October 3, 2010
A Publication of The Union Church of Hinsdale, U.C.C.
Message from the Minister "What you can plan is too small for your life." Recently Jeremy Hylen and I attended a grant-funded conference on creating cultures of call within our congregations. We explored how mentors inspire others by pointing to something ahead. They ask big questions which give birth to worthy dreams. Our leader, Sharon Daloz Parks, wrote a book, Big Questions, Worthy Dreams, which encourages leaders to create mentoring communities that help young adults in their search for meaning,
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purpose and faith. She said that we have long believed the purpose of mentoring is to help proteges climb the corporate ladder.
different if we held one another as if each had a gift so precious the community could not thrive without it?
Rather, she encourages us to consider that in these times, it takes a community to mentor someone into their discipline. In our case, it takes a community to mentor a young adult, a lay leader, a minister into the church. Only a mentoring community can help imagine what can be and create a culture in which this can happen.
In the weeks to come, we will widen our conversation about how to nourish this culture, so that our young may dream dreams and achieve them, and all of us might enjoy the nourishment of a community who loves us, cherishes us and anticipates that all our gifts are holy offerings to God for the building up of the church and serving Christ in the world.
Good mentoring communities are permission givers who do four things: recognize who you are now and who you can become, provide support, provide challenge and inspire worthy dreams. I wonder how the culture of our church might shift if we began to draw greater energy to how we might help one another ask big questions that support worthy dreams? I wonder what it would be like to work and lead in an environment where everyone leaned forward with the encouragement of a grandmother at her grand-daughter's first piano recital. I wonder what would be
If someone were to ask you to share a big question in your life, what would it be? Share it with someone in this community whom you trust, commit it to God in prayer and watch what dream begins to take shape in your life. Grace, mercy and peace, Verlee A. Copeland Senior Minister Union Church of Hinsdale United Church of Christ
Invitation to Faith: Transformative Worship
Our Staff Senior Minister: Rev. Dr. 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: Gaby Perez Project Manager: Joel Gratcyk Communications Assistant: Melanie Burton Buildings and Grounds: Jim Vojtek, Bob Brija WORSHIP SERVICES Sunday Worship 8:00 and 10:00 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.
“Living God’s Promises” Exploring God’s Covenant Stories Sermon Series through Nov. 21 Classic Worship – 9 a.m. Lead Preacher V. A. Copeland Traditional Liturgy Led by the Ministry Team and Lay Readers Music by the Chancel Choir and Organ Under the leadership of T. Diehl and M. Surratt Children Invited to Sunday School
Fresh, Experiential Worship – 10:30 a.m. Preaching Shared Among Ministry Team: J. Hylen, T. Sadagopan, T. Parrott-Sheffer and V. A. Copeland Worship Leadership by Lay People Music by the Joyful Noise Band Under the leadership of B. Nye Engaging for People of All Ages
Prayer & Healing Service Oct. 17, 2010 – 7:00 p.m. During this 45-minute service, participants join in the Chapel for prayer, meditation, music, scripture reading and a reflection on healing ministries. During the service, we pray for names of individuals in need of healing. We offer communion and the laying on of hands for those who wish to receive it.
Invitation to Faith: Community Life
Put Some Heart Into It!
Years ago, following soccer practice, our team would run laps around the playing fields to “cool down.” Some cool down! We would run in single file, at a fairly good clip, for at least a mile, but with this added twist: the runner at the rear of the line was required to sprint past his teammates to the front of the line. The moment that runner had arrived in the lead position; the next teammate at the end of the line had to do the very same thing. And so it would continue, over and over, until practice had ended. Any runner who attempted to participate halfheartedly could be assured of an audible encouragement from the coach: “Put some HEART into it!!!!” It was exhausting, but it was exhilarating!
This year as we emphasized hospitality as a congregation, various plans are being considered for how the Gathering Place can best serves our needs. We have need of a space that welcomes people visiting our church, a space to gather for refreshments and conversation, a space to let people know about our ministries and facilitate their involvement, etc. A number of ideas have surfaced.
When was the last time you experienced a gift to your own church as exhilarating? If it hasn’t felt that way in come time, perhaps it’s been a little too long since you’ve considered yourself a leader. This church of yours, your spiritual home, with all of its strength and blemishes, needs more than half of your heart, more than your mere participation; it needs your leadership. And frankly, don’t you, too? Surprise yourself this year by giving more than you usually do! Re-discover the exhilaration of taking the lead. Jesus was given to us so that we might “run the race” with confidence and joy. He came to show how to live out the ancient commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with ALL your heart.” Jed Rardin, Pastor South Congregational Church, UCC Concord, New Hampshire “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21
In order to best serve the congregation and the ministries, we are trying a few different floor plans – the first floor plan was used last Spring, in September the furniture and coffee were arranged in another configuration; and after Resale, we will try a different floor plan . Our intent is to review the plans with an eye to taking the best aspects of each with the goal of finding a workable, welcoming way to use this wonderful space. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support.
Erie House Toy Drive This year the Holidays with Heart Gift Bazaar at Erie House is happening on Sat, Dec. 11, 2010. Toy donations will begin being accepted soon, with a Wed., Dec. 8 deadline. There will be a toy collection box in the Gathering Place. The toy drive benefits Erie program participants aged infant through age 18. Erie parents have the opportunity to select one gift for each child individual toy value should not exceed $35. Gifts should be unwrapped. Donations can be toys, books, new children's clothing, and store gift cards. No toy weapons, action figures or materials with violent or sexist images. Wrapping paper, tape, scissors, ribbons and bows are also appreciated. Thank you!
Yoga for Flexibility & Strength Join Vi Smith, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher), assisted by Candy Stevens, RYT, for classes that include breathwork, yoga poses (chairs optional), and relaxation/focus. A weekly yoga practice can help men and women maintain health and slow down the effects of aging. Practitioners can benefit from a gradual increase in energy and stamina, improved joint health and mobility, and even a more positive mood and attitude. Classes will be held on Wednesdays, October 13, 20 and 27, from 10 - 10:45am at Union Church. Please call Candy Stevens for details (630) 655.2027. THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS 3-WEEK SESSION.
Invitation to Faith: Christian Formation for Children & Youth
Middle School – Fall Events October 3: Dinner and a Movie October 10: Gutter Sundaes October 17: Blanket Making (and a little surprise) October 24: Bowling Night (RSVP Required-Cost $10) October 31: Halloween Party (location TBA) November 7: Dinner and a Movie November 14: Whirly Ball (RSVP Required-Cost $20) November 21: Brown Bag Challenge November 28: No TNT (Thanksgiving) December 5: Christmas Craziness December 12: Christmas Cookies December 19: Christmas Party (location TBA) December 26: No TNT (Christmas)
High School – Fall Events October 3: Chicago Bears Party (location TBA) October 9: Apple Picking October 17: Really Bad Movie Night October 24: Blanket Making October 31: Halloween Party (location TBA) November 7: Golden Appreciation Dinner November 14: Harry Potter Night November 21: Harvest Party (location TBA) November 28: NOTHING December 5: Really Bad Christmas Movie Night December 12: Christmas Cookies (location TBA) December 19: Christmas Party (location TBA) December 26: NOTHING
LOGOS is Coming! Are you missing Crazy Hair Day or Backwards Night fun? Do you have a taste for “brown bag tacos”? Mark your calendars for the first night of LOGOS: Wednesday, November 3 Open for grades 1-8, After school from 4-7pm. Registration information will be available on Sunday, October 17 in the Gathering Place.
Invitation to Faith: Christian Formation for Adults
John Ortberg Book Study Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14 & 21 Join us for this 6-week video bible study and small group discussion series based on the book If You Want to Walk on Water You Have to Get Out of the Boat.
Nooma DVD Discussion Group Through Nov. 21, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.
Led by Rev. Tanya Sadagopan
Current Events & Faith Sept.19 – Nov. 21, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. Join us as we look through the week’s news events and discuss its impact on our faith. Led by Andrew Johnson in the Ktchen Classroom.
Disciple Bible Study 34-Week Program Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study Monday nights from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. There is still time to register if you are interested!
This is a series of 10 short films that explore our world from a perspective of Jesus. NOOMA is an invitation to search, question, and join the discussion. Led by class members. Oct. 3: How does God help us through life’s storms? Oct. 10: Can we live our lives to the fullest if we are stuck in the past? Oct. 17: If I ask God for what I want, how do I know God is really listening? Oct. 24: How is our breath connected to the name of our Creator? Oct. 31: Who are you and what is God calling you to do next?
Led by Rev. Tanya Sadagopan.
The Five Foot Bookshelf meets the second Sunday of every month to study books that we consider basic to developing a strong faith life in Jesus Christ. We will be finishing our study of Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis, in October. Beginning in November we will begin a new study. Look for information in the upcoming publications.
Women’s Association October Program
Please join the Women's Association for it's October program "Giving the Lady What She Wanted." Former Marshall Field's employee, will tell us all about the history of Marshall Fields and entertain with stories of its heyday. We will meet in Rowell Hall at 9:30 a.m. Hope to see you there!
This is a round table group led by Pastor Thom.
O P P O R T U N I T I E S Mission is central to a vital and growing faith. Christ offers us grace, salvation and instruction; and simply says, “Go and do likewise.” Our faith becomes real in our “doings,” much like in the Velveteen Rabbit – who becomes real by the selfless act of loving. It is much like a couple who must go beyond saying “I love you” to acting in loving and caring ways. Through mission our faith and life’s lyrics become in sync with its music; and our belief becomes tangible and powerful.
Union Church of Hinsdale encourages all its members and friends to engage in a deep and fruitful mission life; and offers many opportunities to be “hands-‐on” in the work of faith. Won’t you consider getting involved in the work of faith and the ministry of Jesus Christ?
If you are interested in getting involved or have other opportunities that you want to share; please contact Pastor Thom at 630 323-‐4303 or tparrott-‐email@example.com.
One Time Need
Soup Making Ministry Monday mornings, every week
Help Host the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center Mediation Skills Training Event October 4-8, 2010 - Union Church of Hinsdale
Involves helping make coffee, laying out snacks, preparing two lunches and serving as general hosts to those who attend this training.
Join the community of soup makers who prepare a part of the meal to be served to needy people in Humboldt Park, at San Lucas U.C.C.
Serving Lunch at San Lucas U.C.C. Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., every week
Each week San Lucas U.C.C. serves a nutritious meal to needy people in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 Help serve Thanksgiving Dinner at San Lucas U.C.C.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
A Just Harvest Soup Kitchen
Help serve Thanksgiving Dinner at St. John U.C.C.
(was Good News Community Kitchen)
Fourth Sunday of every month: 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
CROPWalk -‐ October 17, 2010 – 1:00 p.m.
Raise money and awareness of global hunger by participating in the annual CROPWalk. This year the walk begins at Christ Lutheran Church in Clarendon Hills.
This ministry has been a part of Union Church mission for many years. Each month a group brings food to the kitchen and helps serve a meal to over 100 people.
Food Distribution in Humboldt Park
Spirit Gifts -‐ November – December 2010
Alternative Gifts for the holidays, buying services and satisfying needs instead of a new tie.
A cooperative program between San Lucas U.C.C. and the Food Depository of Chicago hands out bags of food to over 120 people each month. Help is needed in bag the food and handing it out.
HCS Family Services
Habitat for Humanity, Du Page -‐ As scheduled
We often schedule build days; but there is also other opportunities to serve – committees, special events, etc.
Third Monday of every month: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
(was Hinsdale Community Service)
All the time
There are many ways to be involved with HCS, from donations of food, volunteering at the pantry or the office.
January 8-‐16, 2011 – Guatemala Mission Trip
Throughout January 2011 – ANNUAL COAT DRIVE
A Habitat for Humanity Build Event in Rabinal
Again, this year, we will collect adult coats for Interfaith House.
Invitation to Faith: Community Life
Dr. Patrick Stiff to present on Stem Cell Research. Invite your partner, significant other, or a friend to join us for this important forum
Dinner Dance Union Church's major fundraiser of the year will be the Dinner Dance on Sat., Nov. 13 beginning at 6:00pm at the Hinsdale Golf Club. Proceeds from this benefit will go to the GENERAL OPERATING FUND of Union Church. Ticket prices are $80.00, $100.00, or $200.00 per person. Dick Johnson, Channel 5 NBC News, will be our Master of Ceremonies. DEJA VU, Chicago based band, will provide live music for dancing and/or listening. Black Tie IS optional, valet parking is available and there will be a Silent and Live Auction. Maximum seating for a sit down dinner is 240 people so, please start thinking about who will be at your table of 8 to 10 people. This is not for couples ONLY, ALL adults are welcome. Invitations will be mailed out the first part of October. Both personal checks and credit cards will be accepted that evening. The majority of the money raised from the evening will be from the Silent and Live Auction. We are encouraging people to donate things that they already have or services that they can easily provide in this tough economy. If you are blessed enough to have a vacation home that you would donate for a week or a weekend that would be awesome. Sporting tickets of any kind, professional or college, would be fabulous. Wine tastings, a wine and cheese party, or a lunch, dinner or barbeque are always very popular. If you like to cook or bake, wrap Christmas gifts, address Christmas cards, deliver gifts, read to someone, helping design a garden, walk their dog, run their errands for two hours would be something you could donate without spending money. PLEASE ASK the merchants that you do frequent (i.e. where you get your car washed, go out for lunch/dinner, car oil changed, Dry Cleaners, Barber Shop,hair or nails done if they would donate gift certificates). We are hoping for a very successful, fun, and festive event! Thanks for your help.
We are most fortunate to have Dr. Patrick Stiff as our speaker for the Nov. 10 Men’s Club luncheon. He will present on the subject of Stem Cell Clinical Research. Dr. Stiff is widely recognized for his efforts in this rapidly emerging therapeutic area, particularly so in the field of hematological malignancies.
Lost & Found Please check the lost and found located near the volunteer desk in room 7 of the church offices. Any unclaimed items will be donated to Women’s Resale.
Fall Association Meeting The Chicago Metropolitan Association of the United Church of Christ will be having its fall meeting on Saturday, October 16th at Trinity Church in Chicago. Our own Susan Young will be a presenter at a workshop on Christian Education resources for the churches and Pastor Thom is presenting a workshop on media in worship. For more information about the meeting, please talk with Verlee or Hadley Pihl.
Summer Sunday School Program Exceeds its Goal This summer the 2nd through 5th grade (and older) Sunday School program “God is Still Speaking” contributed $368.95 to Church World Service. Church World Service is an ecumenical organization which is sometimes referred to as “the Crop Walk people” or the agency involved in Pakistan Relief) The $368.95 will enable the agency to provide a family a tent for temporary shelter, one or two food kits and a number of jerry cans for people to carry safe water to their home. The class surpassed its goal of collecting $250 dollars and a number of students met and surpassed their own personal giving goal. Great job class!
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