April 17, 2011 A Publication of The Union Church of Hinsdale, U.C.C. Volume 43, Issue 8
ON THE WAY WITH JESUS When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. Matthew 21:1-‐2
Marcus Borg, a New Testament scholar, explains that on the same day that Jesus and his parade entered Jerusalem from the east gate, Pontius Pilate and his troops entered Jerusalem from the west gate in preparation of the Passover festival. One entered on a donkey, as a sign of peace, and the other entered in a show of force. One was there to keep the peace and the other was there to change the world. These two men would meet for the first time on the Friday of that week. That meeting changed the course of history. Holy Week is about the drama of life, the abuse of power by humanity, the fear and shortcomings of people, and the power of God through Jesus Christ to overcome and transform all of it. Holy Week is our opportunity to see ourselves in the crowds, in the disciples, in the Jerusalem officials and in the Roman oppressors. Holy Week is our opportunity to be amazed at God’s redeeming love and transforming care for us. Holy Week is our opportunity to walk with Jesus one last time and be caught up in the mystery and wonder of God at work among us. Holy Week leads to Easter, which means new life for us! I would like to invite you to walk with Jesus at Union Church during Holy Week this year and be caught up in the drama and meaning of this holy week. You can read more about Holy Week opportunities in this issue of the Good News. You can also read about worship in May and June in this issue as well. We have published the activities of May and June because I will be away from Union Church during those months on medical leave. A removal of a tumor from my spinal cord will require a 10-‐week recovery period. The staff and I, with the help of lay leadership, have put things in place so the quality and excitement of life at Union Church will continue. Meanwhile, the Transitional Steering Committee will be planning our next round of transition with cottage meetings for all members of the congregation in the fall. You have been very gracious and supportive of my medical situation and I appreciate your prayers and care during this time. I have established a “Caringbridge” website so that you can have first hand reports about what is happening to me. I invite you to visit my site at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/tomzoelzer. Like the disciples of Jesus, we ride into the future not knowing what lies ahead but trusting that God is with us to help us find our way. In hope and peace! Rev. Dr. Tom Zoelzer Transitional Senior Minister
Invitation to Faith: Transformative Worship
Our Staff Transitional Minister: Rev. Dr. Tom Zoelzer Associate Minister: 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
Join us for Holy Week
Sunday, April 17 – Palm Sunday 9:00 a.m. – Traditional Worship / 10:30 a.m. – Contemporary Worship Thursday, April 21 – Maundy Thursday – 7:00 p.m. Join us in the sanctuary as we remember the night Jesus spent in the upper room with his disciples, including communion and a Tennebrae service. Friday, April 22 – Good Friday – 12:00 p.m. Join us in the chapel for the seven last words Jesus spoke from the cross. Friday-‐Sunday, April 22-‐24 – Easter Vigil – 2:00 p.m. Sign up to be in Vigil. A time of reflection, walking the Labyrinth, being in silence – preparing ourselves to receive Easter. Sunday, April 24 – Easter Sunday Worship 6:30 a.m. -‐ Sunrise Service, in the Youth Room 9:00 a.m. -‐ Traditional Worship, with Gargoyle Brass and Chancel Choir 11:00 a.m. -‐ A Joyous Blended Worship, with Gargoyle Brass, Chancel Choir, Cantate! and Joyful Noise Band Please note that the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. worships are NOT the same style or content. They will be quite different from each other but both powerful.
2011 Easter Offering to Benefit HCS Family Services
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
The Christian Mission Ministry invites you to support the 2011 Easter offering recipient, HCS Family Services. HCS is a compassionate not-‐for-‐profit organization which has been serving the residents of Southeast DuPage County since 1937. Our offering will support the “Parent Mentor” program for any family in their service area wanting to improve their parenting skills. The Parent Mentor Program empowers and strengthens the family unit by cultivating parental coping skills. Families supported through mentoring can be helped to develop new ways to perceive and respond to stressful situations, and new ways to effectively parent their children, thereby reducing the risk of child neglect. If you have any questions or comments about this year's offering please feel free to contact Barb Early, HCS Family Services’ liaison, from the Mission Ministry.
Invitation to Faith: Christian Formation for Children
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Jesus said. ‘Feed my lambs.’ John 21:15 Let us join together in writing letters to our Nation’s decision-‐makers. Our advocacy for an accountable and focused effort to reduce world poverty counts!!!!!! Curious for more information? Go to http://www.bread.org/OL “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43: 19
Memorial Park – Wheaton Free food, music, and fun and games for the kids.
For more information or details, please contact Tim Walker at 630 683-‐3846 x222 or email@example.com
Cornerstone Family Health & Cornerstone Christian Health Services invite you to join us as we celebrate eight years of ministry!
Friday May 13, 2011 Doors open at 6:30 p.m. – program begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. at
Christ Church of Oakbrook
(enter south side of church building at door #2) Kindly RSVP on or before Friday May 6, 2011 at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 734.3044
Invitation to Faith: Mission and Social Justice
VBS 2011: Don’t Monkey Around Get Ready for Safari Fun at
Dates: June 20-‐24, 2011 Times: 12:45 -‐ 3:30 p.m. Cost: $30 Registration is now open!!!
At VBS this year, the children will be embarking on a prayer safari. Through their adventures, they will discover that “God Listens,” “God Provides,” “God Forgives,” “God Protects,” and “God Rules.” We will have a great time with lively songs, hilarious skits, creative crafts, exciting games, Bible stories and tasty snacks –all of the things that make Vacation Bible School so much fun for kids. And we will be learning the Lord’s prayer. So don’t monkey around and sign up today! registration forms are outside Penny’s office. If you are interested in being a safari teacher or junior volunteer, please let Penny or Melanie know.
The last few Sundays of Lent we will be finishing our soup ministry Sunday School offering. 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. The 3s & 4s Sunday School class continues to lead. They are the Souper Class. Thanks to all the kids for continuing to support the soup ministry.
Seder Celebration and Meal Sunday, April 17 3:00 PM On Palm Sunday, members are invited to share a Seder meal together.
A Seder is the Jewish Passover meal which commemorates the delivery of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. The Passover is both an actual meal and a sacramental meal. The Seder service takes place annually in the home, on the first two nights of Passover. The foods eaten are symbols of spiritual truths and past events. The event itself is an “intergenerational” learning experience. Everyone is invited to attend the Seder service and supper. Since we will be serving a meal as part of this event, please let us know if you plan to come. Reservations can be made completing a card that is on a table in the Gathering Place or by calling Melanie at 630 323-‐4303. A goodwill offering will be taken to cover the cost of the food; any additional money received will be placed in the Summer Work Tour fund.
Gospel on the Go, the special class during Lent for Middle School students, will th meet in the church’s main kitchen for our last class (April 17 ). As we have been doing, we will have breakfast and then we will prepare some of the food and items needed for the Seder service and supper that will be held at 3:00 pm that afternoon. If students can’t come to the morning class, they and their family are invited to attend the Seder. Please email Jer with your reservation for the supper and to also let him know if you will be there on Sunday morning. Students who have not been able to attend this class previously are welcome to come to this last session.
Invitation to Faith: Community & Church Life Rev. Tom Zoelzer will be on medical leave in May and June, but the work and ministry of Union Church goes on. We are planning exciting and powerful worship services during May and June. Be part of these events:
May 1: May 8: May 15: May 22: May 29: June 5: June 12: June 19:
Sundays in May and June: “Being a Witness”
Worship led by the Spring Work Tour participants at both 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Worship followed by our Annual Bread for the World Campaign MUSIC SUNDAY, at both 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. will include the premier of Psalm 46, composed by Will White in honor of Michael Surratt’s retirement. The piece includes choir, brass, organ and bells. Worship led by the members of our Simple Supper Bible Studies at both 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. CONFIRMATION SUNDAY, at both 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. The Rite of Confirmation will be held at 9:00 and the Dedication of the Confirmands will occur at 10:30 p.m. Come for both services! Memorial Day Worship led by Jeremy Hylen at 9:00 and at 10:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. – DEDICATION AND CELEBRATION. The portrait of Rev. Dr. Verlee A. Copeland will be unveiled and dedicated. Rev. Jonathan Knight, of the Illinois Conference, will be providing the message. 10:30 a.m. – CHRISTIAN FORMATION SUNDAY Penny and Jeremy will lead the worship in celebration of our Christian Formation Ministry and an appreciation of our teachers PENTECOST SUNDAY, one worship service at 10:00 a.m. -‐ This service will be followed by the Church Picnic. Join us as we celebrate the birthday of the Church, celebrate New Member Sunday and Commission our Bell Tour. Special liturgy and special music is being planned. Worship is led by Thom Parrott-‐Sheffer at 9:00 and Jeremy Hylen at 10:30.
Thank you for your support!
I would like to thank everyone for your stewardship of time, talent, and treasure during the first three months of 2011! Many of you heard the call for meaningful giving and joyous Christian service even in difficult times, and you have responded! What a blessing! In the next Good News, our church treasurer will give more details about the first three months of this year. But for now, thank you for your support and keep it up! I can also report that in 2011 Union Church's Stewardship Committee will be a year around ministry of the congregation to educate us and inspire us about faithful and meaningful sharing as disciples of Jesus Christ. They will be including monthly articles and updates in the Good News and on the website. Thank you for your ministry of stewardship so that the work of Christ is proclaimed and lived in this place! Rev. Dr. Tom Zoelzer Transitional Senior Minister
Invitation to Faith: Mission and Social Justice
Orders due Wednesday, April 27 Top three reasons to order from Market Day this month:
1.) Fire up the grill! Check out the “Mixed Grill” selection. This is a variety of delicious products perfect for outdoor grilling. 2.) Dessert! April brings “Dessert Bonus Days” when the Allegro Handbell Ensemble earns extra profit from sales of their most mouth-‐watering pies and cheesecakes 3.) FREE STUFF! Who can resist that? If you place an order of $80 or more online only, and enter the bonus code APRBONUS, you will receive a free 2 lb. tray of delicious manicotti—a wonderful and easy family meal.
Orders due April 27! Paper orders may be dropped off in the narthex or just inside the north parking lot doors. Online orders (marketday.com) are due by 11 p.m. Remember, if you’re ordering online, please specify the Allegro Handbell Ensemble as “your organization.” Our account number is 1359. If you have any questions or problems, please call Lucy Tarabour at 630-‐920-‐0636 or Mary Jaworski at 630-‐734-‐ 1046. th Order pick up is Saturday, April 30 from 9:30 to 10:00 am in the Garfield St. drive-‐through. The Sweden-‐bound Allegro Handbell Ensemble thanks you for your support!
Help Chart the Destiny for Adult Christian Formation
A short, on-‐line survey (from Survey Monkey) will be emailed to those who receive church emails in the very near future. This survey will help the Adult Christian Formation committee shape the future of our adult educational and formation program.
Please take 10 minutes and chart our course!
If you do not receive the church’s emails you can still participate by filling out a survey on Palm Sunday! Please complete by April 30, thank you.
Invitation to Faith: Community & Church Life
Youth Events Calendar TNT (Sunday Nights 5-‐6:30pm) High School April 17 – Seder Dinner @ 3 p.m. April 17 – Seder Dinner @ 3 p.m. (families are invited) (families are invited) April 24 – NO TNT: Easter April 24 – NO Youth Group: Easter May 1 – Mini-‐Golf May 1 – Work Tour Sunday @ 9/10:30 worship May 1 – Youth Group in the evening Keep an eye open on Facebook for details for Youth Group
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 (10-‐15 hours a week). We are looking to hire one male and one female assistant to work from June 6th through August 12th. The candidates should be: members of Union Church, have completed at least one year of college, should have been active in the youth program at Union Church in the past and are at least 18 years of age. In addition, the candidates should have experience working with young people either at Union Church and/or while away at college. 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. You can download the application online at: http://youth.uchinsdale.org Please submit your application by May 1 to Jeremy Hylen, either by dropping off your application at the church, or via email to email@example.com
Thank You To Our Wonderful Sponsors!
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Invitation to Faith: Christian Formation
Saturday, May 14, 2011 9:00am-12:00pm
All Union Church Family & Friends are welcome
Come “travel” with us to beautiful Union Church of Hinsdale, where we will spend the morning in mission work around our Church. We will be visiting the gardens of the Church, the sanctuary and beyond as we work toward beautifying our church home. Both little and big hands are needed. The morning will end with a special service project of packing over 100 Disaster Hygiene Kits for Church World Service and a special worship service (short!) Please R.S.V.P. to Melanie Burton in the church office at (630) 323.4303. More information will follow soon – keep and eye out and begin to make plans to be there on May 14!!!!
Looking for a Host Family for a Foreign Exchange Student
WANTED: Host families to open their hearts and homes to welcome an international exchange student into their community for an academic school year. Welcoming an exchange student into your home opens a new window to the world for your family, as well as changes the life of a young person. CIEE hosts more than 55 nationalities each year, so we could easily find a student that would work well with your family. Please contact Carrie Brockie 630-‐248-‐8181 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you might be interested.
Still Speaking, Conversations on Faith:
Elmhurst College is hosting a series of “Faith Conversations.” On April 25, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. the conversation will be “Islamophobia: An Inquiry,” hosted by Eboo Patel; in the Frick Center, Founders Lounge at Elmhurst College. A 2010 poll revealed that 46% of Americans believe that Islam is more likely to encourage violence than any other religion. During this conversation a distinguished group of thinkers from several religious traditions will discuss the causes and implications of Islamophobia in America. We are planning a carpool of folks from Union Church to attend this event. If you are interested contact Pastor Thom (630 323-‐4303) for a reserved spot in a car.
Invitation to Faith: Community Life 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 email@example.com.
Women’s Association Plant Sale Friday, May 6, 2011 -‐ 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Bronswood Greenhouses 3805 North Madison St, Oak Brook Spring, happy Spring, and we get to play with flowers again!
As most of you know, Women’s Association sells all varieties of annuals, geraniums, beautiful hanging baskets, etc., of which we get a very generous 25% of the total taken in that day. Even better, we are allowed to sell our home-‐dug plants and we get 100% profit! But first, we need to dig, dig, dig from our yards (and any friendly neighbor’s yard) and pot them for the sale. This often means one to two thousand more dollars in profit. So you see that every plant you dig and share with us is important, and NOW is the time to start digging. Do you need help digging? Call Ruth Finlay 630-‐323-‐4715 or Eleanor Patterson 630-‐887-‐0978. Need pots? Call Eleanor. Need somebody else to pot your plants? No problem. Bring them to Eleanor’s back patio at 322 North Bruner where the potting party will be delighted to sit in the spring air and pot any plants you bring us.
CLUB ESPAÑOL N Tuesday, April 26, 2011 6:30 p.m. at La Fajitas Restaurant 6510 Joliet Rd. – Countryside, IL We will be having practice conversations! Orders MUST be given in Spanish! Spouses & Significant Others are welcome! Bring cash to cover your own food & beverage.
OUR NEXT MEET THE STAFF BRUNCH WITH PENNY JOHNSON Sunday, May 1 – after the 9:00 a.m. 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 Penny. This is the third in our continuing brunches with our staff. Call Joan Hurst at (630) 325.2548 for reservations.
UNION CHURCH’S EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM , April 3 0 2011 Each year, local families and businesses generously donate new and gently used children's clothing, coats, furniture, toys, strollers, car seats, and maternity wear for the sale. Proceeds benefit the UCECP Scholarship Fund for families in need.
Please join in this special fundraising event to help children attend our widely recognized and NAECY-‐ accredited preschool, and to help meet our shared goal of ministering to the needs of the whole human family.
You can help by donating items to the sale, volunteering your time, or shopping at Petite Repeat. Donations will happily be accepted starting April 25 (receipts will be available). To volunteer, contact Kristen Ashby at TLFR36@comcast.net. See you at Petite Repeat!
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