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Worship on Sunday, February 21, 10:00 a.m.
Revealing Life

Lent begins today, Ash Wednesday. Lent is a time of spiritual preparation for the great observances of Good Friday and Easter.

Our theme for Lent will be "Revealing Life," and we will be exploring how Jesus reveals true life to us, and how our true lives are revealed through Jesus.

Because the season of Lent originated as a 40 day period of intense preparation for baptism (which took place as the sun rose on Easter), Mike will begin with the story of Jesus' baptism from the Gospel of Mark, and the enduring importance of God's benediction upon Jesus: With you I am well pleased! In baptism, true life is revealed!

The online service will premier at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, of course, and you can find the service on our YouTube Channel, here.
Worship on Sunday, February 21, 9:07 a.m.
Looking IN So We Can Better Look OUT 

As we move into Lent, our 9:07 service will focus on faith practices during this Lenten season. If you have not done so already, please sign your family up for "Lent in a Basket" which you can pick up this Sunday, February 21. (Sign up here.)

Designed with families in mind, each Sunday the 9:07 service will be focused on a different faith practice that matches the practices in your basket. Exploring our spiritual selves through faith practices can help families know how to go about making their relationship with God a part of the day-to-day life for both parents, and children.

From the distribution of ashes tomorrow on Ash Wednesday, to the distribution of Bibles on April 11, and other great stuff in between, all are welcome to our 9:07 services.

Our in-person, outdoor 9:07 service is a kid-friendly, brief gathering that meets in the Close (the courtyard off Garfield) around a fire. Bundle up, mask up and join us!
Ash Wednesday Imposition of Ashes
This Evening at 7:15 p.m.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time of personal and spiritual preparation for the great celebration of Easter. As this season begins, we place ashes in the sign of the cross on our foreheads, as a sign of humility and repentance.

Given that this is not something we can do online, we will have a (very) brief outdoor Ash Wednesday service with the imposition of ashes, in a no-contact format. We will gather in the Close at 7:15 p.m. this evening, February 17. All are welcome to begin Lent with this important observance.
Opportunities During Lent
In-Person Morning and Evening Prayer During Lent
Wednesdays during Lent, 7:15 a.m. in the Close, 7:15 p.m. in the sanctuary and online

In the spiritual tradition of Lent, we will have morning and evening prayer on Wednesdays during Lent, beginning on February 24. As the name suggests, these will be short services (15 mins) of prayer and scripture, focused on the beginning and ending of the days, and centering our lives in the love of God, who reveals to us true life.

The morning services will be in the Close (outdoors, masked and distanced), and the evening services will be in the sanctuary (indoors, masked and distanced), and streamed online (link later).
Lent-in-a-Basket? (Mostly for families with children at home)
Sign up now!

Yes! "Lent-in-a-Basket" is a basket filled with 6 weeks of simple prayer practices and activities for families to use at home to observe Lent and prepare for Easter. Included in the basket is a print out of Traci Smith’s Faithful Families at Home15 Easy Family -Friendly Prayers and Activities, with 6 chosen prayers and supplies. If you are interested in a basket for your family, please signup hereBaskets can be picked up on Ash Wednesday, February 17, in the church office. 
Lent Together, While at Home (For everyone)

As we move into the Lenten season at home, we will be distributing materials at three different times over the season:

1. Early on in Lent, a booklet of daily Lenten devotionals (week of Ash Wednesday, Feb 17)
2. Palms the week before Palm Sunday (week of March 22)
3. Communion elements for Holy Week (week of March 29)

These items will be available to pick up at church, OR we will happily deliver to your home. If you'd like them delivered to your home, please give us your name, address and phone number through the form linked below and we will leave the items at your door.

Even though we are separated, we continue to care for one another as a congregation, and as friends.
From the Ministry For Change
Volunteer to Cook or Deliver Meals for PADS
This Tuesday, February 23rd 
We will be back in the kitchen with chef Paul Virant on Tuesday, February 23, to cook meals for over 150 people without homes being housed by DuPage PADS in local hotels. This month we will be working out of Paul’s restaurant, Vistro, located at 112 S. Washington in Hinsdale. We need volunteers to help prepare meals as well as volunteers to deliver them. We especially need drivers to deliver the food to the hotels.

See details and sign up here:  Questions: contact Heather Manning or contact Jane Grimm.
What Is “The Long Shadow?”

It’s an award-winning documentary that examines the roots of racism and the legacy of slavery in the U.S through the eyes of Frances Causey, a white woman who grew up in the South and whose family has a history of slave ownership. The Long Shadow is available for free streaming between Feb 19 and Feb 26 at this link, and you may register for a live Q & A with the filmmaker on Wed, Feb 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Music Ministry
A Bridge of Blessings
Helping Children Share Their Gifts!

We are introducing a new children’s opportunity, “A Bridge of Blessings”. This program will help our children learn how to share their gifts, even through difficult times, and connect the youngest members of our congregation to our older members in the 10:00 a.m. service. Each participant will submit a short recording of themselves doing an activity they love. Children can offer their gifts in the form of a song to sing, dance, instruments (piano, guitar, violin, etc.), scripture reading, poetry, and more! Then we will use those recordings to be a blessing during our 10:00 a.m. online service. Gina Graffagna, Assistant Music Director, will work one-on-one with each of the participants, helping to choose their "gift," and teaching the importance of using our gifts as a blessing to others. If you’d like to participate, please email Gina. Be a bridge of blessings!
Family Ministries
See the Announcements Above For...

  • Our 9:07 Service
  • A Bridge of Blessings
  • Lent-in-a Basket
Upcoming Events
Next Women of A Certain Age Gathering
This Sunday, February 21, 11:15 a.m., Zoom

The next gathering of Women of a Certain Age will take place this Sunday, February 21, at 11:15 a.m. via Zoom, at this link. June Scott, 70 plus year Union Church member, will share her family adventure of "Nifty Namibia." June is an extensive traveler and has been to all 50 states, the 7 continents, and 97 countries. The purpose of WOACA is fellowship, friendship, and fun! For more information please contact Melissa Barnes Mann. ALL ARE WELCOME!!!  
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!
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