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Subject:                                     A Life of Gratitude" - Woodridge United Methodist Church Newsletter

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    Woodridge United Methodist Church

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“A Life of Gratitude”

Wait. Are we talking about gratitude or about joy? Yes! We are staking a claim that gratitude and joy are intertwined. In some ways, they are indistinguishable. Certainly, from the outside, joy looks like gratitude and gratitude looks like joy. We could get into a chicken and egg kind of conversation here if we wanted to. Does a life of gratitude lead to joy? Or does a joyful outlook make us more grateful? Again, we can only say … Yes! It would be hard to differentiate between the two. So, let’s not even try. Our hymn of grateful praise is a joyous song to sing.

  It will give us a chance to hear some Good News as well as challenge our thinking as we explore the topic "A LIFE OF GRATITUDE".  Join us on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. We would love to see you in person. But if not, join us onour Woodridge UMC YouTube Channel



Elexio is having issues with syncing our calendar onto the website and it is not working properly right now.  To view an updated version of the calendar, visit the church app.

Friday, November 10th

  • 6:00 pm Troop Camp In

Saturday, November 11th

  • 10:00 am Todd Visitation
  • 11:00 am Todd Memorial
  • Noon Private Event

Sunday, November 12th

  • 10:00 am Worship Service
  • 11:20 am Adult Choir
  • Noon Communion (online)
  • 1:00 pm Trim a Tree
  • 4:00 pm Filipino Baptist Aniversary

Monday, November 13th

  • 7:00 pm Den 1
  • 7:00 pm Den 2/4
  • 7:30 Square Thrus

Tuesday, November 14th

  • 9:30 am Soccer Shots
  • 10:30 am Tuesday Bible Study (online)

Wednesday, November 15th

  • 7:00 pm Square Dancing

Thursday, November 16th

  • 7:00 pm Boy Scouts

Friday, November 17th

  • 6:30 pm Pack Meeting

Saturday, November 18th

  • 7:00 pm Square Dancing

Sunday, November 19th

  • 10:00 am Worship Service
  • 11:20 am Adult Choir
  • Noon Communion (online)
  • 4:00 pm Filipino Baptist


Church Office Hours

Monday & Tuesday: 9:00 am - noon
Wednesday - Friday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

We ask that you call before visiting.


Ministry Opportunities

Thank You
I just want to take this opportunity to say a special word of thanks to our awesome Staff-Parish Committee and everyone who helped make my birthday great!!  Thank you so very much for the Facebook posts, the text messages, gifts and present on Sunday!  I enjoyed my day!!  Thank you..... thank you.... thank you!!

Commitment Sunday

Our annual Commitment Sunday will take place on THIS Sunday, November 12th.  Watch your mailbox this weekend for a letter and financial commitment form for 2024.   If you wish to begin using EFT or wish to have a box of envelopes, it is all contained on the form.  Please begin to pray about your support of the mission and ministry of our church.


Youth Gift Card Sale!
Our Youth Gift Card Sale is back starting in November. Support WUMC Youth with gift card orders with two opportunities to participate. Orders forms are due THIS SUNDAY, November 5th and will be available for pick-up November 12th. A percentage of all sales goes to Youth Ministries. Get your November form here or in the narthex.

December Dates:  Order by 12/10 - Delivered 12/17

Party for Gen Bailey

Gen's daughter is having a little birthday party for her mom Sunday, November 12, 2023 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Downers Grove Rehab, 3450 Saratoga Avenue, Downers Grove, Illinois 60515.

Trim a Tree at Brookfield Zoo
The Youth Group is sponsoring this whole church event on November 12thJoin us at 1pm to decorate a Christmas tree at Brookfield Zoo with handmade ornaments. Let Karen Novak know that you are coming.

60th Anniversary Celebration
Did you know that our church is turning 60 years old?  What were you doing when you turned 60? If you haven't  made it there yet, what are your plans for 60?  We have started a year long celebration of 60 years of ministry here at Woodridge UMC.  If you have ideas of events you would like to see happen this year, or simply want to "be in the room where it happens", let us know.  No idea is too ______ anything!!  Look forward to celebrating our 60 years together.

Thanksgiving Outreach Collection for DuPage PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)
The mission of DuPagePads is to end homelessness in DuPage County, Illinois. They provide signature year-round programs feed and shelter individuals and families who are homeless, connect them to case management and other services that can address the underlying cause of their homelessness.
With Thanksgiving and cold weather right around the corner, we are collecting donations thru Sunday, November 19th. There is a display set up in the Narthex for critical items such as food, toiletries, cleaning supplies and paper products. Donations will be dropped off at the PADS office on Monday November 20th.
Please visit the website links below to view their essential items list or ways to make a cash donation.

Specific Donation Items Needed
 Click here to make a donation or donate food, toiletries and other important supplies only these essential items 

Church Conference
Monday, November 20th at 7:00 pm
Church Conference is our annual meeting with our District Superintendent and EVERYONE is welcome and invited to attend and participate. Yes, that means you! Mark the date in you calendar.

Craft and Vendor Fair and Bake Sale

Woodridge UMC is having a craft and vendor fair on Saturday, December 9th from 9 am to 3 pm.  We are currently looking for crafters/vendors, donations for the bake sale table and volunteers to man the bake sale table and help price the items.  Contact the church office if you have any questions. See the flyer here.  Find a crafter/vendor application here.

WUMC Music Ensembles 2023-2024
Our Music Ministry offers you three ways to get involved: the Handbell Choir, the Worship Band, and the Adult Choir. This could be the year you take that “leap of faith” and join a group! All ensembles are LOW commitment. We ask that you please attend the rehearsals leading up to the service date. It is that simple! For a full schedule see the e-News or the handout in the narthex.
In order to plan music, please RSVP to Carrie by the dates listed.  See the full schedule here.

Adult Choir (high school freshmen-seasoned adults)


Oct. 29

11:20 AM-12:30 PM

Music Room


Nov. 5

11:20 AM-12:30 PM

Music Room (may need to adjust time for Pastor Danita’s birthday)


Nov. 12

11:20 AM-12:30 PM

Music Room


Nov. 19

11:20 AM-12:30 PM

Music Room


Nov. 26

8:30-9:30 AM
(Carrie has an 11 AM call time for a Hawks game)

Music Room


Dec. 3

10 AM

Rehearse in the sanctuary at 8:45 AM


Dec. 10

10 AM

Rehearse in the sanctuary at 8:45 AM


Dec. 17

10 AM

Rehearse in the sanctuary at 8:45 AM


Dec. 24

10 AM

Rehearse in the sanctuary at 8:45 AM

 Next up is Worship Band.  Please RSVP by Dec. 17.

Youth Ministry 2023

November 12th - Trim a Tree at Brookfield Zoo - Youth lead!
December 10th – Holiday Cards for Seniors - Write or draw holiday notes in cards to give to local nursing home seniors right after service: Whole church event.

Holiday Cards for Seniors

Reach out to others this holiday season.  Write or draw holiday notes in cards to give to local nursing home seniors right after service on Sunday, December 10th.  (Sponsored by the Youth Group).

Interactive Bulletin Board
Everyone is invited to go see the bulletin board in the church hallway, take down a post-it note and fill it out with a scripture, prayer, message, lyrics, quotes and then, replace it on the board. We will soon have a beautiful display representing the people of our church.

Sunday School

We use inspiring stories, creative crafts, and fun games—all done with guidance of loving, dedicated teachers—to engage our students.

Here’s our process: Children begin the worship service in the sanctuary with their family. Following the “Praying” segment, the children will be invited up to the chancel steps for conversation with the pastors. (We call that time “Conversing with Children.”) Following that, the Sunday School teacher will meet the children in the Narthex (the big room outside the sanctuary) and walk them to their classroom. They will be in either the Trinity Room in the main hallway or the Blue Room in the Preschool wing.

Activity Bags are available in the Narthex every Sunday and are especially helpful on days when Sunday School is not available.

Christ the Servant Recycling Event

An Electronic Recycling Event is scheduled for November 18that Christ the Servant Church from 8:30 am to 11:30 am, at 8700 Havens drive, Woodridge in the parking lot.

This event includes electronics as well as textiles and books (one box of books per car). Find the flyer for the event in the e-News for a list of accepted and not accepted items or go to  A disposal fee will apply for all televisions and monitors (cash – exact change only or credit accepted).

Following is an explanation of what textiles are:

Textiles are separated into items that can be re-worn or cut up for rags. If the items are not reusable, they are then shredded and made into insulation, padding, carpeting, etc.

Please see the website.

Santa Comes to Woodridge
On Saturday, December 2nd from 11 am to 1 pm, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at St Scholastica (7800 Janes Avenue).  Free gift bags for children.  Letters to Santa will be accepted. Light refreshments and snacks available for purchase. The event is sponsored by the Woodridge Special Events Committee. 

Would you like to speak with more confidence in any setting? Toastmasters can help! The Woodridge Toastmasters club meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at Woodridge United Methodist Church. Come visit us and see for yourself! For more information contact John.

Radio Joy Live Streaming from Tanzania
Africs University's Radio Joy has been livestreaming since March.  You may listen to it here:  The English progamming schedule can be found here or on the bulletin board in the narthex.  (The rest of the time the programming is in Swalhili).


Northern Illinois Conference 

As you may know, the Boy Scouts of America recently settled a lawsuit related to accusations of sexual abuse of children. Many churches, including United Methodists, have chartered BSA troops or packs over the years. As part of the settlement, the United Methodist Church has agreed to raise and give $30 million over a three-year period to a fund to compensate survivors. The church also agreed to work for the healing of survivors and recommit to work toward ending sexual abuse of young people.

We have heard the cries and painful stories of those abused while in the Boy Scout program, some in troops chartered at local NIC churches. Our Christian faith calls us to have an obligation to children – past, present, and future – to do no harm to them and to repair the breach when harm is done.

The Repair the Harm to Children campaign was created to address the needs of the survivors in three ways; listening and providing healing to the survivors, contributing our fair share to the survivor fund established by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and working to create safeguards against harm in the future. It was formed by the Conference Committee on Finance and Administration and the Conference Board of Trustees in collaboration with Bishop Schwerin and the conference staff. We seek pledges from churches and individuals to fund restorative healing for the survivors.

We care for the survivors financially by contributing our fair share to the survivor fund established by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Of the $30 million committed by the United Methodist Church, the amount allocated to Northern Illinois is $754,348. The amount is payable over the next three years, but no reparations will be paid to survivors until all United Methodist annual conferences have paid their fair share.

We intend that every church will contribute and repair the past harm as quickly as possible. We recommend that the church administrative council discuss their pledge decision with input from the finance committee and/or the church’s Scouting liaisons. All pledges are welcome and meaningful to the healing of victims of sexual abuse. We are grateful for whatever you are able to do to meet this financial challenge.

We ask you to consider your commitment during April and May prayerfully. Our first goal is to receive initial pledges by the start of Annual Conference this June. A church or an individual can make a pledge by using this form here. You may complete your pledge over three years. As you consider your ability and duty, we have provided resources here.

We are asking for payments towards pledges to start in the fall of 2023. Payments can be made online here or via check. Please make payments by checks payable to Northern Illinois Conference mailed to 303 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 2020, Chicago, IL 60601. Please include a note or indicate on the check that it is for the BSA or Repair the Harm.

All children in the care of the United Methodist churches should be safe from any kind of harm. Unless repairs are made to children who have been hurt, we are not being honest with the present and future children God brings us. We are speaking to every United Methodist in the NIC when we ask for your participation in repairing the damage done to the children of formerly chartered BSA troops and creating safe spaces for the future.

To safeguard against any future harm, all churches in the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church (NIC) have committed to having Safe Sanctuary policies administered by their church leaders and appointed clergy. Safe Sanctuaries is an overt expression in making congregations safe places for all within the community of faith. More information on Safe Sanctuaries can be found here.

If you would like more information, you can visit the FAQ page here.


Thank you for taking the time to prayerfully respond with a Christian heart to the harm that has been done.

Rev. Tammy Scott, CCFA President

Prairie Central Informal Gatherings with the District Superintendent
Informational gatherings will be held on the second Thursday of the month. 
Zoom Links (The links will stay the same for all meetings, though clergy links and lay links will be different)
Clergy Gathering 9:00 am link.
Lay Gathering 7:00 pm link.
Lay persons: This is NOT for Lay Leaders only. It is intended for all lay persons who want to know more about what is going on and be connected.

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

Outreach Opportunities

November Outreach Offering

Tree of Life Ministry

Tree of Life is a relief agency, located in Mission, South Dakota on the Rosebud Reservation, serving several of the poorest counties in the United States. The reservation has an 80% unemployment rate and over 50% of the Lakota people live under the poverty level and cannot afford necessities. The ministries of Tree of Life include: The Warm Welcome-feeding program and food pantry, Tree of Life Boutique¬-¬thrift store and a construction ministry which makes free repairs to over 50 homes and community buildings each year.

Tree of Life has made great strides in developing respect and understanding between cultures, helping to breaking down racial prejudice and distrust. This is accomplished by providing cultural presentations to volunteers, working together with tribal agencies, and being involved in meeting daily needs.

Ways to donate to the November Outreach Offering:

  • Check or cash in an Outreach Offering envelope placed in the offering plate in the
  • Narthex (the room outside the sanctuary) or in the gold-plated mail slot at the church’s east door.
  • Online via our website. Select “Current Month Outreach” in the drop down menu.
  • Text the amount you want to give to 630-449-7121 and select “Current Month Outreach” in the drop down menu.

Ongoing Opportunities

"Goin' Green" Shoes & Clothes Recycling Box

Located in the northeast corner of our parking lot, this receptacle is a convenient place to recycle any shoes and your clothes that are at or near the end of their usefulness.

Did you know discarded clothes account for more total landfill space than any other waste item? The “Goin’ Green” Box helps us reduce our waste.

How is this different from our “Suits for Success” ministry?

The big difference is that “Suits for Success” cannot accept shoes of any kind, nor can they accept belts, ties, or underwear. “Goin’ Green” accepts all shoes and clothes.

In summary: Keep bringing your gently used clothing donations to the “Suits for Success” collection boxes in the hallway.

For all shoes and any other clothes, instead of throwing them in the trash, put them in the “Goin’ Green” receptacle in the northeast corner of the parking lot.

West Suburban Food Pantry

We have a basket that we "inherited" from the Faith, Lisle church that is waiting for donations.  It sits in the narthex, usually near the sanctuary doors.  They did not stop operating during the pandemic and there is pending legislation in our state and nation that might cut their corporate donations in large amounts.  Let's replenish our basket!!!


Used Eyeglasses
There is a basket also in the narthex for collecting used eyeglasses.  Kendra Manderfield Moore makes sure  that they are recycled to the Lions Club and Gift of Sight groups.  (Prescription eyeglasses only).




Worship Service

Wellness Guidelines

WUMC considers the good health and well-being of not only our members, but also our community, an act of Christian stewardship. We continue to seek to avoid harm and do good as we attend to the practices that help us grow in the love of God. As a result of guideline changes from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, we have updated our COVID Safety Guidelines:

  • We recommend each group consult with each other on how to do good and avoid harm as a group in consideration of each other's needs and desires.
  • We will continue to practice COVID-19 safety best practices throughout our building including cleaning protocols and air circulation.

If you are feeling sick, please stay home and join us via livestream on YouTube. If community transmission spikes in our area, we may return to mask requirements for all activities.  We follow the CDC guidelines.

Online Worship

Where to find the YouTube Live Stream

The worship service is live-streamed every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. on our Woodridge UMC YouTube Channel. All available worship service recordings are on our channel too.


Sacrament of Communion 1st Sundays
We will be celebrating the Sacrament of Communion in person on the first Sunday of each month immediately following the livestream of our worship service. We will need a few moments to set up our ZOOM link for those who are not able to be with us in person.  Please remain seated following the postlude on the Sundays that we are serving communion.  Please remember that communion is available every Sunday via ZOOM.  Please contact the church office or Pastor Danita for the ZOOM link.

Worship Attendance

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

Prayer Requests for Worship
Our joys and concerns are announced during worship service and printed and placed on the table in the narthex as you come into the sanctuary.  We will continue to do this going forward.  Therefore, all joys and concerns must be emailed to Pastor Danita ( no later than 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.  If joys and concerns are received after that, they will be sent on Monday to the Prayer Ministry Team.  Thank you for your flexibility as we make updates to our worship services.

(There have been requests that we include full names and/or more detailed information for people on our list of Joys & Concerns.  Please remember our services are broadcast on YouTube and are available to anyone who has internet access. Details are shared with our Prayer Ministry Team on Monday mornings.  You are invited to join them in prayer and share in this information by contacting the church office).

Offering Options

There are different options for getting your offering to the church.

  • Go to the website & click on the Giving tab at the top of the page or go straight there with this link.
  • Text 630.449.7121 with the amount
  • Drop off in the gold mail slot next to the east door of the church.
  • Mail your offering to the church.


iGive Replaces AmazonSmile 

Amazon announced the closure of AmazonSmile as of February 20th.  Woodridge UMC is working with iGive to offset this loss of donations.  Please go here  to set up your account and to help simply by continuing shopping..  iGive is offering an additional $5 bonus with shoppers first purchase if they join before March 30th and make their first purchase within 30 days. Donations average 3% of the purchase, compared to 0.5% with Amazon.  iGive features over 2,000 fantastic stores like Walmart, Chewy, and Expedia.  See a brochure here.  See a list of stores here.  See technical information on using the system here.

Ways to Use iGive:

  • Clicking on a store link directly from or sites. (You must be logged in)
  • Installing the iGive Button and shopping online as you normally would (for more info: iGive Button - How It Works)
  • Shopping via the iGive App for iPhone, iPad or Android (visit the App Store and search "iGive" - free)
  • For faster shopping, create your own list of favorite stores on your iGive member home page under My Stores

Remember follow this link to set up your account.

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