A Word from the Pastors
“I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.”
Ephesians 1:16
Loving God, we pray today, first, for the members and friends of Hyde Park Union Church. Thank you Lord, for all of the blessings you have bestowed on us. We are simply grateful for the privilege of prayer… that we serve a God who hears us when we pray, and a God who answers!  Thank you for the love that is evident in our congregation. We ask for healing for those who are sick, comfort for those who are in discomfort or grieving, encouragement for those who are discouraged.   There are many among us who are in need of your healing touch. Grant them healing, grant them peace. In Jesus name…
Lord, we also come to you on behalf of federal workers who are without income due to the government shutdown. We pray that the needs of the people take priority over political standoffs. We pray that the outcome is one that leads to “loving our neighbor, as ourselves.”
In this wintry weather, we are particularly mindful of the homeless population in our city. Lord, please care for them, and teach us to do the same.
As we close this month of January, 2019, we recognize how swiftly time moves. May you guide our steps so that we use time wisely, and may You walk with us every step of the way.
In Jesus Name we Pray.

Your Pastors,
Pastor V and Pastor Sarah

Contact Information:

We look forward to meeting everyone. If you would like to have a meeting or pastoral care visit, please contact the church office to make an appointment, or directly contact one of the pastors using the information below.

Pastor Sarah
(773) 850 - 0381

Pastor Veronica
(773) 720 - 8371

The congregation is helping with meals for Gene and Craig Krell.  If you can help out, please click on this link to sign up

Eugene and his family welcome food on any day. Food will not only support Eugene and Craig, but also Ruth and her family as caregivers. We are aiming to provide 1 - 2 meals per week. 

Food can either be dropped off at Eugene's (address listed above), or at Ruth's house. Her address is: 
5450 S Ridgewood Ct. 

Please call either Pastor Sarah or Ruth to coordinate drop off. Ruth's number is (773) 571 - 3351. 
Bible Study Poll
We are planning to kick off a new Bible Study series during the next couple of weeks, and want to know what days/times are best for the majority of people. We heard from folks during last Sunday’s coffee hour, but we wanted to provide the opportunity to hear from others in our community. The link below will take you to a quick online poll, where you can indicate which times of day work best for you.
We are blessed with a diverse congregation, which means that there is no day or time that will work for everyone. We are planning to switch up the meeting time for each Bible Study unit, so that people who are unable to attend our upcoming study might be able to attend a future series.
If you have further thoughts on a Bible Study theme or question, feel free to reach out to either of us! We look forward to learning and growing together as a church community.
Bald Eagles at Starved Rock
When: Saturday, 26 January 2018, 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

The Installation Service for Pastor Veronica and Pastor Sarah will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 3 pm. Please plan to be in attendance for this wonderful celebration. More details are forthcoming.

The Annual Financial Meeting will be held Sunday, 1/27 after worship. Please remain to review and vote on the church budget, and to participate in discussion about the year ahead with Pastor Sarah and Pastor Veronica.
American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago will hold their next Family Council meeting here at Hyde Park Union Church on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 9 am – noon. Please let Pastor Veronica know if you can be present to assist with hospitality and/or to be present in the meeting.
Organ Recital
Featuring our own Elikem Fiase

Lutheran Theological Seminary Chicago, Augustana Chapel
Date: 5th February, 2019 
Time: 12:15 pm. 

The organ recital is part of the Paul Manz Organ Series 2018 -2019. It is a 30 minutes program.
We remember those facing health problems: Sabine's friend who is suffering with a tumor, Alice Mulberry's Daughter-in-law, Jennifer who is battling cancer; Louise's Son, Fred who is scheduled for back surgery on February 15; Larry's brother-in-law, Pastor Sarah's uncle Randy, who is battling pancreatic cancer, Ingrid's cousin who has cancer, Gene's son who is in the hospital, Jay Mulberry, who has an ear infection, and his brother Bill, who is in the hospital Our prayers are also with their loved ones and caregivers. 

We mourn with Greg Wade and his family after the death of Greg's sister 

“I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.”
Ephesians 1:16

This Week at Hyde Park Union Church

Saturday, January 26
11:00 am Bald Eagles at Starved Rock Trip

Sunday, January 27
10:00 am Worship led by Rev. Veronica Johnson and Sarah Lusche
11:15 am Coffee Hour in the Social Hall
11:30 am Congregational Annual Financial Meeting

Wednesday, January 30
9:00 am Church Work Day (Led by Larry H and Ted C)
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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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