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Subject:                                     "First Impressions" - Weekly Newsletter for Woodridge United Methodist Church


            Woodridge United Methodist Church

Join us on ONLINE Sunday for worship services
at  10:00 am.

Instructions can be found below.
All are Welcome!







"First Impressions"

This passage in Mark (12:28-44) has a scribe (of all people) being impressed by what Jesus is saying and doing!  Imagine that!  Maybe it was the first time he had encountered Jesus or been in his company.  Makes one think about the words I heard so often in my life that "first impressions make lasting impressions".  


The sign outside our building says "love God and love your neighbors".  Inside our sanctuary is a banner that says the same.  Our welcoming statement says so too.  But how do others recognize that these are not just words on a signboard, a banner or a piece of paper?  After all, this is the first and most important commandment according to Jesus!!  What kind of impressions are we making to others?  If we take seriously the most important commandment, do others see that we love God with all that we are and our neighbors as well? 


Whether we are in the church building or being the church in the world our FIRST IMPRESSIONS are the ones that make a difference to people and to the world.  Let's see how we can make some good FIRST IMPRESSIONS!!!


COVID-19 is changing our worship services for the next couple of weeks.  We will not gather in person on Sunday but we invite you to join us on our YouTube channel at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday! Let us be together in Spirit!!!!


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 22nd

  • ONLINE Worship Service at 10:00 am
  • Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
  • A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm 

Tuesday, March 24th

  • Remote Bible Study at 10:30 am

Wednesday, March 25th

  • Remote Bible Study at 6:00 pm

Thursday, March 26th

  • BSA (Boy Scouts) at 7:00 pm

Saturday, March 28th

  • CANCELLED Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, March 29th

  • ONLINE Worship Service at 10:00 am
  • Filipino Baptist at 3:30 pm
  • A.A. Meeting at 7:00 pm 

The spread of the COVID-19 virus requires our attention and immediate response to how we gather as a community of faith.  While serious, please know that we must refrain from becoming panicked.  Please be cautious and mindful of your own health and the safety of others.  Our Bishop and Annual Conference are regularly updating their website with information and resources for our church.  Please take a look at it for details:






Where to find the YouTube Live Stream
From the YouTube app or on the YouTube web page, search for: Woodridge UMC or follow this
link.  Join us early (starting at 9:30 am) for services at 10:00 am.  If you have questions or problems, please contact  Full assistance will be available prior to 10:00 am on Sunday morning.  After 10:00 am, assistance becomes more limited. If you are not available at 10:00 am or cannot get the live streaming to work, a recording of the video will be posted to the Woodridge UMC YouTube page.


There are different options for getting your offering to the church while worship services are online.

  • Go to the website & click on e-giving at the bottom of the page.
  • Drop off in the gold mail slot next to the east door of the church.
  • Mail your offering to the church.


If you watch the Live Stream, please email the church office at and let us know that you joined us for worship, so that we might record your attendance.


If you want a prayer request shared during online worship, please email the Pastor Danita at by midnight the night of Saturday, March 21st.




Bible Study - Via Zoom


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 24th:
-Gospel of John, chapters 19-20, including any notes your bible provides.

Questions to consider:

-How do the accusations against Jesus change over time? Why do you think that is?

-What descriptions of Jesus’ trial stand out the most for you?

-In what ways to the details of Jesus’ death echo themes and stories from Jesus’ life in the gospel of John?

-Mary Magdalene is, according to John’s gospel, the first Easter preacher. Why has it taken the church so long to “allow” women to preach?

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.

Lenten Study and Devotional 2020 On ZOOM
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 began 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!!

Other Activities 
Any questions, please contact Carrie Santucci here.

Pancake Breakfast CANCELLED
Boy Scout Troop 109 is hosting a pancake breakfast at Woodridge United Methodist Church has been post-poned to a later date.

Easter Egg Hunt CANCELLED  
Our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 28th has been CANCELLED. The donated candy will go in the Easter baskets for Trinity UMC.

Office Hours 
The church office is CLOSED TODAY, Friday, March 20th and Monday, March 23rd.  It will re-open Tuesday, March 24th.  Please contact the pastors directly in case of an emergency.

We will be adjusting office hours from week to week for the time being.  For the next 7 days, the office hours are:
Friday, March 20th - Office CLOSED
Monday, March 23rd - Office CLOSED
Tuesday, March 24th - 9:00 am to noon
Wednesday, March 25th - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Thursday, March 26th - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Roadmap to General Conference 2020 
General Conference May 5-15, 2020 in Minneapolis is cancelled.  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

Don't Miss Our Next Call

In our ever changing situation, reminders and changes will also come to you as recorded phone messages from Pastor Dave.  Calling Post is one of the tools we use to keep you informed about, and connected to, Woodridge UMC. Please take a moment to add the Calling Post phone number to your Contacts, so you recognize it the next time one of the pastors calls to update you about events in the life of our congregation: 405-308-4474.

Outreach Opportunities

Outreach Committee presents Hands On Lent and Beyond! 
When we first suggested this project would include "surprises along the way,” this is not what we had in mind! Yet, here we are. And we are still extending our worship through our outreach…just in adjusted ways.
On March 15th we blessed the first batch of our Offering of Letters. This Sunday we will bless the next batch. We have over 50 letters so far — thank you! And it is not too late to write more. 

Our sister church, Trinity UMC in Joliet still needs Easter baskets, so we are still safely gathering those items. 

While we don’t know what April and May will bring, we intend to still collect items for Bucket Brigade and Snack Attack. But if we cannot serve in those ways, we are confident we will find way other methods for sharing the love of Jesus with our neighbors

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!

Items for Easter Baskets Needed
The Outreach committee is collecting items (Small toys, Individually wrapped candy, Baskets & Easter grass) to assemble Easter baskets for our sister church, Trinity UMC in Joliet.  Donations go in the tote in the Narthex by Friday, April 3 or contact Bob Copeland. Thank you!

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.

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.

Looking Ahead

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 Church Outdoor Clean-Up tbd
Come help make our church ready for Spring!  On Saturday, April 18th from 9:00 am to noon, we will be cleaning up outside of the church and in the gardens.  Bring gloves, rakes trowels, whatever you like to use to work outside to help with this.  The rain date is Saturday, April 25th.

Life Line Screening
Life Line Screening will be here at Woodridge United Methodist Church on Wednesday, April 15th offering safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical.  To be more proactive about your health and to live longer for yourself, your family and your community, please register for these potentially life-saving tests today.  For only $149 you can learn your risk of having stroke or vascular disease. There is no time like the present to take action!  Learn more by watching this short video:

Three ways to register:
•       Call toll-free: 866-229-0469
•       Online:
•       Text: the word circle to 797979

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Ways to Connect

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Northern Illinois Conference
Find out about upcoming events in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church by clicking this link  


March 20, 2020, Volume 11, Edition 12











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