Upcoming Events at UCRP
CTA Circuit Riders Sermon Series
April 8 - May 20
In early North American Methodism, John Wesley—the founder of what has become the United Methodist Church—created a plan of multiple meeting places, called circuits. A circuit was made up of two or more local churches and a bishop would appoint a clergyperson for each circuit. Every Sunday morning, these pastors would travel for miles to visit each church, often by horseback. Eventually, these traveling preachers became known as Circuit Riders.
Today, we are inspired by those Circuit Riders who went outside the church, traveling across their appointed areas to share the Gospel message. Motivated by our Methodist heritage, this local group of clergy are traveling around the city [often by CTA!] and rotating through each of our pulpits to preach on a different topic of United Methodism. Click here for more information about Circuit Riders
UCRP will have guest pastors from surrounding United Methodist Churches preaching on “What does it mean to be United Methodist?” This topic is to help us both individually and as a church while we may have to make some decisions in 2019 for UCRP with the comprehensiveness of the whole United Methodist Church.
Each Sunday, come to hear a different preacher and be part of an experience of what it means to be United Methodist—what we believe, what makes us unique, and how we seek to live out our faith.
“I look upon all the world as my parish.” –John Wesley
In 2016, at the last General Conference [GC], the Council of Bishops and the membership of the GC approved for the Council of Bishops to seek out how to deal with the ongoing matters from 1972 GC concerning with LGBTQ people. For more information, see Commission On A Way Moving Forward
Evangelism: Sabrina Bermingham, United Church of Rogers Park
The Sacraments: Rev. Krista Paradiso, Elston Ave UMC
Connectionalism & the Global Church:
Rev. Juyeon Jeon, Epworth UMC
Methodist Mystic: Phoebe Palmer: Rev. April Gutierrez, Berry UMC
Grace: Rev. Hope Chernich, Irving Park UMC
Apportionments: Rev. Kelli Beard, Holy Covenant UMC
Social Holiness: Rev. Mark Schol, Grace Logan Square
GUEST PREACHER REV. KRISTA PARADISO
FROM ELSTON AVENUE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - Sunday 29 April
Rev. Krista Paradiso is our Pastor. A graduate of The Ohio State University and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, she moved frequently as a child and young adult but now claims Chicago as home. Before entering the ministry she was a college teacher, community organizer, and musician. She now spends her time trying to live like Jesus, being part of the community, working out, cooking, and imagining all sorts of things. She is passionate about helping people find and experience God in their daily lives and especially in transitional moments.
Midweek Small Group Discussion
In conjunction with the CTA Circuit Rider Sermon Series, we will have a time to gather on Wednesday evenings at 7PM in the library. These gatherings will be in the Methodist tradition of Classes, Societies or Bands. Historically groups would meet regularly to check in with one another by asking, "How is it with your soul?" These groups would pray, read scripture, and serve together. Our group will meet for sharing, prayer and reflection upon the sermons you will be hearing. All are welcome!
Worship Committee Meeting on Sunday 29 April after the service - 12:15
ONE Northside’s 2018 Convention: ‘Community Power, Community Solutions,’
Sunday, May 6.
ONE Northside’s 2018 Convention is a gathering of over 1,000 North Side community members to build our collective power and advance our bold vision for our city, state, and country. At the 2018 Convention, we’re using community power to advance our solutions to the problems our neighborhoods face. Elected officials confirmed to attend: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Representatives Greg Harris, Sara Feigenholtz, Aldermen Osterman, Wagusespack, and Cappleman. All are invited to attend!
The Convention will be held on Sunday, May 6th from 2:30 to 4:30 PM at the American Islamic College; 640 West Irving Park Road in Chicago. Doors open at 2:00.
Translation and Childcare will be provided.
Panel Discussion of Commission on a Way Forward
In May , a clergy group will host a sharing of information outlining the different perspectives on the Book of Discipline's language of "homosexuality," and the Commission on a Way Forward's forthcoming decision in 2019 on how we have a future as one church with such different viewpoints. This event will be held at Elston Avenue UMC. May 19th is the tentative date starting at 10 AM. A luncheon will follow.
For more information, talk to Deacon Wes or one of the pastors, or click this link to the United Methodist Church website
We need you!
Do you have a car? Would you be willing to give rides to those who need assistance getting to worship on Sundays? Would you be able to pick up before service or give rides home after? Even if you can only commit to helping every once in a while, please let Pastor Hope know.
GUEST PREACHER REV. JUYCON JEON
FROM EPWORTH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - Sunday 6 May
Connectionalism & the Global Church
Pastor Juyeon Jeon was born and raised in South Korea, and relocated to the United States in 2008. Her academic background includes a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and a Master of Arts degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Also, Pastor Juyeon’s background includes both theological studies and ministerial experience in Korea. Embracing the arts in worship and ministry is one of the pastor’s many passions. Her Sunday sermons are filled with positive messages, great humor, and an incredibly gifted singing voice. As a pastor, she is blessed with an open heart to listen to God, to reach out to all people, and to build a beloved community.
GUEST PREACHER REV. KELLI BEARD
FROM HOLY COVENANT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - Sunday 13 May
Rev. Kelli Beard has been in full-time ministry for 10 years. Prior to ministry, she worked in financial services and then moved on to faith-based community/union organizing. She was raised Roman Catholic and after recognizing a call to ordained leadership in the Church, she became a United Methodist in 2006. Since 2015, Kelli has served as the pastor at Holy Covenant UMC, located Lincoln Park/Lakeview. Holy Covenant has long and powerful history of activism and continues to be an advocate for justice & inclusion in our community and in the UMC. In 1992, Holy Covenant began Dignity Diner, which is a ministry that has been feeding the hungry & the homeless every single Tuesday for the last 26 years. Kelli loves to bake, workout, the Blues, and drag queens. She also loves her partner, their dog Scooter, and all things summer related in this amazing city of Chicago.
OUR OWN PREACHER REV. SABRINA BERMINGHAM
FROM UNITED CHURCH OF ROGERS PARK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - Sunday 20 May
Sabrina Bermingham is a student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary working on a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Evangelism and is in the process of becoming an Ordained Deacon in the UMC. She has worked for United Church of Rogers Park for several years in many capacities. She is married to her partner Nikki, has three dogs, three cats and two fish tanks. Sabrina is an avid White Sox fan and loves baseball season. A native of New Orleans she loves jazz and misses the food but not the heat.