A COLLEGE STUDENT
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.
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 CONTEMPLATES
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 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
• To whom do you envision this book is
• What would it be like to be a student of
Join us for Yoga Thursdays at 6:30
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.
SOUTH DUPAGE CROP HUNGER WALK
TODAY - 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.
Harvest Celebration Sunday, October 27 at 4:00
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
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
dupagepads.org. 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.
ALL CHURCH FALL CLEAN-UP
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.
PRESCHOOL CRAFT & VENDOR FAIR
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.
AURORA DISTRICT WINTER LAY ACADEMY
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
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
Suburban Community Pantry Donation Promotions
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:
diapers, size 3 to 6
coupons cannot be used to purchase diapers, so your donations
help tremendously. Thank you!
Used or New Toys?
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
bring toy donations by November 27th.to 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
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November 24th - Ecumenical Service (PoP)
at 6:00 pm
1st - Hanging of the Greens at 4:00 pm
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