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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
* Sunday Worship (Hybrid, on Facebook this week) - 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
    Transgender Day of Remembrance and Candle Lightening Service went well. We have a couple of new visitors. In the meantime, We had significant larger viewers at our live streaming video on our YouTube channel last Sunday. If you miss the documentary and conversation, you can catch up with the recap video. And, we made 80 sack meals for the Night Ministry this month! Presbytery of Chicago hosted the assembly and approved many items on November 15. Check it out in the Ecumenical News section.
    We encountered unknown tech issues that Sunday (November 13) on Facebook and the live streaming was not complete. You can catch up with the whole service on our YouTube channel here (click the link)Please be advised that the live streaming worship service will be only on Facebook this week.
We gather on this day to be thankful for what we have, for the family we love, the friends we cherish, and for the blessings that will come. Every year, we have a special Thanksgiving Offering. If you would like to participate, you may do so by using the Thanksgiving Offering envelope inserted in our Sunday, November 20th bulletin. Please label your check for “Thanksgiving or through Easytithe” Thank you in advance for your contribution. 
"Happy Birthday" Michael Bradford (November 28). Wishing you wonderful Birthday! 
Our November Special Offering goes to Experimental Food Station - Market Box. Market Box crowd-funds to bulk-buy produce from across the midwest, and distributes over 420 bags of food each month to our network of families on the South Side. Their twice-monthly, volunteer-led distribution days are based at First Presbyterian Church in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. Together, we seek to build a local food system rooted in mutuality and community care. They tapped existing networks and partnered with other mutual aid projects, like Washington Park’s People’s Grab-N-Go to sign up our neighbors. Their network now holds over 450 households, self-identified as Black and low-income. With every bag of food, their work toward two goals: to get fresh produce to our neighbors and to support farms across the midwest. You can learn more about their work on the website (click link).
Event Recap
Several folks joined the in-person event last Saturday, The Trans List and our responses. The discussion went well and very informative. If you missed the event, here is the link to the discussion recap (click the link). It will be helpful if you also catch up with the documentary (click the link) on HBO. You can also learn more about the Affirming Ministries at our church on the website (click the link).
Up-Coming UCHP Events
based on Central Standard Time
United! Sharing and Experiencing God's Love Committee is planning to host Pop-Up Holiday Movie in December. We would love our church family and friends to join us for fun and fellowship. Share with us which Holiday movie you would LOVE to watch. A Christmas Carol, Home Alone, It's Wonderful Life are just a few of the many Holidays' classic.  
These gifts could be given to Bethany House of Hospitality and children at her establishment. Gifts would be unwrapped, and wrapping paper included. A box for children’s donations of toys, etc., is placed in the sanctuary. Please leave your gifts there by the end of December.
Transgender Awareness Week event from the community
Brave Space Alliance, Chicago Therapy collective, and Life is Work, with support from The Human Rights Campaign, Affinity, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, Lighthouse Foundation, Chicago Department of Public Health, Equality Illinois, and Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL), will be hosting a “Trans Weekend of Resilience”. As an effort to reclaim and reframe November 20th as a day to acknowledge our trans siblings that we've lost while simultaneously acknowledging the resilience of our community, this 3-day event will take place from November 18-20th, 2022. More information on Facebook event page (click link).
Ecumenical News
Presbytery of Chicago (Presbyterian Church, USA) gathered on November 15 online, the last time in 2022. There were 162 delegates attended the assembly. Moderator, Rev. David Thornton, invited all the delegates to the Communion Table before the business sections. We also celebrated Rev. Jane Tuma's retirement from Morgan Park Presbyterian Church. At the assembly, the delegate approved (1) Rev. José Muñiz-Agrón to be installed as the full time pastor at Clement Presbyterian Church, Cicero, (2) updated Family Leave Guideline, a minimum of 12 weeks of family leave, according to the up-coming PCUSA General Assembly's Amendment to the Constitution (Book of Order), (3) sell the Parkview Presbyterian Church in Oak Park property to Jon Kubricht, for a Montessori School usage, for $510,000, and (4) 2023 Presbytery Budget of $1,473,118, based on 2023 Pre Capital Rate $36.50. The next assembly will be on February 28, 2023. For more information, please visit Presbytery of Chicago website (click the link).
Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council will host the Thanksgiving Celebration at Rockefeller Chapel on Thursday, November 24, at 11 am. This is the biggest annual event and fundraising campaign of the Interfaith Council. Our church has been a core member of it for years. If you would like to attend the Thanksgiving Celebration, you can find more details on its website (click link).
Visit our social media and church website for more information and meet new friends!
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