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Good News The

October 23, 2005

A Publication of The Union Church of Hinsdale

"I was hungry and you gave me food…"

My involvement in the Ministry of Social Justice is rooted in the belief that we are all members of God’s family and have an obligation to be concerned about the welfare of others. This sense of obligation to the broader community, particularly those most in need, is embedded in the beliefs at Union Church and was a key reason my wife and I decided to join the church six years ago. The Ministry of Social Justice is just one of many ways our church carries out this calling. By providing opportunities for education, advocacy and philanthropy, we strive to remedy the root causes of injustice affecting people around the world. Over the last few years outside speakers have addressed our congregation regarding a broad spectrum of justice issues including health care, hunger, globalization,

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Our responsibility to care about and help others in the community, particularly those most in need, is to We help translate this knowledge me a fundamental element of being into action by providing advocacy Christian. As Matthew so eloquently opportunities to a make difference. tells us: “I was Through our hungry and you By providing opporannual Bread gave me food, I was For The World tunities for education, thirsty and you gave letter writing advocacy and philanme something to campaign we drink, I was a thropy, we strive to have stranger and you remedy the root causes successfully welcomed me, I was of injustice affecting lobbied for naked and you gave people around the world. me clothing, I was federal legislation that in prison and you aims to cut world hunger in half by visited me…truly I tell you, just as 2015 and improve health care by you did to one of the least of these implementing HIV/AIDS programs who are members of my family, you in poor countries. did it to me.” Native American affairs, same sex marriage, and the causes of 9/11.

Finally, we provide financial support to organizations that seek to remedy the systemic causes of social injustice. We sponsor organizations at all levels—local, state, national and international. Organizations that we sponsor include Bread For the World, as well as Chicago Metropolitan Sanctuary Alliance, Protestants for the Common Good and Amnesty International. All of these groups rely on our funding to bring about social justice.

Kevin Viravec Ministry of Social Justice

If you share the experience of Kevin Viravec from the Ministry of Social Justice, we invite you to feed the hungry and care for the least of these our brothers and sisters through investing in the ministry of the Union Church. Pledge generously on November 6, Commitment Sunday.

THE GOOD NEWS is a publication of The Union Church of Hinsdale


1:00 pm Registration • 1:30 pm Step-Off Redeemer Lutheran Church 139 East First Street, Hinsdale, IL

Senior Minister: Rev. Verlee A. Copeland

All are welcome! 25% of the funds raised will help feed hungry persons in the area through the Hinsdale Community Service’s food pantry. 75% of the funds will be used by Church World Service and other international agencies for disaster relief and self-help development throughout the world. Such efforts include tsunami and hurricane victim relief, as well as food and medical attention for children displaced in Darfur and children in need in Iraq.

Minister for Christian Formation and Mission: Rev. Dr. Thom Parrott-Sheffer Minister for Membership and Discipleship: Rev. Julie Ruth Harley

Director of Music Ministries: Michael Surratt Director of Choirs: Gary Wilhelm


Sunday, October 23, 2005

(United Church of Christ)

Director of Youth Ministries: David Knecht


Contact Ann Suda in the church office or Margaret Owen-Tomei at 630.325.5755 for a CROP WALK Sponsor envelope. Raise extra money online at Our walk is named “Tri-Village Crop Walk.” Your CROP WALK message can reach friends and family across the U.S. with just a few clicks on the computer! This is fun event for all ages! You get to take a nice fall walk with family and friends around Hinsdale while helping to fight hunger throughout the world! Join us!

Director of Early Childhood Programs: Jennifer Keldahl Director of Children’s Christian Education: Penny Johnson Director of Administration: Mary Bock Financial Manager: Chris Biank Newsletter Editor: Linda Foreman

WORSHIP SERVICES Journey Contemporary Worship Saturdays at 5:00 pm Sunday Worship 8:00, 9:00 and 11:00 am Youth Worship 2nd Sundays at 9:50 am Prayer and Healing Service 3rd Sundays at 7:00 pm

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Sundays 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

THE UNION CHURCH OF HINSDALE 137 South Garfield Avenue Hinsdale, IL 60521-4298 630.323.4303 (Telephone) 630.323.4407 (Fax)

HURRICANE RELIEF We continue our ministry with people devastated by the hurricanes in the gulf region. We are focusing our efforts in a partnership with churches and residents in Pearlington, Mississippi. This small, poor town of 1700 was truly hard it by the storm. We are now working on two fronts. 1) We are working toward providing $500 Home Starter Kits and 5600 watt generators for the area. If you would like to continue your support of this effort, or to begin a supportive partnership with, feel free to send contributions to relief effort through the church office. Make checks payable to Union Church and include the word “Relief” in the memo. At present our efforts are focused on financial contributions, we are not actively collecting goods or furnishings. Thank you. 2) We are securing volunteers who would be able to go to Pearlington and assist in the distribution and set-up of starter kits and generators (as well as provide emotional and spiritual support for those living in the area). Soon, we will also be looking for people who can go and work in the rebuilding efforts – put this is still a ways away. If you are interested in being in mission in the Pearlington area please contact Rev. Thom Parrott-Sheffer. We need to know when you are able to go, how long you can stay, and what skills you bring to the community. We are seeking to be a presence in the area through rebuilding. For more information see: WWW.UCHINSDALE.ORG or WWW.LOVINGNEIGHBORS.NET •2•

Sleep Out Saturday Coming November 5

Halloween BonFire Sunday Oct. 30 (Aren't afraid of a little fire, are you…Scarecrow???)

Attn: TNT & DISCOVERY Okay, for all you ghoul's looking to get a jump on Halloween Night, here's the event you want to be a part of… It's the Halloween Bonfire at David & Pam's House, Sunday October 30. Please join us for Hot Dogs, S'Mores, Bobbing for Apples, and other tasty treats.

If you're in middle school or high school, want to have a great time, and want to MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the fight against homelessness…you need to join us. We'll be sleeping out "under the stars" on the church lawn. Check out the Bridge Community web-site at for some great info and download a Pledge Form to get you started! SIGN-UPS are starting NOW! All students and adults are invited to join in. Please call David at 630-323-4303 to reserve your plot of ground & to get pledge details. You'll be glad you did!

Please bring your Ghoulish friends too! If you wear a costume—all the scarier! But remember…Don't meet at the church 'cause we won't be there! Here’s the 411: TNT (6th-8th Grade) . . . . . . . .5:00 to 6:30 pm DISCOVERY (9th-12th Grade) . .7:00 to 8:30pm WHERE: David & Pam Knecht's (Back Yard) 233 Meadowbrook Ln., Hinsdale (630-789-9611 / 630-347-9611 cell) (We're 3 blks south of 55th Street, turn right off of Elm St.)

Sunday October 23 CROP WALK • 1:00 pm (Meet at Redeemer Lutheran) TNT (Middle School Youth Group) 5-6:30pm DISCOVERY (High School Youth Group) 7-8:30 pm

"Fantastic FOOD Scavenger Hunt" Monday October 24 (and every Monday Nite) PUSH (High School Bible Discussion & Chat) 7-8 pm Sunday October 30

Don’t Forget... The Youth Room is Now After School! (Daily 3:00–5:00 pm)

Halloween BonFire

TNT (Middle School Youth Group) 5-6:30 DISCOVERY (High School Youth Group) 7-8:30 Saturday November 5 SOS: Sleep Out Saturday 6pm Sat til 8am Sun Sleep out under the stars on the church lawn to help the fight against HOMELESSNESS! See David for details! •3•




CHRISTIAN EDUCATION grades and the format is similar to that described above. Two different curricula alternate in this program. This year focuses on Jesus’ ministry mainly as told in the gospel of Mark. Next year begins with Old Testament stories until Christmas and then continues with more about Jesus and early church history. Art supplies, games and opportunities for dramatic reenactment are all available for the children to respond to the story of the week.


The Children in Worship Sunday morning program has been offered to elementary-aged children at Union Church for the past fifteen years. It uses a Montessori approach to learning Bible stories and worship rituals. Many children remain in the program for five or six years, increasing opportunities to develop strong relationships with adult teachers and each other.

So, how is the Children in Worship program different than other Sunday morning offerings? It meets for two hours, from 9:50 to 12:00. This length of time is generally not a problem for even very young children. There is a good deal of moving around and changing of activities during that block of time. The two hours allows for a slower, more relaxed pace. The materials used in the room have great child appeal—often it is very difficult for children to wait until the storyteller is finished to be able to handle what has been used themselves. There is great consistency in both the children regularly attending and the teachers they have over a period of years, allowing for strong relationships to flourish. Stories are presented chronologically and in historical context. There is a great emphasis on wondering about the stories and expressing individual responses and concerns as we work to develop thinking Christians.

Children in Worship I meets in the Brook Conference room. Ages range from four years up to third grade and the curriculum consists of foundational Bible stories and liturgical topics such as the church year and sacraments. Pretty much the same stories, told in a variety of dramatic ways, are offered every year. The repetition is generally not a problem because at these ages the children's perceptions of the stories matures from year to year. The worship center classroom has an altar, a great array of art supplies and many games and puzzles supporting the stories covered. Each week, after hearing the story, children are expected to respond to it by choosing to use these materials to further explore the lesson of the story. Adult guidance is provided as needed to help keep children on track! After clean up, Feast time offers opportunities for further discussion of the story, and/or world events, the current stewardship project, a snack and prayer. Each child is dismissed with a special, secret blessing from the teacher.

If you would like to observe a CIW session or if you have any questions, please contact Sue Becker 630.887.7639.

Children in Worship II takes place in the Helen Hall room and is geared for older children ranging from second to fifth

CE HOLIDAY BOOK SALE RETURNING SOON! NEW ADULT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY (This week marks the end of the “What Does the U.C.C. Believe?”) Beginning next Sunday, October 23 a new class begins at the 9:50 hour. “WHAT WOULD JESUS HAVE ME DO? – CASE STUDIES IN THEOLOGY” is led by Rev. Thom Parrott-Sheffer and asks the questions: How do we think theologically? What are ways to bring the Bible to bear on life-issues? Is there only one right answer? These questions are explored within specific cases, such as Intelligent Design, Euthanasia, and other issues. We meet from October 23 through November 27, in Rowell Hall.

The popular Holiday Book Sale returns to the Gathering Place beginning Sunday, November 6, and continues every Sunday for the rest of November. Proceeds from this sale benefit Union Church libraries, classrooms and the Resource Center. Featured are new and classic holiday books for Thanksgiving and Christmas, children’s books for toddlers through teens and adult titles. Topics range from parenting challenges to spirituality to just good reads. New books are added every week so plan to stop by and browse more than once. In the unlikely event you are unable to find anything of interest for yourself, please consider purchasing a paperback children’s book for donation to Aunt Marys Reading Program (where incarcerated parents select and record a book to be sent to their children in order to help maintain stronger family ties). •4•

UNION CHURCH MINISTRIES Trustees Ministries (finances and fundraising) Christian Mission Ministries (outreach) Christian Social Justice Ministries (social activism) Christian Education Ministries (Sunday school and adult education) Music Ministries (music education, choirs and performances) Endowment Ministries (investments and gifting) Youth Ministries (youth worship, fellowship and outreach)

ARE YOU CALLED TO A UNION CHURCH MINISTRY? Consider making a real impact at Union Church by serving on a church ministry. As you may know, Union Church is a layperson-led church (in partnership with clergy and staff). We have a need for all who worship at Union Church to participate in its numerous and varied ministries in either small or large ways (as your time permits).

Ministry team meetings take place the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.

We need your help so that our church can run smoothly as a special place of worship, fellowship, and outreach for everyone.

Please volunteer today to share your enthusiasm, time, talents and resources with Union Church by calling Melissa Mann of the Nominating Committee at 630.654.1430 or Rev. Julie Ruth Harley at 630.323.4303.

Union Church has many “ministries” (formerly “boards” and “committees”) that provide for the essential needs of our church family. These include:

“Many hands make light work!” [The Nominating Committee meeting is on Wednesday, November 16, 2005 at 7:00 pm in Rowell Hall. All ministry chairs and one additional representative are requested to attend. Thank you.]

Elders Ministries (worship services) Parish Life Ministries (small group ministries, fellowship, hospitality)




Do you have a “‘tween” in your family? A “‘tween” is a child between 8 and 13 years old. This stage of life creates challenges for tweens and for their parents. Join us for a small group meeting from 7:00 to 8:30 pm on Tuesday, October 25, in the Kitchen Classroom at church. Rev. Julie Ruth Harley is the facilitator.



Unit 1 11/03

9:00 am Rowell Hall at Church

Unit 2 11/03

9:00 am Rowell Hall at Church

Unit 3 11/03

9:15 am Home of Dorothy Carpenter 745 Pinecrest Ct., Hinsdale

The Parish Life Ministry hosts a dinner with entertainment for those youngsters at least 70 years old.

Unit 4 11/03

12:30 pm Home of Mary Shewalter 301 Lake Hinsdale Dr., #409 Willowbrook

Unit 5 11/03

7:30 pm Home of Beverly Schmidt 815 S. Bruner St., Hinsdale

Unit 6 11/11

1:00 pm Home of Jane Morrison 15W170 60th St., Burr Ridge

Appetizers are served in Rowell Hall from 5:30 to 6:00 pm followed by an Allegro Handbell Ensemble concert in the sanctuary. Dinner is then served at 6:30 pm in the Dining Room. Amy St. Luce provides musical accompaniment to the dinner.

Unit 7 11/21

12:30 pm Youth Room at Church

Look for your invitation in the mail soon!

Sunday, November 13, 2005







You are invited gain this year to help Erie House (one of our mission agencies) stock its “Christmas Store.” Gifts of toys, games, and new clothing for children ages 2-12 are needed for the 325 children in various Erie House Programs. The “Christmas Store” opens a few days just before Christmas. Parents come by appointment to “shop” at the store. Each parent selects two gifts for each child in their family. Erie House volunteers then wrap the gifts, which the parents take home to give to their children on Christmas Day. We hope that to have the usual enthusiastic response from Union Church members that we have experienced in past years. Place your unwrapped gifts in the boxes marked “Erie House Toys,” located in the Gathering Place near the receptionist desk. If you are unable to deliver your gifts to the church, please call Chuck Armstrong at 630.323.5669.




For much of human history, houses were just places to sleep and eat. Jane Gralen, member of Union Church, gives a lively presentation discussing how the idea of domesticity was born, and how it has continued to change over the course of history. Jane, a former docent at The Chicago Architecture Foundation, gave this talk two years ago to members of Women’s Association and gives an updated version of it at the Hinsdale Historical Society on Sunday, October 23, at 3:00 pm. Cost is $4.00 for members and $8.00 for non-members. Registration information is available at 630.789.2600.



Sunday, November 20 • 12:15 pm

FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE Tuesday, November 1 • 10:00–11:00 am Do you need a flu shot? About 50 million Americans will catch influenza this year. Consider getting a flu shot if you’re too busy to take sudden sick leave, you’re taking a winter vacation, you’re over age 65, you work around children, you have been susceptible to the flu in the past, or you have special holiday plans you don’t want to miss. Studies have shown the vaccine is 90% effective in preventing illness. Payment ($25/person) is due on the day of the vaccination, with cash or a check made payable to Union Church.The service is provided by Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare. Please register before October 26 by calling Linda Foreman at 630.323.4303.

The Digital Ministry Team has spent several months renovating and enlivening our church website. But just in case you haven’t taken a look lately, here’s your chance to take a virtual tour of the website. See all the new features and content. Check out the latest information. Find archived information. Provide comments and feedback. Join us in the Youth Room after 11:00 worship on November 20 (light snacks provided).

SPECIAL REQUEST Please help us update our database by providing your current email address for each member of your household. Include your name along with your email address. Send this information to Audrey Woeltje in the church office at AWOELTJE@UCHINSDALE.ORG.





We have received several letters of thanks from the organizations which we support: The United Church of Christ: “For Basic Support of Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM).” Family Shelter Service: “Please accept our heartfelt thanks for your continued generosity to Family Shelter Service...With your help women and children will continue to realize momentous changes like this every day. Thank you so very much.”






The Parrott-Sheffer family had many attitude adjustments to make when Brandon revealed his sexual orientation to them. We are fortunate to have them share some of the difficulties and joys of that time and the journey that followed. The Open and Affirming Task Force invites you to participate in a conversation with the Parrott-Sheffers at 12:15 pm in the 3rd floor Youth Room on Sunday, October 30. A light lunch will be served and the discussion promises to be compelling.

HOLIDAYS…EASY AS PIE! Let Market Day help you prepare a wonderful feast for your family and friends! Start with a variety of appetizers, such as Stuffed Appetizer Bread or Smoked Salmon. Choose the Spiral Sliced Ham for your centerpiece, and add Sweet Corn Casserole, Prince Edward Vegetable Medley and Homestyle Biscuit Dough. Finish it all off with one of TWELVE special pies! Choose among French Silk, Apple Cranberry, Pumpkin, Pecan, New York Style Cheesecake and many others! Market Day benefits the Allegro Handbell Ensemble. Look for your Market Day flyer in the mail or in the church narthex. Print orders are due in the narthex Sunday, October 30 (internet orders due Wednesday, November 2). Pick-up is in the Garfield Circle on Saturday, November 5, 9:00–10:00 am. Use the internet and pay by credit card—it’s easy! As always, please pick up your orders in a timely manner. The Allegro Handbell Ensemble thanks you!




As always, on the last Wednesday of the month, October 26, at 1:30 pm in the church’s South Parlor, feel free to drop in for an informal conversation about Dan Chaon’s novel, YOU REMIND ME OF ME. From School/Library Journal: “This first novel focuses on the disparate lives of a fragmented family as they struggle with the harsh realities of poverty, depression, and dysfunction…highly readable, thought-provoking, and profoundly moving.” Dorothe Ernest hosts our gathering. Join us even if you haven’t read the book.


HOLIDAY BLUES: COPING WITH STRESS IN A SEASON OF JOY The holidays are wonderful, but for some of us they are also stressful. “Too many gifts to buy, and not enough time to sit by the fireplace.” For others, the holidays are difficult because of the loss of family members or friends. We think, “Thanksgiving won’t be the same this year.” Sound familiar?

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 19 for yet another shopping extravaganza—Rudolph’s Boutique and Bake Sale. Rudolph’s is a unique shopping experience for children. Personal shoppers escort children through our “boutique” where they can select gifts for everyone on their lists at very reasonable prices. Free gift wrapping is included! More details on Rudolph’s Boutique will follow, but it’s not too early to donate items to be sold at the boutique. We especially need items for men: tie tacks, ties, any small item that would be appreciated by a dad, grandpa, uncle or brother. If you have items to donate, please contact Sue Becker at 630.887.7639. •7•

Nancy Ging (sponsored by the Mental Health Ministry) offers two events to help you prepare for and alleviate the stress of the season. The programs are offered on Sunday, November 13, 12:15–1:30 pm in the Youth Room, and Thursday, November 17, 9:30–11:00 am in Rowell Hall. Join us on the date that fits your schedule. Refreshments will be served.

THE UNION CHURCH OF HINSDALE United Church of Christ 137 S. Garfield Ave., Hinsdale, IL 60521

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RESALE ‘05 is a memory, but the good will generated and the money raised will be making a difference for a long time to come. Women’s Association extends many, many thanks to the following people for taking leadership roles this year:

STEERING COMMITTEE Fran Evans, Liz Doucette, Lucy Tarabour, Holly LaSpina, Susan Young, Linda Van Schaayk, Eleanor Patterson

DEPARTMENT CHAIRS Better Sportswear: Ruth Finlay Books, Tapes and Games: Daisy Pletcher Children’s: Committee of ECP; Marcy Biala, Jennifer Stout, Kathy Florence, Kathy Anne Smith Collectibles: Candy Stevens and Sandy Poor Distribution: Bill Roper French Room: Cindy Wills and Jill Mio Garage (Furniture and Sporting Goods): Bob and Sally Manion Holiday: Roz Oetking Housewares: Sue Becker, Claudia Moffat, Karen Smith Jewelry: Allegro Bell Choir Linens: Barbara Voorhees Men’s Clothing: Jacqui Woolridge and Dorothy Carpenter Sewing and Crafts: Penny Johnson and Judy Hueser Sweats and Sweaters: Fran Evans

Women’s Clothing: Jane Ballantine, Susan Young and Eleanor Patterson Check Room: Ginny Monroe and David Scott

SUPPORT Appliance Testing: Hadley Pihl Publicity: Lucy Tarabour and Jane Gralen Lunch: Jim and Sue Nibeck Agencies: Barbara Keller Manpower: Holly LaSpina Treasurer: Barbara Parlour and LaVerne Skale Supplies: Katy Boyce Knock Down and Demobilize: Elizabeth and Terry Krainc Elevator Operators: Bert Early, Bill Moore, Bill Keller, Jim Platts Shirts: Fern Newton

SPECIAL RECOGNITION To the Saints of the spring, summer and fall, most especially to Fran Evans, who has taken calls, arranged pick-up, organized the sorting, storage and transfer from storage of merchandise, and ruined her back forever by lifting heavy boxes in and out of pick-up trucks, we owe a huge debt of gratitude. We also owe a debt of gratitude to Jim Vojtek, Tony Pacheco and especially to Mary Bock who helped us through many small and large crises.

October 23, 2005 - Union Church of Hinsdale's Good News  

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

October 23, 2005 - Union Church of Hinsdale's Good News  

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