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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!







"A Place for Sinners and Saints?"

Who — or what — is a saint? What characteristics do saints share?


In this era of advanced analytics, are there formulas and metrics we can use to determine sainthood? Like, MAR: Miracles Above Regular. i.e. How many more miracles can this person contribute than regular people?

Or how about Goodness Over Delinquency? e.g. “Do you think this person is a saint?” “I don’t know, what’s her GOD score?”

Is it more about good accomplished or bad avoided?


Or is that too convoluted and we just know a saint when we see and hear one?


How about sinners? How do we decide who qualifies as a sinner?


Those terms “saint” and “sinner” are all over our scriptures, our hymns, our sermons, our Christian vocabulary…and yet they also seem to be two of the most ambiguous words we use regularly. Our gospel lesson this week is no exception: Luke 19:1-10.


Yet and still, this Sunday, November 3rd, Woodridge UMC celebrates All Saints Day. Why?

Yes, to remember those from our congregation who died this past year and celebrate all they meant to us.


Might it be more than that too? Might we use All Saints Day to reflect on how the language we use to describe people affects our ability to recognize their true identity?

How might All Saints Day help us better understand ourselves, our calling from God, and the community we are continually building?


Pastor Dave will wrestle with those questions and more this Sunday, November 3rd, in his sermon, “A Place for Sinners and Saints?”


All are welcome here!


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, November 3rd

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

Monday, November 4th

  • Cub Scouts at 6:00 pm
  • Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm
  • Staff Parish at 7:00 pm

Tuesday, November 5th

  • Bible Study at 10:30 am

Wednesday, November 6th

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

Thursday, November 7th

  • Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm
  • Yoga at 6:30 pm
  • Boy Scouts at 7:00 pm

Saturday, November 9th

  • Fall Clean Up at 10:00 am
  • Cub Scout Set Up at 10:00 pm

Sunday, November 10th

  • Worship Band Rehearsal at 8:00 am
  • Worship Services at 9:00 & 10:30 am
  • Choir Rehearsal at 11:45 am
  • Youth Group at 12 noon
  • Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
  • A.A. Meeting 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





A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped support our PADS efforts on October 15th and 16th. Because of your continued support and generosity, WUMC provided a night of shelter and a warm dinner and breakfast to 57 guests - 24 men, 21 women, and 12 children.

WE NEED STILL NEED YOUR HELP! We will continue our mission through Spring on the dates listed below. We need food donations and volunteers to staff the PADS site for shifts from 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays to 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. 

If you have not signed up yet and would like to help, please see the PADS display located in the Narthex on Sundays or please use our new online link below.
If you cannot bring the food donations or fulfill your time commitment you have signed up for, please contact Larry Cash at or 630-808-8713 so other arrangements can be made. If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about PADS, contact Larry
Upcoming dates to participate:  

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

Click 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.


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 Nov. 5th:
- Read the rest of Ecclesiastes (chapters 9-12), plus any notes your bible provides.

•    Like Jesus, Paul and John Wesley, do you think that Qoheleth trusts his own soul experience?
•    Do Qoheleth’s two most frequent sayings (i.e. “All is vanity” and “Eat, drink, and be merry”) ring true to you?
•    Based on the epilogue that closes Ecclesiastes (i.e. 12:9-14), does the narrator endorse Qoheleth’s philosophy?
Why do you think the book of Ecclesiastes survived and was canonized?

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.

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 right here at Woodridge UMC.  Admission is free.  There will be a bake sale and a raffle as well.  A flyer is available here.  They are still looking for crafters and vendors.  Please see the attached form for registration information. Contact for more information.

Community Ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship Service
Sunday, November 24th at 6:00 p.m. the churches of Woodridge will gather for their Annual Community Worship Service at Prinice of Peace Lutheran Church!!!! This time of worship together includes St. Scholastica Catholic Church, Christ the Servant Catholic Church, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, and Woodridge United Methodist Church!!!! Please plan to join us. There will be a performance from the combined choirs  and messages from the religious leaders of all the participating churches. 

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 SUNDAY, November 17th and will be available for pickup on November 24th. 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. 

One Future date remaining:  
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!

Thanksgiving Food Boxes and Turkeys for Trinity UMC
Please sign-up in the Narthex to donate food boxes and turkeys for families at our sister church, Trinity United Methodist in Joliet.  Your donation provides a holiday meal for a family who would otherwise do without.  Pick up a list of items to include in each food box at the Outreach table in the Narthex.  Turkeys and food boxes are due back in the church kitchen by 5:00 Friday, November 22nd. (Please be aware of church office hours when dropping off your donation).

“Soup-er” Highway
Small Miracles Preschool is collecting canned goods to donate to the West Suburban Community Pantry November 1st - 15th for those in need in our community.  The “Soup-er” Highway will run along the preschool hallway walls.  This year’s goal is 250 cans. Bring your cans  and set them by the doors to the preschool hallway.
Join our preschool in assisting this important mission that our church has been involve with since the beginning.

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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November 1st, 2019, Volume 10, Edition 44











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