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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
Download the worship bulletin.   Join from home on Facebook and YouTube.
* Congregational Conversation Part 3 (in-person) - 12:00 pm
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
                                                      Organ Music for Lent
The organ music of French composer Jehan Alain (1911-1940) counts amongst the most beloved and most played works of the 20st century repertoire worldwide, including perhaps, his most famous work, “Litanies.” Today’s selection for Lent, Phrygian Chorale is the second of Alain's Two Chorales for organ. The piece is written in the Phrygian scale emphasizing it’s mournful tune and unusual harmonies. 
Please also enter the sanctuary five minutes earlier and prepare ourselves.
Pastor Charlene Hill will be on vacation and will be out of the office Monday, March 20, 2023 – Sunday, March 26, 2023. If you have any pastoral need, please contact the church office.
We made 100 sack meals for the Night Ministry this month! Thanks for everyone who participated in this project via various ways! Join us the third Wednesday next month!
Our March Special Offering goes to One Great Hour of Sharing (PCUSA). Each week, an one minute story regarding the purpose and usage of this special offering will be included in the newsletter. So that you can know better about where your donation goes. Your donation can be mailed or placed into the offering plate either as a check or in a pew envelope labeled "Special Monthly Offering" We also offer online giving (click the link). Thank you.
A New Day for Farmworkers (week three story)
Lupe Gonzalo understands all too well the hardscrabble life of a farmworker. She often had to wake up at 4 or 5 o’clock in the morning to travel to a farm, where she was handed a bucket and told to fill that bucket as many times as humanly possible during the day.

“That’s your job,” she said. “That’s what you’re there to do. And when you’re doing this work, sometimes you aren’t given the time to stop, take a break, to drink some water or to just gather yourself.”

While all farmworkers are subject to exploitation, women are especially vulnerable.

“For farmworker women, one of the main things that they have faced is sexual harassment and sexual violence in the workplace, which can be verbal but also physical,” Lupe said. “The women don’t really have an option of speaking out for themselves, because often if you do, you run the risk of losing your job. And if you lose that job, you’re not able to put food on your family’s table.” 

But Lupe’s and thousands of farmworkers’ lives were made better, thanks to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a worker-based human rights organization. CIW is a partner of the Presbyterian Hunger Program, a ministry supported by our gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing.
Up-Coming UCHP Events
based on Central Standard Time
The Congregational Conversation part three will be held Sunday, March 19, 2023.  
The Open and Affirming Team is working with Pray Away Impact Campaign on the community screening on Saturday, April 15 at our church's Fellowship Hall. The first partner meeting was on March 13. The partner meeting will be held on Mondays, if there is no change.
* What I can do for this event now:
- Save the date, Saturday, April 15, 11 am to 2:30 pm.
- Be ready for up-coming volunteering position on site
- Join the meeting on Mondays' evening
* More about how this campaign works (click for the meeting introduction video).
* More info about this documentary (click link).
If you would like to know more about this event, please talk to any members in the Open and Affirming Team.
Ecumenical News

Women's History Month - New Resources

From the Justice and Peace Action Network March 2023 Newsletter:

Women’s History Month Sees Launch of New Resources
Dr. Sherry Warren, Minister for Women’s and Gender Justice, is excited to let you know about new resources for use that will be made available throughout the month of March to celebrate Women and Girls all over. Be on the look out for these resources coming soon:

  • The first issue of Talitha Koum – The UCC newsletter for Women’s, Girls, and Their Allies will be published in early March,
  • The new video podcast Engendering Spirit will be ready for free download on Frontline Faith, while the audio portion will be available on common podcast streaming services, 
  • Sherry will be at the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations and will be sharing interviews with people who answer the question “Why is International Women’s Day (March 8) important in creating equity for women and girls?”
  • Dr. Warren will also be interviewing the UCC’s new United Nations Program Manager, the Rev. Kaji Spellman Douša and making that interview available for viewing.
Appeal For The Children Community Fund Campaign
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!
* 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).
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