wrote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” Assisted by a few photos from some recent travel by members of our congregation, we’ll test that theory this Sunday.

What can we learn from traveling?

How might God be at work in the places we go and the people we meet?

What happens when we joyfully Share Our Adventures with those around us?

Let’s explore those questions together this Sunday in worship at 9:00 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, August 11th

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

Wednesday, August 14th

  • Staff Meeting at 10:30 am
  • Troop 109 Meeting

Thursday, August 15th

  • Troop Meeting

Friday, August 16th

  • Church Office CLOSED

Saturday, August 17th

  • Sorority Leadership at 9:00 am

Sunday, August 18th

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




Pastor Dave's Blog

End Gun Violence

Mass shootings are defined as four or more people shot, not including the shooter. By that definition, according to the nonprofit organization Gun Violence Archive, USAmerica has experienced 255 mass shootings so far in 2019. Today, August 9th, is only the 221st day of 2019.

It is indisputable that our country has an addiction to violence, an addiction to guns, and an addiction to gun violence. So what are we United Methodists doing in response to all this abhorrent violence and death? Read on...





The church office will be closed on Friday, August 16th.

The mailboxes have been updated and a few of them have been relocated.  Please check the labels on the drawers when looking for your mail.

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



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.

Young Adults
Keeping n Touch with Our College Students
Keeping in Touch with Our College Students
Are you going to college this fall?  Is your young adult off to college?  We here at Woodridge UMC would like to be in touch with our college students throughout the school year and not just to see you/them on breaks and holidays.  Please provide Jane Borgehammar ( or the church office ( with the following information. There is an online form
--address (at school)
--favorite snacks
--any fast food places nearby (Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Chipotle, etc.)
--favorite colors
-- school name and colors
-- school mascot


Eat Out in July with Pastor Danita
During the month of August, we are going to do something a little different.  We have been trying different cuisines located in Woodridge for dinner, but for August, we are going to do breakfast together.  Beginning Saturday, August 10th and for each Saturday in August, I invite you to join me at Jam N Jelly on Route 53 in Seven Bridges from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m..  I know it's kinda early, but all of us have stuff to do on Saturdays.  This way we can have some time to fellowship together over a meal and get on with the day.  Again, let me know if you will join us so that I can get a space for us.  Join me!

It's coming!!!!!  our fall Bible study class will be FAST TRACK DISCIPLE: Remember Who You Are focusing on the prophets of the Old Testament.  Class will begin on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m..  It is a 12 week study that will end just before Thanksgiving.  This year there will be NO DINNER.  Our youth are meeting at another time.  Be sure to sign up in the narthex and let us know you will be joining us.  The study guide (which costs $15 each) will be available shortly.

Our desire to explore and attempt to better understand our sacred text is nigh inextinguishable. That’s why we call our ongoing bible study, “The Bible for Curious People.” The group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am beginning September 3rd.

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 to read really helps. We have some available to borrow, just ask!

The first book to study this fall season is the apostle Paul’s seminal work in his Epistle to the Romans. Watch this space in future weeks for the reading assignments and questions to consider. 

Seven Bridges Restaurant Week Coming!  
August 8-16 will see the first ever Seven Bridges Restaurant Week. The Village is excited to launch - the home to all the information you need about Seven Bridges Restaurant Week. See all the participating restaurants, find out what specials they are running.

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!

Discipleship Systems Training
Making and growing disciples is one of the highest priorities of the Northern Illinois Conference and a pillar of our strategic goals.  Don’t miss this session of the conferencewide training to help leaders become more intentional about making disciples in their ministry setting. The Aurora District’s session is on Thursday, September 12th at 2:00 – 5:00 pm at Grace UMC in Naperville.

Our speaker is Jeff Campbell. Rev. Campbell serves as the Associate General Secretary for Strategic Programming. Jeff is an ordained elder of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference. He will be covering:
ï‚·    Clarifying the what, how & why of making disciples
ï‚·    Creating an intentional discipleship system that works for your church
ï‚·    Equipping your disciples wit the right heart and motivation
Register at Questions ? Please contact Laura Lopez at or 312.346.9766 ext.724 with registration questions. Training questions can be directed to Rev. J. Martin Lee at or 312.334.0708

That’s right! New day, new time…and (eventually) a new name for our weekly Youth Group gatherings. WNL had a terrific 15-year run, but now it is time for a reboot. Beginning Sunday, September 15th, our weekly Youth Group gatherings are now Sunday afternoons from 12noon-1:30pm. Sharing a meal is sacred time. So, after second worship service ends meet in the kitchen for lunch — parents are invited too! (Don’t worry students, your parents will have their own table.) 

As we did with WNL after the meal we will play games and learn about and from each other regarding the life of faith and just life in general. No topic is out of bounds. One of our first tasks will be to come up with a new name.

School year 2019-2020 is not a Confirmation year for WUMC, so all students in 7th-12th grades are invited and welcome. Bring a friend and see you for the start of our ministry program year on September 15th!
Meal Train for providing lunch and the rest of our program schedule will be released soon, so stay tuned!

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!

All Church Work Day
There will be an all church work day on Saturday, September 14th at 8:00 am.  We will be trimming hedges and bagging the trimmings.  Bring work glove, trimmers and any other equipment you would like to help with these jobs.

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.


Did you notice a new addition to the northeast corner of our parking lot? Just this week we added a new “Goin’ Green” recycling receptacle for clothes and shoes. 

Did you know 12 million tons of clothing ends up in North American landfills every year? That’s 68 pounds per person! Discarded clothes account for more total landfill space than any other waste item. The “Goin’ Green” program aims to change that by providing a convenient place to recycle your unusable shoes and clothes. 

How is this different from our “Suits for Success” ministry?
The big difference is that “Suits for Success” takes gently used clothes to give to parolees to help them succeed on job interviews. “Suits for Success” cannot accept shoes of any kind. Meanwhile, “Goin’ Green” is for your clothes and shoes that are at or near the end of their usefulness.

How does “Goin’ Green” help the environment?
In addition to keeping the clothes and shoes out of landfills, the items in the receptacle are collected and shipped to a warehouse where they are inspected and sorted. Reusable items are shipped to places where affordable clothing is needed. Items that cannot be reused are converted to shop rags for industrial applications or recycled to base fibers to be used again in the production of new clothing. 

TL;DR Keep bringing your gently used clothing donations to the “Suits for Success” collection boxes in the hallway. For all shoes and any other clothes, instead of throwing them in the trash, put them in the “Goin’ Green” receptacle in the northeast corner of the parking lot. 

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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DuPage County Seeking Election Judges for 2020 Election 
The DuPage County Clerk's Election Division is actively looking for Election Judges for the upcoming March 17, 2020 election. Judges of election are responsible for the administration of election procedures in the polling place on Election Day and are in the position of ensuring that the election process is administered fairly and in accordance with the law. This is your opportunity to be a part of the process! Election Judges are paid for the day and additional payment is available for attending training class(es) as long the Judge serves on Election Day. Necessary qualification and applications can be found online. Questions can be directed to Valerie Prohammer at (630) 407-5615.

Looking Ahead        

September 29th - ONE Worship Service at 10 am 


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August 9th, 2019, Volume 10, Edition 32











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