Upcoming Events at UCRP


Special Sermon Series
August 2018

In the United Methodist church, there are only two sacraments - baptism and communion [some say three if you add potlucks - just kidding].  During the month of August, the sermons will be focused on communion.

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On August 19, Lay Speaker  David Gunnell will be preaching on Christ Invites All to the Table.  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. 

Click here to take a short quiz to test your knowledge on the sacrament of communion in The United Methodist Church. Be sure to share the link with friends so you can compare scores later.  This link is to the United Methodist Church website.

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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.


Worship Committee Meeting on 19 August 2018 after worship service

 If it is a hot day, we will meet in the air condition Blue Room.


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Honoring Falon Daugherty
3 July 1982 - 6 July 2018

There was  a memorial service for Barbara Wrancher's daughter, Falon Daugherty on Saturday 28 July.  She died in her sleep on 6 July.  She was 36 years and 3 days old.

Family and friends gathered and shared their memories about Falon.  Pastor Lindsey shared, "God made Falon in God's image.  We knew God better through Falon."

Falcon's cousin, Pastor Donald Gordon, shared how Falon was a durable woman.   "She was a strong cup of coffee - No cream. No sugar," said Gordon.  He continued,  "She had a passion for education, and a passion to educate us."  

Falon's sister share a favorite poem by Mother Theresa:

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Life is an opportunity, benefit from it
Life is beauty, admire it
Life is a dream, realize it
Life is a challenge, meet it
Life is a duty, complete it
Life is a game, play it
Lide is a promise, fulfill it
Life is sorrow, overcome it
Life is a song, sing it
Life is a struggle, accept it
Life is a tragedy, confront it
Life is an adventure, dare it
Life is luck, make it
Life is too precious, do not destroy it
Life is life, fight for it

Falon had bipolar disorder.  She hid and suffered many bouts of depression  alone.  Her mother, Barbara fought very hard for Falon as any mother would. 

To Barbara:  UCRP is your church family where we will have arms to hold you and shoulders to cry on.  God will hold you as you did for your daughter.  All the forces of your church, will never beat that of God's motherly love for you.

To those who suffer depression, physical or mental illness: You are not alone.  There are folks at UCRP who suffer like you.  Seek out help.  If you feel no one is listening, see Pastor Lindsey, Pastor Hope, or Deacon Wes.  Rev. Dr. Steve Lobacz, psychiatry works out of UCRP.

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To everyone else: Depression and anxiety are so common that it’s highly likely that at some point you’ll know someone who might be experiencing it.  People with depression and anxiety are more likely to get through with help and support than on their own.  Being depressed and anxious can be a really lonely experience.  Sometimes the most important thing is having supportive people around or checking in. Having a coffee, watching television, phoning or texting to say ’Hi’ can help a lot.  Often when people are feeling bad they don’t want to go out and do anything. Everything feels just too hard. So encouraging them to do something with you is a great support. It could be something small like watching funny video clips, listening to music, going for a walk or window-shopping. Think about something you both like to do. 


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 Help Needed on Fridays

 

 

Summer camp is in full swing at UCRP!  Each day we have at least 60 and as many as 90 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


BAPTISM OF ROBERT HENRY NONCEK-EASTMAN

Baptism has been the topic for the month of July's sermon series.  Sunday 22 July service took it a step further by having the baptism of Robert Henry Nocek-Eastman.  Robert's father, Niles Eastman, preached the previous Sunday [15 July] on baptism.  With the wording, this baptism was an unique baptism from the usual Methodist style.  To a Methodist, it would be more high-church.  The service included the congregation not only remember their baptism vows but also their vows as a Methodist and to the universal church.
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 Picture 1 - Jen Schmidt holds the microphone for Pastor Lindsey as she baptizes Robert.
Picture 2 - The congregation reaches out as the family, God-parents, and friends laying of hands on Robert.

Picture 3 - Laying of hands on Robert.
Video on right - David Gunnell, Rev. Lindsey Long-Joyce, Jen Schmidt, and Ron Johnson, sang   “Down to the River to Pray”  before the Robert's baptism.
[video by
Katrina Petkovic]

Click here to take a short quiz to test your knowledge on the sacrament of baptism in The United Methodist Church. Be sure to share the link with friends so you can compare scores later.  This link is to the United Methodist Church website.


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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 .

 

 

 


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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.