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“The Colors of the Wind”

Well, our countdown is in full effect now!  Only a few more weeks and there will be the proverbial "changing of the guard".  Not quite as dramatic but I'm sure there will be cake!!  It has been a journey and you will hear more about that later.


Speaking of cake, this week we celebrate what has been known as the birthday of the church.  It is Pentecost Sunday!!  It occurs 50 days after Easter.  The occasion was marked by the apostles and others receiving the Holy Spirit and the gathered community sent out in mission.  The Holy Spirit appeared as "tongues of fire" to those who share the story.  Thus, our encouragement to you to wear your reds, oranges and yellows that represent that Holy Spirit fire!


As we look at the story and begin to unfold it for us in 2024, we will definitely talk about cake-baking but also how important it is to recognize that each other, even in our differences.  It is important to see how each of us is an important ingredient in the story Pentecost.  We must learn to see how all of creation is connected in the "COLORS OF THE WIND" of Pentecost.  The message was not one that was exclusive or limited, but let's talk about it on Sunday.  Join us at 10:00 a.m. in person or on our Woodridge UMC YouTube Channel as we explore the importance of a focused effort.



Friday, May 17th

  • 6:30 am Pack Meeting

Saturday, May 18th

  • 9:00 am Square Dancing
  • 9:00 pm Naper Squares

Sunday, May 19th

  • 10:00 am Worship Service
  • Noon Communion (Online)
  • 4:00 pm Filipino Baptist

Monday, May 20th

  • 7:00 pm Trustees Meeting

Tuesday, May 21st

  • 9:30 am Soccer Shots

Wednesday, May 22nd

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

Thursday, May 23rd

  • 7:00 pm Boy Scouts
  • 7:30 pm Toastmasters

Sunday, May 26th

  • 10:00 am Worship Service
  • Noon Communion (Online)
  • 4:00 pm Filipino Baptist
  • 7:00 pm CSA Committee


Church Office Hours

Monday - Tuesday: 9:00 am - noon
Wednesday - Friday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

We ask that you call before visiting.

Summer Hours are Coming
Memorial Day to Labor Day the church office will be open three days a week 9:00 am to 3:00 pm usually on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


Ministry Opportunities

Special Sunday, May 19th
This Sunday, May 19th is Pentecost. Everyone is asked to please wear red/flame colors in honor of this special day in the life of the church.
Thank You!
Sam and Virginia Arvanis want to thank everyone for their kind wishes for their 50th Anniversary and for celebrating with them.

Bible Study Classes

For several years we have had 2 very distinctive Bible study classes... one during the daytime and another in the evening.  Since COVID, the daytime class (currently on Tuesdays) has mainly been online via ZOOM.  The evening class has been a "hybrid" with members meeting in person and via ZOOM simultaneously.  Both classes have studied a wide range of topics and used a myriad of resources.  Because our church is in the midst of a transition of pastors, our class schedule has been interrupted.  Here is our plan going forward:

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY CLASS will resume their meeting again on Wednesday, May 8th at 6:00 p.m. and each Wednesday following in May.  Again, a ZOOM link will be made available for current class members.

Once Pastor Dave has arrived and gotten settled (after July 1st), he will determine the continuation of the classes, their meeting days and times in consultation with those currently participating. Please be patient as he learns his way around WUMC.


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.

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

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.

Graduate Recognition 2024
We would like to honor all our graduates: high school, college, and beyond. If you or a family member are graduating this spring let us know so we can include you! Please email the church office ( with the graduate’s name and the school from which they are graduating. 

Police Department and Public Works Campus Community Dedication

Celebrate our new Village of Woodridge Police Department and Public Works facilities on Saturday, May 18 from 9:00 am until noon at 7215 Janes Avenue. The day will feature a wide variety of activities for all ages such as tours of the new police department, touch-a-truck, a drone demo, a bounce house, airbrush tattoos, etc. You can view the event page here with all of the information, or the Facebook event page here.

Woodridge Names Tom Stefanson Chief of Police
Former Deputy Chief with 32 years of experience to lead the Woodridge Police Department.  See the full announcment here.

Christ the Servant Recycling Event

An Electronic Recycling Event is scheduled for May 18th at Christ the Servant Church from 8:30 am to 11:30 am, at 8700 Havens Drive, Woodridge in the parking lot.

This event includes electronics as well as textiles (in plastic bags only) and books (one box of books per car). Find the flyer for the event here for a list of accepted and not accepted items or go to  A disposal fee will apply for all televisions and monitors (cash – exact change only or credit accepted).

Blood Drive at St. Scholastica
The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a blood drive at St. Scholastica on Saturday, June 1st from 7:30 am to noon. To schedule your donation, go to or call Camille from Versiti at 847-305-9998. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome! Photo ID is required. Flyers are here.

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.

Northern Illinois Conference 

Annual Conference - I Freely and Heartily Yield
The 185th Northern Illinois Annual Conference is Sunday, June 16th through Tuesday, June 18th at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.  Registration is $130 and due by May 29th.  There is no on-site registration.  See the link here to register and for more information

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

May Outreach Offering

Missionary Nancy Carew

Nancy Carew is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned to the Liberia Annual Conference in West Africa. She is serving in the ministry of empowerment in the areas of skills training and leadership development for women, including young adults.
Nancy teaches courses covering food and nutrition, home management, and basic computer skills at the United Methodist Women’s Leadership Training Center. She has additional administrative duties at the United Methodist Mission Missionary Compound in Monrovia. She also organizes a nutrition program with emphasis on children in her community.
A native of Sierra Leone, Nancy has a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics education from Njala College, University of Sierra Leone, and is a certified facilitator in nutrition. She also earned certificates as a patient care technician at DeKalb Technical College (now Georgia Piedmont Technical College) and in Windows and Microsoft Office from Georgia Perimeter College, both in Atlanta, Georgia (USA).
Prior to her commissioning as a United Methodist missionary, she taught high school for six years in Sierra Leone before proceeding to London, where she worked for three years in the dietary department of St. Mary’s Hospital. After moving to the United States, Nancy worked in the food and beverage department with Stouffer Concourse Hotel and the Evergreen Mariott Conference Resort in Atlanta, while her husband taught at a local college. Nancy says, “My training in nutrition and experiences working in hospitals and hotels has prepared me for God’s mission…” She feels blessed to have been called to serve in this capacity.
“The suffering and hardship of innocent civilians, including women and children, during the civil war in Sierra Leone and Liberia has touched me deeply,” Nancy says. “I know God is working through my ministry to bring relief and hope to women, in particular, who are desperately in need of help.”
Before her assignment to Liberia, Nancy and her family served for three years in Nigeria. Mrs. Carew was manager of the United Methodist guesthouses in Jos, taught with the adult literacy program, and helped to develop a children’s Sunday school. She was also treasurer of the urban ministry program.
Nancy is married to George Carew, a retired missionary with Global Ministries, and the Carews are members of Clarkston United Methodist Church in the North Georgia Annual Conference. Nancy and George are the parents of six children.

Ways to donate to the May 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

"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

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.

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.

  • 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 best practices throughout our building.

If you are feeling sick, please stay home and join us via livestream on YouTube. 


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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