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Good News The

May 2, 2010

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

We also had some quality time living together back at the ASFC property. Beyond the games in the field and the conversations in the pavilion, we fixed meals together (and then did dishes).

Just a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending some time in West Virginia with 17 amazing high school students and five fantastic adults. We spent the week working, playing, eating, praying and living together as a pretty close-knit community. It always amazes me to see what people are capable of, if only they are challenged. We worked in two groups for the week through the Appalachian South Folklife Center (ASFC). We had two great contractors to help us through the learning curve of home repair—they had the utmost in patience and good humor (as many people are not highly skilled in the home repair field). We worked hard and when all was said and done, both houses were transformed and we were all proud of what we had accomplished. Our work together and interaction with the homeowners made the endeavor worthwhile and valuable for everyone.

There is something about cooking your meals with friends that somehow makes them taste that much better. Between the chopping of vegetables and the warming of tortillas, real connections are made. The same is true for the washing of plates and the scrubbing of pots. Never have I heard so much singing of “Oldies” music as I did in the kitchen that week—it was like a best of the 60’s reunion tour (complete with dancing). And then there was our play day in the New River Gorge with some whitewater rafting. I was in awe of the beauty of the gorge, not just for the brilliant river that had cut through, but also for the history and the culture that the gorge preserved. One quick story here comes from the group that became known as the New River Swim Club. Picture a very large wave with a raft on top. Then another big wave hits the other big wave and the boat. Then picture everyone in the drink (except K-Rob). And while it was a little startling going overboard, it was great to watch everyone grab each other and pull everyone back into the boat—it may be one of my favorite memories from the trip.

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Beyond the work and beyond the play, something else amazing happened, as it always does—we got something in return that has more value than anything we could possibly give. It goes beyond self-satisfaction or home repairs. It’s more than a fresh paint job or a cleaned-up yard. It’s even more than the new friendships and the closeness of your new brothers and sisters. If we accomplished nothing else in the week, we learned the value of community and even more importantly, we learned what it means to share the love of God with friends and strangers. And in all of this we received that love one hundred fold in return from our hosts, our homeowners, and from all of you in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you to all of you who kept us in your prayers over our trip. A special thank you to all of our sponsors (who make the trip possible). Thank you to Laurie Meyers, Penny Johnson, Susan Pedersen, Christian Freedlund, and Jordan Pedersen for agreeing to once again help lead Spring Work Tour. And to all of you parents, thanks for letting us share a little bit of your kids’ lives.

Jeremy Hylen Jeremy Hylen Director of Youth Formation 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. 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.

Invitation to Faith: Transformative Worship

Restoration of Sanctuary Lanterns Restoration of the six old hanging hexagonal lanterns (chandeliers) in the Nave is underway. The work will be undertaken by New Metal Crafts, Inc (NMC) of Chicago who is a well known specialist in repairing and restoration of antique lighting fixtures. Our Nave lanterns are around 100 years old made of solid brass with significant ornamentation and stained glass highlighting with three zones of lighting with the brass oxidized to almost black. The zone of lighting to highlight the colorful stained glass was mostly non-functional and hence not visible. The working lamp sockets and rubber cloth covered wiring was a hazard requiring complete replacement. The restoration work by NMC will include removing all existing wiring and sockets and installing additional and all new porcelain lamp sockets rewired with Hi-temp UL rated wire. The rewiring will be compatible with our newly installed Lutron dimming system which will allow adjustment of new brightness levels to desired levels. Importantly the restored lanterns will receive UL dry location labels to comply with all code and insurance requirements. All metal parts will be cleaned and polished. The glass will be repaired and cleaned also. The Congregation may have noticed that the two hanging lanterns under the arch of the Chancel were recently restored by NMC as part of the scope of the Sanctuary rewiring project. During restoration at NMC which will take 3 months, temporary (loaner) industrial lighting fixtures will be installed. When the restored lanterns are rehung feed wiring will be replaced. The restoration is being funded by family and friends as a Memorial to Georgina Noble who was a staff member and “Church Visitor” some 40 years ago. Georgina was very outgoing, friendly and well loved by everyone who knew her, so this project is a fitting tribute in her memory.

Journey Worship

Celebrating our continuing journey with Jesus! You are invited to share worship with us on our last Saturday night service on May 15 at 5:00 p.m.

“That They May All Be One” Final Journey Service

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

Holy Happenings in Christian Formation On this page, I am 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. Peace and Smiles, Penny 3s&4s – Over the next few weeks, we will be learning about the apostle Paul’s teachings. Watch for the take home information about Paul’s adventures. K-1 grades – As we finish the Sunday School year, we will hear the stories of the Ascension and Pentecost. Parents can find these stories in the Gospels of the New Testament, Luke 24:44-53 and John 14-17 as well as Acts 2. A couple of wondering questions the children will be exploring: • I wonder how Jesus’ friends felt when Jesus went away? • I wonder how they felt when Jesus told them God would give them the special gift of the Holy Spirit? • I wonder what it felt like to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost? 2nd – 3rd grades – As we finish the Sunday School year, we will continue to hear the stories of the risen Christ. We begin with the story Jesus Again Asks Peter to Follow Him and God’s Gift of the Holy Spirit. You can find these stories in the Gospel of John 21:15-17 and Acts 1:3-5; 1:8. A couple of wondering questions the children will be exploring: • I wonder how Peter feels when Jesus said, “Feed my sheep?” • I wonder where Jesus is leading him? • I wonder how the disciples feel when they receive these gifts of the Holy Spirit? • I wonder how Jesus’ followers feel when they receive the gift of the spirit of wisdom? EDJ (4th-7th grades) – We will be finishing our year with the Call of Paul. Saul’s conversion is a turning point in the New Testament. His transformation from a persecutor of Christians to preaching the gospel all over Asia Minor is a fitting conclusion of what it means to be “called.”

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!

Stewardship As we conclude the Sunday School year, the classrooms are collecting money for the Heifer project. We haven’t decided which animal or country we will support, but I have heard the goal of purchasing a Heifer. You can keep track of our progress by following the cow puzzle pieces on the upper level bulletin board. Thank you for the wonderful support during Lent for the Hinsdale Community Service. We collected many packages of diapers and baby products in addition to $121.64 of offering. Our biggest collection of diapers came from the 3s&4s classroom! Thank you, thank you! •3•

Invitation to Faith: Christian Formation for Youth

It’s not the Masters, but it was still fun…

Youth Events: May 2 - 16

Middle School TNT is Sunday Nights from 5:00 p.m - 6:30pm Sunday, May 2: Mini-Golf (RSVP please-Cost $5) Sunday, May 9 No TNT (Mother’s Day) Sunday, May 16 Tye-Dye Extravaganza Sunday, May 23 Party (details to follow)

For High School High School Youth Group is Sunday nights 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2: Youth Group

Confirmation Retreat

Sunday, May 9 No Youth Group (Mother’s Day) Sunday, May 16 Youth Group Sunday, May 23 Party (details to follow)

Summer Work Tour July 9-17, 2010 (5 Spots available) 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

Calling all Small Group Ministries Somewhere Over the Rainbow The last fellowship gathering for elementary school students for this school year will be on Friday, May 7th. Join Friendship and FUNSHIP as we grill hamburgers and offer a rainbow of toppings that can be added to the sandwich. Wear your favorite color. Invite a friend. Bring an item for the Hinsdale Community Service. We’ll meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per person.

Are you a part of a small group ministry here at Union Church? If so, please send the name of your group, your contact person, its purpose, when you are meeting, and a scriptural reference that guides your ministry to... Union Church of Hinsdale ATTN: Pastor Tanya 137 S. Garfield Ave Hinsdale, IL 60521 or via email: She is excited to hear all about it!

Member News:

A Call to Share and Celebrate

Long-time Union Church member, Carson Yeager, was honored on April 15 by the Hinsdale Masonic Lodge for 70 years of service and membership. Congratulations, Carson!

We would like to make sure we have the most up-to-date email addresses for everyone at Union Church. Please take a moment to send your correct and most recent email contact information to the Church office today via phone (630) 323.4303 or email

It was six years ago that we dedicated the most recent addition to our church. Dedication activities were planned for three weeks – from April 16th to May 2nd. On Sunday April 26th we dedicated the new space and celebrated our congregation. The night before the dedication, we celebrated our church within the wider UCC community. We culminated our activities on May 2nd by hosting an open house for the community and celebrating Union Church as part of Hinsdale. This winter, Trustees announced that the church had paid off the money we owed for the building project. Winnie Leathers shared this wonderful news from the pulpit and we celebrate with cake and fellowship. On Sunday April 25th and May 2nd, Trustees Ministry will remember our commitment to the UCC and our community by giving the loose change and bills that are in the offering plates on those weekends to agencies that support the wider church and people in our community. In recognition of the UCC fund that helps new church starts, youth and young adult ministries and lay and pastoral leadership formation, the loose change and bills on April 24th and 25th will go to the denomination’s “Strengthen the Church” special offering. Loosed change on May 1st and 2nd will go to Hinsdale Community Service.


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

Sharing the Good News … The Church functions, deepens and grows dependent upon the prayers and commitments of its membership. Every member of a church has a covenantal relationship with that body; to encourage, pray for and offer their best and most positive ideas. This covenant is not dependent upon any election or appointment to a ministry, committee or a sense of being an “insider.” You wisdom is important. So, YOU ARE INVITED to bring your wisdom into the arenas of church life that touch your heart and mind. As the Body of Christ, that wisdom is couched in language of love and respect – knowing that God is also the recipient of the our words and hopes. If you have ideas and input, where do you go? Program Staff: Verlee Copeland, Senior Minister; staff liaison to Membership, 9:00 Worship Team Executive Council and supervisor of all staff. Thom Parrott-Sheffer, Mission and Outreach; staff liaison to Digital Ministry, Sanctuary Renovation Committee, Membership, 10:30 Worship Tech/Video/ Sound Team and Co-Director of Confirmation. Tanya Sadagopan, Christian Formation and Family Life; staff liaison to Small Groups, 10:30 Worship Liturgy/Word Team, Lay Visitors Michael Surratt, Director of Music; staff liaison to Sanctuary Renovation Committee, 9:00 Worship Team, 10:30 Worship Music Team, supervisor of music staff and director of Bell Choirs. Jeremy Hylen, Director of Youth Ministries; staff liaison to 10:30 Worship Liturgy/Word Team, Environmental and Green Committee and Co-Director of Confirmation.

Executive Council (looking at upgrades to sanctuary sound/ video and worship space): Terry Kilens (Moderator), Coleman Tuggle (Vice Moderator), Sue Becker, Bonnie Berg, Eric Blanchard, Judy Cochran, Sharon Cooper, Verlee A. Copeland, Merrilee Hall, Dan Hartnett, Stacey Hurst, Elizabeth Krainc, Tony A Lawson, Michelle Muellner, Virgil Oostendorp, Susan Pedersen, Hadley Pihl, Bob Reiland, Hugh Robinson, Larry Staat, Lucy Tarabour, Dave Tillinghast, Dan Woodle, Nadine Woodle, Ed Wroble Sanctuary Renovation Committee (looking at upgrades to sanctuary sound/video and worship space): David Tillinghast (chair), Carl Hanke, Kent Absalonsen, Tina Porterfield, Michael Surratt and Thom Parrott-Sheffer. Digital Ministry Committee (responsible for technology tools and product – website, computer support, etc.): Kent Absalonsen (chair), Mary Sue Honigschmidt, Ruth Armstrong, Kim Notaro, Carlton Berg, Joel Pundmann, Joel Gratcyk, Jordan Pedersen, Becky Utigard and Thom Parrott-Sheffer.

Penny Johnson, Director of Children’s Ministries; staff liaison Children’s Committee. More committees and ministries will be listed in subsequent Good News editions.

The Staff and Volunteers of Cornerstone Family Health & The Board of Cornerstone Christian Health Services invite you to join us on Friday May 7, 2010 at Christ Church of Oakbrook, 31st and York Roads, Oakbrook, IL 60523 Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. The event will begin promptly at 6:30 pm Spend an evening celebrating Cornerstone Family Health’s seventh anniversary, reflecting on God’s faithfulness and hearing the future vision for providing medical and spiritual care to the residents of DuPage County. An opportunity to support the ministry will be available. Refreshments & dessert will be served. Kindly RSVP by email : or by phone: (630) 734.3044 •6•

Invitation to Faith: Community Life

A Tower Chorale Performance The Tower Chorale invites you to celebrate as they perform "Steppin' Out on Broadway" on Saturday, May 8th, at 7:30 p.m. at Nazareth Academy Auditorium, 1209 W. Ogden, LaGrange Park.

Plant Sale 2010 Friday, May 7 8:30 AM til 6 PM

Join in an audience sing-along of Rodgers & Hammerstein selections and hear their 4th Annual Youth Vocal Competition winner, Gracie Williams. Union Church members singing in the concert are: Sue Baker, Dorothy Stephan and John Jacus.

Bronswood Greenhouses 3805 N. Madison, Oak Brook (across the street from Bronswood Cemetery)

Tickets: Adults $18; Sr./Stu $15. Info:

The selection is amazing! In the greenhouses, there are beautiful geraniums of many colors, vinca vines, a vast array of annuals of every sort, and hanging baskets that you can’t resist! And just in time for Mother’s Day! In the back yard is a wide assortment of perennials dug from many friendly gardens. Come make your choices and help the Women’s Association raise money for the Women’s Crisis Center of the DuPage YWCA. We make 25% on all Greenhouse sales the entire day, and 100% profit on the home-grown sales. It’s a party all day. Don’t miss it.

Church Pentecost Pot Luck Sunday, May 23, 2010

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. During this commencement Rev. Verlee A. Copeland will receive her Doctor of Ministry and Preaching. •7•

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Sunday, May 2 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

Sunday, May 9 8:00, 9:00 & 10:00 a.m. Worship Services 9:00 a.m. Current Events & Faith Group 5:00 p.m. Middle School Youth Group 7:00 p.m. High School Youth Group

Monday, May 3 9:00 a.m. Soup Making 6:45 p.m. AA Big Book Group

Monday, May 10 9:00 a.m. Soup Making Ministry

Tuesday, May 4 Good News Submission Deadline for May 16 Issue 9:00 a.m. "The Happiness Project" Wednesday, May 5 7:30 p.m. Tai Chi Classes Thursday, May 6 7:15 p.m. Scout Troop Meeting Friday, May 7 6:00 p.m. WA "Plant Sale" @ Bronswood Greenhouse Saturday, May 8 5:00 p.m. “What Are You Waiting For?” Journey Worship

Tuesday, May 11 7:00 p.m. Ministry Night Wednesday, May 12 12:00 p.m. Men's Club Thursday, May 13 3:30 p.m. Confirmation Face-to-Face Meetings Friday, May 14 7:10 a.m. Men's Bible Study Saturday, May 15 5:00 p.m. “That They May All Be One” Final Journey Worship Service

May 2, 2010 - Union Church of Hinsdale's Good News  

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