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    Woodridge United Methodist Church

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

Instructions can be found at the end below.
All are Welcome!








“New Kid on the Block”

We are at the second part of our Advent journey and our theme this week is PEACE.  The 2nd candle on the Advent wreath (known as the PEACE CANDLE) will be lit.

We are in the midst of the 12 days of Christmas, awaiting the arrival of the Wise Men into Bethlehem.  It has been the Christian tradition to observe their arrival on January 6th.  Their gifts, representative of their traditions were shared and received as indicators of the life of Jesus from birth to death.  We will take a look at the NEW KID ON THE BLOCK as we make these connections.


It is also the eve of a brand new year.  While it has not been the custom of some to gather on New Year's Eve, it is however, the custom of others.  Beginning in 1755, John Wesley (the founder of Methodism) encouraged gathering for worship on New Year’s Eve for a Covenant Renewal Service. Central features of this service are remembering the past year—something of a communal exam—as well as recommitting to following Christ, often using the Wesleyan Covenant Prayer.  


All of this and more combined in the spirit of our worship will occur on Sunday, December 31st!! We will follow our tie of worship with a time of fellowship.  Bring your favorite brunch item and your favorite board game.  We will toast in the new year together!!  It is a time to reconnect with other church friends in a safe environment.  Join us on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in person.  If you cannot join us in person, join us on our Woodridge UMC YouTube Channel.



Saturday, December 16th

  • Noon Private Event

Sunday, December 31st

  • 10:00 am Worship Service
  • 11:00 am New Years Brunch
  • 4:00 pm Filipino Baptist

Tuesday, January 2nd

  • 7:00 pm DG Camera Club

Friday, January 5th

  • Noon First Friday Lunch

Saturday, January 6th

  • 8:45 am Sorority
  • 7:00 pm Square Dancing

Sunday, January 7th

  • 10:00 am Worship Service
  • 11:00 am Communion (in person)
  • 4:00 pm Filipino Baptist


Church Office Hours

The Church Office is CLOSED Monday, January 1st & Tuesday, January 2nd.

Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED

Wednesday - Friday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

We ask that you call before visiting.


Ministry Opportunities

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.

Hat and Mitten Tree
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!

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.

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 (RSVP was due 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 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.

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.



January Birthdays

  4            Sue Seago
  6            Alexis Morman Peck
                Julie Straub
  8            Kayla O’Leary
10           Julie Straub
12           Chris Manderfield
16           Barb Harris
               Nancy Valenta
18           Oma Selle
19           Jessica Shubert
21           Kyle O’Leary
22           Maddison Barba
               Liz Murphy
27           Savannah Wibiral
29           Christina Smurzynski

Northern Illinois Conference 

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.



December 29th, 2023, Volume 13, Edition 52








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