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* Lectionary Bible Study (hybrid) - 9:30 am
For those interested in attending our Lectionary Bible Study on Sunday, please know that you can click on the link to see information to prepare for the Bible Study in advance. Join in person in the Library or Join on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 895 7905 3221 / Passcode: 095084
* Worship Service (hybrid) - 11:00 am
Zoom dial: 1-312-626-6799 (Chicago) 
Our church is an LGBTQ+ inclusive congregation and welcomes all God's children, no matter where you are in the journey. We are a member of the Open and Affirming Coalition (UCC), Reconciling Ministries Network (UMC), and More Light Presbyterians (PCUSA). Visit our Affirming Ministries page (link) for our Open and Affirming Statement and Covenant, events, video recaps, and more information.
United News
We are trying "new stuff" on the fifth Sunday. This coming Sunday will be a Taizé worship service. Originally from France, Taizé Community formed a unique space for faith travelers to stay, explore, and interact with each other from different backgrounds, languages, and ways of worshipping. Short scriptural hymns and chants are used in Taizé worship. Based mainly on Christianity, Taizé Community recreates "live daily life as a prayer and encounter God in between," which draws people worldwide to visit and form their own "Taizé space" after they return according to their contexts. Our denominations also adopt this concept and practice in different gatherings. It's been called one of the most impactful ecumenical movements in our time, especially for younger adults. Every week, 5,000 new visitors stay there. And most of the visitors are between 18 to 29 years old. You can find more stories about Taizé by visiting their website (click the link).
* If you missed the worship service last week, we have the links to the restored video available (see Worship service recap section). Thanks for your understanding.
Our January Special Offering goes to Pastoral Emergency Fund. Your donation can be mailed or can be place into the offering plate either as a check or in a pew envelope label "Special Monthly Offering" We also offer online giving (click the link). Thank you.
"Happy Birthday" to Ajani Frazier - Muhammad  (January 31) . Enjoy all the sweetest birthday wishes coming your way!
The Church Council welcomes our new members, Georgette Kamara and Joe Rumenapp, after the worship service on January 22, 2023.
Tracy and Youth Connect folks were rehearsing the pancakes for the Shrove Tuesday (February 21) after the worship service last Sunday. Sign up for the event today!
Memorial Service for Barbara Walton Taylor.
February 4, Saturday, at 2 pm. Akarma Center, 6220 Ingleside, Chicago, IL
Worship service recap
We experienced some media difficulties last week which caused the interruption of the live streaming service. The restored worship video is now available on both Facebook page (click the link) and YouTube channel (click the link). Thanks so much for folks who reported the issues in time, and your understanding.
Up-Coming UCHP Events
based on Central Standard Time
Contemporary Issues: The Light We Carry - Overcoming in Uncertain Times, written by Michelle Obama. The group will meet Thursday  February  2nd,  at 11 am, online. Get your book and join our conversation. To join on Zoom (link).
Section: Introduction and Ch. 1

Meeting ID: 880 4431 3543 
Annual Meeting
The Annual Congregational meeting of the United Church of Hyde Park will be held in person, and hybrid format (for those unable to attend in person), Sunday afternoon following Worship, February 5, 2022 at 12:00pm. The agenda will include action on the 2023 budget, leadership slate, and such other business that will be presented before the congregation. Reports from officers, committees, and the pastor will be available prior to the meeting. We encourage everyone to attend in person if at all possible.
For those who are unable to attend in person a zoom link for the meeting will be emailed closer to the date of the meeting. 
Ecumenical News
United Methodists Lose 1,800 Churches in Split Over LGBT Stance - The initial departures, mostly concentrated in the South, represent around 6 percent of the denomination—not as dramatic as the “schism” some feared. But whatever the final tally may be, the analysis suggests the country’s second-largest Protestant denomination—numbering 6.4 million US members and 13 million worldwide—may weaken but is unlikely to break. “You think of a schism as 50 percent or even 35 percent (split),” said Scott Thumma, director of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research and a lead researcher for the 2020 US Religion Census. “This is not a real schism.” “Our provision that allows for disaffiliation is based on a church reaching the conviction that they can’t stay a part of the denomination over matters of human sexuality,” said Bickerton, president of the Council of Bishops. “What we find is that people are using that paragraph to disaffiliate for other reasons.”
Read the complete article on Christianity Today (Click the link).
Please consider to join this event hosed by the Northern Illinois Conference (United Methodist Church) for Laity Convocation 2023 online or at one of our three in-person locations: New Lenox UMC, Barrington UMC, and Disciples UCM in Mt. Morris. The theme is Thinking Outside the Church, Making Ministry Happen. We will be focusing on ways to reach out to our communities. A highlight will be to hear from our new resident Bishop - Bishop Dan Schwerin. FEBRUARY 11, 2023, from 9:00 AM  to 12: 30PM.
(1) Barrington UMC - 98 Algonquin Rd., Barrington, IL
(2) Disciples UMC - 102 Maple Avenue, Mount Morris, IL
(3) New Lenox UMC - 339 W Haven Ave, New Lennox, IL.
You can find more information and register to this event at this page (click the link).
Notes from the Congregational Conversation Part One
and the Appeal For The Children Community Fund Campaign
Dear Congregation:
    We began a conversation on Sunday (see notes below). We hope to continue on Sunday, January 8, 2023. We need your help. Please use templates to mail to family, friends, community and business members. Help us get Little People Day Care pen by improving our building. We appreciate and love each of you. Pastor Charlene Hill & UCHP Council  
    Appeal For The Children Community Fund Campaign: Below is a mission close to my heart. As a member of the United Church of Hyde Park, I am looking for your advice and support to complete our goal of bringing needed childcare services to our community. Can you please spread the word to your friends and family during these closing weeks of the year. Thank you for your help! See you in the New Year! The United Church of Hyde Park and Little People Learning have been working to bring a daycare facility to the Hyde Park neighborhood over the last 18 months. We are close to our goal to open early in 2023. The funding for the project is almost complete. Please help us finish the job (Note from Nevin Hedlund)!
    Why are we at UCHP doing all this work? Because this expresses our mission. We are a church located in the heart of the city, on our way together, doing our best to serve one another and our neighborhood. Our neighborhood needs more pre-school centers for young children. We have a building which we view as a resource for ministry, therefore we can help. So we are upgrading our building for early childhood education. We have invested heavily to make our building much safer.  We have met new fire code and other standards. We have upgraded our heating system, many classrooms, and prepared this old building for a new ministry. We have done all this because we are followers of Jesus, the only great religious leader who made a place for children among his followers (note from Rev. Paul Dietterich).
* You can download the Google Doc Template of Appeal For The Children Community Fund Campaign, and share with your friends, here is the link (link updated).
Visit our social media and church website for more information and meet new friends!
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