A Word from the Pastors
Members and Friends of Hyde Park Union Church! 

There's a new energy at Hyde Park Union Church! And while, yes, we your new pastors have lots of energy, we would not dare take credit for the new energy in the church! The Holy Spirit is bringing a fresh wind through HPUC! This fresh wind is felt through your presence, your smiles, your encouragement, your ideas, and the way you share with us the gifts that are "hidden" at the moment (at least from us) among your fellow members of this wonderful household of faith!

Your commitment to Hyde Park Union Church and to the work of Jesus Christ is SO commendable! Thank you for sharing so much with us in our first 4 weeks! We're on week 5! Can you believe it? Time is moving swiftly!

We look forward to seeing how God continues to work through everyone of us to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ (which is ultimately all about LOVE) and to continue to build our faith community.

This Sunday is a special Sunday, as it is the Sunday we will celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and all that his life and ministry accomplished in the world! Please invite your friends and family out this Sunday to worship with us at 10 am, as your pastors PREACH TOGETHER on a theme of Dr. King, "The Fierce Urgency of Now!" There will be a few special additions to the worship program by our children, a soloist among us, and a visiting artist!

You don't want to miss it! We pray for God's Spirit and the spirit of Dr. King to bless us on this Sunday!

Your Pastors,
Pastor V and Pastor Sarah

Contact Information:

We look forward to meeting everyone. If you would like to have a meeting or pastoral care visit, please contact the church office to make an appointment, or directly contact one of the pastors using the information below.

Pastor Sarah
(773) 850 - 0381

Pastor Veronica
(773) 720 - 8371

Bible Study Poll
We are planning to kick off a new Bible Study series during the next couple of weeks, and want to know what days/times are best for the majority of people. We heard from folks during last Sunday’s coffee hour, but we wanted to provide the opportunity to hear from others in our community. The link below will take you to a quick online poll, where you can indicate which times of day work best for you.
We are blessed with a diverse congregation, which means that there is no day or time that will work for everyone. We are planning to switch up the meeting time for each Bible Study unit, so that people who are unable to attend our upcoming study might be able to attend a future series.
If you have further thoughts on a Bible Study theme or question, feel free to reach out to either of us! We look forward to learning and growing together as a church community.
will be a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



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The program will celebrate Freedom, Justice, and Peace. 
Sydney Guillaume - Ansanm, Ansanm ("All Together" - a song that celebrates the peacemakers of the world)
Abbie Betinis - Journey Home (a song that "explores the emotional feelings of immigrants who find a new home and life in the United States")
Abbie Betinis - In Your Hands (based on Eleanor Roosevelt's speech given on the 10th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights)
Rollo Dilworth - Marchin' to Freedom (with Oh, Freedom!)
Cantor Benjie Ellen Schilling -Uk'ratem Dror (Leviticus 25:10, Amos 5:24)(Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants/Let Justice Roll down like the Waters)
Joan Szymko - I Dream a World (based on Langston Hughes' poem)
Weldon & Rosamond Johnson - Lift Every Voice (an arrangement for women's voices with organ accompaniment by Dhilanthi Fernando)
Bald Eagles at Starved Rock
When: Saturday, 26 January 2018, 11 AM – 2 PM + 1.5 hr travel each way
What: See Bald Eagles at Starved Rock and hike to Wildcat Canyon for an Ice Waterfall in LaSalle CTY
Specifics: Meet at the Nature Center at 11 AM, walk up to view the Bald Eagles for a 45 minute viewing. Lunch of Tamales (chicken, pork, vegetarian), water/tea/coffee/cocoa at 11:45. Those with energy can take the 3 mile hike to see the Ice Waterfall in Wildcat Canyon. Those without can stay warm in a lodge. At 2:00, we begin to return people to their homes.
Suggested Donation: $10/person
Registration Contact Tim J Smith at
Organ Recital
Featuring our own Elikem Fiase

Lutheran Theological Seminary Chicago, Augustana Chapel
Date: 5th February, 2019 
Time: 12:15 pm. 

The organ recital is part of the Paul Manz Organ Series 2018 -2019. It is a 30 minutes program.
We remember those facing health problems: Sabine's friend who is suffering with a tumor, Jennifer Adams' brother, Will; Alice Mulberry's Daughter-in-law, Jennifer who is battling cancer; Louise's Son, Fred who is scheduled for back surgery on February 15; Larry's brother-in-law, Pastor Sarah's uncle Randy, who is battling pancreatic cancer, Ingrid's cousin who has cancer, Gene's son who is in the hospital, Jay Mulberry, who has an ear infection, and his brother Bill, who is in the hospital Our prayers are also with their loved ones and caregivers. 

We mourn with Greg Wade and his family after the death of Greg's sister 

"And they'll know we are Christians by our love."

This Week at Hyde Park Union Church

Thursday, January 17
4:30 pm Missions and Social Concerns Committee Meeting
7:30 pm Property and Finance Committee Meeting

Sunday, January 20
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday
10:00 am Worship led by Rev. Veronica Johnson and Sarah Lusche
11:15 am Coffee Hour in the Social Hall

Monday, January 21
6:30 pm Lift Every Voice, concert by Le Cantanti di Chicago

Saturday, January 26
11am Bald Eagles at Starved Rock Trip

Sunday, January 27
10:00 am Worship led by Rev. Veronica Johnson and Sarah Lusche
11:15 am Coffee Hour in the Social Hall
11:30 Congregational Annual Financial Meeting
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Church Office Hours
9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday
Friday by appointment
Contact the Church Office
tel: 773-363-6063
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Hyde Park Union Church
5600 South Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

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