For Everybody...
Worship This Sunday...Viva la Revolucion
9:07 and 10:00 a.m.

"Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s." (Jesus of Nazareth)

What does that mean, exactly? This Sunday for the 10:00 service, Grant will be exploring this well-known and yet often misunderstood interplay between Jesus and the Pharisees (aka, the haters). This story comes to us from the Book of Matthew, chapter 22 verses 15-22. It begins with a question about, of all things, taxes. The Pharisees attempt to trick Jesus, he doesn’t fall for it (of course) and then responds with the famous line above. And then everyone went away amazed. We are left with many questions. What role do taxes play in this exchange? Why is the question a trap? Why are people amazed at Jesus’ response? What could this possibly have to do with how I live my life today?

All of these questions, and more, will be answered this Sunday.

Spoiler Alert: Jesus doesn’t love the Romans or their government (they do crucify him a few days later, after all). So, I would have to say Jesus is more like a revolutionary leader and less like an elected official in this story, hence the bottom of the banner.

Both services will be online and in-person. See below for more info about each, and for poor weather plan for each.
The Dinner Dance Is This Friday!
Everyone, tune in at 7:30!
Join us this Friday at 7:30 p.m. on the UCH Dinner Dance website (this link) or on our YouTube (this link) for our Dinner Dance event! Come dressed to impress – no matter if it is a suit or your jammies! Bring your drink of choice and celebrate our wonderful church community. Our staff, mission partners and music ministry need your support now more than ever. We are looking forward to making this the most successful fundraiser yet!
There is no "admission" ticket to buy, so we encourage you to participate in our Wall of 300 using the below link to donate! Can’t wait to see you there!

See the rather wonderful coin flip videos at the website too!
In-Person 9:07 Service + Sunday School this Sunday!

While the weather is nice-ish (okay, tolerable), we will be offering a worship + Sunday school combo. We will worship, learn, and be together outside on Sunday on the front lawn of the church. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs for families to sit together distanced from other households, and wear masks (under age two exempt). For more information, contact Pastor Mike. The online service will be continuing too!

In case of cold or rain, the 9:07 service will meet in Rowell Hall, with plenty of room for safe distancing.
In-Person 10:00 Service Continuing this Week!
Online Service Will Continue Too!

This Sunday we will have both our online and in-person options for the 10:00 service. Join us, one way or the other. 

For the in-person service, please note the following:

1) Gathering outdoors is a low-risk activity for coronavirus transmission, as long as certain protocols are followed. To minimize risk, we will have people wear masks, maintain at least six foot distance, and refrain from contact. Anyone with a fever or other early signs of coronavirus infection should of course remain in isolation.

2) The pastors will be present to lead the service and preach in-person, and there will be instrumental and recorded music. There will, however, be (almost) no live singing by leaders or the congregation, as that increases risk.

3) The service will be in the 3rd Street parking lot. We'll have chairs set up, but your own chairs are welcome too, if you prefer. Because this will be outdoors, we will not limit the number who attend, but we will keep family units distanced in seating, and otherwise minimize the risk for all who attend.

4) The online 10:00 Sunday service will continue in its current form. This in-person service is IN ADDITION to the online service.

5) To be clear, while it will be wonderful to see others in-person, and while we believe the risk of coronavirus transmission at this service will be very, very low, still, remaining home participating in the online service remains the safest option. Please consider your risk factors and your risk tolerance, and make the best decision for your circumstances.

In case of rain or cold, we will cancel the 10:00 outdoor service. Look for an email no later than 9:00 a.m. on Sunday for the final call.

Please email Mike Solberg with any questions.
Now More Than Ever!
Generosity Campaign for 2021

Take a break from all this reading...

If you haven't yet, please take note of the materials you received in the mail a few weeks ago. Return your pledge card, and give us your input as we make decisions/priorities for next year!

You (along with God) make the life of Union Church possible, now more than ever!

Christian Social Justice
Can you make a few phone calls to help get out the vote?
Today at 4:00 and October 20 at 5:30

Through our church's relationship in DuPage United, we have an opportunity to participate in non-partisan GOTV campaigns launched by DU's sister organizations in Wisconsin, Ohio and North Carolina. Online Zoom training is provided. You don't even need to leave your home!

Have you done your "good deed" for the day? Here's your chance!

Mission Matters
Boo! Scaring Up Gently Used Costumes
Through October 23

Lurking somewhere in your basement or attic, likely is a box of costumes and accessories from Halloweens past! Please help the youth of Willowbrook Corners by dropping off gently used costumes, witches hats, big clown glasses, etc. at The Community House at 8th and Madison, and treat the Willowbrook Corner youth to something sweet this season!

When you stop by The Community House, just check the front desk and drop your costumes in the box that says "WBC Halloween Costume Drive" between now and October 23rd! Costume sizes should be appropriate for children ages 3-13. Thank you!
Mission Ministry - Online Sign-up for Volunteer Activities

The Mission Ministry has introduced electronic sign up for its volunteer activities via Signup Genius. Go to the Union Church Website, and click on Outreach, Mission Volunteer Opportunities, or go directly to the Sign up Genius page at this link, to check out the details of our current 2020 opportunities. These include buying and delivering food for A Just Harvest (soup kitchen) every other month and buying food, making sack suppers and delivering those suppers to The Night Ministry (agency assisting homeless youth) almost every month. Check back often for new volunteer opportunities. You may also email Trayce Biancalana or Jane Grimm at  for more information or to sign up.
Upcoming Events
See the Dinner Dance Announcement Above
It's this Friday!
Women of a Certain Age
Next Sunday, October 18, 11:15 ish

The next Women of a Certain Age meeting will take place this Sunday, Oct. 18, in Rowell Hall at church, starting at 11:15 a.m. ish. We will wear masks, sit socially distanced and no food will be served. This group is for fellowship, friendship, support and fun! All are welcome (even if not "of a certain age"). For more information please email Melissa Barnes Mann. Thanks.
Weekly Bible Study Each Wednesday - Online
Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

The truth is, the Bible is awesome. Not so sure about that? Then join us and give it another shot, at our weekly "everybody is welcome" Bible study. We meet online each Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. The sessions are about 75 minutes, and are led by Rev. Mike Solberg. All are welcome to join, consistently or sporadically, new to the Bible, or otherwise.
We meet online via Zoom. If you are interested in joining us, just save and click on this link (it will be in future emails too):
Email Mike if you have any questions. Again, all are welcome, and we look forward to learning together!
Helen Mehler Memorial Bridge Game
Not quite yet...

Correction to previous announcement: While we hope to get this group going again before long, we won't start meeting just yet. Watch this space for more information about when and how we will be starting.
Care Team Update
Care Team Update and Invitation to Join
Willing to Help Care for Others in the Congregation?
Join us on October 20 for training!

As you may know, we have 16 members of the UCH Care Team, who regularly call on our members to see how they are doing. Our Care Team members are trained in the "Called To Care" curriculum offered by the United Church of Christ.
In these challenging times, the need to stay in touch with each other is even more important. We recently added five new members to the Care Team ministry, and we will begin training our new members next month in September. These training sessions will be "virtual," meaning they will be online via Zoom. New members will also receive a copy of the written UCC training materials for their use. Our first training session for new members will be Tuesday evening, October 20, at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.
If you are interested in joining the Care Team, or just learning more about it, then please email Pastor Robb Knuepfer or call him at 312-927-8913. We would be grateful to have more members on the Care Team, so please consider joining us in this important ministry of the church.
Other Stuff
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