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Subject:                                     A Whole New World" - Woodridge United Methodist Church Newsletter

Attachments:                          171172331803.29.24_Worship_Guide_Good_Fri.pdf; 171172332503.31.24_Worship_Guide_Easter.pdf


    Woodridge United Methodist Church

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“A Whole New World”


Well almost... this E-news will arrive on Good Friday so we haven't quite gotten there yet!  But soon we will be shouting CHRIST IS RISEN!!  The very day we have been waiting for has finally arrived!


Our celebration of Easter and the Resurrection sometimes seems to be a little less exciting than it previously was.  We are so far removed from the "actual event" that we sometimes wonder and ask .."did it really happen?".  Where is the proof?  Where is the documentation about the actual death and movement of the body from the tomb?  All these questions and more cloud our thinking and sometimes make us forget that the events of the day are more about faith than they are about facts and figures.


Yes, one of the foundational elements of our faith is NOT found in the middle of numbers or scientific equations or an exact date on a calendar that fluctuates radically every 4 years.  Our faith is a story of how love wins over hate and how life conquers death. It is a story that reminds us that we do not exist in our own little vacuum-sealed space but in a world that requires us to care about our neighbors regardless of who they are or aren't.


As we celebrate this last Easter together as pastor and congregation, let us remember that we live in "A WHOLE NEW WORLD" as followers of the Christ. A world that calls us to care as well as stand up against injustice.  A world that calls us to love unconditionally, expecting the best in all things and situations.  Join us on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. as we reflect on this WHOLE NEW WORLD.  If you aren't able to be with us in person, join us on our Woodridge UMC YouTube Channel.  See you there!



Friday, March 29th

  • 7:00 pm Good Friday Worship Service

Sunday, March 31st

  • 8:30 am Bell Choir
  • 10:00 am Easter Worship Service
  • Noon Communion (online)
  • 4:00 pm Filipino Baptist

Monday, April 1st

  • Church Office CLOSED
  • 7:00 pm Den 5
  • 7:30 pm Square Dancing

Tuesday, April 2nd

  • 9:30 am Soccer Shots

Wednesday, April 3rd

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

Thursday, April 4th

  • 7:00 pm Boy Scouts

Friday, April 5th

  • Noon First Friday Lunch

Saturday, April 6th

  • 8:45 am Chapter Meeting
  • 7:00 pm Square Dancing

Sunday, April 7th

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


Church Office Hours

Monday: Office CLOSED
Tuesday: 9:00 am - noon

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

We ask that you call before visiting.

The Church Office is CLOSED on Easter Monday (April 1st)


Ministry Opportunities

Easter Flowers
Please pick up your Easter Flowers after Sunday's  service or next week from the office starting on Tuesday.
Our Palm Sunday and Easter paraments and stoles are memorial gifts from the Rice Family in memory of their mother, Mary Ellen.
Pastor Danita's Vestment
Many people have asked about the purple vestment that Pastor Danita wears during the season of Lent.  It was a gift from her friend, Reverend J. Jeannette Cooper, retired clergywoman in South Carolina, which Pastor Danita wore as a part of Reverend Cooper's wedding ceremony.  It was handmade in Ghana, Africa and the symbol on the sleeve means "believe in God".  There are only 12 of these vestments which were made exclusively for Reverend Cooper's Sisters in Spirit (S.I.S.) who served communion at the wedding ceremony.
Wednesday Bible Study
This coming Wednesday, we will finish up our Lenten study by 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.  We 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!

First Friday Lunch

FFL will be dining in our beautiful kitchen on Friday, April 5th at 12:00. Bring a sack lunch and be ready for a delightful time making new connections. No reservations needed. Everyone is welcome!

Second Saturday Diners
Second Saturday Diners will be welcoming spring at Ashbury’s Restaurant, 335 E Boughton Road, in Bolingbrook on Saturday, April 13.  Join us for a casual evening fun and relaxation. Please contact Gwenn Edman at or 630-624-3227 by Wednesday, April 10 for reservations. Everyone is welcome!

Final Days - Lenten Outreach - Stuff the Shopping Cart
We will be collecting baby food and formula for the West Suburban Community Pantry.  Outreach will match each stuffed shopping cart with a donation from the Burke Estate fund that will be used to purchase diapers. We are choosing to focus on these items as the pantry has told us that they rely solely upon donations from the community for these.

60th Anniversary Celebration
Join us in commemorating this 60th year of our church and continuing our mission by purchasing a canvas tote bag ($25), reusable grocery bags ($5) and/or stickers that allow you to use an app to get credit for every time you refill your grocery bag or water bottle and support important initiatives for clean water through the Fill It Forward organization Everything is on sale now in the narthex (or stop by the church office). Follow the link to see Fill It Forward’s partnerships and the clean water causes that are helped by your scans.

WUMC Music Ensembles 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.

Next Up: Adult Choir (high school freshmen-seasoned adults) Please RSVP by March 31


April 14


Music Room


April 21


Music Room


April 28


Music Room


May 5


Rehearse in the sanctuary at 8:45AM

Youth Ministry 2024
Happy 2024! We are going to have a few things happening this semester and are totally open to other thoughts. 
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.



April Birthdays

04        Rachel Sprague
11        Sarah Jeske
12        Tom Balamut
            Kevin Morman
            Joseph Shubert
            Matt Swick
15        Rachel Grosch
16        Michael Gardner
26        Lesley Balamut
27        Karl Borgehammar
            Monserrat Buenafe
            Patrick Cash
29        Allison Printz

Northern Illinois Conference 

Bishop Announces New Assistant to the Bishop

March 3, 2024


Greetings in the grace we share in Christ on this Lenten eve.
I write this evening to announce changes in the conference staff and to seek your prayers as we celebrate the ministry of Rev. Arlene Christopherson as Rev. Christopherson transitions to retirement, effective Sept. 1, 2024.
With the retirement of Rev. Christopherson, I am also pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Danita Anderson as the assistant to the bishop, effective July 1, 2024. 





...Today I also am pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Danita Anderson as the new assistant to the bishop, beginning July 1, 2024. Rev. Anderson currently serves at Woodridge United Methodist Church in Woodridge, Illinois. 
In my prayer time and conversations around the annual conference, I heard the need for an assistant to the bishop with strong administrative skills and cabinet experience. Danita also has extensive background from serving on and as chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry and as chair of our conference Council on Finance and Administration. In addition, I want to continue to live out the conference’s commitment to anti-racism and will turn to Rev. Anderson to give leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
Rev. Anderson is a product of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference. She was raised in Chicago as a lifelong Methodist. Her grandfather and three uncles have/are serving as elders in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 
Rev. Anderson graduated from Chicago State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in money and banking and a minor in accounting. She attended Gammon Theological Seminary, where she earned her master of divinity, focusing on preaching, worship, and the arts. Danita was ordained a deacon in 1983 and full member in 1985. 
Her passion for ministry has been racial inclusion to build and strengthen God’s beloved community, worship experiences that relate to the current realities of life, as well as a love for children and young people. Her focus on hospitality seeks to encourage others to do the same, crossing boundaries of race, ethnicity, experiences, and education. 
During her ministry she served at Chicago: St. Mark (associate); Maywood: Neighborhood; Ingleside: Whitfield; Aurora: Bethany of Fox Valley; Aurora District Superintendent; Glen Ellyn: St. Thomas; Homewood: St. Andrew; and Woodridge.
Rev. Anderson states that “it is an honor to be invited to serve as the assistant to the bishop at this point in history. This will be a milestone for both the Northern Illinois and Wisconsin Conferences in sharing an episcopal leader. The promises, possibilities, and opportunities that this configuration can bring into being are endless. It will be a privilege to walk beside our Bishop Schwerin for such a time as this!”
Please hold Rev. Anderson, Rev. Christopherson, and the entire annual conference in your prayers during this time of transition. 
Thank you.
Dan Schwerin, Bishop
Northern Illinois Conference UMC


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

March Outreach Offering


As the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Committee on Relief – UMCOR – assists United Methodists and churches to become involved globally in direct ministry to persons in need. UMCOR comes alongside those who suffer from natural or human-caused disasters – famine, hurricane, war, flood, fire, or other events—to alleviate suffering and serve as a source of help and hope for the vulnerable. UMCOR provides relief, response, and long-term recovery grants when events overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on their own. UMCOR also provides technical support and training. Your gifts to Global Ministries and UMCOR make a significant impact in the lives of individuals and communities around the world. We will be supporting the “where most needed” fund this year that allows UMCOR to respond to needs around the world, be it for immediate disaster response or for long-term recovery. Your gift to these priority funds allows us to participate in missio Dei—God’s mission—whenever and wherever the need arises; partners to address emerging and ongoing issues related to disaster relief, recovery, and long-term health and development.
Source UMCOR - Global Ministries (

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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