Upcoming Events at UCRP

Advent Season is Near


The season of Advent starts this Sunday. During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. The people sat in darkness waiting. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for, and need of, forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming. 

It is the start of the new church calendar, too.  Each of the four Sundays of Advent have a theme. 

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December 2
HOPE is the theme on this Sunday.

Pastor Lindsey will be preaching on Psalms 25:1-10 and Luke 21:25-36.This passage tells the Good News of Luke’s Apocalyptic text.The apocalyptic text can be difficult to understand.


December 9
PEACE is the theme on this Sunday

Pastor Hope will be preaching on Baruch 5:1-9; Luke 3:1-6

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December 16
JOY is the theme on this Sunday

Our Very Own Sabrina will be preaching on Zephaniah 3:14-20 and
Luke 3:7-18
There is no communion on this Sunday.

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December 23
LOVE is the theme on this Sunday

Pastor Lindsey will be preaching on Micah 5:2-5a; Luke 1:39-45 (46-550
Communion will be served on this Sunday.

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Blue Christmas -
Longest Night Worship With Those Who Mourn

Friday 21 December
at 7:00 pm


Blue? Yes, blue as in the blues. As in "I am feeling blue."

Not everyone is up and cheery for the Christmas holidays. Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or some other dis-ease that puts a question mark over the future, and a number of other human situations make parties and joviality painful for many people at UCRP and our community.

This service is reflective, accepting where we really are, and holding out healing and hope on the first day of winter where the struggle with darkness and grief among the celebration of the season can be difficult.

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Christmas Eve Service
Monday 24 December
7:00 pm.

This candlelight service is a tradition celebrating Jesus’ birth as a community. Join us with carols by candlelight as we celebrate
the birth of Jesus

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Cold weather is here


Colder weather is 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

Christmas - Church Office Closed Christmas Day 25 December 2018 till Wednesday 2 January 2019

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 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.


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.