Touch with Our College Students
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or the church office (email@example.com)
with the following information. There is an online
Public Action to Deliver Shelter, or PADS, provides hope for
people who are homeless in DuPage County by offering an array
of services that builds toward self-sufficiency and helps to
stop the cycle of homelessness.
On any given night, about 60 adults, children, and babies
arrive in need of a warm meal, safe shelter, and respect.
Woodridge UMC supports PADS by fully staffing and supplying a
meal at a site at First United Methodist Church in Downers
Grove on the third Tuesday of every other month
from October through April.
NEED YOUR HELP! Volunteering
for PADS is an outreach activity that requires a tremendous
amount of participation by members of WUMC; however, newer
members and friends of Woodridge UMC might not yet have had
the opportunity to become involved. We always need volunteers
of all ages to set up the shelter site on Tuesday evenings,
to serve dinners, to clean up the kitchen following dinner
service, to staff the site through the night, prepare sack
lunches, to prepare and serve breakfast on Wednesday morning,
and to clean up the site after PADS. Donations and
preparation of food is also needed. We encourage you to get
involved in this meaningful service.
These are the dates to participate:
year we are using a new online tool for volunteers to sign
up. Please click the link below to sign up or please contact Larry Cash if you are
interested in learning more or volunteering. Sign-up sheets
for food and work shifts will also be available on Sundays in
the Narthex. Thank you!
Here to Sign-Up.
OPENING? JUMP IN!
we’re not talking about a swimming pool. (Although, with
summer in its final weeks, jumping in a pool is almost always
a good choice.). As we continually strive both to live into
our mission to love all neighbors and to live into our vision
to be welcoming to all, we need everybody to know that you
are empowered to fill in — right then and there — whenever a
gap in coverage appears:
Is there a door without a greeter? Jump in
Even the east door? Jump in and greet!
Is it Offering time but there aren’t
enough ushers? Jump in and, um, ush? Jump in and help!
Are there fewer than five people walking
up to serve communion? Jump in and serve!
In other words (to borrow a phrase) we need you! Yes, you.
And you over there. Yep, you in the back, too. Let’s continue
to be the church God calls us to be.
STUDY - WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Our fall Bible
study class is be FAST
TRACK DISCIPLE: Remember Who You Are focusing on
the prophets of the Old Testament. Class
is on Wednesdays 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
THE BIBLE FOR CURIOUS PEOPLE INVESTIGATES
The Bible for
Curious People Tuesdays
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.
Also, a gentle reminder that using a study bible really
helps. “Study bible” simply means a bible that includes
introductions, notes, footnotes, and other helps for
understanding the text. Study bibles come in just about every
version (e.g. NRSV, NIV, CEV, etc.) If you don’t have a study
bible, please borrow one from church. Just let us know you
need one and we will find one for you to use.
Assignment and Questions to Consider for Sept. 24th:
- Read the rest of Romans (chapters 13-16), along with
any notes your bible provides.
• What caught your attention? What was
• What questions do these chapters raise
• Chapter 13 is popular as a way to
de-legitimize political resistance to those in power.
According to Paul, are all governments approved by God?
• What “obstacles or impediments in your
path” (14:13) have you encountered from religious people? How
have you overcome them?
• Per chapter 15, when have you been the
strong one helping carry the weak? When were you the weak one
in need of being helped?
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE RETURNS! NOW ON…SUNDAY
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. Our weekly Youth Group gatherings are
now Sunday afternoons from 12noon-1:30pm. The
2019-20 School Year does not include Confirmation, so all students in
7th-12th grades are invited and welcome. Bring
Sharing a meal is sacred time. Building community feeds our
souls just as food feeds our bodies. Having lunch together is
a weekly practices that does both. So, after second worship
service ends meet in the kitchen for lunch — parents are invited
too. Youth Council is providing tacos today. To volunteer to
provide a future meal, visit our Meal Train
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. See our Youth Ministry announcement
for specific upcoming schedule.
25th Annual Harvest Pow Wow
September 21st & 22nd at Naper Settlement.
Dancing & drumming, arts, crafts & food, Native
flue players, birds of prey exhibit, honoring veterans,
children’s crafts, archers and much more will be happening at
the 25th annual event put on by the Midwest SOARRING
Preschool No Cook Night
Miracles for a no cook night at Round Head's Pizza Pub in
Downers Grove (75th & Fairview) on Thursday, Sept. 26th
4:00-10:00 pm dine-in or carry-out.
Bring the flyer and present it to your server and 20%
of the sales will be donated to the preschool! Flyers are
WOODRIDGE ANNIVERSARY PARADE
United Methodist Church will be in the village anniversary
parade on Saturday,
September 28th!!!! There will be a
part for you to play even if you do not want to
walk!!!! The parade starts at 9:00 a.m. but the
gathering time will be 7:15 a.m. at the church. We will
go over to the Community Center together. Meet us at
Jam n Jelly afterwards to have lunch together. See the FAQs sheet here
for more information.
ALL MEANS ALL PANEL DISCUSSION
Friendship UMC in
Bolingbrook is having a panel discussion regarding The Church
and the LGBTQ Community on Sunday September 29th at 3:00 pm.
Experts in the field Jameson Pagano, professional
counselor, Dr. Tim Paquette, counseling psychologist, Anna
Voinovich, associate United Methodist pastor, and Paul
Carlson, retired Lutheran pastor, will discuss the role of
the church in welcoming the LGBTQ Community. All are welcome for
an open and safe discussion!
SOUTH DUPAGE CROP HUNGER WALK
Sunday, October 20, 2019
in - 1:30 PM
off - 2:00 PM
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by
Church World Service to raise funds to end hunger at home
& around the world.
There will be a truck on site to accept non-perishable food
items to donate to a local hunger fighting organization.
Starts & ends at: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at 4501 Main
Street in Downers Grove
Join the Woodridge UMC team or donate here.
Miracles Preschool is having a cookie dough fundraising sale.
The cookie dough is pre-portioned (no scooping!) and
can be frozen up to a year. Orders (and payments) are due September 29th and the
cookie dough will be ready for pick up on October 17th.
There is an order form in the narthex You can go to
their website here to
find more details about the cookie dough products.
SOMETHING GREEN IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
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.
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
“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
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.
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September 28th - Woodridge Anniversary Parade at
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