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Subject:                                     Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide" - Woodridge United Methodist Church Newsletter

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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!








“Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide”

Here we are at the beginning of February already!  Seems like we just turned the calendar page for a new year yesterday.  It will be Christmas again before we know it.  But before we get to Christmas again, let's get through Lent and Easter first.
Yes, in about 2 weeks it will be Ash Wednesday, the start of the season of Lent.  40 days later, it will be Easter and so forth.  But what about right now?  How do we face the day to day stuff before we get to Lent?
Well, let's try to focus our attention on the recurring theme of God's ever-presence in each of our lives.  Yes, God is always with us.  And this week,  Jonah's story reminds us that there is "NOWHERE TO RUN, AND NOWHERE TO HIDE".  No sense in trying to get away from God.  It doesn't work!
Join us in person on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. to see if there are any loopholes available to flee God's presence.  If you aren't able to be with us in person, please join us on our Woodridge UMC YouTube Channel.



Friday, February 2nd

  • Noon First Friday Lunch

Saturday, February 3rd

  • 8:30 am Chapter Meeting
  • 7:00 pm Square Dancing

Sunday, February 4th

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

Monday, February 6th

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

Tuesday, February 7th

  • 9:30 am Soccer Shots

Wednesday, February 8th

  • 6:00 pm Bible Study

Thursday, February 9th

  • 7:30 pm Boy Scouts
  • 7:30 pm Toastmasters

Friday, February 10th

  • 6:30 pm Blue & Gold

Sunday, February 12th

  • 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

Pastor Danita Will Be Away

Pastor Danita will be leaving on Tuesday, February 13th to go to Ghana, Africa.  She will be gone until Sunday, February 25th.  Rev. Debbie Fisher will be conducting Ash Wednesday services at noon and 7, as well as preaching on Sunday, February 18 and February 25th.  She will also be the pastor on call for pastoral care emergencies.  Please keep Pastor Danita in your prayers as she and others travel to Africa. 

Bible Study Class

Our Tuesday morning class (10:30 a.m. to noon on ZOOM only) is taking a break until after Easter.
Our Wednesday evening class (6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. both ZOOM and in person) is meeting.  All are welcome and invited to participate.  We will pick up on our study of Reading the Old Testament Through Jewish Eyes by Rabbi Evan Moffic.  Our Lenten Study will be Remember God's Covenant and the Cross by Susan Robb. A limited number of Lenten Study books will be available through Pastor Danita. Please let her know if  you are interested in attending.

First Friday Lunch

FFL will be dining in our beautiful kitchen on Friday, February 2nd at 12:00. Bring a sack lunch and be ready for a delightful time making new connections. No reservations needed. Everyone is welcome!

Valentine's for Seniors
Our Youth is sponsoring valentine making TODAY after worship service. The cards will be distributed to seniors living in local assisted-living and long-term care facilities by our local state senator’s office.  No creative skills needed!!

Limited Calling Posts

For more than a year now you have received a weekly calling post on Sunday mornings to remind you to join us in person or on YouTube for our worship services.  For some, it was a welcomed reminder of being a part of the gathered community.  For others, it was a nuisance that either got deleted or ignored.  Whatever the case, the fourth Sunday in January was the last of the weekly calling post calls that you will receive.  You will receive them on special occasions when there is something going on and/or an emergency.  Please feel free to let us know how you feel about the change, but more importantly....when the call comes, please answer!!

2023 Giving Statements Information
To help save on envelopes, paper, and postage costs, the Finance Committee has approved mailing 2023 Giving Statements to those who gave more than $100 in 2023 to WUMC. If you gave more than $100 in 2023, you should receive your 2023 Giving Statements by mid-February. If you gave $100 or less to WUMC in 2023, you can still receive your Giving Statement by e-mailing your request to Geoff Morman, Financial Secretary, at As always, we appreciate your generous contributions. 

Second Saturday Diners
Happy New Year! Happy Chinese New Year! SSD will be ring in the new year at Gong Ho, 1338 West 75th, Downers Grove, on Saturday, February 10 at 5PM.  EVERYONE is welcome to join us for an evening of fellowship and fun. RSVP by February 8 to Gwenn at 630-624-3227 or .

Love, Inc. Super Bowl/Valentine's Day Event with Home Run Inn Pizzeria

Celebrate the Super Bowl or Valentine's Day with pizza and/or salad for a great cause! Thank you for supporting LOVE, Inc in this simple and fun way! Pizzas come fresh & ready to pop in the oven or freezer within 3 days. Some are even heart shaped! Home Run Inn donates 30% back on all pre-tax purchases. Order by February 5th.

Pick Up Dates:

Monday, February 12, 2024
Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Pick Up Location: Darien

7521 Lemont Rd, Darien, IL • 630.739.9696
Order online at:

Lenten Study Time is Coming
For this Lenten season, we will be looking at God's covenants and the cross through a study entitled REMEMBER by Susan Robb.  All are invited and welcome to be a part of this time of reflection and remembrance.  The study will begin on Wednesday, February 28, 2024.  We will meet from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.  in person and via ZOOM.  If you are interested in joining us, please contact the church office so that we can order a book for you and forward the ZOOM link.  All are welcome!


Easter Flower Ordering Coming SOON
Easter is EARLY this year (Lent starts in 10 days), and some florists already have low stock. Easter Flower order envelopes will be in the narthex very soon.  Please place your orders as soon as you can once the envelopes are available, so we do not have to make any substitutions or miss out on some really beautiful flowers.

Interactive Bulletin Board
Our bulletin board is still ready for you to post your blessings.  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!

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.

Adult Choir (high school freshmen-seasoned adults). RSVP was due by Jan. 28.


Feb. 4

11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Music Room


Feb. 11

11:20 AM-12:30 PM

Music Room


Feb. 18

11:20 AM-12:30 PM

Music Room


Feb. 25

10 AM

Rehearse in the sanctuary at 8:45 AM

Next up is Adult Choir (high school freshmen-seasoned adults). Please RSVP by Jan. 28.

Youth Ministry 2024
Happy 2024! We are going to have a few things happening this semester and are totally open to other thoughts. 
THIS SUNDAY, February 4th - Help Sunday school kid/kids make Valentines day cards during church and then stay after to help the congregation make them.  
March TBD - Feed My Starving Children  
April TBD - Forest Preserve Clean Up 
May TBD - End of Year Party (ice cream/mini golf/something fun)

Let Karen know your thoughts.

Sunday School

 Activity Bags are 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.

February Birthdays
1         Jennifer Manderscheid
5         Gwen Cortez
7         Nancy Viernes
10       JoAnn Cihlar
           Nicole Mueller
14       Bill Rotz
15       Rebecca Sprague
16       Ash Mullane
17       Rick Hultgen
           Jessica Morman
18       Magnus Borgehammar
19       Ben Cortez
20       Paul Santucci
           Davida Smith
27       Nicole Griffin

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.

Bishop's Days on the District
Please join Bishop Dan Schwerin for a day of reflection and conversation on your district in February.  Prairie Central - Tuesday, February 13th – Laity Event: Lombard: First UMC at 6:30 pm. No registration needed.  Other dates are available if you cannot make the one for your district.  See the flyer in the narthex.
Laity Convocation 2024
Date:        Saturday, February 10
Time:        8 a.m. registration
                9 a.m. event begins
                11:45 a.m. wrap-up, followed by lunch
Format:    Live/in-person
Location:  Belvidere: First UMC, 610 Bonus Avenue, Belvidere,
Topic:       Learning to have courageous and respectful conversations
The Board of Laity members were encouraged by the enthusiastic response to our Annual Conference Laity session last summer – where we explored the concept of attempting to have respectful conversations with people we might not agree with and who might not agree with us. Those of you who were able to attend overwhelmed us with your positive feedback. In fact, the main criticism we received was that the breakout session just wasn’t long enough! Many folks were just warming up and very much wanted to continue the discussion. Here’s your chance!
We’re thrilled to present two thoughtful, articulate speakers, LaToya Redd Thompson and Henrieta Ribiero, whose expertise and enthusiasm will inform and inspire us, followed by a one-hour breakout session to discuss, confer, and brainstorm on this compelling and timely topic. Bishop Dan Schwerin will be there to address us in advance of the main program. 

You’ll note that we’re offering fellowship after the event: you have the option of ordering a box lunch and staying to continue the discussion and enjoy further fellowship opportunities.
All laity and clergy are welcome to attend -- we look forward to seeing you in Belvidere!
Eugene Williams and Connie Augsburger, NIC Conference Co-Lay Leaders  

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.

Prairie Central Lay Academy
2:00 - 5:00 pm
5 SUNDAYS: FEBRUARY 18 & 25, MARCH 3, 10 & 17
All class times must be attended to receive course credit.

Online registration here.

Basic Course: This course is foundational for all courses in Lay Servant Ministries. Participants are encouraged to discover personal spiritual gifts and to consider the importance of servant leadership.
Instructor: Roger Curless
Called to Preach: This class is designed for those who have not had any formal preaching training. It will help those who are occasionally called upon to share the Word.
Instructor: Rev. Becky Nicol
Leading Bible Study/Experiential Bible Study: This class will not only discuss the basics of biblical interpretation, but also engage the participants in an experiential bible study.
Instructor: Rev. Jeffry Bross
Ministry with the Forgotten: Dementia Through a Spiritual Lens: This class is designed to help laity and clergy deepen their understanding of persons living with dementia and help them maintain their identity as beloved children of God.
Instructor: Rev. Norval Brown

See flyer here.
QUESTIONS? Mary Mecker (630) 709-3953,

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

Outreach Opportunities

February Outreach Offering

The Black College Fund

One of the most significant ways The United Methodist Church helps make quality education accessible to all is through The Black College Fund. In 1972, The UMC established The Black College Fund to provide a constant, reliable approach to support United Methodist historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) related to the church. The fund supports eleven HBCUs—the largest number of Black colleges and universities receiving funding from any church body in the United States. 
These eleven institutions, including one medical school, play an essential role in shaping diverse young leaders for the church and the world. UM-related HBCUs offer a chance to everyone with a dream and a commitment to excel—regardless of race, class, gender or ethnic heritage.
You can watch a video to learn more about the Black College Fund here:
Black College Fund Celebrates its 50th Anniversary (

Ways to donate to the February 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

There is a shopping cart that is waiting for donations.  It sits in the narthex, usually near the sanctuary doors.  The food pantry serves many households and always welcomes donations!!!  We are all one bad month, week, or day away from needing emergency food services. The pantry strives to provide their customers with nutritious meals like we would our own families. 


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.



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