From:                                         Woodridge United Methodist Church Communications <>

Sent:                                           Friday, February 28, 2020 9:40 AM


Subject:                                     "It's Not Always What You Think"  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!








Sunday is the first Sunday in the season of Lent.  Lent is the 40 day time period leading up to Easter which begins on Ash Wednesday.  The 40 days do not include Sundays.  In ancient times, this was a season of preparation for baptism and a time to reflect on and repent of sins that had been committed. It is a season symbolized by fasting, prayer and self-denial.  The color for Lent is purple.


How many times have we found ourselves entering a situation, trying something new, going somewhere we have never been before or experiencing something different with your mind made up one way only to experience the opposite?  And then when questioned about the experience, you find yourself saying "it's not what you think it is"!  Whether the response is one of enthusiasm, excitement or disappointment, you found the experience to be very different than what you anticipated.  New foods?  Marriage?  Highly publicized excursions to foreign lands?  New stores?  Books and movies?  Bungee jumping or sky diving?     


Throughout Christendom, we have found story after story of persons who have walked away from all types of opportunities sharing the feedback...."It's not always what you think it is".  This week there is a rich young ruler who comes to Jesus with a checklist of the good he has done in life only to walk away from hearing Jesus say..... "IT'S NOT ALWAYS WHAT YOU THINK!"  


So how should we respond to that and what should we do?  What are our options and alternatives?  Or are there any?  Let's see what we can come up with on Sunday.  Join us at 9 or 10:30 a.m..  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, March 1st

  • Worship Services at 9 :00 & 10:30 am
  • Lenten Brunch at 11:30 am
  • Choir Rehearsal at 12:30 pm
  • Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
  • A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm 

Monday,  March 2nd

  • Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm
  • Revitalization Meeting at 7:00 pm

Tuesday, March 3rd

  • Bible Study at 10:30 am

Wednesday, March 4th

  • Bible Study at 6:00 pm

Thursday, March 5th

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

Friday, March 6th

  • First Friday Lunch at noon

Saturday, March 7th

  • Chapter Meeting at 9:00 am

Sunday, March 8th

  • Worship Services at 9 :00 & 10:30 am
  • Choir Rehearsal at 11:45 am
  • Youth Group at noon
  • Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
  • A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm 





OUTREACH COMMITTEE presents Hands On Lent and Beyond!

Where to find the YouTube Live Stream
From March through May everyone will have opportunities to participate in Offering of Letters, Easter Baskets, Bucket Brigade, and Snack Attack. What does any of that even mean? In general: Our worship extends to being the hands, feet, and voice of Jesus for a world in need. For specifics: come back next week, March 8th!
March 8: Offering of Letters, International focus
March 15: Offering of Letters, Domestic focus
April 5: Assemble Easter baskets
April 19 & 26: Assemble Cleaning Buckets
May 10 & 17: Collect snacks for hungry children 
Plus surprises along the way!



It has been 3 years since we published a church directory.  Since then, have you moved?  Did you get rid of your land line? Are you a more recent addition to our church family?  

We will be updating our database and publishing an interim (non-pictorial) directory.  There is a printout of the information to be reviewed in the narthex.  Please take a look and make any needed changes, corrections or additions.

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






Lenten Brunch - THIS Sunday, March 1st  - After 2nd Service
Please sign up to bring something to share(fruit, veggies, bread, bagels and cream cheese, muffins, etc.)
The main dish will be breakfast casseroles.  
Please let Jorie Manderfield know if you would like to bring an egg casserole.

Lenten Study and Devotional 2020
Our Wednesday Bible study class will be Journey to Transformation by Bishop Sharma Lewis.  Bishop Lewis is the resident Bishop of the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and a friend of Pastor Danita.  It will only be offered on Wednesday evenings, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  The class will begin on Wednesday, March 4th.  The cost is $16 per book.  It can also be used as a daily devotional for the season of Lent.  Please plan to join us!!


All are welcome. No prior bible reading or knowledge or expertise needed. No question is dumb and no one is forced to read the bible in one particular way. 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

Reading Assignment for Tuesday, March 3rd:
-Gospel of John, chapters 15-16, including any notes your bible provides.

Questions to consider:
-One commentary about Chapter 15 reads, “This is the Kingdom life: It is all about connection, sustenance, and beauty.” How true does that ring for you? How are we doing at WUMC at “connection, sustenance, and beauty?”
-In what ways is Jesus subversive? How are we (individually and communally) doing at following him in his subversiveness? 

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.


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 here.

First Friday Lunch
Let’s continue 2020 the way we started by having our First Friday Lunch on Friday, March 6th at noon in the Bonfal Hall.  Just bring your own lunch, beverage and If you’d like, a dish to pass. We promise a relaxed time of easy conversation and smiles. EVERYONE is invited!

2020 Meeting Dates
Ad Council (9:00 am)               Finance (7:00 pm)         Trustees (7:00 pm)
March 21st                                 March 17th                       April 28th
May 30th                                    May 19th                         June 23rd
August 8th                                 July 21st                          August 25th 
October 10th (depending on      September 15th               October 27th
church conference date)            November 17th                November 24th
December 12th                          December 15th

All rehearsals will take place in the music room except on Easter morning, where we will meet in the Sanctuary. 

Sunday, March 1st: *12:30pm  (*Following the Lenten Brunch, please note the later start time)
Sunday, March 8th: 11:45am
Sunday, March 15th: 11:45am
Sunday, March 29th: *11:30am
 (*Following the single service at 10:00am, please note the earlier start time. We will likely stay longer this day to make sure everyone feels prepared.)

Good Friday, April 10th, *6:00-6:45pm  (before the 7:00pm service)

*Easter Sunday, April 12th, 8:00am arrival (Wear choir robes, meet in sanctuary for warm-ups, sound check, etc.)

Conversations for General Conference 2020
A group of 16 church leaders went public Jan. 3 with a proposal that would preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing traditionalist-minded congregations to form a new denomination. To continue the dialogue in the NIC, Bishop Dyck encourages clergy and laity to register for and attend one of the following conversations across the Conference in February.

•  Saturday, Mar. 7 @ 10am-Noon: Dolton: Faith UMC

Benefit Concert
Billy Elton is a band that celebrates the music of Billy Joel and Elton John, and features our very own Reid Spears on piano and lead vocals.  Every other year for the past 12 years, they have performed a benefit concert at the Neuqua Valley Auditorium that raises money to support the memorial funds of three fondly remembered Neuqua Valley teachers who have passed away.  To date, they have raised over $20,000.  The next benefit concert is coming up on Friday, March 13 at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are only $10 each in advance, or $15 at the door.  They can be purchased online at this link, or you can get them directly from Reid at church.  If you'd like to learn a little more about the band, visit their website at, and if you'd like to get a little taste of what to expect at the concert, be sure to check out this video clip!  Come on out for a fun night of music and help a great cause!

Pancake Breakfast
Boy Scout Troop 109 is hosting a pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 22nd at Woodridge United Methodist Church. Serving starts at 9:30 am to one hour after second Service (~12:30 pm). Pancakes and Sausages with Juice, Milk or Coffee will be provided.  Cost is: $5.00 per person and $12.00 per Family for 3 sausages each & "all you can eat" pancakes.

Easter Egg Hunt 
On Saturday, March 28th at 10:00 am.  we will be having our annual Easter Egg Hunt. Please gather in the narthex when you arrive. Donuts, coffee, milk & juice will be provided. Bring your Easter basket or something to put your candy in! Rain, Snow, or Shine the Easter Egg Hunt will go on!  Volunteers to help with our guests are welcome!!

Roadmap to General Conference 2020
While General Conference May 5-15, 2020 in Minneapolis may seem far down the road, it will be here before we know it. Click here for a downloadable document with dates and links for upcoming trainings and resources. Copies of the DVD study "Faithful and Inclusive: The Bible, Sexuality and The United Methodist Church" (resource #106097) are now available to borrow from the United Media Resource Center (UMRC)For updated GC2020 news and information, visit


Donations for Easter Egg Hunt
Once again it's that time of year!  The Education and Family Committee is getting ready to stuff eggs for this year's Easter Egg Hunt.  There will be a box in the Narthex to drop off donations.  All candy needs to be individually wrapped and small enough to fit in an egg.  Thank you for your donations

We are collecting hams for Easter to donate to our sister church, Trinity UMC, in Joliet. Please have the hams in the church kitchen by Sunday, April 5, 2020. For more information, see our display in the Narthex or call Bob Copeland (847.910.8663).  Thank you!

West Suburban Community Pantry Donation Promotions
The West Suburban Community Pantry offers food for the hungry and resources to empower persons to improve their quality of life.  Our vision is a community without hunger. The Pantry operates year-round with a goal that each eligible family in DuPage County as well as Bolingbrook & Romeoville receive nutritionally balanced food, including meats, dairy, and fresh produce monthly. We are also registered as an emergency food pantry for Illinois. With the help of volunteers and sponsors, our vision is to eradicate hunger within the families and individuals in the DuPage County area. We are dedicated to providing food for the hungry, educating the donor community about existing needs, and supporting advocacy efforts for the hungry. We also work hard to encourage volunteerism and the sharing of resources.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Woodridge United Methodist Church whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.          

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.  Support WUMC by starting your shopping

A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped support our PADS efforts on February 18th and 19th. Because of your continued support and generosity, WUMC provided a night of shelter and a warm dinner and breakfast to 70 overnight guests-our highest total this year.  YOUR HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED! Our last mission is in April. If you cannot bring the food donations or fulfill your time commitment you have signed up for, please contact Larry Cash so other arrangements can be made. 

THANK YOU for your support of this important ministry!
Upcoming dates to participate:  

April 21-22, 2020
Click Here to Sign-Up.

Looking Ahead        

March 28th - Easter Egg Hunt
March 29th - ONE 10am Worship Service

April 9th - Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 pm
April 10th - Good Friday Service at 7:00 pm
April 12th - Easter Services at 9:00 am & 10:30 am


Learn ways you can get involved at Woodridge UMC!     

Sign up for our newsletter and email notifications     

Find out about upcoming events in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church        

Every Sunday is "Selfie Sunday" at Woodridge UMC! Send your pictures of worship, fellowship, and events to  And don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!       


February 28, 2020, Volume 11, Edition 9











Copyright © 2018 Woodridge United Methodist Church, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted in via our website.
If you unsubscibe, you unsubscribe from all emails using the database.

Our mailing address is:
2700 75th Street
Woodridge, Illinois 60517

Add us to your bookmarks.

If you would like to not receive any more emails from Woodridge United Methodist Church, then click here to unsubscribe.