September 30, 2021
Sunday Schedule:
8:30 am      Premiere of Woodlawn Without Walls Online Service on Facebook and
9:00 am      Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
10:00 am    Adult Sunday School classes 
                   Victory Class - Parlor
                   CATS - 12E
                   Spiritual Quest - 13E
                   ** Wired Word on break

10:00 am    Contemporary Worship in the Worship Center
10:15 am    Children's Church

Woodlawn Office Hours:
8AM - Noon & 1 - 5PM Mon – Thurs
8AM - Noon & 1 - 3PM Fridays
  Phone (316) 788-1507 or email

Covid Precautions: Facemasks are strongly encouraged for everyone in Woodlawn’s building, regardless of vaccination status. Masks may be lifted to eat or drink, but should not be removed.
World Communion Sunday
We call them the words of institution…the words repeated at the Communion Table over the elements before they are distributed. “Take eat, this is my body… and drink from this all of you, this is my blood.” These words are actually found in Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth, 1 Corinthians 11: 17-26. Paul addresses some concerns he has over divisions in the church, especially when it comes to participating in the Lord’s Supper.
It’s a good passage to read together on World Communion Sunday, when Christians put aside any and all divisions to gather as one unified body of Christ at the Lord’s Table.  I invite you to come and participate in worship this Sunday, and to once again eat and drink the body and blood of Jesus, the unifying power of his broken body, to heal and restore our own brokenness.
Until Sunday,
Woodlawn's Weekly Worship is available online on our Facebook Page
HERE), our website (click HERE), and YouTube (click HERE).
“Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.’”  - Matthew 16:24-25

Our society tells us to “look out for number one.” In other words – it tells us that we are the most important and that we should put our needs and desires ahead of those of others. As our youth continue to look at the “Renegade Gospel” this month, we are going to focus on a contrary message that Jesus gives – that we deny ourselves and take up our cross to follow Christ. As Jesus tells his disciples that this is what it takes to follow him, he makes it clear, this is no easy task. His followers won’t be rewarded with worldly riches and pleasures. Instead, they will be asked to sacrifice of themselves so that they can live in obedience to God. It’s not exactly looking out for number one, is it?
As we dive into this passage and others this week, take some time to think about what God might be asking you to sacrifice to follow Christ more closely. Take some time to pray about what it is that God wants from you, and commit to doing that this week.

Bryce Fuhrmann
Youth Director
We’re running quickly into such a fun season with our kids! We have several events coming up and we’d love for you to attend! Children’s Ministry is decorating a trunk for trunk or treat. We will vote next Wednesday on the theme and get to work! Club 45 and middle school youth are going to Klausmeyer Pumpkin Patch during WOW on Wednesday October 27. If your child would like to attend, please email Caitlin at or stop by the Club 45 room for a permission slip. Parent volunteers are encouraged to attend!! 
We are still needing forms filled out to connect with you and your family. Please use this link to fill out the Google form, and we will make sure your information is up to date.

Caitlin Ott
Interim Children's Director
Job Opening
Woodlawn has an immediate opening for a part-time communications specialist. Hours are flexible, but a weekly deadline must be met. Anyone who enjoys working with digital communications such as video and social media is encouraged to apply. Those with experience in video production and editing are preferred but training is available. Interested applicants may send their resume and a letter of interest to Rev. Lance Carrithers at
Rev. Lance Carrithers   316-347-5506
Rev. Lori Patton Aguilar   on Family Leave
Lois DeWitt   316-788-1507 ext. 0
Rachel Getchell   316-253-5678
Bryce Fuhrmann   317-850-4414 *note area code
Caitlin Ott   316-258-5536
Moment for Mission
World Communion Sunday
Today is one of the 6 special Sundays the global United Methodist Church celebrates. United Methodists celebrate on these specific days to unite and make clear the commitment of the church as the people of God, and to give everyone the opportunity to contribute to special programs approved and supported by the Church.
The World Communion Sunday offering supports racial and ethnic students in achieving their educational goals while also transforming communities. Fifty percent of the offering provides scholarships for graduate students from the U.S. and other countries. Thirty-five percent supports ethnic scholarships for undergraduate students. Fifteen percent funds in-service training programs for racial and ethnic persons. These funds are administered by the General Boards of Higher Education and Ministry and  Global Ministries. What you give today recognizes our call to reach out to all people and model the diversity of all God’s children. Thank you for what you give.
Giving remains critical to our church’s mission and ministry. You may mail contributions to the church at 431 S. Woodlawn Blvd. Derby, KS  67037 or
go to and click the “Giving” link to give online.

UMCOR Sunday (July 25) $385   
Victory in the Valley $120
Derby Circles $115
PANDO $270
DCFS $210
Ronald McDonald $130
UMCOR Disaster $610
Weekly announcements can now also be found on our website at
Help Required on Screens for Contemporary Worship
We need volunteers to be on rotation for screens for the contemporary worship service on Sundays. Volunteers would serve once a month. The position sits in the tech booth behind the computer and follows an order of worship/script that is provided. Training will be provided. 
Pastor Appreciation Day
Pastor Appreciation Day is coming up on Sunday, October 10. Cards may be left in the basket inside the church office.
Have you seen the new Woodlawn signs?
Matt Archer, Woodlawn’s Lay Leader and longtime member worked many hours over the past few weeks replacing each of our permanent wooden entrance signs with new panels. Matt contributed the materials and his time and talent to design and cut the panels, and then enlisted some help to finish and install them. Thank you Matt, for this “welcoming” contribution!
Thank you John Macera, Barney Tull and Jolyne Archer for your help with the painting, staining and installation.
This is Us
Helen Fry, at the age of 88, is still doing mission work from her home at Brookdale Assisted Living here in Derby. Helen has faced several medical issues over the past year yet has kept up with her mission work. Helen crotchets mats made of plastic bags from local stores (Dillon's - brown bags, Dollar General - yellow bags, Wal-Mart and Target - white/blue & white/red bags). The mats are delivered for her to homeless people in the Wichita area. She has made about 50 of these mats which are used as a ground mat for sleeping, providing a dry and cushioned surface. What a blessing this has been for the recipients. What a great example of being the heart, hands, and feet of Jesus! Thank you, Helen.
Who do you know that provides a special service or mission to others? If you would like to highlight that person in our upcoming newsletter please contact the church office.
Carol Wojcik Appreciation Day
Thank you to all who came to our celebration this past Sunday for Carol Wojcik! During service we shared a few stories, and then all were led to the foyer where we officially dedicated the painting on the nursery door to Carol for her 45 years of service to our children and families.
Carol says, "Thank you WUMC for doing this!! I feel so blessed to be a part of this church and able to care for all the wonderful children there for so many years. I thank God for this opportunity that brought me so much happiness."
Join Chapel Hill United Methodist Church for their
Fall Speaker Series
Chapel Hill UMC invites you to join them for “Courageous Conversations”, four Zoom/Webinar conversations on challenging question.

Those attending the fall speaker series may take part in any or all sessions. There is no cost and no need to sign-up in advance. Sessions are held at 4:00pm each Sunday.  To watch, go to the Chapel Hill website: before the session begins and click the link provided on the home page.

Speaker: William P. Young (Paul), the author of “The Shack” which has also been made into a movie. Paul gets refreshingly “real” on the tough topics and will address suffering, unanswered prayers.

Speaker: Dr. Se Kim, a scientist and pastor’s wife, is a national expert on the relationship between science and faith in Christianity.

Speaker: Rev. Dr. James Bryan Smith, author of several books including his bestselling, “The Good and Beautiful” series and “Embracing the Love of God.”

Speaker: Rev. Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor of Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Adam recently preached a series of sermons titled, “A Thinking Person’s Faith.” He will be speaking about what Heaven will be like, what Hell is.
Coffee Fellowship Time extended
8:45am - 10:00am (Foyer kitchen window)
Overseas Care Packages Update
Overseas Care Packages will not be packed in October. The next packing date is November 4.
Giving Made Easy
There are many ways to give to Woodlawn so that mission and ministries happen, so light bills and salaries are paid. We want to make you aware of some giving options you may not know of or just haven’t thought about in a while. With Christmas approaching, it brings the perfect opportunity to give a little extra to Woodlawn UMC with each gift you purchase online.
Common ways to give:
  • Sunday morning offering – give when you attend a church service
  • Mail a check or drop it by the church office
  • Use the GIVING button on our website
Ways to give when you shop:
Dillons Community Rewards – once you have an account set up on you can link your Dillons card to an organization you designate, and a percentage of what you spend will be donated; you can choose Woodlawn UMC!
Amazon Smiles – When shopping on if you login to Amazon you can designate an organization to which you want a percentage of what you spend to be donated. Woodlawn UMC can be your designated organization
UMC Market Powered by IGive – The United Methodist Church set up a program with retailers throughout the country who will donate a percentage of what you spend shopping online to an organization of your choice. Woodlawn UMC can be your designated organization! Go to or to get started.
iGive is a free service to causes and members. Since 1997, iGive has grown to 350,000+ members supporting 50,000+ causes and raised over $9 Million!
Make your shopping count for a little bit more this Christmas season!
Operation Saint Francis will host a Pet Pawlooza on Saturday October 23 from 10am-2pm in the church parking lot. It will include:
Blessing of the animals
Pet-friendly treats
Dog training and demos
*Microchipping service
*Nail trimming service
Basic health exams
Photo booth
Bake sale
Food trucks
Adoptable pets
*Cost for services
They are collecting pet items and food for the various pantries. To volunteer to participate, email Carla Stroot at, sign up on the sign-up sheet located on Woodlawn's community board in the Narthex, or go to Pet Pawpalooza volunteer sign-up page online at
Trunk or Treat is back at Woodlawn, and we are excited!  To decorate a trunk and pass out candy to kids, sign up in the church office! Want to be involved but don't have any decorations for a trunk? We can help! Our children's ministry has decorations/props from past events that we would be happy to loan and which you can expand upon! Candy will be provided.
Join our team of organizers for this event by contacting the church office or emailing Jenah Moody at
Mark your Calendar – WUMC Blood Drive, November 13
Right now, the American Red Cross has an emergency blood shortage. The Red Cross national blood inventory is the lowest it’s been at this time of year since 2015, with less than a day’s supply of certain blood types in recent weeks. The Red Cross is working around the clock to meet the blood needs of hospitals and patients – but can’t do it alone. They need your help!
Woodlawn will hold its next blood drive on November 13. We had 32 people signed up to give at the last drive. Thank you to those who gave. Let’s see if we can increase that number. Blood can be given every 28 days, up to 13 times/year. If you wish to help right now, you can do so and still be eligible to give at our next drive in November. See the American Red Cross website for more information on giving blood or to sign up for a drive.
Crackers, applesauce, canned fruit, toothpaste, toilet paper, laundry detergent

For more information about the Derby Food Pantry, visit their new website at
Woodlawn Thrift Shop
Open Thursday - Saturday
9am - 2pm
103 N. Baltimore
For the safety of you and others, we highly recommend wearing masks at this time. We continue to sanitize work areas and the front desk as well as door knobs after each shift.
Current Stage: Yellow
For more information on Woodlawn's reopening plan, visit our website by clicking this link:
This Week at Woodlawn
Thursday- September 30
8:00p    AA
11:00a  Ruth Martin Funeral Service
Woodlawn Worship Services

6:30      High School Youth Group
8:00p    AA
8:00p    AA 
9:00a    Food Pantry
1:00p    Al-Anon
6:00p    WOW (Children & MS Youth)
7:00p    Chancel Choir
8:00p    Praise Band Rehearsal
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September 20-26 Giving
General: $3,346
Capital:   $720

Last Month (August)
General Giving:       $45,741
Other Misc Income: $2,522
General Expenses:  $55,241
               Shortage: - $6,978
Capital Giving:          $5,657

YTD through August

General Donations:   $346,714
Cares Loan Funds:    $97,215
Other Misc Income:   $10,274
General Expenses:    $433,760

                 Surplus:     $20,443
Capital Giving:           $53,725
Note: Other Misc Income includes funds from 2019 Carryover, Bank Interest, Building use and Endowment Dividends.
Without the funds from the
CARES Loan our
YTD General Fund Balance
  would be -$76,772  
Move A Mountain
Income YTD through August:   $140,424
August Mortgage Payment:   
Loan Balance as of August 31: $690,326

Attendance September 26
9:00 Traditional: 95
10:45 Contemporary: 74

Dean Oblander’s surgery went well. Doctors felt confident that they got all the cancer. The staff and nurses at the medical center were very caring and helpful to all of them. Dean was released from the hospital to go home, just in time to celebrate his birthday, Sept. 24! Please continue prayers for healing as Dean recuperates at home.
Our sincere condolences go out to Ruth Martin’s daughters, Lorraine, Chris and Jan and their families. Ruth, who turned 102 yrs. young in April this year, passed away at her home on Friday, Sept. 24. The funeral service for Ruth will be held this Friday, Oct. 1, 11:00am, at Woodlawn UMC. Please continue to keep Ruth’s family in your prayers of comfort.
Ruthanne Whitely asks prayers for former member and her friend’s son, Mike Alumbaugh, who will have his pace maker replaced this week in Kansas City. Please keep Mike and his family in your prayers.
Colene Read asks prayers for 3 food pantry volunteers who had surgery this week. Please lift prayers that surgeries go smoothly and for healing.
  • Tuesday, Sept 28:  Patti Greer had carpal tunnel surgery & Lori Kersting had rotator cuff surgery.
  • Wednesday, Sept 29:  Don French had knee replacement surgery.
 Diane Dixon asks your prayers for her dad, Al Ward. Al has been hospitalized since Friday with pneumonia (not covid-related). His pneumonia is resolving, but a few more issues are cropping up. Please lift prayers of healing for Al.

Thank you note from Dean & Evelyn Oblander:
We would like to thank all of our church family for your prayers, cards, texts and phone calls before and after Dean’s surgery. We are blessed to call Woodlawn our home church. We would especially like to thank Pastor Lance for all of his support.

If you, or someone you know, has a joy, a concern, or just needs prayers, send to or call the church office at 788-1507.

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