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Good News The

April 18, 2010

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

Music Sunday April 25, 2010 After much talk about our weekend worship schedule at Union Church, our Executive Council has voted to have two Sunday morning services beginning September 12. Both services will be in the Sanctuary. The 9:00 service will be traditional in style and format with music mainly led by the Chancel Choir and organ. The 10:30 service will be more varied in style using a variety of instruments that include piano, guitar and drums. Our three handbell choirs, children and youth choirs and women’s ensemble will participate occasionally at both services. There is much planning and preparation to be done before next fall to fulfill our goal of providing musical excellence at both services. I would like to issue a special invitation to new Chancel Choir members. Through the years a number of people have said to me that they would like to join the choir but could not commit to weekly Thursday evening rehearsals in addition to the Sunday morning commitment. Beginning this fall, we plan to meet on Sunday mornings at 8:15, sing at the 9:00 service, have a short coffee break, rehearse until around 11:00 for the

next Sunday, and eliminate the regular Thursday evening rehearsals. We will need to have an evening rehearsal with the brass ensemble before Easter and an occasional extra rehearsal if we do another program with combined choirs from several churches like the very successful Advent Concert and Hymn Festival we did last December, and we would like to have a “kick-off” rehearsal on Thursday, September 9 to work ahead a few weeks and have a social time to welcome (we hope) new members, but the regular weekly time commitment will be reduced to less than three hours on Sunday morning. This will give us approximately one hour less rehearsal time each week than we have now. Our goal is to have the 9:00 service end at 9:50 on most Sundays. Instead of singing two anthems, which we usually do now, we will sing one anthem each Sunday. The choir will have more presence in the service and take a larger leadership role by singing introits, prayer and benediction responses and restoring processionals and recessionals. We will have our summer “shirt sleeve choir” (no robes) on the second Sundays in July and August. We will meet in the choir room at 9:00 and sing at the 10:00 service on July 11 and August 8. Please accept this invitation to come and see how you like it on those Sundays before you make a commitment for the fall. I don’t know yet what name the group of musicians who provide leadership for the new 10:30 service will choose, but I hope that musicians who are currently active in the Journey and JAM services will continue in the new service. We will also welcome singers and instrumentalists who are not currently participating in the Music Ministry of Union Church who would like to join the new group. Led by Brad Nye, the Journey Band will participate in the 10:00 service on

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Music Sunday, April 25, along with Cantate, our new women’s ensemble led by Pat Deckert, the Chancel Choir led by Todd Diehl, and the Allegro Handbell Ensemble. On Music Sunday we will list the names in the bulletin of the approximately 125 people who are involved in the Music Ministry of Union Church. We also thank the parents who support and encourage our children and youth, and the members of the congregation who support our bell choir tours through Market Day and our annual Spaghetti Dinner. The Allegro Handbell Ensemble will depart after the 10:00 service on Sunday, June 6 for a short tour in Michigan. Our next European tour will be in June, 2011. This will be the choir’s 36th tour since 1975, and will be my 32nd annual tour and 8th European tour with the choir. This annual Music Sunday page for the Good News should be mostly about the Music Ministry of Union Church, but I would like to take a moment of personal privilege this year. The photo above was taken when I was 12 at the Methodist Church in Welcome, North Carolina where I began playing three services per week in 1961. 2011 will be my 50th year as a church musician. During those years I have played for at least one church service each Sunday and for two or more services each Sunday for 45 of those years. That comes out to approximately 4750 Sunday services plus an estimated 500 funerals and maybe 1000 weddings. This information is a prelude to my announcement that I plan to retire from Union Church next year. (Continued on next page...)

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


Invitation to Faith: Transformative Worship (Continued from previous page...)

My final service will be on Sunday, August 14, 2011, which will complete 32 ½ years on the church staff. It’s been a great run and I look forward to giving my leadership and support as we move into a new worship schedule and format with all the challenges and possibilities that brings. I would like for my last year at Union Church to be filled with the highest quality music we can produce for worship services that are presented for the glory of God. Thank you for all the support you give to our Music Ministry.

Michael Surratt Michael Surratt Director of Music Ministries Union Church of Hinsdale, U.C.C.

Rev. Dr. Alice Hunt To Speak at Union Church Sunday April 25 9:00 a.m. in the Chapel Call and Vocation: The Partnership between the Seminary and the Church Please join us in hearing the Rev. Dr. Alice Hunt, President & Professor of Hebrew Bible at Chicago Theological Seminary, at the Union Church of Hinsdale. There will be a luncheon to follow the 10:00 a.m. worship service.

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. 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.

Journey Worship

Celebrating our continuing journey with Jesus! You are invited to share worship with us on Saturdays – 5:00 p.m.

APRIL JOURNEY April 24 – Verlee A. Copeland, preaching MAY JOURNEY May 1 – “A New Commandment” May 8 – “What Are You Waiting For?” May 15 – “That They May All Be One” – Final Journey

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


Invitation to Faith: Christian Formation for Children

Spend A While On The Nile In just a few weeks, we’re taking a journey back to ancient Egypt... without leaving our church! Find out what happened to Joseph as he went from Pharaoh’s prison to the palace.

June 21-25, 2010 12:45 - 3:30 p.m. Registration is now Open! •3•

Invitation to Faith: Christian Formation for Youth

Spring Work: Appalachian South Folklife Center Pipestem, WV

Youth Events:

April 18 - May 9.

Middle School TNT is Sunday Nights from 5:00 p.m - 6:30pm Sunday, April 18: Village Scavenger Hunt Sunday, April 25: Kickball and Marshmallow Wars Sunday, May 2: Mini-Golf (RSVP please-Cost $5) Sunday, May 9: No TNT (Mother’s Day)

For High School High School Youth Group is Sunday nights 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18: High School Youth Group Sunday, April 25: Youth Group Sunday, May 2: Youth Group Sunday, May 9: No Youth Group (Mother’s Day)

Summer Work Tour July 9-17, 2010 We are going to Cosby, TN in the Smoky Mountains! Information packs are outside of Jer’s office or on the website. •4•

Invitation to Faith: Community Life & Christian Formation for Adults

Petite Repeat is Here! New Members’ Classes and New Members’ Sunday New Member Classes Coming For Both Adults and Youth! An Adult New Member Classes is scheduled for April 25, May 2 and May 9, 2010. This series is for any adult in the congregation who would like to know more about the United Church of Christ, Union Church and church membership. This class is held in the Kitchen classroom on the third floor. A Youth New Member Class is also being held, which will cover the same material, but is designed for youth and past Confirmands who have not yet joined the church. The youth should come to one class, either April 25 or May 2 (in the Youth Room).

Petite Repeat is accepting donations of gently-used children's and maternity items this week. Please drop off donations in the church Dining Room Monday through Thursday this week. Volunteers will also be unloading donations from cars at the 3rd Street entrance from 9:00-9:30am Monday through Thursday. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Allison Slingluff at The sale takes places Saturday, April 24th from 8 to 11am. Come and shop this great children's resale event! Proceeds benefit Union Church Early Childhood Program scholarships for families in need.

Thank You! Many thanks to everyone who, through the years, have collected Christmas cards and given them to Cathy Schultz. These cards were sent to the Seaman's Institute, an organization that ministers to people in the maritime service. Every Christmas the cards were recycled and put with gifts sent to merchant marine men and women who are often away from home for two years. The cards were really appreciated, but Cathy will no longer be collecting and sending the cards to the Seaman's Institute. If anyone wants to learn about the Institute and would like to take over the work of collecting and sending the cards, please call Cathy at (630) 323.0850.

College Scholarships Once again this year, the Women’s Association invites current or soon-to-be college students to apply for a Women’s Association Scholarship. Scholarship awards are based on a combination of demonstrated commitment to service through participation in Union Church activities and/or school/community activities and financial need. Anyone associated with Union Church may apply.

Both classes run from 11:15 a.m. til 12:30 p.m. (at the latest). New Member Sunday will be May 23, 2010. If you are interested in joining church please contact Pastor Thom at (630) 323.4303.

Application forms are available in the church office and are due April 19, 2010. Names of scholarship recipients will be announced at the Women’s Association May Luncheon. Questions? Call or email Lucy Tarabour (630) 920.0636,


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

Support the African Mission Trip: Join us for a Taste of South Africa, on Sunday, April 25th at the Chequers Restaurant in La Grange, Illinois at 6:30 p.m. There you can sample the tastings and wines of South Africa. Tickets are $50 per person and will be sold after services each Sunday. Come join us for food, fellowship and fun! Raffle included and you must be 21 to attend. If you are not a Foodie, but would like to help, you can Sponsor a Student at the Bridgman Centre. Just $50 will support one student in one of the programs for six months. Give at the level of your choice. For more information visit the Gathering Space or contact Rev. Thom ParrottSheffer at the church. “The Bridgman Centre is a place where young people can feel at home and have fun! “ Help us help them!

Volunteer Coordinator Needed Once a year members of Union Church go to PADS at Christ Redeemer Church to volunteer. We are looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to take a leadership position for our outing this year in August. If you are intersted please contact Pastor Thom at (630) 323.4303 or via email at

Hank Maxwell Peace & Justice Intern It is great pleasure that we announce Chris Davey as the first recipient of the Hank Maxwell Peace & Justice Internship. Chris Davey was selected from a field of ten well qualified and deserving applicants. The Hank Maxwell Peace & Justice Internship is a cooperative ministry with Citizen Action Illinois (one of our ministry partners). Citizen Action will provide a full experience in social advocacy as a practice and a career, in addition they will provide the on-going supervision and guidance. The Hank Maxwell Peace & Justice Committee and Rev. Parrott-Sheffer will provide the opportunity for theological reflection and the church provides the stipend which supports this internship. Chris will be working full-time with Citizen Action Illinois during his summer break from the University of Chicago. Following his experience he will be sharing his learnings and reflections with the church through newsletter articles and presentations at several groups within the church. The Hank Maxwell Peace & Justice Internship is designed to foster the spirit of the advocacy and social involvement exampled by its namesake; as well as provide an experience of social advocacy as a threshold to potential calling to this work as a vocation. We are excited by what lies ahead for Chris and ask that you keep him in your prayers.


Invitation to Faith: Community Life

Church Pentecost Pot Luck Sunday, May 23, 2010

Orders Due Wed., April 21st Besides all your usual Market Day favorites, take note of these special items: • Think about a loaf (or two) of Cream Cheese Braided Bread as a treat on Sunday morning after church—vanilla-infused custard style cream cheese filling is folded into the center of this favorite • New products this month include Arizona single serving “stix” of all-natural green tea for iced tea on the go, pork flat iron, the new cut of tender, juicy pork that is popping up on restaurant menus everywhere, mahi mahi “naked” fillets—a healthy dinner option great for grilling, and chocolate chip cookie dough cups—a fun dessert that’s actually made to be eaten frozen (no eggs) • Do your spring cleaning with Market Day’s brand new line of green enzyme-based home cleaning products Log on to to see all the great products you can order. If you order online don't forget to use our group number (# 1359) or we won't get credit for your purchase! You can also pick up an order form in the narthex, the gathering place or just inside the north door of the church.

You are invited to the Union Church of Hinsdale Annual Potluck! The event is being organized by Christian Formation and Parish Life this year. Bring a dish to share. Activities for Kids. All are welcome.

Plant Sale 2010

dig dig dig dig dig dig buy buy buy buy buy buy The unusual hot spell we experienced recently has encouraged our garden plants to pop up early, and that means that it is definitely time to DIG NOW. The pots are all lined up in marching order on the back patio at 322 North Bruner, and you are most welcome to come help yourself to any you need if you choose to pot your own plants. Otherwise, dig and dump your plants on that same back patio and the potting crew will happily pot them and keep them watered til the day before Plant Sale, at which time they will ride to Bronswood majestically in the dump truck that Sheryl DeSanto procures from Ron’s “Uncle Somebody” and which she, herself, drives! Can’t dig, but have plants to share? Call Ruth Finlay, (630) 323.4715, or Eleanor Patterson, (630) 887.0978, and we will send a hearty soul to dig. Look around. Almost any good-sized clump can spare a small piece for Plant Sale.

Online orders are due by 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, and paper orders must be turned in to either the rack in the narthex or the one adjacent to the north door by 5 pm on the same day. Pick-up is Saturday, April 24th from 9:30 – 10:00 am.

In spite of the unusually warm weather, it is not time to plant annuals yet, so do yourself and us a big favor, and wait to buy your annuals and perennials on May 7 at our sale. We get 25% profit from anything that is bought from the Bronswood greenhouses on the 7th, and of course we get 100% profit from all our home-dug plants that Bronswood graciously allows us to display in their back yard. And all the profit goes to the Women’s Crisis Center of the DuPage YWCA.

Questions? Call Lucy Tarabour (630) 920.0636 or Mary Jaworski (630) 734.1046.

Incidentally, we have a marvelous time on sale day, come rain, snow, sleet or sun, so if you’d like to join us for a few hours or for the day, just call Ruth or Eleanor – or just show up. We’ll put you to work. We’ll also have a great time enjoying each other’s company.

The Allegro Handbell Ensemble thanks you for supporting us through Market Day! •7•

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Sunday, April 18 8:00, 9:00 & 10:00 a.m. Worship Services 5:00 p.m. Middle School Youth Group 7:00 p.m. High School Youth Group 7:00 p.m. Prayer & Healing Service

Sunday, April 25 8:00, 9:00 & 10:00 a.m. Worship Services 9:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Alice Hunt Presentation 5:00 p.m. Middle School Youth Group 6:30 p.m. Taste of South Africa Dinner 7:00 p.m. High School Youth Group

Monday, April 19 9:00 a.m. Soup Making 6:45 p.m. AA Big Book Group

Monday, April 26 9:00 a.m. Soup Making Ministry

Tuesday, April 20 Good News Submission Deadline for May 2 Issue 9:00 a.m. "The Happiness Project" Wednesday, April 21 8:00 p.m. Way to Live HS Youth Group Thursday, April 22 7:15 p.m. Boy Scout Troop Meeting Friday, April 23 6:00 p.m. ECP Petite Repeat Pre-SALE Saturday, April 24 8:00 a.m. ECP Petite Repeat SALE 9:30 a.m. Market Day Order Pickup 5:00 p.m. Journey Worship

Tuesday, April 27 7:00 p.m. Executive Council Wednesday, April 28 8:00 p.m. Way to Live HS Youth Group Thursday, April 29 7:15 p.m. Boy Scout Troop Meeting Friday, April 30 6:00 a.m. Men's Ministry Group #1 6:00 p.m. S.A.Y. Dinner Saturday, May 1 10:00 a.m. John D. Purdy Memorial Service 5:00 p.m. Journey Worship 6:30 p.m. UCH Progressive Dinner

April 18, 2010 - Union Church of Hinsdale's Good News  

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