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Good News The

July 12, 2009

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

Message from the Ministry Team

“In the good old summertime…” As a young boy I couldn’t wait for summer to arrive; no more school, hours and hours of hanging around at the pool and the ultimate freedom of a bicycle with no deadlines. Summer meant exploration and adventure, and 6 a.m. swim team practices. Summer was a season to yearn for and the joyous fulfillment of expectation. As I have gotten older summer has changed. Summer doesn’t bring the temporary end of responsibilities – I am still expected to show up for my job and do my work. Yet, summer brings a change of heart and spirit, a new vision of life and possibilities – and even some of the same longings and expectations. I am already seeing signs of life in my garden and I am waiting, with great anticipation, for the sweet red

peppers, tomatoes, zucchini and jalapeño. I see my hammock in the backyard, it is calling to me to come and spend some time together in quiet reflection or just plain napping. The days are growing longer, inviting me to spend more time walking, tinkering or just being out and about. Summer still has an air of invitation, anticipation and renewal. Here, at Union Church, we are engaged in a “Jubilee Month” … trying to be intentional about using our time for recreation and being engaged in spiritual practices. There are very few “business meetings” and a greater fluidity to our community and staff. This is an invitation to see our life together a little differently and to engage our faith in new ways. Summer can afford us the time to stop, to breathe, to be still in the presence of God and be renewed. It is a time to enter into worship in new ways, to see God’s presence in new places and from fresh perspectives. Summer reaches out to us and says, “Come! Feel the warmth, experience the rain, rejoice in the prospects of a fresh start.” How will you spend your summer? That is a good way to put it … like a currency. God has given you this “cash” called summer – how will you invest it, spend it – what will the things you do cost?

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You are invited to spend your summer in reflection, worship, community and/or service. Certainly there are obligations that continue through the summer (such as stewardship, work and home responsibilities). But this can also be a season of prayer, of worship and taking on renewed challenges to become closer to God. Join us at 5 p.m. on Saturday for Journey, be present at 8 or 10 a.m. on Sunday to sing praises to God. If you can’t join us here at Union, go wherever you are – and come back and share your experience. Seek God’s face in the going in and coming out of summer travels and experiences – witnessing to the presence of God wherever you find it. Come and visit us in our offices, telling of your summer journeys and joys. Remember to invite Jesus to your barbeques. Make room for God on your vacation. Let this summer be a time to refresh, reform, renew and recreate. I look forward to hearing your stories. Dr. Thom Parrott-Sheffer Minister for Mission & Outreach 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.

Invitation to Faith: Transformative Worship

Hullabaloo & Barbecue Save the Date Sunday, September 13, 2009 What’s in a name? The Webster On-Line Dictionary shows that the Modern Usage of Hullabaloo means “festivity, merrymaking, party” and Barbecue certainly means “good eats” in anyone’s dictionary! The Trustee Ministry wishes to invite the congregation to an evening of food, fun and friends on Sunday, September 13th, from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the Katherine Legge Park Lodge. It is a good old fashion Barbecue and part of the fun will be the musical entertainment by Brad Nye, Derek Berg and their friends. We will have a few special live auction items but we want to keep it simple this year so silent auction items will be saved for future events. Everyone is aware of the economic situation and the tough budget year that Union Church is experiencing. Our 2009 budget included a fundraiser that would contribute $35,000 to our mission activities, our outreach efforts and programs. The Hullabaloo and Barbecue is definitely a fundraiser aimed to meet that $35,000 goal so we ask everyone to contribute to the best of their abilities. No tuxedoes, no ball gowns, shoes, evening bags etc. but we do need everyone’s participation to achieve the goal of $35,000. In order to help meet this goal, the Trustees are personally covering the costs associated with this event. A brochure with more information about the Barbecue will be mailed to you, so look for it in your mailbox. Since wine and beer will be served, this is an adult event so, there will be a program at the Church for kindergarten and school age children during the Barbecue. After you receive the brochure, please contact the Church office if you have questions and to register your children.

Sunday Worship 8:00 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.

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.

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

Green Fact

Flowers in Worship

A front-loader washing machine uses far less water and 60 percent less energy than top-loaders. Regardless of the type of machine you own, save energy and money by using cold water instead of warm or hot. Run only full loads when drying clothes, and dry two or more loads in a row to make use of the heat already in the dryer.

The flower arrangements on our Sanctuary and Chapel alters are an enhancement to our worship services. Right now, July 19, 26 and August 23 are available for memorials.

A message brought to you by the Union Church Green Church Initiative (GCI).


Please call Gale Trask at (630) 789.3694 if you would like to provide flowers for the services in the sanctuary. Contact Barbara Parlour at (630) 910.1238 if you are interested in providing flowers for the Chapel services.

Invitation to Faith: Christian Formation for Children

SonRock Kid's Camp 188 Campers at SonRock Kid’s Camp enjoyed the adventures of being at camp the week of June 22-26. The sanctuary was transformed into the beauty of the great outdoors. We learned the story of the apostle Peter as he was “Accepted by Jesus, Protected by Jesus, Saved by Jesus, Forgiven by Jesus, and Living for Jesus.” The week was a little warm and humid, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying water games in front of Church. We ate smores, watermelon, gummy worms and goldfish. We painted rocks to remind us of our camping experience. In addition, we made sock puppets and wore our cross necklaces. The songs we learned we will be singing for the next year. Our theme song, SonRock Kids Camp, and I’m Keeping My Eyes on Jesus, we shared with the congregation on Sunday, June 28. Our mission project was supporting the UCC Outdoor Ministries, Pilgrim Park and Tower Hill. The few dollars and loose coins collected gave us over $600 for the camps. We also tried some new things this year “memory verse” stickers to keep families engaged in what we were doing everyday. We also had a blog on our website filled with pictures from the day. As we leave the fun of summer camp, here are the words to I’m Keeping My Eyes on Jesus that sum up the experience and will help us to remember what to do when we come home from camp. “I’m Keepin’ My Eyes on Jesus” by Jamie Owens Collins

Thank you to the VBS Planning Committee, the Camp Counselors, Youth Counselors, and especially our VBS Director, Caitlyn Culbertson, for making the week a fun and memorable Vacation Bible School.

Chorus: I’m keepin’ my eyes on Jesus. If I start to fall, He helps me to stand. I’m keepin’ my eyes on Jesus, And He’s keepin’ me in His hand. When I have a problem and don’t know what to do, I keep my eyes on Jesus; He carries me through. I don’t need to worry and I won’t be afraid ’Cause Jesus will protect me and help me every day.


Invitation to Faith: Christian Formation for Youth

July 2009 Events: Middle School (check out the full summer schedule online)

Vacation Bible School A big thank you to all 32 of the youth helpers who made VBS a great success. Your help made it possible for nearly 200 kids to spend a week at SonRock Kids Camp.

Summer Work Tour Summer Work Tour Car Wash and Bake Sale raised $1700! Thank you for all of your support. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Culvers and Mini-Golf Wednesday, July 22 - 12n-4pm Bring your friends and join in the Fun! Reservations Required, $15 plus extra for Snacks

By the time you read this 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. Beyond all the work we are doing, we will also have some fun at Mount Rushmore, Jewel Cave, Bear Country USA, and The Reptile Gardens. We want to thank all of you for your support and look forward to sharing pictures and stories at the August 14 Sponsor-A-Youth dinner.

Bowling Wednesday, Aug 12 - 12n-3pm Reservations Required, $10 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

Visit the Union Church BLog to see SUMMER 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

Search Committee Update

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

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.

Are You Interested in Rainbows? If you are interested in volunteering for the Union Church Rainbows Program, a program for children dealing with loss issues because of divorce or death, please contact Pastor Thom this summer. Training events for coordinators and facilitators are being offered this September.

As the summer unfolds, the Search Committee continues in full gear in our quest to bring a full-time Associate Minister for Christian Formation and Family Life to Union Church. Last spring, we got close with one candidate, but for a variety of reasons decided that the fit was not ideal. Our goal continues to be to bring in the best candidate possible, someone with a proven skill set that will allow him or her to be effective in this congregation and in this community. While we all hope that goal will be met in the near future, all of us on the committee feel that finding a good match is of utmost importance. The flow of prospects from the UCC and in response to our ads in The Christian Century, a Presbyterian publication, remains strong. Over the past month, we have viewed another dozen or so candidates, have had two phone interviews as a group, and have invited one candidate in for a visit later this month. Please keep our group in your thoughts and prayers as we diligently pursue this vital task. - Coleman Tuggle, Chair

Basic Self Defense for Women Join us Monday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m for a program presented by Laura Nash and sponsored by the Union Church Women's Association. Do you know what to do if someone grabs you from behind? If someone confronts you in a threatening manner? This is a program for girls/women age 14 and up- especially informative for our college bound women and young women moving out on their own. Wear loose fitting clothes and we'll see you then! If you have any questions contact Diane Oostendorp (630) 655.9405 or Lorelei Collins (630) 769.0523 •5•

Prayer and Healing Service 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, July 19, 2009.

2009 Women’s Association Plant Sale Report Contrary to our usual experience, we had a beautiful day for plant sale this year, so there were no frozen toes nor was there mud so deep it sucked our shoes off! It was cool enough that our home dug plants stayed perky, and warm enough for those of us who stayed all day to picnic in the fresh air. All in all, it was a wonderful day working with wonderful people and fun to visit with all the Union Church members and friends who came out. Thanks for coming. We made $4,169.79, all of which has been sent to the DuPage YWCA, a social service agency that provides direct services to meet the changing needs of women and their families. It is the only rape crisis center in DuPage County, and also serves the needs of many struggling single mothers. Many thanks to all of you who dug, potted, and helped on sale day, and to the many of you who once again waited to buy your annuals and perennials from us. The plants you dug and potted brought $2,064.00, and our share of the greenhouse purchases for the day brought our net up to $4,169.79. When enough of us work together, we can make a real difference!

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

Cornerstone Family Heath Needs Assistance

Serendipity Produces New Van for Mission Church

They need soap dispensers, exam room equipment, office furnishings, and assistance in moving costs. The bottom line is that they will need around $14,000 additional monies this summer.

It is amazing how things come together to answer the prayers of those in need. Early in the year, San Lucas (a mission partner in Humboldt Park) shared that their cargo van had broken down. Coincidentally, this year’s Easter offering was scheduled to support San Lucas, raising $7,700. A friend of Union Church, who knows about our partnership with San Lucas, made an anonymous gift to match this offering, resulting in a total of $15,300. Hinsdale businessman Bill Jacobs was approached and he supported this project with a good deal for the purchase of a replacement Chevy cargo van, from his Chevrolet dealership. The van is vital to the ministry of San Lucas, including transporting food, clothes and furniture for residents in need. The van will also be used to pick up articles remaining from Union’s annual Resale, which can further benefit San Lucas’ ministry to its members community.

If you can offer any help feel free to contact Linda van Schaayk or Pastor Thom to make a donation.

Special thanks go to Bill Jacobs, those giving the Easter offering and, the very special friend whose quiet generosity will make life a little better for our neighbors in the San Lucas Church community.

Cornerstone Family Health will be moving its offices on August 14 and with larger space comes the need for more resources.

Hinsdale Community Services HCS welcomes a new executive director, Ms. Susan Fritz. Ms. Fritz has an extensive background in all facets of management and fundraising for community-based nonprofits. Joining her in guiding HCS into the future at Union Church members Al Sunseri, Barb Keller and Sue Nibek – all who serve on the Board of Directors.

Christian Mission Ministry member Craig Schaefer, far right, and members of the San Lucas UCC with their new cargo van.

Volunteers Needed for Good News Community Soup Kitchen The Christian Mission Ministry of Union Church has long supported the efforts of the Good News Community Soup Kitchen, located in the Rogers Park area of Chicago. The Kitchen is open every day of the year serving dinners to about 120 persons each night. It has partnerships with more than 30 organizations that provide volunteers and food for the meals. Union Church is one of those partners, providing the food and volunteer help on the fourth Sunday of each month. Volunteers are needed for the fourth Sunday of every month, July through December. A list of food needed (ham, milk, fruit, etc.) is given to the volunteers who purchase it, deliver it to the Kitchen and help serve if needed. The volunteers can pay for the food or they will be reimbursed by the Mission budget. The total time needed is from 3 pm to 8 pm. If you are interested in volunteering for this meaningful activity, please contact Brad Graveline at (630) 323.7266 or •6•

Invitation to Faith: Community Life

Receiving The Good News The Good News is one important communication tool at Union Church. We are a large congregation and The Good News helps us learn about the wide range of ministries and programs that are the life of the church. It connects us and helps us get to know one another. The goal is to make distribution and availability of The Good News as timely as possible while making the best use of our available resources. Electronic distribution of The Good News thru the church website has been very well-received. This method allows you to view the newsletter in color, while also saving the church the expense of printing so many copies and saving the environment the impact of so much paper and printing. An email is sent to your account with a link to our most recent issue of the newsletter on our website. If you prefer a printed version of The Good News, we encourage you to pick up your copy at church on Sunday mornings. Issues are available in racks around the church, in the Gathering Place, near the church offices and on the Welcome Table. If you are a senior or homebound member who is unable to attend church to pick up a printed copy, and you are unable to receive it electronically, we want to continue to mail a printed copy to you. Beginning with the August 23 issue, we will no longer mail The Good News unless specifically requested to do so. Please complete the attached form and return it to the church office.

For those who are not currently receiving the newsletter online but would like to, please email your request to Merrilee Hall at

United Church News to cease print publication, move news online June - July 2009 The decision to cease the newsprint edition of United Church News was made on March 20 by the board of directors of the Office of General Ministries (OGM), which has been struggling with skyrocketing costs for the newspaper's produ ction. Postage and printing costs have more than doubled during the past five years...

Request to Continue to Mail The Good News Name ________________________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________

"This was a difficult decision for board members, because it was rooted in significant financial angst," said the Rev. J. Bennett Guess, the UCC's communications director and a former editor of United Church News. "But it also paves the way for the development of an expanded online news portal and, most likely, a new and different print publication for the United Church of Christ." READ THE FULL-ARTICLE ONLINE:

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Please return this form to: The Union Church of Hinsdale Attn: Merrilee Hall 137 S. Garfield Ave. Hinsdale, IL 60521 •7•

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Sunday, July 12 8:00 & 10:00 Worship Services 9:00 a.m. Current Events and Faith Class 11:15 a.m. Union Forum Monday, July 13 9:00 a.m. Soup Making Ministry

Sunday, July 19 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, July 20 9:00 a.m. Soup Making Ministry

Tuesday, July 14 12:00 p.m. WA Resale Sorting

Tuesday, July 21 12:00 p.m. WA Resale Sorting

Wednesday, July 15 7:00 p.m. Tai Chi Beginners Class

Wednesday, July 22 12:00 p.m. TNT Outing (Contact Jeremy Hylen)

Thursday, July 16 No Events Scheduled

Thursday, July 23 No Events Scheduled

Friday, July 17 6:00 a.m. Men's Ministry Groups 1 & 2

Friday, July 24 4:00 p.m. Mission Possible / Night Ministry Outreach

Saturday, July 18 5:00 p.m. Journey Worship 11:00 p.m. Summer Work Tour Returns

Saturday, July 25 5:00 p.m. Journey Worship

July 12, 2009 - Union Church of Hinsdale's Good News  

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

July 12, 2009 - Union Church of Hinsdale's Good News  

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