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Good News The

May 21, 2006

A Publication of The Union Church of Hinsdale

Message from the Ministry Team

On May 21 we will celebrate, again, Confirmation Sunday. This is a wonderful time of the year for me, yet it is also a time of some sadness. I tend to grow fond of the Confirmands, and it is somewhat sad to think that I will not be seeing them in the same way every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. Here at Union Church, we have some exceptional young people. They come into Confirmation with some reluctance (okay, some come in kicking and screaming being forced by their parents). But as they settle in and begin to engage the material, their mentors and each other something outstanding occurs - they begin to find their faith. Their depth of understanding is remarkable, and their intelligence and inquisitiveness is a joy to behold. They want to know about miracles, about how God can keep forgiving us as we continue to sin over and over again. They want to know why God lets innocent people die, and about the nature of

suffering. They question everything, think about all things, and come to an understanding of their personal relationship with God. Sometimes we did things in Confirmation that seemed too far removed from their reality, or seemed just plain boring - and they would call us on it and helped the class find its proper voice. Somewhere along the way this nebulous relationship with God and the church began to matter and they began to find their voice and their place in the Body of Christ.

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worship, participation - and one is even looking for a place in church “government”. I hope that you will take the opportunity to be in worship, at 11:00 a.m. on May 21, when these 27 young people make a public declaration of their faith and intent, and welcome them into the church: Livv Aavik Dan Ballantine Lizzy Brady Mac Burridge Grace Carlson Katie Carlson Jenny Ceranec Kallie Culbertson Greg Dehmlow Lauren Emery Katie Engelking Chris Kiser Dylan Lee Steve Liss Anne Lombardi David Lutz Michael Mortimer Katie Olsson Greta Osgood Kathryn Running Sarah Schuessler Tessa Shakon Tori Sims Maddie Tomlinson Andy Tuggle Adrienne Walker Aubrey Zott

And the truly wonderful thing is that Confirmation became transformed. What was first seen as a “rite of passage” to be endured and finished is now a ritual of beginning the beginning of a new relationship with God, a fresh relationship with the Church, and a conviction that Union Church is their spiritual home. They will take their place, on May 21, in the leadership and vitality of the church - adding their “yes” to our “yes” - and God’s “yes”. And they will be a force with which to be reckoned. Their sense of faithfulness, of integrity and ability to seek the truth will add tremendously to the Union Church community. They are already looking forward to Work Tours, fellowship,

In Christ,

THE GOOD NEWS is a publication of The Union Church of Hinsdale (United Church of Christ)

SUMMER VACATION FROM WORSHIP? DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT! Senior Minister: Rev. Verlee A. Copeland Minister for Christian Formation and Mission: Rev. Dr. Thom Parrott-Sheffer Minister for Membership and Discipleship: Rev. Dr. Julie Ruth Harley Director of Youth Ministries: David Knecht Director of Music Ministries: Michael Surratt Director of Choirs: Gary Wilhelm Director of Early Childhood Programs: Jennifer Keldahl Director of Children’s Christian Education: Penny Johnson Director of Administration: Mary Bock

The summer season offers an outstanding opportunity to gather with the whole church for intergenerational, family friendly, visitor welcoming worship. This summer we will offer two weekly worship services, at 8 and at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. The 9 a.m. family worship joins the 10 a.m. worship in the sanctuary for worship that is accessible and welcoming to families and members of all ages. Special family seating will be reserved on the front pews, with child sized chairs added to meet the needs of children. Children participate in a special children’s church program during part of the worship service, returning for the closing hymn, “One in Love”, a familiar benediction response for our children and families. Dramatic reading of scripture, stirring music and provocative messages about issues affecting daily life will make this a don’t - miss summer at Union Church. Join us for summer worship beginning on Memorial Day with traditional worship in the chapel at 8 and intergenerational family worship at 10 in the sanctuary.


Financial Manager: Chris Biank

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

Send-Off Concert Sunday June 11th, 4:00 pm SAVE

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



Union Church Picnic June 25 Worship 10 a.m. Picnic at 11 a.m. •2•

8th Grade Confirmands Our 8th grade Confirmation Class is getting ready for their BIG DAY on Sunday May 21st. Here’s the preview of our 2006 Class and their Mentors…

Carol Wroble Greg Dehmlow Andy Tuggle Jenny Ceranec Katie Engelking Sarah Schuessler

Graduating, or Just Taking a Next Step Are you a Leader?

Adrienne Walker Katie Carlson Lauren Emery

Doug Stoffer

Whether you are graduating from high school or eighth grade, or just moving up a grade - or maybe just growing in your own maturity - you might be thinking… Am I a leader? Am I leadership material for whatever my next step in life is? If you asked the president of a large company for a one-word definition of leadership, she might describe it as enthusiasm, drive, power, presence, or competence. These words are often associated with the world’s view of leadership. But if you investigate Jesus’ leadership requirements for his closest followers, you’ll see that only one word makes it to the top of his list. It’s not an attractive word. Ready? Drum roll, please...Jesus asked his leaders to... serve. Serve! (Go ahead and re-read it-I’ll wait.) Is it safe to assume that right now you’re not too sure you want to be a leader if that’s what leaders do? I understand--it’s quite shocking at first. But if you want to follow the lead of Jesus, you’ll find the primary objective of a leader is to serve. Carefully read this verse to understand how Jesus wants his closest followers to act: You know that in this world kings are tyrants, and officials lord it over the people beneath them. But among you it should be quite different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant... (Matthew 20:25-26, NLT) Jesus’ selection of leaders could be considered either insane or ingenious. But since He was God in the flesh, let’s assume His leadership judgment fits in the latter category. The first 12 disciples He chose to lead with Him included five fishermen, a tax collector, and six others whose occupations are a complete mystery. Sometimes we wonder why Jesus chose these 12 instead of those who were already seen as leaders. Whatever the reason, the greatest leader ever to live chose ordinary people to lead with Him. Jesus didn’t just speak about serving; He modeled it. He put the needs of others first and placed Himself in positions where serving was necessary. Ultimately, this posture of servanthood led Him to the cross--to serve the needs of humanity. He served without reservation, and the greatest act of servanthood was also the greatest act of leadership our world has ever seen. Given Jesus’ actions, my definition of leadership would include two key words: serve and influence. Jesus did both. That’s leadership! If you want to be a leader--not just a student leader, but a Christian leader--you must learn to lead like Jesus. How? By serving others. When you serve others, you’ll have the opportunity not only to lead, but also to change the image of leadership in your church, in your youth group, in your family, and in your school. Adapted from “Help! I’m a Student Leader!” by Doug Fields

Barb Parsons


Peter Cook

David Lutz Mac Burridge Daniel Ballantine Kallie Culbertson Aubrey Zott

Grace Carlson Anne Lombardi Dylan Lee Michael Mortimer Katherine Olsson

Jeanne Osgood Kathryn Running Olivia Aavik Chris Kiser Steve Liss

Therese Carlson Elizabeth Brady Greta Osgood Tori Sims Tessa Shakon

Youth Happenings Coming Up! Sunday May 21 st

and Pizza OUTING TNT (Middle School) DISCOVERY (High School)

5:30-7:30 pm 7:00-9 pm

(All Confirmands are Invited to our High School outing!! Bring a Friend -- Bring $10 Bucks, Must RSVP to David at 630-323-4303 x 26

Sunday May 21st Confirmation Sunday – 11:00AM Worship Service

Monday May 22nd PUSH /High School Bible Disc.


Sunday May 28th No TNT or DISCOVERY (Memorial Day) Friday June 2 nd TNT LOCK -IN at Church – 7PM to 7AM (Sat)

Sunday June 4 th Summer Work Tour Meeting – 5:30-7PM High School End of Year Bonfire BBQ – 7-8:30PM (At David & Pam’s …233 Meadowbrook Ln. Hinsdale)




Ahoy First Mates

UNDERSTANDING THE GOSPEL OF JUDAS AND THE DAVINCI CODE We’ve all heard about the Gospel of Judas. What does it say? How does it relate to the Bible?

Summer Sunday School

Our voyage soon begins. Be sure to get your ticket by registering. We have over 80 spots booked to date. This will be a trip of lifetime. We have on board, Captain Cooky and Coco Banana. They are inviting their friends, Brad Krumbs and Pearl Shellfish. Come and meet our crew as we search for God’s treasure The dates are June 25-30 from 12:453:30. For more information contact Captain Johnson at 323.4303.

This summer we will continue our 11:00 Children’s Church at the 10:00 service. The children will be in the sanctuary for the opening part of worship and then go to the Drama Tent after the children’s message.

Upcoming Dates

The world is waiting for the release of the movie version of “The DaVinci Code.” Does Dan Brown’s novel reflect facts about Jesus or speculation? Why has it become such a bestseller? The Rev. Dr. Thom Parrott-Sheffer and the Rev. Dr. Julie Ruth Harley will answer these questions and others at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, May 28, in Rowell Hall.

Calling all volunteers:

May 21 9:50 Sunday School ends June 4 Summer Sunday School begins June 25-30 Vacation Bible School

We need two parents to assist the minister each week and lead a planned craft. The younger 3s and 4s will join the older kids upstairs for the story and then leave with one of the parents to do their own craft. We need volunteers to help from June 4 to September 3. Please contact Penny Johnson at 323.4303 if you can help.




Words can hardly express the gratitude we feel toward each and every one of you for your love & support during our recent family tragedy. Your thoughts, prayers, and outpouring of love & support mean the world to us. We will never forget it. My father-in-law is doing well and is recuperating in the comfort of his daughter’s home right down the street from us. We’ve been taking good care of him, treating him to ice cream, and enjoying our time with him. We are so grateful that he is alive and doing well.

We congratulate Brandon Woodle, who will receive his Eagle Scout award on May 21. Brandon’s Eagle project featured the renovation of our church dining room. Also, we are grateful to Boy Scout Troop 10 for their outdoor church yard cleanup on Saturday, April 22. Great job! SINGLES GROUP EVENT If you are interested in seeing Bonnie Raitt on Saturday, June 24th at Ravinia, let Mary Concialdi know as soon as possible. Lawn seats are the only tickets available and they are going fast! The cost of a lawn seat is $15. Please understand if you commit, then you will be responsible for the cost of the ticket. Contact Mary at 847.421.8514, or at

We have never felt more blessed in our lives, and for that we are deeply grateful. Our love, Jim, Gayle, Dan & Krissy Borel Gayle Borel, an ECP teacher at Union Church, recently lost her mother-in-law in a tragic car accident.

GRADUATION INVITATION The congregation is invited to the attend the graduation ceremony for Rev. Julie Ruth Harley, who will be receiving her Doctor of Ministry degree from Northern Theological Seminary. The graduation will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, at Hammerschmidt Chapel on the campus of Elmhurst College, 190 Prospect Street, Elmhurst, Illinois. No reservations are needed.


THANK - YOU RECEIVED OUR MISSION PARTNERS From Lifelink: On behalf of the entire Lifelink family, thank you for the generous contribution from Union Church of Hinsdale... Your support greatly aids (our) mission and demonstrates a shared partnership in caring for others. From Back Bay Mission: Thank you so much for your recent gift to Back Bay Mission. As we begin the daunting task of rebuilding stormtossed communities and our ministry to them, your gifts are more essential than you can imagine. From the Community Extension Project: On behalf of the staff and the young people we serve, I sincerely thank the Union Church of Hinsdale for the contribution we received in support of our Tutoring programs for academically at-risk students. Our ability to provide these programs would not be possible without the continued support of donors like you.





OPEN AND AFFIRMING SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL The Open and Affirming Task Force Summer Sunday Evening Film Festival kicks off in June. We invite you to join us at 6:30 in the Lounge on the following Sunday evenings: June 25 Mambo Italiano July 23 Far From Heaven Aug 27 The Birdcage Each movie will be followed by a brief discussion. Pizza, popcorn and beverages will be served. Due to the subject matter, youth under 17 who wish to attend must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We look forward to seeing you.

We are planning to celebrate our graduates on June 4, 2006. Please check our list, and if you know of someone who is graduating from High School, College/University, Graduate School, or a professional/trade school and is not on the list, please contact Thom Parrott-Sheffer in the Church Office and let him know. Then plan to be with us on June 4 at the 10:00 a.m. worship service to be recognized and honored. These are who we know of now: High School: Ellen Anderson, Elizabeth Armstrong, Beth Bajadek, Hillary Bozeman, Blair Bowman, Ty Bravos, Taylor Brooker, James Buddig, Stephanie Ceranec, Erik Clemens, Eamonn Cogan, Allison Cooper, Ben Dickerson, Ingrid Elias, Brian Hogg, Beau Issleib, Jacob Johnson, Meghan Kazer, Patrick Keiser, Patrick Kinsella, Stephanie Kramer, Dan LaSpina, Diane Less, Tessa Lockhart, John Lutz, Wini Mapel, Ashley Miller, Thomas Murray, Kyle Newsham, Susan Parsons, Tricia Patterson, Emily Pickard, Samantha Pitchford, Mike Pundmann, Eliot Rahal, Klari Senk, John Simon, Jackie Sink, Cara Stevens, Sean Sullivan, Jessica Werley, Rebecca Woodle, Jonathan Wroble, Joanie Yapp. University/College: Brett Hutcherson, Dan Wilson, Joshua North-Shea, Christopher Bock, Allie McGonagle, Amanda Morris, Christian Lamb and Joe LaSpina. Graduate School: Marie Becker, Julie Chenelle, Julie Ruth Harley, Adam Parrott-Sheffer, Chelsey Parrott-Sheffer, and Micah North-Shea Professional Degree: Kris Lang MEMBER NEWS Deaths Former member Dick McLaughlin passed away on April 20th. Condolences to his family. Bill Gardiner passed away recently, his burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery. Former member Arthur R. Curtis passed away on April 13, at age 90. He and his wife were members from 1955 until 1986. •6•



SUMMER WORSHIP TIME CHANGE Sunday worship will be held at 8 a.m. in the chapel and 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary beginning May 28. There will be no 9 a.m. service this summer, but families with young children are encouraged to attend the 10 a.m. service, which will be intergenerational. The Journey service continues at 5 p.m. each Saturday in the Youth Room.

THOM PARROT-SHEFFER MAKES A GUEST APPEARANCE AT THE LAST WEDNESDAY DROP-IN BOOK GROUP “In this timely, provocative, and uplifting journey, [bestselling author Bruce Feiler] embarks on a one-of-a-kind adventure: searching for the man at the heart of the world’s three monotheistic religions-and today’s deadliest conflicts. Abraham.” (HarperCollins Books) Everyone is welcome to come to South Parlor on Wednesday, May 31st at 1:30 p.m. as Thom Parrot-Sheffer leads our discussion of Abraham by Bruce Feiler. As the common ancestor of Jews, Christians and Muslims, Abraham is one who defines faith for half the world. This will be a fascinating discussion-please join us!


Would you like to get to know more people in Union Church? Would you like to worship together and enjoy nature in the beautiful setting of Pilgrim Park in Princeton, Ill.? Then join us Aug. 18-20 at the Weekend Retreat for all ages. Pilgrim Park features an outdoor pool, lots of sports opportunities, a labyrinth, and all meals and lodging are provided in retreat-center style rooms. We will have group activities as well as free time for relaxation. The cost is $100 per person, and you may register by contacting Julie Ruth Harley (630.323.4303 or or visiting our website ( and signing up online. The first 50 registrations will be accepted.






We celebrate the birthday of the Church on June 4, with the coming of the Holy Spirit. Red is the color of the Holy Spirit, so we invite everyone to wear RED to DIVORCE RECOVERY GROUP For memebers and friends of Union Church. This group is designed for members and friends of Union Church who are contemplating divorce, recently separated, divorced, or ending a long - term relationship. Offering hope, education and direction We will use as a resource “Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends” by Bruce Fisher and Robert Alberti. Sessions will begin soon and cost $25.00 per session. Facilitator: Eva Ericsson, licensed clinical social worker

Have you visited our website lately? Go there TODAY for photos, coming events, weekly minister’s message, sermons and MORE! You’ll be glad you did!

Call Eva at 630.850.7739 for questions and to register.


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

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SUNDAY, MAY 21 Worship 8,9,11am 9:50 am Family Weekend Plan Meeting 12:15 pm Faith Initiative Team 3:00 pm Brandon Woodle Eagle Scout Ceremony 4:30 pm Allegro Bells 5:00 pm TNT 7:00 pm Prayer & Healing Service 7:00 pm DISCOVERY MONDAY, 9:30 am 6:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm

MAY 22 YOGA P.U.S.H Bible Study Women’s Bible Study Tai Chi

TUESDAY, MAY 23 7:00 pm Digital Ministry Team 7:30 pm Rainbows Leader Meeting WEDNESDAY, MAY 24 Good News Submission Deadline for June 4 7:00 am Prayer Group 9:30 am YOGA 7:00 pm Open/Affirming Meeting 7:00 pm Journey Band Rehearsal 7:30 pm Chancel Choir 8:00 pm Journey Worship Team

THURSDAY, MAY 25 9:00 am WA Board Meeting 1:00 pm Kerygma 5:30 pm 7th Grade “Wild Nite Out” 7:00 pm Boy Scout Troop # 10 FRIDAY, MAY 26 7:30 am Adult Ed Committee 9:00 am Children’s Committee SATURDAY, MAY 27 5:00 pm Celebration Worship SUNDAY, MAY 28 Worship 8,10 am 11:15 am Gospel of Judas/Da Vinci Code 1:00 pm Allegro Handbell Ensemble 4:00 pm Good News Community Kitchen MONDAY, MAY 29 ECP and Church offices closed TUESDAY, MAY 30 7:00 pm Mental Health Ministry Team WEDNESDAY, MAY 31 7:00 am Prayer Group 1:30 pm Drop-In Book Group 7:00 pm Membership Development Meeting 7:00 pm Journey Band Rehearsal


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