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Sent:                                           Friday, December 15, 2023 10:11 AM


Subject:                                     Joy on the Journey" - Woodridge United Methodist Church Newsletter

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    Woodridge United Methodist Church

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“Joy on the Journey”

We are at the third part of our Advent journey to Bethlehem and our theme this week is JOY.  The 3rd candle on the Advent wreath (known as the JOY CANDLE) will be lit.
Joy and happiness are elusive for some people especially during this time of year even though all that surrounds us would indicate otherwise.  Some are dealing with the harsher realities of life, the loss of loved ones, or disenchantment with their circumstances.  It definitely is not a "holly jolly" season for everybody!!
As we continue our journey, let us nor forget that everyone is not at the same place emotionally or otherwise as we are. Always remember to exercise compassion and care in all the ways that we can.  What are the ways we can show "JOY ON THE JOURNEY" is our task for the week. Let's see if we can find some options as we talk about it on Sunday at 10.  We would love to see you in person, but if not, join us on our Woodridge UMC YouTube Channel.



Friday, December 15th

  • 6:30 pm Pack Meeting

Saturday, December 16th

  • 7:00 pm Naper Squares

Sunday, December 17th

  • 8:45 am Adult Choir
  • 10:00 am Worship Service
  • Noon Communion (online)
  • 4:00 pm Filipino Baptist

Monday, December 18th

  • 7:00 pm Den 5
  • 7:30 Square Thrus

Tuesday, December 19th

  • 9:30 pm Soccer Shots
  • 7:00 pm Finance Meeting

Wednesday, December 20th

  • 6:00 pm Bible Study
  • 7:00 pm Square Dancing

Sunday, December 24th

  • 8:45 am Adult Choir
  • 10:00 am Worship Service
  • 4:00 pm Filipino Baptist
  • 5:00 pm Christmas Eve Worship Service
  • 11:00 pm Christmas Eve Worship Service


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

Gift Card Sale!
Our Gift Card Sale is almost over with orders being due last week. Gift Cards are available for pick-up THIS, Sunday, December 17th.

Worldwide Nativity Sets
We are still in need of a nativity set for December 24th.  Please contact the church office if you have a nativity set to loan us that might serve this purpose. We would need a brief description of the nativity (i.e. where it is from) so we can share the information with everyone.  All nativities will be treated with loving care and can be picked up immediately after the worship service.

Interactive Christmas Bulletin Board
Our bulletin board is ready for Christmas.  Come take a star, write on it one of the reasons that you are blessed and use a push pin to set it in the sky.  It will be awe-inspiring!

New Years Eve Brunch
Join us for a potluck New Years Eve Brunch! On Sunday, December 31st at11:30 am you are invited to bring your favorite brunch dish to share: breakfast casserole, pastries, quiche, sliced fruit, skillets, etc. New Year's Eve brunch will include board games!!  People should bring their favorite!

Upper Rooms
Upper Rooms for January - February are now available in the narthex with a limited number in the mailbox.

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.

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.

Worship Band - Please RSVP by Dec. 17.

Rehearsal- VOCALS ONLY

Jan. 7

8:30-9:30 AM
(Carrie has a 12 PM call time for a Hawks game)

Music Room

Rehearsal- ALL

Jan. 14

11:20 AM-12:30 PM

Music Room

Rehearsal- ALL

Jan. 21

11:20 AM-12:30 PM

Music Room


Jan. 28

10 AM

Rehearse in the sanctuary at 8:45 AM

Youth Ministry 2023-2024
Our last event for 2023 has concluded.  Enjoy the holidays with your families and come to 2024 with ideas for the rest of the year!

Sunday School

There will not be Sunday School on Christmas Eve or New Years Eve. Activity Bags will be available in the Narthex. 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.

Bible Study
Bible Study is on break for until the new year. Classes are open to anyone who wishes to participate.
Time and format:
Tuesdays (ZOOM only), 10:30 a.m. until noon begins January 9th.
Wednesdays (ZOOM and in-person), 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. begins January 10th.
If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office, 630/968-6050 or or Pastor Danita (  Please let us know if you are interested in attending.

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.

Advent 2023 

Worship with Wooddridge UMC This Christmas Season
All are invited and welcome to our worship services as we commemorate God’s ultimate act of love and solidarity: joining us in our humanity through the babe of Bethlehem. All these services are both in-person and live-streamed on our Woodridge UMC YouTube Channel
Sunday, December 24th: 10:00 am Advent week 4.
Sunday, December 24th: 5:00 pm Christmas Eve with carols, children’s time, Choir and candle lighting.
Sunday, December 24th: 11:00 pm Christmas Eve with carols, Choir, candle lighting and Communion. 
Sunday, December 31st: 10:00AM New Year’s Eve Worship and Party

Holiday Help for Our Neighbors in Need

A big THANK YOU to everyone who was able to support our Adopt a Family gift and gift card outreach with the West Suburban Community Pantry! Through your generosity we were able to supply 5 families (19 children and one senior citizen) with Christmas gifts.  We were also able to give each family over $100 in grocery gifts cards! 

Our Hat and Mitten Tree remains in the Narthex throughout the Christmas season and all items collected will be given to Woodridge schools to be distributed to children who are in need.  Thank you to those who have already donated - our tree is looking festive!
Choir Performances
Make a Joyful Noise! The Choir is expanding this year and will be performing each of the four Sundays of Advent. Come listen to our Choir sing!

Northern Illinois Conference 

Repair the Harm to Children

Dec. 13, 2023
Dear Servants in ministry,
Greetings in this holy time of anticipation and promise.
At this time of year, we celebrate the coming of a child. Christmas, Epiphany, the boy Jesus in the temple—all center on a child.
Indeed, children should always be in our hearts and minds. And now, people who were abused as children need our Christian compassion and generosity.
Repair the Harm to Children, the Northern Illinois Conference campaign to address the needs of people who suffered abuse in a Boy Scout troop as children, needs our support.
Many churches, including United Methodists, have chartered Boy Scouts of America troops or packs over the years. As part of the settlement of a lawsuit brought by these survivors, the United Methodist Church has agreed to contribute $30 million to a survivors’ fund over a three-year period. Northern Illinois Conference’s share is $754,348.
Your church can be part of the healing for these survivors by committing an amount equal to 1 percent of its budget to this fund. This amount is payable over three years. Your church will still have 99 percent for local and church-wide ministries.
We don't invite people to pledge because they participated in the harm. We invite you to give because you care about the welfare of children and want to help those who were hurt as children to experience healing.
The Repair the Harm to Children campaign is not only about financial compensation for the survivors. We also commit to listening to survivors, if they request it, with compassion. We will also redouble our efforts to keep our churches safe for children and vulnerable adults.
Our conference has received, as of this date, donations and pledges from 28 churches and several individuals. We have received commitments for $136,770, 18 percent of our goal. So far, pledging churches have contributed $54,036.69. We look ahead with confidence that we Northern Illinois United Methodists will achieve our goal.
Steps Toward Participation

  1. Your church identifies the amount of its pledge.
  2. Visit and complete the Pledge Form linked from that page.
  3. When your church is ready to begin fulfilling its pledge, visit the Make a Payment link on that page. Remember, your church can fulfill its pledge over three years.

This site also contains many resources to help interpret the importance of this commitment. People in your church who have participated in Scouts as young people or leaders and those who care deeply about children’s wellbeing can serve as ambassadors for this opportunity to help others.
Please remember that Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other youth organizations support children’s faith formation and are worth hosting in our churches. The BSA commits itself to strengthened protections for participants. Adding your church’s vigilant observations of Safe Sanctuaries practices, Scout troops and packs can be a safe and enriching experience.
Knowing about NIC churches’ and individuals’ generosity, I look forward to our receiving your pledges and gifts.
It is good to be in ministry with you.

Dan Schwerin, Bishop
Northern Illinois Conference

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

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

December Outreach Offering

Save Abandoned Babies Foundation

The Save Abandoned Babies Foundation is a not-for-profit volunteer group dedicated to saving babies from being abandoned in dumpsters and other unsafe places. Our grassroots effort began in March of 2000 when our volunteers drafted a safe haven law and lobbied for its passage. The resulting Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act unanimously passed both the Illinois House and Senate and was signed into Illinois law in August of 2001.
The Save Abandoned Babies Foundation is now focused on spreading awareness of the Safe Haven Law, allowing a parent to safely relinquish their newborn to a person at a Police Station (including campus police), Fire Station, Hospital or Emergency Medical Facility with no questions asked.  Since the enactment of this law 157 newborns have been safely relinquished.

Ways to donate to the December 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

Suits for Success
Please be aware that after many years, Suits for Success has closed its doors and is no longer accepting clothing donations. 

"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.


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.

December 15th, 2023, Volume 13, Edition 50








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