Daylight Savings time ends Sunday. Don't forget to set your clocks back 1 hour before you go to bed Saturday night!
Guest Preacher this Sunday 

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.
Yaisa Hagood, the executive director of our long-time community partner St. Martin de Porres House of Hope, described two ways in which we could provide immediate support to the residents there:
  • Dedicate a communion offering to the pressing fiscal needs of St. Martin de Porres. PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY ON NOVEMBER 4.
  • 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.
On Sunday, November 4, during our letter writing time we are asking everyone to sign a card of condolence to the congregation of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh
The annual stewardship campaign is in full swing.
The office has sent members a letter and pledge card. If you did not receive this letter, please contact the office. 
During Sunday worship over the coming 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.
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. 
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
Our interim pastor, Rev. Keith Cerk, will be away this Sunday 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, and Larry's brother-in-law Our prayers are also with their loved ones and caregivers. 

We rejoice with Jason in giving thanks for his baptism one month ago and for his many accomplishments since then. We rejoice with Alice that her daughter-in-law's health is improving and with Christine Bailey that her niece and nephew are recovering well after their car accident. 

We pray for the victims of the tragedy in Pittsburgh and mourn with their families. We pray for tolerance in society and for wise leadership in this difficult time. As our guest preacher said in his sermon on Sunday: "We pray that a different world is possible." 

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
    we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
    and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we rejoiced.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
    like the watercourses in the Negeb.
May those who sow in tears
    reap with shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
    bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
    carrying their sheaves.

Psalm 126

Take a Look at what is happening in Second Hour

In November, we will designate our communion offering to St. Martin de Porres 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.
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 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

Tuesday, November 6
6:00 pm Exploring Spiritual Practices Class meets in the parlor
7:00 pm Worship & Music Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 7
9:30 am Bible Study

Saturday, November 10
10 am Fall Hike: Waterfall Glen

Sunday, November 11
10:00 am Worship, Rev Keith Cerk preaching
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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