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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!







"Children Are ______"

“Children are _______”


How would you fill in that blank?


Would you fill it in with a verse from the bible? From Psalms or Proverbs, perhpas?

Would you fill it in with a treasured family saying?

Or does a simple declarative statement say it all for you?

Or would it be a Whitney Houston song lyric that most comes to mind?

There are so many possibilities, how can you choose just one?


That odd-looking phrase, “Children Are _______” is also Pastor Dave’s sermon title for this Sunday, October 20th, because this Sunday is Woodridge UMC’s annual Children’s Sabbath celebration.


What’s Children’s Sabbath again?


The Children’s Defense Fund sponsored the first National Children’s Sabbath in 1992. Since then, Children’s Sabbath has been and continues to be an important way for all kinds of people to offer a united moral witness for children that crosses all lines of geography, faith tradition, race, and ethnicity. The three main goals are to:


•    Raise awareness of problems facing children and families in our nation (such as poverty, gun violence, and lack of health care).

•    Explore the texts and teachings in religious traditions that call us to nurture and protect children with love and justice.

•    Engage people of faith in immediate and long-term action to nurture, protect, and seek justice for children.


This year Luke 18:1-17 will be our guiding text. The way we decide to fill in that blank could very well determine how healthy and faithful we can be as a faith community. How might those familiar parables and stories help us fill in that blank?


Won’t you be part of this conversation this Sunday as we figure out our responses together?


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, October 20th

  • Worship Services at 9:00 & 10:30 am
  • Youth Group at 12 noon
  • Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
  • A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm 

Monday, October 21st

  • Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm

Tuesday, October 22nd

  • Bible Study at 10:30 am
  • Cub Scouts at 6:00 pm

Wednesday, October 23rd

  • Preschool Magic Show at 9:00 am
  • Bible Study at 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 24th

  • Executive Board at 630 pm
  • Yoga at 6:30 pm
  • Boy Scouts at 7:00 pm

Sunday, October 27th

  • Worship Services at 9:00 & 10:30 am
  • Youth Group at 12 noon
  • Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
  • Fall Harvest Fest at 4:00 pm
  • A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm 
  • Cub Scout Committee at 7:00 pm





The theme for the 2019 Advent season is THE GIFT OF THE NUTCRACKER.  It includes a study for adults, youth and children as well as the basis for our Sunday morning worship.  If you have not had a chance to watch the NUTCRACKER in recent years, please take time this season to do so.  Invite some friends and family members.  See it in a different venue than you remember seeing it last.  If you wish to organize an outing that includes other church members, do so and send the details to the office and we will include it in the Sunday announcements.  The sign-up for the Adult study will be available in October.  Let's exam the connection of pop culture and our faith and have fun in-between.


We are starting to test Live Streaming the worship service on YouTube
If you are not at church please try it out. Please DO NOT access the Live Stream in our building. It will consume our internet bandwidth and impact external users.  Bugs are still being worked out and it may not be available every Sunday.

Where to find the YouTube Live Stream
From the YouTube app or on the YouTube web page, search for: Woodridge UMC
Also please consider subscribing to the YouTube page. You will need to have a free google or YouTube account to subscribe





Young Adults
We have been trying to collect the addresses (and other information) for our students who are away at college in order to be in touch with them.  We invite you to join us in our efforts.  The names and addresses that we have are in the narthex.  Take a name and be in touch with that student especially during long stretches where they might not be able to go home during this school year.  Need ideas?  The church office & Jane Borgehammar have information on their favorite snacks, restaurants near school, their allergies, etc..  Our young adults will appreciate whatever you choose to do.  We want our students to know that they are being thought of and certainly prayed for as they pursue their higher education. There are a few names remaining.  Please pick one up this Sunday.

DuPage 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.

WE 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:

December 17-18, 2019
February 18-19, 2020
April 21-22, 2020

This 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.

No, 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 and greet!
    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.


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 us.  

The Bible for Curious People Tuesdays at 10:30am.

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. 

Reading Assignment and Questions to Consider for Oct. 22nd:
-  Read Ecclesiastes, chapters 1-4; plus any introduction and notes your bible provides.

•    What theme(s) emerge in these first chapters? What questions do they raise?
•    How does reading this work compare to reading other biblical books that are more narrative in structure?
•    To whom do you envision this book is intended?
•    What would it be like to be a student of this “Teacher?”

Join us for Yoga Thursdays at 6:30 pm 
Yoga is one way to create strength, balance, and flexibility in the body's also a time to practice stillness and develop patience. Please wear comfortable clothing that ensures privacy while allowing mobility. Bring a mat or a large towel.  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.

TODAY - Sunday, October 20, 2019 
Check in - 1:30 PM
Step 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

Harvest Celebration Sunday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m.
Join us for dinner, pumpkin carving, and our traditional cake walk!  One pumpkin will be provided per family.  Please bring your own carving set.  Food sign up sheets are in the Narthex.  Please bring a side dish to share.  We will provide chili and hot dogs. We invite kids and adults to wear your “church appropriate” Halloween costumes!!
We will also be having a bake sale in the morning.  If you would like to bake items for the bake sale please sign up in the Narthex.  Each item will be priced at $1, so please portion your items accordingly. Thanks!

17th Annual Wake Up Your Spirit Breakfast
Wednesday, November 6th, 2019, 7:00am – 8:30am at Abbington Banquets, Glen Ellyn Reserve your tickets today and visit  Enjoy an uplifting morning featuring keynote speaker Chris Norton, professional speaker and author. After Chris suffered a spinal cord injury playing college football, he was given a 3% chance of feeling anything below his neck. Chris will share how he turned his 3% chance into an opportunity to inspire people every day. Attendees will also hear from a client whose life has been transformed by DuPagePads.

Come out and help clean up the leaves outside of the church & parsonage on Saturday November 9th at 9:00 am.  Bring work gloves, rakes, backpack blowers, etc.  Once you are here, look around the property for a trustee to be assigned a task.

Small Miracles Preschool is holding a Craft & Vendor Fair on Saturday, November 23rd 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and is looking for crafters and vendors.  Please see the attached form for registration information.

The 2020 Winter Lay Academy will be on January 4th & 11th from 8:03 am to 3:30 pm at Friendship United Methodist Church in Bolingbrook.  The courses being offered are: The Sacraments, Conflict Resolution & Certified Lay Servants Mentor Others.


Support WUMC Youth with gift card orders.
Orders are due THIS SUNDAY, October 20th and will be available for pickup on October 27th. A percentage of all sales goes to Youth Ministries. Please remember to keep the  WUMC Family Crisis Fund in mind. Gift cards are incredibly helpful for those in the community who need financial assistance. 

Future dates are:  
Order by 11/17 - Delivered 11/24
Order by 12/15 - Delivered 12/22

West Suburban Community Pantry Donation Promotions
There are things that the WSCP tries to provide but they always seem to be in short supply. Items like diapers, wipes, and paper products fall into this category. Along with the always appreciated food donations, we are starting donation promotions emphasizing these types of items. For the month of October we are asking for:

Disposable diapers, size 3 to 6

SNAP coupons cannot be used to purchase diapers, so your donations help tremendously. Thank you!

Got Gently Used or New Toys?
HOPE’S FRONT DOOR is currently collecting new and gently used toys to sell at our 11th annual toy sale, December 5th, 6th, 9th, & 11th.  All toys will be sold at reduced cost to help our clients, clients of our community partner human service agencies and those in the community in need. The toys are generally priced from 50 cents to five dollars. The idea is to give clients a chance to provide items to their children during the holidays with a sense of ownership and dignity. Family members shop and select items their loved ones will enjoy. We also work with clients who cannot take part in the toy sale to access free items for the holiday. 
Please bring toy donations by November the HOPE’S FRONT DOOR Office M, W, Th, F; 10am - 11:45am or Mondays 6:30 pm – 8 pm at 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. To arrange a pick up or drop off please
email or call 630.241.0187. 

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Looking Ahead        

November 24th - Ecumenical Service (PoP)  at 6:00 pm 
December 1st - Hanging of the Greens at 4:00 pm


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October 18th, 2019, Volume 10, Edition 42











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