Open House Chicago is THIS WEEKEND! 

The Chicago Architectural Center (formerly Chicago Architectural Foundation) has announced its sites for the 2018 Open House Chicago.  Hyde Park Union Church is one of the Hyde Park sites.  Our sanctuary will be open for tours Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th from 1 - 5 pm.  

Go to  Click on the Open House Chicago photo, scroll down to Hyde Park and you’ll see a photo of our building with a description of our church.
We need your help!
All Volunteers get lunch and a free T-Shirt!

Kathy Williams is recruiting volunteers to help with the tours.  You can volunteer one or both days.  We will need four volunteers each day.  We can expect 300 plus visitors each day.  There are several other churches in Hyde Park participating.  Youth are welcome to volunteer!  Send Kathy an email at the address below or leave a note in the Sunday collection plate.
Driving to church this Sunday? Please be aware that there will be road closures in Hyde Park from 8:15-10:30 a.m. due to the Comer 5K Race for Kids. Specifically, 57th, Stony Island, and the Midway will be affected.
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. 
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, Louise's son, Christine Bailey's niece, and Noema's mom. Ginni Cook never did have her surgery and found out her heart is doing quite well! We still pray for a clear diagnosis and for health coverage. Our prayers are also with their loved ones and caregivers. 

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 as they do their work.  

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

Psalm 145:18
Learn More about St. Martin de Porres
Jennifer Adams has been developing a relationship with St. Martin de Porres' new leadership, and we wanted to bring them to the church to tell us about who they are today and how we might be able to contribute and support their mission. Join us for second hour on October 14 to hear more!
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. 
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 13
1:00 pm Open House Chicago

Sunday, October 14
10:00 am Worship, Rev. Keith Cerk preaching
11:00 am Coffee Hour and Fellowship
11:15 am Chili Making for Feed the People
11:30 am Second Hour: St. Martin de Porres
1:00 pm Open House Chicago

Tuesday, October 16
6:00 pm Exploring Spiritual Practices

Wednesday, October 17
9:30 am Bible Study
7:00 pm PPR Committee Meeting

Thursday, October 18
4:30 pm Missions and Social Concerns Meeting

Saturday, October 20
10:00 am Church Work Day
Want to see the entire church calendar?

Click this LINK
or go to our church website at

You can add this calendar to your personal calendar by clicking on the "add to Google Calendar" button on the bottom right of the website calendar or sync with iCal on your Apple device by using the calendar address
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
Contact Information
Hyde Park Union Church
5600 South Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

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