Upcoming Events at UCRP

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On Saturday 20 October at 9:30 am

Our first event will be the inaugural UCRP Sponsored Fun Walk.
Walk at your own pace from our church to Lake Michigan via Morse Avenue. All are welcome. If the Walk is not for you then consider a financial contribution. Either way we are grateful for your time and investment in whatever way you choose to participate. For sponsorship forms and more info be sure to check out the Information table in the back of the church. There you will find everything you need, including sign-up sheets, to get started.

After the fun walk, beginning at 11:00 AM, join us in the Pumpkin Patch for fun and fellowship; and purchase a pumpkin to take home!

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Then at 1:00 pm, join us for a delicious Spaghetti Lunch! Tickets for the lunch are only $7.00 Invite friends and family, and if at all possible please consider covering the cost of lunch for someone else less fortunate. But we do need Volunteers! So if you would like to help out please see Cheyenne Murphy, David Behrns, or email Chance Lowe at chancelowe@gmail.com.

Listening and Conversation Sessions on Commission on a Way Forward

The Northern Illinois Conference General/Jurisdictional Delegation will be holding listening and conversation sessions this fall leading up to the General Conference Special Session.  In Chicagoland area, these session will be on 20 October at

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9:00 am at Park Ridge UMC
418 W Touhy Ave, Park Ridge, IL  and at

1:00 pm in Chicago at St. Mark UMC
8441 S St Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL

Pumpkin Patch Sale

Pumpkins for sale
Mon - Fri 10am - 7pm 
Sat & Sun 9am - 5pm

All proceeds go to our free after-school program and free summer camp.

HUGE thanks to everyone who came out and helped us unload pumpkins. It was a beautiful day! Now come out and buy some! 

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Cold weather around the corner


Colder weather will soon be upon us and UCRP needs to get a jump on collecting cold weather gear.   In the Rogers Park community we distribute gloves, scarves, hats, coats, and socks to people in need, free of charge, without discrimination or obligation.


Please donate gently used cold weather gear.  Our office is open to accept donations Monday through Thursday 10 am to 2 pm

More Nixon's Weird Church

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UCRP will finish it six-week sermon series based on the book Weird Church: Welcome to the Twenty-first Century by Beth Ann Estock and Paul Nixon on 14 October.  Paul Nixon will be exploring ideas from his book on 17 October 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Paul passionately believes God has a better story in mind for the 21st century churches than just simply struggling and longing for the past.  

What does it take for a church to thrive in the current cultural conditions? There will be time for processing and questions in addition to Paul’s teaching and guidance toward the next steps that your church can take immediately. 

Bishop Sally Dyck will also share her thoughts on “Navigating Uncharted Waters” in our ministry together.

This program cost is $30.00 which includes lunch. It will be held at Evangelical Lutheran Center, 8765 W. Higgins Road, Chicago.

For more information and to register, visit: www.umcnic.org/calendar/paul-nixon-speaker-series

Circuit Riders are back in the saddle at UCRP starting 1st of August

 This statue is the first Methodist bishop in the United States was Francis-Asbury riding-horseback as a Circuit Rider. [Evanston's Asbury Street is named after him]

This statue is the first Methodist bishop in the United States was Francis-Asbury riding-horseback as a Circuit Rider. [Evanston's Asbury Street is named after him]

Starting August 1, both our pastors and Deacon Wes are charged with four United Methodist Churches on the northside of Chicago.   Currently, both our pastors are charged with UCRP and Irving Park UMC.  In August, Grace UMC and Epworth UMC have been added to their services. 

While this may be new to many of us at UCRP and these other churches, it is not new to the Methodist tradition. Many at UCRP recall last Spring, the CTA Circuit Rider Series where seven clergy from seven different UMC shared each other’s pulpit.

From the earliest years of the Methodist Church, there were more Methodist churches than there were pastors. Pastors were appointed to serve a large number of local churches and preaching places located within a large geographic area. These ministers traveled regularly throughout their assigned areas and came to be known as Circuit Riders.

At first, Circuit Riders traveled by horse, some by horse and carriage, a few by foot.  Much later, when freight trains became the norm of transportation, pastors started using other means of transportations.  Today, the Chicago CTA el service as one of these means.

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Farmers Market Open


Glenwood Famers Market is open every Sunday next to the Morse el stop from 9 am to 2pm.  The last Sunday for this market will be 28 November .





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.