Our two final candidates for Co-Pastor of Hyde Park Union Church will preach this Sunday, December 2. Don't miss it! There will be a congregational vote after the service and we need everyone to attend. 

Please join us for a reception, giving members a chance to meet and speak with the candidates before the congregational vote on Sunday, December 2nd.  The Search Committee and the Fellowship Committee are hosting a reception Saturday, December 1st from 3 - 5 pm in the Social Hall. 
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Meet The Candidates for Co-Pastor
Rev. Veronica M. Johnson, MDiv

Rev. Veronica M. Johnson was born in Chicago, IL and in the Baptist Church. Veronica earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, and worked in the field for 20 years prior to answering her call to ministry, in 2006. Rev. Johnson joined the pastoral staff of Greater Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in 2010, earned a Master of Divinity Degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in 2012, and on December 14, 2013, became the first woman ordained in Greater Bethesda’s 131 year history, holding an American Baptist USA ordination. (Rev. Johnson has also served in the UCC and AME churches.)  Rev. Veronica M. Johnson currently serves as the Associate Pastor of Discipleship at Greater Bethesda (where Rev. David W. Watkins, III is pastor) and Vice President of the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago. She is also Senior Director of Admissions and Enrollment at McCormick Theological Seminary. Rev. Johnson is the mother of two academically and musically gifted children, Curtis Johnson II (age: 20) and Vanessa Johnson (age:17). Veronica has a passion for education, social justice, and most of all for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ which liberates us, for as John 8:36 states, “for whom the Son sets free, is free indeed!”
Sarah Lusche
Masters Candidate in Divinity and Social Work, University of Chicago
Sarah is a minister who is passionate about community engagement, multifaith conversation, and social change. Originally from Auburn, AL, Sarah has found a home in Chicago, where she is currently completing a dual master’s program in Divinity and Social Work at the University of Chicago. Sarah’s ministry work is characterized by innovation and the intersection between religion and the public square. Since arriving in Chicago, Sarah has served as a pastor and in hospital and jail chaplaincy, always with an eye toward justice and equity. Sarah is pursuing ordination in the American Baptist Church, and has a history of ecumenical and multifaith partnerships. At the Social Service Administration, Sarah focuses her clinical work on relational modalities of therapy and change. At the Divinity School, Sarah is working on her senior thesis, which examines the role of the congregation as an essential element of Christian practice, interpersonal development, and social engagement. In her free time, Sarah explores the Chicago theatre scene, practices yoga, and occasionally bakes delicious pies.
We remember those facing health problems: Noema, who injured her hand, Bonnie's adopted mother who is in hospice, 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; and Larry's brother-in-law.  Our prayers are also with their loved ones and caregivers. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Tony Montag. 

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins.

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

Isaiah 40: 1-5

This Week at Hyde Park Union Church

Thursday, November 29
7:30 pm Property & Finance Committee budget meeting

Saturday, December 1
3:00 pm Meet and greet with ministerial candidates in the social hall

Sunday, December 2
First Sunday in Advent
10:00 am Worship, Rev Veronica Johnson and Sarah Lusche preaching
11:00 am Congregational Meeting to vote on ministerial candidates
11:15 am Coffee Hour in the Social Hall
11:15 am Advocacy Letter Writing

Tuesday, December 4
7:00 pm Worship and Music Committee Meeting

Wednesday, December 5
9:30 am Bible Study

Friday, December 7
Services for Tony Montag at the University

Sunday, December 9
Second Sunday in Advent
10:00 am Worship, Children's Christmas Pageant
11:15 am Coffee Hour in the Social Hall
11:15 am Chili Making for Feed the People
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Our interim minister is Keith Cerk, whose responsibilities include preaching, Sunday worship and staff supervision.  In addition to his presence on Sunday, he will be available by phone and in person upon individual request.  He can be reached at 708-606-8421 and via email:
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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