Farewell and Thank You To Keith Cerk
Special Coffee Hour This Sunday
Jason and Sylvia will be hosting a special coffee hour this week to bid farewell to our interim minister, Keith Cerk. Treats this week feature home-made apple pies from our own HPUC kitchen!

On December 16 during Second Hour, we’ll be assembling layettes for new mothers and babies at Jackson Park Hospital. Please join us to share Christmas cheer with neighbors in need.
Welcome to our new co-pastors, Veronica Johnson and Sarah Lusche! Their first day with us will be December 17 and they will be leading worship beginning on December 23. 
Our partners organizations could use your help this season
The Hyde Park Refugee Project, a program of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Interfaith Council, seeks support for its work with the children of Middle Eastern refugees in Hyde Park.

HPRP says, though the kids they tutor have made wonderful progress in school, as they get older they are expected to have computers to complete homework and take advantage of online enrichment. HPRP hopes to raise $5,000 to make Chromebook computers available to their middle and high school students. Any donation would help ensure a successful future for these bright, determined children.

Tax deductible donations can be sent to the
Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council
1448 E 52nd Street, #117
Chicago, IL 60615
(with Refugee Project on the memo line).
Donate to Hyde Park Kenwood Hunger Programs
Because some food needs to be free
We remember those facing health problems: Noema, who injured her hand, Bonnie's adopted mother who is in hospice, Sabine's friend who is suffering with a tumor, Jennifer Adams' brother, Will; Alice Mulberry's Daughter-in-law Jennifer who is battling cancer; Louise's Son; and Larry's brother-in-law.  Our prayers are also with their loved ones and caregivers. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Tony Montag. 

Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. And He will delight in the fear of the LORD, And He will not judge by what His eyes see, Nor make a decision by what His ears hear.

Isaiah 11: 1-10

This Week at Hyde Park Union Church

Sunday, December 16
Third Sunday in Advent
10:00 am Worship, Rev Keith Cerk preaching
11:15 am Coffee Hour in the Social Hall, Keith Cerk Farewell
11:30 am Layette Assembly for Jackson Park Hospital

Tuesday, December 18
7:30 pm Church Board Meeting

Wednesday, December 19
9:30 am Bible Study
7:00 pm PPR Committee Meeting

Thursday, December 20
4:30 pm Missions and Social Concerns Meeting

Sunday, December 23
Fourth Sunday in Advent
10:00 am Worship led by Rev. Veronica Johnson and Sarah Lusche
11:15 am Coffee Hour in the Social Hall

Monday, December 24
6:00 pm Christmas Eve Service
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Until December 17, 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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