Lend a hand at the church work day!
The property and finance committee is calling all willing hands to help with maintenance tasks like digging, replacing light bulbs, painting, and organization. We will meet at 10 am at church on Saturday October, 20. Wear your old clothes and come help spruce up your church! Please contact Rachel ( if you can help out. 
The annual stewardship campaign begins this week at HPUC.
The office has sent members a letter and pledge card. During Sunday worship over the next four 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.
Last July, a group of friends began to look for a way to honor the wonderful jazz pianist Willie Pickens and his wife, Irma.  Great in the world of music, they were also great human beings. What we came up with is a kind of "Pickens Corner" with Irma and Willie's home as its focus.

Here is what is about to happen: 
1) On October 17, the muralist and friend of the Pickens, Desi Mundo, will begin painting across from the Pickens' home between the auditorium doors of Ray School.  His work will be finished on October 20.
2) Thanks to the cooperation of Alderman Leslie Hairston and her Chief of Staff, Kimberly Webb, the street where Irma and Willie lived for 40 years will be given the honorary street name of Irma and Willie Pickens Way
3) A brass plaque memorializing Irma and Willie will be presented by the Hyde Park Historical Society and attached to their home.

There will be a celebration on Sunday, October 21 at 2:00 pm in the Auditorium of Ray School. If you would like to join church members attending this celebration, please talk to Jennifer Adams or Alice Mulberry. 
Open House Chicago was a great success.  There were 216 visitors on Saturday, and 224 visitors on Sunday.  Visitors were provided with information on the building’s striking architecture, awe-inspiring stained glass windows and  magnificent organ.  Many asked about our denomination affiliation; some even took the visitors packet.  
Our volunteers made this possible:  Alice Mulberry, Louise DesPres, Richard, Rachel, Jane and Dorothy Barnard on Saturday; Kathy Bridges, Jennifer Adams, Sabine Charles and LaShaun, Trinity and Liberty Bryant on Sunday.  Additional thanks to Elikem Fiase and Al Palmer for their invaluable help with building management.
The Youth Choir sings Dona Nobis Pacem
see the video by clicking on this link Dona Nobis Pacem Video
Pastor Search Update:
The Pastoral Search Committee is nearing the conclusion of our process, and we hope to schedule a candidating weekend in the next 4 to 6 weeks.  Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we make final decisions. 

We remember those facing health problems: Fred Anderson, 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 just lost Shaun's Aunt. 

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

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Matthew 6: 5-8

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
Saturday, October 20
10:00 am Church Work Day

Sunday, October 21
10:00 am Worship, Rev. Keith Cerk preaching
11:15 am Coffee Hour in the Social Hall
11:30 am Second Hour Conversation: Catherine Mardikes on the League of Women Voters
2:00 pm Willie and Irma Pickens tribute at Ray School

Tuesday, October 23
6:00 pm Exploring Spiritual Practice in the Parlor

Wednesday, October 24
9:30 am Bible Study at church

Thursday, October 25
Property and Finance Committee Meeting in the Minister's Conference Room

Sunday, October 28
10:00 am Worship, Rev. Keith Cerk preaching
11:15 am Coffee Hour in the Social Hall
11:30 am Second Hour Conversation: Jan Hessler on Climate Change
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Coffee Hour at Hyde Park Union Church is a special time for fellowship after service on Sundays. 
Please let the Fellowship Committee know that you value this tradition by volunteering to host a coffee hour or by donating to sponsor a coffee hour.
Hosting involves bringing light snacks for approximately 20-30 people, setting up before the service, and assisting with clean up afterwards.  There will be a member of the fellowship committee on duty to help you navigate the kitchen and assist with set up/clean up.  To schedule a time to host, email Jennifer Adams, at or sign up on the schedule in the social hall.
If you prefer to sponsor coffee hour by donating, please write a check to HPUC for any amount.  ($25 will cover the cost of single coffee hour), and place check in the offering, or to give it to a member of the Fellowship Committee.  Your donations are tax-deductible.
Thank you for your support.
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
Have some news to share? Any additions to our prayer list? Send it to Rachel for publication in an upcoming newsletter! You can email Rachel at
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Hyde Park Union Church
5600 South Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

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