Upcoming Events at UCRP

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Potluck after worship service
on Sunday 9 June


Worship Committee Meeting on Sunday 9 June at 1:00 pm



June and July 


This summer we will  have a book study on "Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again" by Rachel Held Evans.  Have you ever had questions about thee Bible stories you heard as a child? Have you ever wanted to better understand this sacred book?  Have you struggled to know how the Bible relates to your day to day faith journey?  Join us this summer as we explore the stories of our faith and rediscover the beauty and mystery of the Bible. 

Contact the church office if you would like to participate. Books are $14.00. Please let us know if you would like us to order your book for you, or you find out more information and order your book follow this link. This link has order options like MP3 CD and Kindle.  

Dick Tholin 1929-2019

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On Tuesday 12 March, the world lost the strongest, most gentle man of peace and spirit at UCRP - Dick Tholin.

At 90 years, he led a full life dedicated to others through his work in peace and social justice, on the streets and in the church, touching many lives. He led by example and with compassion and powerful words, following footsteps greater than his own on a path of peace. 

His many examples of fighting for justice.  One was as a Freedom Riders who were civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States in 1960s to challenge the non-enforcement of the voting and other rights of African-Americans.


He stood by Affirmation: United Methodist for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns from the beginning of this support group.  He and his wife, Phyllis, have supported the Queer community, along with women and people of color’s rights.

Dick is the reason why many are Methodist today.

He was also an athlete and loved the competition in a good game especially tennis and handball.   And he loved Chicago! -its history and its struggles,  along with the Bulls and the Cubs – Afterall,  he was a north-sider. 

He also loved opera; and with that, we say, “Con te partiro’ “  [Italian for “With you I shall leave”].

He will be missed.  

A memorial Service will be held on
Saturday 11 May at UCRP at 10:30 am.

After the memorial, the reception will be a pot lucking desserts. Please bring a dessert to share.



Dates: June 2-4, 2019

New Location: Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Dr., Schaumburg, IL 60173

New Members
Welcome Dawn-Marie and Isaiah.

On Sunday 10 March, UCRP received two members to our church family. The original date for joining UCRP was on 17 March, but they moved their date up a week as to protest the recent UMC Charge Conference that turned away LGBTQI+ people of faith.

The following are their testimonies.

Dawn-Marie Hamilton:

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I became a regular attender at UCRP because the congregation is such a beautiful reflection of our marvelously diverse neighborhood. I’ve always felt welcomed and spiritually fed by this community. I desired membership in this congregation because of all the good works and community outreach for which UCRP is the catalyst and the center. In my pursuit of membership, I learned some disappointing things about the global United Methodist Church with regard to the acceptance of queer clergy and same-sex marriage. I’ve spent my adult life as an ally for queer rights, and the global Methodist Church’s stance upset me greatly. And then the General Conference took place. I began to question my decision to join a church affiliated with this governing body.

My heart ached for all of the people I hold dear who would be adversely affected by the myopic Traditional Plan that was pushed forth. But then my Out and Proud Sibling in Christ, Isaiah Witcher, expressed an interest in becoming a member of UCRP in the shadow of and as a protest to that global decision. I proudly stood with Isaiah last Sunday to affirm my Christian faith and to support all LGBTQIA+ members and clergy of our global Church family. With God’s help, I will raise my voice in support of my siblings in the Church and in the world.

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Isaiah Witcher:

I knew I wanted to be a part of this local church, and the Holy Spirit was leading me here. I however felt like the global denomination neglected us in it cowardly way of not moving forward.  I was torn as well on whether to allow my gifts to be used in a church that the global denomination disregarded. But since I knew was lead me here even before that decision, I knew I had to make a stand and do a liturgical protest by formalizing my membership with United Church of Rogers Park.

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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.