A Word from the Pastors
On Tuesday, a man named Jussie Smollett was attacked on the streets of Chicago. You may know him as one of the actors on the TV show “Empire.” You may have seen his face on the news these past few days. Or, perhaps, you’ve never heard of him before. But it is important that we recognize this incident, and his name, because Jussie Smollett was most likely the victim of a hate crime. Jussie Smollett is gay and black, and his attackers targeted him because of this.
More details will unfold over the course of the week, but what we already know of the attack is disturbing enough. It is similar to the attacks that have been made on people of color for centuries in our country. It is in line with the ongoing assaults against LGBTQ+ people. Jussie Smollet’s case is atrocious, and it is but one in a long line of cases that do not always receive media coverage.
I am reminded of the hymn “Let Your Heart be Broken.” The first verse says: “Let your heart be broken, for a world in need; Feed the mouths that hunger, soothe the wounds that bleed; Give the cup of water and the loaf of bread; be the hands of Jesus, serving in His stead.” As Christians, our hearts might very well get broken by acts of hatred and violence. And when they do, we have the choice to live into our faith and be the hands of Jesus.
As an opening and affirming church, we believe that LGBTQ+ folks are equal and beloved, and we celebrate that all love is from God. As a multiracial congregation, we believe that people of all skin colors are equal and beloved, and we affirm that Black Lives Matter. This Sunday, we will think about the ongoing revolution of Jesus, who himself stood against systems of oppression, hatred, and violence. Let’s be in prayer together for the victims of hate crimes, and for our ongoing work for justice and equanimity.
Grace, Peace, and especially warmth on this cold, cold week,
Pastors Sarah and Veronica

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

After a difficult period of tests, Craig Krell has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the esophagus and the liver. The doctors are exploring a newer treatment plan involving chemotherapy but in the meantime, Craig and his medical team are trying to manage his disease and treat the pain. This has left him unable to do very much and unable to help out his father as he has been doing. Craig and Gene welcome your prayers, cards, emails, and phone calls. 

The congregation is also 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. 
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.
New Ministry Announcements

We are excited to announce the upcoming launch of two new ministry initiatives. These are the result of our brainstorming and visioning session on January 27, and we look forward to this exciting new use of our space. We do need some help in preparing the space – so keep your eye out for an upcoming work day, and please contact Jennifer Adams or Sara Jay if you can assist in some way.
HPUC Neighborhood Family Network – Starting February 11
The HPUC Neighborhood Family Network (NFN) aims to provide services and fellowship to caregivers and young children (ages 3 months to 3 years).
Crawl Space: Mondays between 1:00pm – 5:00pm, the nursery room will be open play for young children and their caregivers. Facilitated by Sara Jay.
  •   Mondays at 3:00pm there will be exploration and directed activity in the nursery, including stories, music, movement, messy art, science, and loads of FUN! Facilitated by Jennifer Adams
Family Pilates: Mondays at 4:15 pm there will be Pilates instruction with young children and caregivers in the parlor. Facilitated by Jennifer Adams. Suggested Donation of $5.
HPUC Fitness and Fellowship Program – Starting February 11
The HPUC Fitness and Fellowship Program promotes healthy movement and fellowship. The following classes will be provided by instructors Jennifer Adams and Nicole Cannon. All classes have a suggested donation of $5.
Family Pilates: Mondays 4:15 – 5:00pm in the parlor room, led by Jennifer Adams
Pilates for Beginners: Mondays 5:15 – 6:00pm in the parlor room, led by Jennifer Adams
Pilates Mixed – Level: Mondays 6:15 – 7:00pm in the parlor room, led by Nicole Cannon

Family Council Meeting
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.

Bible Study
Wednesday nights, 6:00 – 7:00pm in the parlor room
We will kick off a new Bible Study series next week! Join Pastors Veronica and Sarah as they lead a study focused on the previous week’s sermon text. It will be a chance to fellowship and learn together, as we dive deeper into the Word.
Second Hour
After coffee hour on Sunday, the Missions and Social Concerns committee will lead us in writing letters regarding border security and the treatment of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

You are invited to join the congregation of Hyde Park Union Church in celebrating the installation of Rev. Veronica Johnson and Sarah Lusche as Co-Pastors.
The Service of Installation will be held on Sunday, February 17th, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Christian clergy are invited to robe and wear red stoles. Faith leaders of other traditions are invited to wear traditional worship leadership attire. Please meet in the rear of the Sanctuary at 2:45 p.m. to process.
A reception will follow in the Social Hall.
This day of celebration will begin with Morning Worship at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome in worship!
Please join us for this very special celebration in the life of Hyde Park Union Church!
We remember those facing health problems: Craig Krell who has been diagnosed with cancer and his family, Ingrid who is recovering from surgery, Sabine's friend who is suffering with a tumor, and Sabine's father who is in the hospital after a fall, 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, 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 Louise Despres at the passing of her sister-in-law, Linda Baskin. Services for Linda will be held February 4th at Montgomery Place.  

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
Titus 3: 4-7

This Week at Hyde Park Union Church

Sunday, February 3
10:00 am Worship led by Rev. Veronica Johnson and Sarah Lusche
11:15 am Coffee Hour in the Social Hall
11:30 am Advocacy Letter Writing

Tuesday, February 5
12:15pm Organ Recital by Elikem Fiase at LSTC
7:00 pm Worship and Music Committee Meeting

Wednesday, February 6
6pm Bible Study

Sunday, February 10
10:00 am Worship led by Rev. Veronica Johnson and Sarah Lusche
11:15 am Coffee Hour in the Social Hall
11:15 am Chili Making for Feed the People
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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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