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    Woodridge United Methodist Church

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at  10:00 am.

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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

 

 

“The Circle of Life”

This week we will acknowledge another of the Special Sundays wirh an offering highlighted by our denomination.... Native American Awareness Sunday.  Some of our liturgy for to today comes from our Native American brothers and sisters.
 
Our state (and especially this area) has a rich history of the presence of Native Americans.  It reminds us of our connections not just to one another, but to all of creation.  This is the real "CIRCLE OF LIFE".  Our interdependence upon one another and all aspects of God's created world, is an eye-opening phenomenon. 
 
We will take a look at our connections and how even Jesus spoke of our connections to all of God's  creation.  Join us on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. as we join together and share our praises.  If you aren't able to be with us in person, join us on our Woodridge UMC YouTube Channel.

 

 

Friday, April 12th

  • Church Office CLOSED

Sunday, April 14th

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

Monday, April 15th

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

Tuesday, April 16th

  • 9:30 am Soccer Shots

Wednesday, April 17th

  • 9:30 am Worship Meeting
  • 7:00 pm Square Dancing

Thursday, April 18th

  • 7:00 pm Boy Scouts

Friday, April 19th

  • 6:30 pm Pack Meeting

Saturday, April 20th

  • 7:00 pm Square Dancing

Sunday, April 21st

  • 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

Second Saturday Diners
Second Saturday Diners will be welcoming spring at Ashbury’s Restaurant, 335 E Boughton Road, in Bolingbrook on Saturday, April 13 at 5:00 pm.  Join us for a casual evening fun and relaxation. Please contact Gwenn Edman at gwennedman@gmail.com or 630-624-3227 by Wednesday, April 10 for reservations. Everyone is welcome!
 

Wednesday Bible Study

This week our Wednesday Bible Study class is meeting at Baker’s Square in Woodridge on Wednesday, April 17th at 6:00 pm.  Please come enjoy spending time with your classmates.  RSVP to Pastor Danita.

 

You're Invited


Join us on Sunday, June 2nd for a Ministry Celebration for Rev. Danita Anderson! We will celebrate Pastor Danita’s 10 years of ministry at Woodridge UMC with worship at 10AM followed by a potluck celebration for all! The Staff Parish Relations Committee will provide the main dish and dessert. Please bring a side dish, vegetable, salad, or fruit to share. Fun and games for kids will be included. If you would like to help with the celebration, please contact Patti Cash at 630-258-0533.
A printable invitation is here.


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 https://fillitforward.com. Everything is on sale now in the narthex (or stop by the church office). Follow the link to see Fill It Forward’s partnerships https://fillitforward.com/giving/ 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.

Adult Choir (high school freshmen-seasoned adults) RSVPs were due by March 31

Rehearsal

April 14

11:20AM-12:30PM

Music Room

Rehearsal

April 21

11:20AM-12:30PM

Music Room

Rehearsal

April 28

11:20AM-12:30PM

Music Room

Service

May 5

10AM

Rehearse in the sanctuary at 8:45AM


Youth Ministry 2024
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.

Toastmasters
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.

 

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. 

 

 

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...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.
 Peace,
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 umcnic.org/RepairtheHarm 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.
Peace

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

April Outreach Offering


National Arbor Day Foundation

This month’s Outreach organization was inspired by our church’s celebration of our 60th anniversary and our mission to protect and preserve our environment.  Just as we are supporting the group Fill it Forward and encouraging the use of reuseable bottles and bags, we choose the  National Arbor Day Foundation for their work to plant 500 million trees around the world to combat the effects of climate change.  As the Foundation states, forests “capture increasing carbon emissions, protect biodiversity, nourish our bodies and improve our health.”  We hope to share more information about the Foundation and ways we can protect the environment throughout the month!  You can learn more at www.arborday.org.  
 

Ways to donate to the April 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 office@woodridgeumc.org 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 (PastorDanita@woodridgeumc.org) 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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