Pastor Search Update:
The Pastoral Search Committee is nearing the conclusion of our process, and we hope to schedule a candidating weekend very soon.  Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we make final decisions. 
The annual stewardship campaign began last week at HPUC.
The office has sent members a letter and pledge card. During Sunday worship over the next three weeks, many of us will offer personal testimony of the impact HPUC has on our lives. We hope that this will help spark your own reflections about how vitally important our church community is to us, and to our wider world. Pledge Sunday will be November 18th, the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
The Youth Choir sings Dona Nobis Pacem
see the video by clicking on this link Dona Nobis Pacem Video
We will be welcoming guest preachers over the next two Sundays. 

On Sunday, October 28, Madison McClendon will preach.  Mr. McClendon has an M.Div. degree from the University of Chicago, is an active member of North Shore Baptist Church, and is in the process of seeking ordination.  He has preached for us in the past and was well-received.

On November 4 we will welcome Rev. Dr. Danielle Buhuro to our pulpit.  Rev. Buhuro is an adjunct faculty member at McCormick Theological Seminary, a Board Certified Chaplain and a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor.  She has M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Chicago Theological Seminary where she is also currently working on her Ph.D.
Our interim pastor, Rev. Keith Cerk, will be away for two Sundays due to commitments made prior to his service here at HPUC.  He will continue, however, to be available here on Tuesdays for pastoral care and will still teach his class on Spiritual Practices on Tuesday nights from 6-7:30pm.  Rev. Cerk will be back with us on Sundays as of November 11.

We remember those facing health problems: Fred Anderson, Louise's Son, Alice's daughter-in-law, and Larry's brother-in-law who was just diagnosed with ALS.  Our prayers are also with their loved ones and caregivers. 

We rejoice with Jason that his grandmother is in good health. 

We remember those who mourn, including the Bryant family who lost Shaun's Aunt. 

We remember the hurricane victims and the search committee of HPUC.  

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

Take a Look at what is happening in Second Hour

Coming up on October 28, Jan Hessler will speak on Climate Change: what must people of faith do? In his book, Climate Church, Climate World (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), Jim Antal suggests that climate change is the greatest moral crisis humanity has faced and constitutes a theological emergency.  This point of view and its implications will be discussed by Jan P. Hessler, a physicist.

On October 14, the new executive director of our long-time partner St. Martin de Porres House of Hope joined us for Second Hour to talk about how the organization and the population it serves have changed since our church first formed a connection with its co-founders 35 years ago.
Today, St. Martin de Porres is a rehab facility, not a shelter, and serves a population of adult women. But they still welcome our friendship and support. Yaisa outlined current critical needs that include women’s clothing, grooming products and personal hygiene tools such as disposable razors, cleaning products, and particularly financial support.
In November, we will designate our communion offering to St. Martin and we’ll also distribute a list of groceries they would find helpful for the children’s annual Thanksgiving food offering. Warm winter clothing—currently only two of the 30 residents have coats—would also be welcomed.
In the coming months, we’ll also be inviting other partner organizations like the Open Kitchen at Kenwood UCC (for which we cook chili every month) and the Food Pantry to join us and describe what their organization looks like today, who they serve, and how we can best work with them.
Waterfall Glen Fall Hike
Saturday, 10 November 2018, 10 AM – 2 PM
What: Hike around Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve off US 55 and Cass Avenue in Lemont IL
Specifics: Meet at Waterfall Parking Lot at 10 AM. Those with energy can take the 9.5 mile hike around the park. Those without can just walk to the Rocky Glen Waterfall. At 1 PM, we meet back at a Waterfall Parking Lot for lunch (Vegan beans, rice, and some meat sausages + water/tea/coffee/cocoa) At 2 PM, we begin to return people to their homes.
Budgetary Cost $10/person
RSVP : Tim J. Smith via email at
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
Thursday, October 25
7:30 pm Property and Finance Committee Meeting in the Minister's Conference Room

Sunday, October 28
10:00 am Worship, Madison McClendon preaching
11:15 am Coffee Hour in the Social Hall
11:30 am Second Hour Conversation: Jan Hessler on Climate Change

Tuesday, October 30
6:00 pm Exploring Spiritual Practices Class meets in the parlor

Wednesday, October 31
9:30 am Bible Study

Sunday, November 4
10:00 am Worship, Rev Dr Danielle Buhuro preaching
11:15 am Coffee Hour in the Social Hall
11:15 am Advocacy Letter Writing
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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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