Upcoming Events at UCRP



Fridays Help Needed



Summer camp is in full swing at UCRP!  Each day we have at least 60 and as many as 80 kids!  For the next five weeks we need volunteers to help on Fridays. We need help at 2pm as we transition and clean up our space, and we may also need help during programming. Please contact Deacon Wes to find out more about how you can help. deaconwes@gmail.com

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See how United Church of Rogers Park [UCRP] welcomes our neighbors.

Chester [Virginia] United Methodist Chancel Choir Concert and Cook Out

On Monday 16 July, Chester [Virginia] United Methodist Chancel Choir, tour this simmer to Chicago under the direction of Joshua Wortham, presenting "Joy In Our Hearts."   They performed a free concert of worship featuring a diverse program of choral music including classical, gospel, spiritual, and contemporary selections.  This concert was full of spirit and drew one into the presence of God.  Preceding the concert followed a free cookout of hot dogs and chips.  At the cookout, UCRP members and Roger Park neighbors joined in fellowship with the folks from Chester UMC.

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The night's weather was hot and humid, but that did not stop people from coming. This 32 person choir had a powerful voice that filled UCRP sanctuary.  So powerful, their singing was power over the white noise of the many fans.  

This was the only Chicago performs.  Before coming to Chicago,  the Chester Chancel Choir performed in West Virginia,  Kentucky, and Indianapolis, Indiana.  After their performs in Chicago, their next stop is Ohio before heading back to Chester, Virginia.  Chester, Virginia is about 17 miles south of Richmond.   For more information about Chester UMC,  click https://www.chesterumc.org/

A big thanks goes to Chester UMC for sharing their spirit-full music to UCRP and the Rogers Park community.  Below are two pieces they performed.

Circuit Riders are back in the saddle at UCRP

 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]

On Sunday 15 July, both Pastors Lindsey and Hope were at Epworth United Methodist Church introducing themselves as part of this church’s new charge. 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.  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.

Special Sermon Series
July 2018

During the month of July, the sermons will be focused on baptism.  

Pastor Lindsey will be preaching on July 22 service.  The scripture reading is about the baptism of Christ - Matthew 3:13-17.  Her sermon will be about baptism as sacrament.  Communion is served at this service.

Deacon Wes will be preaching on July 29 service about baptism as incorporation into the body of Christ . . . our call to community in baptism.  The scripture reading is from Ephesians 4:1-13

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Special Sermon Series
August 2018

During the month of August, the sermons will be focused on communion.


On August 5, our own Sabrina will be preaching on Table Liturgy and Communion as communal meal.  The scripture reading is from Acts 2:46-47.   Deacon Wes, Pastor Hop,e and Pastor Lindsey will all be at Grace Logan Square UMC.

On August 12,  Rev. Brittany Isaac will be preaching.  Pastor Lindsey's daughter, Harper Ann, will be baptized.  Communion will be serviced.    

On August 19, Lay Speaker will be preaching on Christ Invites All to the Table.  Suggested  scripture reading is from Luke 14:15-24.  Pastor Hope will be present.  Love Feast will be serviced. 

On August 26, Pastor Lindsey will be preaching on Communion as sustenance, food for the Journey.   The scripture reading is from 1 Kings 19:1-9.  Communion will be served. 

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Congregation Vision Planning Meeting
Sunday 30 September 2018

The meeting, after worship, will focus on the mission and vision of UCRP.  All are encourage to participate.
More information to come.

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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 .




On 22 July, the market will be hosting Summertime Wine Stroll.  This event is to benefit the market.


Clergy, laity file complaint against Sessions

For more information and read the articles about the above topics, see NEWS 


As many of you are aware, the church is currently operating on a deficit budget, and we are on track to lose money this year.  In order to help fill the gap for our beloved church, and to further spread the good news of all of the works we do here, we are announcing an exciting fundraising initiative that we hope you will all take part in.

Church members David Behrns and Chance Lowe are working with members of the Chicago theater community, who have volunteered to develop a play telling our stories.  Through this play, we hope to raise awareness of our church, and raise money to help us continue our good works.

UCRP fills the gap in the community.  It also fills the gap in each of our lives.  This team of artists want to help tell the stories of members of UCRP.  In order to do this, we are asking for volunteers who would like to be interviewed to share how UCRP helps fill the gap for them.

Our goal is to have the play premiere at our church in October.  The play will be the centerpiece of a weekend of fun fundraising events that we can all take part in.  Be on the lookout for additional announcements about the schedule of events and how you can participate!


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.