Our stewardship drive culminates this week on Thanksgiving Sunday.
Don't forget to bring your pledge card on November 18
Special Offering for St Martin de Porres
Yaisa Hagood, the executive director of our long-time community partner St. Martin de Porres House of Hope, described how we could provide immediate support to the residents there.

For our traditional Thanksgiving offering of food, focus on foods the kitchen most urgently needs to feed the residents:
  • whole grain bread and grains such as oatmeal and rice;
  • fruits such as oranges, bananas and apples;
  • and black and pinto beans.
Please collect these items for the children's Thanksgiving offering on November 18.
Search Committee Update
As we announced in church on Sunday, our search committee has recommended two final candidates for a co-pastorate at Hyde Park Union, Rev Veronica Johnson and Sarah Lusche. If you did not get the packet of information about these candidates, the office has extra copies. We will try to send out biographical sketches in the next newsletter. 

In the meantime, please mark your calendars for two key dates:
December 1: Meet and Greet with the candidates at church, 3-5 pm 
December 2: Candidates will preach and the congregation will vote in a meeting following worship. 

Please make every effort to attend on December 2!

These candidates have shared a joint vision statement for the church as follows:

We believe that Hyde Park Union Church is positioned to be a community hub and a place of creative and inclusive ministry. There are multiple ways to think about “union” in this time and place: the union of two pastors, the union of denominations, the union as a gathering space for multiple peoples. Ultimately, we believe HPUC can be an example to the community of what it means to be the church centered on Christ’s message of love and justice that is made manifest within the congregation and the community. We see an opportunity for HPUC to be a leader in both community collaboratives and denominational organizations. Hyde Park Union has a rich history in the neighborhood, and we hope to bring forth a vision that honors that tradition while responding to the current context of Hyde Park, the University of Chicago, and the larger Chicago area. Our vision is of an open and vibrant church that offers life-giving worship, fellowship, and discipleship opportunities.

As pastors, we seek to enter a covenant with one another and the church that is characterized by open communication, intentionality, and cooperation. We will create liturgically rich and spiritually nourishing worship. Each of us has unique styles of preaching, and together we will bring the church prophetic and inspiring messages. We honor our roles as teachers of the community, and want to harness the church’s location amongst multiple academic institutions to provide rich opportunities for conversation and learning. We also hope to be a church home for the many students who are part of this neighborhood and are seeking ways to live out their faith. We will be active in the community in a variety of ways, demonstrating that the congregation and leadership of Hyde Park Union is committed to social justice and liberation. We will care for this congregation through provision of spiritual care and by empowering lay leaders. We will seek out space-sharing partners that will utilize the building in ways that compliment a vision of the church as a community space. Most importantly, we will work alongside this congregation to develop and implement a vision that weaves together tradition and new hope to build a beloved community.
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 is working with the Fellowship Committee to have a reception Saturday, December 1st from 3 - 5 pm in the Social Hall. 
Click Here to RSVP
We remember those facing health problems: Jennifer Adams' brother, Will; Alice Mulberry's Daughter-in-law Jennifer who is starting chemotherapy; 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, who passed away on Friday.  

Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.  But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you. 

1 Chronicles 29:13-16

Services for Tony Montag
There was some confusion in the obituary both in the Tribune and through the funeral home over the arrangements for the services for Tony Montag. Here are the correct details:

There will be a visitation on Saturday (11/17) at Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home 6250 N. Milwaukee from 1-6 pm. There will be a private funeral for just the family thereafter. The visitation Saturday 1-6 pm is open to the public but the private funeral service at 6 pm is for the family only.

There will be a memorial service at Rockefeller Chapel on Friday 12/7 in the late morning with details forthcoming. 

Tribune Obituary:

Waterfall Glen Outdoor Ministry

By Tim Smith
On the 10th of November, 19 members and friends of Hyde Park Union Church went for a walk in the woods.  Blessedly, the sun was shining and the temperature was merely chilly.  Eight walked 9.5 miles.  Two walked 7 miles.  Nine walked 3 miles or less.  All were encouraged to walk the distance best for them. Some took the distance as a challenge, others got lost in conversation, and many stretched themselves a bit much.  Fortunately, all survived.  Three and a half hours later, we met for food.
Walking long distance in the fall weather makes people hungry.  Three pounds of vegan black-eyed peas, two dozen cornbread muffins, a ten pound ham, and various pickled vegetables made for a fine protein-rich balanced meal for all.  Thanks to Esther, Richard, Rachel and others, the lunch table was spread properly for eating.  Thanks to Yvette’s packing, it was still piping hot even after sitting in a car in the 30 degree weather for six hours. 
I asked people why they came, for I don’t know what people are thinking unless I listen to them.  People mentioned their enjoyment of fellowship, friends, family, outdoors, peacefulness, spirituality, mindfulness, exercise.  For most, this is a new activity:  enjoying a relatively local forest preserve as a place of outdoor exercise with friends. 
The entire time, people were talking with each other.  As a church, love was shown as one would hope from a follower of Christ.  Well done Church. 
Next up:  Eagle Watching at Starved Rock with Tamales and Cocoa on 26 January.  Invite your friends.  Outdoor Ministry is designed to be a ministry all can engage while acknowledging all of us are own our own path.  Did I mention the warm lodge for those who want to see the outdoors but not do the outdoor activity? 
Bald Eagles at Starved Rock
: Saturday, 26 January 2019, 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
This Week at Hyde Park Union Church

Sunday, November 18
10:00 am Worship, Stewardship Sunday, Offering for St. Martin de Porres
11:15 am Coffee Hour in the Social Hall

Tuesday, November 20
6:00 pm Exploring Spiritual Practices Class meets in the parlor

Wednesday, November 21
9:30 am Bible Study
7:00 pm PPR Committee Meeting

Sunday, November 25
10:00 am Worship, Rev Keith Cerk preaching
11:15 am Coffee Hour in the Social Hall
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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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