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Good News The

June 14, 2009

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

Message from the Minister

Today, June 2, is the birthday of my youngest son and my mother. I remember being six months pregnant and standing in the kitchen of our small, starter home. Since our firstborn was Joshua, we were pondering the names of prophets in the event that the second-born should also be a son. Soon the name Micah was lifted up. The prophet Micah of course is often quoted in social justice circles. “God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 It seemed like a big name for such a little guy, who weighed less than five pounds at birth. Then again, we all have big shoes to fill if we are to follow these three simple things: do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God. Now that a year has passed since sabbatical study last summer, I have

been thinking a good deal about these practices of faith. One of the things I love about Christian life is the constant sense of being shaped and re-shaped, formed and re-formed by the living God. Since Easter, I have been mindful of practicing these three things: doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God. Some of you have noticed and asked me what’s up? Good question. It seems to me that in these stressful economic times, there is a greater need for all three. Justice is called forward due to declining resources for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized. Our own congregation has been deeply hit by lost jobs, revenue and, in some cases, housing. Justice making work through advocacy for legislative action and through our own continuing commitments to justice, outreach and mission are making a significant impact in the lives of others. In times like these, people count on the church to guide, strengthen, support and sustain them. It also seems to me that one thing we can all do that doesn’t cost a nickel is to practice kindness. I have been mindful of my own language and tried to lower the demands I place on others. This includes lowering the demands I place on myself, perhaps the hardest act of kindness to practice of all. We did not individually cause the situation we’re in and we cannot individually fix it. However, we can be the church in times of struggle and abundance. We can offer kind-

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ness and generosity in our speech and care for one another. And we can offer the promises of God that will hold regardless of the state of the world. Finally, it seems to me that in the face of things we cannot control or change, a little humility goes a long way. In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he writes, “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” The word meekness means a willingness to let go of needing to have our own way. Humility requires a willingness to consider the needs of others before self. On this birthday of the Micah born into our lives 28 years ago, I remember the words of the prophet for whom he was named. In this summer season, you may catch me at a barbecue, you may catch me at the fourth of July parade, but mostly I hope you’ll catch me and join me in doing justice, loving kindness and walking humbly with God. Peace, 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 and 10:00 a.m. Jesus And Me (JAM) 2nd Sundays at 11:15 a.m.

Invitation to Faith: Transformative Worship

New Members Meet the newest members of Union Church:

Carrie & Jeff Doyle (with Brian, Elise & Jason)

Cynthia Breslow

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

You can learn more about our new members online at:

Bill Moran

Paul & Sophie Vervack

Special Thanks from the Allegro Handbell Choir The ABC's want to thank all of our Market Day and Jewel Shop n Share customers this past year for supporting the fundraising efforts. As a result, this year we earned over $3500 that will help defray the costs of our summer concert tour. Even though there are no scheduled Market Days during the summer, any Peapod or Sara Lee customers can still order some Market Day items and add Allegro Handbells (code MD1359) as the charity to receive credit for those purchases. The bell choir would also like to especially thank Al and Joan Sunseri for providing leadership, making sure we had breakfast, and just making it fun these past two years as our Market Day Chairs. Stay tuned for our Market Day happenings starting in the Fall. New Market Day Chairs are Lucy Tarabour and Mary Jaworski.

Prayer and Healing Service 3rd Sundays at 7:00 p.m.


Jill & Brent Rasmussen (with Ben & Ales)

Save the Date Thursday, July 2, 2009 @ 7:00 p.m. Please join the Allegro Handbell Choir for their Summer 2009 Tour finale concert and CD recording session at the Union Church of Hinsdale. For more information please contact Michael Surratt at

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

The Prayer and Healing Service is a peaceful and thoughtful gathering of Union Church members and friends on the third Sunday of each month. This brief service welcomes those with concerns for the well-being of themselves and others and who wish to draw on the power of prayer and healing which is central to our faith. It next will be held in the Chapel at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 21, 2009. •2•

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

Summer Sunday School Summer Sunday School began June 7th! Are you ready to taste some foods that Jesus and his friends enjoyed and have some fun in the water? This summer we’ll be offering two new, home-grown Sunday School programs for K-5th grade. “Come to the Table” will be the theme for the 3rd through 5th graders, focusing students on New Testament stories and foods designed to enhance the learning experience. The kindergarten through 2nd grade class, “Just Add Water,” will learn how water flows through the stories of God’s people. Each Sunday we will be exploring new foods and water stories. To find out what we are doing each week, there are registration brochures in the current Sunday morning classrooms and also on the Christian Formation bulletin board. For more information please see Penny Johnson.

SonRock Kids Camp is Coming VBS is in two weeks! We have over 175 campers signed up for our SonRock Kids Camp. Are you ready for an adventure camp like no other! As SonRock campers, we will learn how our lives can be transformed by God’s great love for us: How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! (1 John 3:1). Like the apostle Peter, we’ll explore who we are in Jesus Christ—the most important relationship of all. Because of His love for us, He is the rock upon which we can build our lives! As we watch Jesus call Peter away from his fishing nets, we’ll discover what it means to be Accepted by Jesus. Later, when Jesus invites Peter to step out of the safety of a boat and onto a churning sea, we’ll discover what it means to be Protected by Jesus. As we witness Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Messiah, they’ll learn how to be Saved by Jesus. From Peter’s shocking denial and Jesus’ redemptive forgiveness, we’ll know that no sin is too large to be Forgiven by Jesus. Finally, as they discover how Peter’s faith in Jesus made a lame man walk, they’ll know the power of Living for Jesus. This summer, we will have a mountaintop experience we’ll never forget at SonRock Kids Camp VBS. •3•

Invitation to Faith: Christian Formation for Youth

Summer College Assistant Needed 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 15th through August 15th. 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 by Jeremy Hylen 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 9 week period. Please submit the attached application as soon as possible to the Jeremy Hylen, either by dropping off your application at the church, or via email to Applications can be downloaded at:

Sponsor A Youth (SAY)

May 2009 Events: Jus-Fun Day Wednesday June 17 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m. Bring your friends! Includes 2 GoCarts, Batting Cages, Arcades, and a round of Mini-Golf. Reservations Required, $20 plus extra for Snacks

Summer Work Tour Car Wash and Bake Sale June 20 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Come by and support your youth by getting your car washed or buying some homemade goodies.

Kung Fu Panda at the Tivoli Wednesday June 24 9am - 12 noon

This summer 36 students and 7 adults will be heading out to Lame Deer, MT to join YouthWorks in helping the people of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.

Bring your friends and come chill with us as we watch a summer fun movie. Reservations Required, The movie is on us, plus extra for Snacks

We need your help in sponsoring all 43 people as they go out and serve God on your behalf. All it costs is $100 and you get pictures, postcards, a dinner, and most importantly you get the opportunity to build a relationship with one of the youth of the church. Check out the sponsor board in the gathering place if you would like to give us a hand.

Cypress Cove Water Park Wednesday July 8 12 noon - 4pm Bring your friends and join in the Wild Water Park Fun! Reservations Required, $15 plus extra for Snacks

For Full Coverage of All Youth Activities & Events Visit Our website at:

Sign up for all Mission Possible [MP] events on the youth website at

Our Blog with PHOTO OF THE DAY & SPRING WORK TOUR posts & tweets at:

Spaces are limited for certain events so sign up soon!

Parents and Youth... Sign-up online for our weekly youth e-newsletter to stay up to date automatically!

Questions? Contact Jeremy Hylen at OR Jane Grimm at


Invitation to Faith: Christian Formation for Adults

Simple Supper Bible Studies to Begin in September “What are you doing Thursday night? Would you like to join our family for dinner?”

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

June 14, 2009 No Union Forum - JAM Service June 21, 2009 No Union Forum - Father's Day June 28, 2009 "Jesus vs. Wall Street: God's View of Profits in America" presented by Andrew Johnson July 5, 2009 No Union Forum 4th of July Holiday weekend July 12, 2009 "The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Middle East" by Sandy Tolan a book review presented by Joyce Skoog and Deon Schoenheider July 19, 2009 "What's It All About: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life" by Julian Baggini a book review presented by Dick Hill July 26, 2009 "Prodigal Sons and Material Girls: How Not to Be Your Child’s ATM" by Nathan Dungan a book review presented by Rev. Verlee Copeland No Union Forums in August They will start back up again September 2009.

“I’d love to but we have Bible study that night.” “Bible study! Well, just skip it and we’ll have a great time.” “Oh no, you don’t understand. I love going to Bible study. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Perhaps we can get together some other time.” This real conversation takes place every year for the participants in Simple Supper Bible studies. Several small groups meet in homes once a month for a Simple Supper shared in preparation by participants, Bible study, prayer and dessert. Exceptional leadership by laity and staff, incredible food, simply prepared, and the faith companionship of a dozen others in the church make this a winning opportunity. If you haven’t participated in the past, ask one of the members about their experience and they will be happy to tell you about it. To indicate your interest, please contact Verlee Copeland at

Rummage Sale Collections Donations are now being accepted at the Union Church of Hinsdale for our upcoming rummage sale. Items can be dropped off on the stage in the Dining Room for our sorting crew. Thank you!

Church Family News Marjorie Harding Harvey of North Hill in Needham, MA, formerly of Hinsdale, and Parker, CO, died peacefully in her home on Friday, April 10, 2009 at age 98. •5•

Journeys of Paul Trip Planned for 2010 You are invited to participate in a Steps of Paul tour from April 10-20, 2010 including a three-day cruise to Ephesus, Patmos and the Greek Islands. The Simple Supper Bible studies have been studying Paul for the past two years, and will form the core group of those participating. The trip is open to all members of the church, and friends if room is available. Travelers will join a class on Paul’s journey during Lent, 2010, in preparation for the trip. Guides will continue to share information about the missionary journeys of Paul throughout the trip. Please call or e-mail Verlee Copeland to indicate your interest in the tour,

Free Movie Screening Friday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. the Adult Formation Committee of the Christian Formation Ministry sponsors a free screening of the acclaimed film “Milk,” (rated R) starring Sean Penn in his Academy Award-winning portrayal of Harvey Milk, California’s first openly gay elected official. The film will be shown in the youth room, and refreshments will be served. For more information call (630) 323.4303 or visit:

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

Memorial Collaboration If you have been at church recently you may have noticed two new sofas in the South Parlor. These sofas were made possible by the generous donations given in memory of the following church members: Grace Deal, Aubrey Moore, David Wightman, Flo Graham, Alan Hurst, Irja McCarthy, Bev Torff, James Mansell This project was completed as a joint effort combining Memorial Gifts from the Women’s Association and funds given directly to the Memorial Fund. Groups meeting in the South Parlor will now meet in a more comfortable environment. We are thankful to those who contributed in loving memory of our members. This serves as a wonderful honor for our members and a lasting tribute for their family members and friends.

Green Fact: If you lower the thermostat on your hot-water heater from about 145 degrees to 120 degrees, the change isn’t likely to be noticeable. This step could save you more than $20 a year if you heat water with gas and more than $50 if your water heater is electric. A message brought to you by the Union Church Green Church Initiative (GCI).

Coffee Hour is Going Green! The Green Church Initiative in conjunction with Parish Life Ministry is pleased to announce that beginning Sunday, June 28th Coffee Hour will be “Going Green”. We will be serving coffee in mugs donated by the congregation and juice in reusable, recyclable plastic cups. The mugs and cups will be washed after each service in the dishwasher in the main kitchen. We invite you to come and join us for coffee and fellowship on this special day! We will continue to accept donations of gently used coffee mugs in the Gathering Place kitchen. Thanks to the entire congregation for your support of this important environmental effort!

Urgent Need for Donated Furniture Sharing Connections Furniture Bank needs your help to provide furniture for families in need. At this time, we have a critical need for kitchen tables and chairs. In addition, we are facing a shortage of cribs. If you can help low-income families by donating these or other furniture and household items, please drop them off at our warehouse at 5111 Chase Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515. The warehouse is open to receive donations Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm and Saturday from 9am until noon. Residents of Downers Grove, Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Hinsdale, LaGrange, LaGrange Park, Oak Brook, Western Springs, and Willowbrook can schedule a free pick up by calling (630) 971-0565, x300, or by visiting our website at All donations are tax-deductible.

Union Church is staffing

PADS, at Redeemer Lutheran Church June 27, 2009 We need:

People to prepare the dinner. People to serve the dinner and set up the room. People to clean up from dinner. People to spend the night supervising the shelter. People to help make and serve breakfast, Sunday morning. People to clean up Sunday morning

If you are available and willing please contact Susan Pedersen or Pastor Thom. •6•

Invitation to Faith: Community Life

Summer Reading for Theology and History Buffs The growing library of required reading for the third year of doctoral studies can leave me dizzy, but I would like to commend one title to you for your summer reading. “A City Upon A Hill” by Larry Witham “narrates the history of preaching in American with good pacing and delicious detail.” – Publishers Weekly

Attention all Motorcycle and Scooter Riders: We are putting together a July 4th Parade entry, Heaven’s Angels from Union Church. The idea is to mix motorcycles and scooters with some fun ride maneuvers and raising our visibility in town. If you have a cycle or scooter please consider riding with us. Please contact Pastor Thom as soon as possible. If you have a scooter, cannot ride but are willing to allow someone else to ride it – let Pastor Thom know that as well. Thank you.

Ecclesiastical Council with Beth Dickerson

For history buffs, “A City Upon a Hill” develops the story of how sermons changed the course of American history, from the earliest settlers of Jamestown forward. Rich in information ad anecdote, it makes clear the religious stakes in the founding of the United States, and chronicles the development of religion in America in a compelling and understandable way. If you enjoy this read as much as I have, let’s get together in September and talk about it. It’s worth the effort and I highly recommend adding it to your summer reading list. - Verlee A. Copeland

Women's Association Cluster Four will host an Ecclesiastical Council for Elizabeth Dickerson on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 7:00 pm at Union Church of Hinsdale. An Ecclesiastical Council is a gathering of representatives from each of the Chicago Metropolitan Association Churches, who will gather to examine Beth for her equipment for ministry. It is the last step of preparation before eligibility for ordination, subject to receiving a call to serve as pastor of a local congregation. We join in praying for a successful completion of this important part of the process. All church delegates and clergy are encourage to attend.

July 4th Breakfast You are cordially invited to join the Parish Life Ministry for breakfast beginning at 9:00 a.m. on the Garfield Circle. We will be offering a continental breakfast for $4.00 and a la carte items for $1.00 each. The parade steps off on Saturday, July 4, at 10:00 a.m. along Garfield Ave. Bring your lawn chair and join in the festivities! •7•

Early Childhood Programs News The ECP wrapped up another fantastic year with an End of the Year Celebration on May 22. Children and their families enjoyed a moon bounce, arts and crafts, cotton candy, hot pretzels, and hot dogs (sunshine too!) A sincere thank you to director Jennifer Keldahl and the dedicated ECP staff for enriching the lives of our children! Applications are still being accepted for the 2009-2010 school year. Limited spots are available in the 3’s, 4’s and Mother Toddler programs. Thanks to fundraising efforts by the ECP Parent Committee 7 of our teachers attended an intense 3 day conference in Washington DC titled “Learning and the Brain”. Neuroscientists and psychologists presented the findings of their research in relation to how the brain develops and how children learn. The teachers are excited to apply what they learned within their classrooms. Judy Deason returns to the ECP – Judy is one of the founders of the Mother Child program. After a brief “retirement” from the ECP she is returning for the 2009-2010 program year. Judy’s reputation as an exceptional Facilitator is well-known throughout the community and we are thrilled to announce her return.

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Sunday, June 14 8:00 & 10:00 Worship Services 9:00 a.m. Current Events and Faith Class 11:15 a.m. Union Forum & JAM Worship Monday, June 15 9:00 a.m. Soup Making Ministry 7:30 p.m. Tai Chi Ch'uan Tuesday, June 16 7:00 p.m. Executive Council Meeting Wednesday, June 17 7:00 a.m. Men's Breakfast Group Thursday, June 18 7:30 p.m. CODA 7:30 p.m. Fullbright Scholar's Lecture Friday, June 19 6:00 a.m. Men's Ministry Groups 1 & 2 Saturday, June 20 9:00 a.m. Summer Work Tour Car Wash 3:00 p.m. Gribben/Dussman Wedding 5:00 p.m. Journey Worship

Sunday, June 21 8:00 & 10:00 a.m. Worship Services 10:00 a.m. Sunday School, Nursery 11:15 a.m. Union Forum 7:00 p.m. Prayer & Healing Service Monday, June 22 9:00 a.m. Soup Making Ministry 12:45 p.m. (Son Rock) Vacation Bible School Tuesday, June 23 7:00 p.m. Digital Ministry Team Meeting 12:45 p.m. (Son Rock) Vacation Bible School Wednesday, June 24 12:45 p.m. (Son Rock) Vacation Bible School 7:00 p.m. Open and Affirming Meeting Thursday, June 25 12:45 p.m. (Son Rock) Vacation Bible School Friday, June 26 12:45 p.m. (Son Rock) Vacation Bible School 7:00 p.m. FREE Moving Screening - "Milk" Saturday, June 27 5:00 p.m. Journey Worship

June 14, 2009 - Union Church of Hinsdale's Good News  

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

June 14, 2009 - Union Church of Hinsdale's Good News  

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