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Good News The

June 18, 2006

A Publication of The Union Church of Hinsdale

worship experience every Sunday at 10 a.m.

Message from the Ministry Team

SUMMER WORSHIP AT UNION CHURCH “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing…Abide in my love.”

Some people have asked how the 9 o’clockers feel about “losing” their worship service. In truth, we have suspended the 9 a.m. summer service at certain times in the past because attendance is low due to family commitments, vacations, etc. The 9 o’clockers haven’t lost anything, but rather are invited to worship as a family at 10 instead of 9, just as the 11 o’clockers are invited to worship at 10 instead of 11. Given the story of the vine and the branches, we might well ask what fruit we expect this move to bear. What good things will come of this?

You know the story, you probably learned it in church school when you were a kid, and your own children are learning it now. The story is about the vine and the branches, one of many told by Jesus throughout his ministry. Jesus wanted us to understand that when we are grafted into his root, into the heart of God, our lives will bear fruit in abundance. Jesus also wanted us to know that apart from that lifeline, our successes leave us empty.

First, our worship team and lay leaders are excited about opening up the Sunday worship experience to fresh ways of communicating the story of faith, to visual forms of expression, to dramatic sharing of scripture, and to broadening the selection of musical styles that express our faith. If Pentecost Sunday is any indication, this summer experiment in expanding our worship expressions will be exciting and energizing. People of all ages felt buoyed and moved by the experience.

I’ve been thinking about this metaphor of how faith grows and how our lives flourish relative to the shifts we have made at Union Church in summer worship. This summer we have joined together the 9 a.m. family worship experience with the 11 a.m. Sunday morning worship to create a family friendly, inviting and we think exciting

Second, the families who usually worship at 9 represent the heartbeat of the church. Dynamic young families bring energy, talent, resources and fresh faith to the life of Union Church. By inviting these families into worship at 10, we have the opportunity to be “grafted” into their vibrant faith, so that we may

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grow and flourish as a church. Perhaps these young families don’t need us older folks as much as perhaps we need them. Their presence strengthens the whole family of faith. Third, as a young parent attending Union Church for the first time, we look around for other young families who share our experience and our faith. Summer worship is planned specifically to draw into the life and practice of faith such young families who often visit churches in the somewhat more relaxed summer season looking for a new church home. We want them to feel welcomed and included here, and we want them to meet other young families who share their journey as couples and as parents of active children. If you have been away from worship for awhile, now is the time to come back. Invite your friends to join you. You may be surprised at what you experience. We believe the Spirit of God is moving in this place. We affirm that God is speaking not only to us as a church but to the world. And we celebrate that the United Church of Christ offers a distinctive voice among Christianity in our time, calling us to faith life and leadership as thinking Christians in troubled times. If you are looking for a flourishing faith and a fruitful life, join us for worship this summer at the Union Church. Verlee A. Copeland

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

ELM TREES The four elm trees located east of the garage at the north property line need to be removed. The Village determined they have Dutch Elm Disease. Bergquist Expert Tree Service will remove the trees as soon as possible.

(United Church of Christ)

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 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

Tom Hanson Chair, Building and Grounds





Our thanks go to Carl Hanke for driving and the Parish Life Ministry for coordinating the shuttle bus service picking up worshippers in remote parking areas each Sunday. Now that the weather is fine, the bus service will take a break until the fall.

The Christian Social Justice Ministry needs volunteers to help track the domestic violence voting records of candidates running for office in the fall. The CSJ Ministry will keep the congregation informed, so that educated voting decisions can be made. There are several web sites and internet sources available so you can track this from home. If interested call Marta Carlson at 630/325-0550.

TO OUR UNION CHURCH FRIENDS, Thank you one and all for your prayers, cards, flowers, gifts and food during this difficult time since Jim’s stroke February 26. We found out what loving, caring people you all are. Thank you! Jim and Phyllis Bock

FORGET-ME-NOT A garden party and open house will take place from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, June 23 in Encore at The Birches Assisted Living located at 215 55th Street, Clarendon Hills. Encore is a specialized, secure neighborhood of apartments within the assisted living community. Encore is dedicated to providing services for residents with memory loss or dementia. The event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served. Kindly respond by June 21 by calling (630) 789-1135.

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


Sponsor - A - Youth (SAY) And Be a Part of Summer Work Tour

A Word For Graduates and Non-Graduates Alike...How Do You Bounce Back? Kelly McFadden writes... “As a junior in high school, I was devastated when I was cut from the top volleyball team and sent to the second team. I felt disappointed, embarrassed and dejected. That evening, I spoke with a friend who passed on these words of wisdom, “It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce back that matters.” I wrote the quote on my mirror and committed to doing my best for this new team, instead of sulking over my personal loss. Instead of continuing to fall and spiral, I committed to bouncing back. Kelly goes on to learn something that day that I too had to learn in my own way. What I learned is that what happens to me in life doesn’t count as much as how I react to those things. Kelly had a choice the day she was cut from the team: she could wallow in misery and quit the team, or she could choose to fight through her circumstances and work hard to improve.

Summer Work Tour 2006 is fast approaching. On July 7th we head for Cortez, CO with 30 Youth and 6 Leaders. We’ll be working again with YouthWorks! doing house painting and Kid’s Club on the reservation.

S.A.Y costs you only $100.......... which helps offset the mounting costs of Work Tour.

Your (Sponsor - A - Youth) sponsorship of $100 will provide much needed financial help, but more importantly it will help you to build a relationship with our youth in a more personal way. It is our goal to have every one of the kids and leaders going on Summer Work Tour to be sponsored by a member of the congregation. Contact me at 323.4303 or, or stop by the S.A.Y Table in the Gathering Place for more info. Please fill out and send in a SAY Registration Card today.

CARWASH (and Bake sale)

Sat. June 24th: 9am -1pm

Each day, choices like these present themselves - When people are cruel, I can choose to accept their apology or let my bitterness grow. - When I am treated unfairly, I can vengefully plot a way to get even, or I can seek Christ’s wisdom and demonstrate patience as He shows me what to do. - When I am fired from a job, I can learn from why things didn’t work out or I can blame everyone else around me for my misfortune and never learn, grow, or change. - When I don’t get into the schools I want, or get other things I want, I can stew about how unfair life is, or I can listen and be open to how God’s plan for my life might be revealed to me - using what I have generously been given. -When I am congratulated for a job well done, I can either pat myself on the back, or thank God for providing me with the skills and talents to succeed.

Summer Work Tour Needs your Support! The Good News... we’ve had more kids than ever sign up for Summer Work Tour this year! The Bad News... we now need to take planes, vans and rafts (at considerably more expense), to accommodate everyone. Please help us raise some extra money for Colorado, and get your car cleaned at the same time! Saturday, June 24, 9 am - 1 pm in the church’s Third St. parking lot. Bring your car, bring your friends, bring your friend’s cars!

Eat & Be Cleaned!

Life throws different circumstances our way every day, both good and bad. Wherever you are in life, it is important to remember that people are watching and looking to see how you are living your life. You will long be remembered, not only for what happened to you in your life, but for how you handled life’s circumstances. When those circumstances cause you to fall, I challenge you to bounce back! (Thanks Kelly)

uth Happenings! TNT & DISCOVERY have ended their School Year Program.

Watch for our cool •3•

Youth Summer Events Schedule In the mail (and on our Web-site) Now!


The Open and Affirming Summer Film Festival kicks off on June 25 with the movie “Mambo Italiano.” In the comic flavor of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” Maria and Gino’s Italian world is shattered when their son decides to get a place of his own. They are relieved when Angelo’s childhood buddy Nino decides to move in with their son. However, their relief is short-lived when they find out that Nino and Angelo are more than just roommates--and then the fun really begins. Please join us Sunday evening June 25 at 6:30 in the lounge. 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.

MEMBER NEWS DEATHS Mary Kiser’s father passed away recently. Condolences to Mary and her family. BAPTISMS Baptized on 5/14/2006: Gregg Cooke Dehmlow, Heather, Lilly & Heide Stoffer. Baptized on 5/28/2006: Peter Fox Hester and Tristan Timothy Hotchkin. WHY YOU


SUNDAY, JUNE 25 at 11:00AM It’s an inside/outside party at the church GAMES, FOOD, FUN FOR ALL AGES NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED ICE CREAM FOR DESSERT FROM VBS! Don’t miss the opportunity for casual fun with the folks you know at Union Church!

PRAYER AND HEALING SERVICE JUNE 18 The Prayer and Healing Service will be held in the Chapel at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 18. Our service this month will focus on Luke 7:1-10, and the theme is “Absentee Healing.” How is it possible that people can be healed even when we pray for them from a distance? All are welcome for communion, worship and prayers for healing for ourselves and others.

TWO TO ATTEND NATIONAL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE Rev. Julie Ruth Harley and Susan Young will attend the Mix in ‘06, a national UCC and Disciples of Christ women’s event, in Indianapolis on June 21-24. The event includes workshops, mission projects, tours, and worship, as well as the opportunity to meet 5,000 other women of faith and learn new ideas for mission and ministry. Ask them what it was like!


Reason #1: It’s hard to get to know people if you just see them in worship. Reason #2: It’s hard to make new friends if you only go to church meetings. Reason #3: Summer is a great time to relax and worship God in the beauty of Creation. Reason #4: We’ll have great group activities and free time for fun. Reason #5: It’s cheap-a weekend of food and lodging for about $100 per person. All ages are invited to our Weekend Retreat at Pilgrim Park in Princeton, Illinois, sponsored by our Parish Life and Christian Education ministries. Fifty of us will arrive on the evening of Friday, Aug. 18, and return home on the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 20. The weekend will include group experiences and free time, with use of Pilgrim Park's pool and other outdoor activities. •4•


UNION CHURCH WEEKEND RETREAT REGISTRATION FORM Registration with a $25 deposit per registration is due by Aug. 4, to the attention of Rev. Julie Ruth Harley. You may also sign up online, by visiting the church website: See the home page or look under Parish Life Ministries. Family Name:

First Names: (please provide ages for those under 18)


Phone Number:



MINISTRIES IN ACTION MISSION OPPORTUNITIES PADS - at Redeemer Lutheran Church Once again we are supporting the work of PADS, at the Redeemer Lutheran Church. On Saturday, July 29, Union Church has committed to provide the evening meal and the personnel to staff the PADS Site. YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!!!!!! We need volunteers to: - Prepare the meal (3-4 volunteers, 2-3 hours Saturday afternoon at their own home) - Deliver the meal to Redeemer Church (1-2 volunteers, 1 hour late Saturday afternoon) - Set-up the shelter and serve the meal (8-15 volunteers, 3½ -hours from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.) - Evening Shift (4-5 volunteers, 3½ -hours from 7:30 - 11:00 p.m.) - Night Shifts (2-4 people, at least one woman and one man, in 3 hour shifts - 11:00 - 2:00; 2:00 5:00 or you can stay all night if you prefer. - Breakfast Shift (5-7 volunteers, 2 hours from 5:00 - 7:00) - Morning Clean-up (at least 8 volunteers, but more makes the work go fast; 2 hours from 5:30 to 7:30) - Laundry Volunteer (1-4 volunteers to do the laundry at their own home) If you can help please contact Rev. Parrott-Sheffer, as soon as possible. Thank you.

BACK BAY MISSION HOUSING BLITZ COMPASSION EXPLOSION: DISASTER RECOVERY BLITZ! In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the need for skilled work teams along the Mississippi Gulf Coast is more urgent than ever. Back Bay Mission is committed to being part of the solution to the immense need for housing re-construction in our area. We need your talents and your help! Compassion Explosion will take place October 29-November 11. It invites skilled, adult work teams from across the United Church of Christ to be part of a disaster recovery blitz during these two weeks. Congregations, Associations, or Conferences of the United Church of Christ are invited to register groups of 5-25 persons for either of these two weeks. We will be accepting registrations for up to 75 people each week, in addition to our already scheduled work teams. A modest participant fee will be charged to assist with lodging and other program-related expenses. This exciting collaborative effort will rely heavily on the skills within each group. Licensed plumbers and electricians, roofers, and persons with general construction skills are needed. TO REGISTER NOW call or email Back Bay Mission’s volunteer coordinator at any time. Tel. 228-432-0301 or Email: Sign up today!





Ahoy First Mates, Only two weeks until we shove off for Son Treasure Island. We have over 100 mates registered and 20 officers on board. You will soon be receiving your tickets in the mail. There are a few spaces left, so don't delay in letting Captain Johnson know. According to the weather report, we will have sunshine all week. So don't forget to pack your sunglasses and sun screen. Just to wet your appetites, our mess hall will have cool refreshments. I heard the Cook mention ice cream and tropical punch. Our Ship Trainer has a fitness program to keep us in shape for the treasure hunt. Every adventure always has a song for the crew, so the Program Director will keep our voices in tune as we search for the precious treasure. I've heard this treasure is AWESOME, something greater than coins and jewels. I'm sure we'll find some trinkets along the way for our treasure chests. Some last minute details for our trip. On June 25, we will have a BON VOYAGE party at the Family picnic. Be sure to pick up your T-shirt and packets for the adventure. I can't wait to see everyone. Get set to sail to SON TREASURE ISLAND. Captain Johnson


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

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SUNDAY, JUNE 18 8, 10 a.m. Worship Services 9:00 a.m. Prison Ministry 7:00 p.m. Prayer and Healing Service MONDAY, JUNE 19 7:00 p.m. P.U.S.H TUESDAY, 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

JUNE 20 WA Resale Sorting DISCOVERY Laser Tag Executive Council

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 Good News Submission Deadline 7:00 a.m. Prayer Group THURSDAY, JUNE 22 6:00 p.m. TNT Movie Night FRIDAY, JUNE 23 9:00 a.m. WA Resale Sorting SATURDAY, JUNE 24 8:00 a.m. Car Wash and Bake Sale 5:00 p.m. Contemporary Worship Service 6:00 p.m. High School Young Women’s Group Spa Night 1st Congregational Church, Fairmont, Minnesota Overnight Stay at Union Church

SUNDAY, JUNE 25 8, 10 a.m. Worship Services 10:00 a.m. Work Tour Commissioning Service 11:15 a.m. Church Picnic VBS Kickoff/ Ice Cream Social 4:00 p.m. Good News Community Kitchen 6:30 p.m. Open and Affirming Film Festival MONDAY, JUNE 26 12:45 p.m. Vacation Bible School 7:00 p.m. P.U.S.H TUESDAY, JUNE 27 12:45 p.m. Vacation Bible School 6:30 p.m. Newcomers Group 7:00 p.m. Digital Ministry Team WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28 7:00 a.m. Prayer Group 11:00 a.m. Extreme Water Park Day 12:45 p.m. Vacation Bible School 8:00 p.m. Journey Worship Team THURSDAY, JUNE 29 12:45 p.m. Vacation Bible School 7:00 p.m. DISCOVERY Benihana Night FRIDAY, JUNE 30 12:45 p.m. Vacation Bible School SATURDAY, JULY 1 5:00 p.m. Contemporary Worship Service


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