March 6, 2011 A Publication of The Union Church of Hinsdale, U.C.C. Volume 43, Issue 5
March 9 – April 23, 2011
Join us on the road to Jerusalem while we explore our relationship with God, even in the wilderness and in exile when God seems the most far away.
ASH WEDNESDAY March 9, 2011 - – See Details Inside
WEDNESDAYS IN LENT
Sunday, March 13, 2011 God sends water to Israel in the Wilderness Exodus 15: 20-‐27
Sunday, April 3, 2011 God renews life in dry bones Ezekiel 37: 1-‐14
Sunday, March 20, 2011 God sends manna to Israel in the Wilderness Exodus 16: 1-‐18
Sunday, April 10, 2011 God renews life in Lazarus John 11: 17-‐44
Sunday, April 17, 2011 God brings shouts of Hosanna Matthew 26: 14-‐27
Thursday, April 21, 2011 Maundy Thursday Worship 7:00 p.m. – Sanctuary
Taize Services in the Chapel
Sunday, March 27, 2011 God builds community in exile 2 Kings 24: 10-‐18
Friday, April 22, 2011 Good Friday Worship 12:00 p.m. – Chapel
Easter Vigil Friday, April 22-24, 2011
6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service in the Youth Room
EASTER WORSHIP 9:00 a.m. with Gargoyle Brass and Chancel Choir
11:00 a.m. with Gargoyle Brass and Joyful Noise Band
Invitation to Faith: Transformative Worship
Our Staff Transitional Minister: Rev. Dr. Tom Zoelzer Minister for Mission and Outreach: Rev. Dr. Thom Parrott-Sheffer Director of Children’s Christian Education: Penny Johnson Director of Youth Formation: Jeremy Hylen Director of Music Ministries: Michael Surratt Director of the Chancel Choir: Todd Diehl Director of Contemporary Music: Brad Nye Director of Children and Youth Choirs: Roberta Wentling Assistant Handbell Director: Elizabeth Jung Director of Early Childhood Programs: Jennifer Keldahl Senior Operations Manager: Merrilee Hall Financial Manager: Gaby Perez Project Manager: Joel Gratcyk Communications Assistant: Melanie Burton Buildings and Grounds: Jim Vojtek, Bob Brija WORSHIP SERVICES Sunday Worship 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Prayer and Healing Service 3rd Sundays at 7:00 p.m. CHURCH OFFICE HOURS Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sundays 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Union Church of Hinsdale 137 S. Garfield Ave Hinsdale, IL 60521 (630) 323.4303 http://UCHinsdale.org
Lent Begins on March 9, 2011 ASH WEDNESDAY, March 9 There are two opportunities to worship on Ash Wednesday. We begin the day with a Morning Matin, from 7:00 – 8:45 a.m., in the chapel. You come when you want, spend time in reflection and prayer, receive the Imposition of Ashes (if you desire) and leave when you are ready. The day ends with an Evening Worship at 7:00 p.m., in the chapel. This service will offer prayer and song, a message from Rev. Tom Zoelzer and the Imposition of Ashes (or an Anointing with oil, if you prefer). The service will last around a half hour and a light refreshment will be offered in the Church Lounge. Wednesday Evenings in Lent – 7:00 p.m. In prayer we talk to God. Meditation allows time for us to listen for what God has to say to us. Come and join us in the Chapel for services of prayer and meditation, in the style of the Taizé community. The services will be led by Michael Surratt, who spent a week in the Taizé community in France during his sabbatical in 1999.
Brunch with Rev. Tom Zoelzer Sunday, March 6 after the 9:00 Worship service at The Grant Square Restaurant (Chosen because it has a great menu, great parking and it is great that we are each given our own bill!)
All who are interested are invited to this brunch, which provides an opportunity to become better acquainted with Rev. Tom (and he with us). We hope to continue having brunch on the first Sunday of each month, with Rev. Tom when he is available. Call Joan Hurst at (630) 325.2548 for reservations.
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Invitation to Faith: Christian Formation for Children
Holy Happenings in Christian Formation On this page, we are sharing Holy Happenings in Christian Formation, such as Sunday School, Confirmation, and LOGOS. It is the CF Ministry’s hope to provide families with information to help continue the Sunday morning learning throughout the week at home. The vision of Christian Formation is “A Family of Christians Growing by Embracing God’s Love and Passing it On.” We seek to support and equip parents, grandparents, and other members to teach, practice and pass on faith in their home and daily life. This page is one step in helping families put this into practice. 3s&4s – Over the next two weeks, we will continue learning about some of the parables Jesus told. Upcoming are The Sower and the parable of the The Wedding Banquet. st K-‐1 grades – For the next two weeks, we are entering our Lenten series. The children will hear the stories of Jesus and the Children and Jesus and Bartimaeus. Parents can find these stories in the New Testament, Luke 18:15-‐17 and Luke 18:35-‐43. Ask the children about the changes in their classroom during Lent. A couple of wondering questions the children will be exploring: • I wonder how the children felt on their way to see Jesus? • I wonder what Jesus said to the children? • I wonder how it feels to see for the first time? • I wonder why Jesus would listen to Bartimaeus when the others would just tell him to be quiet? nd rd 2 -‐ 3 grades – For the next two weeks, we will continue with Jesus’ ministry and hear the stories of Who is the Greatest and Jesus Makes Lazarus Alive Again. Parents can find these stories in the Gospels of Mark Chapter 9:33-‐37 and John 11. A couple of wondering questions the children will be exploring: • I wonder what the disciples think it is like to be the greatest? • I wonder how they feel when Jesus says that the one who wants to be greatest must be last of all? • I wonder how Martha and Mary feel as they watch Lazarus die? • I wonder how they feel when Lazarus is alive again? EDJ – During Lent we will be following the same Lenten journey to Jerusalem as the congregation. We will be wandering in the wilderness searching for water and manna. We will understand the meaning of why we eat pretzels and understand what it means to be bound in a community of faith. You can find these stories in Exodus 15:20-‐27 and Exodus 16:1-‐18.
Offering Our Sunday School offering for the upcoming months leading to Lent will be supporting the soup ministry. Every Monday a group of men and women prepare soup to be taken to the San Lucas soup kitchen on Tuesday. San Lucas is located in Chicago’s tough Humboldt Park area. It provides much needed services to the community, including assistance for teenage mothers, alternative programs to gang membership, emergency food, clothing and counseling.
Save the Date: Vacation Bible School is June 20-24, 2011 More information will follow.
Invitation to Faith: Mission and Social Justice DuPage Habitat for Humanity wants your old toilet! We will also take your old cabinets, and other new or gently used building supplies. Habitat will be opening a ReStore in Addison this summer, but we are accepting donations of construction materials NOW. ReStore is a facility that collects and sorts used or surplus household and construction materials, then sells these materials to the general public at greatly reduced prices. All profit from the sales funds the DuPage Habitat mission. • What we can take: Cabinets, Large appliances, Kitchen and Bath items, Unopened Paint, Wood, Flooring, Wood Furniture, Light Fixtures, Roofing, Tools. • What we cannot take: Opened Paint, Upholstered Furniture, Small Appliances, Books, Clothes, Dishes. DuPage Habitat’s ReStore will open in Summer 2011 but we are accepting donations NOW. The ReStore is located at 869 S. Route 53 in Addison (just north of North Ave.) Donations are tax-deductible. Please call 630-510-3737 to schedule a pickup of donated materials.
Attend ECUMENICAL ADVOCACY DAYS March 25 – 28, 2011 with the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN) for a weekend of worship, issue briefings, legislative advocacy training, and meetings with your legislators! Be a part of an action weekend during which we will learn how to speak boldly for people-‐centered sustainable development, economic justice, and peacemaking, with a particular focus on women and girls. Please join us!
For more information contact Corinthian Davis by email at email@example.com or by phone at 773-‐293-‐2964 and visit the CRLN website at http://www.crln.org/ecumenical_advocacy_days_2011. Scholarships are available through EAD for participants 18-‐35 years old and some denominations offer scholarships as well. The deadline for conference-‐rate hotel rooms is February 19. Hinsdale Central High School 4th Annual-‐Character Counts!
WALK THE WALK FOR AUTISM Sunday, April 10, 2011 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!
We anticipate the Walk to end around 10a.m. However, it will last long enough to effect getting to the church. The walk is scheduled to go up Third Street in the morning – YOU MAY WANT TO AVOID THAT STREET.
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING COMING APRIL 3 On Sunday April 3, you will be given the opportunity to give to the One Great Hour of Sharing, part of the UCC -‐ Our Churches Wider Mission. These contributions will be used to support work being done in over 80 countries. The UCC works with international partners to provide sources of clean water and food, education and health care, disaster relief (both in the US and international) and funding for refugee relief. We will be providing OGHS envelopes that morning for your gifts, 4
Invitation to Faith: Community & Church Life
Youth Events, Mission Impossible & Summer Work Tour TNT (Sunday Nights 5-‐6:30pm) High School March 6-‐ Dodgeball March 5-‐ Fullersburg Woods @ 10-‐12n (at Fullersburg) March 13-‐ Gutter Sundaes March 5-‐ WT Training Day 2 @ 12n-‐4pm (in dining room) March 20-‐ Sticky Head March 5-‐ PADS Soupmaking @ 4-‐5:30pm (in kitchen) March 13-‐ Really Bad Movie Night March Edition @ 7-‐9pm (in youth room) March 19-‐ WT Training Day 3 @10-‐12n (at Fullersburg) March 20-‐ WT Training Day 4 @7-‐9pm (in youth room) Keep an eye open on Facebook for details for Youth Group Be a Sponsor TODAY! Watch for our SAY Picture Boards and Sign-‐up Cards in the Gathering Place. You’ll ﬁnd all the information you need on helping to support our youth as they go out and do God’s work during their spring break! The Privilege of Sponsoring a Youth… Costs a Sponsor $100, which helps to offset the costs of Work Tour. Asks that the Sponsor pray for their Youth or Leader every day, by name, for the work they have chosen to do, and for the work God has called them to do. The Return to the Sponsor however… A chance to develop a personal relationship with a WT youth or leader, an invitation to our Work Tour send-‐off on the day of departure, a post card from your sponsored youth, and an invitation to a special Spring Work Tour Dinner & Movie (April 15th, 6-‐9PM) with stories and conversation of the trip, along with the youth and families of our WT participants. Mission Possible has partnered with Fullersburg Woods for the past 3 years. One of the more popular winter projects has been cutting down non-‐native invasive species such as honeysuckle and buckthorn. This is very important to Fullersburg because both buckthorn and honeysuckle tend to grow close together and choke out the native species. The removal helps to restore and maintain the native savannahs and prairie in this area. One of the ways we can show our faith is by being good stewards of the earth. What we find in working at Fullersburg Woods, with the youth of Union Church, is that not only are we being good stewards of the earth, we are able to build relationships with each other that will last a lifetime. We also believe that this is true with our faith because at times, we need to weed out those things that keep us from growing.
Invitation to Faith: Opportunities in Music Ministry
The Bravura Ensemble The Bravura Ensemble, one of three ensembles that comprise the Spirito! Singers, will be ours guests at the 9:00 service on th Sunday, March 6 . They will be accompanied by our Allegro Handbell Ensemble in one of their pieces. Our bell choir accompanied them in two concerts last December. The bells will also play the Prelude and Postlude at the service on March 6. Based in Elmhurst, Spirito! is a choral organization comprised of three distinct auditioned ecumenical choirs. Bravura is a th th th th performance ensemble for 9 – 12 grade young women; Ragazze is a training and performance ensemble for 5 – 8 grade girls; the Men of Spirito! is a performance ensemble for men 18 years of age and older. Each ensemble rehearses once per week August through May. Spirito! performs at two major concerts each year (December and May) and each ensemble sings at multiple Ministry Sundays at churches throughout the Chicago area. Bravura tours annually with a major tour every other year. Spirito! seeks to develop musicianship and vocal technique through the art of sacred choral music. For more information about their concerts, audition information and to listen to the beautiful music of Spirito! visit their website at www.spiritosingers.org or call (630) 941.0744.
Scheherazade and The Lark Scheherazade and The Lark, a multimedia program for brass, organ, and violin, with full color visual animation, will be presented by the Chicago Gargoyle Brass with organists Michael Surratt and Mark Sudeith, and violinist and animator Audrey Marier, on Sunday, March 6, at 4:00 PM in the Sanctuary. A freewill offering will be received to benefit the Music Fund of Union Church. The program will be repeated on Friday, March 11, at 7:30 PM, at the First Congregational Church of Elgin, 256 East Chicago Street in Elgin.
Cantatas of Bach and Mendelssohn Bach Cantata #4, Christ lag in Todesbanden and a Mendelssohn Cantata based on O Sacred Head Now Wounded, with the Chicago Gargoyle Brass, organist Michael Surratt, and the combined choirs from the Union Church of Hinsdale, Todd Diehl, director and First Congregational Church of Elgin , Jon Warfel, director, with soloists Patricia Hurd, Joanna Wernette, Pedro Willis-‐Barbosa and Myron Myers, will be presented Sunday, April 10, at 7:00 p.m. at Union Church and on Good Friday, April 22, at 12:00 noon at First Congregational Church of Elgin.
Tower Chorale March Concert th
The Tower Chorale, in its 25 Season, presents The 3Bs: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, Sunday, March 6, at 3:00 p.m., at Divine Infant Church, 1601 Newcastle, in Westchester. Beethoven’s “Mass in C” will be the featured piece with full orchestra and four outstanding soloists. Bach’s powerful cantata “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” and the lovely Brahms motet from Opus 29 will round out the program. Tickets are $18 for Adults, $15 for Seniors & Students. Children 10 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available from these Union Church members singing in the concert: Dorothy Stephan and John Jacus.
Invitation to Faith: Community & Church Life
Bread for the World Since 1990 … • the number of people living on $ 1.25 a day fell by 400 million people. • chronically hungry people in developing countries fell from 20% to 16%. • mortality for children under 5 fell by 40% plus in Ethiopia, Malawi and Niger. However, since the global recession and food crisis beginning in 2007 … • 1.5 billion people are in extreme poverty (living on less than $ 1.25 a day). • 925 million people still suffer from chronic hunger, nearly 90 million higher than in 2000. • 24,000 children die every day from poverty, hunger and preventable diseases. That is 1 every 3.6 seconds. • hunger and poverty knows no geo-‐political boundary; it is present in every continent and every country, including the United States of America.
WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! By calling our legislature to a stronger focus on reducing poverty and its causes, a clearer accountability for how aid dollars are spent, a transformation of the U.S. development agency and a sensible and clear plan for aid that meets the needs and wants of local people. We can do this through our annual Bread for the World, a campaign of support and letter-‐writing advocacy on behalf of those who are living in chronic need.
Look for your chance to get involved on May 1, 2011 More on this to follow…
Union Church Helps with Food Distribution with San Lucas and the Chicago Food Depository
st Stacey & Nathan Hurst and Kim & Lindsey Notaro joined Pastor Thom in Humboldt Park on Monday, February 21 to help distribute food to over 175 people. Each month San Lucas, in cooperation with the Chicago Food Depository, hands out bags and bags of food to very needy people on Chicago’s northwest side. You can join in the good work … rd Every 3 Monday of the month, from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. at the Humboldt Park Field House. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, contact Pastor Thom.
Invitation to Faith: Christian Formation
New Adult Christian Formation Event
Beginning next Sunday March 6 at 9:00 a.m. we will begin a six week series on the book “God Is Closer Than You Think”, by John Ortberg. This is an opportunity to learn to see God, become aware of God’s presence and deepen your relationship with God. Join Pastor Thom and your friends from Union Church for this exciting hour on Sunday mornings.
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On Tuesday, March 8, the Clarendon Hills Library (7 North Prospect Avenue) kicks off its participation in the 7 annual "Big Read," a cooperative project of ten area libraries seeking to connect communities through literature. Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers, is this year’s book selection – a true story of heroism and racism in post-‐Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. This non-‐fiction work, which reads like a page-‐turning mystery, examines the experiences of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian-‐American businessman who is Muslim, during and after Katrina.
THEN, On Tuesday, March 8 at 7 pm, The Friends of the Library present "Muslims 101" a discussion examining the basics of the religion of Islam with an overview of the people, places, customs, vocabulary and culture of this faith. To register for this free program, please call the library at 630-‐323-‐8188. For more information, log on to www.clarendonhillslibrary.org, or www.thebigread.org.
Friendship - FUNship March 11, 2011 – 6:30 p.m.
In March many people make plans to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Instead of “traveling” to Ireland in March, Friendship and th. FUNSHIP, a fellowship activity for all elementary school students, is going to “visit” Italy on Friday, March 11 and celebrate St. Joseph’s Day. The evening will start at 6:30 p.m. with a St. Joseph’s Day feast. Our buffet line will begin with the traditional St. Joseph’s Day basket in which those eating the meal can give a donation to help feed others followed by an assortment of homemade Italian dishes from various regions of the country. In addition to the good will offering, students are invited to help us build centerpieces for our tables by bringing an item for the Hinsdale Community service. Following our meal we will have games and other activities and the evening will end at 8:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to invite a friend and also their family. Since we are changing the nature of the evening to include parents and siblings, an additional gathering will be added to our calendar. In June we will “visit” Guatemala, the country where our adult mission group went this January. If you have any questions about this activity or if you’d like to help with the cooking or planning, please contact Kim Notaro.
For: Middle School students When: Sunday morning at 8:45 AM March 13th – April 17th 8
Invitation to Faith: Community Life UNION CHURCH HAS A DESPERATE NEED FOR VOLUNTEERS TO GIVE A LITTLE TLC TO
(Operate the Sound System)
(Video tape the Worship Service)
So that our Worship Services may be heard and viewed, both live and through recordings. This does not require a rocket scientist!!!! Anyone who can turn on the TV, make a cell phone call or send an e-‐mail is almost over-‐qualified for this work.
If this is your quirk, please call or e-‐mail either the office (630) 323-‐4303, firstname.lastname@example.org or me (Dave Tillinghast) at: (630) 323-‐7332 or email@example.com! I will not sleep until I receive your calls.
May 14, 2011 Plans are underway for the Progressive Dinner, which will be held on Saturday, May 14. The Parish Life Ministry is looking for members to host dinner for 8-‐12 people in their home or who would like to host the appetizer or dessert portions of the evening for the entire group of 75-‐100 people. Thank you in advance for helping to make this fun evening a success. Please contact Jane Hogenkamp at 630.789.6326 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men’s Club – March 9 at 12:00 noon.
Steve Goreham will present Climate Change and Renewable Energy: The Rest of the Story. Steve is Executive Director of the Climate Science Coalition of America and author of Climatism! Science, Common Sense, and the 21st Century's Hottest Topic. Contrary to popular consensus, Steve argues that global warming is due to natural cycles of Earth -‐-‐ not greenhouse gas emissions. Since climate change policies can have a major impact on each of our lives, this is a discussion not to be missed.
Mark Your Calendars! Easter Egg Hunt APRIL 16, 2011, 10 a.m. -‐ 11 a.m. Children ages 1-‐8 invited
Bring your Easter basket and join us for refreshments, an Easter Story, the Egg Hunt and the Easter Bunny. Meet in the Gathering Place. Friends and family welcome. Questions: Contact Diane Oostendorp (630) 655.9405
Open Forums Begin March 13 TRANSITION OPPORTUNITY -‐ If you have an interest in the future of Union Church, then you are invited to attend a series of Open Forums following a worship service on the schedule below. At each 45-‐minute forum people will gather for small group discussion around specific questions, that will be recorded by members of the Transitional Steering Committee. This is your opportunity to share your voice about what you value about Union Church and where it could be going as a church of Jesus Christ. Child care will be provided for each forum. Please mark your calendar/blackberry/data phone with these dates: First Set of Questions -‐ Sunday, March 13 – 10:15 to 11 a.m. in the Youth Room or Sunday, March 20 – 11:45 to 12:30 p.m. in Rowell Hall Second Set of Questions – Sunday, April 3 – 10:15 to 11 a.m. in the Youth Room or Sunday, April 10 – 11:45 to 12:30 p.m. in Rowell Hall Third Set of Questions – Sunday, April 17 – 10:15 to 11 a.m. in the Youth Room or Sunday, April 17 – 11:45 to 12:30 p.m. in Rowell Hall