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April 5, 2009

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

Message from the Ministry Team

“The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt – a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord… I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people…” From Jeremiah 31:31-34 and a Sermon from March 29 Recently at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, we saw a famous play within a play called Pagliacci. Set in post World War II Italy, a troupe of traveling entertainers create its own stage in every visiting community, inviting one and all to see the show. The owner is Pagliacci, the husband of a beautiful younger actress. Paggliacci is star of the show, the principal actor and clown who nightly invites everyone to the stage, bringing delight into their war ravaged lives. Early in the opera we discover

that while he continues to express joy on the outside, he is bereft within, for his beloved bride carries on a torrid love affair in the shadows of the great play. He loves her jealously, passionately and would give his life for her. We rightly worry as we observe his jealousy eat him alive. He cannot bear the infidelity of his lover. Watching the last act of their play unfold within the final act of the opera, we’re horrified at the revenge he wreaks not only upon her life but upon her secret paramour. We hate the ending of this play, but we get it. Who could blame poor Paggliaci? They had it coming. He’s only human. Yet how we wish that things could have turned out differently for all of them. The prophet Jeremiah shouts loudly that while this may be the way of the world, God isn’t like this. It wouldn’t surprise us if, on any particular morning, God called the game and quit the world. We’re mindful of a dozen ways our lives could blow apart at any moment, and we even suspect that we have it coming. We’re keenly aware that the whole world as we know it could end in our lifetime with the fires of war, or with the ice of global warming. Who’s to say? When we’re honest as a people we say, “Oh my God, what have we done to ourselves and to the world? How have we squandered and abused what we have been given? We sometimes hover along the edges of the stage waiting for the other shoe to fall.

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As we near the end of Lent, Jeremiah gives us a foretaste of Good News for all people. God sticks with us even when we ignore God, deny God, turn away from God, forget God, betray God. God keeps coming after us like a lover whose satisfaction can only come from the presence of the beloved, because we, along with all people, from the greatest to the least, belong to God. Jeremiah gives us a glimpse of the God who loves human creatures so much that God remains faithful despite our rebellion, wooing us back with ever more precious and lavish gifts culminating in the life of Jesus. Theologian and early church bishop Augustine wrote, “You have made us for yourself, O God and our hearts cannot find rest until they rest in you.” Come rest in the tender journey of Holy Week and joy of Easter; and see what God will yet do, for you. Rev. Verlee A. Copeland Senior Minister 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 Acting Associate Minister for Christian Formation and Family Life: Tassie Green 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 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. Jesus And Me (JAM) 2nd Sundays at 11:15 a.m. Prayer and Healing Service 3rd Sundays at 7:00 p.m.


Invitation to Faith: Transformative Worship

Holy Week Services Palm Sunday April 5 Maundy Thursday 7:00 p.m. April 9 A deeply moving worship service of communion and tenebrae, extinguishing candles and robing the cross in black in preparation for the suffering of Christ. Choir, communion, candlelight, held in the sanctuary. Good Friday noon April 10 A chapel service of remembrance and spiritual preparation for Easter. Easter Vigil April 10-12 Begins Good Friday after the worship service and continues through Sunrise Easter morning. You are invited to sign up in the Gathering Place to come and pray, write, meditate, participate in the arts, or walk the labyrinth, in response to Jesus’ invitation to stay away with him one more hour. Easter Worship April 12 Sunrise - 6:30 am in the Close (outside garden west of the Gathering Place doors). If the weather is inclement, it will be held in the Youth Room. 9:00 and 11:00 am Easter Worship in the Sanctuary. Worship for the whole family, choir and brass, children’s participation, proclamation of the Good News. Interfaith Refugee & Immigration Ministries

Celebration of Hope May 8, 2009 Chicago Cultral Center Preston Bradley Hall 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago 6:30 p.m.: Reception 8:00 p.m.: Dinner & Program Reservations $100.00 RSVP by April 23, 2009 (773) 989.5647 or

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sundays 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

'Let’s Make Music Together: Celebrate the Spirit' Chicago Theological Seminary An Interfaith Dialogue in Word and Music Sunday, April 19, 7:00 pm The Music Institute of Chicago Rachel Barton Pine 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston General Admission $35 Students Free (773) 322.0223 or

Be a Part of General Synod 27 June 26-30, 2009 in Grand Rapids, MI

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

"Immerse Yourself" is the theme for General Synod 2009. Gather along the Grand River and immerse yourself in exploring what it means to live out the call of Jesus Christ as a particular expression of the church. You can learn more on the UCC website at Early plans are being made by Union Church members to travel together. Watch for more information in the next Good News. Please contact Rev. Thom ParrottSheffer with any questions at (630) 323.4303 ext. 6693. •2•

Invitation to Faith: Christian Formation for Children

LOGOS We have just completed our spring season of LOGOS. Our last Wednesday was March 25 and our theme was “Homecoming/Sports Night” and the Bible story was “The Great Commissioning”. The children, youth, families, table parents and staff have had a wonderful time developing new Christian relationships in our church. Thank you to our teachers, recreation team, kitchen crew, table parents, little LOGOS helpers, and worship leaders for a season of fun, spiritual growth, family time and new worship skills. We hope to see all 55 children and youth back for next season!

Mark your calendars and Get Ready for VBS June 22-26, 2009, 12:45-3:30 p.m. Registration opens up to Union Church members soon... •3•

Invitation to Faith: Christian Formation for Youth

Featured Event On April 19 at 4:30pm, Middle Schoolers are invited to go Laser Tagging during TNT. The cost is $12 and you need to sign-up online via the website. There is limited space so sign-up soon!

April 2009 Youth Events: In case you missed out on all the Spring Work Tour fun, check out the blog for photos and stories:

Middle School Events Sunday, April 5 @ 5 p.m. Movie Night w/Jade Dragon

Friday, April 10 @ 8 p.m. 8th Grade Confirmation Lock-in

Spaghetti Dinner Thank you We send a huge thank you to everyone involved in this year’s Spaghetti Dinner! All your efforts resulted in a wonderful evening of fun and fellowship and just over $14,000 raised to support the Discovery Spring Work Tour and Allegro Handbell Ensemble Summer Tour. We couldn’t have done it without all the students and parents who worked so hard in the weeks before the dinner, and during the event itself. Thanks also to our generous silent auction donors, underwriters, and ad purchasers. Our wonderful congregation also deserves thanks for your ongoing support of this event through you ticket purchases and attendance. Our talented entertainers made the evening so much fun—thank you all as well. This event requires the help of so many people that we don’t have space to recognize them all here, but we do want to acknowledge the hard work of our subcommittee chairpersons: Heather Concklin, Barbara Doose, Jane Grimm, Mary Jaworski, Elizabeth Krainc, Karen Lutz, Meg Moran, Linda Van Schaayk, Nancy Schuessler, Joann Shakon, Vera Shively, Elliot Tarabour, Deborah Tuggle, and chairperson emeritus/guru Nadine Woodle. Thanks also to Mike Surratt and Jer Hylen for all their behind-the-scenes support.

Sunday, April 12 No TNT (Easter) Sunday, April 19 - @ 4:30 p.m. TNT Laser Tag (sign-up online)

High School Events Saturday, April 4 @ 3 p.m. PADS Soupmaking Saturday, April 18 @ 10 a.m. Fullersburg Woods Saturday, April 18 @ 5 p.m. Spring WT helps w/Journey Worship Sunday, April 19 @ 8, 9, & 10 a.m. Spring WT helps with Worship Saturday, April 25 @ 5 p.m. Night Ministry @ 5pm

With great appreciation, Catherine Cook, Lisa Graveline, Susan Pedersen, and Lucy Tarabour Spaghetti Dinner ’09 Co-chairs

For Full Coverage of All Youth Activities & Events Visit Our website at: Our Blog with PHOTO OF THE DAY & SPRING WORK TOUR posts & tweets at: Parents and Youth... Sign-up online for our weekly youth e-newsletter to stay up to date automatically! •4•

Sign up for all Mission Possible [MP] events on the youth website at Spaces are limited for certain events so sign up soon! Questions? Contact Jeremy Hylen at OR Jane Grimm at

Invitation to Faith: Christian Formation for Adults

Plant Sale Friday, May 8 Bronswood Greenhouses Spring has sprung, and that’s no accident, nor is the approximately $4,000 the Women’s Association raises for he Women’s Crisis Center of the DuPage YWCA. Every year the members and friends of Union Church work together to create a plant sale like no other By now there are things in your yard, and in your friendly neighbor’s yard, that can be dug up and potted. We have potting elves on the back patio of 322 North Bruner for about 6 weeks leading up to the sale, and last year we potted about 300 plants – all dug up and donated by you wonderful folk. Obviously, we get 100% of the profit from these. So, if you don’t have the facilities for potting your own, feel free to bring your plants for us to pot. We love doing it. In addition, Bronswood turns over the greenhouses to us for the day, and they give us 25% of all the money we take in. In the greenhouses there are all varieties of annuals, geraniums, vinca, and beautiful hanging baskets just in time for Mother’s Day. In the back yard of Bronswood are the wild flowers, ground covers and perennials we have dug up from our gardens. (Where else can you get Epimedium, Virginia Bluebells and Trillium?) Help us raise money for a worthwhile cause. Dig, let us know if you need someone to come dig for you, let us know if you are aware of knockdowns where we can dig, come help us on Plant Sale Day, and by all means, plan to buy your plants from us this year. For information, call Ruth Finlay (630) 323.4715 or Eleanor Patterson (630) 887.0978

Faith Community Conference on Addiction: It Takes a Village The NACoA (National Association for Children of Alcoholics), TASC (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities), DASA (Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse), CRS (Community Renewal Society), and Great Lakes ATTC (Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center) would like to invite you to join us for the upcoming 2009 Faith Community Conference on Addiction: It Takes a Village— Working Together to Help Families Heal and Recover from the Impact of Addiction. This exciting conference offers you, and other members of the faith community, the opportunity to learn strategies on how to effectively serve families affected by addiction. There is a $25 registration fee for the conference. The fee will cover the cost of your materials and food. For more information please visit:

GO GREEN Friendship (K-2nd) and FUNSHIP (3rd-5th) Good Friday, April 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. What does “GO GREEN” mean? Do kids wear green? Will all the dinner food be green? Do kids who have green hair get to come for free? Will our activities focus on conservation? Are we planting green things on the church ground? Elementary school students and their friends are invited to come and find out what “GO GREEN” is all about. The evening will include dinner. Cost for the night is $5 per person. (We will meet on the Upper Level due to the Easter Vigil.)


The Union Forum Sundays from 11:15 a.m. 12:15 p.m. in Rowell Hall

April 5, 2009 “Passover Traditions: History of the Seder Meal” by Allen Becker April 12, 2009 Easter - No Forum April 19, 2009 “The New Environmental Mission & How the Environment Relates to Our Faith,” presented by Zoe Bravos, Chris Davy, Ryan Anderson April 26, 2009 "Community-Supported Agriculture" by Jeremy Hylen, Laurie Meyers

Union Church Progressive Dinner Saturday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. The evening begins at 6:30 pm with everyone gathered for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Then we “progress” to different homes for the main course.The evening concludes with everyone gathered together again for the dessert finale! The cost per person is $12 and a dish you prepare. The deadline to sign up to participate is Sunday, April 19. If you would like to host, participate or need a ride, please call or email Lauren Haarlow (630) 789.1415 or

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

Easter Offering to Benefit San Lucas UCC


Through the Christian Mission Ministry, Union Church is a supportive partner of the San Lucas United Church of Christ in the Humboldt Park area of Chicago. Our financial support and volunteerism has helped provide vital services to this underprivileged neighborhood through the programs of this resourceful faith community. Program offered include:

You, the members and friends of the Union Church of Hinsdale, U.C.C., are cordially invited to the

• A food pantry which distributes food, milk and clothing for infants. • Childcare training for teen mothers as well as pregnancy prevention programs for preteens. • Alternative programs to gang membership (i.e. a summer program that works to keep children off the streets.) • A weekly free lunch and soup kitchen. • Monthly free health screenings and immunization services. • Basic needs including food, clothing and furniture for the poorest community members.

First Annual Hank Maxwell Peace & Justice Recognition Dinner Saturday, April 25, 2009 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Hinsdale Community House Tickets are on sale at $25 per person The 2009 recipients of the Hank Maxwell Peace & Justice Award are: Chris Davey

Pastor Rev. Annie Gonzalez and other committed church volunteers advocate for solutions to the many deeply entrenched problems this community faces. Through our contributions, caring involvement and special projects, we provide very real hope and support for their mission. In this time of even greater challenges and needs for those who have so little, please support the Easter offering which will be directed to this valued partner congregation.

Craig Schaefer and Mike Erskine Plan now to join us as we honor this memory and legacy of faith.

Mission Opportunities There are many opportunities coming up for your hands-on involvement … 1) Working at Erie House to help create a community garden and share your gardening skills with children and families. This project is being scheduled in May. 2) PADS volunteering opportunities coming this summer – June 27 and August 22 at the Redeemer Lutheran Church. 3) On-going liaison relationships with Chicago Theological Seminary, Community Renewal Society or Habitat for Humanity. If you are interested in knowing more please contact Rev. Thom Parrott-Sheffer for details and next steps.


Invitation to Faith: Community Life

WA Scholarships

Easter Egg Hunt

Women’s Association scholarships are given each year to one or more students who are in need of college tuition assistance. Anyone associated with Union Church may apply for these funds. Consideration is given to service to the church, need and/ or plans to pursue a church-related career. Applications may be picked up from the ledge outside the volunteer desk in the office area. All applications must be returned to the Women’s Association box by April 19. Questions? Call Eleanor Patterson, (630) 887.0978.

All children ages 1 - 8 are invited to hunt for eggs on April 11 from 10 – 11:00 a.m. We will begin in the Gathering Place with refreshments and a special story from Rev. Tassie. Then, the hunt is on! Be sure to bring an empty Easter basket to collect lots of eggs. We will end with a visit from none-other than the Easter Bunny! Bring your camera for pictures. Family and friends are welcome.

Brad Nye Band and Derek Berg Concert Sunday April 26 at 6:00 p.m. The Union Church of Hinsdale proudly invites the public to a concert performed by the Brad Nye Band with feature artist Derek Berg. This band features rockin-country-folk and gospel music that will deliver a message of hope. All are welcome, bring a friend. Free will offering accepted. For more information please contact Mary Jaworski (630) 734.1046.

Why pretzels? Many people have wondered why Parish Life is serving pretzels during Lent. Quite simply, we have been asked to eliminate 'sweets' during Lent and pretzels have been served the last several years. Also, the pretzels have a long standing theological history and use in the church... another good reason to look forward to Easter - "treats and cookies will 'rise' again !!!"

Garages Wanted! Storage for Resale items. Call Fran Evans at (630) 986.1438

Notes From the Endowment Ministry

Men's Club

What tree?

Men’s Club meets for lunch at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, April 8 in the Union Church dining room. Our guest speaker will be Mark Dyer, a volunteer for Shelter Box who has recently returned from a three-week deployment in Somalia to erect shelters for refugees. He will bring along a typical shelter kit and will share his tales of this exotic and dangerous country. The cost is $5. If your caller does not reach you, please call the church office at (630) 323.4303 to reserve a place. See you on then!

Maybe you’ve noticed the wall off The Gathering Place, next to the kitchen, has recently been painted green. Also, on this wall is a tree with a bronze trunk and many golden leaves. Above it reads "The Giving Tree." What’s this all about?

Petite Repeat Looking for a Bargain? Saturday, April 18 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. You may want to think about volunteering for the ECP’s upcoming Petite Repeat sale. If you are able to help for 4 hours during set-up week you are eligible to shop the Pre-sale on Friday, April 17th from 6-8pm. You will find great bargains on toys, children’s clothes, strollers, furniture, sports equipment and much, much more! Call Lara Matricaria at (630) 850.9205 to volunteer. Also, we will be accepting donations on teh stage of the Dinning Room beginning Monday, April 6. For more information call Tonya Lawson at (630) 654.9048. We look forward to seeing you there!


In the near future, those leaves will be replaced with leaves engraved with the names of members and friends who have made significant gifts to the Endowment Ministry of the church. However, this is only the beginning. We have many more leaves to fill and we encourage all members to consider a gift to the Endowment Fund. Gifts may be made in many different ways; immediate gifts, such as cash, stock, real estate, etc; and deferred gifts, such as bequests, life insurance, retirement plans, etc. The Endowment Fund is a perpetual fund existing as a financial source for the support of Union Church and its activities now and in the future. Each year the Endowment Ministry distributes 5% of the Fund among the various ministries of Union Church. This is an important supplement to the annual contributions made by the Congregation. For further information about the Endowment Fund or "The Giving Tree", please contact Bob Reiland at (847) 312.9849 or any member of the Endowment Ministry.

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Sunday, April 5 8:00, 9:00 & 10:00 a.m. Worship Services 10:00 a.m. Sunday School, Nursery 11:15 a.m. Union Forum 5:00 p.m. Middle School Group 7:00 p.m. High School Group

Sunday, April 12 6:30, 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. Easter Worship Services Monday, April 13 9:00 a.m. Soup Making Ministry 7:00 p.m. Green Church Innovative Meeting

Monday, April 6 9:00 a.m. Soup Making Ministry

Tuesday, April 14 8:30 a.m. Mother Child 7:00 p.m. Ministry Night

Tuesday, April 7 5:00 p.m. Submission Deadline for the April 19 News

Wednesday, April 15 7:00 a.m. Men's Breakfast Group

Wednesday, April 8 7:00 a.m. Men's Breakfast Group 7:00 p.m. Youth Choir (9th - 12th Grades) Thursday, April 9 7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Worship Friday, April 10 12:00 p.m. Good Friday Worship Service 2:00 p.m. Easter Vigil Saturday, April 11 10:00 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt

Thursday, April 16 8:30 a.m. ECP Mother Child 1:00 p.m. Kergyma 7:30 p.m. CODA Friday, April 17 7:00 a.m. Bible Study Saturday, April 18 10:00 a.m. Mission Possible: Fullerburg Woods 5:00 p.m. Journey Worship

April 5, 2009 - Union Church of Hinsdale's Good News  

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

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