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January 28, 2007

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

of Christ, the history of our own congregation, and what it means to be in a denomination that is 50 years bold!

Message from the Ministry Team

T he V iew F rom the B alcony L et I t S hine !



e move in the hope… that God will provide us with light according to our need, guidance according to the demands of the time and strength to the requirements of every situation. Our hope is that we may keep ourselves enough out of the way that God can move in and find us usable instruments for doing God’s will.” Fred Hoskins, “A Union of Hope,” Uniting General Synod 1957

God has been doing amazing things through this church. Always seeking to be led by Christ, we have sought to embrace others in our fellowship; to be enlivened by worship, scripture, prayer, and sacraments; and to unite with others in working for God’s reign of justice and love. Now, as we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of our founding Synod, the national gathering of representatives from all our churches, it is time to remember and reflect on the gifts and challenges of our past. As we look to the future, we see that this is also a time to prayerfully and attentively listen for God’s still speaking voice. We pray again with our fore-parents, “God provide us with your light. Guide us to live faithfully in the demands of this time. Do your work among us.” In recent years, the United Church of Christ has come to the forefront of news around a number of controversial issues. We prayerfully continue to struggle with these in faith. At the same time, we remember our proud history and the risks and sacrifices our forebears made. For example, even as the United Church of Christ is celebrating its 50th anniversary, the UCC Women’s Week of February 410 is concluding its 20th anniversary year.

"Shine, God’s People!" This is the theme of the 50th Anniversary Year of the United Church of Christ. Throughout the year we will learn more about the United Church of Christ and its distinct call and claim upon God’s people. We will explore how our own faith initiatives support and affirm the work of the wider church, and the legacy of faith we carry forward The United Church of Christ, and in a distinct way. our forebears, have been leaders in the gifts of women, long Now is the time to shine. Whether affirming before women had the right to vote you are new or are a life-timer to in the United States, for political this church, we will learn together office or provide run leadership in more about the United Church

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business and the public square. The first woman ordained to Christian ministry in the United States was a congregational minister, Antoinette Brown, in 1857, less than a dozen years before Union Church was founded in the old train station in downtown Hinsdale. Women continue to provide among the strongest leadership through this local congregation: through a strong and vibrant Women’s Association and its ministries of mission, ministry, education and care; through teachers and elected leaders in every aspect of church life; and through a continuing legacy of pastors and staff. We were among the first churches to elect a woman moderator, to call a woman pastor, and to send women as delegates to the wider church. Today men and women of faith serve alongside one another here at the Union Church of Hinsdale, United Church of Christ. We take for granted equal opportunities to serve in a time when discrimination and oppression against women continues among many Christian denominations. In this celebration year, we lift up this, among many issues, as a source of gratitude that God has moved in and among us as a congregation, and remains with us as the still speaking God, bringing light and life to all God’s people. Stay tuned for a continuing view from the balcony, and an invitation through the Union Church of Hinsdale, United Church of Christ, to “Let your light shine!” Matthew 5:16

Verlee A. Copeland

Senior Minister

Our Staff Senior Minister: Rev. Verlee A. Copeland

Invitation to Faith: Transformative Worship Market Day Brings You Soups and Sandwiches! Warm up on a cold winter’s day with a choice of several delicious soups: Baked Potato, Broccoli Cheese, Chicken & Dumpling or Italian Wedding. Add one of several sandwiches—Chicken Bacon Ranch, Italian Combo, Philly Cheese Steak or Chop House Cheeseburger— and, voila, an instant meal for you and your family.

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 Executive Manager: Merrilee Hall Financial Manager: Chris Biank Project Manager: Joel Gratcyk Systems Manager: Mary Bock

February is also Cookie Dough Month at Market Day. Provide extra profits to the Bell Choir by choosing from nine different flavors, including: Chocolate Chunk, Oatmeal Raisin, Snickerdoodle and Sugar Free Chocolate Chip. Market Day benefits the Allegro Bell Choir. Look for your Market Day flyer in the mail or in the Church Narthex. Orders are due in the Narthex Sunday 2/4 (internet Wednesday 2/7). Pick-up is in the Garfield Circle Saturday 1/13, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (please note we are back to our regular time). Use the internet and pay by credit card—it’s easy! As always, please pick up your orders within the specified time block. The Allegro Bell Choir thanks you!

Worship Services Journey Worship Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. Sunday Worship 8:00, 9:00 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)

Women’s Association year round collections: • Cancelled special issue postage stamps for Veterans’ hospitals. • Campbell Soup labels (and other related products) which are sent to Children’s Home International • “Cover” from greeting cards The above items may be left in the box which is on top of the mailboxes in the print shop. Thank you!

A Time for Planning, A Time for Fellowship After the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 28, the Board of Parish Life will host a luncheon for all ages in the dining room. Please call Audrey in the office today to make a reservation so that the Board can determine how much food to purchase. There will be a basket for a free will offering, any money above the cost of the meal will be donated to the Hinsdale Community Service food pantry.

Book Swap

Periodically members will see a cart or a table with used books. Members are encouraged to purchase a book they like. Hardbacks sell for $1 and paperbacks are only $.50. Money received from these books will go to the Women’s Association’s two scholarship funds. Each May the Association awards scholarships to students attending college and also to one student attending Chicago Theological Seminary. Read a book – bring it back or donated any book that you have recently finished.

Invitation to Faith: Christian Formation for Children

Children’s Christian Formation 2007 First Half Calendar

January 31 – LOGOS Spring Session Begins February 20 – Fat Tuesday Celebration February 21 – Ash Wednesday February 25 – Intergenerational Sunday, Spaghetti Dinner March 21 – LOGOS Spring Session Ends March 25 – Intergenerational Sunday April 1 – Palm Sunday, Seder Meal April 7 – Easter Egg Hunt April 8 – Easter, No Sunday School April 21 – Petite Repeat April 22 – Intergenerational Sunday April 29 – VBS Registration Begins May 27 – Intergenerational Sunday June 3 – Summer Sunday School Begins June 18-22 – Vacation Bible School June 24 – Church Picnic UNION CHURCH ANNUAL SPAGHETTI DINNER

The Annual Spaghetti Dinner is a major fund raiser for the Youth Spring Work Tour, to Harlan, Kentucky, and the Allegro Bell Ensemble Tour, to Great Britain. Please join us on Sunday, February 25, anytime between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for a delicious spaghetti dinner served by our youth. There will be live entertainment in the dining room and the soft sounds of Frank Sinatra in Fellowship Hall. The Silent Auction will take place in the Gathering Place. Tickets can be purchased from our youth after the 8, 9 and 10 Sunday services. Just look for the youth wearing red aprons. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-12 and children 3 years are free. If you have any questions, call Angie Sims at (630) 789.2916. If you would like to support this major fund-raiser by making a donation to the Silent Auction, please call Barb Hartnett at (630) 325.2955. The Spaghetti Dinner Co-Chairs, Joan Sunseri, Nadine Woodle, Nancy Schuessler & Angie Sims •3•

Invitation to Faith: Christian Formation for Youth

Invitation to Faith: Christian Formation for Adults Adult Forums 11:15 a.m. each Sunday in Rowell Hall

JAN. 28 – No Adult Forum today, due to the Annual Meeting and Luncheon at 11:15 a.m. FEB. 4 – “Green Architecture,” presented by Dr. Frank Flury, assistant professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, in Rowell Hall. How are buildings being designed today for energy efficiency and conservation? Dr. Flury will provide an introduction to environmental stewardship in the field of architecture. FEB. 11 – “Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder,” presented by Dr. Gary Sattler, minister, therapist, and adjunct faculty member at Northern Seminary, in the Lounge. These two mental illnesses affect thousands of people of all ages. Dr. Sattler will explain symptoms and treatment for those who experience anxiety and manic-depression. Child care is provided each week for children from birth through age 4 in the nursery. If you would like child care for children from age 5 through 5th grade, please contact Rev. Julie Ruth Harley one week in advance at 630.323.4303 ext. 14. Remodeled Rowell Hall Kitchen to be dedicated February 11 It will be a blast from the past on Sunday, February 11 following 10:00 a.m. worship, when coffee hour will be held in Rowell Hall. The occasion? Official dedication of the Rowell Hall kitchen which was remodeled last year in large part with funds from the sale of Amazing Grace, the wonderful cookbook by our own gourmet, the amazing Grace Deal. Come join the celebration!

Special Guest Rev. Dr. Greg Skiba

Women’s Association Retreat Grace and Forgiveness

“Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.” - John Newton (1725 - 1807) English hymn writer, minister, sea captain Such familiar words, yet do we really understand what grace is? Spend a day learning about the concepts of grace and forgiveness at the Women’s Association retreat on Saturday, February 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Plymouth Place in La Grange. This is an opportunity for the women of Union Church to gather together to try to fill our spiritual need, feel a connection with God as well as with one another, and to nurture those connections. We’ll take time to get beyond our usual hurried conversations, and really listen to each other. Our own Beth Dickerson will lead our activities that day. The cost, which includes continental breakfast, full lunch and snacks throughout the day is $25 per person, payable in advance. Please write your check to Women’s Association of Union Church and leave it with Audrey in the church office. Parking at Plymouth Place is very limited because of ongoing construction, so we encourage everyone to take advantage of the bus service that will be provided. Come to the 3rd St. parking lot at 8:15 a.m., the bus will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. After the retreat, the bus will drop you off at Union Church no later than 3:00 p.m.

to speak at February 18 Adult Forum. We are very pleased to welcome our former Minister for Christian Education, Greg Skiba to Union Church to share his experience pastoring the Open and Affirming congregation of First Congregational Church of Naperville. Greg will join us from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, February 18 in Rowell Hall. Don’t miss it... •5•

Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Please note that we cannot accept reservations after Thursday, February 8.

Invitation to Faith: Expanding Mission For All People Union Church Spiritual Health Club presents …

The Spirituality of Play

Project Christmas Stocking

Unit 6 of the Women’s Association is grateful to each one who donated items to help fill 115 stockings for children in some of the poorest communities in the Chicago area. Thank you very much!

Join us in the Youth Room Monday, February 19, 2007 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Coming in April …

Explore the Biblical and spiritual call to joy as we experience the blessedness of play.

Health Care Caucus Saturday, April 28, 2007

Led by Rev. Dr. Thom Parrott-Sheffer Reference materials include: "Play Ethic" by Pat Kane "The Power of Play" by David Elkind and original work by Dr. Thom Parrott-Sheffer

A time to learn, network, and hear about the future of Health Care in Illinois

HealthCare Grassroots Leader Training

The United States is among the world’s wealthiest, yet 45 million of its citizens lack health insurance. Many of us make hard choices between paying for health care or for housing, food, and school…. BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY!

NOW is the time to take action for health care reform in Illinois.

HEALTHCARE - GRASSROOTS LEADER TRAINING! SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2007 9 am – 3 pm, lunch included Union Church of Hinsdale 137 S Garfield, Hinsdale, IL

This training, which is sponsored by the Social Justice Ministry of Union Church of Hinsdale and the Campaign for Better Health Care’s Suburban Committee, is for any one who wants to learn more about the Health Care Crisis in Illinois and the possible solutions to that crisis. To register contact either: Thom Parrott-Sheffer Union Church of Hinsdale 137 S. Garfield Ave Hinsdale, IL 60521 630 323-4303, ext. 18

Jessica Palys Campaign for Better Health Care 1325 S. Wabash # 305 Chicago, IL 60605 312 913-9449 •6•

Invitation to Faith: Community Care

Union Players

The Good News Community Kitchen "Committed to Service, Collaboration and Advocacy until all have plenty and no one is left in need."

Are you an experienced Thespian or perhaps an eager scenery chewer … If you are interested in being a part of a Union Church Drama Ministry please contact: Rev. Thom Parrott-Sheffer, (630) 323.4303, ext. 18 or tparrott-sheffer@uchinsdale. org. Join us for the fun and witness.

The Good News Community Kitchen, founded in 1983, has been serving meals to hungry persons and families 365 days a year since 1991. The kitchen's primary purpose is to ensure that everyone who shows up at its doors each evening, 120 persons on average, receives a hot, healthy meal. Thanks to the efforts of: over 30 partner organizations - one of which is Union Church of Hinsdale; two dozen staff and board members; and more than 2,500 volunteers, the Kitchen makes a major difference in the lives of poor and hungry persons from all over the Chicago area.


Volunteers from Union Church serve meals at the kitchen the fourth Sunday of each month. We purchase, deliver, and help prepare the bulk of the food served at that meal. The Confirmands and our Youth/ TNT/ Discovery groups are frequent volunteers in addition to many Union Church families. We are always looking for additional folks to volunteer! If you are interested, please contact Kim Kiyosaki for more information at (630) 789-5768 or com

Invitation to Faith: Community Life

Coffee Hour Donations Welcomed

The Board of Parish Life always welcomes members helping with the fellowship coffee hour after the worship services. If you are interested in hosting a coffee hour after the 9:00 or the 10:00 service, you can simply write your name on the sign-up sheet that is on the microwave in the Gathering Place kitchen. Donations of cookies, coffee cakes, fruit or other items are appreciated. These items can be placed in the Gathering Place kitchen anytime during the week and marked “Sunday Coffee Hour.” Parents, remember since the children’s Sunday School hour goes now until 11:15 a.m. there is generally time after the end of the service to enjoy talking with other members before your children’s class will be done. (However, you may still need to return to the coffee hour so that the younger members can enjoy punch and cookies also.) If you haven’t been taking time to enjoy fellowship after the service, please give it a try. •7•

Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper

Get ready to party on Tuesday, February 20 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.! There will be pancakes, games for children, mask decorating for all, and Bible Bingo for adults and kids, so bring your appetite and your creativity. From now through Fat Tuesday, kids can also participate in the Fat Tuesday coloring contest. Look for coloring sheets in the Gathering Place or ask you Sunday School teacher. Tickets for the supper are $3 for adults, $1.50 for children ages 4-12 and free for children 3 and under, or $10 per family. They can be purchased at coffee hour, at Women’s Association Unit meetings or in the church office. Sponsored by The Women’s Association.

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Transformative Worship Christian Formation for Children Christian Formation for Youth Christian Formation for Adults Expanding Mission for All People Community Care

CROP WALK update! This year our walk was blessed with beautiful weather, a multitude of walkers and generous donors. Approximately $35,000 was raised by the 11 churches who participated in the October 29th walk. Union Church's contributions were significantly larger than last year and totaled $6850! Twenty-five percent of the funds raised will help feed hungry persons in the area through Hinsdale Community Service’s food pantry. The remaining 75% will be used by Church World Service and other international agencies for world wide disaster relief. Efforts include Tsunami and Katrina victim relief as well as food and medical attention for children displaced in Darfur and children in need in Iraq. CWS is also lending hand and heart to those in need after typhoon Durian hit southern Vientnam and the Philippines. Our sincere thanks to all of the walkers and donors. Your efforts will help many in need! Photos taken by Darold Drew, a member at Hinsdale United Methodist Church.


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

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