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Good News The

March 7, 2010

A Publication of The Union Church of Hinsdale, U.C.C.

Go into all the world … and proclaim the Christ. It was only two years ago that we reconnected with the good people of the Bridgeman Center and the children of Soweto, South Africa. And it was a life-changing experience for many of us – a change to how we understand our world and our place in it. O, most assuredly, we do not need to travel thousands of miles away to find worthy people to serve or needs to meet. We need go no farther than our kitchen tables, our own neighborhood. Yet, we do offer the opportunity to travel far away to be a witness to Jesus Christ. Why? Because it widens our world view, deepens our understanding of God and sharpens our resolve to be in mission at that kitchen table, in that neighborhood. I would like for you to hear the words of one of those “missionaries” from two years ago:

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“I have come to realize the simple, yet powerful truth of our mission. It did not end when we said our goodbyes to the students of the Bridgman Center … Our real mission was to witness God's hand in the workings of the Bridgman center and the role it serves within the Soweto community.

You are invited to participate in this renewed mission to our friends in Soweto. We will be returning to Bridgeman on May 21, 2010, for a week of working with the staff, sharing with the children and being in a relationship with new friends. How can you help?

Having witnessed God's need, we have been called to act—and like the continent of Africa, that is a calling that does not leave us despite our leaving the continent … God has challenged each and everyone one of our team to take what we have witnessed and transform it into action …So I stand here today, not a missionary for, but a witness to God's work in South Africa … And it is as witnesses, I invite you to action as well. You have heard the needs of the Bridgman center and the children of Soweto. How does God call you to act?

Buy a share in the work by “adopting” a Bridgeman child. You can adopt for a day, for a week, for a month, for a year or in perpetuity. “Adoptions” will begin early in March and be available throughout April.

Our commitment to the people of Soweto and the work being done there did not end with our trip, but began. That is the truth of our mission and I hope now your mission as well. We came. We witnessed. We interacted. We must continue to act to ensure God's work can continue in the lives that are now wrapped up in our own.

Finally, you can participate through your prayers for the service done in your name. This year’s missionaries are Carol Wroble, Hugh & Mary Robinson, Mary Bock, Gail Bravos, Susan Young, Jessie Roper, Karen Roper and Thom Parrott-Sheffer. After it is all over, ask them about their experience … it will be lifechanging.

Make plans to attend our Mission Africa Dinner on April 24, 2010. We will be gathering for an evening of fun, food and fundraising at the Prickly Pear in LaGrange. Tickets will soon be on sale, look for them.

Our mission is not in the pride in what we have done, but the drive to do what is still undone. The Spirit continues to challenge.” Rev. Thom Parrott-Sheffer Minister for Mission & Outreach Union Church of Hinsdale, U.C.C.

OUR STAFF Senior Minister: Rev. Verlee A. Copeland Minister for Mission and Outreach: Rev. Dr. Thom Parrott-Sheffer Minister for Christian Formation and Family Life: Rev. Tanya Sadagopan 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 Executive Manager: Merrilee Hall Financial Manager: Chris Biank Project Manager: Joel Gratcyk Buildings and Grounds: Jim Vojtek

WORSHIP SERVICES Journey Worship Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. Sunday Worship 8:00, 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. JAM - Youth Worship 2nd Sundays at 11:15 a.m.

Invitation to Faith: Transformative Worship

Worship Considered by Leadership of Union Church If you’ve been in worship at Union Church lately, you may have heard the buzz regarding proposed shifts in our worship model. You have the opportunity as a congregation to hear more about this, and to offer your feedback. All are invited to join Terry Kilens, Coleman Tuggle and Verlee Copeland again this Sunday, March 7 at 11:15 a.m. in the chapel for a second opportunity to discuss the proposed worship model. After these initial presentations, Rev. Copeland will offer five opportunities to meet, after each worship service, to discuss what moves you in worship and what you find most meaningful about the worship service you regularly attend. Church leadership will then incorporate that feedback into the proposed worship plans. The opportunities for worship conversation with Rev. Copeland will be as follows: March 7 after the 8 a.m. Chapel Worship in the Lounge March 7 after the 9:00 a.m. Worship Service in the South Parlor March 14 after J.A.M in the Kitchen Classroom March 20 after Journey in the Kitchen Classroom March 21 after 10 a.m. Sunday Worship in the Lounge The goal of the proposed worship model is to unify and strengthen Union Church through Transformative Worship for all ages through two anchor worship services on Sunday morning, offered in two distinct styles. Please join us for this continuing conversation.

Worship During Lent Join us on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. as we explore the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations during our Wednesday evening Lenten worship services. Verlee A. Copeland, Thom Parrott-Sheffer, Jeremy Hylen and Tanya Sadagopan will lead these services with musical direction and participation by Michael Surratt. Worship will take place in the chapel as follows: March 10: Transformative Worship March 17: Extravagant Generosity March 24: Risk-taking Mission and Service

Worship During Holy Week March 24: Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday, usual schedule April 1: Maundy Thursday Worship 7 p.m., Sanctuary April 2: Good Friday Worship 12 p.m. Chapel April 2-3: Easter Vigil following Worship through Sunrise Easter, Sanctuary April 4 Easter Worship 9 and 11 in the Sanctuary

Journey Worship

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.

THE UNION CHURCH OF HINSDALE 137 South Garfield Avenue Hinsdale, IL 60521-4298 (630) 323.4303 (Telephone) (630) 323.4407 (Fax)

Celebrating our continuing journey with Jesus! You are invited to share worship with us on Saturdays – 5:00 p.m. MARCH JOURNEY - 03/13 – “The Loving Father” – Bluegrass Worship 03/20 – “God Is Making Something New” 03/27 – “What Are You Shouting About” – Palm Sunday Worship APRIL JOURNEY - 04/03 – No Journey – Easter Vigil 04/10 – “To What Do We Bear Witness?” 04/17 – Tanya Sadagopan, preaching 04/24 – Verlee A. Copeland, preaching •2•

Invitation to Faith: Christian Formation for Children

Save the Date: June 21-25 from 12:45 - 3:30 p.m. Ages 4 to 5th Grade Registration starts April 1. We need a Pharaoh or a Cleopatra to direct our VBS plus many attendants to support our Pharaoh. Please let Penny Johnson know if you are interested in being on the team.

LOGOS We are half way through the second session with many exciting themes coming up. As we make our way to Jerusalem during this season of Lent we will be learning about what it means to be a disciple and what was Jesus’ call. Here we partied at the beach while we heard the story of Feeding the 5000.


Invitation to Faith: Christian Formation for Youth

Union Church of Hinsdale Summer College Assistant Wanted Job Description: The summer Youth Assistant position is a part time summer position working with Jeremy Hylen, for three days per week, approximately 4 to 5 hours per day. We are looking to hire one male and one female assistant to work from June 7th through August 13th. The candidates should be members of Union Church, have completed at least one year of college, and should have been active in the youth program at Union Church in the past. In addition, the candidates should have experience working with young people either at Union Church and/or while away at college. Intern candidates must be at least 18 years of age or older. Duties may include clerical functions, assisting with video productions, organizing for Summer Work Tour; attendance at youth functions and other such assistance as may be required from time to time. The assistants will be paid a stipend of $1000 for the summer and will be asked to commit to 15 hours per week for the 10-week period.

Youth Events: March 7 - 21 .

Middle School TNT is Sunday Nights from 5:00 p.m - 6:30pm Sunday, March 7: Sanctuary Games

You can download the application online at: Please submit your application by April 1 to Jeremy Hylen, either by dropping off your application at the church, or via email to

Summer WT Announcement March 7 @ 7pm

Sunday, March 14: Gutter Sundaes and Wii! Sunday, March 21: St. Patty’s Party

For High School High School Youth Group is Sunday nights 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7: Summer Work Tour Announcement

It’s that time once again to learn about Summer Work Tour 2010. Come find out where we are going and all the other important details.

Bluegrass JAM

Sunday, March 14: Serious Rock Out with Rockband and Guitar Hero

3/14/10 @ 11:15 a.m. Join us as we have an all bluegrass style JAM Worship service!

Sunday, March 21: Spring Work Tour Meeting

All are welcome. Please feel free to bring your friends.


Invitation to Faith: Community Life & Christian Formation for Adults

Music for Organ & Brass

Rock and Roll Run “And let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith…”Hebrews 12:1

Sun., Mar. 14 @ 4:00 p.m. The Gargoyle Brass Quintet Michael Surratt, Organist The Program will include works by Henry Purcell, J. S. Bach, Ingolf Dahl and Flor Peeters This event will be held at: The Union Church of Hinsdale 137 S. Garfield Ave. Hinsdale, IL 60521 (630) 323.4303 htttp:// A Freewill Offering will be received.

Prayer & Healing Service Sun., Mar. 21 @ 7:00 p.m. During this 45-minute service, participants join in the Chapel for prayer, meditation, music, scripture reading and a reflection on healing ministries. During the service we pray for names of individuals in need of healing. We offer communion and laying on of hands for those who wish to receive it.

Easter Egg Hunt

Looking for a chance to run with perseverance in body, mind and spirit? Join Verlee Copeland in the Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon to be held in Chicago on August 1. You are invited to train for this event with encouragement, prayer and support from your church family. The first goal will be to run three miles, three times a week by Easter. Athlete Gary Richert will offer training tips and and Verlee Copeland will propose training schedules to achieve this goal. Please contact Verlee at for more information.

Fellowship Coffee Helps Others For the past nine years our church has participated in the UCC coffee project which is a joint venture with our denomination and Equal Exchange. Through this project we are able to purchase coffee and tea for our coffee after church, receptions and most of the events involving food knowing that the product has been purchased at a fair price from small farmers throughout the world. Each year, Equal Exchange makes a donation based on the pounds of product purchased by us and other UCC churches. In 2008 the Justice and Witness Ministries of the UCC received $11,416.51 through this project.

Elementary School Fellowship Recap Friendship and FUNSHIP went “Green” on Friday, February 12th. The elementary school students gathered brainstormed ways they and all of us could “reduce, reuse and recycle.” Below are some of the ideas generated: 1.) Do not use plastic whenever possible. Instead use: Re-fillable containers for your personal water Washable silverware, glasses, mugs (and plates) at home and at church Find a second use for plastic containers you acquire

All children ages 1-8 and their families are invited to attend the annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 27 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Additional details about this fun-filled event will be available in the next Good News issue.

2.) Make it a priority to recycle cans, paper, plastic bag, cardboard, etc.

In the meantime, if you have any plastic Easter eggs or small wrapped candy (Hershey kisses, chocolate eggs, toosie roll midgies etc. WITH NO NUTS) which you would like to contribute, we would be happy to accept your donation in our Easter Hunt basket located in the church office during the week and north entrance hallway on Sundays. Thank you for your support.

5.) Discover new ways to use fresh paper: Backs can be used to write notes to self Newspaper can become wrapping paper Shredded paper can become “grass” in gift bags

3.) Use email instead of “snail mail.” This saves not only on the amount of paper used but also fuel needed to make the delivery 4.) Buy locally grown foods and other goods.


Run full loads of dishes and clothes.


Turn water and lights off. Use only as much as is necessary.

Going Green = Saving our Planet The next fellowship meeting will be on Friday, March 12. All elementary school students are invited! •5•

Invitation to Faith: Expanding Mission and Social Justice for All People

March 7, 2010 – Peace & Justice Sunday We will be celebrating Peace & Justice Sunday on March 7, 2010 at the Union Church of Hinsdale. Join us for the celebration and the proclamation about Christ’s call to justice and how we can choose to live in a way the promotes God’s peace and faithful justice. Our celebration begins at 10:00 a.m., with worship. The Rev. Douglas Sharp will be preaching. Rev. Sharp is the Dean of the Academy for the Common Good (a ministry of the Protestants for the Common Good). He will present the biblical foundation for Jesus’ call to a social justice and faithful lifestyle. During this service we will be presenting the 2010 Hank Maxwell Peace & Justice Recognition Honors to those members who were nominated and selected. Following worship we will convene in Rowell Hall for further conversation around the theme, “Home Grown Justice.” To aide in this conversation we have invited representatives from Habitat for Humanity, Du Page, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights and the Illinois Center for Violence Prevention. Plan to join us for this compelling and joyous occasion.

2010 Easter Offering to Benefit Pillars Community Services The Christian Mission Ministry invites you to support the 2010 Easter offering recipient, Pillars Community Services. Pillars has been “helping people help themselves” in the western suburbs for over forty years. Their many social services programs include the Constance Morris House (domestic violence shelter for women and children), Head Start program, addictions outpatient treatment services and Buddy’s Place bereavement support for children. Please find the Easter Offering envelope for Pillars in the Lenten mailing distributed at the end of February. Donations for Pillars may be made using this envelope or through the plate collection at any of the Easter morning services on April 4. Please give generously to support this valuable agency. Pillars is one of the many social services agencies whose funds have been drastically cut by the state. The Mission Ministry and the dedicated professional staff at Pillars thank you for your support!

"Let our light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and praise God, who is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)

Donations For Haitian and Chilean Relief Funds from the UCC's One Great Hour of Sharing are being rushed to our Haitian and Chilean partners to support their initial emergency response. However, your generous donations are needed to provide the greatest level of support for the victims of these terrible disasters, and many of you have been asking how you might help. We will accept donations through the church. Make your check payable to Union Church of Hinsdale and write for Haiti and Chile in the memo line. You may put your donation in the offering plate or give it to any staff member. All the donations will be sent on to the UCC Disaster Relief efforts. OR you may make your donation online at Thank you for your prayers and generosity.

One Great Hour of Sharing March 13 & 14, 2009 At All Worship Services One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS), as part of Our Church's Wider Mission, is the special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that carries God's message of love and hope to people in more than eighty countries. Together with eight other Protestant denominations, the UCC works to build sustainable communities, respond to disaster, and minister to refugees. OGHS is part of a remarkable network of service and caring that is efficient, effective and faithful. Administrative costs are typically less than eight percent annually. In this country and in more than eighty others, life is better for our neighbors because of your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing. Please give generously by in the OGHS envelopes provided at the worship services the weekend of March 13 & 14. Thank you! •6•

Invitation to Faith: Community Life

Top Ten Reasons to Shop Market Day with the Allegro Handbell Choir

Men’s Club Meeting March 10, 2010

10.) You can plan your delicious meals a month in advance. 9.) Market Day food builds strong muscles to ring big bells. 8.) Allegro Bell Choir members work hard preparing monthly mailings and delivering your order –they serve you well! 7.) There are over 160 unique items to choose from and the cookies are awesome!! 6.) You are supporting a ministry of Union Church. 5.) You don't even have to get out of your car to pick up your order and some months we deliver to lucky customers. 4.) You get a smile, hello, and thank you with each delivery from an ABC member.

Dr. Stuart Johnson, Professor of Medicine, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine; Deputy Chief of Research at the Hines VA Hospital will be our guest speaker and we are most fortunate for this. Dr. Johnson is widely recognized locally, nationally and internationally for his research and clinical efforts in the field of infectious diseases and, in particular, the most disconcerting and increasingly common and serious problem of colitis and diarrhea associated with the use of antibiotics. Dr. Johnson is a key member of a dynamic research group, primarily located at the Hines Hospital VA. Their research efforts are both novel and exciting to both lay and professional. He will include some of the very real concern for the current financial status and its’ effect upon medical research and progress.

3.) Market Day food can easily be ordered on-line, phone in or submitting your order form. 2.) Enjoy the food, help the choir and take a tax deduction for 10% of your purchase.(Check with your tax advisor.) 1.) You are helping youth share their musical gifts and talents with people in Illinois and Michigan this year and Europe next year and we love you for your support. Contact Lucy Tarabour at (630) 920.0636 or Mary Jaworski at (630) 734.1046 for details on ordering Market Day. Order your spiral ham, praline sweet potato casserole & desserts for Easter.

March Market Day orders are due March 17. Pickup is on Saturday March 20.


Women's Association Revelations! Women's Association invites you to our annual event Revelations! Join us on March 18th at 10:15 am to learn more about your fellow Union Church Women. Who will we interview this year?? After the morning of questions and answers in Rowell Hall, we'll share a salad lunch. If you plan to stay for lunch, please bring your favorite salad ingredient for the salad bar!

Monthly Women's Association Drop-in Book Club The March Drop-in Book Group will discuss The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. Dorothee Earnst will lead our discussion of Joan Didion's examination of her "complicated responses to [her husband's death]" which Library Journal described as having "a predominant atmosphere . . . of authentic suspence that makes for a remarkable page turner" We'll meet at church on Monday, March 22nd at 1:00 pm. Hope to see you then!

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Sunday, March 7 8:00, 9:00 & 10:00 a.m. Worship Services 10:00 a.m. Sunday School 11:15 a.m. CSJ "Home Grown Justice" Presentation 11:15 p.m. Spring WT Parents Meeting - Youthroom Monday, March 8 9:00 a.m. Soup Making Tuesday, March 9 Good News Submission Deadline for March 21 Issue 9:00 a.m. "The Happiness Project" 7:00 p.m. Ministry Night Wednesday, March 10 12:00 p.m. Men's Club Meeting & Lunch 7:00 p.m. Lenten Worship Thursday, March 11 1:00 p.m. Kerygma Friday, March 12 6:30 p.m. Friendship/FUNship - Blue Night Saturday, March 13 7:00 a.m. Boy Scout Pankcake Breakfast 5:00 p.m. Bluegrass Journey Worship

Sunday, March 14 8:00, 9:00 & 10:00 a.m. Worship Services 9:00 a.m. Current Events & Faith Group 11:15 a.m. Bluegrass JAM Service Monday, March 15 9:00 a.m. Soup Making Ministry 6:45 p.m. AA Big Book Group Tuesday, March 16 9:00 a.m. "The Happiness Project" Wednesday, March 17 4:00 p.m. Children's Choir 5:45 p.m. Middle School Choir 7:00 p.m. Lenten Worship 8:00 p.m. "Way to Live" - High School Youth Thursday, March 18 10:15 p.m. Women's Association "Revelations" Friday, March 19 6:00 a.m. Men's Ministry Group #1 Saturday, March 20 9:30 a.m. Market Day Pickup til 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Journey Worship

Mar. 7, 2010 - Union Church of Hinsdale's Good News  

A church newsletter published by the Union Church of Hinsdale, U.C.C.

Mar. 7, 2010 - Union Church of Hinsdale's Good News  

A church newsletter published by the Union Church of Hinsdale, U.C.C.